During the Reign of George IV: The Shrigley Abduction, a Well-Developed Scheme to Marry an Heiress

Check out Regina’s blog! Great historical information, with some interesting tidbits that can be added to any historical novel or even provide a nice prompt for your next book.

Every Woman Dreams...

The Shrigley abduction was an 1826 British case of a forced marriage by Edward Gibbon Wakefield to the 15-year-old heiress Ellen Turner of Pott Shrigley. The couple were married in Gretna Green, Scotland, and travelled to Calais before Turner’s father was able to notify the authorities and intervene. The marriage was annulled by Parliament, and Turner was legally married two years later, at the age of 17, to a wealthy neighbour of her class. Both Edward Gibbon Wakefield and his brother William, who had aided him, were convicted at trial and sentenced to three years in prison.

Ellen Turner was the daughter and only child of William Turner, a wealthy resident of Pott Shrigley, Cheshire, England, who owned calico printing and spinning mills. At the time of the abduction, Turner was a High Sheriff of Cheshire. He lived in Shrigley Hall, near Macclesfield. Fifteen years old heiress, Ellen Turner…

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Haven’t you heard? It’s a battle of words.

Some ideas to ponder. What is smoke and what is mirrors in the battle for ebooks – Indies vs. Traditional Publishers.


At this very moment I fear that the majority of self-published authors are getting ready to fight the wrong battle, and thereby lose the war.

Over the past week a traditionally published author tweeted a link to a self-published erotic e-book that featured themes that many would consider objectionable.  After that a website published an article that complained about similar self-published works being available on a major e-book retailers.  And after that, major e-book retailers pulled many self-published works, some of which were erotica, and some of which were not.

The narrative that we are supposed to believe is that a fundamentalist group has put pressure on retailers to remove books.  We are supposed to react with anger and outrage and demand our rights and to stand shoulder to shoulder with other self-published authors, no matter what they choose to publish.

I’ve got this problem–I’m no good at doing what…

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Two Weeks Remaining…

NaNoWriMo is almost here! I’m very excited. It’s a great way to churn out a lot of words and ideas. Plus, the encouragement you get from the other authors is spectacular. This year I don’t plan on writing anything serious, anything I want to go farther than a first draft. This year, I’m going fun and fluffy. I just want to finish and hit those 50,000 words!

Covers: A Challenge for the Self-Published

I’m nowhere near ready to have any of my work published. That being said, I still look for advice and opinions on publishing. Cover design is ver important. I’m one of those people who picks up a book based on the cover. I look at the title first, then the cover and finally the back cover (if you only have reviews of your other books, I’m not buying it). The make or break decision comes down to if I’m going to buy the book. If it’s an ebook, I’m actually less likely to pay any attention to the cover. I don’t have to look at an ebook cover sitting on my coffee table or shelf and be annoyed if I don’t like it.

Writers In The Storm Blog

Jacqueline Diamond   Writers in the Storm welcomes Jacqueline Diamond, author of over 95 novels, including romantic comedy, romantic suspense, fantasy, mystery and Regency historical romance. A two-time finalist for the Rita Award, Jackie received a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times and is a former reporter and TV columnist for the Associated Press. She writes the Safe Harbor Medical miniseries for Harlequin American Romance and is revising and reissuing some of her old favorites as e-books.

 By Jacqueline Diamond

As a reader, you may scan dozens of covers each time you select a book. Some appeal to you instantly; some put you off. Others are confusing. You wonder, Why isn’t this obvious to the cover designer?

Then one day you self-publish a book and have to design, choose or commission a cover of your own. Even a previously published book needs a new design since rights to the original cover…

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Rogue Paladin – Imlaird


Do you know how hard it is to find a picture for the fantasy world you’ve made up in your head? Pretend the two women are wearing long, flowing robes of richly embroidered fabric. Imagine the man’s hair is longer, that he’s wearing a golden band around his head and a white linen shirt (no buttons) and that he has a golden-jewel encrusted-goblet full of red wine in one hand.

Meet Imlaird, Heir Apparent of Alsoria:

Once the spare, Imlaird is a wild play boy who uses his royal influence to gather the most beautiful women to him and to enjoy himself as much as possible. Of course, he doesn’t take responsibility for any of his messes. Ignored by his father (King Immaldane), despised by his sister (Immi) and pitied by his older brother (Imrald), Imlaird goes out of his way to be as obnoxious as possible.

Upon the death of Imrald, Imlaird finds himself an unexpected and unwanted heir. With his bad habits so deeply ingrained, can he become the King Alsoria needs? or Will his misdeeds destroy him?