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Have you heard about Amazon’s new Kindle Scout Publishing Program? Actually, it has replaced the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, and in essence gives many more authors a chance at winning a good deal with Amazon, including a $1500 advance. I discovered the program when Amazon sent me an e-mail in October. I spent a while thinking about it before I actually signed up.

Historical romances, set in and around 1850’s Europe, especially those that focus on fancy dress balls as part of courting rituals, often contain references to the jewels that adorn the necks, fingers, hair and earlobes of the lovely debutantes.

I often think that anything I have to say about writing, publishing, and marketing should come with the disclaimer *results not typical, individual results will vary* I am by no means an expert - please don’t tell my kids that, I don’t want to disillusion them.

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." ~The Princess Bride. Do you remember this bit of dialogue from “The Princess Bride”? Of course you do. Now, I want you to do something for me. Close your eyes and recall the scene. Summon it forth into your imagination and absorb all of the vivid details. Live it. Got that? Good. I'll explain why in a bit.

John Keats, English romantic poet famously died in Rome in February 1821 having traveled there for his health. He had good company. English travelers and expatriates poured into Rome in the late Regency period. Many historical romance novels are set in that period, but few take their English characters to settings outside England. That’s a pity.

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