New Year’s Deals

It has been a while, folks, but I have some good book news for you, just to balance out the scales this year.

If you have not yet read Hotel Oriente, the prequel to the Sugar Sun series, why not get it along with nine other amazing books? Romancing the Past is a collection of TEN swoony historical romances—and right now you can grab the ebook for only $0.99 at Amazon or any major retailer. You can read more about the background to this revised novella on my blog.

19th century fashion plate with men pointing. Text reads: Friends tell friends about savings this big.

Sugar Communion, the WIP, is moving along in its third major edit. You can stay posted with all the progress here, including insights into Gilded Age medicinemy favorite medical history podcasts, and my location research. For those seeking some nonfiction recommendations, check out the books I use in the Hallock classroom. No matter what you read, I wish everyone a History Ever After!

Banner of full Sugar Sun series against background of Luneta Park, Manila, 1899.

The Writer’s Toobox: Character & Setting Tools

In addition to the research guidance that I offer in my Micro-History Workshop, I have collected a slew of tools that I use regularly to enhance my character and setting development.


Do you need to name a hero or heroine? Plan a heroine’s pregnancy? Determine the (likely) color of a child’s eyes? Get some dos and don’ts in describing skin color? Follow this link to learn more.



Do you want to view the same sky as your characters? Make a best guess at future weather, with or without a farmer’s almanac? Find a historical map of your chosen city—or make your own? Find out what plants or animals are indigenous to the region? Follow this link to learn more.