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November 7, 2019

Every so often in the UK, with it being a monarchy, there comes the madness of a royal wedding and the increasingly insane media circus around it.  Think Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton and Diana Spencer, and you get the idea.  However, this is nothing new.  


September 24, 2019

Now here's a surprise.  These days we expect our heroines to take the lead at times, or at least not to sit about being passive drips - the days of the woman shrieking helplessly while the man did all the work are long gone.  Even in Georgian and Tudor times, some wome...

July 22, 2019

It’s a beautiful day here, and a perfect one to go somewhere just as beautiful, famous for its great romance.  Behold the splendour of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn.  A smitten Henry VIII came to stay here, or sometimes stayed a few miles away at a huntin...

March 7, 2019

It's always fun when writing a hero to decide his characteristics - for all my top ten essentials on what he needs to have, the variation beyond these is enormous.  As it should be, men not being all the same, but this time I have found inspiration for not one but two...

August 16, 2018

Who says that love at first sight doesn't exist?  And who says that historical tales of aristocrats falling madly in love forever are unrealistic?  Behold the true story of Charles Lennox, Earl of March.

Lord March was the heir of the Duke of Richmond, an illegitim...

March 15, 2018

I live in an old house. It’s 500 years old, it leans all over the place, and it still has the original Tudor bread oven working. It’s a timber frame building, most of the timbers coming from Tudor ships broken up at the Chatham dockyard. So the house is 500 years old,...

January 29, 2018

On top of the Empire State Building.  On an obscure beach in Kiribati.  In the gardens of a palace you will never be allowed into.  You know how it works - the Valentine's Day lists of Most Romantic Places that you can't afford (unless you actually live in Kiribati)....

December 20, 2017

So My Lady Governess comes out today – hurrah!!!  I am joyous!  Tam and Marina are unleashed upon the world, and I hope they make some people as happy as they have made me.  Thus ends 2017 on a very high note, before 2018 comes in with more books on the way.  The next...

September 26, 2017

 In June 1999, I met my husband.  I walked into an Edinburgh pub on my first night at work there, someone said, "Oh, he'll look after you," then this big Scotsman turned around and smiled.  I stared back and thought he was gorgeous.  I still do.  I hope I always will....

September 4, 2017

When reading historical fiction, it isn’t uncommon to have a man marrying someone ‘beneath him’ – witness Mr Darcy, who for all Elizabeth’s claims that they are both gentlemen’s children, knows that her family is “decidedly beneath my own”.  However, Darcy had the man’...

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