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Patricia Rice
The Notorious Atherton, August 2013
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LOL, Mary Jo! I just did a makeover for my hero. The heroine's eyes nearly pop out when he finally uses a valet and cleans up. He'll not keep his coat buttoned or his neckcloth clean for long, but every once in a while, it's good to clean them up!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Makeover Magic at Word Wenches
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I learned a great deal of this from my mother-in-law, who grew up in a poor rural KY village. Her pie crusts melted in the mouth. But since we don't work like farm hands anymore, I guess we don't deserve those luscious crusts!
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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yes, I've had to study historical canning and our period is sadly lacking in safe methods that anyone could use. I hadn't though about salted/dried stuff needing sauces, but you're right. And by the end of the winter, cooks would be desperate to hide all those withered root veggies!
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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the wenches were having this same discussion behind the scenes. It's not just romance. Mysteries are littered with people who eat nothing but snacks and think they're being cool. Although Jayne Krentz blessedly comes down on the sensible side. Really, is it heroic to eat junk?
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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ohhh, that sounds like heaven.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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yes, lack of refrigeration and modern grocery stores that could ship in produce from a different hemisphere and weather that only allowed certain crops would all limit the menu. I rather like the idea of meals consisting of tea and cake if only I wasn't so vain about my girlish figure!
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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Jackie, that makes perfect sense. No good southern cook would explain how to fix green beans. They wouldn't even consider it a recipe.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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Human nature being what it is--since Regency diners had no notion of nutrition and calories--I suspect most of them went for fancy meat dishes and yummy desserts. There might be a selection of vegetables from the garden, but many of them would have been thrown in the sauces and soups. But a good cook might show off a special veggie recipe or salad dressing and a good guest would try it. I'm pretty sure we wouldn't see them gnoshing on celery and carrot sticks though!
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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tomatoes were regarded as poison for so long that it might take a while to overcome that. And in season, yes, there should be variety. But in winter? (and if males ate then as many do now--it's all beef and potatoes)
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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scones, with Devonshire cream and jam!
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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I can’t say I was particularly successful in my search for small boy food (Bath Buns? Pudding sausages? What, no deep-fried donuts with ice cream filling?) but I did run across brilliant sites packed with disgusting recipes for old-fashioned “puddings” that mostly consisted of fat and hog intestines. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Word Wenches
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Have space heater...Haagen Daz, here I come! And the sun is shining to add to the illusion.
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2015 on Happy New Year at Word Wenches
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I've always avoided ice cream in cold weather but I'm rather warming up to your idea!
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2014 on Happy New Year at Word Wenches
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the first celebration of January 1 as the new year (previously, most people used the winter solstice or March 1) was about 153 BC. January had only been around a few hundred years at that point, Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at Word Wenches
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!
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2014 on Thanksgiving at Word Wenches
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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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