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Patricia Rice
The Notorious Atherton, August 2013
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LOL on the group pic! I think people would pay us not to show such a sight. ;) But I don't think writers, in general, completely grasp what effect our work has on others. It's the reason we blog and cruise social media and list our email addresses--so we can forge connections with our readers and reassure ourselves that we're not writing in a vacuum. Thank you for reminding us that we're not alone!
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We're always happy to be helpful! I'd just go for the great dessert myself.
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This is vaguely similar to my process except I'm not so organized as to finish anything in time for a conference! Taking that time away from the draft is just essential, isn't it?
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This month's cat out of the hat: What do the wenches do when we finish a book? Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Word Wenches
It has always been difficult to defend romance from a feminist standpoint, but I've never seen it as "Woman needs man to complete her life." I've always seen romance as "We all need love." So thank you for your more academic insights!
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2014 on Through the academic lens at Word Wenches
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Thank you so much for reading our blog, Kantu. Have you signed up for our newsletter? We often announce specials in that. We've all been on the "can't afford to buy all the books we want to read" list and appreciate that you're hanging in there!
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Susie, thanks for stopping by and giving us a quick peek into what you've been up to lately (and I'm certain if Edith could haunt her house, she would!). I'm thrilled you found someone to help you get these books into print. The paper ones are now in tatters!
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I smiled just reading this blog, but I smile every day when I get up and see the sun rising over our palm tree and know I don't need gloves and scarf anymore!
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Oh yes, I totally, unequivocally agree that if we're tampering with history, it should be mentioned. I'm guilty of doing that with my Magic series because my scientific characters were rather advanced and unusual and I needed words that didn't exist in the 1750s. But I love it when authors explain what they've done and why. This is all excellent food for thought as I ponder the next series...
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2014 on Creativity with Historical Details at Word Wenches
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I always worry about including too much info about money. Scraping by and surviving fascinates me, but I'm an accountant. It's good to know some readers enjoy those details! And yes, lace could be hideously expensive(I'm writing a novella right now that mentions this obliquely) because so few people could make it.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2014 on Creativity with Historical Details at Word Wenches
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oh wow, I am impressed! I suspect not many readers are that interested in the history, but I love the idea that someone would check on these lovely bits and pieces we work so hard to include!
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2014 on Creativity with Historical Details at Word Wenches
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LOL! Good thing you did your research. This is one of the reasons so many of us stick to familiar time periods and settings--we know better than to put our characters into 1850s Georgia unless we want to kill them off.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2014 on Creativity with Historical Details at Word Wenches
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LOL! Good luck with that. My memory couldn't handle it if my life depended on it.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2014 on Creativity with Historical Details at Word Wenches
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And those details come out so smoothly, without suffocating the story! Jo does immense research on every detail--like the houses--when she's working on a book. Glad you see it in the results!
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adding a little "extra" on the history of a book is an excellent idea! Because of the cost of print, it might not work in paperbacks, but in digital, extra material isn't a problem. We love showing off our research! Ooo, can you imagine what we could do with Faraday? Shame on you for giving me ideas.
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Rice_Christmas200I’m at that stage of a book when I’m playing with characters, plot ideas, and digging into history for the mortar that holds historical romance together. And no, I don’t do wallpaper paste. I realize readers often complain that historical romance has been reduced to costume dressing and wallpaper setting. I assume there must be some truth to that, but in the books I read, research surfaces in the details that readers might overlook or dismiss as fictional. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Word Wenches
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Thank you for visiting with us today! I was intrigued instantly by the word "mystery" and the fact that this is part of Tudor history I hadn't explored. So I ran over to Amazon to sneak a peek and was captured by your character description in the opening. Perhaps for someone accustomed to writing adventure on the first page, this might seem slow, but a great character description creates anticipation and page turning as much as action. I'm sold!
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LOL on Angelique. I came to them very late in life and left them very quickly. Your assessment works for me.
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2014 on The First Book Crush at Word Wenches
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There's a blog in that--why do we all love Mr. Darcy? And yes, it upset me when Jo didn't understand Laurie's devotion and worth! Silly woman. ;)
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2014 on The First Book Crush at Word Wenches
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oh now there's an excellent hero point we should look at--hero's with skills! That's a real manly man to me, you're right.
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Having written one of those books recently (Wicked Wyckerly), I know how hard it is to create a conflict that keeps the pages turning when one of the protagonists has already surrendered to love. ;) But I do love a determined hero!
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2014 on The First Book Crush at Word Wenches
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Sigh, I installed AdBlockPlus at the wrong time! It won't allow me to pop up the photos to see the details. (Yet ads still pop out at me elsewhere!) But I really wouldn't want to have been a seamstress in any of those eras. Can you just imagine all the hand sewing? And no one ever got carpal tunnel?
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2014 on Wedding Dresses, part 2 at Word Wenches
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Oh, well done, Joanna! And let's make certain we post when Joan's book is finally available! I've read all Joan's books, in every era--which is so utterly unusual for me that it really says a lot about Joan as a writer. Joan, wonderful to see you here! Make sure we know when that Regency hits the websites!
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2014 on Joan Wolf, here at Word Wenches at Word Wenches
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thank you! Patricia Rice http://patriciarice.com
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2014 on From History to Hysterical at Word Wenches
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Fabulous post! Uniforms really don't turn me on as much as a good Beau Brummel elegant frock coat and stock, but I love the details.
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2014 on Uniformly Magnificent! at Word Wenches
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