Sunday, April 22, 2012

In My Mailbox (26)



I already own the paperback, but at 99 cents I couldn't pass up buying the e-book for my Kindle.
Saturday, April 21, 2012

Mad As A Hatter

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
Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Children's Hour

No bones about it, the skeleton suit had a menacing name.  


But the short, soft suit worn with the trousers buttoned to the jacket was a relief to young boys who had been stuffed into corsets, stiff breeches, high-collard shirts, and tight-waisted coats.


Around the end of the eighteenth century, girls, too, began to shed their crushing stays and smothering petticoats for simple, ankle-length, high-waisted dresses, encircled with a sash.

~ Source: Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Workshop Wednesday: The Query Conundrum

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.


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. 
Monday, April 9, 2012

Period Drama Eye Candy

The best thing about costume dramas: hot men in historical costumes.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Wishing you a very Happy Easter...

Hope your day is extra sweet.
Thursday, April 5, 2012

Loose Hips Build Ships

In 1917 America entered WW I and women gratefully donated their steel corsets to the effort.

 Turn of the Century corset

 The steel bars of the corset

The resulting 28,000 tons of steel were enough to build two battle ships.


WTG, ladies!

~ Source: Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Kris Kennedy

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...

A Scorching Historical Romance NovellaAuthor: Kris Kennedy
Publisher: Self-Published
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.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Writers On Vacation

My Celtic Sister Sarah Hoss at Heart of Romance blog recently posted a funny drawing on her Facebook page.  The cartoon gave me a good chuckle, so I thought it was worth sharing.  

I can totally relate.  That's exactly how my brain works, even when I'm trying to relax. LOL.
Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Releases

April showers bring may a bunch of new book releases.  
Here are the books I'm adding to my must-read list:

I read Isabel Cooper's debut book, No Proper Lady, earlier this year.  I liked it a lot.  I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Lessons After Dark.  

I'm a big fan of Mary Wine's Highlanders. =)

Medieval YA assassins?!  What's not to love?!

Queen's Lady is the second book in The Lacey Chronicles.  The first book, The Other Countess, was very good.  I liked the character of Lady Jane.  I'm glad she gets  her own book.

Teens trapped in space.  Sounds like a good read to me.

The Slayer is second book in The Legend Chronicles by Theresa Meyers.  From what I've heard, it's a must-read steampunk series.

What's on your must-read list this month?  
Do any of these books sound good to you?