Monthly Archive: November 2012

Nov 28

I Owe It All to Freecell

On November 28th 2011, I published my debut novel, Conquering Passion.  I have mentioned before that I did not know what to expect, but thought I would be pleased as punch if I sold 100 copies in a year. One year later I have published 12 books on Amazon and have sold more than 16000 …

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Nov 23

Where the Heck Is Aragon?

Catherine of Aragon Mention Aragon and most people think of the Queen divorced by Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon. c.1214 In the Middle Ages, Aragon was a kingdom in the northeastern part of Spain. It included what is now Catalonia. The map at right demonstrates that a large part of Spain was still dominated by Muslim peoples in 1214. The …

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Nov 20

Welcome, Mimi Barbour

I am delighted to welcome Mimi Barbour to my blog today. We are both members of the Vancouver Island chapter of Romance Writers of America, and Mimi has been a tremendously helpful mentor to me. Today she is sharing a little of her writing journey with us. One of her books is FREE today on …

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Nov 18

The Shamshir

A Shamshir is a type of sabre with a curve that is considered radical for a sword: 5 to 15 degrees from tip to tip. The name is derived from Persian shamshīr, which means “sword” (in general). The radically curved sword family includes the shamshir, scimitar, and others. Originally Persian swords were straight and double …

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Nov 12

Can Love Produce a Miracle?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic inflammatory disorder that may affect many tissues and organs, but principally attacks flexible (synovial) joints. About 1% of the world’s population is afflicted by rheumatoid arthritis, women three times more often than men. Onset is most frequent between the ages of 40 and 50, but people of any …

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Nov 05


While researching the monasteries of Spain for my latest release, Dance of Love, I found this gem. The monastery of San Juan de la Peña is a religious complex south west of Jaca, in the province of Huesca, Spain. It was one of the most important monasteries in Aragón in the Middle Ages. The monastery is built in …

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