Thursday, May 31, 2012

I thought we needed a fun history fact.  Did you know...

 In medieval Italy, if a man was caught kissing a woman in public, he had to marry her whether he liked it or not.

Maybe a good opening for a book.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

When Ezzie Met Izzie

“What’s in a name?”  Juliet Capulet pondered.  For her, the name didn’t matter.  She loved Romeo despite his name. 

But for a historical story, the names do matter.  Editors will not reject a manuscript on the use of a name, but the names you choose may suggest your research prowess.  Did you choose the name because you’ve always wanted to name a child that name?   Maybe a special character in a movie?  Did you really take the time to find out if the spelling of that name was used during the time period you have chosen?
Taking accuracy into account may sound difficult, but the concept is important.  Your characters’ names should fit into the world they live.  For example, let’s say we are writing a Medieval romance.  We are not going to name the heroine Buffy.  It doesn’t work in the story and summons a number of connotations to the reader’s mind. 

When you don’t choose a name that is historically accurate, the editor may begin to question your other research.  Did she really look up that information?  Are those dates correct?  Historical authors know that research is crucial—especially when they must relate to the readers how the characters dressed, what they ate, and any other detail of their lives.  Historical editors are unique.  We know our history, and when a name doesn’t sound correct, we question it and wonder: What's really in the name?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Introducing ....Lawmen and Outlaws

Got a hankerin’ for bad boys and badges? So do we! 

Saddle up and send us your bad boys ready to be reformed by love. Or your lawmen who long for the love of a good woman. (We like female outlaws and heroines who uphold the law, too!) Characters should be heroic at heart, and people we wish we knew in real life. Throw in lots of conflict, smoldering sexual tension, an historically accurate western setting, and a happily ever after ending, and you’ve got the kind of story we ‘d love to read!

Outlaw characters must be worthy of being a TWRP hero, no cold-blooded murderers or rapists, please. Lawmen should be devoted to upholding the law even at great personal sacrifice. Setting can be anywhere west of the Mississippi in the 1800s. Length 7,500 to 25k. Heat rating can range from sweet to hot.
Send your queries or questions to, subject line Lawmen and Outlaws Series.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

American Rose Remembers

Look for this banner on the TWRP website soon as American Rose remembers the 150th anniversary of the Civil War years.  The banner will link to our published titles set in, during and around the Civil War.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

In an effort to keep history and writing alive, and sometimes interesting, I hope to enlighten you occasionally with an historical or grammar fact.

Today's Fact:

In 1311,  shoes were made for both right & left feet.  I can't imagine what shoes looked or felt like before that.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Welcome Authors and Readers to our newly designed Historical Blog.   Check out each tab at the top for our historical novels by category.  See what's new on the right and what will be coming soon on the left.  Historical editors will also be posting occasionally.

Any historical author who would love to post or promote on here, feel welcome. Share it on Facebook or Twitter. Make comments. 

If you are not registered to post here, please contact Allison Byers so she can invite you to the blog.  Not sure if you are registered, contact Allison for that also.

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Sit back, make yourself at home, and visit often.