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?Ā 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 [...]