Lady Jane and Lady Charlotte – Updates

Lady Jane was released on September 16, and since that date has been well received. I loved writing the story about a woman whose character was forged because of a devastating heartbreak, and then bringing back into her life the man responsible. I’m extremely pleased with the strong reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, as well as other sites. If you haven’t had a chance to read about Jane, or any other ladies in my collection, feel free to grab a copy. Lady Jane and Lady Charlotte (who just took the bestseller list by storm in the UK, CA, and AU this week), are available for 99 cents until October 31. I hope you enjoy the trailer below! Read More

Readers’ Favorite Gives Lady Charlotte Five Stars

A few months ago, Lady Grace received a five-star review from Readers’ Favorite.  Today I received an email that my review had been posted for Lady Charlotte and am happy to report another five stars.  You can read the review at this LINK. If you’ve read any of the three books of the series, please leave reader reviews as well.  Here is a link to one of my blog posts about the importance of reviews for authors and how a few words help.  READ HERE Thanks so much for following this blog and reading about my ladies of disgrace. Read More

Reviews & Advertising – It’s a Jungle Out There

As an author and someone who can’t stop writing 24/7, I often find it interesting how shy readers can be about writing reviews. Reviews not only help other readers, but they also help authors.  Even a bad review can push interest in a book. With the Amazon market filled with millions of books (think 1.3 million and thousands daily are added), visibility is becoming a huge challenge for many authors.  The only way to become visible is to pay for advertising. However, there are qualifications even to advertise, and the most challenging qualification is the minimum number of reviews a book must have in order to be considered.  Requirements can be anywhere from five to ten reviews on a book with an average rating of 4.0 or higher before they will consider your ad. Unfortunately, I struggle with a few of my novellas that haven’t garnished enough reviews to advertise, Read More

1872 – What Constitutes Good Society?

What constitutes good society? Well, in 1872 England the requisites of good society are listed in “The Habits of Good Society: A Handbook for Ladies and Gentlemen.”  They are: Good breeding, which is acquired by being taught by nurses, parents, tutors, school fellows, and friends. Education not from just finishing schools, universities or boarding schools, but education that gives you mental powers and comprehension. Cultivation of taste, referring to the arts and music and being well versed in the subject. Reason so that you are able to reply as well as to attend to the opinions of others. The art of speech, expressing self by the written word and using proper grammar and syntax. A knowledge of English literature deemed important to be well rounded so you can converse expertly on history, politics, and every other subject or current interest. Moral character because without morality society will shun you. “Society itself Read More

The Perfect Hero – Is There One?

I’ve written about the perfect heroine, but alas, I have procrastinated long enough over the perfect hero. Is there one? What fantasy do readers want? In reality, as much as we are filled with fanciful and romantic thoughts, there probably isn’t a perfect man. Of course, it depends on how you define perfection. Like the variety of readers and their various tastes over heroines, there is no absence of criticism over the perfect male. Once again, I’ve strolled through the reviews of some best selling authors to find out what women are thinking. There are the usual complaints of women who dislike emotionally scared men (except for Fifty Shades, apparently), along with arrogant aristocrats and walking cardboard characters (boy that term gets used a lot). Frankly, I think women who look for the perfect hero want a type of man they can fall in love with during the story. Women Read More

The Perfect Heroine – Is There One?

In the past seven years, I have had the opportunity to craft female characters by the names of Suzette, Desiree, Charlotte, Angelique, Rachel, Ann, Mary, and Caroline. Each woman is unique so that their character fits the theme of the story that I pen. However, it’s been interesting to learn that crafting a female character who pleases the vast array of preferences that exist among readers, is a unique challenge. It’s safe to say that each one of my imaginary leading ladies has been a victim of harsh criticism, but a few have been lauded as brilliant. The ratings appear to hang upon whether the reader likes or dislikes the personality of the heroine. Since historical romance books are inherently written for the fantasies of the female audience, it makes perfect sense that female readers can be harsh critics. As I have said before, writing romance is a tough gig. Read More

Victorian Women by Joan Perkin

While writing my new novella, Whitefield Hall, I started to Google a few terms—one of which was gambling in the 19th century. Victorian Women by Joan Perkin came up in the search results, so I clicked on the link. Though it had very little regarding the subject, I started to look at the book and realized that it was a treasure chest of information about the Victorian era and the challenges Victorian women faced. Studying the contents has been an eye-opening experience. I highly recommend it if you’re interested in moving beyond the romance of the era and into reality. What is unique about the book, is that it contains text from women who lived during that time period, expressing what it was like to be a woman in a man’s world. Joan Perkin includes the lives of all women, in the upper class, middle class, and working-class, to give Read More