Edward Thomas, "Rain"

Rain Rain, midnight rain, nothing but the wild rainOn this bleak hut, and solitude, and meRemembering again that I shall dieAnd neither hear the rain nor give it thanksFor washing me cleaner than I have beenSince I was born into this solitude.Blessed are the dead that the rain rains upon:But here I pray that none […]

Readercon 2009 Schedule

My Readercon Schedule. This is what I’m doing this weekend! Friday 6:00 PM, VT: Reading (30 min.) Reading from Moonlight Mistress, forthcoming in December from Spice. Friday 7:00 PM, ME/ CT: Talk / Discussion (60 min.) Excellent Foppery: The Use of History in the Fantastic. Graham Sleight with discussion by John Clute, John Crowley, Greer […]

Guestblogging at Fiction That Defies Boundaries.

Today I am guestblogging for Michelle Lauren’s Fiction That Defies Boundaries Blog. I wrote about some plot-generating worldbuilding techniques I’m using for my novel-in-progress, tentatively titled The Duke and The Pirate Queen. Hope to see you there! I’m at Readercon in Burlington, Massachusetts. My program schedule is: Friday 6:00 PM, VT: Reading (30 min.) Reading […]

The Daily Grind of the Writer – The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover

This might be the most boring blog post ever, but I hope at least a few people find it interesting. This is my writing log for The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover, in which I tracked how much I wrote each day, and sometimes what I specifically worked on. “Ducal Service” was […]

Historical and Paranormal: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together

For my December 2009 erotic novel for Harlequin Spice, Moonlight Mistress, I combined a historical novel with paranormal elements. The book is set during the early days of World War One, and begins with a romance between Lucilla, an English chemist and nurse, and Pascal, a French scientist. They’re trapped in Germany when war is […]

Joanna Russ, How to Suppress Women’s Writing

I’ve been thinking about this book lately, and considering a re-read. Excerpt from How to Suppress Women’s Writing by Joanna Russ: If certain people are not supposed to have the ability to produce “great” literature, and if this supposition is one of the means used to keep such people in their place, the ideal situation […]

Why I Love the Marriage of Convenience Plot

The “marriage of convenience” plot in historical romance might focus on an arranged marriage, but more typically, shenanigans are involved; the couple marries to save the heroine from ruin at the hands of a dastardly plotter, or to ensure the hero or heroine receives an inheritance, or because money is needed to avoid disgrace by […]

Moonlight Mistress excerpt – First Meeting with the Villain

In this scene, the two werewolves Tanneken and Ashby meet their captor, Herr Kauz, for the first time (Tanneken has met him before the novel begins, but this is the reader’s introduction to him). When describing Herr Kauz, I call him a traditional Evil Scientist. # Tanneken woke in a cage, together with Ashby. Crouched […]