More of Diane and Amanda’s Excellent Adventures

The fun continues in Williamsburg, Virginia! On Friday Amanda and I took a break from sightseeing and went shopping. Book Shopping, especially at the William and Mary Bookstore where I’ll be joining other authors (including Harlequin Historical author Michelle Willingham, whom we met for dinner on Thurs) for a Romance booksigning on Sept 15.

On Saturday we met our friend and fellow Harlequin Historical author Deb Marlowe (Scandalous Lord, Rebellious Miss, Nov 2007 in the UK, Feb 2008 in North America-her debut book!) for a day of sightseeing and working. Amanda, Deb, and I are going to do a Regency Anthology to come out in 2009 (so start saving your pence now!). The photo is of us at the Kings Arms for Sunday lunch, the same restaurant where we ate with Michelle Willingham (The Warriors Touch, Sept 2007) .

At Williamsburg there are reenactments all day long starting with the Governor arriving in a carriage at the Capitol where he addresses the people after word arrived about the Boston Tea Party, and dissolves the House of Burgesses. Well, what was the man to do? These pesky Colonials and their addlebrained ideas of Independence. It was enough to make George III go mad….well, maybe that wasn’t what made him go mad…

Anyway, we had a terrific time working our way from exhibit to exhibit and gift shop to gift shop all the way to the other end of the Historic area. One of the exhibits was the Print Shop, where we watched the Reenactor run the press and I learned things I need for the book I just turned in. I’ll add them during Revision time. We also visited the Milliner who was making stays and the Apothecary, the Silversmith, the Blacksmith. We even worked a little.

Sunday Amanda and I returned to Jamestown, this time to the actual site. We could not see much of the archaeological work that is ongoing because it was all covered over in case of rain, but we toured the museum and walked where John Smith walked all those years ago. Then we met Deb for lunch and then…..we had to drive home. I’ll take Amanda to the airport today.

It was a very excellent adventure, indeed!

What were you all doing while we were in Williamsburg??

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who donโ€™t always act like ladies.
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13 Responses to More of Diane and Amanda’s Excellent Adventures

  1. Cara King says:

    I was wishing I were there! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I ditto Cara. You guys are having such a fantastically fun time. Perhaps we should plan a Riskies’ day spa outing or a visit to the wine country before the conference begins in July.

  3. Deb Marlowe says:

    I had such an amazingly good time. History, shopping, brainstorming, plotting, what more could a girl ask for?

    Thanks guys! Now I’m heading back into deadline dementia…

  4. Deb, it was great seeing you in the photo.

    A big congratulations once again to the three of you for the Harlequin anthology. Hope you had a fun plotting time. What a cool premise!!

  5. Santa says:

    Well this seals it! Williamsburg and Jamestown seem to be the places to visit this year! It seems everyone who’s anyone has gone or is going!

    Let’s see….Saturday….errands. Sunday…company picnic where my 8 year old entered a blueberry pie eating contest!

  6. Diane Gaston says:

    Who else is going to Williamsburg, Santa? Have we started a trend (or did the Queen do that?)? And, of course, this is the 400th anniversary of Jamestown.

    Deb, it was WONDERFUL, wasn’t it? Now get writing…

    Keira! I’m game for anything when RWA comes to San Francisco!

    Cara! Your trip to England and the French Riviera was the stuff of real vacation envy.

    Amanda and I visited the National Gallery of Art in DC today, so our excellent adventures continued. But, alas, I had to take her to the airport. Now it is back to work for all of us.

  7. Santa said, “It seems everyone who’s anyone has gone or is going!”

    Er, Santa. Thanks for making me a nobody.

    Diane & Riskies: Let’s plan for something on the Tuesday before the madness begins in SF.

  8. Todd says:

    I still have a couple of guidebooks from Colonial Williamsburg that we got when I was a kid. Obviously I stole them from my mother at some point…it was clearly the right thing to do…

    I envy your visit!


  9. Cara King says:

    Nobodies unite! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m all for a Tuesday gathering. (I’ll probably be going to conference next year! Yay!)

    BTW, Santa, I emailed Susannah Carleton, and I’ll let you know if I hear from her!


  10. Diane Gaston says:

    Diane & Riskies: Let’s plan for something on the Tuesday before the madness begins in SF.

    It is a date!!!

    Todd and Cara and Keira, you are not nobodies, just somebodies who didn’t get to visit Williamsburg and Jamestown this year.

  11. Todd says:

    Diane wrote:

    Todd and Cara and Keira, you are not nobodies, just somebodies who didn’t get to visit Williamsburg and Jamestown this year.

    Nobodies know the trouble we’ve seen.


  12. Santa says:


    I didn’t mean to imply that those who have not been to Williamsburg are nobodies…because I include myself in that number. Of people who haven’t been to Williamsburg, not nobodies.

    Well, if that wasn’t convoluted (sp) I don’t know what is!

    Who’s on First?

    Diane – a couple of Vagabonds met up in the Norfolk/Williamsburg/Jamestown area. Being from NY I assume all that stuff is close together….

  13. Santa, I was just teasing you. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have worth, I tell you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Williamsburg/Jamestown oversight has to be corrected some day. Another one is a visit to Maine and Nantucket.

    Riskies, yes. Perhaps a day trip to the wine country or perhaps a join day spa outing or a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge park and a walk down Lamont St (the crookedest street in the world.)

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