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The Writing Process Blog Hop

This week I am participating in a Romance Writer’s Blog Hop. My historical romance author friend, Jessie Clever, tagged me, and I am happy to highlight Jessie’s newest novella, Inevitably a Duchess: A Spy Series Novella, and 2014 Golden Leaf finalist, then tell about the process of writing my Scottish historical romance, A Highland Pearl.

Now, more about author Jessie Clever.


Inevitably a Duchess: A Spy Series Novella by Jessie Clever


About Jessie’s Current Work:

 Jessie just wrapped her Regency romance Spy Series, but as creativity often plagues those blessed with it, Jessie discovered a whole new story erupting from what she thought was the end. So she is hard at work on the follow-up series she likes to refer to as the Spy Series: The Next Generation.

But before the next series debuts, be sure to check out the heroes and heroines of the Spy Series, starting with Inevitably a Duchess: A Spy Series Novella.


Richard Black, the Duke of Lofton, waited for her, watching as the agony of marriage broke the woman he loved. Lady Jane Haven had to find a reason to survive, a purpose to carry on when it seemed God would not just let her die. But when fate finally offers them a chance to be together, a treasonous plot threatens to keep them apart. And when it becomes more than just a matter of survival, Jane must find the strength to be his duchess.

About Author Jessie Clever:

In the second grade, Jessie began a story about a duck and a lost ring. Two harrowing pages of wide ruled notebook paper later, the ring was found. And Jessie has been writing ever since.

Armed with the firm belief that women in the Regency era could be truly awesome heroines, Jessie began telling their stories in her Spy Series, a thrilling ride in historical espionage that showcases human faults and triumphs and most importantly, love.

Jessie makes her home in the great state of New Hampshire where she lives with her husband and two very opinionated Basset Hounds. For more, visit her website at

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Five Things I learned About Writing Historical Fiction by Brenda B. Taylor 

Writing historical fiction is a long-time passion and crafting the stories exciting, but writing and researching the Scottish historical romance, A Highland Pearl, became especially fun. Read the post below to discover the five things Brenda learned about writing historical fiction. Maybe you share adventures in the learning process.

A Highland Pearl


When I embarked upon the sea of writing fiction, I had no idea the waves would splash so high and try to drown me. After retirement as a public school teacher and administrator, I decided to fulfill a long-held desire to write historical fiction. Since one of my teaching fields is in history and I enjoy research, historical fiction seemed the best fit. Which brings me to the first topic.

  1. INSPIRATION for a novel doesn’t just pop into my brain. I must work for ideas, contemplate and outline a story, plot the story using certain guidelines like A Hero’s Journey, study A Hero’s Journey, and read many books about fiction writing. My hobby has already turned into work and I haven’t put one word on paper.
  2. DECIDED ON CHARACTERS. I ask myself, “What type of hero or heroine best fits the story line?” Then I answer one hundred questions about the main characters to find the answer. After that task is done, I decided on secondary characters and answer some questions about each one. Now the characters in the story become my family, because I know them better than the members of my family.
  3. WRITE THE STORY. Spend many hours a day putting the words on paper. I had to discipline myself to sit and write. Teaching is so different from writing. Teaching requires talking and interaction with others for the entire day. Writing requires no conversation or interaction with others. Writing requires sitting by myself with my own thoughts for hours each day. Who said that is fun?
  4. EDIT THE STORY. Oh my, what a job. I thought I knew something about proper use of words and considered myself a fairly decent speller, but wow. Not only must I write the story, but it must be in correct verb usage with active voice and not too many passive verbs or adverbs to slow the action. Conflict and action must be present on every page.
  5. EDIT The Story. Look for breaks in the storyline, the timeline, the action and the conflict. I must answer the questions—does each scene have the necessary elements of action, conflict, and resolution? Are the historical facts accurate, describing the setting, custom, and language with precision?

I’m very tired, now, but determined to see the novel completed. The irony is, I really enjoy writing and researching the story. Character conversations swirl in my head until I put them on paper. Sometimes I wish they would just let me rest for a while.


Author Alicia Dean 

I am passing the baton of writing romance to author Alicia Dean, who is introducing her story:

End of Lonely Street, 1957 Vintage Romance Short Story

End of Lonely Street



Can she let go of the past, before it destroys her future?

All Toby Lawson wanted was to go to college to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and the painful memories of finding her and the guy Toby loved kissing. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away, helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.

Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, and even though she knows her mother initiated the kiss, and that he didn’t kiss her back, she can‘t seem to get past what happened. He soon realizes that the true problem lies in Toby’s belief that she’s not good enough for him and in her fear that she will be just like her mother.

What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?


Alicia Dean lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals. She is a freelance editor in addition to being an editor for The Wild Rose Press.

Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, New Girl, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.

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