Being Single In 1840

It was not a good thing to be. Not at all. Not for a woman at least it wasn’t. Women who were single were always on the fringe of society – being invited to social gatherings for reasons other than, well, socializing. Men, on the other hand, were happily greeted at any gathering large or…

One Woman Is In His Bed – But Another Is In His Heart

A BIG Oops.   “Melinda, you’re so beautiful!  I could look at you forever!”  “I’m Victoria.”   An uncomfortable silence.  Then, “Victoria, you’re so beautiful!  I could look at you forever!”  It happens.   And we may laugh at it when we see it in a book or on a movie screen, but, in real life,…

Giving Him Hell 19th Century Style

Ouch. Guys, unless you’ve been blessed to have found the perfect woman the first time you fell, or, have always had serious intentions toward women in general, you’ll understand why I needed to write this blog post – and why a woman flipping a man off needs to be part of every (realistic) romance novel…

Arranged Marriages

Was totally acceptable.   Having your parents, grandparents, or sometimes a professional matchmaker, arranging marriages for single men and women was pretty common in the mid 19th century. Even though many cultures around the world still believe in this practice, few in the United States today would ever think of such a thing. However, this…

Going Back To The Old Love

Perhaps you been there.   Sometimes people break up and get back together again, even when they both swore that they never would. People change. That’s a given in real life and it’s one of the most powerful elements of a good romance story. You just never know what the leads will end up doing….

All The Women In His Life

Richard has his issues with women. Margarita’s father, Richard Merriton, had a long history of being quite the ladies’ man before he married her mother, Connie. That kind of behaviour ended upon his marriage, however, when the family moved to New York, and Richard saw his ex-flame once again, the past came back to him…