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The Too-Beautiful Heroine: Blah, Blah, Snore

Guest blogging over at Enchanted by Josephine/HF Book Muse today! Topic? One of my pet peeve cliches in historical fiction:

“So here’s a pet peeve of mine when it comes to books: I’m tired of drop-dead gorgeous heroines. I have nothing against attractive characters in books, mind you. We watch movies in part to enjoy the sight of pretty people, after all, and books have a similar escapism. But too often in bad books, we have to wade through a lot of repetitive rhapsodizing about the heroine’s flawless profile and perfect skin, and she can never enter a room without every man in it falling with a thud at her feet. In real life, beauty that spectacular is rare–so why does it have to be so common in books?”

(Wish fulfillment, anyone?)

To read the rest, click here! And be sure to check back tomorrow, because Lucy’s doing a review and giveaway (thank you, Lucy!)

Guest Blog: Historical Women Have Hobbies, Too

Guest blogging at one of my favorite book blogs today: Enchanted By Josephine! Today’s topic?

“I’m a firm believer that no woman should be all about her love life. Women in the real world who think and talk about nothing but who they’re dating are crashing bores–and so are the women in novels who have not a thought in their fictional heads but who they are to marry. But it can be a dilemma in historical fiction: if you are writing about historical women, usually well-born or moneyed ones, then quite often their only job in life really was to get married.”

Come on, ladies, just because you live in an era when getting married is your job doesn’t mean you can’t have other interests! And if you’re in one of my books, rest assured I will give you other interests.

To read the rest of the post (and enter the giveaway for a free copy of Empress of the Seven Hills), click here! And thanks again to Lucy for having me on Enchanted By Josephine!

Blog Tour: Marriage and Divorce, Roman Style

For the last day of my blog tour, I’m over at “Enchanted By Josephine” with a post on Roman style marriage and divorce – rather different than we do it nowadays . . .

“Roman wedding vows were simple; a recitation that began `Where you are Gaius, I am Gaia.’ Much better than these dreadful personalized vows that start with “You are the rock in my stormy sea” and only get worse. The priest follows up with a sacrifice for good luck, a sow or maybe a goose. I’m not really in favor of dead animals, but at least it wouldn’t put me to sleep the way the inevitable reading from Corinthians does. And after the wedding banquet, the bride gets to light the fire in her new home for the first time–and toss the wedding torch to the unmarried girls in the crowd; the one who catches it will be the next bride. If you’re the bride and you want to really nail that one slacker bridesmaid, I’m betting you could do a lot more damage throwing a torch at her than a bouquet.”

For the rest, click here.

And a big thank you to everybody who followed me around on my blog tour – and to all the bloggers nice enough to have me!

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