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Cara Elliott/Andrea Penrose
historical romance author
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Lovely blog, Nicola. Growing up, I was the source of much family mirth as I insisted on singing "The Twelve Days of Christmas" with the line "and a par-trin-age in a pear tree!" What can I say—to my ear it needed an extra syllable to sound right. To this day, I still get teased by my brothers about it!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on A Christmas Carol at Word Wenches
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O you can just go for dessert!
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Malice is a great conference to kick back at and relax with friends. As Pat says, I'm p impressed you can time is so well. My books tend to finish when the characters say they can finish. They all ignore me.
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Really fascinating and thought-provoking interview and questions for all of us to ask ourselves. How romance and love, feminine empowerment—along with the other themes we see in romance books—all intertwine is endlessly interesting to think about . . . and write about. Thanks for presenting such an angaging conversation!
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2014 on Through the academic lens at Word Wenches
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Susie, thank you so much for visiting the Wenches. Your mother was an amazing writer and an amazing person—obviously you've inherited her her spirit and her creativity. The virtual party is rocking—a having Edith Layton books readily available again is cause for wild celebration! We so grateful to you for making it happen!
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You are WAY more organized than I am, Vicki! But it actually sounds very easy—maybe even I could get the hang of it. Thanks for sharing!
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2014 on In the Bag! at Word Wenches
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Ha, ha! Yes, very fashionable, but as I said to Vicki, I'd lose extra ones quickly. I am used to one bag, but two is a challenge. I do agre with you on the large bag and things getting lost. It's e inevitable that when you are in a hurry, the one thing you need, like car keys, is burrowed in some unfathomable place . . .and the oddest stuff surfaces when rummaging around. (Oh, Halloween candy? Hmm, it's Christmas now!)
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2014 on In the Bag! at Word Wenches
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Very clever, Vicki. I'm so forgetful, I always worry when I carry more than one bag that I'm going to leave one behind somewhere. I'm a creature of habit—and one bag I can remember. Two? Iffy. But your system makes perfect sense!
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2014 on In the Bag! at Word Wenches
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Now you have me curious. I wish I could find actual mention of this in country life. Anyone remember seeing a reference in any literature of the era? I certainly don't remember any in Austen or the Brontes.
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2014 on In the Bag! at Word Wenches
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Thanks for the info on the plackets, Kathy! Women do tend to be practical! The Magellan handbags are great, though too many compartment don't work well for me. I need one large main area where I can stuff bigger items. Though places for keys and phone are handy. Nice leather also tends to get ruined by bad weather, as well as cats So ballistic nylon works well for me.
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2014 on In the Bag! at Word Wenches
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I love pockets, too, Gram. Am always annoyed when I try on pants without them. Even sweatpants (my writing attire)are a pain without them.
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Thanks for this, Jo. I keep getting conflicting info about pockets for women during the Regency. It does seem odd that they wouldn't be used in everyday gowns, as we all know the frustration of not having them! Women were practical! I've sometimes put them into my stories with the explanation that the heroine's lady's maid is clever with her needle and added a special pocket.
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2014 on In the Bag! at Word Wenches
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Ha, buying books instead of bags! Me, too! I tend to strain the straps as well, Plus, I'm just hard on bags, To me, spending thousands a an accessory like that just goes against the grain. Would much rather buy something lasting and meaningful. Like books!
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2014 on In the Bag! at Word Wenches
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Oh, I love LeSportSac's styles, Artemesia. All those compartments are very useful for being organized. And yes, they last, and then toss them and get another without feeling guilty. That's my type of bag!
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2014 on In the Bag! at Word Wenches
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Sounds very kicky, Lynne. Love the recycled seat belt idea. Boy, I could use one of those—I bet it's REALLY sturdy.I have two or three cute evening bags too—and always swear at them because I can't even fit a wallet and a hairbrush in them!
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2014 on In the Bag! at Word Wenches
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They are pretty, aren't they, Shannon! I wish I could downsize because I sometimes know the weight is not helping my back. But I just can't seem to do it. I start loading up, and suddenly a midsize bag just runs out of space before I even leave the house. I'm one of those people who just seem to need space in which to cram stuff as I do my errands.
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2014 on In the Bag! at Word Wenches
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Oh, ha, ha, ha! Or maybe to Prince William's suite at the Carlyle tonight. (He and Kate are in NYC . . .but we could always send the Duchess out for a pizza!)
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2014 on In the Bag! at Word Wenches
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Cara/Andrea here, With holiday shopping in full swing, shop windows are overflowing with all sorts of fancy merchandise designed to capture our fancy. I passed a well-known purveyor of designerhandbags, and as I stopped to stare at one of the sinfully expensive leather creations, it got me to thinking about reticules. Now, I’m one of those people who need a handbag the size of a suitcase to make it through the day. Somehow, I always end up collecting stuff as I zip from place to place . . . gym t-shirts, golf balls, pens, several chocolate bars (a lady can't... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Word Wenches
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What a perfect reward for Finishing A Book, Mary Jo! The Maritimes are one of my favorite spots! Loved rural charm of PEI, and the red stones on the beach (it's the high iron content, which is supposedly what makes PEI potatoes so special!) The evergreen and birch forests of Nova Scotia are also marvelous, as is Quebec City. Now you make me want to go back . . .but in spring!
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WONDERFUL post, Anne. I was only vaguely aware of her, but now must be sure to read her writing. But, um, first I have to make a stop in the kitchen . . .
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Thank you for visiting the Wenches, Susanna! Fascinating interview, with really thought-provoking questions on how to write history and what characters make a compelling story. Can't wait to read The May Bride.
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Ha, ha, Sonya! Then you are allowed to call any traditional Regency book exotic!
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Me, too, Glenda! (And thanks for the nice words about the Wenches!)
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Oh, I missed that one, Linda. Must check it out.
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Oh, I missed that Regency set in Australia (I wonder if Anne knows it?) Alas, I did not put recipes in Sweeter Than Sin . . .Hmm, maybe I need to do a revised edition so I can do more research!
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