Tag Archives: England

‘Gardening is not a rational act.’~Margaret Atwood–Beth Trissel

Given our most trying weather of late, I agree with that sentiment, but will never give up. I just reassess.  The picture of me on the right of this blog was taken beneath our lovely apricot tree that fell during … Continue reading

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I Finaled in the Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews and Award Contest–Beth Trissel

My Historical Romance Novella Into the Lion’s Heart is a 2012 finalist in the historical romance category of the Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews and Award Contest. Story Blurb: Blurb: As the French Revolution rages, the English nobility offer sanctuary to … Continue reading

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‘Why Read Romance?’ with Author Isabella Macotte

Welcome Isabella. I’m looking forward to what you have to share plus hearing more about your new release. Thanks for having me here, Beth! Why do we read romance novels?  Probably a whole lot of reasons exist, but most center … Continue reading

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The Black Death and The Vinegar of the Four Thieves

The Vinegar of the Four Thieves is a fascinating concoction, heavily embellished with legend, that supposedly warded off the bubonic plague. I found this interesting snippet on a site that sells essential oils and herbs called Annie’s Remedy: “Vinegar of … Continue reading

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Herbal Lore and Romance

The love potion in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been analyzed by a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in England. Doctor Sell thinks it was made up of heart’s ease (violas) blended with the sweetness of musk … Continue reading

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‘To Be Taken With A Mixture of Pounded Frogs…’ ~Herbal Lore

Agrimony:  Used from ancient times to treat many ailments and injuries, it’s also reputed to have magical properties. From A Modern Herbal: “The plant is found abundantly throughout England, on hedge-banks and the sides of fields, in dry thickets and … Continue reading

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Author Jerri Hines with Ghostly Regency Romance Daughter of Deceit

“The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always — take any form — drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find … Continue reading

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