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Female. Single. Marriageable.  The combination of these three things were perceived as a growing social problem in mid- and late-Victorian England. They comprised a population of one million women; who were “odd” – that is, they...


The Woman Question is a phrase customarily used in the last part of the 19th century.  It questioned the central roles of women in such countries as Canada, Russia, the United Kingdom and the US. But it didn’t begin there.  In the 16th...
Posted February 9, 2017 0 comments 0 recommendations

Lady's Companion or Governess

Neither a pleasant profession in Victorian times. Their place in the familial/domestic hierarchy was very, very grey. Well born and well educated with the requisite skills of the upper class female—embroidery, knitting, tatting, fine...

Posted January 16, 2017 0 comments 0 recommendations


Whether of the past or as a portent of what is to come, echoes can be a wonderful device to create and build tension – or they can be the bane of a writer’s existence. How often have you sat in front of your screen, the words pouring forth so...
Posted January 19, 2016 1 comment 0 recommendations


  It is sometimes difficult to master the syntax of an earlier century. And I feel safe saying earlier century, since we are only fifteen years into this one. Because my books are set in the late 19th century, using dialogue, sentence structure,...
Posted January 5, 2016 0 comments 0 recommendations

Over the Bounding Main

What could be more historically romantic than a sail around Sydney’s harbour in a tall ship? And the cost of something I’ve longed to do could be written off – always a plus for authors.

Posted February 9, 2015 0 comments 0 recommendations


I just received a statement from my publisher. People in 9 different countries decided to read my version of an historical romance. Purchases made in the US, Canada and even India were not so surprising. However, those in France, Japan, Germany and Italy...

Posted January 10, 2014 0 comments 0 recommendations


    LISBON TOUR Not, perhaps, what one would expect in an historical romance, but very reflective of one who finds heat evervating! Old and tired, she proceeded with care. Because the streets of Lisbon were paved with a type of white,...

Posted October 4, 2013 0 comments 0 recommendations


THE FIRST READING   Date:  May 2 Location:  Acton Public Library Time: 7 p.m.   But we (author Maggie Petru and friend, Sun Dragon Press publisher Marilyn Kleiber and I) arrived in good time to set up our visual aids and, of...


The Reading

 It's tomorrow. May 2! My first reading. Before the event, quite a while before, actually, one contemplates with awe, trepidation and smugness the prospect of standing before (hopefully) a group of more than 3 people and giving a reading. From one's very own book.


But then the day approaches. How many pages comprise 15 minutes? Timed at home, read with conviction, delivered with elan, and at a measured pace, all is well. Then panic raises its ugly head. When I'm nervous my rate of speech approaches a speed that rivals a NASCAR winner.


I know that my good friend and fellow author, Maggie Petru, will wave a metaphorical chequered flag if I exceed my alloted time by an embarrassing margin. She will also give me a "slow down" hand signal. All wonderful in theory, but along with the babblespeak, nervousness also inhibits my ability to see and hear.


And what should I take in terms of visual aids? There is a fine line between one or two objects of interest and a suitcase of goodies.


You will notice that we've yet to mention selecting the passage to be read. If it's too far into the book, it might not make sense. I would have to reveal too much of the plot in order to give the audience context.


And just how many books should one have on hand? Too many would be presumptuous. Too few, an undervaluing of the work. Needless to say the carton of books rests in the car: the quandary is how many to bring into the room.


Check this site for a report on yet another new experience for a first-time novelist!

Feature Book



"With equal measures of humour and heart, Marilyn Temmer skilfully writes a world from a bygone era. Her characters spring from the page and make us long for a simpler time when dancing meant a waltz." Terry Fallis

Lavinia and her two sisters have changed their names and left their home town in an effort to escape the clutches of their guardian's brother, Cyrus.

Sam Blake recognizes "his lady" at first sight. But he has no idea that the Spencer sisters are independent, business-owning, bicycle-riding modern women.

See what happens when Sam dons sword and shield and endeavors to save his lady from certain ruin.

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