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 [...]

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, [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

The REAL woman behind A Road Paved in Copper #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #western #amreading

I've gotten this question before, and the answer is yes. So what is the question? "Have I ever used real women as inspiration for my characters?" Anyone who knows my dad knows he likes to tell stories. One afternoon while visiting my parents, he started telling me this story about the woman who founded a [...]

What is your Burlesque name? #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #amreadingromance

Want to do something fun today? Take a few minutes to figure out what your Burlesque name would be. I know what you're thinking: what is she talking about? Why would I want to do that? Well, honestly, I don't really know why other than it's just something to make you laugh. And don't we [...]

Every Era has it’s Slang ~ 1930’s Slang Words #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #amreading

While it was hard to put slang in a couple of my historical romance novels, one of them it was an absolute must! One simply doesn't write a novel set in the roaring 1920's and not use the slang people spoke back then. It's just not right. So, of course, I scoured several websites to [...]

My trip to Montgomery, Alabama #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #civilwar #horses

While I was writing and researching my debut novel, The Woman on the Painted Horse, I took a trip to Montgomery, Alabama. Yes, I know the picture say Arkansas, we just didn't stop for pictures with the Alabama sign. Why I have no idea, since it would have made sense. Hindsight is always 20/20. Anyway, [...]

Women of the Klondike #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #amreadingromance #writing #Klondike

I remember reading a review for my novel IN THE LAND OF GOLD once that stated that a woman couldn't have made it up the Klondike trail during the gold rush---especially living through the unbelievable and harsh conditions that I unrealistically created for my character. Women just didn't do those types of things back then. [...]

Ah, the luck of the Irish #sweetandspicyromance #romance #historicalromance #amreadingromance #amreading

One particular question that keeps being asked about my hero, Flynn O'Neil, in my novel IN THE LAND OF GOLD is why did I make him Irish. Honestly? I did it because I love the accent. Yep, that's why. It's just that simple. I actually have a few accents that I love to listen to [...]