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MY HOLIDAY GIFT
TO MY READERS


"AN EMBOLDENED KISS"

a prequel to

DANGEROUS CONJURINGS


Leah Sullivan longed for Fitzgerald Barnes to view her
as more than just a young girl.
Ava Barnes longed for a Christmas proposal
from her beau, William Sullivan.
With the Sullivan and Barnes families gathering together
for their traditional Christmas Eve celebration,
would Leah and Ava's Christmas dreams come true
before the threat of Civil War changes their lives forever?

Click below to download "AN EMBOLDENED KISS"




If you haven't read
DANGEROUS CONJURINGS,
my debut historical romance
with paranormal elements,
click on the link below
to purchase as either eBook or paperback.

It would make a great holiday gift
for friends and family who enjoy romance!


UPCOMING
INTERVIEWS
 AND
VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR


DECEMBER 4, 2018
FEATURED ON



JANUARY 8, 2019
FEATURED ON


JANUARY 14-21, 2019
VIRTUAL BLOG
BOOK TOUR!

I will be featured on a Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tour sponsored by Amy Bruno’s Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.

Click below to see tours ongoing now!



WHAT'S ON MY NIGHTSTAND ?


So many books, so little time! <sigh>

On my kindle app now, I'm reading some Christmas romances including Susan Mallery's IT STARTED ONE CHRISTMAS.

(If you look closely at the picture, you will see a very charred ceramic Magi by my ipad. It is one of the few Christmas decorations that survived the fire caused by lightning strick that destroyed our home in July 2017. We've just moved back in after a complete rebuild, and this lone survivor of a nativity table top set is now a most sentimental precious Christmas object.)

Stacked up for reading is Eric Larson's THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY (my daughter Amanda has loaned me her copy, which she raves about); Sarah McCoy's MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES (a must read for those of us who adore Anne!); Charles Todd's HUNTING SHADOWS (I am addicted to his Ian Rutledge series and picked this one up at the delectable Bookmiser independent book store near me); and Patty Callahan's BECOMING MRS. LEWIS (rave reviews on that one are spot on!).

If you're reading any of these books, drop me a line at anne@annearmisteadauthor.com
and let me know your thoughts!



Down the Research Rabbit Hole With Me
I thought I'd invite you "down the rabbit hole" with me to see how authors of historical fiction uncover the details that make historical fiction, well, historical!

We do lots of digging around, researching for those details that make the setting and characters we place in them accurately come alive.

So, it's down-down-down that research rabbit hole for hours (who am I kidding - days! and more days!) at a time.

For example, when writing "An Emboldened Kiss," I needed to paint Christmas as it was during antebellum times.

What were Christmas trees like then? ( I discovered bringing trees inside and lighting them with candles was a new-fangled idea. )

What about Christmas carols - which ones had been written at that time that the characters would sing? ( Jingle Bells had been penned in 1857, and quickly became a favorite!).

Digging around a little more brought me to the interesting insight into how the idea of our cheerful, portly, bearded Santa we know today was created by Thomas Nast's sketch for Harper's Weekly for Christmas 1862. I didn't use this information, but it was fun to find out!
( see illustration below ).

The most poignant bit that I uncovered was from the Civil War-era diary of Mary Boykin Miller Chestnut , who penned a verse spun from her worry over soldiers in battle:

"Darkest of all Decembers
Ever my life has known
Sitting here by the embers
Stunned – helpless – alone."

( see Thomas Nast illustration, below, of a praying wife and her soldier husband, separated at Christmas ).

Uncovering emotional nuggets like that makes falling into the rabbit research hole well-worth it!

UPCOMING PERSONAL
APPEARANCES


 I'll be at the Amelia Island Book Expo
February 16, 2019.
Plan a winter getaway to attend!
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