Behind the Books

Take a look behind the scenes of historical romance author Jessie Clever’s books, novellas, and short stories written in the Regency era and Napoleonic Wars.

Jack and Maggie from the Bestselling Regency Romance, To Save a Viscount, Visit the Teatime Tattler

Squee, peeps! Jack and Maggie recently visited the Teatime Tattler! If you’re not familiar with the Tattler, then you probably don’t know the Belles in Blue either. Pop on over for a scandalous account of Jack and Maggie’s first encounter in society. For more about To Save a Viscount, the bestselling Regency romance, visit the …

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The Story of Lady Barks-a-Lot and Captain Licky, Writing Partners Extraordinaire

You’ll notice the last book of the Spy Series, To Save a Viscount, is dedicated to these two nutheads. You’ll also notice I post a lot of photos and videos of them. But who are the lady and the captain? Let’s start with the lady, because she arrived first. The hubby and I were married …

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Confessions of a Romance Novelist: When I Could Finally Call Myself a Writer

Last week I wrote a post dedicated to my mom.  This week’s is for my dad. A writer’s greatest struggle is in calling herself a writer.  For a non-writer, this probably seems weird.  But for writers, this seems natural.  K.M. Weiland recently coined it as one of the 7 stages of being a writer when …

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How the Bronx Zoo’s Architecture Gives Clues to Its Past

I love the Bronx Zoo because it completely and totally creeps me out.  It’s the best visual example of why I love history.  History leaves a mark.  A mark that humans often attempt to obliterate.  Sometimes we’re successful.  Sometimes we are not. At the Bronx Zoo, one can read the zoo’s history in its architecture. …

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My Love of the Flatiron Building in New York City

Writers are weird.  We take odd fascination in the seemingly normal.  While at a family gathering for Christmas, a cousin-in-law who happens to be a large animal vet recently had a baby and oh yeah, she runs a single practitioner practice.  Meaning, she’s the only vet going out there to save the farm animals.  And …

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The Decor of the Morgan Library and Gilded Age Influence

We’re continuing our trip through the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City, a stop during a recent research trip to NYC.  Next on the list, let’s talk about decor, because the wealthy of the Gilded Age loved their decor. Let’s talk about this bright red wallpaper that was clearly designed to give small …

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My Research Trip to the Morgan Library and Museum: The Books

We’re continuing our trip through the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City, a recent stop on a research trip to NYC for my current work in progress.  The next thing I want to talk about are the books, because well, this was a library, right? It was Andrew Carnegie who first pushed for …

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