To Be Used at Cocktail Parties: Arsenic, Axes, and Imperialist Symbols—The Unused Research of Shadow Among Sheaves by Guest Author Naomi Stephens

To Be Used at Cocktail Parties: Arsenic, Axes, and Imperialist Symbols The Unused Research of Shadow among Sheaves 1. Intro During a recent late-night research session, I learned that Dr. Robert Liston, a famous 19th century surgeon, could amputate a leg in just under thirty seconds, sans anesthesia. “Time me, gentlemen!” he was rumored to … Continue reading To Be Used at Cocktail Parties: Arsenic, Axes, and Imperialist Symbols—The Unused Research of Shadow Among Sheaves by Guest Author Naomi Stephens

Story Behind the Cover (and Why I Love It So Much!) By Annette M. Irby

When my editor and the cover artist and I sat down to search images of couples for this book’s cover, I had no idea we’d land on a shot like this. If you’ve ever tried to find a photograph that matches your imagination, you know the challenge that can be. As I was writing this … Continue reading Story Behind the Cover (and Why I Love It So Much!) By Annette M. Irby

A Heart So Tender from THE BACKCOUNTRY BRIDES Collection

Dear Readers, It is my pleasure to welcome Debra E. Marvin back to the blog. I've invited her here today to share a little about the history behind her new novella. You'll find A Heart So Tender in The Backcountry Brides Collection from Barbour Books (May 1st, 2018). {I've had the opportunity to read two stories from … Continue reading A Heart So Tender from THE BACKCOUNTRY BRIDES Collection

How Historical Fiction Connects to A Modern-Day Reader by Angie Dicken

Can you even imagine stepping foot on a barren prairie and saying, “I am going to make my home here.” And then, you do, using the land itself? That’s what my characters do in my debut novel, The Outlaw’s Second Chance. These days, I’d grab my iPhone and look up the best contractor out there, … Continue reading How Historical Fiction Connects to A Modern-Day Reader by Angie Dicken