Thursday, February 24, 2011
I'm currently writing the third book in my spirit trilogy series that is set among the Wallowa Lake Nez Perce. I've enjoyed the research about this band of the Nez Perce tribe, but with this book I have to also take into account the the army that is chasing them from their home to Canada where they hope to find freedom.
I've used the names of the officers in charge of each troop that skirmished with the Nez Perce on that flight, but I've made up the rest. And I've not given the places of the skirmishes names. Even though I've been religiously reading from four books about the trek using points of view from the Indians and the military, I'm keeping it as vague as I can so it doesn't read like a military text book or a history text book. I'm trying to keep the story entertaining while showing both sides. (okay I am a bit more sympathetic to the Nez Perce than the army)But I've found the hardest part is finding ways to have the hero and heroine (he's a cavalry officer and she's the Nez Perce spirit) be together and make it not seem unrealistic. But she's a spirit and can move around with the ease of a bald eagle(her spirit animal.
So my question is: Do you read historical romance for exact history or do you read for the romance and prefer the history to enhance the story rather than take it over?
Blurb for Spirit of the Mountain available now:
Wren, the daughter of a Nimiipuu chief, has been fated to save her people ever since her vision quest. When a warrior from the enemy Blackleg tribe asks for her hand in marriage to bring peace between the tribes, her world is torn apart.
Himiin is the spirit of the mountain, custodian to all creatures including the Nimiipuu. As a white wolf he listens to Wren’s secret fears and loses his heart to the mortal maiden. Respecting her people’s beliefs, he cannot prevent her leaving the mountain with the Blackleg warrior.
Blurb for Spirit of the Lake available May 2011:
Two generations after his brother became mortal, Wewukiye, the lake spirit, prevents a Nimiipuu maiden from drowning and becomes caught up in her sorrow and her heart. Her tribe ignores Dove's shameful accusations—a White man took her body, leaving her pregnant, and he plans to take their land.Wewukiye vows to care for her until she gives birth, to help her prove the White man is deceitful and restore her place in her tribe.
As they travel on their quest for justice, Dove reveals spiritual abilities yet unknown in her people, ensnaring Wewukiye’s respect and awe. But can love between a mortal and a spirit grow without consequences?
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
My current wip, Prisoner of Love: Brothers In Arms Book 8, begins with a riot. A riot that occurred in Manchester, Lancashire on August 16, 1819. Peterloo, as the resulting massacre of civilians by militia came to be called, started as a rally in support of universal suffrage in England. Only adult male owners of freehold land valued over 40 shillings could vote in 1819. After the Napoleonic Wars there was an economic depression which greatly affected the textile industry in Lancashire. The Corn Laws forced the price of food up when few could afford it by placing tariffs on foreign grain to protect English grain producers. And so the political reform movement grew in popularity in Lancashire, where so few had the vote.
There were to be speeches by several well-known orators at St. Peter's Field in Manchester that day, the most celebrated being the radical Henry Hunt. It was the crowd's enthusiastic reception of Hunt onto the makeshift stage in St. Peter's Field that prompted the local magistrates to issue a warrant for his arrest and call in the militia to arrest him. Until that point the crowd had been well-behaved and orderly. As a matter of fact, for weeks leading up to the rally citizens had been warned to be on their best behavior by organizers, even drilling to ensure an orderly arrival at St. Peter's Field for the speeches. But the entire movement for universal suffrage, and the physical proof of the numbers of disaffected people in Lancashire, worried local officials, who had tried to stop the rally from taking place several times. So it was not Hunt or the speeches, which were never heard, that prompted officials to act, but their own fears of a discontented populace.
The crowd was unarmed, the militia was not. The exact number of people killed and wounded is difficult to ascertain. Many kept their wounds a secret for fear of further retribution. Some sources claim 11-15 were killed, and anywhere from 400-700 were injured. Some were trampled by horses, some by the crowd, but most were injured by the sabers of the militia.
The number of women at Peterloo was significant. Female reform societies had recently been formed in England. There were some all-female contingents marching to St. Peter's Field that day, the ladies all dressed in white, the better to be seen. These women supported universal suffrage for MEN, but not for themselves. The women's suffrage movement had yet to take hold in England. Some eye-witness accounts indicate the militia targeted these groups of white-clad ladies, and the casualty numbers support their claims.
The heroine of my book is an enthusiastic supporter of universal suffrage. She has friends who are veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, and she is outraged that many veterans cannot vote. She goes to Manchester and dons her white dress to march, which puts her right in the middle of the massacre. The trauma of the event greatly affects her throughout the book.
Have you used actual historical events in your books? Which ones? Do you enjoy reading books that contain historical events like this? Why or why not?
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Lately, I've been challenged getting revisions done on my current book. Life keeps throwing me curves that require my attention. That is why this particular subject caught my attention a few weeks ago...
I listen to K-LOVE Positive Radio whenever I’m driving.
In January the two main radio hosts, Lisa and Eric, spoke about yearly goals and New Year resolutions and (unfortunately) how difficult they are to keep. Change is difficult--not impossible--but it requires strong commitment.
So instead of making a list of New Year resolutions, they asked people to consider having one word for the year. Eric’s word was DEEPER. He wanted a deeper relationship with his wife, a deeper walk with God. In contrast, Lisa said her word was SHALLOWER, as she tended to go overboard on everything in life—doing too much, never saying no…
It made me think about what my one word would be.
My life has been filled to the brim with so much busy-ness lately. I make sure there is food in the fridge, the house is clean (to a point), and there are clean clothes for everyone to wear, but I want so much more than that. I want time to write down the stories in my head--the one's about honor and bravery and love that overcomes all. So, after careful deliberation, I have decided my one word for this year is: SIMPLIFY.
To start, I’m clearing out the things that clutter my life. I'm going through things I’ve had for years and never used—old clothes, old books, old music--and clearing them out. I’ve heard it said that your possessions own you. Well—I’m not going to give them a chance! I’ll admit I have several things that I will never get rid of because they have deep meaning to me, but there are other things that can go—and will go.
But now I’m curious. What is your one word for 2011?
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Kathryn Albright is the award-winning author of The Rebel and the Lady by Harlequin Historicals. To know more about her and her books, visit her website: www.kathrynalbright.com
Monday, February 7, 2011
|Laudanum Bottle |
would have a cork
in the top
Look in your medicine cabinet. If yours is like mine, you stock pain relievers for headaches and arthritis, coughs, Immodium, allergies, and gas relief. In the 1800’s, mortality from cholera, malaria, and dysentery was very high. Now we only have to take an Immodium tablet or something similar, but diarrhea actually killed huge numbers of people while they suffered terrible cramping. Even if laudanum couldn’t cure them, it eased their pain.
|New Rx's |
It’s hard to realize just how deadly these diseases were because we have sanitation that has diminished cholera and dysentery. The drainage of swamp lands decreased malaria, a disease one of my ancestors contracted from living in the Brazos River Valley near Waco, Texas in the 1880’s. Introduction of aspirin in 1899 provided an alternative medication for pain relief. Along with antibiotics, modern pharmaceuticals have diminished the severity of all those diseases.
|A century ago, a|
sick woman would
Caroline Clemmons writes romance and adventures—although her earliest made up adventures featured her saving the West with Roy Rogers. Her career has included stay-at-home mom (her favorite job), newspaper reporter and featured columnist, assistant to the managing editor of a psychology journal, and bookkeeper. She and her husband live in rural North Central Texas with a menagerie of rescued pets. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, travel, browsing antique malls and estate sales, and genealogy/family history. Her latest contemporary and historical romance releases include THE TEXAN’S IRISH BRIDE, OUT OF THE BLUE, SNOWFIRES, SAVE YOUR HEART FOR ME to be released March 10th, and the upcoming HOME SWEET TEXAS HOME. Read about her at http://www.carolineclemmons.com/ and http://carolineclemmons.blogspot.com/. She loves to hear from readers at firstname.lastname@example.org