Category: America

Late Victorian Decorative Techniques by Madeline Hunter

While there are many house museums one can visit, finding one that is almost intact from the time it was decorated and occupied is unusual. Clayton, the Pittsburgh family home of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, is such a house. Originally an eleven room building, it was expanded during 1891-92 to what is seen today. After Frick and his family moved to NYC in 1905, the house...

Why I Write Romance–A Different Perspective

WHY I WRITE ROMANCE—A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE by Kathleen Bittner Roth Society rewards us for practiced thinking by handing us diplomas to tack on our walls. But what of our important feeling nature? Thinking is what brings about clarity and objectivity in our lives, but only feeling can bring a sense of value and worth to a person. Our self-esteem comes not from what we think of...

Cowboys: Knights of the Old West

by Jacquie Rogers A certain mythos of romance holds a strong place in my heart. And of course, when we talk about romance, the first thing we think about is a hunky hero. As a woman, and as a romance writer, men fascinate me. They’re so incredibly complicated but at the same time so basic. Women are complicated and basic in other ways, leaving the man/woman...

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...

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...

Fantastic Video – Explore Historical Romance!

Think you know historical romance? Prepare to be surprised. Never read historical romance? The subgenre has never been more diversified in its offerings to readers. To back up our claim, Historical Romance Network members put together a fun, energetic video highlighting a collection of beautiful covers by just a few of today’s stars in historical romance. Stay tuned – many more to come.