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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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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How to Elope Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

How to Elope Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

  Oh, the naughtiness of a quickie wedding! Early Georgian England teemed with elopements, creating scores of under-aged brides and pesky bigamists. During that era, people could marry wherever and whenever they wanted, as long as a clergyman presided over the ceremony. By the 1740s, fast weddings in England became a booming industry thanks to shady clergymen in London’s Southwark ward. Because of those few bad apples, people called for...

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