I’m quite certain we’ve discussed this before

on March 31, 2016

but I can’t find a post, so let’s discuss it again: movie houses. Not the places where you see films, but the places IN films and TV shows. There are movies I’ve seen where I almost don’t pay attention to the dialogue or plot because I’m so busy imagining myself living in the setting. Here…

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Bonus post–with a surprise!

on March 30, 2016

I was SO HAPPY to share the cover of the paperback version of A CURIOUS BEGINNING last week! And now I need another drumroll because I have the cover for the hardcover edition of Veronica’s second adventure, A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING (Jan. 2017). I hope you love it just as much!

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Something about spring

on March 29, 2016

The vernal equinox was last week in this hemisphere, and something about the coming of spring stirs us up from our winter slumbers. Everything that seemed cozy and warm and needful in the winter seems cumbersome and thick now. It’s time to shed the woolly cocoons and flap the silken summer wings. There’s spring magic…

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Cheating with your books

on March 25, 2016

I have friends who are faithful readers, keeping to one book only until it’s finished. I’m less devoted. I always have multiple books on the go. Here’s a peek at what I’m reading now: *On the nighstand: IN TEARING HASTE by Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor. This is a collection of letters…

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Going to want a drumroll for this…

on March 24, 2016

A few weeks ago, my editor told me that my publisher has decided to create entirely new covers for the July paperback release of A CURIOUS BEGINNING. They wanted something whimsical that gave a strong sense of Victorian adventure, and…OH MY STARS, they knocked this one out of the park! Without further ado, my dears,…

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Julia news!

on March 22, 2016

An eagle-eyed reader has alerted me to a new development with regard to the Lady Julia books! Last fall, my previous publisher began rereleasing the Julia digital books with new covers in the style of A CURIOUS BEGINNING’s cover. (They continued with the repackaging into the digital novellas, giving SILENT NIGHT a new cover, but…

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Quick note for Virginia Book Festival attendees!

on March 20, 2016

During yesterday’s appearance at the Virginia Festival of the Book–hey, y’all, thanks for having me!–I mentioned a fabulous Persia Woolley book on writing historical fiction. I also mangled the title If you’re looking for it, the book is called HOW TO WRITE AND SELL HISTORICAL FICTION. I believe it’s out of print, but it is…

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Reader, I murdered him…

on March 17, 2016

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you have already read my fangirl squeeing over this, but for everyone else, it’s almost time for JANE STEELE to hit the bookstore shelves! Last autumn I crossed paths with author Lyndsay Faye, and we decided to do a book swap. I sent her A CURIOUS BEGINNING and she…

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A sybaritic weekend

on March 15, 2016

So this past weekend, husband was out of town. He travels a decent bit for work, and it often happens that I am on deadline or otherwise heaped with writing and all its attendant responsibilities. And then there are weekends like this one. For various and sundry reasons, I was in need of a rest….

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Women in history

on March 10, 2016

Earlier this week we had International Women’s Day, and it seems like a splendid time to link to this fabulous article from English Heritage. It’s an interview with Bettany Hughes, one of my favorite historians, on the subject of women in history–namely, why there is so LITTLE written about women. (If you haven’t caught her…

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