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Cara Elliott/Andrea Pickens
historical romance author
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Shelagh, I don't know Ragley Hall, but am now off to google it! It sounds lovely, and having an insider take you on a tour is always a great way to experience any special location
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Sue, that sounds like a fabulously interesting place to visit. And looking for ancestral info makes it even more special. Keep us posted on what you discover! Hope your heat moderates. Here in the northeast, we've actually been having a glorious summer, with 70 degree temperatures and low humidity.But today is sticky and over 100 degrees, so I know how horrible those heat waves can be. Stay cool!
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Thanks for the heads-up, Pat! Since I'm not jetting off to London in the near future I must make a note of visiting Wadsworth's house! Sounds wonderful!
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Yes, I'd enjoy all the walking through the estate grounds, and visits to the local sights, like abbey ruins. Boating would be lovely too (though not comfortable to navigate in all those layers of female clothing!) And I must say, I think a ball would be fun, just to experience the ambiance.
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Elizabeth, they definitely should be open. The gardens are, alas, gone, according to the website, but the house and interiors should be great fun to tour.
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Andrea/Cara here, It’s the height of summer here, and as I stare out my window at the small swatch of greensward and flowering shrubbery in my backyard, I can’t help but fantasize about the Regency-era ritual of the country house party. Imagine rolling through the gates of a grand estate, with acre upon acre of gardens, woodlands and waterways to explore by day. And a grand manor house in which to enjoy sumptuous meals and evening entertainments amid impressive furnishings and fabulous art . . . Which got me to thinking about which of the stately homes in England would... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Word Wenches
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Very interesting blog, Nicola! (And I see you're right on the cutting edge of titles!) I do find "house" is a great word, and conjures up a very atmospheric ambiance—it can go in so many directions: gothic, or family, or light, as in summer beach reads, or richly historical. As for pet peeves in Regency . . .please, enough of dukes!
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2016 on Title Trends at Word Wenches
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Wonderful blog, Susan. I feel the same way you do—a special talent or passion helps a heroine come alive and capture a reader's interest. An individual fire is what e helps connect them.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2016 on Keeping Heroes and Heroines Busy at Word Wenches
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Thank you, Rose! We love creating this community—and we love our readers that make it so much fun to do what we do. Like Anne, I loved the Wenches before I was lucky enough to be asked to join them. The give and take we all have is wonderful!
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Keep the guesses coming, everyone!
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As Mary Jo says—we LOVE you Lillian! Fie on the ether gremlins, but glad you are reconnected!
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Such a fun interview, Anne and Mary Jo. And such a wonderful book! (fluttery sigh)
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2016 on Anne Gracie and The Summer Bride at Word Wenches
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History is endlessly fascinating, isn't it! Had totally forgotten about Prinny's Temple—not quite "fireworks" but definitely a display of pyrotechnics.
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Artistic license, Nancy!
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Sue, the danger aspect is the downside to pyrotechnics—they are incredibly dangerous. So sorry about your injuries, and think you are very wise to skip it all now. Even if it's not quite the same, watching on television can be great fun too, and much safer!
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2016 on A Bang of a Birthday! at Word Wenches
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H, ha, Anne—but you're a writer—you can use your imagination! Sydney has some spectacular fireworks. I love see the Opera House lit up by the showers of sparks—and hope one day to see it lit up in person!
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Mary, it's interesting—I think some people are "noise" people and some aren't. Usually I'm not a fan of loud noises 9the introvert here) but for some reason I love the bangs with fireworks, But also totally agree that the colors and shapes coordinated with music is fabulous. That Millenium show with all the different fireworks around the word was amazing. Thanks for reminding me of it.
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2016 on A Bang of a Birthday! at Word Wenches
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Sounds wonderful, Mary Jo! I'm a sucker for ANY display of fireworks. Clearly am easily amused! Alas, the chef at our club beach party did NOT do the the flag cake at this year's party. But the star spangled cupcakes were an creditable alternative.
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Happy Fourth to you, Penny! Hope you're somewhere with good fireworks!
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Andrea/Cara here, festooned in red, white and blue for America’s grand birthday party celebration today. And for all of you in other countries around the globe, come party with us! You’re invited to come to share in the hot dogs, hamburgers, blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream that are among the traditional picnic favorites served across our country. Another grand tradition of the day is fireworks—no Fourth of July would be complete without the spectacular bursts of bright colors and loud bands lighting up the night sky. (Quite fitting, I suppose, since creating our country demanded that we set off a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at Word Wenches
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Yeah, me too!
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2016 on What We're Reading in June at Word Wenches
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SUCH a wonderful interview, Anne and Mary Jo! I love all your heroes, but Will sounds particularly—maybe because I've been reading on Regency science lately, and the engineering (and explosives) are very intriguing. And Athena sounds like a perfect match. Love the setting as well. I was in Portugal a while back, and the that area around Sintra and Oporto is so austerely beautiful—wild and romantic, so a perfect place for a romance! I have been working hard finishing up a project so have been reading less than usual. Having been lucky enough to get advance copies of both Once A Soldier AND Anne's The Summer Bride, I intend to reward myself with a reading binge this weekend. Oh, joy!
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2016 on Mary Jo Putney's ONCE A SOLDIER at Word Wenches
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Wonderful blog, Nicola. It sounds like such a beautiful part of Scotland, and I always love an area that resonates with such rich history. Would love to visit! Rebellion is such a two-edged sword. There are definitely principles and values worth fighting for. But the thought of all the brave men and women who die in the conflict always reminds me that right or wrong, passions demand a great sacrifice.
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A very interesting blog, Pat! To us non-Brits, titles can be SO confusing (I say that hanging my head in shame as I have occasionally made an error, even though I try very hard to double check on my reference list.) It sounds like you can safely give your hero the baronetcy and dare anyone to say it's wrong!
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2016 on Baronetcy for Sale at Word Wenches
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Thanks SO much for the link, Bronwyn! I've never heard of this store, but it's going on the reference list—very cool! And thanks for the quill prep advice. I was out on the golf course last night, and lo and behold—like manna from heaven—I found a handful of perfect goose feathers lying there (we have a family of foxes living there, so I can speculate what happened!) I grabbed a few. I may try the hot sand!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2016 on Regency Write Stuff at Word Wenches
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