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We are looking for illustrators and copyeditors:

These last few weeks I have been profiling here at The Things That Catch My Eye, chapters excerpted from Steam and Thunder, and The Prize is Not as Great As You Think. See the sidebar for all the chapters of each book. I still have another chapter or two of the Prize to impart, but I am stopping midway in each book so that I have whetted your appetites. I also have found that many unscrupulous people will cut and paste my writing and others into one long document and claim that they have written the story I have.

Thus it is best to only show half the book to you all. But the whole story not having been revealed, so to the publishing story. I want to have these two books be Kickstarter projects but to elevate our normal publication scheme. I want to use a professional cover, and illustrations for each chapter.

To do this, I need feedback. One that you would like to see the books done so. But also I need to work up the budget and need quotes from professionals in the field. Those who would like a gig as an illustrator for the books, or more than one. And copyeditors. Please send me your info in the comments section. The funding level will be calculated to ensure that these professionals who contribute will get paid for their work! Illustrators, especially if you can emulate the style of CE Brock would be perfect.

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Those who follow this Blog will know that we maintain a Pinterest Board of all the graphics that are shared in our posts. That way Regency Researchers (I know you all are such) can go to the board and find these graphics easily.
There is even a link on the Right Sidebar. But those new to the Blog might not realize that, so here is our periodic reminder that we have such a service for you to avail yourself of.
There are now more than 450 pins of various people, art, drawings of locations, etc. at the board.
Please enjoy.
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Having finished editing another of our fantasy books, I have started to lean to the idea that perhaps a professional artist might be better than my own renditions, of Trolls, warriors and Dragons.
If anyone knows of someone who would like to discuss designing a cover for RAP, please get in contact with us.
Otherwise we may end up with this
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For our many other works, one of the things we would like to see is having pen & ink or pencil illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. Can you draw like CE Brock? He did amazing work for the books and stories of Jane Austen in the early 1900s.

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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.

Henry Hetherington
17 June 1792 – 23 August 1849

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Henry Hetherington

Henry Hetherington was the son of a London tailor, John Hetherington, and was born on 17 June 1792, at Soho, London. He was one of four children and was baptised in the church of St Giles-in-the-Fields.

When he was thirteen, in 1805, he began work as an apprentice printer at Luke Hansard’s printing works at Holborn. In 1810 he worked as a shopman for Richard Carlile, and from 1812 to 1815 he worked as a printer in Belgium.

In 1811 Hetherington married Elizabeth Thomas, and the marriage produced nine children. Only one son, David, was still living at time of Henry’s death.

In the 1820s Hetherington became influenced by the ideas of Robert Owen and joined the Co-operative Printers Association, and became active in the Radical Reform Association. In 1821 he became a member of the London Co-operative and Economical Society community, led by George Mudie.

In 1822 Hetherington registered his own press and type at 13 Kingsgate Street, Holborn (now Southampton Row), an eight-roomed house, including shop and printing premises, costing £55 per annum rent

On 11 January 1823 he published the first (and possibly only) edition of the Political Economist and Universal Philanthropist, edited by George Mudie.

This was a time when reformers like Richard Carlile were being imprisoned for publishing material that was critical of the government. However, for people like Hetherington and Carlile, the publication of newspapers and pamphlets were vitally important in the political education of the working class.

In the 1830s Hetherington published a series of radical newspapers including: The Penny Papers for the People (1830); The Radical (1831) and The Poor Man’s Guardian (1831–1835). In 1833 Hetherington was selling 220,000 copies a week of The Poor Man’s Guardian. Hetherington was punished by the authorities several times for these activities. This included being fined on numerous occasions, imprisoned in 1833 and 1836, and having all his printing presses seized and destroyed in 1835.

Hetherington played a leading role in the campaign against the heavy stamp duty taxation on newspapers and pamphlets. This campaign resulted in several reforms in the law. In 1833 when the four-penny tax on newspapers was reduced to one-penny. The same year Parliament agreed to remove the tax on pamphlets.

Tried in 1840 for selling Charles Junius Haslam’s Letters to the Clergy of All Denominations, a serial one-penny publication containing Haslam’s Deist criticism of the Bible, Hetherington was indicted on a blasphemous libel charge in 1840. Despite being willing to plead guilty in return for a suspended sentence, Abel Heywood, the publisher, was let go unpunished by the authorities. Hetherington was convicted.

In his newspapers Henry Hetherington campaigned against child labor, the 1834 Poor Law and political corruption. Hetherington joined William Lovett, James Watson and John Cleave to form the London Working Men’s Association (LWMA) in 1836. Hetherington, who became the LWMA first treasurer, helped draw up a Charter of political demands. By 1836 Hetherington was one of the leaders of the Chartist movement. Hetherington was a moral force Chartist and was very critical of the ideas of Feargus O’Connor and in 1849 helped create the moderate People’s Charter Union.

Hetherington continued his campaign against taxes on newspapers and in 1849 formed the Newspaper Stamp Abolition Committee. A few months later, on 23 August 1849, Hetherington died of cholera at his residence at 57 Judd Street, Brunswick Square, London. He had been ill for some days, but held anti-medicinal views.

On 26 August two thousand people gathered at Kensal Green Cemetery to pay their respects to the man who had spent his adult life fighting for social reform. Orations were given by George Holyoake and James Watson.

In his will, Hetherington left only £200-worth of goods and chattels, and James Watson and Whitaker, his executors, had trouble in meeting the claims on his estate.

Organisations with which Hetherington was involved:

  • London Co-operative and Economical Society (1821)
  • London Mechanics’ Institution (now Birkbeck, University of London) (1823-) (Hetherington was on the Committee in 1824)
  • First London Co-operative Trading Association (1824–29) (Became BAPCK)
  • Civil and Religious Liberty Association (1827/28-29) (Became RRA)
  • British Association for Promoting Co-operative Knowledge (May 1829-30)
  • Radical Reform Association (1829) (Hetherington was Secretary of the Association)
  • First Middlesex Society (1930)
  • Metropolitan Political Union (1830)
  • London Working Men’s Association (1830-)
  • National Union of the Working Classes (Late 1830-)
  • Metropolitan Trades Union (March 1831)
  • Marylebone Radical Association (1834–36)
  • Society for the Protection of Booksellers (April 1834)
  • Association of Working Men to Procure a Cheap and Honest Press (April 1836)
  • Working Men’s Association (July 1836-39)
  • Universal Suffrage Club (September 1836)
  • Metropolitan Charter Union (March 1840)
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Manchester Unity (1840)
  • National Charter Association (November 1841-46)
  • Metropolitan Parliamentary Reform Association (May 1842-49)
  • Literary and Scientific Institution, at John Street, Fitzroy Square, Branch a1 (Mid/Late 1840s)
  • Anti-Persecution Union (September 1843-44)
  • Democratic Committee for Poland’s Regeneration (March 1846)
  • People’s International League (April 1847)
  • Democratic Committee of Observation on the French Revolution (Early 1848)
  • People’s Charter Union (March 1848)
  • League of Social Progress (November 1848)
  • Newspaper Stamp Abolition Committee (March 1849-)

Pamphlets and leaflets

  • Principles and Practice contrasted; or a Peep into “the only true church of God upon earth,” commonly called Freethinking Christians. London: Henry Hetherington, c.1827. The only extant copies are the 2nd edition of 1828.
  • Swing, Eh! Outrages in Kent. London: Henry Hetherington, 1830
  • Cheap Salvation; or, An Antidote to priestcraft: Being a Succinct, Practical, Essential, and Rational Religion, Deduced from the New testament, the general Adoption of Which Would Supersede the Necessity for a Hireling Priesthood, and save This Overtaxed Nation Fifteen Million per Annum. London: Henry Hetherington, 1838.
  • A Full Report of the Trial of Henry Hetherington, on an Indictment for Blasphemy, before Lord Denman and a Special Jury, at the Court of Queen’s Bench, Westminster, on Tuesday, 8 December 1840; for Selling Haslam’s Letters to the Clergy of all Denominations: With the Whole of the Authorities Cited in the Defence, at Full Length. London: Henry Hetherington, 1841.
  • John Bull’s Political Catechism. London: Henry Hetherington, n.d.

Articles and letters

  • ‘To the Editor of the “Times”‘ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 8 October 1831, p. 108.
  • ‘To “Sir” Richard Birnie” in Poor Man’s Guardian, 8 October 1831, p. 108.
  • ‘Resistance of Oppression’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 22 October 1831, pp. 131–33. Piece dated 13 October 1831.
  • ‘Magisterial Deliquency’ [sic?] in Poor Man’s Guardian, 12 November 1831, p. 163.
  • ‘Mr Carpenter and the Reform Bill!’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 19 November 1831, pp. 170–72.
  • ‘Mr Attwood and the Birmingham Union’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 3 December 1831, pp. 186–88.
  • ‘”Infamous Conduct” of Mr Hunt’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 17 December 1831, p. 205.
  • ‘To the Industrious Millions and the Friends of Liberty and Justice’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 24 December 1831, pp. 223–24.
  • ‘More “Infamous” Conduct of Mr Hunt’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 31 December 1831, p. 229. Following a response to Hetherington’s piece in issue dated 17 December 1831, p. 205.
  • ‘Mr Owen and the Working Classes [1]’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 14 January 1832, 245-46. A response to a letter from James Tucker.
  • ‘Special Commission – Even-handed Justice’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 21 January 1832, pp. 251–52.
  • ‘Mr Owen and the Working Classes [2]’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 21 January 1832, p. 255. This is my own title. The ‘article’ is a response to a letter from Benjamin Warden, in response to Hetherington’s article of 14 January 1832, pp. 245–46.
  • ‘Search for Arms’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 11 February 1832, p. 278.
  • ‘Police – Villany of Magistrates’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 18 February 1832, p. 285.
  • ‘Robbery and Treachery in Support of the Militia Laws’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 25 February 1832, pp. 294–95.
  • ‘Military Outrage at Cletheroe’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 11 August 1832, pp. 489–90.
  • ‘Progress of the Struggle of “Right Against Might”‘ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 19 January 1833, pp. 17–18.
  • ‘To Henry Hunt, Esq.’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 19 January 1833, pp. 18–19. Letter dated 14 January 1833, from Clerkenwell Prison.
  • ‘Whig Persecution of the Press: To the Readers and Supporters of the Guardian’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 23 February 1833, pp. 60–61. Letter dated 20 February 1833, from Clerkenwell Prison.
  • ‘Mr Hetherington’s Petition to the House of Commons’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 23 February 1833, p. 62.
  • ‘Health and Recreation of the People’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 2 March 1833, pp. 70–71. Letter dated 26 February 1833, from Clerkenwell Prison.
  • ‘To Mr. Dallas’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 30 March 1833, pp. 99–100. Letter dated 27 March 1833, from Clerkenwell Prison, in response to Dallas’ letter in issue dated 23 March 1833, pp. 94–95.
  • ‘The Guardian and Machinery’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 13 April 1833, p. 115. [No actual title, this is one given by David M. Smith]
  • ‘The Dorchester Labourers’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 25 October 1834, p. 303. Letter dated 18 October 1834, from Tolpuddle, Dorsetshire
  • ‘To Mr. Richard Carlile, Editor of a Scourge [1]’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 1 November 1834, pp. 308–10. Letter dated 28 October 1834, from Southampton.
  • ‘To Mr. Richard Carlile, Editor of a Scourge [2]’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 15 November 1834, pp. 326–7.
  • ‘To Mr. Richard Carlile, Editor of “A Scourge” [3]’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 6 December 1834, pp. 347–9. Letter dated 3 December 1834, from London.
  • ‘To Mr. Richard Carlile, Editor of “A Scourge” [4]’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 27 December 1834, pp. 373–6. Letter dated 23 December 1834, from Colchester.
  • ‘Rights of Man and Wrongs of Property’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 3 January 1835, pp. 380–81. Piece dated 26 December 1834, from Chelmsford.
  • ‘To the Friends and Supporters of an Unstamped Press’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 1 August 1835, p. 625. Letter dated 1 August 1835, from Dulwich.
  • ‘To the Friends and Supporters of an Unstamped Press’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 1 August 1835, pp. 627–30. Letter dated 5 August 1835, from Sydenham.
  • ‘To the Readers of the Poor Man’s Guardian’ in Poor Man’s Guardian, 26 December 1835, pp. 793–4.
  • ‘Stamp Office Spy Unmasked’ in The London Dispatch, 4 December 1836. p. 92.
  • ‘The Decrees of the Triumvirate – The Central National Association’ in The London Dispatch, 9 April 1837, p. 236.
  • ‘Working Men’s Associations’ in Lovett Papers, Birmingham Central Library, Vol. 1, letter dated 9 October 1837, f.109.
  • ‘Treatment of Political Prisoners’ in Lovett Papers, Birmingham Central Library, Vol. III, letter dated 24 October 1839, f.114.
  • ‘Mr Jenkins and the Halfpenny Magazine’ in The Halfpenny Magazine of Entertainment and Knowledge (hereafter Halfpenny Magazine), No. 2, 9 May 1840, pp. 9–10. (This ‘leader’ being an untitlted introduction to the magazine, the title is that given by David M. Smith)
  • ‘Why and Because’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 3, 16 May 1840, pp. 17–18.
  • ‘Poverty’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 4, 23 May 1840, pp. 25–27.
  • ‘Enjoyment Through the Senses’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 5, 30 May 1840, pp. 33–34.
  • ‘Socialism’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 6, 6 June 1840, pp. 41–42.
  • ‘The Religion of Socialism’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 7, 13 June 1840, pp. 49–51.
  • ‘Napoleon Bonaparte’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 8, 20 June 1840, pp. 57–58.
  • ‘Napoleon Bonaparte – II’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 9, 27 June 1840, pp. 65–67.
  • ‘Napoleon Boanaparte – III’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 10, 4 July 1840, pp. 73–76.
  • ‘Napoleon Bonaparte – IV’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 11, 11 July 1840, pp. 81–83.
  • ‘Napoleon Bonaparte – V’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 12, 18 July 1840, pp. 89–91.
  • ‘Napoleon Bonaparte – VI’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 13, 25 July 1840, pp. 97–99.
  • ‘Napoleon Bonaparte – VII’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 14, 1 August 1840, pp. 105–7.
  • ‘Chartism – Lovett and Collins’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 15, 8 August 1840, pp. 113–4.
  • ‘Napoleon Bonaparte – VIII’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 15, 8 August 1840, pp. 114–5.
  • ‘The Condition of the People – The Cotton Trade’ in Halfpenny Magazine’, No. 16, 15 August 1840, pp. 121–3.
  • ‘Napoleon Bonaparte – IX’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 16, 15 August 1840, pp. 123–4.
  • ‘Human Happiness’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 17, 22 August 1840, pp. 129–32.
  • ‘The Condition of the People – The Three Classes’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 18, 29 August 1840, pp. 137–9.
  • ‘The Condition of the People – The Dealing Class’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 19, 5 September 1840, pp. 145–7.
  • ‘The Condition of the People – The Idle Class’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 20, 12 September 1840, pp. 152–5.
  • ‘The Connection of Moral and Political Reform’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 21, 19 September 1840, pp. 161–3.
  • ‘The Scottish Character’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 22, 26 September 1840, pp. 169–71.
  • ‘The Ignorance of the Aristocracy’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 23, 3 October 1840, pp. 177–9.
  • ‘Robert Owen’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 24, 10 October 1840, pp. 185–7.
  • ‘The Dead Infant’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 25, 17 October 1840, pp. 193–5.
  • ‘Paper Money’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 26, 24 October 1840, pp. 201–4.
  • ‘Free-will and Necessity’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 27, 31 October 1840, pp. 209–13.
  • ‘War’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 28, 7 November 1840, pp. 217–20.
  • ‘Congress of nations’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 29, 14 November 1840, pp. 225–7.
  • ‘Peers, Parsons and Peasants’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 30, 21 November 1840, pp. 233–4.
  • ‘Corn, Currency and Cotton’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 31, 28 November 1840, pp. 241–3.
  • ‘Tories, Whigs and Radicals’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 32, 5 December 1840, pp. 249–51.
  • ‘Habit’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 33, 12Dec 1840, pp. 257–9.
  • ‘Decision of Character’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 34, 19 December 1840, pp. 263–5.
  • ‘Double Dealing’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 35, 26 December 1840, pp. 273–4.
  • ‘Bores and Bored’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 36, 2 January 1841, pp. 283–4.
  • ‘The Power of Goodness’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 37, 9 January 1841, pp. 289–90.
  • ‘The Ruling Passion’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 38, 16 January 1841, pp. 297–98.
  • ‘The System of Nature’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 39, 23 January 1841, pp. 305–9.
  • ‘Congress of Nations [2]’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 40, 30 January 1841, pp. 313–5.
  • ‘The Immortality of the Soul’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 42, 13 February 1841, pp. 329–31.
  • ‘The Eternity of the Universe – Section 1’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 45, 6 March 1841, pp. 353–4.
  • ‘The Eternity of the Universe – Section 2’ in Halfpenny Magazine, No. 46, 13 March 1841, pp. 361–2.
  • ‘To the Editor of the Northern Star’ in The Northern Star, 8 May 1841.
  • ‘To Feargus O’Connor, Esq, “One of the Aristocracy”‘ in The Northern Star, 12 June 1841, p. 7.
  • ‘Mr. O’Connor and the London Committee Men’, by Hetherington and others, in The Northern Star, 10 July 1841, p. 3.
  • ‘Challenge to Feargus O’Connor, Esq’ in The Northern Star, 18 September 1841, p. 7.
  • ‘To the Political and Social Reformers of the United Kingdom’, by Hetherington and William Lovett, in The Northern Star, 25 September 1841, p. 6.
  • ‘Is Man a Free Agent, or is he Subject to a Law of Necessity?’ in The Library of Reason, No. 9, c.1844, pp. 1–5. The only extant copies of this periodical are the bound 2nd edition of 1851.
  • ‘The Influence of Habit on the Human Character’ in The Reasoner, Vol. 2, No. 29, 1847, pp. 13–16.
  • ‘Address of the Social Friends’ Society’ in The Reasoner, Vol 2, 1847, pp. 119–20.
  • ‘A Few Plain Words on Communism’ in The Reasoner, Vol. 4, No. 97, 1848, pp. 253–56.
  • ‘Last Will and Testament’ in The Life and Character of Henry Hetherington. Ed: George Jacob Holyoake. London: James Watson, 1849, pp. 5–6. Also reprinted in Ambrose G. Barker. Henry Hetherington. 1792-1849. Pioneer in the Freethought and working class Struggles of a Hundred Years Ago for the Freedom of the Press. London: Pioneer Press, 1938, pp. 57–60.

Speeches
During his career Hetherington made a great number of speeches, and many of these were reported in the press. The following are speeches which, by their length, can be considered a good representation of Hetherington’s views, plus his ability as a speaker – in essence, they are of article length. There are numerous other occasions when Hetherington spoke at a meeting, but either he spoke only briefly or the reporter edited the speech to the extent that what remains is a short precis, and cannot provide any real information.

  • 2 August 1829, in Weekly Free Press, 8 August 1829.
  • 14 October 1829, in Weekly Free Press, 21 October 1829.
  • 3 November 1829, in Weekly Free Press, 3 November 1829.
  • 27 October 1830, in The Magazine of Useful Knowledge and Co-operative Miscellany, No. 3, 30 October 1830, p. 43.
  • 4 November 1830, in The Magazine of Useful Knowledge and Co-operative Miscellany, No. 4, 13 November 1830, p. 59.
  • 10 January 1831, in Penny Papers for the People, 15 January 1831, p. 6.
  • 21 March 1831, in Penny Papers for the People, 26 March 1831, pp. 7–8.
  • 11 April 1831, in Republican; or, Voice of the People, 16 April 1831, pp. 15–16.
  • 16 May 1831, in Republican; or, Voice of the People, 21 May 1831, pp. 2–4.
  • 25 July 1831, in Coventry Herald and Observer, 29 July 1831, p. 4.
  • 8 August 1831, in Poor Man’s Guardian, 27 August 1831, pp. 61–62.
  • 14 September 1831, in Poor Man’s Guardian, 17 September 1831, pp. 86–87.
  • 19 March 1832, in Poor Man’s Guardian, 24 March 1832, pp. 322–3.
  • 26 March 1832, in Poor Man’s Guardian, 31 March 1832, p. 330.
  • 2 April 1832, in Poor Man’s Guardian, 7 April 1832, p. 339.
  • 25 June 1832, in Poor Man’s Guardian, 30 June 1832, p. 442.
  • 30 June 1832, in The Political Unionist, 2 July 1832, p. 16; Also in Poor Man’s Guardian, 4 August 1832, p. 482.
  • 9 October 1832, in Brighton Herald, 13 October 1832.
  • 31 October 1832, in Henry Hunt, Lecture on the Conduct of the Whigs, to the Working Classes, delivered at Lawrence Street Chapel, Birmingham, on Wednesday, 31 October 1832. London: William Strange, 1832, p. 6.
  • 1 July 1833, in Poor Man’s Guardian, 6 July 1833, pp. 215–17.
  • 23 September 1833, in Weekly True Sun, 6 October 1833, p. 2.
  • 2 December 1833, in Poor Man’s Guardian, 7 December 1833, p. 393.
  • 13 July 1836, in Lovett Papers, Birmingham Central Library, Vol. I, f.5.
  • 5 December 1836, in Lovett Papers, Birmingham Central Library, Vol. I, f.14.
  • Oct 1837, in Lovett Papers, Birmingham Central Library, Vol. I, f.53.
  • Nov 1837, in Lovett Papers, Birmingham Central Library, Vol. I, ff.136-7.
  • 12 December 1837, in Birmingham Journal, 16 December 1837, p. 3; Also in Lovett Papers, Birmingham Central Library, Vol. II, ff.153-4.
  • 17 September 1838, in The Northern Star, 22 September 1838, pp. 2–3; Also in Lovett Papers, Birmingham Central Library, Vol. II, 242-3; Also in The Times, 18 September 1838.
  • 11 April 1839, in The Northern Star, 20 April 1839, p. 6.
  • 22 April 1839, in The Northern Star, 27 April 1839, p. 1.
  • 25 April 1839, in Lovett Papers, Birmingham Central Library, Vol. II, f.360, same as Vol. III, ff.1-2.
  • Late April 1839, in Shrewsbury Chronicle, 3 May 1839; Also in The Times, 6 May 1839, p. 5.
  • 28 December 1842, in The Northern Star, 31 December 1841.
  • 10 June 1844, in The Movement, 22 June 1844, pp. 220–22. Also see Ambrose G. Barker. Henry Hetherington. 1792-1849. Pioneer in the Freethought and Working Class Struggles of a Hundred Years Ago for the Freedom of the Press. London: Pioneer Press, 1938, pp. 43–46.
  • 27 August 1844, in The Movement, 7 September 1844, pp. 323–25
  • 15 November 1844, in The Movement, 27 November 1844, pp. 433–34.
  • 19 June 1849, in The Northern Star, 23 June 1849, p. 5.
  • 30 July 1849, in The Northern Star, 4 August 1849, p. 1.

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At this point in my writing career, I think, though of course I can’t say for certain, that I have a few fans.

We may be able to count them on the fingers of one hand, but I hope there are more of you out there.

One thing though that I suffer from at this stage, is feedback.

I have 2 writing groups that I attend and we discuss the big issues in writing and critique some of what I have produced, but they do not meet often enough to work through an entire book as fast as I write them.

So, I am looking for someone, or someones who might like to help with the process.

To read my first drafts and check that I am on the right path with my plotting, my character development.

What this means is that I shall include the person(s) who wish to be a part of the process in my thinking and they can help to craft where the story goes.

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The job is to read the draft when I have finished with it, and provide criticism (you can be brutal like that character would never do that! or you forgot David, they didn’t say things like that until forty years later.) Oops… If you see glaring word misuse Then/Than and can correct it that would be appreciated as well, but not totally part of the job description. And to do this in a timely manner.

That last part is because I have hit up close friends to do this. They have volunteered (I placed an open Facebook request) and then I sit, and I wait, and I am reluctant to twist the arms of friends into if they have actually read the files I sent them. So timeliness is important, else I am stumped for moving on to the second draft and the continued editing process so we can release the book for more to read

What you get for this service. A signed copy of the book when released. Your name in the acknowledgements and should we start selling 1000+ copies of each book, real money. (Should we start selling 3000 copies of each book, I’ll place a post for hiring a real copy editor.)

That’s what I got for now. Anyone interested, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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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. The list of Previous Notables and Upcoming Entries has grown so long that I will post this once a week on Saturdays now.

Previous Notables (Click to see the Blog):

George III George IV Georgiana Cavendish
William IV Lady Hester Stanhope Lady Caroline Lamb
Princess Charlotte Queen Charlotte Charles James Fox
Queen Adelaide Dorothea Jordan Jane Austen
Maria Fitzherbert Lord Byron John Keats
Princess Caroline Percy Bysshe Shelley Cassandra Austen
Edmund Kean Thomas Clarkson Sir John Moore
John Burgoyne William Wilberforce Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Sarah Siddons Josiah Wedgwood Emma Hamilton
Hannah More John Phillip Kemble John Jervis, Earl St. Vincent
Ann Hatton Stephen Kemble Mary Robinson
Harriet Mellon Zachary Macaulay George Elphinstone
Thomas Babington George Romney Mary Moser
Ozias Humphry William Hayley Daniel Mendoza
Edward Pellew Angelica Kauffman Sir William Hamilton
David Garrick Pownoll Bastard Pellew Charles Arbuthnot
William Upcott William Huskisson Dominic Serres
Sir George Barlow Scrope Davies Charles Francis Greville
George Stubbs Fanny Kemble Thomas Warton
William Mason Thomas Troubridge Charles Stanhope
Robert Fulke Greville Gentleman John Jackson Ann Radcliffe
Edward ‘Golden Ball’ Hughes John Opie Adam Walker
John Ireland Henry Pierrepoint Robert Stephenson
Mary Shelley Sir Joshua Reynolds Francis Place
Richard Harding Evans Lord Thomas Foley Francis Burdett
John Gale Jones George Parker Bidder Sir George Warren
Edward Eliot William Beechey Eva Marie Veigel
Hugh Percy-Northumberland Charles Philip Yorke Lord Palmerston
Samuel Romilly John Petty 2nd Marquess Lansdowne Henry Herbert Southey
Stapleton Cotton Colin Macaulay Amelia Opie
Sir James Hall Henry Thomas Colebrooke Maria Foote
Sir David Baird Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville Dr. Robert Gooch
William Baillie James Northcote Horatio Nelson
Henry Fuseli Home Riggs Popham John Playfair
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice 3rd Marquess Lansdowne Thomas Douglas 5th Earl of Selkirk Frederick Gerald “Poodle” Byng
Henry Somerset, 7th Duke of Beaufort John Wolcot (Peter Pindar) Joseph John Gurney
Edward John Eliot Henry Perronet Briggs George Lionel Dawson-Damer
Thomas Foley Mark Robinson Charles Culling Smith
Francis Charles Seymour-Ingram, 3rd Marquess of Hertford Thomas Fowell Buxton Tyrone Power
Richard Cumberland William Philip Molyneux, 2nd Earl of Sefton Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough
Jeffry Wyattville Henry Mildmay Nicholas Wood
Hester Thrale Catherine Hughes, Baroness de Calabrella Admiral Israel Pellew
William Wellesley Pole, 3rd Earl of Mornington Henry Moyes Charles Fitzroy
Lord Granville Somerset Lumley St. George Skeffington William Playfair
John Lade Astley Cooper Matthew Gregory Lewis
Edward Pease Thomas Coutts John Urpeth Rastrick
Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond Captain William Baillie John Pitt Kennedy
Henry Cline Sarah Clementina Drummond-Burrell Samuel Wyatt
Lord George Lennox George Bussy Villiers Henry FitzRoy 5th Duke of Grafton
John Bell (Surgeon) Robert Smirke (Painter) John Kennedy (Manufacturer)
John Gell Dugald Stewart Louisa Gurney Hoare
William Nicol (Surgeon) William Nicol (Geologist) Edward Hall Alderson
Thomas Hope Richard Cosway Jonathan Backhouse
Lady Sarah Lennox John Byng, 5th Viscount Torrington Harriette Wilson
Andrew Plimer George Henry Borrow Charles Lamb
Henry Somerset, 5th Duke of Beaufort Henry Bathurst, 3rd Earl Bathurst Skeffington Lutwidge
George Colman the Elder William Hotham Jacob Bell
Charles Heathcote Tatham William Allen (Quaker) John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute
John Henry Manners, 5th Duke of Rutland William Gell Richard Barry, 7th Earl Barrymore
Samuel Bagster the Younger Lady Anne (Wesley) Fitzroy Samuel Gurney
John Liston Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond Luke Howard
Alexander MacKenzie (Explorer) John Pasco Joseph Black
Sir Robert Calder Benjamin Travers John Walker (Cricketer)
John (Johnnie) Walker Joseph Fox the Younger Bishop Beilby Porteus
Sir William Knighton George Rose Edward St. Maur 11th Duke of Somerset
Samuel Bagster the Elder Richard Keppel Craven Edwin Henry Landseer
James Paull (Duelist) Henry Thornton Peter Pond
George Rose (Barrister) William Vincent Humphry Repton
Eliab Harvey Sir George Henry Rose James Kenney
James Kennedy Nevil Maskelyne James Playfair
John Auldjo Thomas Morton (Shipbuilder) Charles Kemble
Sir John Vaughan (Judge) Henry Paget Henry Holland (Cricketer)
Sir Henry Holland (Baronet) Mary Alcock Tom Walker (Cricketer)
Thomas Bradley (Physician) Henry Dundas Trotter Thomas Picton
Sir Charles Middleton William Henry Playfair John Palmer (The 2 Architects)
William Ludlam Thomas Ludlam John Pinch the Elder
George Harris, 1st Baron Edward Waring William Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk 9th Duke of St Albans
Isaac Milner Sir Henry Blackwood William Lovett
General Sir Edward Paget Colonel John Vaughan William Locker
William George Keith Elphinstone Sir William Parker Baronet of Harburn Charles Hutton
John Thomas ‘Antiquity’ Smith Thomas Grey Egerton

1st Earl of Wilton

William Allen (Royal Navy Officer)
Thomas Baldwin Nathaniel Plimer Sir Edward Berry
Charles Gordon Lennox 5th Duke of Richmond George Combe Henry Siddons
Angela Burdett-Coutts William Ellis (Painter) William Drummond of Logiealmond
William George Harris Gerrard Andrewes Berkeley Paget
John Palmer (postal Innovator) Thomas Ludlam Henry Hetherington

There will be many other notables coming, a full and changing list can be found here on the blog as I keep adding to it. The list so far is:

  • Victoria
  • William Holme Twentyman
  • George Phillip Manners
  • Granville Sharp
  • David Livingstone
  • Elizabeth (Gurney) Fry
  • Daniel Gurney
  • Adam Ferguson of Raith
  • John Horsley Palmer
  • John Pinch the Younger
  • John Palmer (Commissary)
  • William Paley
  • Richard Watson
  • Joseph Louis Lagrange
  • Joseph Milner
  • James Hutton
  • John Boydell
  • Viscount Robert Castlereagh
  • George Canning
  • James Stirling
  • John MacBride
  • William Waldegrave
  • Price Blackwood
  • Alexander Ball
  • William Beatty
  • Sir Sidney Smith
  • Sidney Smith (wit)
  • Geroge Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer
  • John Thomas Duckworth
  • Admiral Adam Duncan
  • Robert Linzee
  • David Dundas
  • Sir Hyde Parker
  • Sir Thomas Hardy
  • Charles Stuart (British Army Officer)
  • Sir Peter Parker
  • Sir William Parker
  • Major General John Dalling
  • William Cornwallis
  • Charles Cornwallis
  • William Baillie (artist)
  • Sir Ralph Abercromby
  • Sir Hector Munro
  • Elizabeth Inchbald
  • George Colman the Younger
  • Thomas Morton
  • Colonel William Berkeley
  • Barry Proctor
  • William Henry West Betty
  • Sir George Colebrooke
  • Robert Emmet
  • Thomas Fortescue Kennedy
  • William Taylor of Norwich
  • John Romilly
  • Sir John Herschel
  • John Horne Tooke
  • James Mill
  • Robert Owen
  • Jeremy Bentham
  • Joseph Hume
  • John Stuart Mill
  • Thomas Cochrane
  • Edward Jenner
  • Claire Clairmont
  • Fanny Imlay
  • William Godwin
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
  • William Stewart Rose
  • James Edward Smith
  • General Sir Robert Arbuthnot
  • Harriet Fane Arbuthnot
  • Joseph Antonio Emidy
  • James Edwards (Bookseller)
  • William Gifford
  • Sir Joseph Banks
  • Richard Porson
  • Edward Gibbon
  • James Smithson
  • William Cowper
  • Jacob Phillipp Hackert
  • John Thomas Serres
  • Wellington (the Military man)
  • Cuthbert Collingwood
  • Admiral Sir Graham Moore
  • Admiral Sir William Sydney Smith
  • Admiral Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke
  • Richard Colt Hoare
  • Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville
  • William Howe
  • Richard Howe
  • Viscount Sir Samuel Hood
  • Sir Samuel Hood
  • Alexander Hood
  • Thomas Hope
  • Thomas Babington Macaulay
  • Harriet Martineau
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Charles Pepys, Earl of Cottenham
  • Sir Edward Michael Pakenham
  • General Banastre Tarleton
  • Francis Leggatt Chantrey
  • Sir Charles Grey
  • John Constable
  • Thomas Lawrence
  • Sir William Lawrence, 1st Baronet
  • George Cruikshank
  • Thomas Gainsborough
  • James Gillray
  • Joseph Priestley
  • William Whewell
  • Horace Walpole
  • Sir Anthony Carlisle
  • Thomas Rowlandson
  • William Blake
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel
  • Sir Marc Brunel
  • Marquis of Stafford Granville Leveson-Gower
  • Marquis of Stafford George Leveson-Gower
  • George Stephenson
  • Thomas Telford
  • Joseph Locke
  • Paul III Anton, Prince Esterházy
  • Thomas Egerton, 2nd Earl of Wilton
  • John Nash
  • John Soane
  • Robert Smirke (architect)
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Robert Southey
  • Henry Holland
  • Sir Walter Scott
  • John Scott, Earl of Eldon
  • Lord Elgin
  • William Windham
  • William Cobbett
  • Madame de Stael
  • John Walker (inventor)(Natural Historian)(Lexicographer)
  • James Boswell
  • Edward James Eliot
  • William Harrison Ainsworth
  • George Harris, 3rd Baron
  • Sir Harry Smith
  • Thomas Cochrane
  • Warren Hastings
  • Edmund Burke
  • William Petty
  • Juana Maria de Los Dolores de Leon (Lady Smith)
  • Lord Bedford, Francis Russell (1765-1802)
  • Colonel George Hanger (c.1751-1824)
  • Lord Hertford, Francis Seymour-Ingram (1743-1822)
  • Louis Philippe Joseph, Duc de Chartres, acceded 1785 as Duc d’ Orleans (1747-1793)
  • Louis Philippe, Duc de Chartres, acceded 1793 as Duc d’ Orleans (1773-1850)
  • Captain John (Jack) Willett Payne (1752-1803)
  • Admiral Lord Hugh Seymour (1759-1801)
  • John Bell
  • Charles Fitzroy, Baron Southampton
  • Richard Colley Wellesley
  • Henry Wellesley
  • James Wyatt
  • John Blaquiere, 1st Baron de Blaquiere
  • William Pole-Tylney-Long-Wellesley
  • Sir Charles Bagot
  • Lord FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan
  • John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland
  • Robert Smith, 1st Baron Carrington
  • Andrew Meikle
  • James Watt
  • Henry Thrale
  • John Hunter
  • Joseph Pease
  • Richard Trevithick
  • James Foster
  • Emily Lennox
  • Louisa Lennox
  • Thomas Baillie (Royal Navy officer)
  • Charles James Napier
  • John Thelwall
  • Sir William Hotham
  • Beaumont Hotham
  • Matthew Boulton
  • Sir Charles Bell
  • James Gregory
  • Archibald Alison
  • John McMahon
  • Edward Maltby
  • Joseph Chitty
  • Ricahrd Barnewell
  • Charles James Blomfield
  • William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford
  • Maria Hadfield
  • John Byng 1st Earl of Strafford
  • George Byng 6th Viscount Torrington
  • John Russell, 1st Earl Russell
  • James Spencer-Bell
  • George Brydges Rodney
  • Samuel Pepys Cockerell
  • John Linnell
  • Charles Catton the Younger
  • Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle
  • Benjamin Robert Haydon
  • John Dalton
  • Sir Philip Durham
  • William Hasledine Pepys
  • William Babington
  • Joseph Lancaster
  • Samuel Whitbread
  • Francis Augustus Collier
  • Humphry Davy
  • George Shillibeer
  • Samuel Hoare Jr.
  • Thomas Moore
  • Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
  • Edward Dodwell
  • Archibald Norman McLeod
  • George Vancouver
  • Sir George Simpson
  • William Morgan (actuary)
  • Harry Walker
  • Alexander Walker
  • George Templer
  • Thomas Landseer
  • Sir Robert Inglis
  • Frederick Richard Lee
  • William McGillivray
  • Lucia Elizabeth Vestris
  • John Vaughan 3rd Earl of Lisburne
  • Samuel Rogers
  • Thomas Holcroft
  • Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Edward Troughton
  • John Richardson
  • John Forsyth
  • Edward Ellice
  • John MacDonald of Garth
  • Sir Archibald Campbell
  • Simon McGillivray
  • Maria Theresa Kemble
  • Captain William Paget
  • Sir Arthur Paget
  • Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Paget
  • Charles Burney
  • Lord Frederick Beauclerk
  • William Fullarton
  • Francis Jeffrey
  • Charles Simeon
  • Thomas de Quincey
  • James Watson
  • Daniel O’Connell
  • Feargus O’Connor
  • Francis Douce
  • Joseph Nollekens
  • Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster
  • Andrew Geddes
  • Andrew Combe
  • Sir William Hamilton, 9th Baronet
  • Isaac Taylor
  • William Ellis
  • William A. F. Browne
  • Harriet Murray
  • Robert William Elliston
  • William Henry Murray
  • Daniel Terry
  • William Oxberry
  • Joanna Baillie
  • Robert Scott Lauder
  • Richard Harris Barham
  • Chauncey Hare Townshend
  • Thomas Helmore
  • Paul Sandby
  • Thomas Hearne
  • William Anderson (Artist)
  • William Heberden the Younger
  • Henry Paget, 1st Earl of Uxbridge
  • Richard Hurd
  • Richard Carlile
  • George Mudie
  • Abel Heywood
  • John Cleave
  • George Holyoake

The Dukes

  •         Duke of Devonshire, William Cavendish (1748-1811)
  •         Duke of Norfolk, Charles Howard (1746-1815)
  •         Duke of Norfolk, Bernard Edward Howard (1765-1842)
  •         Duke of Norfolk, Henry Charles Howard (1791-1856)
  •         Duke of Somerset, Edward Adolphus Seymour (1804-1885)
  •         Duke of Argyll, George William Campbell (1766-1839)
  •         Duke of Queensberry, William Douglas (1724-1810)
  •         Duke of York , Frederick Augustus Hanover (1763-1827)
  •         Duke of Grafton, Augustus Henry FitzRoy, 3rd Duke 1735-1811
  •         Duke of Grafton, George FitzRoy, 4th Duke 1760-1844

The Dandy Club

  •         Beau Brummell
  •         William Arden, 2nd Baron Alvanley

Patronesses of Almacks

  •         Emily Lamb, Lady Cowper
  •         Amelia Stewart, Viscountess Castlereagh
  •         Sarah Villiers, Countess of Jersey
  •         Maria Molyneux, Countess of Sefton
  •         Dorothea Lieven, Countess de Lieven, wife of the Russian Ambassador
  •         Countess Esterhazy, wife of the Austrian Ambassador

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As we do on Fridays, when we have an interview, we take a break from the Regency Personality series. It shall of course return. As early as tomorrow.

Today we are fortunate to have with us Grace Elliot who writes in historical romance set in the Regency period.

What moved you to become an author?

Quite simply, the compulsion to be creative motivated me to become a writer. My day job as a veterinarian is grounded in science, evidence and clinical judgment but by nature I am also a creative person. Writing is the perfect vent for my imagination. It’s also a sort of safety valve, because by expressing frustration, sadness or other potentially destructive emotions on the page, it stops me from bottling things up.

Tell us about your current novel.

My latest release is, Verity’s Lie Verity%252527sLie-400x600-2013-07-26-06-00.jpg. This is the third book in a trilogy about three brothers, and is a standalone story in its own right. The novel is set towards the end of the Napoleonic wars and follows our hero, Charles Huntley, Lord Ryevale, rogue and government spy. Assigned to covertly protect, Verity Verrinder (a politician’s daughter) Ryevale’s campaign of seduction backfires when it is he falls in love with his charge. But Verity holds the truth in high regard and when she finds Ryevale is not all he seems, she plays him at his own game but with disasterous results when she is kidnapped.

My aim in writing Verity’s Lie is to create book for those wishing to escape the pressures of the modern world. . If you want to lose yourself in the rich setting of the regency world, with sexual tension a plenty and a heroine seeking the truth behind the hero’s lies – then this is the book for you.

What did you find most challenging about this book?

That would be scraping 25,000 words and starting again from scratch!

To put the magnitude of this loss into proportion, I average between 700 to 2,000 words a day (bearing in mind I balance writing with a day job.) In effect I scraped around 6 weeks worth of hard graft but in the end it was a clear cut decision to make because the story just wasn’t working.

The problem was that I’d set out to make Lord Ryevale seem aloof and elusive, but succeeded only in making him cold and unlikeable. I’d dug myself into a deep hole and the only way out was to fill it in and start again. That said, the experience taught me a lot and was very liberating. Truly, I now feel much more confident about assessing the quality of my own work and can honestly say that if I’m not happy, it goes in the ‘recycle bin’.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I am a woman of light and shade. As previously mentioned, by day I am a veterinarian and by night an author of historical romance. Ironically, the two careers balance each other well; most veterinarians are sensitive, creative people and trained observers – which could also be the definition of a writer!
I live within commuting distance of London and one of my hobbies is visiting historic sites and trying to visualize the sounds and smells from past centuries and bring the place to life in my imagination. I love immersing myself in the atmosphere and seeking out the sense of history. Recently, my hobby has led to me being invited by the Historic Royal Palaces group to a couple of exhibition previews (the Line of Kings at the Tower of London, and Performing for the King at the Banqueting House) and it’s so lovely to mix with fellow history addicts.

What is your next work, and beyond that, what do you want to work on.

I want to break away from the traditional historical romance formula of love between lords and ladies. With this aim I’m working on a new series in the fictional setting of Foxhall Gardens. I’ve also moved back in time to the Georgian period and the 1770’s. The novels follow the stories of those who work at, or visit, Foxhall Gardens. The first book, The Ringmaster’s Daughter, is steaming along nicely and follows the conflict between the new manager tasked with making Foxhall profitable again, and the ringmaster’s daughter who is fighting to keep her job.

In the current work, is there an excerpt to share? Your favorite scene, a part of your life that you put into the work and think it came out exceptionally well that you would like to share.

I chose this excerpt because it is represents the awakening of Ryevale’s conscience. Until now, he has judged purely on appearance and the foundation of his life has been deception. Verity challenges these values and he is shaken by the experience:

Miss Verrinder had rendered Ryevale speechless—for the second time in an hour. During the dance, the sensation that he was protecting something warm and precious tugged at his insides. He held her closer than necessary, taking her disapproval as a challenge. He couldn’t remember the last time a woman had not wished to dance with him, and it would have been amusing, except he didn’t want to laugh at Miss Verrinder.

        As she regarded him defiantly, Ryevale found himself warming to her quirky oddness as it struck him that fawning beauty was overrated. She had more subtle looks: up close her eyes were a fascinating blue, between topaz and ink. He studied the determined angle of her jaw and delicate shell of an ear. Hers was a look full of character with arched brows, high cheekbones, a strong little mouth, a quickness of expression and sharpness of wit, all of which were most stimulating.

        Besides, she was fiercely honest, and part of him envied her the courage. So when the dance ended and she dismissed him, he watched her receding back with a sense of loss borne of not saying the last word.

        ”Well, I never.”

        It galled him that such an unworldly chit had bested him. He glanced around, wondering who had witnessed such ignominy when he spotted Annabelle Portas smirking from behind her fan. He studied her afresh—yes, she was physically beautiful, with slender curves and tilted eyes, but she lacked something. Then it came to him; when he’d taken Miss Verrinder’s hand, there was an honesty about her that called to his soul.

        ”I say, Ryevale old chap, over here!”

        Ryevale looked up to see Archie Watts approaching—exactly the company he needed: straightforward, uncomplicated Watts.

        ”Hoy there, Watts.”

        ”Saw your little exhibition just now. Taken to currying favor with Lord Bruton?”

        Trust Archie Watts to cut straight to the point, Ryevale thought as he bristled. “So I can’t dance with a pretty girl without having my motives questioned?”

        Watts raised a brow. “Pretty is she? You must want to impress.”

        Ryevale suddenly realized he wasn’t being polite and that he’d changed his mind about Miss Verrinder; the way she’d dipped and swayed in time to the music, her figure with its full curves, her bust straining that buttoned-up bodice, the lush body of a real woman—she was attractive but hid it well.

        ”Yes, pretty,” he said, more firmly. “There’s more to Miss Verrinder than meets the eye.”

        Admittedly, at first dancing with her had been like holding a fizzing wasps’ nest but then a change had come over her—she made fun of him! Perhaps watching over her wouldn’t be so tedious after all; fisticuffs seemed more likely than romance, which was a refreshing change.

        ”You’re miles away. Are you coming down with something?” Watts inquired.

        ”Absolutely fine, although I could do with a stiff drink.”

        ”No sooner said than done, old boy. Follow your Uncle Watts.”

Who do you read? What are the things that a reader can identify with that you have grounded yourself in.

I started writing historical romance because it is the genre I love to read. The contents of my Kindle are heavily weighted towards HR, but my second love is historical fiction or else straight history (non-fiction). That said, I’m always reading and will give most books a try. I love the whole buzz that eReaders have created and through Kindle forums I’ve discovered many excellent books that I would not otherwise have found – Hugh Howey’s Wool 91RnIEO%25252BlbL._SL1417_-2013-07-26-06-00.jpg trilogy (DWW-5 Books now, a Pentalogy) springs to mind.

When writing, what is your routine?

The pressure of being a working mother with a house to keep clean, means finding time to write can be a challenge. Over the years I’ve learnt to play minds games with myself to get those pages written. I set a challenge of typing for at minimum of 20 minutes a day, and if the muse hasn’t appeared at the end of this time, I’m allowed to stop. However, what usually happens is that I become so engrossed in the regency that the minutes turn into hours and I look up from the screen to find my husband and sons have already gone to bed!

I don’t have a dedicated writing space but work on a laptop in whichever room is the quietest. Usually this is the dining room, which is a converted garage, and one of my cats, Widget, sits pressed against my thigh, purring quietly – a great aid to concentration!

Do you think of yourself as an artist, or as a craftsman, a blend of both?

This question set me thinking and my conclusion is that I like to think of myself as a ‘wordsmith’ – forging stories with words, creating feelings and sensation with descriptive language.

Where should we look for your work.

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Verity’s Lie – Synopsis

Charles Huntley, Lord Ryevale, infamous rogue…and government agent.
In unsettled times, with England at war with France, Ryevale is assigned to covertly protect a politician’s daughter, Miss Verity Verrinder. To keep Verity under his watchful eye, Ryevale plots a campaign of seduction that no woman can resist– except it seems, Miss Verrinder. In order to gain her trust Ryevale enters Verity’s world of charity meetings and bookshops…where the unexpected happens and he falls in love with his charge.
When Lord Ryevale turns his bone-melting charms on her, Verity questions his lordship’s motivation. But with her controlling father abroad, Verity wishes to explore London and reluctantly accepts Ryevale’s companionship. As the compelling attraction between them strengthens, Verity is shattered to learn her instincts are correct after all – and Ryevale is not what he seems. If Lord Ryevale can lie, then so can she…but with disastrous consequences.

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