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Finding Home: Not your ordinary Regency Romance

Finding Home: Not your ordinary Regency Romance

I’m just a few chapters away from completing the first draft of Finding Home…and I cannot wait to share this story with you. ?Yes, I know some of you are not fans of historical fiction so just bear with me for a bit longer since the next story in the queue is contemporary. Followed by another contemporary after that. ?But in the meantime, the timeline of this current tale spans from 1803 to 1814, including an

Adding Music to the current WIP ~ Finding Home

Adding Music to the current WIP ~ Finding Home

Thanks to January’s castle-inspired writing retreat, I’ve crossed the halfway point in writing the next installment in my Castle series.  And I have to admit that my current work-in-progress Finding Home has involved more intricate plotting and detailed research than the previous books in the series… Which should mean an even better story for you! But while readers have to wait longer than I’d anticipated for this next title to release, I couldn’t leave you without a glimpse

Who wouldn’t want to stay in a castle right now?

Who wouldn’t want to stay in a castle right now?

I took this picture just a few days ago while on a writing retreat with a couple author friends. Can you just feel the stories of people who lived within these walls? Of course, this is a “new” castle with a history dating back to the late 1800s, but the setting certainly proved inspirational as I was finally able to make significant headway on the next book in my castle series.  Wrangling a complicated plotline into shape

A Journey to the Past… Uncovering All Sorts of Fun Research Nuggets

A Journey to the Past… Uncovering All Sorts of Fun Research Nuggets

I’m currently deep in the weeds writing a Christian Regency to add to the Within the Castle Gates series later this fall. So while ideas are pinging and a notebook is always within arm’s reach to jot down the latest reminder to myself or perfect dialogue snippet, I thought I’d share just a few of the treasures I found while researching certain fact points. First, I had to get in the mood. To pick up

Character Research…Just Another Name for Eavesdropping and People-Watching

Character Research…Just Another Name for Eavesdropping and People-Watching

A month ago, I was in California for my nephew’s wedding. After several days around the Bay Area and time at a gorgeous vineyard in Sunol, we headed south to the Los Angeles area for time with even more extended family, beaches, and theme parks. After all, when you’re in the “neighborhood,” you might as well make the most of the opportunity. However, while slathered in SPF 50 sunscreen to avoid the lobster look I

Behind the Scenes: Research for Authenticity

Behind the Scenes: Research for Authenticity

Have you ever read a book where the simplest thing took you out of the story in two seconds flat? If you’re from that setting or profession, it just takes one bit of misinformation to spark an internal argument with the author and start you questioning everything else in the story. Because it’s one of my pet peeves, I invest the time to get the details right to preserve that connection with readers and research

The Joy of Research

As some of you know, I’m in the process of revising my second novel. Since this book is set in a dinner theatre, I wanted to confirm my details and bring the setting to life (not to mention wanting an excuse to indulge in my love of musicals). So, I booked my husband and I to see a show at a nearby dinner theatre. The bonus? I had a coupon! Buy tickets to the last