When I first started to write romance, I had stopped reading romance. Something had to be done. So I visited online romance sites, discovered Jenna Petersen’s Passionate Pen, and got myself back to the bookstore. Things sure had changed since Georgette Heyer! And not always for the good.

But I devoured every book of Jo Beverley’s and Loretta Chase’s, and it is their blog, Word Wenches, that I visit without fail. They share it with several other excellent historical writers. Often there are fascinating history “lessonettes” that I read in my pajamas and feel instantly erudite.

And they take questions. I was lucky enough to win the first book of Patricia Rice’s Magic series. Here’s how you do it:

As we said in our previous newsletter, we love to give away free books! Last month, we put out a call for suggestions for future blog topics, and you responded with some great ideas. Please continue doing so. If we use your suggestion, we’ll send you an autographed book. Thanks for your suggestions, and keep them coming! If there’s a topic you’d like to see discussed, e-mail our Whipster, Sherrie, at

Plus, they have a wonderful blogroll of other insightful sites (I’m still trying to figure out how to do that here so I can link to the people who have linked to me!). So go on over there and win something.

I just looked at my bookmarks. There are almost a dozen blogs to visit, so I’m outta here!