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Patricia Rice
The Notorious Atherton, August 2013
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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...
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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.
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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!
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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.
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LOL! Good luck with that. My memory couldn't handle it if my life depended on it.
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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
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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.
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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. ;)
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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!
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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?
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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!
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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.
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Love the uniform update, Shannon! Nelson probably wasn't too concerned about infrared, but those fungal infections... What a thing to have to think about in uniforms!
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our tastes coincide!
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2014 on From History to Hysterical at Word Wenches
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I adore Emma Bull! And I think Gail has been classified as Steam Punk because of the setting, but really, there's no reason urban fantasy can't be historical, right? And yes, I think these books define the protagonist's abilities and then throw up roadblocks instead of allowing them to jump the shark. Although I've set Tina up to gain more abilities as time goes on. But they'll just make life more complicated!
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fantasy romance works for me! Will have to take a look at TWK!
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Most excellent quality authors! I got into elves with Tolkien and appreciate Pratchett's take on the whole kingdom of Others, but I don't think I could write fantasy on that level. That doesn't keep me from reading it!
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there can never be too many recommendations of Patricia Briggs. And thank you, thank you! There's enough evil in the world without need of vampires.
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As usual, you have most excellent taste! I love all the authors you've listed. Have you tried Patricia Briggs? She's my idol.
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I need to look into these but from what I'm seeing online, these are set in a fantasy world. Urban fantasy tends to be set in the real world with fantasy aspects. I'm not fond of dystopian. I want people struggling to fix the world we're in. But I love a good fantasy world too!
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