Count down to New Release…20 days

light at the end of the tunnel!

In the home stretch now  Twenty days until the new release is due out.  Cover is done.

Had to do emergency rewrite of third to last chapter; recovered from the panic that caused.

Two chapters and 10K words to edit, 80K words to proof read and formatting left.

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

History A'la Carte 2-28-13

How about part 2  of a Tudor feast to begin your serving of  History a’la Carte.

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SqPulHN4Jk

And now, a  new installment of History a’la Carte to start the new year. I am always amazed to find out how much I didn’t know that I didn’t know.

 

Count down to New Release…22 days

light at the end of the tunnel!

In the home stretch now  Twenty two day until the new release is due out.  Cover is done. Three chapters and 16K words to edit, 80K words to proof read and formatting left.

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Get to know Claire Voet

  • When did you first start writing?

I started writing approximately three years ago. I used to teach English as a foreign language and wrote short stories for my students, my writing then progressed from there.

  • What did you do with your earliest efforts?

The first story I wrote was a love story called A New Beginning. A different style of writing to my books these days, very much like a Danielle Steel novel. I haven’t done anything with it, – it sits in a file in my drawer still.

  • Did anyone read them?

Yes my publisher, but I decided on publishing Whittington Manor instead.

  • Do you still have them?

Yes I do and I’m still unsure if I will publish it one day. Continue reading

History A'la Carte 2-21-13

How about the start of a Tudor feast to begin your serving of  History a’la Carte.

And now, a  new installment of History a’la Carte to start the new year. I am always amazed to find out how much I didn’t know that I didn’t know.

Don’t forget to check out the Random Acts of Kindness Hop for  great giveaways.

Random Acts of Kindness Hop

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Random Acts of Kindness Hop

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Welcome to Random Bits of Fascination! I’m so glad you stopped by on this hop.  Please take a few minutes to poke around and see what fascinating its you might discover.

For this hop, I’m giving away two ARC e-copies of my soon to be released book ‘All the Appearance of Goodness’ and two sets of two ‘Jane Austen said it best’ exclusive magnets.

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Get to know Anna Belfrage

Please help me welcome Anna Belfrage this morning.


Writing is such a challenging endeavor. What got you started on it and what keeps you doing it?

To write is to be in control – at least initially. I’ve always written stories, as a child swashbuckling stories involving a lot of bravery and yours truly, as an adolescent rather soppy love stories involving yours truly and Handsome Hero, and as an adult a combination of the two – well, with the major improvement of cutting yours truly out of the story.

As my writing skills have evolved – and they do on a daily basis – the fundamental pleasure in writing lies in telling the story THROUGH my character’s eyes. It also leads to some rather surprising twists, as my characters tend to be opinionated and verbal, thereby derailing the plot. These days I have but the vaguest idea of where the story is going to end when I start writing – but I know my characters in and out. Continue reading

History A'la Carte 2-14-13

In honor of Valentine’s Day, a little history of wedding dresses to start your Valentine’s Day History a’la Carte.

And now, a  new installment of History a’la Carte to start the new year. I am always amazed to find out how much I didn’t know that I didn’t know.

Don’t forget to check out the ‘Hearts Through History’ Blog Hop for more great romantic history and great giveaways too!

Get to know Maggie Secara

Please join me in  welcoming Maggie Secara this morning.

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When did you first start writing?

I feel like I must have been arranging words for grace and style since before I learned to talk, but that’s probably not the case. I did write my first poem when I was about 8 years old. I can still recite it but really, you’d rather I didn’t. Still, it both rhymed and scanned!

What did you do with your earliest efforts? Did anyone read them? Did you still have them?

Let’s skip past those childish efforts, shall we. My mother loved everything I did, so we can take that as read. Skip ahead to my first efforts at fiction. I was a voracious reader, and wanted to write books from very early on. When I was 5 or 6, I was also a huge fan of an old TV show called Robin Hood: the Adventures in Sherwood Forest, starring Richard Greene. I learned so much from that show, even how to hold a bow and shoot an arrow. So it’s probably no surprise that my first attempt at a novel was called Maid of Sherwood, and it was about a young girl who somehow gets sent back in time to Sherwood Forest, meets Robin Hood, and has all sorts of adventures. My best friend Nan is the only other person who has ever read any of it or, I suspect, ever will. Now and then she still asks me when I’m going to finish it. I’m pretty sure the original manuscript–hand-written on wide-ruled notebook paper–is long gone. Continue reading

Hearts Through History Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Valentine’s Hearts Through History Blog Hop! Hop from site to site and enjoy historical anecdotes and trivia tidbits about all things romantic. Stories of old love, fascinating insight into love/courting/marriage and weddings from all over history await! Even better, each stop is offering a giveaway you can enter with just a comment, so hop away!

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An Unlikely beginning and a Happy Ending

Charles James Fox(1749-1806) was in parliament from the age of 19, at 21 he was first lord of the Admiralty. He could speak 5 languages fluently was renowned as the best orator of his day and was friend to the Duchess of Devonshire. His grandparents had the most romantic story.

His great grandfather owed a friend a large gaming debt. To settle the debt, he gave his daughter,  Sarah to be married to Charles, later the second Duke of Richmond. She was 13 and he 18 year old.   They disliked each other on sight. So great was the strife that after the wedding she was sent to school and he away to the continent for the Grand Tour.Their separation lasted three years.

When Charles returned he tried to avoid reuniting with his detestable wife.  One night he attended the opera where he saw beautiful woman, and fell in love . The woman was none other than his wife.

He wooed her properly and won her affections. Their marriage was universally regarded as happy and they were known to kiss and cuddle often. She later bore him 12 children.mag collage copy

I am giving away several different prizes for this hop.  I have one of each of my book: Darcy’s Decision and The Future Mrs Darcy (paperback for US, e-book for elsewhere).  I also have exclusive ‘Jane Austen said it best’ 4×6″ magnets in four different designs. Four winners will win a magnet with a randomly selected design.

Comment for your entry into the contest. Comment link is just under the post title. Please include whether you’d prefer a book or a magnet if you win. Extra entries can be earned for new blog follows, twitter follow, pinterest follow, facebook page likes and a double entry for e-newsletter subscriptions. All extra entry activities can be access from the button in the right hand sidebar. I have comments set to moderation, so if your comment doesn’t appear right away, don’t worry, it will soon.

I’ve posted a little early so all the links may not be live yet. They will be live 2/10/13.

Be sure and visit the other Hop Locations

  1. Random Bits of Fascination (Maria Grace)
  2. Pillings Writing Corner (David Pilling)
  3. Sally Smith O’Rourke
  4. Darcyholic Diversions (Barbara Tiller Cole)
  5. Faith, Hope and Cherry Tea
  6. Rosanne Lortz
  7. Sharon Lathan
  8. Debra Brown
  9. Heyerwood   (Lauren Gilbert)
  10. Regina Jeffers
  11. Ginger Myrick
  12. Anna Belfrage
  13. Fall in love with history (Grace Elliot)
  14. Nancy Bilyeau
  15. Wendy Dunn
  16. E.M. Powell
  17. Georgie Lee
  18. The Riddle of Writing (Deborah Swift)
  19. Outtakes from a Historical Novelist (Kim Rendfeld)
  20. The heart of romance (Sherry Gloag)
  21. A day in the life of patootie (Lori Crane)
  22. Karen Aminadra
  23. Dunhaven Place (Heidi Ashworth)
  24. Stephanie Renee dos Santos