I've always loved the hats and bonnets of the Regency Era.
Unfortunately, I'm not able to wear hats and not look utterly ridiculous in them. A neurosurgeon once said I had an, "odd shaped skull" which means, hats slide straight down to my nose.
Really, they do.
Readers of Regency and anyone who's watched any of Jane Austen's works that have been made into movies knows just how lovely those hats and bonnets were.
First, the difference between a hat and bonnet. Bonnets tie on and hats don't. Today, I'm focusing on the types bonnets that would have been worn away from the home, not the simple lace caps that were common indoors, mostly by married women or spinsters.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AND GIVEAWAY
Today's my birthday (I'm 39 again) and I wanted to celebrate that as well as my blog, Blue Rose Romance hitting over 200,000 page views in the eighteen months it's been live.
So, I'm having a Rafflecopter giveaway from August 4-31st so you, dear readers can help me party!
Today I'm thrilled to have Lecia Cornwall not only sharing about her delicious hero Stephan Ives, but also allowing us a glimpse into something very personal about her. I won't spoil the surprise.
By-the-way, isn't the cover of What A Lady Most Desires, gorgeous?
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Tell me, dear reader, do you think you could fall in love with someone without being able to see them? What if it was someone you’d met before, and didn’t like in the least—could you change your mind by sound, or touch, or scent?
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Once again this week, the authors of Romance Writers Weekly are taking a different path form our normal three questions and answer platform. We want to keep things mixed up and oh, so interesting!
My first kiss, officially called, Dish About My First Kiss.
Didn't see that coming did you?
Well you did if you trotted over here from Mikki Cober's, but in case you didn't, you'll know what I'm blathering about.
So, my first kiss. Geesh, that was a long, long time ago. Let me think. I assume we're supposed to talk about our first kiss with our current sweetie. I've been married to mine for over 30 years.
Gads, that's a long time.
Our courtship was unusual in that he asked me to marry him a little more than two weeks after we started dating. Actually, it was closer to three weeks.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Everyone knew Lil Wentfield would never marry. What man would want her? Granted she was a real beauty.
A woman with too much knowledge was at risk for insanity. Their fragile mind couldn’t handle it. That’s what Lil had been told when she went against convention and became an attorney. The 1800’s had fewer women lawyers than women doctors. Her pride knew no bounds when she hung her shingle—L.M. Wentfield, Attorney At Law.
Drew was a struggling cattle rancher, building a fledging Hereford empire. He was working toward that goal when he was accused of rustling and faced possible hanging. He needed a lawyer—a good one—a man. Chesterfield had one lawyer—a new one—L.M. Wentfield. He wasn’t prepared for a beautiful blonde with a sharp tongue and fiercely won independence.
Lil had no homemaking abilities. Her love was the law. And if the thoughts of the gray-eyed cowboy, who had the audacity to refuse her legal help stayed in her mind, she’d push them aside. She had nothing to offer a rancher . Even her wealth wouldn’t be considered an asset to a prideful man. And Drew Jackson was proud. So proud, he knew he couldn’t ask a woman of Lil’s stature to share his life—but he wanted to—from the moment he’d stolen that first kiss
Saturday, August 23, 2014
I wrote this blog for Miss Ivy's Book Nook while on tour for The Earl's Enticement's Release.
In recent days, some of these "obsessive" tendencies have been very much apparent, so I thought it would be fun to share the post again. After all, I'm cannot be the only author/reader who has an obsession.
Friday, August 22, 2014
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I won't be able to check in much today, since I'm on the road. But I didn't want you to miss out on posting and reading those wonderful romance novel excerpts.
FANCIFUL AND FABULOUS FIVE-LINE FRIDAY RULES
· Five lines of your current work in progress, new release, soon-to-be-released...whatever. (Do keep it as close to five sentences, not paragraphs, as you can.)
· You are welcome to post buy links too.
· PG please. (I don't have a warning on my blog about content, so it has to be appropriate for all viewers. I will delete comments that aren't appropriate or offensive to some audiences. Sorry.)
Thursday, August 21, 2014
All that clever, passionate Ravenna Caulfield wants is to stay far away from high society’s mean girls.
All that handsome, heroic Lord Vitor Courtenay wants is to dash from dangerous adventure to adventure.
Now, snowbound in a castle with a bevy of the ton’s scheming maidens all competing for a prince’s hand in marriage, Ravenna’s worst nightmare has come true. Now, playing babysitter to a spoiled prince and his potential brides, Vitor is champing at the bit to be gone.
When a stolen kiss in a stable leads to a corpse in a suit of armor, a canine kidnapping, and any number of scandalous liaisons, Ravenna and Vitor find themselves wrapped in a mystery they’re perfectly paired to solve. But as for the mysteries of love and sex, Vitor’s not about to let Ravenna escape until he’s gotten what he desires…