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8th Day of Christmas: Favorite New Word or Phrase you’ve picked up from a book…

The winner of yesterday’s $75 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble is: Miki!

12 Days of Christmas

Today’s random question for a chance to win a signed paperback from my back list is: What is your favorite term that you learned from reading a historical romance?

Mine is Ice Queen.

Living in a house full of boys–heck, even the dog is male!–I feel like a queen. But, contrary to what one might think due to me being a writer of romance, I’m not overly affectionate. It takes a while for me to warm up to new people. And even with my husband sometimes I’m not always warm and sweet. So in a way, as strange as it might seem, I think if I were to live in those times, I’d be what the gentlemen at White’s would call an Ice Queen. Plus, you have to admit the mental image that comes to mind is humorous.

And now for the answers from yesterday’s quiz:

  1. A couple could get an annulment for lack of consummating their marriage? — False. A marriage could not be annulled based on non-consummation alone, i.e. if the couple just didn’t like each other or had been married by proxy. The reason for the non-consummation had to be due to impotence and even that had to be proved publicly.
  2. Duke was the highest title not held by a royal?–True. There are, however, archdukes who are above dukes, but they are considered royals.
  3. People ate Yule Logs (long cakes decorated to look like logs) at Christmas time. —False. As someone said, it was truly just a log.
  4. An earl’s children are styled Lord First Name (for his son) and Lady First Name (for his daughter)?–False. This was a trick question of sorts. An earl’s daughter (no matter if she were the first or the 5th is Lady First Name. The boys, however, were just Mr. Last Name, with the exception of the oldest. If the earl held any minor titles, his oldest son would receive the highest of those. If not, he’d just be a mere mister, heir to the title. Marquesses and Dukes younger sons were the ones styled Lord First Name.)
  5. In early December a large Christmas tree was erected in front of St. Gregory’s church. This was a large social event that even the Prince Regent attended.–False. I made this completely up and cannot find anything to suggest that I made up a true fact. Everything I’ve ever read on Christmas in Regency times states that those in the city were less likely to even decorate for Christmas with yule logs, mistletoe, boughs and other items than those in the country. It wasn’t until after Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843 that celebrating and decorating while in Town became the popular thing to do. As for the city putting up a Christmas tree for all of it’s citizens to enjoy…unheard of at the time, particularly since Christmas trees themselves didn’t become popular in England until after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were featured in the paper standing by theirs.
  6. Tinsel was all the rage–so much so that most trees looked silver!–False. Tinsel was a German tradition, not English.
  7. Children were visited on the night of December 24th by a jolly, slightly overweight fellow named Kris Kringle who’d leave them little treats their parents wouldn’t approve of. — False. The Germans believed in Kris Kringle, the English lads and lasses believed in Father Christmas.
  8. Mistletoe was hung over common walkways–True and False. As someone mentioned the wording was a bit misleading. I’d meant in common walkways around the house… But I can see where it might have been thought common walkways as in public places. So yes, drawing rooms, foyers, hallways, and any other common room in one’s house (maybe even a few private rooms, too…) were all decorated with mistletoe. Outside? Probably not.

Bonus Question:

Would Lady Olivia Sinclair would have been a hoarder of mistletoe? —True. Not only would it serve her purposes to trap someone into kissing her, but mistletoe was also used for medicinal purpose such as increased fertility (something none of us want for Lady O) or to be an antedate for poison. Since Lady O is always in need of medicine, and a hoarder of everything she’s ever touched, no less, then yes, I do believe she’d have been a hoarder of mistletoe, too!

There you have it. I hope you learned at least something from me today and now I an learn something from you: your favorite term learned from a historical romance!

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Characters, Reader Questions

Madison from To Win His Wayard Wife, Answers Readers’ Questions

Good nearly afternoon, everyone. Today I have Madison Banks soon-to-be—

Don’t you dare say it.

All right, I won’t. Today Madison has graciously agreed to come help me answer some questions that some of the readers have asked. It seems you have become quite a popular person though you haven’t said much, Madison, and people want to know more about you.

Well, they can ask, but I may not tell. I do tend to drift of, you know?

Oh, would you let that rest already. All right, here we are, “In Intentions of the Earl, Liberty, who is always so proper uses the word ballocks. How in the world did she learn such a word? And, use it in the right context?” You know, I sometimes wonder if I should have left that tidbit of information out. I seem to get a lot of enquiring minds want to know type e-mails about this one. But, instead of me writing a boring response, Madison, would you like to tell them?

And why do you think I would know such a thing?


Oh, all right. She probably heard it from me.

Did she now? And why on Earth would you say such a word?

*Shrugs* It was part of a jest I heard once. She must have heard me repeating it. Would you like to hear it?

Not particularly.

Oh, why not?

Because this isn’t the time, nor the place, that’s why not. Next question. “What is Madison daydreaming about all the time?”

That’s enough. I did not come all this way for you to make sport of me.

I’m not. See, *showing her the paper* someone wonders what’s going on in your head, what you’re thinking all the time. Would you care to tell us?

No. There are some things not meant to be shared. This is one of them. Next question, please.

Sorry, everyone, you’ll just have to wait on that one. There will come a time–about the 15th of April or so—when she can no longer deny your request to enter her head. All right, next up, “After the third book, will there be a fourth?”

Don’t look at me, I have no idea what’s going on in that scheming head of yours.

You’re right. I’ll answer this one. Yes and no. There will be more books, but not right away and not part of this particular series. My fourth book will start a new series but will have some familiar characters playing a small roll, however.

Do you already have this fourth book written?

Yes. Why?

Just thinking, if it’s already written, why not skip my story and move whoever is up next to the fifteenth.

Not a chance.

It was worth a shot. All right. I guess I’ll be walking down the aisle and exposing my deepest secrets on the fifteenth.

Oh, don’t sound so distraught. You make it sound as if marriage is a terrible thing.

It is when you have to marry a man who—

Would you stop that already, we have one more question to answer, “Will you be interviewing Robbie so we get his side of things?”

I won’t be, but perhaps Rose will.

Actually, yes, I will. Hopefully on Friday. If not, then Monday. That’s all the questions today, if you have something you’d like to know, leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail. Now about that jest…

Just for Fun, My own craziness, Randomness, Reader Questions

Did you mean rose garden?

The sage advice of many before publishing a book is to type your name (or your pen name) into the search engine and see what comes up.

When I first typed mine in, I came up with a list of about six webpages, mostly facebook or other social networking profiles. However, up at the top of the page, right below the google search bar, it said, “Did you mean rose garden?” No, no, I didn’t mean rose garden, but thanks anyway.

So what’s in a name? 

Some use their real name just so it’s one less thing they have to remember. Some use a pen name for anonymity. Others don’t care either way, and usually let the search results help them decide. Nobody wants to have people type in their name and have someone search through a bunch of junk to find their site.

What about ease of spelling?  Particularly female names can be difficult to spell. A good majority of women’s names have more than one spelling. If you use your real first name (or a pen name) and spell it one of the less common ways it could either help, but most likely hinder you, at times, especially when first starting.

In the same line of thought, what about names that are so close to another name they could easily be confused for another name (the names Christina/Christine/Kristin spring to mind)?

When I went to decide my name, I was undecided. My husband pushed for Rose Gordon, and I was thinking I should pick something else because of the rose garden mix up. But then he made a few valid points (something, he doesn’t do too often, mind you). Rose Gordon is short and simple at a total of ten letters, it’s two very common names that are rarely misspelled (except Gordon/Gordan occasionally), and perhaps the rose garden will help people remember. I dismissed his last point, but did conceded short, simple and rarely misspelled works greatly to my advantage.