Regency Romance Spymaster, Author Elizabeth Cole

on July 24, 2020

Now on PaperLanternWriters, it’s Friday Wordsmith: Regency Romance Spymaster, Author Elizabeth Cole.

As Katie Stine (aka Regency Romance author Edie Cay) shares…

“In our first Friday interview for our new Friday Wordsmith series, we’ve thrown some questions at historical romance author Elizabeth Cole. Ms. Cole is the author of the Regency spy series Secrets of the Zodiac, the medieval romance series The Swordcross Knights, and the paranormal romance series The Brothers Salem. Her latest book, Breathless in the Dark was published earlier this year.”

Friday Wordsmith: Regency Romance Spymaster, Author Elizabeth Cole

More great quotes about photography…

on July 11, 2020

Yesterday’s links essay on Paper Lantern Writers featured some great quotes about photography, including this one:

“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.” – President Abraham Lincoln

There were, in fact, so many great quotes about photography and being photographed that I couldn’t used them all. But I would like to share them with you.

“The two most engaging powers of a photograph are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.”
– William Thackeray

“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”
– Diane Arbus

“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” 
– Eudora Welty

“When you photograph a face… you photograph the soul behind it.”
– Jean-Luc Godard

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
– Imogen Cunningham


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Photo from the Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection, via the Library of Congress.

“May I secure your likeness?”

on July 9, 2020

“May I secure your likeness?” is a quaint, mid-19th century way to ask if you can take someone’s photograph.

It’s also the name of my first Links Essay for Paper Lantern Writers.


GREAT links in this essay for readers, writers, & historians.  I hope you enjoy them.

Goodreads Giveaway of THE ALOHA SPIRIT!

on July 9, 2020

“The poignant and atmospheric tale captures the pre–World War II diversity of Hawaiian culture,

a melting pot of religions and ethos… Evocative and engaging,

with a protagonist determined to keep the aloha spirit in her heart.” —Kirkus Reviews



Win a copy of fellow Paper Lantern Writer Linda Ulleseit’s novel THE ALOHA SPIRIT and get it BEFORE it’s released August 18!

The Giveaway is here at Goodreads!


My Favorite Historical ZOOM Backgrounds

on June 28, 2020

We’re all on ZOOM these days, right?

I ZOOM in from my home office, which unlike everyone else’s beautifully-bookshelfed office, is really not that attractive. (No, I’m not going to provide photographic proof!)

So I often use the ZOOM virtual backdrop option and these are my favorite backgrounds so far:

Since I didn’t have a beautifully-bookshelfed background naturally, I went looking for my own bookshelf image. I found it in The Library at Edith Wharton’s The Mount.


When I feel like I want to be outside, I choose this Canal Street postcard. It’s not quite FANNY NEWCOMB’s 1889 New Orleans, but it’s close. 

Those are my two favorite virtual backgrounds. What’s yours? 

Lizzie Borden Acquitted!

on June 20, 2020

It happened TODAY in 1893.

Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders of her father & step-mother.

For a look at what happened “after Lizzie Borden took an axe”, here’s the podcast of my ghost story “Mr. Borden does not quite remem–

Thanks again, Lorie Ham, Kelly Ventura, & Kings River Life!

FREE First Chapters Collection from Paper Lantern Writers!

on June 15, 2020

I’m very pleased to announce that Paper Lantern Writers–a Historical Fiction Writers Collective that I belong to–is launching a store!

Our initial volume offers readers a sneak peek into the various historical worlds of our current members. Download Paper Lantern Writers’ FIRST CHAPTERS: VOLUME ONE on either a .epub platform or a .pdf platform for free!

Included is MY Gilded Age mystery FANNY NEWCOMB AND THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER, C.V. Lee’s medieval work-in-progress ROSES AND REBELS, Kathryn Pritchett’s 19th century polygamous homesteader work-in-progress THE CASKET MAKER’S OTHER WIFE, Katie Stine/Edie Cay’s Regency historical romance A LADY’S REVENGE, and Linda Ulleseit’s 19th century Californian family saga UNDER THE ALMOND TREES.

Visit us at to download!

Memories of Ellen: YouTube Interview with Author Linda Ulleseit

on May 9, 2020

Paper Lantern Writer Linda Ulleseit featured her great-great-grandmother Ellen VanValkenburgh in her historical saga UNDER THE ALMOND TREES.

Find out more about Linda’s family journey in this YouTube interview.

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