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.

Ana Brazil Contest

Ana Brazil is giving away a Kindle copy of award-winning FANNY NEWCOMB AND THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER and a 1 liter bottle of Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane Cocktail Mix. Just add rum and you can have your own FANNY NEWCOMB hurricane party!

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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

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

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

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

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

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

True Hauntings an Inspiration for Modern Gothic Romance

on October 1, 2014

By Lauren Smith There is nothing better than visiting a place you believe is haunted. The chills that dance along your spine, the rising of the fine hairs on the back of your neck. The murmurs of voices, as though behind a thin, invisible veil and that pinprick sense of focus on the back of… Read More

Something Old Is New Again

on July 31, 2014

by Susan Wiggs Back in 1990 or so, I was homeless. Not without a roof over my head, but without a publishing house. I had published several books, but had no publisher for my newest endeavor. I was in love with the idea, though, and determined to see it though, publisher or no. I had… Read More

What My Kindergartener Taught Me About Romance Heroes

on July 9, 2014

I’ve been reading romance since I was in middle school. This means I know all about romance heroes—or thought I did, at any rate. Alphas. Betas. Betas that become Alphas when their loved ones are in danger. Alphas that become Betas when they fall in love. The guys that are in between and/or uncategorizeable. (Is… Read More