Author: Charlotte Russell

The Water Closet

Excuse Me, I Have to Powder My Nose – Cheryl St. John I’d wager that an author uses about one to five percent of the research she gathers during the plotting and planning of a story. It’s a skill to learn how to store and document gathered information and how to integrate it seamlessly into a story. Writers are fascinated by research, often to the degree...

Medieval Romance Video

Medieval Romance Escape to a time when knights battled for thrones, conquerors and crusaders roamed the lands, and ladies in waiting served their queen. Find your hero in a medieval romance!

Historical Romantic Suspense-Video

Historical Romantic Suspense Do you like a little a little danger and adventure in your historical romance? Spies? Thieves? Abduction? Check out this video about historical romantic suspense. For more information, check out www.pastthrills.com

The Eldest Son Inherits, right?

  The Eldest Son Inherits, right? by Jill Hughey A wonderful source of conflict in many historical romances is the rule of primogeniture: eldest son inherits. While on the surface primogeniture seems unfair to younger siblings, it serves a purpose. Let me illustrate. Ever heard of Charlemagne? Of course you have. Ever heard of The Carolingian Empire? Probably not, though it is the foundation of Charlemagne’s...

A Forward Thinking Man

Aaron Montgomery Ward by Cheryl St. John This is the time of year we can appreciate online shopping. No crowds, no icy parking lots, no cranky checkers, no lines, no lugging heavy items like cat litter to your vehicle. Fifteen or twenty years ago we thought ordering from catalogs was the height of convenience. We now have a world of items at our fingertips. Nearly anything...

Walk the Walk to Talk the Talk

WALK THE WALK TO TALK THE TALK By Terry Irene Blain I remember a comment a friend of mine made after reading a very inaccurate historical novel.  She said there ought to be a rule that you can’t write a historical novel unless you’ve been camping at least once.   I think she might have a point. I think one of the goals of the historical writer...

Regency Florida

“THERE IS NOT SO GAY A TOWN…” FLORIDA IN THE REGENCY ERA By Darlene Marshall In 1812 a plucky band of men of diverse races, nationalities and backgrounds came together to defend their homes from foreign invaders intent on seizing their land and destroying their way of life. The invaders were the Americans, and the defenders were the men of East Florida. A little known and...

Regency Trivia

TRIVIA REGENCY ENGLAND STYLE Hackney Coaches Hackneys were the 19th century equivalent of the black cabs you see in London today. There were rules for passengers wishing to travel in Hackney Coaches. No more than four adults were allowed inside and one servant on the outside, with the exception of a child held in an adult’s arms. If the coachman agreed to take more, he charged one...