Category: Featured Articles

Pauline Bonaparte’s Missing Treausre by Cerise DeLand

Pauline Bonaparte’s Missing Jewels, Money…and Cerise DeLand’s heroine’s search for lost treasures!  As Napoleon Bonaparte signed his abdication in Fontainebleau in April 1814, his much beloved young sister Pauline had been very busy. Not only did she arrange to sell her house, the Hotel Charost in Paris, to the British government for their new ambassador to France, the Duke of Wellington, but also she attempted to...

William Banting by Lillian Marek

William Banting was huffing and puffing by the time he reached the top of the first flight of stairs, or so the story goes. He said to himself, “I need to lose some weight.” He was probably right about that. At five feet five inches, Banting was not a tall man—but in his mid-60s he weighed in at about 200 pounds. He went to various doctors...

Female Spies in History by Kathleen Bittner Roth

Female Spies in History Female spies have been known throughout the centuries in royal court, eavesdropping on conversations held at balls and in corridors, but did you know that the use of women as spies was commonplace in both England and America during the 19th century? In England, the brunt of spying took place in industry, while in America, the greatest use of female spies took...

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...

The Wounded at Waterloo by Bronwen Evans

Dear Readers Waving hello from New Zealand, where I spend my time writing Regency historical romances.  In my current Regency series, The Disgraced Lords, several of the characters, their friends, and siblings, fought at the battle of Waterloo. As 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo 18-20th June 1815, in Belgium, I thought I’d learn a little bit about the epic battle. The...

Researching Medieval Manuscripts

by Ruth A. Casie Whether it’s how to disassemble and clean a Glock, which poisons are quick killing and leave no trace or what women wore in the 14th century it all takes research. The better you know your facts, the more authentic your story. As a result you become somewhat of an authority on the topic. The added benefit is you are now the go to...

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...

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...