Category Archives: writing

From Where Does That Phrase Come? A Bit of Slang

Slang, consists of a lexicon of non-standard words and phrases in a given language. Use of these words and phrases is typically associated with the subversion of a standard variety (such as Standard English) and is likely to be interpreted … Continue reading

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From Where Does That Phrase Come?

Recently, I was checking the source of several key phrases within my current WIP (Work in Progress), a cozy mystery, checking to discover whether the word/phrase would have been used in Regency England. Below, are some of those I researched. … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth I and the Sea Beggars, a Guest Post from Author Barbara Kyle

Today, it is with great pleasure that I welcome a colleague, who specializes in the time of Queen Elizabeth I. I know you will find Barbara Kyle’s story of deception and courage very interesting. The Elizabethan period is considered a … Continue reading

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Exquisite Excerpt from “Honor and Hope: A Contemporary Romantica Based on Pride and Prejudice”

Normally, I write Regency based romances, but today, I would like to celebrate my contemporary romantica based on Pride and Prejudice. Honor and Hope was, actually, the second novel I wrote. It came about shortly after I released Darcy’s Passions and served as a segue … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Even Royalty Loves Good Literature by Laura Purcell

Today I am happy to bring you a guest post from the fabulous Laura Purcell, who is in the midst of a blog tour for the release of The Queen of Bedlam, a book about Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom. … Continue reading

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From Where Does that Phrase Come?

I am fascinated by the origin of common phrases. Her are some of my favorites, ones I have used repeatedly over the years. Add yours to the list, and we will see if we can find their sources. the apple … Continue reading

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Love Vanquishes Everything ~ ~ Meet and Greet: Author, Anna Belfrage + Excerpt from “Revenge and Retribution”

It is with great pleasure I welcome author Anna Belfrage to “Every Woman Dreams.” Anna is releasing the sixth book in her highly acclaimed The Graham Saga. Today,  Anna brings us a short reflection on love and how it assists us … Continue reading

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Why Austen’s Works Easily Translate into Modern Adaptations

Jane Austen’s works are often classified as “romances.” The assumption comes from the premise that if the heroine meets a handsome man in Chapter One, he must be the hero. Fitzwilliam Darcy is the romantic hero of Pride and Prejudice, … Continue reading

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Meet and Greet: Tudor-Based Author Judith Arnopp + an Excerpt from “Intractable Heart”

Today, I welcome the fabulous Judith Arnopp, a Tudor-based historical author, and her latest release, Intractable Heart: The Story of Katheryn Parr In 2007 Judith Arnopp graduated from the University of Wales, Lampeter with a BA in English Literature and … Continue reading

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We Get Stacks and Stacks of Letters…The Expense of Mail During the Regency Period

On the Perry Como Show, the chorus customarily sang: “Letters, we get letters. We get stacks and stacks of letters.” However, during the Regency Period, the mail was expensive. MPs were the only ones who had a “free” ride for … Continue reading

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