Just in time for Saint Valentine’s Day…Stinky Vinegar Valentines!

on February 14, 2020

The feast of Saint Valentine of Rome was designated in the year 496. The date? February 14th, of course. About 900 years later, Saint Valentine and his feast day (already celebrated with food, drink, jousting, poetry, singing, and dancing) somehow became associated with romance, passion, and love. And so began the need to send Saint… Read More

It’s Giveaway Time…for 48 hours or so…

on February 5, 2020

The very kind and wonderful storyteller Suzanne Adair has invited me to share how to “hold history in your hands” in this week’s Relevant History blog. And…here’s Suzanne’s scoop on the FANNY NEWCOMB giveaway: “A big thanks to Ana Brazil! She’ll give away a packet of four reproduction postcards and one original postcard of Italian… Read More

What’s cooking for Thanksgiving Dinner in 1889 New Orleans?

on November 28, 2019

Since it’s Thanksgiving week, right now I’m thinking about FOOD—smoked turkey, oyster stuffing, and gravy; sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce; and, one of my very favorites, fluffy ambrosia. My food thoughts made me wonder what Fanny Newcomb and her friends (and even her enemies, since Fanny is hunting down the Irish Channel Ripper in 1889… Read More

Fanny Newcomb Book Birthday & Kindle Sale

on November 8, 2019

Yep, “Book Birthdays” are a real thing. FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER came out on November 1st, 2017 and in Fanny’s honor, my publisher is hosting a $.99 sale on Kindle. ALL. MONTH. LONG. If you haven’t read FANNY NEWCOMB, or if you’ve worn out your Kindle copy already, or if you’d like… Read More

Join me for a FANNY NEWCOMB book giveaway!

on July 26, 2019

Thanks to Trisha Faye for featuring me in her Pages to the Past July 26 newsletter and for hosting a giveaway of FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER! An interview with me and all of the guidelines for the giveaway are located HERE. HINT: Drawing ends Wednesday, July 31st at midnight.

Killer Ideas for an 1889 New Orleans Christmas Story

on December 16, 2018

Ever wanted to write a short story about New Orleans mischief and mayhem circa 1889 Christmas? Here are a few killer ideas to get your story started! HINT…these ideas might be used for any locale in any era.

Gilded Age New Orleans: So much more than hookers, hurricanes, and Mardi Gras!

on July 28, 2018

Although late 19th century New Orleans was renowned for the hookers of Storyville, the devastating hurricanes of the 1880s, and the elevation of Mardi Gras to a state holiday, there’s so much more to know about the Crescent City during this time! For starters, there was an assassination that was followed by lynchings (1890), an… Read More

Additional ideas for Writing a Killer First Chapter…

on January 27, 2018

On January 28 I’ll be sharing ideas on “Writing a Killer First Chapter” with the Redwood Writers (a Branch of the California Writers Club) in Santa Rosa. Here are some links with more info…. For novels: • 10 Things Your Opening Chapter Should Do: A Check-List for Self-Editing • Finding the Perfect Place to Start… Read More

Fanny Newcomb Kindle sale!

on December 9, 2017

For two days only (Saturday December 9 and Sunday December 10), Fanny Newcomb & the Irish Channel Ripper for Kindle is on sale for 99 cents! ALSO this weekend….all SAND HILL REVIEW PRESS Kindle editions  are available for 99 cents!

Roast Turkey with Truffles from “The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book”

on November 22, 2017

Here’s the recipe directly from “The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book”: And here’s the 2017 easier-to-follow version: Roast Turkey With Truffles. Dinde Truffle Rotie. 1 Fine Young Hen Turkey. 1 Pound of Lean Ham, Cut into Dice. 2 Pounds of Truffles. 1/4 Nutmeg. 1/4 of a Teaspoonful of Pepper. 1 Bay Leaf, Minced Fine. 1. Clean… Read More