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Topsail Island Name

The Century 21 article below 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! The...

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 merchants were called...

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, and allows me to easily...

Mad Magic

These stories have an intimate place in my heart. I originally wrote these books around 2003 and sold them to Dorchester Love Spell. I never felt like the publisher did the stories justice. The covers weren't quite right. Too, they cut out twenty thousand words by...

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...

Castle Terminology

Bailey - The ward or courtyard inside the castle walls, includes exercise area, parade ground, emergency corral. Bawn - An enclosed area of mud or stone walls for keeping cattle. Burough - A town with trading privileges. Castle - A fortified house or stronghold,...

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