Jack Interviews ~Author Elaine Violette!


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Captain Jack Sparrow 5

Gather round, me hearties! Katherine has let me have at it again! So hike your skirts, prop up your boots, and pour yourself a dram. Captain Jack Sparrow orders it, savvy!

Aboard ship today, Author Elaine Violette! 


Pardon me, I’ve got duties to attend. (Pirate!)

“Welcome, Lady Elaine! What’s a book like you doin’ in an author like this?” Looks left then right to make sure no one else heard that. “What I meant is… I have a compass that points to what I want most. In a world with vast horizons that titillate and thrill, what does your compass point to?

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Katherine Bone’s ~ Smuggling in the Looe!


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Heading: Embracing Romance in: 19th century, historical romance, history, Katherine Bone, novella, Regency Romance, romance, Series

One of the best things about writing historical romance is discovering GREAT nuggets that set a story in time, bringing fully-fledged characters to life! People are just people after all, aren’t they? No matter the time or place, human beings are… well… human, privy to any number of emotions. Having said that, I can honestly say, historical romance is a true art form. It takes more than knowing about emotion to plot a story and make it enjoyable. And it takes immeasurable time to learn about an era and become familiar enough with it to make readers feel as though they are there, experiencing a hero’s and heroine’s lives.

Making magic happen = EPIC adventure! Huzzah!!!

On any given day, I’m either writing or digging into research. Recently, I stumbled on some great information about the Cornish Coast for my Regent’s Revenge Series. The Pirate’s Debt, Regent’s Revenge Book #2, takes place along the coast and between Looe and Polperro. While Polperro isn’t new to me—the Seaton’s home, a fictional cove in Talland Bay, is featured throughout my Nelson’s Tea Series—Looe is.

What is it about Cornwall that calls to me?

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Friday Fun Facts- Ghost Ships

Feast your eyes on this #FreebooterFriday tale!


What makes a ghost ship? There are those that appear with no crew and every piece of identification stripped from their being. Then, there are the ones that show up looking as if the crew abandoned her mid meal. All belongings and cargo accounted for- just no men. What happened? Where did these ships sail to before they met their mysterious end?

Too many questions, not enough answers.020914_2

  1. 2012.( That surprised you, I bet.) It’s not all ancient stories. A luxury vessel drifted into Ft. Lauderdale. Running lights still on, the engine purring, but no captain. In fact, his wallet and cell phone were still by the wheel. Authorities looked for any crew for weeks. No bodies, no wreckage, no ransom notes, nothing.
  2. 1813. A schooner was destroyed in Nova Scotia by one of its crew mates, killing everyone. The ghost ship appeared for the next two years, witnessed by…

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Talkin’ About the Life of a Swordsman at Embracing Romance Today!


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Katherine Bone’s En Garde! Life of a Swordsman!

8e82abf553e11a6664949ac04729fdcc“A rogue does not laugh in the same way that an honest man does; a hypocrite does not shed the same sort of tears as fall from the eyes of a man of good faith. All falsehood is a mask, and however well made the mask may be, with a little attention we may always succeed in distinguishing it from the true face.” ~ Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers

For a swordsman, steel is just an extension of the arm.

One of the particular things I’ve enjoyed researching while writing my Regency pirate romance books is the art of sword fighting. Craftily forged steel only asks to be polished and sharpened like the mind of its master. Steel doesn’t need to be reloaded. When placed in a talented, resourceful, and courageous man’s hands, no situation is too formidable, no success too far out of reach.

When man and steel become one, there is swashbuckling to be done! [You can quote me on it! 😉 ]

Accomplished rogues + Codes of honor = Major swashbuckle!

Head on over to Embracing Romance to read the rest of my post today!

A Sea Journey, Regency Style

Sharing this post, which includes travel to Exeter and Cornwall! Enjoy!

Jane Austen's London

I don’t usually host guest blogs, but I couldn’t resist sharing the research fellow historical novelist Joanna Maitland has done on travel by packet boat. There’s more about Joanna at the end of her post . Over to you, Joanna –
It’s 1811, it’s wartime (pesky Bonaparte), and you have to go on a sea voyage. To Buenos Aires. Perhaps you’ve been sent there, like Sir Horace in Georgette Heyer’s wonderful story The Grand Sophy, but, unlike Sir Horace, you don’t have the luxury of travelling in peacetime).
How do you go about it?packet routes
First you get yourself all the way down to Cornwall, probably by mail coach, unless you’re so rich you can afford to travel post. By mail coach, it will take you 18 hours from London to Exeter plus another 14 or so to Falmouth. Quite a trip and that’s only the start!
Packet ships carry the…

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Anatomy of a Regency Letter

Have you ever wondered how Regency folks wrote on the same piece of paper that they addressed and sealed? Here is a FABulous look into letter writing during the Regency Era. Luv this! Enjoy!!!


Her Reputation for Accomplishment

VigeeLeBrunLetterDetail Detail from Portrait of Comtesse de Cérès, Elisabeth Vigée -Lebrun, 1784. (Toledo Museum of Art)

When I first started looking at online images of letters from Jane Austen’s era last summer, I often felt confused about what I was seeing. Maybe it’s because I haven’t handled real letters from that period to get a first-hand sense of their size and how they were folded. Maybe it’s because different archives photograph their letters differently, making it hard to compare them. Maybe I just didn’t see an explanation that clicked for me. So, although there are many articles and blog posts about Regency letter-writing on the web (see links at the end of this post for some), I’m going to add another one- the post that might have helped me last summer. Do keep in mind that, while there are conventions, individual letter-writers practiced many different techniques in different situations: there…

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Book Cover Reveal! ~ The Rogue’s Surrender!


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Ahoy, me hearties! I’ve been waiting sooo long for this but now, after handing in the finished book, I can formally reveal the cover for The Rogue’s Surrender, Nelson’s Tea Book #3!!! Huzzah and Hoorah!!!

For those of you who don’t know my books, I’ll give you a little trip down memory lane.


His identity in jeopardy, Percy crosses into more dangerous territory… losing his heart. ~ Duke by Day, Rogue by Night, Nelson’s Tea Book #1




Espionage secrecy and thwarted assassination attempts. The only thing more dangerous is being in love. ~ My Lord Rogue, A Nelson’s Tea Novella #1



An unlikely alliance earns Henry the ultimate prize… ~ The Rogue’s Prize, Nelson’s Tea Book #2




Everything Simon and Gillian have done has led to this moment… Will it be too late? ~ My Lady Rogue, A Nelson’s Tea Novella #2



And now… without further ado, I give you The Rogue’s Surrender, Nelson’s Tea Book #3



Marked for death! Lady Mercedes Vasquez de la Claremont has been betrayed by a member of Nelson’s Tea. Now her life is in the hands of the man she couldn’t save, a beast forged by Spanish hatred.

Lord Garrick Seaton, aka Captain Blade, is the only one who has a chance of pulling off a lifesaving mission. To do so, he must go to Spain and face memories of captivity and torture. But the fiery Spanish lady he seeks to rescue proves to be the greater threat. Can he protect his heart, or will she demand his complete surrender?

Readers, this is the book you’ve all been waitin’ for! Garrick is finally getting his revenge AND he’s undergoing a dangerous mission that will test how far he’s willing to go to live again. Half-blind, battling intense demons, nothing he’s ever experienced prepares him for Mercy.

Oh yes! The gang is all back!!! Percy, Simon, Henry, and all the members of Nelson’s Tea, including four of Garrick’s brothers, Constance, Gillian, and Adele!

I’ve struggled with this book. Growin’ up a military brat, I was forced to say goodbye to one too many friends, one of the particular drawbacks of livin’ a nomad life. Writing The Rogue’s Surrender seemed like one long goodbye to characters who’ve been with me night and day since Percival Avery waved his quizzing glass at me in 2007. But I’ve learned something during this process too. No series has to end… not really. Yes! (Cue my piratical brain!) I have found a way to link Nelson’s Tea to two more series, perhaps three!!!

So break out the rum, me hearties! The fun has only just begun! I’ve handed the book in to my editor, the brilliant Kim Bowman at esKape Press Publishing and as soon as I hear when you can expect it to be up for preorder or get a release date, I’ll be making that BIG announcement too!

Until then… I wish you fair winds! Remember anything is possible when you take the ‘im’ out of impossible and turn it into I’m possible!!!



Rovin’ ~ Teatime Tattler & Giveaway!


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Lady Katherine Proposes


Mr. Clemens, it has come to my attention that you edit the Teatime Tattler, supported by a wealth of talented authors. Good sir, has there ever been a superior delight than tea, tattling, and reading? Oh, truth be told, I find local news quite entertaining by far. What better venue to learn the latest scandal — I mean gossip — ‘er news… (Clears throat then drinks a swig of rum) than to gather together and exchange friendly banter over refreshment, whatever that be. (RUM! Oh, the bliss!)

Where was I? Oh yes, per chance, have you ever read a copy of Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post? No? (Slaps hands together gleefully and waves Jack away with the rum… for decorum’s sake. Pirate!) Kind sir, I am delighted to share with you, and the readers of Teatime Tattler, some of the vital, juicy intelligence that the ambitious widow Lady Osgood (aka Lady O., real names in gossip columns being like the pirate code, guidelines not rules) supplies to this excellent newspaper. She writes about the Black Regent and the activities of revenue men chasing the fictional Robin Hood-inspired pirate along the Devon and Cornish coast. In Lady O’s opinion, it’s a calling to watch over the good people of Exeter. What proper lady doesn’t hope to sway… I mean entertain the masses with a teatime tale?

Read more and play! Two winners chosen to win either a $20 Amazon Gift Card or an ecopy of Once Upon a True Love’s Kiss at Bluestocking Belles’s Teatime Tattler!

Rovin’ ~ Port: Embracing Romance!


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Fast Scouts, Core of the Navy ~ Frigates!

HMS SurpriseOne of the most important things to a seafarin’ man, besides stayin’ alive, was servin’ aboard a ship captained by a superior officer, think Patrick O’Brien’s Captain Aubrey. Like ye old Master and Commander’s favorite ship, Surprise, built in Le Havre and completed in 1794 (displacement 579 tons, a 126 ft gundeck with 32 32-pounder carronades and two long 6-pounder guns), the most important ship for any captain sailin’ the sea was a frigate.

nelsonFrigates were highly prized above other ships, including the behemoth Ship-of-the-Line, because of their agility and speed which enabled them to scout and relay messages to the fleet. A tactical genius, Admiral Nelson sent the Admiralty regular dispatches requesting more frigates for his fleet. According to his calculations, four-six were needed, especially when the one-two frigates normally at his disposal were often deployed as couriers, leaving his fleet blind. Nelson’s requests, however, were downplayed by the Admiralty. What would a few more frigates mean to the Vice Admiral of the White?


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Regency Rites: Almack’s Assembly Rooms

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What was Almack’s?

Almack’s was founded in 1765 by a Mr. McCall. The building was located on King Street just off St. James Street* and included a large ballroom, as well as supper rooms and card rooms.

Almack’s was ruled by a select committee of society matrons known as the Lady Patronesses. These ladies ruled the club with an iron hand; only the crème de la crème (about 25%) of London society were authorized to cross the threshold of this exclusive circle. Each application for membership was carefully scrutinized by the high-handed patronesses, who were not above using their power for retribution against their rivals or other personal reasons.

The food served was not of the best quality. Alcohol was not served—only tea and lemonade.The floor of the ballroom was said to be dreadful, and the rigid rules set by the patronesses could not be broken by anyone. It is…

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