Research,  Risky Book Talk

A Slapdash Post

makingvictorianDo you love the word “slapdash”? I do. It’s been another busy week so here are just a few highlights.

I’ve started research for a new series about the grown-up children from Lady Dearing’s Masquerade.  Amanda recommended this wonderful book, The Making of Victorian Values by Ben Wilson. It’s been a huge help in thinking about the transition from Regency to early Victorian times. Thanks, Amanda!

I’m also working with my fellow Regency Masquerades contributors (Brenda Hiatt, Lynn Kerstan, Allison Lane, Gail Eastwood and Alicia Rasley) to launch this boxed set. This set releases on October 13–look forward to a week-long Regency Masquerades Ball, with fun and giveaways.  You can also preorder now for 99 cents! (Kindle Nook Apple Kobo)


I also took a little time to enjoy the fall foliage and pick apples and late-season raspberries.


How’ve you been spending your time?


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Louisa Cornell
8 years ago

Still working on edits of my Christmas novella and getting excited about it actually being published for people to buy sometime soon. Scary stuff!

Had lunch with my Mom today, a late birthday lunch to celebrate her 79th birthday. She drove 80 miles to visit me and we discovered an estate sale was being held in a vacated grocery store in town. Gorgeous, and I do mean gorgeous furniture. Lots of knick knacks. A beautiful porcelain doll collection. Three pianos. A huge store full of lovely things. And, of course, I found four books to add to my research library.

One in particular made me smile. It is an AA Illustrated Guide to Britain published in 1977. The hand-written inscription inside reads :

John and Scott Newton
Bought in Rye Bookshop – Rye, England
July, 1978 on driving tour of South and
East England.

I have found numerous index cards scattered amongst its pages denoting the places the either visited or intended to visit.

There is something very poignant about imagining their trip together and how far this book has traveled to fall into my hands.

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