Website Troubles, Eleanor, and My Lady Marzipan Delay

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Hello, Readers. I have been away for a bit, or at least, my website has. The irony of everyone talking about THE terrible virus, and then my site got hacked so badly, my security dude who cleaned it (thanks, Mike!) said it was in the 3 – 5% of worst mucked-up sites — a virus […]

Happy Sunny Sunday!

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Today, it is 60 and sunny. What a mood lifter in New England! Yesterday morning, the day AFTER sowing grass seed, I awakened to snow. Snow!! **Sigh** That’s all forgiven now. The dog, the cat, and I enjoyed the sunshine today. Do I have a photo of my sunny backyard? Let me check. Noooo! I […]

Keeping Track of My Daily Word Count

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I tried Scrivener and wrote a whole book with it but didn’t like it. I know plenty of writers who swear by it. Perhaps it’s because I write fairly linearly, from the beginning to the end. Only occasionally do I skip ahead if I get a little stuck and have a scene I’m dying to […]

Victorian Vinegar Valentines

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The Victorians are known for their decorum, propriety, and not being “amused” (as attributed to the queen). However, they did have a sense of humor, especially when it came to Valentine’s Day, which they celebrated as earnestly as we do today. They loved to give and receive greeting cards, but sometimes, they gave “vinegar Valentines.” […]

The Duchess of Chocolate

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Happy Saturday! Here is my Valentine’s gift to myself and to historical romance readers who also love chocolate. The Duchess of Chocolate is the story of a passionate chocolatier. It was kicking around in my head for months until I had to give in and create a trilogy about the fabulous Rare-Foure sisters. Each specializes […]