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Ok, so I’m not being very patient. I can’t wait to share these with you. So, I’ll be posting a new chapter every two weeks on Saturday until the book is published. (Don’t forget, comments really do inspire me to write faster…just saying…) Find previous chapters HERE April’s scratchy toes pierced her bodice and rasped …

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#30 Cat won’t stay filed People ask all the time, how long does it take to write a book. I always reply it depends on a great deal of things like how much research needs to be done, how active the muse, what’s going on with the family and the cats… Cats? What do cats have …

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#30 Cat won’t stay filed People ask all the time, how long does it take to write a book. I always reply it depends on a great deal of things like how much research needs to be done, how active the muse, what’s going on with the family and the cats… Cats? What do cats have …

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 Anyone who has dealt with young children knows the misery teething can bring, not just to the baby, but the entire household. Modern parents expect teething to begin at about five months, ushering in fussiness, sleep disruption and drooling, but nothing more difficult or dangerous than that. Twenty four hundred years ago, though, Hippocrates warned …

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Ok, so I’m als a sucker. You asked for chapters weekly…I guess I’ll do chapters weekly now. How about we check in with exactly what Darcy is up to as well. He better have a good reason for not coming to the rescue–right? (Don’t forget, comments really do inspire me to write faster…just saying…) Find previous …

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A Jane Austen Mashup Short Story. What happens when Emma meets Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice? A wedding perhaps?  Find other chapters HERE. Saturday morning—Friday was unfortunately too soon for the butcher to prepare Emma’s order—Elizabeth stood before the mirror in her second best gown. No, it was not new, but it was silk, and pale blue, …

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It kind of goes without saying that historical fiction takes tons of research. Tons. Literally heaps and gobs of it. Great stacks and piles. I thought my doctoral dissertation took a lot of research. That was nothing in comparison to the thousands of pages I have read and saved on my hard drive. History=Research. OK. …

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Ok, so I’m als a sucker. You asked for chapters weekly…I guess I’ll do chapters weekly now. How about we check in with exactly what Darcy is up to as well. He better have a good reason for not coming to the rescue–right? (Don’t forget, comments really do inspire me to write faster…just saying…) Find previous …

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A Jane Austen Mashup Short Story. What happens when Emma meets Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice? A courtship for Elizabeth Elliot perhaps?  Find other chapters HERE.   Mrs. Darcy squealed like a little girl and pounced on them. It really was quite sweet, in a very familiar sort of way. Familiar was … nice … quite nice. …

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  It can’t possibly be a surprise that I read tons of history articles each week. I just can’t help myself–I’ve got to share some of the fascinating things I’ve come across. Here are a few of my recent favorites:        Odd Jobs: Clowns, Jesters, and Fools in Medieval and Tudor England  Even …

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I’d like to welcome Kyra Kramer today as she shares a fascinating article on Regency Medicine and how it was more medieval than modern. There would be significant changes in health care in the later decades of the 1800s, with the emergence of germ theory producing biomedicine as we would recognize it by the Edwardian age. …

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A Jane Austen Mashup Short Story. What happens when Emma meets Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice? A woman who looks very fine a riding habit perhaps?  Find other chapters HERE. Fitzwilliam nearly collided with the housekeeper in the front hall. “Is there something wrong, sir?” A familiar expression of fear darkened her eyes. How many times …

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What is a young woman to do? One handsome young man has all the goodness, while the other, the appearance of it.  How is she to separate the gentleman from the cad? Find out in All the Appearance of Goodness. Comment on this post for a chance to win an ebook of All the Appearance …

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Ok, so I’m not being very patient. I can’t wait to share these with you. So, I’ll be posting a new chapter every two weeks on Saturday until the book is published. (Don’t forget, comments really do inspire me to write faster…just saying…) Find previous chapters HERE The door clattered open and heavy footfalls, familiar …

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A Jane Austen Mashup Short Story. What happens when Emma meets Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice? A courtship for Elizabeth Elliot perhaps?  Find other chapters HERE.  Just after dawn the next morning, Fitzwilliam paced along the base of the great stairs, looking for all the world like Darcy waiting for his female Fitzwilliam cousins to be ready …

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How did dowries provide for a young woman’s future? A Woman’s Dowry Though Pride and Prejudice’s Mr. Bennet referred to dowries as “bribes to worthless young men to marry his daughters,” dowries were more commonly considered a means by which a responsible family compensated a husband for their daughter’s lifelong upkeep. How’s that for a romantic notion?  Dowries …

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  A Jane Austen Mashup Short Story. What happens when Emma meets Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice? A courtship for Elizabeth Elliot perhaps?  Find other chapters HERE. And if you’d rather read it all in one sitting, click here and you can find it on Amazon. Darcy, Bennet, Knightley and Fitzwilliam sat in the parlor, waiting …

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    How much do you know about Valentine’s Day history? Test your knowledge against these articles!     Vinegar Valentines: for the one you love to hate? Whether received from an embittered ex or a cruel practical joker, it would have been a nasty surprise to open any of these cards, dating from the …

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  Ok, so I’m not being very patient. I can’t wait to share these with you. So, I’ll be posting a new chapter every two weeks on Saturday until the book is published. (Don’t forget, comments really do inspire me to write faster…just saying…)   Find previous chapters HERE Truly that was beyond the pale, …

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  A Jane Austen Mashup Short Story. What happens when Emma meets Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice? A courtship for Colonel Fitzwilliam perhaps?  Find other chapters HERE. And if you’d rather read it all in one sitting, click here and you can find it on Amazon. Elizabeth sniffled and dabbed her sore nose with a handkerchief. …

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