Regency Personalities Series
In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.

Henry Noel 6th Earl of Gainsborough
1743 – 8 April 1798

Henry Noel 6th Earl of Gainsborough was an English peer.

He inherited the earldom in 1759, on the death of his brother, Baptist Noel, 5th Earl of Gainsborough. He was the son of Baptist Noel, 4th Earl of Gainsborough.

In 1793 he built St Luke’s Church, Kinoulton.

 He was educated at Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, England. He was educated at King’s College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.

He succeeded to all his titles, that of 9th Viscount Campden, co. Gloucester [E., 1628], 9th Baron Hicks of Ilmington, co. Warwick [E., 1628], 6th Baron Noel of Titchfield, co. Southampton [E., 1661], 6th Earl of Gainsborough, co. Lincoln [E., 1682], 8th Baronet Noel [E., 1611] and 8th Baron Noel of Ridlington, co. Rutland [E., 1617] on May 27th 1759.

He died without issue and his titles became extinct.

An Unofficial Guide to how to win the Scenarios of Wild

I have been a fan of this series of computer games since early in its release of the very first game. That game was done by one programmer, Chris Sawyer, and it was the first I recall of an internet hit. Websites were put up in dedication to this game where people showed off their creations, based on real amusement parks. These sites were funded by individuals, an expense that was not necessarily as cheap then as it is now. Nor as easy to program then as it might be to build a web page now.

Prima Books released game guides for each iteration of the game, Rollercoaster Tycoon 1, Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 and Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 (RCT3) but not for the expansion sets. And unlike the first two works, the third guide was riddle with incorrect solutions. As I played the game that frustrated me. And I took to the forums that Atari, the game publisher hosted to see if I could find a way to solve those scenarios that the Prima Guide had written up in error. Not finding any good advice, I created my own for the scenarios that the “Official” Guide had gotten wrong.

Solutions that if you followed my advice you would win the scenario and move on. But if you followed the “Official” version you would fail and not be able to complete the game. My style and format being different than the folks at Prima, I continued for all the Scenarios that they had gotten right as well, though my solutions cut to the chase and got you to the winner’s circle more quickly, more directly.

My contributions to the “Official” Forum, got me a place as a playtester for both expansions to the game, Soaked and Wild. And for each of these games, I wrote the guides during the play testing phase so all the play testers could solve the scenarios, and then once again after the official release to make changes in the formula in case our aiding to perfect the game had changed matters. For this, Atari and Frontier (the actual programmers of the game) placed me within the game itself.

And for the longest time, these have been free at the “Official” Forums, as well as my own website dedicated to the game. But a short time ago, I noticed that Atari, after one of its bankruptcies had deleted their forums. So now I am releasing the Guide for one and all. I have added new material and it is near 100 pages, just for the first of the three games. It is available for the Kindle at present for $2.99.


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Not only are all 12 Scenarios covered, but there are sections covering every Cheat Code, Custom Scenery, the famous Small Park Competition, the Advanced Fireworks Editor, the Flying Camera Route Editor which are all the techniques every amusement park designer needs to make a fantastic park in Rollercoaster Tycoon 3.

Scenarios for WILD!

1) Scrub Gardens

2) Ostrich Farms Plains

3) Egyptian Sand Dance

4) A Rollercoaster Odyssey

5) Zoo Rescue

6) Mine Mountain

7) Insect World

8) Rocky Coasters

9) Lost Land of the Dinosaurs

10) Tiger Forest

11) Raiders of the Lost Coaster

12) Saxon Farms

Regency Personalities Series
In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.

James Grant (newspaper editor)
1802 – 23 May 1879

James Grant (newspaper editor) helped to found the Elgin Courier in 1827, editing it until 1833. Moving to London, he worked on the Standard, the Morning Chronicle and the Morning Advertiser. He also edited the London Saturday Journal (1839-1841) and Grant’s London Journal (1841-2). From 1850 to 1871 he edited the Morning Advertiser. Calvinist in religion, he edited the Christian Standard from 1872.

  • Random recollections of the House of Lords from the year 1830 to 1836 including personal sketches of the leading members, 1836
  • The great metropolis, 1836
  • The bench and the bar, 1837
  • Metropolitan pulpit; or, Sketches of the most popular preachers in London, 1839
  • Travels in town, 1839
  • Walks and wanderings in the world of literature, 1839
  • Portraits of public characters, 1841
  • Lights and shadows of London life, 1842
  • Joseph Jenkins; or, Leaves from the life of a literary man, 1843
  • Impressions of Ireland and the Irish, 1844
  • Paris and its people, 1844
  • Pictures of popular people, or, Illustrations of human nature, 1846
  • Pictures of life. The dwellings of the poor, 1855
  • The controversy on important theological questions : between the “Eclectic Review”, the Rev. Newman Hall, Rev. Thomas Binney, … on the one side, and Mr. James Grant, editor of the “Morning Advertiser” on the other, 1856
  • Who is right, and who wrong? : correspondence between the Rev. Thomas Binney and Mr. James Grant (of the Morning advertiser) on new aspects of the controversy on important theological questions, 1857
  • God is love; or, Glimpses of the father’s infinite affection for his people / by the author of “The brother born for adversity, 3rd ed. 1858
  • The comforter; or, The Holy Spirit in his glorious person and gracious work, 1859
  • Our heavenly home : or, glimpses of the glory and bliss of the better world, 1859
  • Personal visit to the chief scenes of the religious revivals in the North of Ireland, ca.1859
  • Gleams of glory from the celestial world, 1860
  • Sources of joy in seasons of sorrow, 1860
  • The glorious Gospel of Christ: considered in its relation to the present life, 1861
  • God’s unspeakable gift; or, Views of the person and work of Jesus Christ, 1861
  • Sketches in London, 1861
  • The foes of our faith, and how to defeat them; or, The weapons of our warfare with modern infidelity, 1862
  • The dying command of Christ; or, The duty of believers to celebrate weekly the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, 1863
  • First love and last love : a tale of the Indian Mutiny, 1863
  • Grace and glory; or, The believer’s bliss in both world. 1863
  • Steps and stages on the road to glory, 1865
  • The hymns of heaven : or, the songs of the saints in glory, 1867
  • The divinity of Christ : demonstrated by proofs drawn from the book of Revelation, 1867
  • Seasons of solitude; or, Moments of meditation on the things of eternity, 1868
  • The religious tendencies of the times; or, How to deal with the deadly errors and dangerous delusions of the day, 1869
  • Memoirs of Sir George Sinclair, Bart., of Ulbster [sic.], 1870
  • The newspaper press; its origin–progress–and present position, 3 vols, 1871-2
  • The Plymouth brethren: their history and heresies, 1875
  • Popish versions of the scriptures and the British and Foreign Bible Society, 1877
  • Meditations on the loving words of our loving Lord and Saviour, 1877

Trolling’s Pass and Present

Not only do I write Regency and Romance, but I also have delved into Fantasy. The Trolling series, (the first three are in print) is the story of a man, Humphrey.

We meet him as he has left youth and become a man with a man’s responsibilities. We follow him in a series of stories that encompass the stages of life.

We see him when he starts his family, when he has older sons and the father son dynamic is tested. We see him when his children begin to marry and have children, and at the end of his life when those he has loved, and those who were his friends proceed him over the threshold into death.

All this while he serves a kingdom troubled by monsters. Troubles that he and his friends will learn to deal with and rectify.

It is now available in a variety of formats. For $2.99 you can get this fantasy adventure.


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Years since their battles with the Trolls, even on foreign soil, the warriors of the Valley Kingdom of Torahn need something to keep their edge honed.

The economy too is beginning to fray a little without the great wars to support. The Leaders hit upon the idea of searching for a path to reach the east side of the continent.

The Elves swear that at one time their writings tell of such, the Dwarves swear such a pass across Teantellen is legendary. Teantellen though is filled with races man has never gotten along with well. Goblins, Dark Elves, Trolls, Giants and Dragons.

It has been years since the mountain tops exploded, and perhaps that has changed things enough that a way can be found to link the western lands with the eastern lands and increase trade, and prosperity for all. Even should they fail in their quest, as the history of man has shown to this point in time, the attempt will do much to spur the economy.

Tens of thousands of gold will be spent by the Council of Twenty-One to pay for such an expedition. Gold that those who are not so scrupulous might choose to pocket as they tried in the Troll Wars.

With such shenanigans taking place again, are the hopes of the previous generation, the leaders from the Troll Wars now in retirement, ready to be achieved? Is it time for Torahn, called the Valley Kingdom, but the only Kingdom without a King, to have a King once more?


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Regency Personalities Series
In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.

William Cathcart 1st Earl Cathcart
17 September 1755 – 16 June 1843


William Cathcart

William Cathcart 1st Earl Cathcart In 1771 he went to St. Petersburg, where his father, Charles Cathcart, 9th Lord Cathcart, a general in the army, was ambassador. From 1773 to 1777 he studied law, but after succeeding to the lordship of parliament in 1776 he obtained a commission in the 7th Dragoons.

Proceeding to America in 1777, he had before the close of his first campaign twice won promotion on the field of battle. He transferred to the 17th Light Dragoons. In 1778 he further distinguished himself in outpost work, and at the Battle of Monmouth he commanded an irregular corps, the British Legion, with conspicuous success; for a time also he acted as quartermaster-general to the forces in America. He returned home in 1780, and in February 1781 was made captain and lieutenant-colonel in the Coldstream Guards.
He was elected a representative peer for Scotland in 1788, and in 1792 he became colonel of the 29th Foot. He served with distinction in the campaigns in the Low Countries, 1793–1795, in the course of which he was promoted major-general; and in 1801 he was made a lieutenant-general, having in the meanwhile received the appointments of Vice Admiral of Scotland (1795), privy councillor (1798), and colonel of the 2nd Life Guards (1797).

From 1803 to 1805 Lord Cathcart was commander-in-chief in Ireland, and in the latter year he was sent by Pitt to supersede Sir George Don in command of the 14,000 strong British expedition to Hanover. He occupied Hanover on 14 December and joined with Werdereffsky’s Russian column of Tolstoi’s corps. After skirmishes with the French forces of Gabriel Barbou des Courières (fr) at Springe, Cathcart was forced to withdraw after the Franco-Prussian agreement of 27 January 1806 handing over Hanover to Prussia, and re-embarked for the United Kingdom on 7 February 1806.

After the recall of this expedition Cathcart commanded the forces in Scotland until 1807, when he was placed in charge of the expedition to Copenhagen, which surrendered to him on 6 September. Four weeks later he was created Viscount Cathcart of Cathcart and Baron Greenock of Greenock in the peerage of the United Kingdom, resuming the Scottish command on his return from the front.

On 1 January 1812 he was promoted to the full rank of general, and a few months later he proceeded to Russia as ambassador and military commissioner. In the latter capacity he served with the headquarters of the allies throughout the War of Liberation (1812–1814); his success in the delicate and difficult task of maintaining harmony and devotion to the common cause amongst the generals of many nationalities was recognized after the war by his elevation to the earldom (July 1814). He then went to St. Petersburg, and continued to hold the post of ambassador until 1820, when he returned to the United Kingdom.

He died at his estate near Glasgow on 16 June 1843. He is buried in Paisley Abbey with a monument by William Mossman erected in 1848.

Cathcart married Elizabeth Elliot, the daughter of the lieutenant-governor of New York Andrew Elliot, on 10 April 1779. The couple had ten children, the first five being born in the 1780s. Their first child, Louisa, was born in New York on 25 January 1780, but died soon after her birth. Other children included the army officers Sir George Cathcart and Sir Charles Cathcart, both of whom became generals, the latter inheriting the peerage on his father’s death. William’s first-born son, William Cathcart, entered the Royal Navy but died in command of his ship in 1804. He took two of his sons with him during his appointment as ambassador to Russia, Captain Frederick Macadam Cathcart served as his private secretary and Lieutenant George Cathcart functioned as his aide-de-camp. His last son, Adolphus Frederick Cathcart, was born on 28 June 1803.

The Shattered Mirror

For your enjoyment, one of the Regency Romances I published. It is available for sale and now at a reduced price of $3.99, and I hope that you will take the opportunity to order your copy.

Order for yourself or as a gift. It is now available in a variety of formats. For just a few dollars this Regency Romance can be yours for your eReaders or physically in Trade Paperback.


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and in Trade Paperback
Bridget Halifax-Stokes was giddy with the excitement of her season in London. Town had beckoned and her season came on the heels of the end of the war against the tyrant.

All the handsome men were returning heroes. What better year to come out.

Her father thought it all nonsense. Her mother believed that it would be the best showing of any of her daughters.

More lords available and luck that Bridget was just the perfect age.

All is fun and frivolity until Bridget literally crashes into Sir Patrick Hampton as he limps along the high street. A man she knew once well, now a stranger with dark and foreboding eyes.


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Regency Assembly


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Beta Readers

Two novels are ready for Beta Reading

The first is a continuation of Pride and Prejudice with Ms Caroline Bingley and her fortune at stake:

Do we think that Mr Hurst married his Bingley Bride without incentive? It is highly probable that Caroline Bingley, even though she has a sharp, acerbic tongue, still is in possession of a fortune and an astute fortune hunter who deciphers this may soon be on the road to, if not a happy marriage, one with financial security.

The second a more traditional Regency romance, entitled You Ought to Trust Your Mother:

A young girl/woman of great beauty realizing that men do not see her other qualities until she meets a lord who she really thinks misses her essence. The truth is he sees her better than any other and our heroine’s mother believes him to be an excellent match. What young girl wants to trust her mother in such things.

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