Many of you know I have two brothers and a sister. What you may not know is that they're all very creative. I'm the big sister to the whole bunch. My sister Jamie McCalebb comes next (some of you have met her at conferences) and makes beautiful purses and quilts. My younger brother Daren Martin is a speaker and a writer of brilliant business books. And my baby brother, Craig Martin, just had the TV show he co-hosts with his best friend, The Good Road, premiere on PBS!
I'm so proud of him! So I hope some of you will check out this unique travel show about the messy business of global charity. It's perfect viewing for while you're in quarantine. You can see video clips from it on their Facebook page (and perhaps "like" the page, too?) and can find out when it's airing near you on their website.
It's been a rough year for so many of us, rougher for some than for others, so I'm wishing all of you an easier road in the coming months. I hope you and your families stay safe and well.
Here's to having happier times soon,
Happy May Day!
May Day has been celebrated throughout the United Kingdom for centuries, although the festivities had started dying out a bit during the Regency. Still, Jane Austen mentions the neighborhood maypole blowing down in a storm, and the Hampshire Chronicle speaks at length about the celebrations in 1815, which involved couples dancing in or on a flower-laden bower while adorning it with pieces of bright ribbon. See this blog for more. Other parts of May Day included crowning a May Queen, and the more obscure practice of leaving small May baskets of treats for people.
The heroine in my upcoming book, Who Wants to Marry a Duke, is a chemist. I based her on an actual female chemist from the period, the Scottish Mrs. Fulhame. Most people have never heard of her and we know little about her beyond the book she wrote detailing her experiments. Yet she published that critical work on her findings about catalysis long before any male chemist was credited with it, and she was lauded by a number of prominent chemists at the time, both in America and England. She even acknowledged that she expected some criticism from men over her work: "But censure is perhaps inevitable: for some are so ignorant, that they grow sullen and silent, and are chilled with horror at the sight of anything that nears the semblance of learning, in whatever shape it may appear; and should be the spectre appear in the shape of a woman, the pangs which they suffer are truly dismal." Kudos to Mrs. Fulhame! We may not know the exact date of her birth, but she left her work behind to advance scientific discovery anyway. For that we can only be grateful. Go here to read more about her.
What Comes Next? Sheer Chemistry!
Late this summer, The Duke Dynasty series will return with book three, Who Wants to Marry a Duke. I just told you a bit about Miss Olivia Norley, the chemist heroine, who meets her match in Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock—"Thorn" to his friends and family. Read the racy excerpt here. Who knew bicarbonate of soda could cause such chemistry between two proper souls?
Okay, fellow puzzlers. This one's for you! I've mentioned before how I piece together puzzles to work through the plots of my Regency romance books. The winner of my May contest can join the puzzling fun with this perfectly charming teacup puzzle and winner's choice of a signed or eBook copy of my latest novel, The Bachelor.
Enter to win!
Just for Fun
Did you know May is "Get Caught Reading Month?" Here's how you can participate.
Here's an example:
- Take a photo of yourself reading one of my print or eBooks.
- Post it to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #GetCaughtReadingMonth.
- Make sure to tag me in your post so I can find it on ye olde worldwide web.
- Check my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages on June 1 to see if you were selected as one of 10 winners of a book from my backlist!
You caught me reading a book by my good friend, Rexanne! #GetCaughtReadingMonth #SabrinaJeffries