Madam, Ma’am, or Miss: Proper Address for Unmarried Young Ladies

La Mode, 1836.
(Met Museum)

During the nineteenth century, the proper address for an unmarried young lady was very much a matter of rank—both the rank of the one being addressed and the one doing the addressing. For instance, a maidservant might acknowledge a command given by her young unmarried mistress by saying “Yes, miss.” Whereas a gentleman might address the same unmarried young lady with a “Yes, madam” or “Yes, ma’am.” […]Continue Reading


Interview with Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of reading an advance copy of Rachel McMillan’s much-anticipated new novel, The London Restoration. I loved every word of it. The lush descriptions of  post-World War II London. The impeccable sense of time and place. And the romance—as much between the author and the city’s architecture as it is between protagonists, Brent and Diana Somerville, a married couple who must reconnect and rebuild after having each served their country in life-altering ways.[…]Continue Reading


Interview and Giveaway with Historical Fiction author Clarissa Harwood!

It’s release week for Fair as a Star, and I’m thrilled to share it with one of my favorite historical fiction authors, the brilliant Clarissa Harwood. Clarissa’s book Bear No Malice is being released this week in paperback. To celebrate, she’s here with a special interview and giveaway![…]Continue Reading


The Work of Art is a HOLT Medallion Winner!

 

I’m thrilled to announce that my Regency romance novel The Work of Art has won the HOLT Medallion Award for outstanding literary talent in the Historical category! The HOLT Medallion is a prestigious writing award bestowed by the Virginia Romance Writers’ chapter of Romance Writers of America, Many thanks to them for organizing the competition, and a huge congratulations to the other winners and finalists![…]Continue Reading


The Winter Companion is a USA Today bestseller!!

The Reader by Charles Baugniet, n.d.
Dear Readers,

My new Victorian romance novel The Winter Companion is a USA Today Bestseller!! This is the fourth book in my Parish Orphans of Devon series to have made the list as a single title. What a great way to end the series! […]Continue Reading


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