Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Attending the Revolution, in Sequim

Washington State wasn’t even a glimmer in its namesake’s eye when Americans revolted against Britain. So, it surprised me to learn that the town of Sequim, Washington (one of my favorite places ever!), hosts a reenactment every summer (cancelled during COVID, of course). It has long been on my bucket list to attend, so I was delighted when the event returned this year. My mother, who is a card-carrying member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, joined me on the excursion. She’s as much a history buff (and lover of romances set in the nineteenth century) as I am.

The Colonial Festival is held on the grounds of the George Washington Inn, a gorgeous faux Georgian manor and bread and breakfast set on a cliff overlooking the Straits of Juan de Fuca. 

Dozens of reenactors as well as members of the local chapters of the Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution host booths, and the reenactors have both British and American encampments. They also stage a skirmish with musket and cannons.

We couldn’t have asked for a lovelier day in terms of both weather and company. Here are a few more shots.

If you’re ever in Sequim in August, be sure to join the revolution! 

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Happy birthday, Nineteen Teen!

In September 11, 2007, Marissa authored our first post on Nineteen Teen. We promised to talk about how teens lived in the 19th century (mostly 1800 to 1840 then and focused on England), our writing and books, and “other stuff.” Since then we’ve expanded. A lot.

We’ve now talked about teens and their older counterparts. We’ve shared information from the late 1700s to the early 1900s, in the U.S. and England. We’ve squealed about new publishing contracts and new directions and new books. We’ve let you know about some astonishingly good deals.

Marissa’s given you fashion forecasts and displayed and described fabrics from her extensive collection.

I’ve given you insights into real-world heroines from the time period.

Marissa’s shared 33 posts of fun language I can’t wait to use in a book, or with my husband. 😊

I’ve taken you on the Grand Tour of Europe.

Marissa gave you insights into the Royal Family, from before Victoria to beyond.

We both led you through the various summer spots and beach spas of England.

We watched movies together; read books together.

We had some highly entertaining guest bloggers!

Along the way, we’ve answered your comments and questions, and tried to implement your suggestions.

Most of all, when this blog started, we promised to have fun. We have. Have you?

Happy birthday, Nineteen Teen!

Monday, September 4, 2023

The Best Kind of Summer Storm


I'm popping in a day early with a short post (lots going on this week with visiting family) to say this:

Book View Cafe, the author co-operative publisher of which I am a member, is having its Summer Lightning Sale today! All e-books in our store are half off today, September 4. That means hundreds of books by Patricia Rice, Sherwood Smith, and two dozen other authors (including me) in multiple genres such as romance, fantasy, mystery, and science fiction are available at substantial savings. No codes or coupons needed: put books in your cart, and the sale price will show up automagically.  
Planning a fall weekend getaway? Stock up on reading material now. Wanting to explore some new authors? This is a great chance to maybe find a new favorite. Or just pop over and treat yourself to a fun read or two.