Crazy as a loon, you can understand. But mad as a hatter?
The expression refers to the insanity suffered by nineteenth-century hatters exposed to the mercury used in pressing felt. Employers tried to keep the outrageous situation under their hats, but workers "put a bee in the bonnet" of public opinion.
J. B. Stetson Factory, 1865
The first worker safety laws, in aid of hatters, were passed in 1885.
~ Source: Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger
This month my Celtic sisters at Celtic Hearts Romance Writers are sponsoring a workshop to help take the mystery out of query writing. In the highly interactive 2 week online workshop you'll learn the basics of query writing, plus a whole lot more.
THE QUERY CONUNDRUM
April 16 - 27, 2012 Instructor: Kerri Nelson Fee: Workshops are open to anyone. Cost is $15 for CHRW Members; $20 for non-members.
Note: CHRW members receive 2 free workshops per year.
Click here to read full course description and instructor bio and to register.
I've taken a couple of courses from Kerri Nelson and, take it from me, she's a terrific instructor. So if you want to learn more about how to write a standout query letter, I urge you to sign up for this workshop. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
~ Course info copies from Celtic Hearts Romance Writers website.
Kris Kennedy is one of my favorite Medieval historical romance writers. So imagine my excitement when I received her latest e-mail newsletter and read that she has not one, but two new stories due to be released this spring and summer. Take a look...
CLAIMING HER A Scorching Historical Romance NovellaAuthor: Kris Kennedy
Expected Pub Date: E-book May 2012
For three years, Englishwoman Katarina has safeguarded the barony of Rardove, her family's estate - and her inheritance - by a combination of wits, audacity, and sheer will.
But now the distant Queen Elizabeth of England has intervened, and is sending a man to break down Irish resistance and reassert English dominance. A new master, a new lord, a new husband: the next baron of Rardove.
Self-sufficient and accustomed to loneliness, Katarina opens the gates with reluctance, but her ambivalence turns to horror when the man who unhelms himself is not an Englishman sent by the Queen, but one of the wild Irish warlords. The worst of them, known as Aodh Mac Con Rardove - Aodh, son of the Hound of Rardove.
As his men spread out and commandeer the castle with chilling competence, their heavily-armed disreputable, dishonorable, sinfully handsome master turns his attention on Katarina...
Author: Kris Kennedy
Publisher: Pocket Books
Expected Pub Date: July 31, 2012
Irishman Kieran has a history of staggering success and one truly awful failure. For yeard he served as the "piper", enticing wealthy, unscrupulous men into dealings with other wealthy, unscrupulous men. It was a high lucrative way of life for a man without a conscience, and he was very, very good.
But now, he's on a mission of revenge, and the men who once betrayed him are about to pay. Everything has been set in place, from how he'll lure them out, to how he'll hammer the last nail into their coffins. He's planned for everything. Except the appearance of the woman who can bring the whole thing crashing down around him.
Sophia Darnly, daughter of the hanged traitor Judge Darnly, wants the same thing as Kier: the Darnly ledger. Rumored to contain details of the foulest deeds of the richest men in England, it has the potential for extortion on a grand scale. Kier wants the ledger. So does Sophia. Neither one is backing down. It doesn't help that they were once in love. Posing as a wealthy widow and her factor, the duo sets a trap, but the coals of their rekindled passion burn hotter than either of them could have imagined. And when they discover they, too, are the targets of a deadly deception, the fate of their love, and England itself, lies in the balance.