Fair as a Star named a Library Journal Best Romance of 2020!!

I’m thrilled to announce that my Victorian romance novel Fair as a Star has been named a Library Journal Best Romance of 2020! […]Continue Reading

Gentleman Jim Release Day: Blog Tour, Giveaway, & More!

It’s release day for my new Regency romance Gentleman Jim!! To celebrate, I’m embarking on an epic virtual book tour, complete with reviews, excerpts, and a giveaway. There’s also a special Reader FAQ, and a Gentleman Jim Pinterest board with images of how I imagine the characters![…]Continue Reading

The Role of Injury and Illness in My Historical Romances

A Convalescent by James Tissot, 1876.
(Sheffield City Art Galleries)

In my historical romance novels, I often have characters who have experienced a catastrophic injury or illness. As many of you know, several years ago, I broke my neck, so the journey of coming to terms with a disability is a very personal subject to me, and one I suppose I’m constantly working out through my art.[…]Continue Reading

Some Wonderful Book News!

The Reader by Charles Baugniet, n.d.

September is my birthday month, and this year I received a fantastic gift—a three-book deal with Berkley! Berkley is an imprint of Penguin Random House, and the home of some of my favorite authors, including superstars like Amanda Quick, Deanna Raybourn, and Mary Balogh. I’m so honored to join the Berkley family.[…]Continue Reading

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

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