Category Archive: historical romance

Glitz, Glamour, and Gambling: an American in Havana

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He stood only five feet, five inches in height with a slight frame. From his appearance, one might have assumed he was a baker, deli owner, or banker. He was smart enough to… Continue reading

The Cleghorns, Gardens, and a Princess

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Writers often wander down some winding roads; many call it “the research rabbit hole.” This past week I got lost in one when I began by asking about public gardens that may have… Continue reading

With Byron in Venice

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While wandering the streets of Venice a few years ago, I asked myself (as I often do when I’m traveling) if I could put a story there. Since I write largely Regency and… Continue reading

The Butcher’s Son

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Activity in England’s dockyards reached intense levels during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The Royal Navy Dockyard at Chatham in Kent was no exception. During the first decade of the 19th century… Continue reading

After the Bonnie Prince—the Jacobite Succession

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…lonely cairns are o’er the men,  Who fought and died for Charlie!                         Sound the Pibroch, traditional ballad If the men who fell at Culloden lie under lonely cairns, where is Bonnie Prince… Continue reading

Mary Elizabeth Surratt–Co-Conspirator, Starstruck Fangirl or Helicopter Mom?

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Before Mary Surratt gained the dubious distinction of becoming the first female to be executed by the United States federal government, in 1865, she was the owner of a boarding house in Washington,… Continue reading

They Also Serve

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A novel is generally considered “historical” when it is set fifty years or more in the past. By that standard any story set before 1966, when the first of the baby boomers left… Continue reading

Downing’s Oyster Restaurant

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  The latest addition to the national mall in Washington, DC is the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It opened its doors on September 24, 2016 after thirteen years of… Continue reading

Travels Through Historical Fiction: The White Lady

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If readers saw the film version of The English Patient, they may remember that the opening scene showed the main characters in a desert cave marveling at drawings depicting humans and animals painted… Continue reading

Agent 355–A Patriot In Petticoats

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Long before Agent 007 was a germ of an idea in Ian Fleming’s mind, there was Agent 355, one of the first female spies in America, active during the Revolutionary War. But unlike… Continue reading