I’ve been working on a story that includes a secondary character who is an unabashed Regency Dandy. In his mind, appearance is everything. In writing the character, I wanted to make certain I accurately described his attire, so I turned … Continue reading
Category Archives: Research and History
Beware the Urge to Quote Jane Austen!
A Gentleman’s Sporting Life
In a Regency era story I’ve been working on, my hero is a sporting man. Whatever the sport, he loves it: Fencing, boxing, fishing, shooting—they’re all on my hero’s list of favorite things to do. While researching different sports that … Continue reading
Downton Abbey and Simpson’s-in-the-Strand
Last week I saw the movie, Downton Abbey. It was wonderful and perfect and all I hoped it would be. In fact, I smiled like an idiot through the entire 122 minutes of the film (and, yes, I sat through … Continue reading
Musical Instruments in Regency England
When I first began reading Jane Austen’s and Georgette Heyer’s novels, the pianoforte seemed to be the musical instrument of choice for every Regency era heroine. Jane Austen often equated a woman’s ability on the pianoforte to her overall value … Continue reading
Stories from Quarry Bank
Not long ago I wrote a post for the Austen Authors blog about Charles Bingley, a character in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. (You can click on the Austen Authors logo to read the post.) If you’ve read Austen’s classic … Continue reading
I’m an American fascinated with all things British, especially manor houses. In my Yankee mind, every English country house has a butler, a stable full of horses, and an ominous-looking suit of armor standing guard in the hall near the … Continue reading
Smokin’ Hot Literary Characters
Back in the day when cigarette smoking was cool (and some physicians actually prescribed cigarette smoking to their patients!) tobacco companies invested heavily in advertising. One of the most successful and effective methods for spreading the word about cigarettes was … Continue reading
I’m Giving Away Books!
Shame on Santa. He brought me new books for Christmas, but neglected to bring the shelves to put them on. That means I have to get rid of some of my existing books to make room for my new treasures. … Continue reading