And also of some of the origins of my own fiction. Because my relatively recent fascination with the ancient world (indulged to the fullest in my just-posted History Hoyden’s discussion of Stacy Schiff’s magnificent Cleopatra biography) is the product of the loving research I did in order to understand the Regency classical scholar Jasper Hedges, … Continue reading In Search of Cleopatra
My old friend Jeff Weinstein’s wonderful blog post about the hundredth anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire last week moved me to write about it, too, perhaps more from the p.o.v. of a historical romance writer. And about a lot of other stuff that’s important to me at http://historyhoydens.blogspot.com/2011/04/give-us-bread-but-give-us-roses.html Hope you’ll come check it out. … Continue reading For a Sharing of Life’s Glories
Am I the only erotic writer who looks to Jane Austen as a muse? This and other items of note posted at the History Hoydens Blog. Come on over and chat.
No, not mine. Well, read mine too, but if you like historical fiction at all, do yourself a favor and get hold of a copy of Hilary Mantel’s spectacular, prize-winning Wolf Hall. I’m posting today at the History Hoydens blog about my experience of reading it: one of the pure deep pleasures to match my … Continue reading Read this Book!
Have I got a prize for you! Well, one lucky one of you anyway, who by entering my new contest, will be eligible to win a veritable treasure trove of lovely historical romances and choice historical gossip, written by me and by a beautiful, brilliant bevy of bloggers (try saying that fast) from the History … Continue reading Such a Deal — New Cover, New Contest
I’m excited in all sorts of ways that my publisher will be reissuing The Slightest Provocation in mass-market format this May 4. Which means, if you don’t know, that typical romance novel size, shape, and look. Dark, sexy, clinchy. Heavy on the male abs. These days with the heroine doing that weird raised leg thing. … Continue reading A New Cover for The Slightest Provocation!
Do you not see how necessary a World of Pains and troubles is to school an Intelligence and make it a soul? That’s from somewhere in John Keats’ letters, as quoted by biographer Walter Jackson Bate. And as I copied it out from Bate this morning, it occurred to me that certainly that’s one of … Continue reading Bright Star, Heart in a Book
I had to leave off this argument to go post at the Hoydens about Sex and the Historical Sensibility. But I promised to come back and finish it off with “subtleties, shades, differences.” To ask — of a genre that guarantees its readers a happy-ever-after ending every time — whether it’s possible to mix things … Continue reading Be My Baby Now, Part II
..in trying to describe how it felt last night when The Edge of Impropriety won the RITA® for Best Historical Romance at the Romance Writers of America’s Annual Awards Ceremony, the culminating event of our National Conference. So I just keep saying yes — yes, thanks — yes, it’s amazing, overwhelming, awesome, thrilling. No hold-the-presses … Continue reading Words Fail Me
The last few History Hoyden posts, particularly from our bestselling authors Lauren Willig and Mary Blayney, about funny and fascinating branches of their family trees. Not to speak of the terrific comments — from hoydens and readers alike — about our own families and all the places they came from, including this continent, before Columbus. … Continue reading And Don’t Miss…