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A holiday round-up

on December 22, 2016

Taking a wee break to spend the holidays with my family, my dears, so here is a seasonal post from 2013. You might have missed it the first time around, and I hope you enjoy. If you just can’t get enough seasonal cheer, here are a few books you might enjoy: *JANE AUSTEN’S CHRISTMAS Maria…

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Tipping the cap to Jane Austen

on December 15, 2016

Tomorrow, December 16, is Jane Austen’s birthday–her 241st to be exact. I always mark the day, usually with a special nibble at teatime and a hoist of the teacup to her memory. It’s a point of amusement (and horror, if I’m honest) that I managed to get an English degree without ever once being required…

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Happy December!

on December 1, 2016

Rabbit, rabbit! It’s the first of the month, and to ensure luck, the first thing out of your mouth is supposed to be, “Rabbit, rabbit!” Do you do this? I remember about one month out of four. Anyway, happy December, my dears. The newsletter is going out soon, so be sure you’ve signed up–remember, an…

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Welcome back, sun!

on May 26, 2016

For the past month, it’s been grey. Grey with cloud, grey with rain, grey with just more grey. But this week has seen the return of the sun and it’s glorious! Of course, the temperature has also shot up twenty degrees, but I’m not complaining. It’s just nice to see sunshine again. Summer is a-coming,…

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Last week is a blur…

on May 17, 2016

Oh, last week was rough, my dears. If you follow me on Twitter, you know I was engaged in copy edit reviews. This is my least favorite part of being a writer–even less enjoyable than writing synopses, if I’m honest. The reason I dislike it so is that it calls upon my weakest skills. Reviewing…

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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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Some thoughts on historical accuracy

on February 9, 2016

So I was puttering through my archives, tidying things away, and I discovered a mini-rant on the subject of historical authenticity. One of the things people–me included–love to do when a new TV series or book appears is rip into its use of history. The authors and screenwriters who repackage history for contemporary entertainment run…

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Well, happy February!

on February 2, 2016

Goodness me, but January was productive. I finished rewriting A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING and turned it in to my editor–thank heaven! And I’m even more grateful that she loved it. She gave me some fantastic notes when I turned it in, criticism that I took to heart. I dug in on December 1, and with only…

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So much to read…so little time

on July 2, 2015

Isn’t that always the way? But what a lovely problem to have. I did a hard purge of my TBR pile a few months ago, but I still have an unconscionable number of books there. I could solve this if I just stopped finding new things for half a year and read what I have….

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It’s Reading day!

on June 2, 2015

The days I do book recs are always fun for me, and I thought I’d give this one a twist by adding a theme: PAPAL THINGS. I have long been fascinated by papal history; the intricate plots of Vatican politics are far beyond even the abilities of the most diabolical thriller writer to conjure. So…

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