Saturday, March 23, 2019

Living History – My Interview with a Time Traveler by #Kathryn Hills

Gunfire. Smoke. Sounds of screaming men. A fierce battle is underway. Or, is it?

Welcome to the fascinating world of modern-day time travel!

According to definitions.net, living history, also known as re-enactment, is the act of incorporating historic tools, activities, and dress into an interactive experience that gives observers and participants a sense of stepping back in time. In this case, the battle waging is part of Redcoats and Rebels, the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French, and Colonial troops. The event takes place each summer at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

Redcoats & Rebels - Photo by Chris Pratt
I’m lucky enough to call one of those participants my friend. Jennifer Emerson is a living history playwright, First-Person Interpreter/re-enactor, performer, and speaker for nearly two decades. As part of His Majesty's 54th Regiment of Foot—a British regiment—she transforms into Naomi Wade, a camp cook, laundress, and aid to the surgeon.

Jennifer and the other historic re-enactors I’ve since come to know are deeply passionate. This is dedicated, hard work. Years of study and preparation, countless hours of practice, hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to become someone they admire or wish to embody from the past.

Jennifer with fellow re-enactor Robert Lecce - Photo by Chris Pratt
Q “Why do you do it?” I asked.

A “Seeing the fire, smelling the food, learning about the labor required to live in the past—perhaps even to survive a Revolutionary War battle—it’s an enchantment to the senses. Reading about history is great. It’s required for this endeavor. But seeing it, feeling it, experiencing the sights, sounds, and smells first-hand… There is no equal. What re-enactment does is add another layer to learning, a flesh and blood element. Clothing, tools, and language all make for a rich sensory experience. It’s visual, tactile, and exciting for all ages.

“Not every re-enactor is in First-Person,” she explains further. “Some are in Third-Person - dressed accurately but being themselves. Some are in Second-Person - dressed accurately and playing a character while knowing you are from another time.”

Q “So, you’ve told me why you do this for others – to teach. Why do you do it for you?”

A Long pause. “For a few fleeting moments I’m a time-traveler. There is no better thing for a historical writer and performer. It’s another era, a world gone forever. Yes, there is the risk of romanticizing the past, but most re-enactors strive for realism. The past is more than most imagine. There’s much to learn there.”

Naomi with the surgeon, fellow re-enactor Dan Newman
Photo by Chris Pratt
Q “Why Naomi Wade?”

A “Rich ladies with fine dresses and pretty hair were fun to play, but after a decade that got boring for me. I wanted to portray a “work-a-day” woman. To me, that’s where the real stories are. Naomi is a survivor; a London girl and fiercely loyal to King George III. Yet the love of her life was lost in this war. She churns butter, cooks over an open flame, washes clothing in a tub, and assists the surgeon in caring for the men, even during amputations. Her story is important to understand.”

Q “So, Naomi is based on a real person?”

A “She’s a composite character, meaning I’ve incorporated stories from many factual individuals into one. That way more of their stories can be told. I use primary sources, actual letters and journals from the time period, plus secondary sources, and modern history books.

“Naomi is also evolving. The surgeon taught her to read, and she’s learning 18th century herbal medicine. I’ll keep you posted on where she’s headed next.”


I can’t help but wonder if the re-enactment enthusiasts I’ve introduced you to here would travel back in time if given the opportunity. The answer is a resounding, “YES!” for one of my secondary characters in Hellfire and Handbaskets. Re-enactor Deirdra Adams has quite an adventure! She may even have more hijinks up her dainty Victorian sleeves in the future. Or, is it the past? Maybe both? *wink*

Here’s a link to Book 2 of my Time Traveler’s Journey Series – Hellfire and Handbaskets - if you’d like to meet Miss Adams. My books are stand-alone. No need to read in order.

Follow my author’s Facebook page for more to come about these “modern day time travelers” and the historic locations we frequent. To learn more about me and my books, visit my web site.

~Kathryn~


Sources & Links 

Jennifer Emerson        Petticoat Pages

Old Sturbridge Village         Redcoats & Rebels

YouTube Video of Redcoats & Rebels

Photographer Chris Pratt on flickr       Videographer Chris Pratt on vimeo


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Friday, March 22, 2019

Food, Fun, and Giveaways by Nancy Fraser #RomanceGems

Well, St. Patrick's Day has come and gone. Hopefully everyone behaved themselves and didn't overdo the revelry too much.

When I can get my hands on a nice piece of corned beef (not easy in Eastern Canada), I love to make corned beef and cabbage on the holiday. It's my way of sharing some of my family heritage with my grandchildren. This year, though, I decided to try another meal I remembered from my childhood ... my Grandma Kelley's Irish Coddle.

Irish Coddle is a one-pot stew of sorts that's good all year round, not just on St. Patrick's Day. If you're a fan of bacon (who isn't?) and sausage, this is an easy recipe for a lazy weekend supper.


Ingredients:
  • 10 slices bacon, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 lb. bangers or other high quality pork sausages
  • 2 lbs. potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds
  • 2 onions, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rings
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley, divided
  • 2 cups beef broth
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Heat a dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chopped bacon and cook, stirring frequently, until crisp, then remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
  3. Next, brown the bangers in the reserved bacon fat for a few minutes, just until they start to brown but not so they are cooked all the way through. Remove the sausages from the pot and set aside. Discard any leftover bacon fat in the bottom but keep the crispy bits.
  4. Layer half of the sliced potatoes, then layer half of the sliced onions over the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle half of the bacon and one tablespoon of parsley on top. Repeat with the remaining potatoes and onions, seasoning with salt and pepper again and sprinkling with the remaining bacon and another tablespoon parsley. Place the browned sausages/bangers on top and pour the beef broth over everything. (Hint: I prefer to cut my sausage into chunks rather than leave them whole as in the picture but either way works.)
  5. Cover the pot with a lid and place it in the oven. Bake for 3 hours, checking halfway through cooking to make sure the liquid hasn't all dried up and adding an extra cup of broth if necessary to keep about 1 inch of liquid covering the bottom of the pot at all times.
  6. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of chopped parsley before serving. Dublin Coddle is very forgiving and can stand cooking an extra hour or two if you need it, and the leftovers are amazing the next day even.
Enough about food. Let's get down to some fun news of an upcoming monthly post. Musings From the Romance Gems Authors will appear on the 26th of the month and be filled with comments and insights into what makes us tick! (Scary thought!)

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

When Life Gives You Lemons...by Karen Kelley #RomanceGems

     When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.
    
     I love reading the posts from the Gems group. Like Kari, this is a time for change in mine and Karl's life. On April 20, 2016 we took a deep breath and left Henrietta, Texas on an adventure. We'd downsized and sold the house. For the next few years we traveled to 39 states. For a couple who rarely took adventures, this was a huge step.

     Suddenly, we were kids again. We saw and did things we would never have thought about doing. We went to National Forests, we were mesmerized by Elk and Geese, even Pink Flamingos. By really tall mountains and waterfalls.

     Then there were the people we met along the way. Friends who still correspond with us.

     Different foods we got to try, and it was a good thing we hiked a lot.

     We had solar panels installed, an inverter, and three marine size batteries. Boondocking was great. We could park in the middle of nowhere and still have electricity.

     But that chapter is closing. At least with the RV. We were in Tifton, GA when Karl's lung collapsed. Then he was transferred to Atlanta. Me driving in Atlanta was an--experience. Since I hadn't really driven our truck since we became full time RVers, yes, it was definitely an experience. I think my daughter's finger imprints are still embedded on the dash. I did manage with her help.

     Karl is on oxygen now, but we adapted. We came back to Texas where his doctors are. We've been in Texas long enough to know it's time to let someone else have an adventure. We put the RV up for sale.

     I'm almost certain we'll have more adventures in our future. We'll never regret the last few years. I'm pretty sure some of those adventures will end up in my books. I know I've learned that I'm stronger for it. I can now drive a big truck through the middle of some crazy busy traffic, I'm not afraid of trying new things, and I'm looking forward to what we can do next.

     Have you been on an adventure? I'd love to hear about it. Or maybe you're planning one? Enquiring minds want to know.
 

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Best,
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www.authorkarenkelley.com


                                                             Coming Soon 
     

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Supportive Women by Karen Whiddon #RomanceGems

I've been wanting to write this post for a long while now.  Because my life is full of supportive women and I'm supremely grateful!

I'll start with in the writing community.  I've been trying to learn how to do the entire self-publishing thing as a side gig while still writing for Harlequin.  There's a LOT to learn.  One of my writing friends took me under her wing and is teaching me about how to promote.

Then there's this group of authors who do this blog.  Talk about supportive!  We cheer each other on, help each other promote, and teach each other things about the industry we might now know.  I'm so grateful to know you all - even though I've never met most of you in person.

On the fitness side.  I keep fit by doing challenges online.  Right now I'm doing a free one called Lean Body for Her.  We have a Facebook group and all keep each other accountable.  I've done the Oxygen 3 and 4 challenge and we have a Facebook group there too (Oxygen Challenge Alumni.)  We constantly cheer each other, even for NSV (non-significant victories) because sometimes it helps to celebrate the small things.   And as we prepare for the Oxygen 5 Challenge which starts May 5th, it's fun to have others with whom to share the anticipation and decisions over which coach to choose.  I have never met any of these people ever, but they're all my sisters in fitness.  We even call each other Oxysisters!




Writing is a solitary profession and my office mates are often other writers on Facebook.  I share their triumphs, both personal and professional, and without them I think I might be quite lonely.  Social media can be a huge time sink, but sometimes it keeps me sane.

I have a book out April 1st.  It's called Texas Ranch Justice and it's my 45th book for Harlequin.  You can purchase it here if you'd like.  Buy here

And here's the cover for your viewing pleasure.  I love this cover!


What is your favorite way to be supportive of other women?  I'd love to hear your sisterhood stories!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Have you ever wondered why a writer, writes?

Recently I had someone ask me that question. My answer, it was not a conscious choice, it is a part of who I am. Even if I had never published a single page, I would still write.
I have been an avid reader since the moment I discovered the joy of books. For me there was or is nothing better than getting lost in a world that someone had painstakingly created. If I think back to my childhood the desire to write was a simultaneous event to learning to read. As Lady Gaga says, I was born this way.
When I was small I would sit in my pink cushioned child-size rocker and have my dolls lined up on the floor, the baby dolls and Barbie’s. I would tell makeup stories or read to them from my current favorite book.  They, of course, hung on to every word. My personal, captive audience.

When I got older, I started to dream in chapters. It’s the only way I can think to explain it. This isn’t something I can control and it doesn’t happen every night but I do dream in sequence of events as if I was watching the events unfold in my dream. It is similar to reading a great book and anticipating what will happen on the next page.

The characters in my dreams find their way to my computer screen. They begin to take on a life of their own. I guess dreaming about the books is a form of plotting the story line. However, when I do sit down in front of the screen there are zero notes, I just let everything go, letting the words flow through my fingertips, and as if by magic they string together page after page.

Ernest Hemingway said, “There is nothing to writing, all you do is sit down at the typewriter and bleed onto the page.”

As romance writers we do our best to leave every emotion in our hearts on the pages we have agonized over. There have been many times where I hold my breath, wondering what will happen next or sob as I write, my heart breaking for my character. Every time I sit down to write, I know I’m invested in their lives. My characters become a part of my extended family. While I wrote the books in The Loudon Series, I cried a river of tears, held my breath, laughed deeply and cheered them on and marveled as Cari McKenna and her family found their happily ever after’s. 

Even after many years I am still a voracious reader. I love many genres from romance, cozy mystery, thrillers and even cookbooks. When I open a book, I find myself thinking about that writer’s process; for example, did Peggy Jaeger spend time perfecting her recipes from her Will Cook for Love Series. I know she definitely did. 
 As romance authors we are invested in giving you, our beloved readers, the best of ourselves within the covers of each book we publish.


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Until next time, 
I wish you happiness. 
Lucinda

Monday, March 18, 2019

End of an Adventure OR...?? by @KariLemor #RomanceGems



Many of you know I’ve been traveling in an RV the last five months with my husband. (If you didn’t know, check out my Instagram to see all the places we’ve been).  We’ve seen some really cool stuff and done exciting things! Part of the reason we went on this trip was to find a winter home. While living in New England has been a wonderful experience for us, we’ve gotten old and grouchy and really don’t like the cold or shoveling anymore.

Bridge of Lions


I had never thought of myself as a Florida person – my hair is too prone to frizz in the humid weather, but another southern place would be fine. Until we happened upon St. Augustine in mid-December. We absolutely fell in love with the town. Rich in history. Gorgeous architecture. Beaches. Shops. And the temperature in the winter was warm without being too hot. At the northeastern part of the state, it seemed ideal.

After touring the rest of Florida, Mississippi, New Orleans and then exploring the Bayous of Louisiana, we decided to go back to St. Augustine and check out real estate. Wow! Better than the prices in New England. But we didn’t want to make a rash decision. So we found this adorable apartment to rent. It’s over a hundred years old, was one of the original hospitals in town, and it’s on the beautiful Matanzas River (near where it empties into the ocean) a few steps from the Bridge of Lions. Sold! Or rented!

And as much as traveling was quite an adventure, I have to admit I’m ready to be in one place for a while. Ready to get back to a regular writing schedule that didn't get interrupted by driving to the next exciting place. Here’s a few things I’m looking forward to:

A REAL shower where I can stand up and don’t have to hold the nozzle or the water doesn't run out!  And an actual flush toilet!!  Woo hoo! That’s cause for celebration!



And I now have a full kitchen. It’s not huge but when compared to a stove and small sink next to the living room couch, yup, I’m stoked!!



Some might say it’s too bad my adventure has ended. But for me, this new amazing town, and the rich history and life here, plus being a full time author now, could be the beginning of a brand-new adventure!  

Let it begin!


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Sunday, March 17, 2019

SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE AND OTHER TROPES @kathleenlawless #romancegems


I really love discussing popular romance tropes with readers and other authors.  Trends come and go over the years, but there are at least a dozen or two that never seem to go out of style, and it is always interesting to see how authors take these timeless favorites and put a fresh spin on them. 

If you list some of your favorite tropes in the comment portion or in our readers and writer’s group I’ll share them in a future blog, just for fun.

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One trope that never seems to fall out of favor is the ‘Second Chance’.  This is where the hero and heroine had a relationship years ago that didn’t work out for various reasons.  When they meet again tension and conflicts escalate due to their past, rife with hurt, distrust and betrayal. 

Throwing in a child one or the other didn’t know about always ups the stakes.  I'll never forget one book where it was the mother who didn’t know about the child and returned to town when he was a teen.  Did I ever admire that particular author’s skill in pulling that one off.

There are no secret babies in any of the books in my upcoming historical series, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, but Brody’s Bride does open with the hero and heroine meeting again for the first time in ten years. 



To whet your appetite for the series and introduce you to the main players I have penned a short story called Before the Brides.  This story won’t be offered for sale but is available for free download to anyone who signs up for my monthly Reader News where I tell you about special fan pricing, free books and other good stuff. 




And if you haven’t already enjoyed Callie’s Honor, today is the last day of the St. Patrick's Day weekend .99 sale. Grab yours here. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JIJ3EPM


HAPPY ST. PADDY'S!!!

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