Gilded Age New Orleans ~ The starts and stops of writing Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper

on January 8, 2019

Let’s play a short word association game. When I say “New Orleans” I’m guessing that you’ll say “Mardi Gras parades! Streetcars! Beignets! Hurricanes! The French Quarter! Jazz!” When I say “Gilded Age New Orleans” I’m guessing that you’ll say “Wait. What?” Or “What’s the Gilded Age?” Fair questions, both of them. The short answer is:… Read More

Ana Brazil

Ana Brazil

A native of California, Ana Brazil lived in the south for many years. She earned her MA in American history from Florida State University and traveled her way through Mississippi as an architectural historian. Ana loves fried mullet, Greek Revival colonnades, and Miss Welty’s garden. She has a weakness for almost all things New Orleans. (Although she’s not sure just how it happened…but she favors bluegrass over jazz.) The Fanny Newcomb stories celebrate the tenacity, intelligence, and wisdom of the dozens of courageous and outrageous southern women that Ana is proud to call friends. Although Ana, her husband, and their dog Traveller live in the beautiful Oakland foothills, she is forever drawn to the lush mystique of New Orleans, where Fanny Newcomb and her friends are ever prepared to seek a certain justice.

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Killer Ideas for an 1889 New Orleans Christmas Story

on December 12, 2018

by Ana Brazil Although I’m still crafting the follow-up story to FANNY NEWCOMB AND THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER, this year I took a break from novel writing to write two short stories. One of them, “Kate Chopin Tussles with a Novel Ending”, is slated for publication in 2019 in the upcoming Fault Lines anthology from… Read More

Ana Brazil

Ana Brazil

A native of California, Ana Brazil lived in the south for many years. She earned her MA in American history from Florida State University and traveled her way through Mississippi as an architectural historian. Ana loves fried mullet, Greek Revival colonnades, and Miss Welty’s garden. She has a weakness for almost all things New Orleans. (Although she’s not sure just how it happened…but she favors bluegrass over jazz.) The Fanny Newcomb stories celebrate the tenacity, intelligence, and wisdom of the dozens of courageous and outrageous southern women that Ana is proud to call friends. Although Ana, her husband, and their dog Traveller live in the beautiful Oakland foothills, she is forever drawn to the lush mystique of New Orleans, where Fanny Newcomb and her friends are ever prepared to seek a certain justice.

https://anabrazil.com

Why women rule the world, according to history.

on August 31, 2018

Ever heard the saying behind every great man is a strong woman? I have, countless times, and I have to tell you, as a writer of historical fiction who spends a great deal of her time researching celebrated men from the past, I almost always discover that behind the renowned ruler, king, laird, prince, president,… Read More

Julie Johnstone

Julie Johnstone

As a little girl I loved to create fantasy worlds and then give all my friends roles to play. Of course, I was always the heroine! Books have always been an escape for me and brought me so much pleasure, but it didn't occur to me that I could possibly be a writer for a living until I was in a career that was not my passion. One day, I decided I wanted to craft stories like the ones I loved, and with a great leap of faith I quit my day job and decided to try to make my dream come true. I discovered my passion, and I have never looked back. I feel incredibly blessed and fortunate that I have been able to make a career out of sharing the stories that are in my head! I write Scottish Medieval Romance, Regency Romance, and I have even written a Paranormal Romance book. And because I have the best readers in the world, I have hit the USA Today bestseller list several times. You can download my Medieval Romance, CHRISTMAS IN THE SCOT'S ARMS, to try for FREE. Just visit my website and download your copy from the home page. I really want to hear from you! It makes my day! Email me here: juliejohnstoneauthor@gmail.com.  

https://juliejohnstoneauthor.com

Julie Johnstone Contest

Julie Johnstone is giving away a digital copy of HOW TO HEAL A HIGHLAND HEART, Book 9 of the Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts series.

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It’s Historical Mystery Award Season!

on May 15, 2018

Spring seems to be the season for historical fiction and mystery writing awards: the Lefty (awarded at Left Coast Crime), the Agatha (Malice Domestic), the Edgar (Mystery Writers of America), and my new favorite, the Benjamin Franklin (Independent Book Publishers Association, aka IBPA). I’m excited to share the news that FANNY NEWCOMB AND THE IRISH… Read More

Ana Brazil

Ana Brazil

A native of California, Ana Brazil lived in the south for many years. She earned her MA in American history from Florida State University and traveled her way through Mississippi as an architectural historian. Ana loves fried mullet, Greek Revival colonnades, and Miss Welty’s garden. She has a weakness for almost all things New Orleans. (Although she’s not sure just how it happened…but she favors bluegrass over jazz.) The Fanny Newcomb stories celebrate the tenacity, intelligence, and wisdom of the dozens of courageous and outrageous southern women that Ana is proud to call friends. Although Ana, her husband, and their dog Traveller live in the beautiful Oakland foothills, she is forever drawn to the lush mystique of New Orleans, where Fanny Newcomb and her friends are ever prepared to seek a certain justice.

https://anabrazil.com

Lyn Cote Asks–Have you ever heard of America’s First Self-Made Female Millionaire?

on April 13, 2018

Have you ever heard of Madame C J Walker? She was the first self-made (not inherited wealth) woman millionaire in the US. This video is just a quick dab of info. If you click the tab above, marked Women Who Made History, I have a longer video that tells much more about this remarkable woman…. Read More

Lyn Cote

Lyn Cote

USA Today best-selling author of over 40 romances, Lyn Cote writes award-winning contemporary and historical romance. Her brand is "Strong Women, Brave Stories." Her books feature a strong heroine, often a multi-cultural cast of characters and authentic history or contemporary life. She lives with her real life hero in a lakeside cottage in the northwoods with two fun cats. (She loves dogs too. :-)

http://www.lyncote.com

Lyn Cote Contest

Lyn Cote is giving away an eBook copy of her new release, A HEART OF STONE, Opposites Attract Book 4.

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Do You Like Where You Live and Why?

on March 14, 2018

Lyn Cote here-I know that’s not a question people ask you directly but many times they ask it indirectly with comments, intimating that they wouldn’t want to live where you do!  I live in the far northwoods of Wisconsin. Lake Superior is just an hour an a half drive north of my house. And people,… Read More

Lyn Cote

Lyn Cote

USA Today best-selling author of over 40 romances, Lyn Cote writes award-winning contemporary and historical romance. Her brand is "Strong Women, Brave Stories." Her books feature a strong heroine, often a multi-cultural cast of characters and authentic history or contemporary life. She lives with her real life hero in a lakeside cottage in the northwoods with two fun cats. (She loves dogs too. :-)

http://www.lyncote.com

Lyn Cote Contest

Lyn Cote is giving away an eBook copy of her new release, A HEART OF STONE, Opposites Attract Book 4.

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A Prescription for Wine? Really? Yes, in 1920.

on May 4, 2016

by Jan Moran Fancy a glass of wine with dinner? In 1920, you’d have to have a doctor’s prescription for that elegant indulgence. In the US, the National Prohibition Act was in force from 1920 to 1933. During my research visit to Napa Valley for The Winemakers, I heard some amazing stories about how winery… Read More

Jan Moran

Jan Moran

Jan Moran is a Rizzoli bestselling and award-winning author. She writes historical women's fiction for St. Martin's Press (The Winemakers, Scent of Triumph), a contemporary women's fiction series (The Love, California series), and nonfiction books. Her stories are smart and stylish, and written with emotional depth. Jan often draws on her international travel and business experiences, infusing her books with realistic details. The Midwest Book Review and Kirkus have recommended her books, calling her heroines strong, complex, and resourceful. She blogs for ProjectEve and at www.janmoran.com. Jan has been featured in numerous publications and on television and radio, including CNN, Women's Wear Daily, Allure, InStyle, and O Magazine. As an editor and writer, she has covered fragrance, beauty, and spa travel for a variety of publications such as Cosmopolitan, Elle, Costco Connection, and Porthole Cruise. Clients have included Sephora, DFS, JCPenney, and Nordstrom. Jan speaks before many groups, including Fashion Group International, The Fragrance Foundation, and The American Society of Perfumers. She has represented brands and retailers in media on behalf of several public relations companies, including Edelman and DeVries. Jan is available for speaking engagements. Jan enjoys receiving letters and emails from readers, and is available to speak to book clubs about her writing and entrepreneurship. Visit her personal website or blog to contact her.

http://www.janmoranwrites.com

Dealing with the Dueling Voices in My Head

on March 24, 2016

by Lauren Linwood Writers are an odd group. We definitely march not to a drummer but traipse along with the voices rattling around in our heads. I walk five miles a day and get some of my best plotting done then—but I’m sure when joggers or bikers pass me, they have to wonder about me… Read More

Lauren Linwood

Lauren Linwood

Lauren Linwood’s historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. Her romantic suspense novels feature strong heroes and heroines who unite to defeat a clever antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey.

A native Texan, Lauren is an avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan who manages stress by alternating yoga with long walks. She plans to start a support group for Fixer Upper addicts—as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.

Lauren also writes the medieval romance series The Knights of Honor as Alexa Aston for Dragonblade Publishing.

https://alexaaston.com

A Romantic Education

on November 11, 2015

by Sabrina Darby As I mention in my bio, I learned my best vocabulary (dulcet, diaphanous, and turgid) from romance books. I learned history from those same books, whether they took place in Tudor England, Napoleonic Europe or Gilded Age America. Half the fun was separating the fiction from the real history and pulling down… Read More

Sabrina Darby

Sabrina Darby

SABRINA DARBY has been reading romance since the age of seven and learned her best vocabulary (dulcet, diaphanous, and turgid) from them. The day after her wedding she woke up with an idea for a novel and she’s been writing romance ever since. She lives in Southern California with her husband and young son. To learn about new releases, join Sabrina Darby's New Release List.

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Excerpt from The Thornless Rose, an Elizabethan Time Travel novel

on January 6, 2015

by Morgan O’Neill In this scene, time travelers Anne Howard and Dr. Jonathan Brandon are thrown together for the first time. Anne felt a tingling, a creeping of skin on the back of her neck and arms. She closed her eyes, suddenly feeling faint, when the air stilled beyond anything she had ever experienced. What… Read More