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When the twin towers fell in New York on 9/11, an historian friend, who watched with me in horror, said, “This isn’t Pearl Harbor, it’s the Barbary Wars.” Since then many commentators have been quick to compare militant jihadists to the Barbary pirates. The comparison has some merit, but is woefully simplistic.

I’m a reader…a writer…but definitely not an arithmaticker. Numbers make me shudder. They tend to lurk in the boring part of my brain. Although my formal education is in pharmacy—which is all about numbers—my happiest moments are spent tickling the right side of my brain, making it jiggle until the words fall out.

It seems like everywhere you look these days, authors are being told to build an online “platform”—an internet marketing strategy aimed at getting your name out there and increasing your visibility as a writer.

It’s time again for my semi-annual work-in-progress novel writing contest blitz.Those not familiar with this somewhat threatening-sounding phrase should rest easy. It’s just my way of getting feedback on my manuscripts...Beta readers are critical to the editing process, and I have my own trusted circle of constructive critics.

Balls and assemblies form a regular feature of Georgian and Regency era historical novels. Often heroes and heroines meet, flirt, fight, and even fall in love on the ball room floor. But, what was it really like to attend a ball? Recently, I got to find out first hand.

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