Book Review: A Vision of Light, A Margaret of Ashbury Novel

I wasn’t sure I would like “A Vision of Light, A Margaret of Ashbury Novel” the first book in a trilogy about Margaret of Ashbury by Judith Merkle Riley. I decided to give it a try based on its reviews. Although I love British history, I’ve never been all that interested in Medieval times. I am so glad I gave it a chance! I was enthralled with Margaret, her life, the times, her friends and enemies. This look at the lives of people in the Middle Ages, and the power of the Catholic church, was fascinating. I have rarely read a book with such a strong female character.

The book begins when she is a child and follows her through a horrific marriage, a Vision and Gift from God, her life and training as a midwife, her brush with a charge of heresy … Read more

I love Regency Romances

I have a secret passion that I’ve only told a few people about.

I love to read Regency Romances.

Did you just say, “Huh??” with a puzzled look on your face? Yep, this serious-minded woman loves a good escapist novel.

Don’t know what a Regency Romance is? Think Jane Austen, the best-known author in the genre. If you have read her books or seen the movies based on them: Sense and Sensibilities, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion and Lady Susan, you have experienced the Regency era.

So, what was the Regency Era?

King George III was the British king that colonial Americans fought in the American Revolution. He’s the king that raised the taxes on tea imported from Great Britain so high, that the people of Boston threw the shipment into Boston Harbor creating the first “Tea Party.” … Read more

Book Review: Penelope (A Madcap Regency Romance)

Penelope, A Romantic Comedy

by Anya Wylde

I have written before about how much I enjoy a good Regency Romance. Regency Romances are set in England generally between 1810 – 1830. This was a time of modest heroines and gentlemen heroes.

This Regency Romance is too stupid to finish reading. I made it half way – a remarkable accomplishment. Aside from the frequent use of words never before uttered in the early 19th century, like “canoodle,” and sentences like “Eyes did not have rays like the sun that poked a person in the neck to alert them as to another’s regard,” (which makes no sense), the story is pure drivel.

A dowager duchess invites the country-bumpkin daughter of her long-dead friend to come to London for the season. Sounds like it has promise. Then, the daughter, Penelope, arrives with her pet GOAT … Read more

What method do you use to write a novel?

fountainpenI recently read this question “What method do you use to write a novel?” on Quora and thought I would share my answer with those of you who might be interested.

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Do you create an outline and then fill it in until a novel takes shape? Do you sit down and write organically? Also please include some things you like and dislike about your method.

When I’m writing a novel, I use a mixture of organic writing (or free writing) – just letting the story unfold as I type away – and outlining. My outlines are not detailed but I use it to figure out where a scene will work the most effectively. I use specific outlines when I’m writing non-fiction.

The biggest change I’ve made – and it has made a huge difference – is I bought the … Read more