Celebrating a special Birthday Week

Hello, Melissa here!

This is a special week for us Wenches.  We have, not one, not two, but three wonderful birthdays to celebrate this week!  


We celebrate Anne on January 14th, and then on Jan 17th we have a double birthday.  Joanna and Susanna share a birthday.  How special is that?  Please join us in wishing the three lovely ladies a very happy birthday, and share our cake with us!  This one is a white cake with buttercream icing.  Do you have a favourite?



Starting our Celebrations Early

  WW 10th anniversary logo

Hi! I'm Melissa, the Wench blog mistress.  As part of our gala 10th Anniversary celebration, which officially kicks off on May 23, we all would like to share some of our favorite posts from the last ten years.  To start us off, here is a post on Mothers from Jo Beverley talking a bit about mothers in books.

 Mother's day has always been quite enjoyable for me, I have a wonderful mom, an amazing mother-in-law, and in the last few years I have had the joy of celebrating as a mother myself.  Jo asks such thoughtful questions in her post, so I will leave you with them. 

Do you feel that the role of mothers has changed in the last few years, or is the post still on point?  Please remember that the copy of the Secret Wedding was for 2013, but there is still a book prize for a lucky commenter!


From Jo Beverley, May 2013

Mumcol2We celebrate Mother's Day in March in Britain, but having lived in Canada for a long time the May date feels more traditional to me, and it's made me think about mothers in our novels. The picture is of my mother, Mildred, as a teenager, on her wedding day, and her 40th wedding anniversary.

I have to say that my work is short on great mothers. No reflection on my own mum, but for some reason my heroine's good mothers are usually dead before the book starts. Mind you, most of the bad ones are, too.

If I consider my recent books I have a cold mother for Georgia is A Scandalous Countess, and a dead, unappreciative one for Prudence in An Unlikely Countess. In my upcoming book, Seduction in Silk, the heroine's dead mother is a stinker, and the hero's is the same as in Scandalous C as Perry is Georgia's brother.

To look on the bright side, both Christian's parents in A Secret Wedding were loving, though also such an embarrassment to him at times with their seemingly endless production of healthy children and unashamed enjoyment of the getting of them. Sometimes parents in novels can make life difficult, as in Perry's case in Seduction in Silk.Sedinsilksm

There's an excerpt here, but no mothers present.

I have some questions for you.

What great mothers for heroes and heroines have you found in historical romance? What makes them particularly great?

In general, if the protagonists have a mother, does that help or hinder? Does being motherless lead to a stronger plot? Does a loving mother weaken the drama? Examples?


If you have a great story about your mother, share it here. My mother, a devout Catholic, used to invite Jehova's Witnesses in for tea and try to convert them. I think she got put on their blacklist in the end as they stopped coming by.

I'll give a copy of The Secret Wedding to the writer of one of the interesting comments, randomly picked.




New this week!

Hello Everyone,
We have some fantastic news to share with you this week!  First off, Congratulations to Jo Beverley, whose Too Dangerous for a Lady is on the USA Today bestseller list!  In case you need it, her book can be found here http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/045147189X/wordwenches0b-20.
Also, be sure to stop by and check out our guest on Wednesday!  Margaret Evans Porter joins Jo Beverley to talk about Margaret's first mainstream historical novel A Pledge of Better Times, set in late Stuart times.
We would also like to announce a couple of winners!  As well as Davida winning a book for suggesting the "chick-in-pants" topic (suggest topics to our email, thewordwenches@gmail.com), Juanita G.'s name has been drawn to win a book for leaving a comment on that post.  Both winners have been contacted.
That is all of our news for today, I hope everyone has been having a wonderful weekend!  Until next time!

Sparky Ate the Computer

Image002Well, maybe he didn't actually eat Sherrie's computer, but a bug did. So the latest kitty report is on hold until she can get back online. To hold everyone over until the report appears, we present a Sparky re-run!

But we have wenchly announcements!


"On October 10, Wench Joanna will be interviewing Historical Romance writer Joan Wolf, author of more than 40 books. Look forward to a discussion of historical research and … horses." Not quite a wife

And the real icing on the cake: Mary Jo's Not Quite A Wife is on the NYT bestseller list!
Wenchly readers, take a bow for your participation and your most excellent taste.




Because of Sparky’s partial blindness she has been confined to the house. No more stalking the back 40 looking for varmints. All that enforced inactivity has caused a little settling of the meat and potatoes in her rump area. Sparky isn’t exactly fat, but let’s just say that when she sits, her belly covers her feet, sort of like lava overflowing the volcano’s rim. So after thinking hard about her once svelte figure (see above photo) Sparky has embarked on an exercise regimen.


Like any sensible exerciser, Sparky starts out with some stretching exercises.




Stretttccchhh those arms!




Limber up that tight neck.



Flex those toes!




Practice manual dexterity.




Now, for some lip dexterity.



And finally, a workout with the rubber exercise band.



Does my butt still look big? What? I need to exercise more??? Groan . . .