Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Blog Hop #historicalromance #giveaway #romance

I can't believe we are already so close Christmas! It seems like the holiday season has taken after the rest of the year and flown by. I mean, it seems like just yesterday I bought my advent calendars. Now I've already enjoyed 14 days of the chocolates. Anyway, welcome to my stop on the Midwinter's [...]

Gratitude Giveaway Blog Hop #giveaway #romance #historicalromance

It's no secret that I love this time of year. From Halloween to New Years I'm buzzing with excitement, especially around Thanksgiving. While I love all the other holidays, I think Thanksgiving is probably my favorite by a teeny-tiny bit. I'm actually one of those weird people in that I love cooking the big meal. [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part Eight: Rules – Personal Beliefs and Authenticity #historicalromance #romance

When I first became obsessed with Outlander, I went online to read some of the reviews on the books. Why, I don't know, but curiosity always drives me. Perhaps, it's because I like to see that no matter how much of a blockbuster a book is, it will still have a broad range of reviews [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part Seven: Rules – Fact vs Fiction #historicalromance #historical #writing #amwriting

Ask any reader the question: "How important is historical accuracy in a novel?" And, for the most part, you will get the answer of "very". Of course, that's the answer you should receive. Why even write historical novels if you aren't going to stick to historical facts? While there are some who believe that authors [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part Six: Rules – Research, Research, Research #writing #amwriting #historicalromance

Aside from finding your perfect time period and creating your perfect plot and characters, research is perhaps the most important rule to writing historical novels. Why? Because you will never be able to draw your readers into a different time period if you don't know what you're talking about! So how do you know what you're [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part Five: Elements – Plot and Setting: Time and Place #historical

Why do readers read Historical Romance and Historical Fiction? When asked this question, the overwhelming answer is always 'to bring the past to life' and it’s our job as the author to do just that. Nothing will pull a reader out of a historical novel faster than something or someone out of place. Whether it's [...]