Monday Fun: Jane Austen Inspiration

Monday, July 21st, 2014 | Jane Austen, Jane Austen Centre, The Writing Life | No Comments

JAs Writing Table

Caught up as I am at the moment with the new book and a separate copy editing project, I find myself distracted away from my blog and from the internet in general. But this morning I had a moment to think about what inspires me to keep writing even when life, the day job, and other projects tempt me away from my own fiction. When I came across this photo of the table where Jane Austen once wrote, I found myself inspired all over again. Set in the midst of a busy household, tucked away in this tiny chair, Jane Austen made Lizzie Bennett and Charlotte Lucas come to life.  Here’s to all the writers out there, wherever you’re sitting, with your iPad or laptop. Keep those words flowing.

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Monday, July 14th, 2014 | Quote of the Week | No Comments

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Regency Friday: Grace Burrowes and THE CAPTIVE

Friday, July 11th, 2014 | Grace Burrowes, Regency Fridays, Regency Romance | 4 Comments



BurrowesThe Captive by Grace Burrowes

For Regency Friday, I have downloaded for my weekend fun the latest book by Grace Burrowes. She always hits the ball out of the park for me. Combining true love with fabulous storytelling, Grace always manages to sweep me away to another place and time, on a visit with characters I come to love. I can’t wait to dive in. Hit the link above to see more…

Description of THE CAPTIVE:

He’ll never be free…

Captured and tortured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors. Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately.

Until he surrenders his heart…

Gilly endured her difficult marriage by avoiding confrontation and keeping peace at any cost. Christian’s devotion to his daughter and his kindness toward Gilly give her hope that she could enjoy a future with him, for surely he of all men shares her loathing for violence in any form. Little does Gilly know, the battle for Christian’s heart is only beginning.


“Burrowes deftly builds the romantic tension amid lovely layers of domestic
tranquility and honest conversations… [an] engrossing story.” -
Publishers Weekly starred review

“This is a
beautiful story of redemption and love’s power over evil, but even more so it is
a story that wrenches readers’ emotions, yet leaves them utterly satisfied. Let
Burrowes lift your heart.” – RT Book Reviews

Yard Rabbits

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 | First Drafts, The Writing Life | No Comments

Bitty Bunny

The critters that live in my yard, like the bunnies, who I see pretty often, and the bear, which happily I have never seen, probably don’t know that I think of their patch of green as “my yard.” They are well aware of us humans, of course, because they have to avoid us to stay alive. Also, we’re noisy, with our car engines and our loud voices. And for the bear at least we provide the occasional snack when we put our garbage out too soon, before the truck comes to take it away. But out on the mountain, tucked away in our little cove, we all live together. I like knowing that they’re there, even when I don’t see them. I have a pretty good idea that they always see me, blundering, loud human that I am.

It makes my writing space, which this time of year is my back porch, a less lonely place. When in the midst of a first draft, it’s just me and the blank page, and my characters, trying to make something new. So when I see a rabbit hop by, stopping to eat some clover, I feel like the little furry critter is endorsing my book before it’s even finished. Rabbits are not tough critics, so it’s good to have them around. The clover is always fresh at the base of my porch, and that’s all they care about. They’re a good reminder of the larger world, so I don’t get too caught up in my work, in how it’s going, or how many words I’ve written that day. No matter how the book is doing, the rabbits are still eating and still looking cute. And not one of them knows what I’m doing, or cares. I’m not sure why I like that, but I do.

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