A “Deleted Scene”

Sometimes, when editing a manuscript, a writer has to engage in a practice known as ‘murdering your darlings’. This is when you’re irrationally attached to a particular piece of your work and feel sad when you finally admit that it needs to go. In my case, I used to love the first scene of chapter…

A Sneak Peak from “Ruled by Desire”.

In chapter four, our hero and heroine go for a ride in Hyde Park (as frightfully fashionable posh people tended to do during the London season). Though Francesca has many accomplishments, equestrianism isn’t one of them. In this brief exchange, James takes her to task … but I think, secretly, he finds her lack of…

Six Reasons Why You Need a Critique Partner

(By the way, I love lists. I think I’m going to be doing a lot of them.) Anyway, critique partners. I have two, and I’m also a member of two critique groups, and critique mistress at RWA Online. As critique mistress (and I really can’t say that job title often enough), it’s my job to…

A Short Post About Victorian Divorce Law

No, wait! Don’t go. It’s more interesting than it sounds. Did you know that, before the Matrimonial Causes Act changed everything in 1857, it was almost impossible to get a divorce in England? Miserable couples back then needed an act of parliament before they could get shot of each other, and that cost way more…

Rules for Writing a Romance

Well, not really. They’re actually more like guidelines. And they’re only for me. But, hey, it’s a brand new blog and I’m currently my only reader. 1. I will never use the phrase ‘alabaster mounds’ in my writing (except ironically). Why? Because it’s what everyone expects to find in a romance novel. 2. I will…