A heartfelt thank you!

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I wanted to post a huge THANK YOU to those of you are emailing and providing links to reviews and such. I’m so delighted that you’re enjoying Ellie and Jack’s story and can’t wait to share the new title with you for book 3 next week! Please feel free to share your review with me and others on my Facebook …

Pin of the week

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I sense a story here somewhere! The painter is a favorite of mine, Edmund Leighton (1899). History at its best!

Going to the ball

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In early 19th-century Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the focus was on industry, not dancing. This western city was not yet as sophisticated and polished as Philadelphia which was considered very chic even since colonial times. The aversion to the finer pursuits is evidenced in Jack Turlock’s perspective on the Ballantyne’s ball. One of my editors found Jack’s thoughts particularly funny when he compared being formal with …

Giveaway winners!

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 Giveaway Winners per Random.org are: Signed copy of Love’s Awakening ~ Ashley Roberts Beaded bookmark ~ Cara Howard ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thanks so much to all who entered. More giveaways coming…    

Dressing Ellie…and Jack!

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Fashion in 1822 America was very different than in the 18th-century when Ellie Ballantyne’s mother, Eden, came of age. During the Regency period (or Federalist as we call it in American history), genteel women tended to dress the same whether in Europe or America. Many looked to England and France for haute couture though the great designers like Doucet and Worth had …

A view out Ellie’s window

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People sometimes ask why the The Ballantyne Legacy was set in Pennsylvania and not Kentucky. And why Pittsburgh? Just take a look at this early rendering and you’ll hopefully see. It was a very beautiful place! Three rivers come together here (the Ohio, Monongahela, and the Allegheny) and there is a distinct point of land in the shape of an arrowhead. Rolling …

Release Day Giveaway!

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Happy Release Day! To celebrate I’m giving away ~ *A signed copy of Love’s Awakening *A beaded bookmark from Christy at Belle on a Budget Christy designs some wonderful jewelry, including bookmarks, and I encourage you to visit her site! To enter, please leave a comment for either the book or bookmark or both. Next Sunday,  September 22, I’ll announce the 2 …