Fetching Water

Original image by Isaiah Rustad The Roman-built aqueduct running through Segovia, Spain. It still carries water.  Photo by Bernard Gagnon [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons I've seen many pictures of women in third world countries carrying water.  Buckets and jugs on their heads, or jerry cans in both hands,

2018-04-19T15:29:56+00:00 Saturday, April 21, 2018|Categories: Historical Stuff, Stuff We Don't Have To Do Anymore|Tags: , |

The Lengths Authors Will Go To

  Authors can go to extraordinary lengths to build their fictional worlds.  They have travelled the world, and spent decades in research. James Cameron has gone where few men have gone before--in ocean depths that few have ever seen.  Based on his research he wrote The Abyss (one of my favourite movies ever) and Titanic. J.R.R. Tolkien

2018-04-17T15:15:17+00:00 Friday, April 20, 2018|Categories: Fantasy Romance, Historical Stuff|Tags: , , , , , , |

Making Cloth – Part 2

Original image by Isaiah Rustad   In the first part of this long post, I described the long process involved in turning any type of fiber (wool, flax, silk, cashmere, cotton) into strands for weaving, to produce cloth, and how labour intensive it was in the past, when machines didn't do all the

Making Cloth – Part 1

Original image by Isaiah Rustad Look Around You In a second, I’m going to ask you to lift your head up and look around your current location. I want you to take a quick tally of everything you can see that has a textile component.  That is, any fabric, anything woven. Okay, take

The Most Well-Known Muslim Leader in Western History?

Igor Ovsyannykov   KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, Ghassan Massoud, 2005, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. On this day in 1169, Salah ad-Din or Saladin became the emir of Egypt.  He was a Kurdish Fatimid and highly educated.  He preferred studying and religion to military affairs, but he would go on to

Really Cool Historical Vacation Spots: Constantinople — Redux

I first published this post on March 19, 2011.  It was a little post about some of the cool historical research I was doing at the time, for a book I was planning to write that would later become Kiss Across Chains.   This little nugget post ended up being one of the most popular posts on

New Historical Romance, Hot RS, Free SFR and Sexy Vampires, too!

  Check your inbox for this week's newsletter,  "New Historical Romance, Hot RS, Free SFR and Sexy Vampires, too!" The newsletter includes survey results from last week's survey (and they're a surprise!), discount codes and freebie deals. Cheers, . Get the news that no one else does. Sign up for my newsletter. For a

A White Hotel on a Tropical Island in a Time of War…

The Hotel des Indes, Batavia, during WWII. A white hotel on a tropical island, in a time of war. Does that remind you of anything?* _____ By Tropenmuseum, part of the National Museum of World Cultures, CC BY-SA 3.0.   On this day in 1942, the Japanese Imperial Army captured Batavia, the capital

2018-03-04T12:24:34+00:00 Monday, March 5, 2018|Categories: Historical Stuff|Tags: , , , , , |

Tell me what you think, so you get to read what you want.

  Check your inbox for this week's newsletter,  "Tell me what you think, so you get to read what you want." This weeks, I'm asking for your feedback, to help shape future book releases.  Also, what do you think about science fiction romance?  Tell me!  Check the newsletter for the survey links. Cheers, .