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Andrea Penrose/Andrea Pickens/Cara Elliott
historical romance author
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Mary T, both those Wish List places are wonderful destinations! You never know . . .
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Kareni, I ve stayed at a few of the grand Canadian railway hotels in the Rockies, and they are spectacular! A sleeper car train across the country would be fabulous, and then on to your Alaskan cruise!
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Andrea/Cara here, in a traveling state of mind. That's because Pat, Mary Jo and I have been gallivanting around the British Isles after doing the RNA Conference in Leeds, England with Nicola. Since we're on the fly, and summer (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) is the quintessential time for for packing your bags and heading off hither and yon, we thought it would be fun to talk about dream vacations. Where to the Wenches yearn to go? Read on! Pat: The whole world and maybe half the galaxy are on my bucket list, so this is a... Continue reading
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Thanks for the history lesson, Pat! Am looking forward to exploring the city!
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2018 on Visiting Leeds! at Word Wenches
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Thanks, Mart! We'll be making a full report when we get back!
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2018 on Visiting Leeds! at Word Wenches
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Such a fun post, Nicola! Great conversation on the pros and cons. There are aruments for both sides . . .but for me, the essence is that a slower "burn" seems so much more intriguing than the penchant for jumping into bed on the first date.
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Thanks, Beth! The honeybee teaspoons are a fun choice, and so is the necklace. I refrained from mentioning the Hope Diamond as my bling of choice. It has always given me goosebumps when I think about how both Marie Antoinette and the Prince Regent owned it.
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Michelle,in all seriousness, the fantasy of "what would I choose" is a fun, light-hearted moment, but I totally agree with you thatI'd rather artifacts be in museums for many people to see, appreciate and perhaps fall in love with history because they see it come alive. If I had billions, I'd be a huge patron of museums and the arts.That's a big part of our humnay, and oh do we need to preserve that these days.
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Ha, ha, ha! Probably the most famous case in history . . .that we know of.
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So glad you enjoyed it Sue! I'm not all that enamored of famous objects either, but as you saw, Austen would be very high on my list. Lincoln and Alcott are wonderful choices, too. An original sketch from Winnie the Pooh would be lovely too.
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Andrea here, musing today on how I always enjoy it when a snippet of history unexpectedly comes to life when I least expect it. I was perusing the digital front page of the New York Times the other day (a rather depressing exercise of late, I must confess) when a small article caught me eye that actually make me smile. Now, I knew, of course, that this past Monday was the 203rd anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. But what I didn’t realize what that at some point in the raging conflict, Napoleon lost his hat . . . At... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Oh, Cindy. I remember A Child's Garden of Verse. Such a wonderful thing to encourage children to appreciate poetry.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2018 on Ask A Wench — childhood reading at Word Wenches
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Probably. But having a Swiis mother, I got my fair share of Grimm fairy tales . . .and they do not encourage you have warm and fuzzy feeling about the German forests!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2018 on Ask A Wench — childhood reading at Word Wenches
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I've visited once and loved it! Just as you would imagine it. (And a wonderful red-stone beach on the north side of the island.)
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Oh, how fascinating, Nicola! You must have had shivers and goosebumps standing amid such history. I love that sense of standing in a place that I've read a lot about. It's definitely otherworldly. And love the sewer adventure! As Mary Jo says, I expect to see that in a future book (along with a dashing hero who is modeled on Seymour's descendant!)
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2018 on Exploring The Real Wolfhall at Word Wenches
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Thanks for yet another fascinating visit, Tracy. I love how you make history come so alive!
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It does, indeed. Which makes your avid readers very happy!
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Andrea/Cara here, Today I'm welcoming back mt dear friend and fellow author Tracy Grant to tell us a little about the some of the real-life history behind her latest book. Many of you are familiar with Tracy's Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch historical series (and if you aren't, you're in for a treat!) and know that she has a passion for history, and her books always have such fascinating backstories to the inspiration behind each book. So, without further ado, I shall pass the pen to Tracy! The threat of being cast off by society hangs over many stories written or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Yes, aren't the comments fun! Our readers are such a wonderful community! And please pass on any suggestion whenever you think of it! I'm always eager to hear suggestions.
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Vicki, I love reading about other people's rabbit holes, too. Which is one of the reasons I love being part of the Wenches, and get to peek in their rabbit holes but here and on our group loop. We have some REALLY interesting conversations about all sorts of arcane topics.
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Helen, how fun that you have a connection to Banks! The healing power of plants is a really fascinating topic. (Quantum mentioned the same thing in his comment above.) I will think about it. So stay tuned!
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Ha—you're not the only one who found a dictionary a rabbit hole, Sue! I could really get distracted! And that's so true about Audubon. I think when you are a careful observer, you can't help but to want to get it all right.
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All wonderful suggestions, Alison! We Wenches will cover some of these, I'm sure. (I know I will!)
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Thanks, Mary. Merian is such an interesing and immensely talented woman. I'm in awe of her curiosity and her artistic brilliance.
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That's SO true, Lillian. I find so many seemingly silly little details absolutely fascinating to know. I really think people miss out these days by having their focus buried in mindless tweets, rather than the rich tapestry of history!
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