A Gargoyle of a Different Nature…

I love paisley patterns. Paisley fabric is out of fashion these days, but in Victorian times it was hugely popular. The teardrop shape with the curl at the top originated in Persia. However, textile manufacturers in the Victorian era adopted the pattern. The most popular garments using the paisley patten were shawls, called Kashmir shawls,

2018-09-02T11:35:15+00:00Wednesday, September 5, 2018|Categories: Historical Stuff|Tags: , , , |

The More Things Change…

  The Romans fought a lot of wars, including a particularly grisly series of wars called the Punic Wars, against Carthage, in North Africa. One of the more famous series of engagements was against the Germanic tribes, who took nearly a decade to be ground down into the dirt.  (If you have watched the movie

The Good Story, the Bad Story and My Story – Revisited.

I first posted this in November 2015, but there has been some changes since then!  Notes on the way through... There were two major influences that drove me as I wrote Heart of Vengeance, one of them positive, the other horribly negative…but I’ll get to that one in a minute. The positive one was an

2018-08-17T15:58:58+00:00Saturday, August 18, 2018|Categories: Historical Romance, Historical Stuff, My Books, Upcoming Events|Tags: , |

And You Thought Victorians Were Straight-Laced?

I came across one of the most bizarre facts I’ve ever learned about Victorians in my research for Rules of Engagement, the eighth book in the Scandalous Scions series, which I finished just a few days ago. In the late Victorian period, one of the most popular activities among the ton was mummy unwrapping parties!

An Innocent Burn With A Bloody History

This post appeared on a blog now long gone, when I was first touring for the release of Bannockburn Binding.  As time travel romances are creeping back into my production schedule, I thought I'd add it here.  -- t. The Battle of Falkirk, reinterpreted for a modern audience. Ignore the kilts--they weren't wearing them then!

2018-07-17T14:44:56+00:00Wednesday, July 18, 2018|Categories: Historical Stuff|Tags: , , , , |