Spring Blog Break

To all my wonderful blog followers: I'm down to the wire with revisions and rewrites for my upcoming historical fiction book, The Specter, the first book of my Waxwood Series. Time is of the essence here so I'll be taking a blog break all through March. But I'll be back in April with some awesome blog posts, … Continue reading Spring Blog Break

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Science, Ghosts and Haunted Houses: Three 19th Century Classic Women Horror Writers

Photo Credit: Mr. T. P. Cooke, of the Theatre Royal Covent Garden, in the character of the monster in the dramatic romance of Frankenstein, 1823 production of Presumption; or, the fate of Frankenstein, lithograph reproduction of an original painting by Nathanial Whittock and Thomas Charles Wageman, The New York Public Library: Tronvillian/ Wikimedia Commons/PD Old … Continue reading Science, Ghosts and Haunted Houses: Three 19th Century Classic Women Horror Writers

Catalyst For A Series: My Unexpected “Aha!” Moment from The Blackwater Lightship

Photo Credit: Dark light… come shine in her lost heart tonight, taken on 26 November 2016 by Nikk: The Maniac Macrographer/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 I’ve talked quite a bit about inspiration on my blog. In this blog post I discuss how I believe inspiration is something you don’t sit around and wait for but go out and … Continue reading Catalyst For A Series: My Unexpected “Aha!” Moment from The Blackwater Lightship

“A Veil of Tears”: Family Secrets and The Trickle-Down Effect in The Blackwater Lightship (2004)

***This post is part of the Adoring Angela Lansbury Blogathon, hosted by the Realweegiemidget Review blog. *** ***Some spoilers*** “It’s a veil of tears, Lily. A veil of tears” (Angela Lansbury, The Blackwater Lightship, 2004) Hallmark has very specific (and not always nice) associations for many of us. When we hear the word Hallmark, we think … Continue reading “A Veil of Tears”: Family Secrets and The Trickle-Down Effect in The Blackwater Lightship (2004)

Gilded Age Backlash: The Progressive Era

Although this cartoon refers specifically to only one of the reforms during the Progressive Era (women’s suffragism), it is visually a great example of what was going on with all reforms during this era. Photo Credit: Political cartoon about suffrage in the United States. Four women supporting suffrage on a steamroller crushing rocks "opposition". Illustration … Continue reading Gilded Age Backlash: The Progressive Era

What’s in a Tagline? Picking Apart My Tagline

Photo Credit: Woman with veil, dark Gothic fantasy image, uploaded December 24, 2014 by LoganArt: LoganArt/ Pixabay/CC0 1.0 Last week, the Sisters in Crime organization held a webinar for authors about author branding. The idea of “branding” is relatively new buzzword in business and marketing (when it comes to people rather than products, that is) but … Continue reading What’s in a Tagline? Picking Apart My Tagline

A Dissatisfying Ideology: Separate Spheres in the 19th Century

Photo Credit: OpenClipartVectors/Pixabay/CC0 1.0 Welcome to the Dream Book Blog’s first post of 2019! I’m not ashamed to say I’m a feminist. I became a feminist in college when I began studying literature and women’s fiction. I came from a very patriarchal house (read: chauvinist) where my parents supported the idea that the men ruled … Continue reading A Dissatisfying Ideology: Separate Spheres in the 19th Century