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Archive for the 'Serendipity' Category

Maps, Glorious Maps

September 16, 2011 | News,Serendipity,The stories

Hi there!

I’m blogging today at History Hoydens about maps, glorious maps. Yes, they can help authors in more ways than driving down the road or finding a new place to eat dinner. For historical authors, the right map can be a godsend and new maps are becoming available all the time.



They can help find a hometown for a hero, a bolthole for a villain, or a dangerous setting for a book’s climax.

Please stop by if you’d like to chat about any maps or settings that have helped you enjoy – or write! – a book.

2:54 am | 23 Comments  

Celebrate the Civil War Historians

August 26, 2011 | News,Serendipity

Hi there!

Recruiting Poster

Recruiting poster for New York Mounted Rifles

I’m blogging today at History Hoydens about all the fabulous blogs and websites popping up for the American Civil War’s sesquicentennial.

Would you believe you can find “What happened today” for stuff that happened 150 years ago? Amazing – and frequently far more fun than today’s news.

Please stop by and chat about historical books and sites that draw you into an enchanted world.

2:51 am | 9 Comments  

A Foggy Day in High Summer

June 7, 2011 | Me, myself,News,Quirky notions,Serendipity

Hi there!

Richmond BridgeI’m blogging today at History Hoydens about Pirates of the Caribbean, playing hooky, and surprises on seventeenth century streets and skies in the movies.

Please stop by and chat about movies bringing historical insights.

2:23 am | 9 Comments  

An Irishman and The Shadow Guard

March 15, 2011 | Serendipity,The stories

Hello again!

Fitzgerald's Bicentennial Marker

Fitzgerald's Bicentennial Marker

I’m blogging today at History Hoydens about how an Irishman snuck into THE SHADOW GUARD when I wasn’t looking.

Please drop by and chat about how odd things happen when you’re researching a book!

12:00 am | 1 Comment  

Romantic Scenes to Delight Your Ears

February 15, 2011 | News,Serendipity

The 2011 February episode of the Broad Pod is now available. Hosted by Trisha Wooldridge from A Novel Friend Writing and Editing, this month’s romantic collection of short readings from women writing across the realm of speculative fiction is available for download just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The Broad Pod is sponsored by Broad Universe, an international, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, honoring, and celebrating women writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Find out more about our organization, including new fiction released by women, more podcasts, and information about writing and publishing for women, from our website.

As February is the month of love, this collection of snippets are all touched by romance. Pauline Baird Jones gives us steampunk attraction across time; Rae Lori shares love, lasers, and escaped convicts; Jessica Freely introduces us to a budding relationship amid transgendered class warfare; and Diane Whiteside delivers us a first date between a homicide cop and a sorceress.

For more information about the Broad Pod, the readers, and how you can become involved, please contact the readings and events “chick” coordinator, Trisha J. Wooldridge at

11:43 pm | 3 Comments  

Rediscovered Favorites

January 11, 2011 | Serendipity,Tuning the instrument

Library BooksAny favorite authors that have slipped out of your fingers – and you’d like to reread?

I’m blogging today at History Hoydens about one of my best-loved historical authors whose backlist miraculously came back into my library.

Please drop by and tell me about who you’d like to welcome back home.

2:41 am | 1 Comment  

Absolutely Modern Mysteries, Or Are They Old?

August 17, 2010 | News,Quirky notions,Serendipity

Hi there! I’m blogging today at History Hoydens about doing research using videos. I love finding the unexpected, especially when it’s in motion.

Please stop by if you can and surprise us with some new places to hunt, or fun stuff you’ve found.

2:55 am | Comments are off  





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