The Second Sister

The town and territory men will never see the Knight Ranch womenfolk the same again.

The Middle Sister

All in church are agog at the new fancy look of each Knight young lady.

A Younger Sister

With more than one dress, she never knows what to wear nowadays.

The Musician

From the back of the book: This morning the musician was playing again. The melodies seldom stop: today it was the piano, yesterday the violin. I have never heard such hauntingly beautiful music. It flows out from the upper windows of that Tudor style house and straight into my aching heart—the fog of desolation which…

Miss Houston

From the back of the book: What if Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet shrewdly accepted Mr. Darcy’s offensive marriage proposal, instead of rejecting him; in order to gain power over him and the situation, to ultimately succeed in her sister’s happiness in love? Such a question inspired the creation of Miss Houston’s story. Confidently saucy Fontana…

To Nurture and Protect

I know this isn’t Mother’s Day, but this painting recently got me thinking. ‘The Lord of the Manor’, by Edmund Blair Leighton, reminds me of the indescribably profound protective love that I instantly felt for each of my children and grandbabies upon their arrival to this earthly sphere. To become a mother completely changed everything…

Us, Man, Wife

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” In keeping with the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’, here is another quote from that work, and in accompaniment is this ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ painting by Edmund…

To be or not to be…

… a romance novelist? That was my question. Yes, that was one of my questions in life at least twenty years ago. When I first explored the possibilities of writing fiction (because ideas were pouring into my little brain by leaps and bounds, and almost by the minute), one thing I told myself was that,…