Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Blog Hop Giveaway!


I thought I would give a bit of insight into how I created my main female character, Anna, in Have Cash, Will Marry. It's been especially fun to research the clothing of the late 19th century, although I'm not sure I would have enjoyed wearing them. Those corsets! This is the second story I have written that takes place in the Gilded Age and in both stories, jewels were very important.

Rene Lalique was a French jeweler who turned the design world upside down at the end of the 19th century. Instead of using only traditional jewels such as diamonds and rubies, Lalique used a variety of materials to create jewelry that were works of art in their own right.

The dragonfly lady brooch above is a good example. Semi-precious green chrysoprase was used for the head and body of the woman while the wings are enamel set with gold and irregular moonstones, then ringed with diamonds to create an iridescent effect. The woman who wore this brooch surely created a sensation! I used the idea of a dragonfly pendant for my character Anna, who received it from her father in memory of a special place in the forest that was precious to both of them.


The silk ballgown shown here is what I pictured Anna wearing at the Met ball when she first encounters Rob. Except for the color, which here is a sort of ice blue.

While researching for the story, I found an amazing article about a New Year's Eve ball at the Met in 1899, in which all the dresses worn by the ladies were described. And among all the whites, pinks, blues, and yellows, one gown stood out for me from the others because it was made of "apple-green silk." And who better to wear apple-green silk than a fiery redhead?

The nine authors of The Convenient Bride collection are having a great giveaway to celebrate the release of the book. So if you haven't entered the giveaway raffle for the 7" Kindle Fire, pre-loaded with my new novella and eight other wonderful stories, plus additional novels from these talented authors, go back to my previous post and click on the white Kindle pic to enter the giveaway!

Clicking on the Convenient Bride book cover will take you too the Amazon page to order the book as a paperback or for your Kindle.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Rafflecopter Giveaway!


a Rafflecopter giveaway



To celebrate the release of my novella in The Convenient Bride Collection,HAVE CASH, WILL MARRY, enter the giveaway for a wonderful gift basket including a new 7" Kindle Fire!

Also included is a Kindle cover, and the Kindle is preloaded with The Convenient Bride collection and lots of other stories from the talented authors in this group.

Just go to www.reneeyancy.com and sign up for my newsletter to be eligible for the giveaway. Then click on the white copy to log into the giveaway with email or Facebook.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


RELEASING TODAY!

My first traditionally published novella HAVE CASH, WILL MARRY.

In the late 19th century Gilded Age, cash poor English aristocrats flooded the New York City social scene, shopping for a rich bride. And there were plenty of American heiresses eager to trade their fortune for an English title. But what happens when you have an English aristocrat who wants to find a woman too really fall in love, despite his desperate need for her money, and an American heiress who could care less for a title, but wants to be loved for herself not her fortune? Robert Alexander Radclyfe, the son and heir of the ninth Earl of Wentwater, and Anna Randolph MacDougall, heir to the MacDougall Sewing Machine empire, are about to find out.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Third Time's the Charm!

I have an agent! And finally, I actually have an agent I like and trust. So important.

Julie Gwinn, with the Seymour Literary Agency, has agreed to represent me and I am thrilled!

Julie knows I can write. She took my 2nd ancient historical novel to the Publication board at B&H Publishing. She is fun to talk to, and full of great ideas.

Over ten years ago, I had my first agent. A man who loved my first historical but had some out-of-the- ordinary ideas about publishing, He didn't last in the market and moved on.

My second (very brief) liaison with another agent only lasted a couple months. I never felt comfortable with her; she was lackadaisical and didn't inspire confidence or trust.

On the other hand, I immediately bonded with Julie. She has many years of experience in the publishing and marketing fields. Right now she is perusing all my "stuff"; figuring out what my "brand" might be, and where I might fit in the market, both CBA and ABA.

I am thankful to finally have an agent who can help me figure out the publishing world, and is so much fun to talk to. Over the moon right now!


Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Battlefield Bride

I'm researching a new story about a Civil War nurse. As an RN myself, it's fascinating to see how far nursing has come in the last 150 years.

Disease and infection killed far more soldiers than outright battle wounds. And many of the infections resulted as a result of amputations.

This is an actual army surgeon's amputation kit. It looks clean and shiny now but in actuality the instruments would have been covered with blood, bits of flesh, dirt and bacteria. It's amazing that any of the men survived!

Sometimes in the absence of chloroform or whiskey, these amputations would have been completed while the patient was awake. It seems horrible but we have to remember that at that time in history, amputation was seen as a last chance at life. My character will have quite a time of, ministering to these sick and wounded men.

In May of 1863, Confederate General Stonewall Jackson was accidentally shot by one of his own men when returning from a midnight reconnaissance ride. His left arm had to be amputated and is buried in a family graveyard in Chancellorsville, Virginia. 

The General was taken away to recover from the surgery but died eight days later. The rest of Stonewall is buried in Lexington, VA. 

As I read through historical accounts of civil War hospitals and battlefields, I am very thankful for antibiotics and sterile operating rooms!





Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My new book cover! Status: THRILLED



Here is the new cover for The Convenient Bride Collection! I am over the moon to see my name in print, along with eight other very talented writers.

To be released on July 1, 2015 and available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

Wowweeeeeee!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Back In The Saddle Again!


It's been a while since I have actively posted but that's about to change.

Like Gene Autry, I'm back in the saddle again! There have been amazing archaeological finds since I last actively posted and I'm excited to write about them. More historical tidbits coming, spooky tomb stories, and more!

At this moment I'm trying to discover if all the addresses I had for my blog followers are still intact. So if you'd like to continue to be a part of this blog, please leave me a comment or email me. Thank you so much. I promise it will be interesting!



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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New Book Debut: The Secret History, A Novel of Empress Theodora by my friend Stephanie Thornton!

 Today is the release date for the first historical novel of my friend and amazing critique partner, Stephanie Thornton.

Those of you who are not writers cannot imagine the work that goes into creating, imagining, writing, editing, re-editing, and polishing a manuscript for publication.

Many authors never get to this point. Stephanie has worked very hard for this day, and I'm happy to resurrect my blog to sing her praises.

The following is one writer's blog take on A Secret History.

In sixth century Constantinople, one woman, Theodora, defied every convention and all the odds, and rose from being a common theater tart to become empress of a great kingdom, the most powerful woman the Roman Empire would ever know. But the woman whose image was later immortalized in glittering mosaic was, in fact, a scrappy, clever, conniving, flesh-and-blood woman full of sensuality and spirit whose real story is as surprising as any ever told…

When her father dies suddenly, Theodora and her sisters face starvation on the streets. Determined to survive, Theodora makes a living any way she can—first on her back with every man who will have her, then on the stage of the city’s infamous amphitheater in a scandalous dramatization of her own invention. When her daring performance grants her a back-door entry into the halls of power, she seizes the chance to win a wealthy protector—only to face heartbreak and betrayal.

Ever resilient, Theodora rises above such trials and by a twist of fate, meets her most passionate admirer yet: the Emperor’s nephew. She will thrive as his confidant and courtesan, but many challenges lie ahead. For one day, this man will hand her a crown. And all the empire will wonder—is she bold enough, shrewd enough, and strong enough to keep it?
Stephanie Thornton

If you love a rich historical novel filled with intriguing characters and a strong female protagonist, then you will love A Secret History. 

I am so proud of Stephanie and what she has accomplished that I can't help but toot her horn. Run right out and get this book!

Then tell your friends and get the word out: this is an author to watch!


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Unplugged

Too much internal and external noise in my mind and life so I'm going unplugged for a while.

For months I've been blogging and reading blogs, doing Pinterest and Goodreads, etc. to work on my author career. Trying to get my name out there, advertise, market, blah, blah, blah.

I think I need to detach myself from the Internet as much as possible for a bit. Need to get outside more. Smell the coffee. Smell the roses. Stop being attached at the hip to the computer.

So long, internet, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, and all the other myriad sites I travel to nearly every day.

Not sure who even reads this blog actually. And that's OK. I've enjoyed doing it. And I've learned a lot. I'll probably be back.

And now it's time to stop so here I am stopping. This is me stopping.

Good-bye.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Gentle Reminder

I was driving somewhere alone this week. And I was complaining venting to the Lord about the fact that my friend, an acquisitions editor at a Christian publisher, recently told me that they had acquired all the historical romance they needed until 2015. 2015.

I had been preparing my current WIP for this editor, in fact for the last year, everything I've worked on was for this particular editor and her company. (Let me be clear here, we had no contract and she hadn't promised me anything. But she wanted to look at my stuff before I sent it anywhere else.)  I changed my story from straight historical to historical romance (And believe me, that involves some real rewriting.)

And then, just like that. Shot down.

Of course, she had no idea how this bit of news affected me. She didn't know I had targeted October as the month I would have the manuscript finished to turn into her. I simply said, "OK, thanks for the heads up." I moped around for a couple of days, even played around with the idea of quitting the whole writing/author/publication thing.

So I was driving along and moaning praying and I said "Lord, it's just so disappointing...I've been writing this for Vicki and---" before I could even finish the sentence, right out of the blue, the Lord said "You're not writing for Vicki, you're writing for Me."

Oooooh.

I stopped. I gulped. And I said, "Oooh Kaaaayy...that's right. Thank You for reminding me. I'm not writing for Vicki, I'm writing for you."

And just like that, my attitude changed. I was driving along, complaining, almost as if the Lord wasn't really listening. And He was.

Thanks, Lord.