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The historical romance world is reeling from the death of Jo Beverley this week. Jo was not only a talented author, but one of the most generous ladies I’ve had the pleasure to know. A great light has truly gone out.

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Jo Beverley at the Literacy Signing RWA Convention 2015 Jo Beverley at the Literacy Signing RWA Convention 2015

It is with absolute devastation that I discovered yesterday that my favorite romance author, Jo Beverley, has died.

Mary Jo Putney, a member of her blogging group Word Wenches, posted about Jo’s life and death, which you can find here. It is a wonderful memorial to her long-time friend.

This brief post will tell you a bit about my personal feelings for Jo, who was a great inspiration for me as a writer.

My introduction to Jo Beverley’s writing was in a short story, “The Determined Bride,” setMarried at Midnight in the Georgian period. It so enchanted me with the characters and the neat way she plotted it, that I started collecting her books, both Regency and Georgian. And immediately grew to love anything she wrote. I read them mostly out of sequence, picking up the paperback books through Amazon, used book stores, thrift…

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I couldn’t have put it better myself.

Every Woman Dreams...

A “baron” is defined as the lowest rank of nobility in the British peerage system. It is a title of honor and customarily a hereditary one. That being said, the sticking point of this post is the fact the term “Baron” is not used as a form of address in Britain, barons usually referred to as “Lord.” In direct address, they can also be referred to as My Lord, Your Lordship, or Your Ladyship, but never as My Lady (except in the case of a female judge). Husband(s) of a Baroness in her own right are not conferred any elevated style in their right. Children of Barons and Baronesses in their own right, whether hereditary or for life, have the style The Honourable [Forename] [Surname]. After the death of the father or mother, the child may continue to use the style The Honourable. I know this…

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Happy May Day! I’m sure they are still celebrating in Europe.

All Things Georgian

Traditionally, on May Day, people danced around a maypole erected for the purpose, and although this custom was becoming less popular in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century, it was still adhered to by some.

Johann Peter Neeff (1753-1796) Johann Peter Neeff (1753-1796)

(Derby Mercury, 22nd May 1772)

We hear from Quarndon in Leicestershire, that the young People of that Village, on Old May Day last, erected a lofty Maypole richly adorned with Garlands, &c. which drew together a great Number of the younger Sort to dance round it, and celebrate with Festivity the Return of the Summer Season. Amongst the rest was a Body of young Fellows from Loughbro’, who formed a Plot to carry off the Maypole; which they executed at Night, and removed it to the Middle of the Market-Place at Loughbro’, a Monument of Pride to the Loughbro’ Lads, but which may be the Cause of Mischief and Bloodshed; for the Heroes…

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