Contest Winner!

Winner of the 10 book signed Historical Romance giveaway

And the winner of the April Giveaway is….:

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Ms. Christi Corbett!!!  

Thanks for being a Twitter follower.  Please contact me at your earliest convenience to make arrangements for delivery.  Congratulations!!

This giveaway was SO MUCH FUN that I’ve decided to make it a regular feature of the blog.  Please check back at the new contest page for an update.  (I will be working on May’s giveaway over the weekend).

Some giveaways might not be a plentiful as this one, but be on the lookout for May’s give-away which will include a signed ARC of a Historical Romance that doesn’t come out until the end of June!  YAY!

Z is for Zest

Zest for life.  Enthusiasm.  I’ve embarked on a new writing project and there’s no end to my enthusiasm for it.  It occurs to me that no great thing can be accomplished without zest.

I’ll let the greats say it better than I ever could:

quote-true-happiness-comes-from-the-joy-of-deeds-well-done-the-zest-of-creating-things-new-antoine-de-saint-exupery-161548 Enthusiasm-quotes-zest-quotes 0012-zest_800x600 quotes-what-hunger-is_7543-0I hope you’ve enjoyed the A-Z blog hop here at my blog.  It was a great learning experience for me and I had the opportunity to meet lots of cool new people who came by and commented.  I’ll be going back to a more easily sustainable blog schedule (2-3 times a week) but I’ve really had fun this month!

Giveaway: Giveaway results will be posted tomorrow.  Happy ALMOST May!

Y is for Youtube

Note: This blog is a reprise from the archives.  Enjoy.

We are truly lucky to live in an era where information is available at our fingertips, quite literally.  I’ve used Youtube and other online video as a wonderful tool to help me in my research.

How does one do historical research using video, you might ask?  There’s a treasure trove of it out here from documentaries that are no longer available by any other means, to period recreations to tourist videos.

For example, in my current work in progress, Violette, a Rushbearing festival and the events surrounding it are key to the opening of the novel.  I’ve never participated in a Rushbearing so I did a lot of research and downloaded some authentic period books to read up on it.  But I wanted to know more about the “Morris Dancers” that were often mentioned as part of the celebration.

Easy.  With the mighty Internet gods smiling favorably upon me, I hit across many recent tourist videos featuring current Morris dancers in England and period recreations.  I was able to get a sense enough of what they do, what they wear, the steps of their dances, etc. in order to write the description for the scene in which they appear.  Wonderful!

I’m so spoiled.  Though I love the library, I love the convenience of not having to leave my cozy home more. I don’t know how past historical authors did it so well before the Internet. And on TYPEWRITERS, no less!

Some fun stuff I’ve run across recently:

Supersizers : The Regency part 1: Food

Pay close attention to the mention of Yorkshire Pudding at 8:15 !  My British grandmother used to make this for us and I loved it.

Because I’m enjoying this so much, I’m embedding all of them!

Part 2: Breakfast and the Prince Regent

Favorite quote from this part: “You are one club foot away from going the full Byron.”

Part 3: Bath

“Stilton cheese with optional maggots.”

Part 4: “Snout me up!”

“Every time we have someone around, you swap testicles and then I have to stab the poor blighter at dawn!”

Part 5: Swords at Dawn

“After 10 pints, then maybe… but not right now!”

“I’ll fart myself into a pauper’s grave!”

Part 6 The Grand Ball

“You want to keep your flap buttoned, or she’ll be at you.”

“I cant marry a man with a wig!”

“Using a hog’s tongue, I’m on a mission to flirt my way into marriage”

And, now for something completely different:

Secrets of the Manor House, a documentary published on PBS last week.  Magnificent details about life in an English Country Seat.

T is for Top Ten Books I’ve Ever Read

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This list is in NO ORDER.  These are the most memorable books that have made the longest and most important impressions on me.

(Yes that’s more than ten.  I snuck a few more in there!  No die-hard book lover can pick just 10!!)

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