The Titanic Orphans #Titanic #TitanicStories #historical

Imagine getting full custody of your two young boys and then waking up to realize one day they are missing. Then imagine finding out weeks later they were living with some woman in New York because their father, after kidnapping them, fled the country with the boys on the ill-fated Titanic that sank in the [...]

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 [...]

Spooktacular Giveaway Blog Hop #giveaway #amreading #reading #romance

Halloween is just about two weeks away and I'm so excited! I can't wait and I'm not even the one who is going trick or treating. Even if I do plan to steal some of my kids' candy. We will call it "taxes". Anyway, welcome to my stop on the Spooktacular Giveaway Blog Hop hosted [...]

Addergoole Fourteen #Titanic #TitanicStories #StoriesfromtheTitanic

In April of 1912, fourteen people who were friends and relatives from the small town of Addergoole Ireland, left for Queenstown to board the Titanic. If you have the time, I highly encourage you to watch this documentary on these fourteen souls, eleven of whom perished in the sinking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4oEedkYtaA   If you want to [...]

The car that went down with the Titanic . . . #historicalromance #amwriting #writing

Remember in the movie Titanic where Jack and Rose finally get it on in the car that is stored down in the cargo hold? Yeah, well, sorry to ruin the moment for you, but actually, in real life, they couldn't have done it. Well, I mean, if they were real they could have done it, [...]

Christmas in July Giveaway #romance #historicalromance #giveaway #amreadingromance

I don't know about you, but I'm starting to love this whole Christmas in July theme. I mean, who wouldn't love to celebrate Christmas twice a year? I just wish I could talk my husband into a putting up a tree! Okay, I'm a little bit kidding there. That might be going to a bit [...]

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 [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part Four: Elements – Props and Attire #historicalromance #writing #amwriting

Books don't have the luxury of the visual effects that a television show or movie has. We can't see a time period prop when watching a scene unfold and we can't see the character's clothes. Of course, you don't want to describe every single detail about what your characters are wearing or using throughout the [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part Three: Elements: Characteristics,Traits, and Behavior #historicalromance

Whether real or imagined, characters behave in keeping with the era they inhabit. That's just one of the secrets to writing Historical novels that people will love to read. They don't want to read about a man or a woman who acts as though it's 2018 when the novel is set in the 1800s. It [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part Two: Elements – Elocution #writing #amwriting #historical

What is elocution? The skill of clear and expressive speech, especially of distinct pronunciation and articulation. So, in other words, speech. Using proper dialect for the time period of your novel will either draw the reader into that era or it will pull them out of the story and cause them to shut the book [...]

Writing Historical Novels, Part One: What is the Difference? #historical #amwriting #writing

Why does one read Historical novels? More often than not it's because they enjoy a book that brings the past to life, and as authors of Historical novels, it's our job to do just that. From the first word to the last word, we should strive to teleport our readers to another time and place. [...]

Deleted Scene ~ In the Land of Gold #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #amreading #amreadingromance

I can't remember why this scene was deleted, but I can guess it was because of story flow. After Cora wakes up in Flynn's tent, hungover and failing to remember much, they argue and she storms out. To bring them together again, of course, he chases after her, which flowed more smoothly then adding in [...]