A little bit of Denver history by Gina Conkle

A little bit of Denver history by Gina Conkle

Earlier this week, I shared the fun of attending Romance Writers of America’s national conference. This year I decided to do something different by getting up around sunrise and exploring the city on foot. I’m glad I did.    I convinced my friend, Anne, who writes small town contemporary romance to explore downtown Denver with me. Early mornings were perfect: quiet, sunny, and full of interesting sites. Here are a few of them...

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Tale of the Scone by Guest Author Virginia Heath

Tale of the Scone by Guest Author Virginia Heath

Please welcome guest author Virginia Heath for another History Thursday post on food. She’ll parse out all things scone-ish (she’s a Brit, so she knows what she’s talking about). Of course, she writes historical romance. We’ll get to her book, but first…a few words from Virginia Heath on scrumptious scones.     Morning all from a very grey London! Let’s talk scones… or scons as some people...

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Guest Post: Marrying Up by Sonja Rouillard (part 2)

Guest Post: Marrying Up by Sonja Rouillard (part 2)

  American Royalty — 5 Americans Who’ve Married Up      ~ first in a multi-part America’s Princess series   by Sonja Rouillard, author of the Romance Readers Guide to Historic London   Continuing last week’s fun look at true marrying up romance tales…   A recent royaling-up is Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid, formerly Sarah Butler of Texas. While not poor, neither was she uber-rich as are most...

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Guest Post: Marrying Up by Sonja Rouillard

Guest Post: Marrying Up by Sonja Rouillard

  American Royalty — 5 Americans Who’ve Married Up      ~ first in a multi-part America’s Princess series   by Sonja Rouillard, author of the Romance Readers Guide to Historic London   I love historical romances and my favorites are about commoners “marrying up.” Even better, if they feature an upstart American. So, you can guess that I’m over the freakin’ moon about the upcoming royal wedding between Prince...

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Audr the Deep Minded: Jarls, Kings, and Leaders Blog series

Audr the Deep Minded: Jarls, Kings, and Leaders Blog series

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   This month we’re turning back to the Viking Age with the Jarls, Kings, and Leaders blog series. The first outline I did looked like a Who’s Who of Viking men. And that was my problem. The line-up didn’t feel right. We won’t neglect the men, but I’m not going to start with them.  So, we’re starting with the heart and soul of this series. With Viking women. Get cozy and warm because we’re turning...

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Surprises I Encountered while Writing The Lord Meets His Lady by Gina Conkle

And one more thing about those Georgian marriages…   Bigamy was a problem in Georgian England. The Marriage Act of 1753, passed into law March 1754, was supposed to put the kibosh on illicit elopements and the trickier problem of bigamy. In pervious centuries, most brides and grooms married in their home parish. A select few married by special license.   By the Georgian period (defined by the four King Georges who reigned from...

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