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Stink to High Heaven: Baths and Bathing

One of my recent library reads has been If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home by Lucy Worsley. An excellent read BTW, and full of interesting social details about beds, underwear, child birth, marriage etc. If you’re writing historical romance or you’re...

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Thirteen Factoids About Eighteenth Century Food

I picked up a copy of A History of English Food by Clarissa Dickson Wright from the library last week. The history of food fascinates me, and I enjoyed the way this author told an interesting story instead of throwing facts at me. Here are thirteen things I found...

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Thirteen Quotes About Age

Many years ago, around 8.00pm, I’m told, I came into the world kicking and screaming. Yes, today is my birthday, so I thought age was a very appropriate topic for my Thursday Thirteen today. Thirteen Age Quotes 1. I was surprised when I started getting old. I always...

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Thirteen Tricksters & Meanies from the World of Mythology

Many romances, especially paranormal and urban fantasy ones, are based on the world of mythology. An example is Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Hunter series. Old myths and legends are rich in ideas for authors, so I thought I’d mention a few characters from within mythology for...

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Thirteen Latin Phrases in Common Use

Latin phrases are common in the English language. In fact some of them are so deeply entrenched we think of them as English. Here are Thirteen Latin Phrases 1. Curriculum vitae – a history of work and school qualifications. 2. Carpe diem – seize the day! 3. Circa –...

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Corey, the Werewolf, Loves Chocolate, and I Do Too!

Lone Wolf, my fourth Samhain Publishing release is due out on 23 August. Corey, one of the heroes has a liking for chocolate, which R.J., the other hero indulges. “Yeah.” R.J. gave him a quick kiss and pulled a small bar of chocolate out of his pocket. He tucked it in...

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The 13 Step Guide to The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton

I have author, Miranda Neville visiting me today. She's celebrating the release of her historical romance, The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton, which is out at Avon on July 26. Her heroine, Celia is taming a dandy, among other things. Please welcome Miranda and read...

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How To Write a Love Letter

I came across a book called Good Old Fashioned Advice by Michael Powell. It includes a section on the proper way to write a love letter. It’s a dying art, but one I think is very romantic because it demonstrates thought and takes an effort when these days it’s far...

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Thirteen Haunted Inns of Britain

The last time I visited my local library a book called Haunted Inns of Britain & Ireland by Richard Jones caught my eye. It’s full of info about ghosts and haunting, and I found it fascinating. I’ve even visited a couple of the pubs. A list of Thirteen Haunted Pubs 1....

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