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Historical Romance and the Arundel Tomb

The Arundel Tomb is a stone monument featuring effigies of Richard Fitzalan, Earl of Arundel, and his second wife Eleanor of Lancaster. It dates back to 1376 and is currently housed in Chichester Cathedral, for those curious enough to want to see it. Although an interesting artifact in its own right, today it’s most famous for the Larkin poem it inspired.

I was reminded of the tomb recently while thinking about historical queer romance, and the realities of writing historical queer lives. (more…)

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More Sex, Please

Recently on Facebook, I saw three separate conversations, all about the same thing. One was an author asking how much sex was appropriate for a book of X length (basically, did it need more than she’d written). Another was a different author asking if a book needed depictions of full penetration, or if other sex acts were enough given the length of the title in question. And the third was a reader saying she was X percent into a book and the MCs hadn’t had sex yet, but she hoped they would soon.

Spot the lowest common denominator?

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Puddledown Mysteries, Now Available from iTunes and Barnes & Noble

Welcome to 1940s England. World War II is over, but for two very different men, peacetime brings its own perils. Set in small town England, this trilogy follows the adventures of Hugo and Tommy as they foil a murderer, solve a mysterious disappearance, and track down the sender of a series of poison pen letters. Three cozy mysteries, served with a side of forbidden love in a series rich in historical detail and local colour. Take a trip to Puddledown today! (more…)