The Purpose of this Site

I developed this blog to answer any lingering questions or curiosities my readers might have about this book or the inspiration behind it.

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05 July 2011

Betrayal is FREE until July 31...

Smashwords has a summer/winter site-wide promotion every year and invites authors and publishers to participate. 

This year, I've chosen to offer Betrayal for free for the entire month of July. 

That's right, you can get the e-book for no cost, and choose the format that best suits your particular e-reader.

Click on over to download your copy. And be sure to check out all the other great titles being offered for 25, 50, 75, or 100% off! 

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16 May 2011

Minors in the Regency

The following is a crossover post from my author blog. It was originally posted March 29, 2009.  

Good grief! There is a reason I never considered becoming a lawyer. I hate law books. 

Legal age of adulthood in Regency England: I've heard 21 or 25, male or female; I've heard 21 for men; 25 for women. Everyone seems to have a different idea. 

If I understand A Compendious and Comprehensive Law Dictionary By Thomas Walter Williams (1816) correctly, the legal age of adulthood was 21, male or female. At 21, a person was old enough, by law, to marry without parental consent. They were also allowed to do whatever they want with whatever unentailed properties they owned. This seems to be true of women, but somewhere I read that women never got the total freedom with their property that men did. I'll be looking into this some more... 

If I got this wrong, feel free to correct me. 

Why I decided to re-post this here

This has something to do with Betrayal insomuch as the heroine is under 21. Thus, she is a minor under the law. Her guardian, in this case her uncle, would have power over her money as well as who and when she'd marry. 

And despite the popularity of such a storyline, running off to Gretna Green would have done no good. Under the law, her uncle would have been able to dissolve the union. 

04 April 2011

~Regency Fashion~ June 1816

This is a crossover post from my author blog. These will occur from time to time, when I post something over there for ~Regency Wednesday~ that is from 1816 or 1817. Enjoy!!

Fashions for June, 1816 
Riding Dress 
"Of fine blue Merino cloth, embroidered and ornamented round the bust and cuffs in a novel and unique style. This new equestrian costume, by fastening on the back of the shoulder, preserves all the contour of the form, which habits, in general, are apt to destroy. A full double ruff of fine Vandyke lace is separated from the shirt collar by a Chinese silk handkerchief of blue and white. Small round hat of fine beaver or of moss-silk. Half boots of blue kid; with Limerick gloves worked and seamed with blue."*

*La Belle Assemblée, June 1816, page 224

03 April 2011

Updates...and Betrayal's New Status in My World

The post immediately before this one (or under this one, depending on how you wanna look at it), is dated January 2010. Eek. That is a long time for a blog to go un-updated. So, here are a few things happening in my writerly world, with Betrayal in particular. 

With Heartless officially out-of-print, Betrayal is my new far as I know. (I don't get the actual sales reports for Deception until I get the royalties for Deception. I can't check it every other day...not that I do that with any of my titles. That would be obsessive and a wee bit compulsive. And we all know writers are neither obsessive nor compulsive. Right?) 

All that aside, I'm hoping TreasureLine will pick up Betrayal like they did with Heartless. I'd love to give it a sexy new cover and a tighter interior edit and format. Plus, I LOVE TreasureLine and would love for a portion of my earnings to benefit the growth and expansion of such a great publisher. 

One thing happening that has little to do with Betrayal--OK, it has some--is my new cover design site. That's right. An author asked for one of my eye-catching flower covers for her new release and after that I decided to take the next step and offer my services to anyone with a paypal account. (There has to money in the account. I mean, I may do this because I love it, but I can't do it for free.) Go to to see my gallery of covers. 

I'll leave it at that for now. Look for new posts to this blog in the coming week or so. I mean to keep all my blogs more updated. I have quite a few so this is no small feat. Still, I will try.