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Starbucks, Mélusine and Me

  The ‘brew-haha’ that recently percolated over the 2015 Starbucks holiday cup reminded me of the ever-popular accusation that Starbucks’s logo depicting the legendary Mélusine is ‘in fact’ a demonic image. Historically represented as a bare-breasted woman with the lower … Continue reading

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…on to Fontevraud Abbey (Pt. III)

Fontevraud Abbey: What can one say? The tombs of Henry II, Richard, Isabelle d’Angoulême and Aliénor (dare one be on first name basis with that lady?)  It rained. The countryside is somewhat rolling hills with fields and a few forested … Continue reading

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…on to Parthenay (Pt. II)

Parthenay: We breezed past Saint Maixent-l’École to get to Parthenay, again approached via a fairly flat ground. Parthenay has a population of about 10,000 and I worried, of course, about driving down a maze of streets to find the hotel, … Continue reading

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How to Write for Fame and Fortune?

 It’s that time of the year—the leaves are falling, deadlines are approaching, NANOWRIMO is upon us. A few days ago over lunch, my friend, an accomplished, ‘traditionally’ published romance writer, and I were mulling over the fate of writers in … Continue reading

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Ma’am, Step Away from that Romance Novel!

 Last week I attended the second annual Romcon.com in Denver, a happy mingling of writers and readers of popular women’s fiction—aka romances of every stripe, with tales from the Regency to vampires, erotica, and Hunky Highlanders (aka HH). Like last … Continue reading

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“Droit de Seigneur:” Thoughts on the Outer Limits of History and Historical Novels.

 A true story:  A female student in my Western Civ. asked me rather excitedly if I had heard about ‘droit de seigneur,’ and if it was “true.”  Wearing my historian hat, I said, yes, and no. She started to walk … Continue reading

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This Little Manuscript went to the Marketplace

The 4th Annual Historical Novel Society conference in San Diego, June l7-19, 2011, is approaching, and I am looking forward to meeting everyone, in particular the others on our ‘Debut Authors’ panel. Check out  http://hns-conference.org/. In re-reading recently the program, … Continue reading

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