Category Archives: Excerpt

Implements for Writing

Implements for Writing

Whenever I picture folks writing in the bygone days of yore, I always envision the standard quill with pluming feathers. For some strange reason this seems so romantic and dashing! On the other hand, who doesn’t love imagining the marvel as new inventions were revealed? It must have been quite exciting. Those who have read… CONTINUE READING…

Music Boxes

Music Boxes

“While we are waiting, Lizzy, this is from all of us Bennets. We pooled our resources.” Kitty placed a smallish, but heavy gift on her lap, stooping to kiss her cheek. “Merry Christmas.” The wrapping hid a roughly cigar box–sized, highly glossed, cherry wood musical box! The glass panel in the ornately carved lid displayed… CONTINUE READING…

Fall or Autumn? Which is correct? Or, is that a sensible question?

Fall or Autumn? Which is correct? Or, is that a sensible question?

Today is September 22 and that is the official first day of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Most people are focusing on what new pumpkin-spice flavored food items they can nibble on while embellishing their houses with the plethora of harvest-themed decorations that are available, without caring one iota if the proper term is AUTUMN… CONTINUE READING…

Excerpts from the Darcys’ third and fourth Christmas celebrations in The Darcy Saga

Excerpts from the Darcys’ third and fourth Christmas celebrations in The Darcy Saga

As my writing and publishing timeline moved on past the first three novels in The Darcy Saga, the timeline of events for the characters began to overlap in unusual ways. What do I mean? In early in 2010, just as I finished In the Arms of Mr. Darcy, my publisher requested a Christmas/Pride & Prejudice-themed… CONTINUE READING…

Christmas excerpts from “Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One”

Christmas excerpts from “Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One”

The Darcy Saga novels detail roughly five years of Darcy and Elizabeth’s marriage. When writing a saga-type series recounting the day-by-day and month-by-month events of life, it is inevitable to include scenes from several Christmas celebrations. Additionally, my novella A Darcy Christmas is ALL about my favorite holiday. I suppose it is fair to say… CONTINUE READING…

Washington Irving ~ Christmas in the Regency ~ An Excerpt from “A Darcy Christmas”

Washington Irving ~ Christmas in the Regency ~ An Excerpt from “A Darcy Christmas”

Santa Claus, tinsel on trees, Frosty the Snowman, reindeer pulling a sleigh… These are a few of the current Christmas images we are familiar with in the US. What about yule logs, a boar’s head, community wassail bowls, a king of misrule, mince meat pies, and figgy pudding? Rarely are these traditions seen here in the… CONTINUE READING…