The General, the Pirate, and the Pop Chart!

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In 1959, balladeer Johnny Horton made it to number 27 on the pop charts with his hit “The Battle of New Orleans”.  The song, replete with catchy melody and march pace rhythm, commemorated the… Continue reading

Nelson, Perry, and the Battle of Lake Erie

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I write stories set in late Georgian England and the Regency period, among other things. Heroes in such stories inevitably have some connection to the Napoleonic wars, either the army or the navy.… Continue reading

The Magic Of Mistletoe

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There’s a commercial going around this year featuring a young man who walks around with a sprig of mistletoe, placing it over his head each time he encounters a pretty girl, claiming it’s… Continue reading

Draw Near and Listen!

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    In the materialistic frenzy that Christmas has become, it can be comforting to pause and focus on the simpler traditions of the season. One of the most delightful things about this… Continue reading

O Wonderful!

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Oh wonderful! Christmas is coming and the waiting is the best part. At least, I always thought so. These days, folks know Halloween is on the way when the Christmas displays go up… Continue reading

Fun Facts About The Pony Express

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The seventh book in my Cotillion Ball Series, Expressly Yours, Samantha, centers on the Pony Express, so I’ll be writing about it a lot in the coming months. But, to start things off,… Continue reading

Pardoning the Turkey

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The joke making the rounds of Facebook this month goes something like this: “Your November not going well? Look on the bright side. At least you’re not a turkey.” Awful, I know, but… Continue reading

Five Reasons Why American Historical Romances Are Making A Comeback

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  This post originally appeared in USA Today’s Happy Ever After Column on October 29, 2014. It’s true that Americans have always had a soft spot in their hearts for a good western.… Continue reading

What Did Your Hero Do for a Living?

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Recently a writer colleague sent out a plea for help. She wanted to know what occupation, that existed at a particular time in a particular place, she might authentically assign to a character.… Continue reading

Schoenbrunn

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One of the field trips nearly every Ohio child gets to take during their school years is still my favorite piece of Ohio’s past. It’s Schoenbrunn Village in what is now New Philadelphia. It was… Continue reading