Monthly Archives: July 2013

Book background stuff: Time and Calendar

I’ve added some more background information on my world, this one centering around timekeeping. You can find it under Book Background Stuff above, or follow this link.

As always, comments are appreciated and encouraged.


Review: A Rake’s Vow – Stephanie Laurens

  • Title: A Rake’s Vow
  • Author: Stephanie Laurens
  • Genre: Regency Romance
  • Why: Because I enjoyed the first one.
  • Rating: 4.5 Stars

Description: He vowed he’d never marry.

To Vane Cynster, Bellamy Hall seems like the perfect place to temporarily hide from London’s husband hunters. But when he encounters irresistible Patience Debbington, Vane realises he’s met his match …

She vowed no man would catch her.

Patience isn’t about to succumb to Vane’s sensuous propositions. Yes, his kisses leave her dizzy and his caresses made her melt; but Patience has promised herself she’ll never become vulnerable to a broken heart. Is this one vow that was meant to be broken?

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Songs in a Foreign Language

For this week I decided to do something a little different. So far I have been writing about things relating to writing, or to my books, or to self-publishing, but when I first started this blog I had the intention to stuff some linguistic content in here as well.

I have on occasion confessed to loving languages and everything associated with them. I can talk for hours about linguistic peculiarities of languages and how they link together, and there are very few languages that I don’t like the sound of.

Which brings me to music. I have plenty of songs that are sung in English, but I also have a good collection of songs in different languages, and I love many of those despite the fact that I might not have a clue what they’re about. And let’s face it, many English lyrics are obscure enough that even though you can hear what they sing, you don’t understand it anyway.

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Review: The Governess Affair – Courtney Milan

  • Title: The Governess Affair
  • Author: Courtney Milan
  • Genre: Regency Romance
  • Why: Can’t remember how I stumbled upon it, but it was free so I thought I might as well give it a go.
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Description: She will not give up…

Three months ago, governess Serena Barton was let go from her position. Unable to find new work, she’s demanding compensation from the man who got her sacked: a petty, selfish, swinish duke. But it’s not the duke she fears. It’s his merciless man of business—the man known as the Wolf of Clermont. The formidable former pugilist has a black reputation for handling all the duke’s dirty business, and when the duke turns her case over to him, she doesn’t stand a chance. But she can’t stop trying—not with her entire future at stake.

He cannot give in…

Hugo Marshall is a man of ruthless ambition—a characteristic that has served him well, elevating the coal miner’s son to the right hand man of a duke. When his employer orders him to get rid of the pestering governess by fair means or foul, it’s just another day at the office. Unfortunately, fair means don’t work on Serena, and as he comes to know her, he discovers that he can’t bear to use foul ones. But everything he has worked for depends upon seeing her gone. He’ll have to choose between the life that he needs, and the woman he is coming to love…

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A Shire Romance – Part Fourteen

Missed the start? All installments can be found here.

Or go back to part thirteen.

This was first posted on Silk Screen Views.


“This is your favourite spot, isn’t it?” Tamsyn asked once they’d arrived. They both sat with their backs against the trunk of the copper beech, shoulders touching, and looked out over the hills to the south, away from Tuckborough.

“It is,” Perry confirmed. “I always go up here when I want to think. It’s the highest hill around, you can see for miles. I can see Tuckborough if I want to, or look away from it if I don’t. I can see Frodo or Izzy or Tulia when mother sends them for me, and run if I don’t want to be found. It’s perfect.”

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The Conspiracy – Chapter One

One of these days I’ll have the house to myself again, but today is not that day. My brother is due to arrive soon with his family, which means I’ll have no time for a proper post tonight, so instead you can have the first chapter of my second book. If it tickles your fancy, the links to buy it are on the top right hand side.

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A Shire Romance – Part Thirteen

Missed the start? All installments can be found here.

Or go back to part twelve.

This was first posted on Silk Screen Views.


They left the wizard’s room, both too deep in thought to say anything. When they got to the kitchen, Perry started gathering bread, cheese, milk, butter and a bowl of fruit for a meal for them both. Again Tamsyn wondered whether she had gained a hobbit-like relationship with food together with her hobbit body, because she was hungry already, and the simple act of eating restored some of her composure.

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