The random—and not so random—musings of a quirky Regency romance writer.
No one with that many people in her head can possibly be normal...

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

~Regency Wednesday~ Waterloo

Wellington at Waterloo by Robert Alexander Hillingford 
The Battle of Waterloo took place Sunday, June 18, 1815. It was the battle that effectively ended Napoleon's bid for dominance. It took place in a small area near Waterloo of present-day Belgium and was the bloodiest battle ever seen to that point in time. Both sides lost over 20,000 men. (Hard to consider that a win.) 

The Battle of Waterloo by William Sadler 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

~Regency Wednesday~ A Queer Epitaph

While perusing the contents of the January 1818 issue of La Belle Assemblée, the following little tidbit caught my eye, making me chuckle. 

A Queer Epitaph*

On a tombstone in Lyme (America), there was a few years since, and perhaps is at this time, the following epitaph, said to be written by the person for whom it was inscribed : ─

A deacon, aged 58--58,
On earth no more is sarvin ;
He for a crown no longer waits,
Lyme's Captain Renald Marvin.

Tradition says that the above Captain Marvin, when young, courted one Betty Lee, a handsome hearty lass, whose father was violently opposed to the match. Every probable measure was taken to mollify the old gentleman, but all in vain. The young folks were as obstinate as the old one, and determined to have their own way. As in those good old times none could be matrimonially fettered without a previous manifesto, either from the mouth of the minister or nailed on the door of the meeting-house, they made choice of the latter method, and Renald wrote the following stanzas, which was nailed as aforesaid :─

Renald Marvin, Betsy Lee,
Do both intend to marry ;
And though her dad opposed be,
No longer can they tarry.

Tradition further says that the poetical abilities thus displayed had such an effect on dad, that he shortly after consented that Renald and Betty should become one flesh. 

*Taken verbatim from La Belle Assemblée, January 1818.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

~Regency Wednesday~ March 1818

English fashion for March 1818

Winter Carriage Costume. Round dress of fine cambric muslin, superbly embroidered round the border in three distinct rows. Pelisse of rich Tobine silk striped, of Christmas holly-berry colour and bright green grass, trimmed round the collar, cuffs, and down the front with very broad swansdown. Cambridge hat of green satin, ornamented with white ribband, edged with holly-berry red, surmounted by a very full plume of white ostrich feathers. Triple ruff of fine lace; holly-berry velvet ridicule, with clasp and ornaments of gold. Limerick gloves, and white kid half boots.*

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Regency Wednesday

Hello, faithful readers. :o) 

I must apologize for my sporadic "Regency Wednesday" posts. Many things have been happening, both personally and professionally, and "Regency Wednesday" has gone by the wayside. This was unfortunate and I deeply regret it. 

The good news is I will begin posting new Regency tidbits again next Wednesday, December 15. I hope you enjoy the topics I choose to post about. Questions and discussion are always welcome and I will repeat that I am not perfect, so I may occasionally get bits and pieces wrong. 

I hope to see you all next Wednesday. Until then...

Happy reading, writing, and blogging!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Another Deception Giveaway

In all the excitement of late, I totally forgot to tell you, my lovely readers, about a recent interview I did. It's posted on Linda Weaver Clarke's blog, and it was a lot of fun to do. I even reveal an odd fact about the real me that will either make you laugh or wonder why I haven't been committed. 

To go along with the interview is a giveaway for USA/Canadian residents. One paperback copy of Deception will find a new home. The deadline is December 6, so don't delay! 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New in My Design Life

If you follow me on facebook or twitter, you have probably already seen/heard about my latest foray into the world of design. 


I love this site. I'm having such a blast uploading my own photography and book covers for an array of cool items. Buttons, keychains, magnets, shirts, mugs...the list is endless. I'm loving it.

Check out the item panel below to see the cool things I've added to my store. :o)


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