Cojocaru’s Traveling Carney Town

Cojocaru’s Traveling Carney Town

My historical western romances are all connected by my fictitious carnival, Cojocaru’s Traveling Carney Town, which I sometimes call Cojocaru’s Medicine Show, or Cojocaru’s Carnival, or just Cojocaru. It’s fun to include in my various series,...
Topsail Island Name

Topsail Island Name

This Century 21 article says that Topsail Island wasn’t named because of pirate ships’ topsails showing above the trees as they tried to hide behind the island. That the name was coined on navigational charts way before the island was named. But come on!...

Newsletter Poll

This poll is for my newsletter subscribers. I have heard so many things from authors about what their readers prefer. Some say their readers want to get to know them better personally with a weekly newsletter. Some authors say their readers only want to hear from them...

New Venture

I’m venturing into another genre that is new to me. I’ve been thinking about doing this for quite a while. Now I’ve decided to bite the bullet! What am I talking about? New Adult. What is New Adult? Emerging Adults. It’s after Young Adult....

It Starts with an Inciting Incident

Look at the fun, active saloon scene above. Can’t you just imagine the people moving, drinking and talking? Doesn’t that scene get your creative juices flowing? What’s going on with that pretty woman and why is that heavy-set man grabbing her? Will...

Brides of Blessings Characters

Blessings, California During the Gold Rush Dallis’s Main Characters and Setting Click to Pre-Order Below are my main characters in a series of related novels that I’m working on with Lynn Winchester, Kari Trumbo, Heather Blanton, Danica Favorite, and Mimi...
Roasted Vegetable Penne Pasta

Roasted Vegetable Penne Pasta

I love this Vegan Recipe! I made it earlier this evening and it was a hit. Instead of roasting the veggies though, I sauteed them with a little olive oil, a clove of garlic, and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning along with salt and pepper. Next time I want to put...

Medieval Terminology

The following is a list of common medieval terms that you might run across as a reader of my stories, or others set in Medieval Times. But don’t worry; I won’t use too many of these—just enough to flavor the narrative or dialogue. Aid: A financial...

Saxons

Right now I’m writing a series with Ruth A. Casie that is set around 1501. The series has quite a bit of fantasy in it and I’m thinking it’s more of an alternate reality because we aren’t necessarily following historical events. But the series...

Types of Magic

I love writing paranormal and fantasy romances. Ruth Casie and I have been working on a series of Highlander books. And we’ve been setting up our magicks. We wanted to set up something that is different from all the other fantasy books. And I have been immersing...

Broccoli Soup

I love my NutriBullet Rx!! A cream of broccoli soup you can make in one: 12 minutes Ingredients ∙ Serves 2 Produce 2 bunches Broccoli florets 1 stick Celery 1 Glove garlic 1 Onion, small 1 pinch Rosemary, dried 1 pinch Thyme, dried Refrigerated 1 cup Almond milk...

Rescue a Rogue and the Luddites

I admit. I’m a history nut. I don’t know where I came across the battle between the stockingers and hosiers, but to me it’s fascinating. Somewhere along the way wealthy merchants began buying up looms that stockingers couldn’t afford. The...

Regency Mild Oaths

I like using the following expletives, or mild oaths and other terminology listed here: Confound it: To express confusion or amazement. Botheration: Just an exclamation, like for heaven’s sake. This is one that Nicola uses in Rescue a Rake. Thunderation: An...

Romance Tropes

Romance Tropes are plot devices used to bring lovers together. Several romance books use a combination of tropes for a unique plot, depending on the length of the book. One that I recently used was Best Friend’s Sibling which I combined with Forbidden Love in...

Broccoli Cole Slaw

I want to start eating healthier! An eating style that I can stay on the majority of the time for the rest of my life. My mother passed away in her sleep at 90 1/2 years old. Yes, that was a nice long life. But she had all kinds of health problems and was in a lot of...