Thursday, April 24, 2014

THURSDAY THREADS WITH CATHY MACRAE


Book 2 in The Highlander’s Bride series
 by Cathy MacRae

Historical Romance set in the Highlands of Scotland, 1377
Heat Scale: Sensual


Determined to keep the Macrory clan’s holdings out of the clutches of the Lord of the Isles and marauding pirates, King Robert II sends his man, Lord Ranald Scott, to hold Scaurness Castle. There, Laird Macrory lays dying, awaiting word from his son who is missing on the battlefields of France. If the son is not found before the old laird dies, Ranald will take over as laird—and marry Laird Macrory’s headstrong daughter.

Lady Caitriona sees no reason she cannot rule the clan in her brother’s stead, and is bitterly disappointed with the king’s decision to send a man to oversee the castle and people. Not only is Ranald Scott only distantly related to the Macrory clan, but he was her childhood nemesis. She has little trust or like for him.

Her disappointment turns to panic when the king’s plan is completely revealed and she realizes she must wed Ranald. Pirates, treachery, and a 4-year-old girl stand between her and Ranald’s chance at happiness. What will it take for them to learn to trust each other and find the love they both deserve?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AUTHORS: TRANSFORM YOUR BLOG FROM BLAH TO WOW!

If you've been visiting my blog for any time now, you know what a huge fan I am of Anne R. Allen's blog.
She had an absolutely marvelous post last Sunday that I just had to share. 

Blue Rose Romance has been around for just over fifteen months, and I wish I'd known what Anne shares in her article when I started blogging. I'm still learning what works and what doesn't. 

If you want your blog to go from blah to wow, read on! 

Anne R. Allen's Blog: How to Write Blog Content: 9 Tips to Entice Reader...: You started a blog. Congratulations! But nobody’s reading it. Sigh. Don't give in to despair. It takes a while to build a read...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

TUESDAY'S TIDBITS AND TRIVIA-THE FASIONABLE GENTLEMAN VIA SUSANA'S PARLOUR



The Fashionable Gentleman

Yes, I confess, I'm reblogging this wonderful piece from Susana Ellis's blog, Susana's Parlour. I saw this article the other day and was so impressed, I asked if I might reblog the whole darn thing. Susana graciously agreed. 
Thank  you, Susana!


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Now here's a dapper fellow for you! 
Regency gentlemen had a serious obsession with fashion, especially after Beau Brummell arrived on the London scene. More about him next week.
During the Regency, knee breeches gave rise to trousers, although it was a good long time before trousers were accepted at Almack’s Assembly Rooms. By 1816, after Brummell’s flight to the continent, trousers became all the rage, with breeches reserved for very formal occasions (except for older gentlemen who did not adapt well to change).

ROMANCE WEEKLY


Its' that time again; time to share a bit more about my writing journey.  I missed last week due to editing The Earl's Enticement. 

Okay, here we go. 


1. What ages are your characters?

For my first five book, my heroes have been anywhere from twenty-six to thirty, and my heroines have ranged in age from eighteen to almost twenty-two. 

I love the way ages are described during the Regency Era, the time period I write. Twenty-six would be six and twenty while eighteen would be written as eight and ten. 

I'm not sure why I seem to be stuck in that age bracket. I know for the next three books the ages are similar for both the heroes and heroines because I already know who the characters are. 

Maybe after this series I'll break out of those age molds, although I don't ever see myself writing YA. At least not as romances. 


Monday, April 21, 2014

SCHOONERS OF THE REGENCY ERA BY REGAN WALKER

Schooners of the Regency Era
By Regan Walker

My latest novel, Wind Raven, is a seafaring pirate Regency, much of which is set on a schooner in 1817. To set my scenes accurately, especially those in a storm, I had to know much about schooners of the period and their crews. I don’t have space today to share all of my research, but I thought to share enough about a schooner and its crew to give you a bit of an understanding.

The Ship
Though it can vary in size, generally a schooner is a smaller ship with only two or three decks and two or more masts (most often two) rigged with fore-and-aft sails. As their name indicates, schooners have the ability to glide across the water with superior speed. In Wind Raven the ship is a “topsail schooner,” meaning that the schooner has a square topsail on the foremast.

Topsail Schooner