The Word Wenches’ 10th Anniversary Celebration!

by Mary Jo

Can you believe it?  Today is the 10th anniversary of this blog–that's 597 years in internet time, you know. <G>  The world has changed, publishing has changed, we've all changed–yet here we are, still musing about romance and history, interviewing interesting guests, and inviting you all to join in the conversation!

LCCBThe idea for a historical romance writers' blog was sparked when Susan King and I were having lunch with Eileen Buckholtz, our friend and web wizard, and she suggested that since we were interested in blogging, a group blog was the way to go: more content, less work. <G>  This sounded like a fine idea to us, so Susan and I listed people we'd love to have join us.  To my surprise, everyone we asked agreed, and a blog was born.  Sherrie Holmes, our first site manager and cat herder, came up with the name Word Wenches, which we all loved, and here we are, ten years later.  

I believe we're the only romance blog to have published two Christmas anthologies, Mischief and Mistletoe and The Last Chance Christmas Ball, both with Kensington. Both were great fun to write. 

To celebrate this anniversary, we decided to invite back a few former guests to muse or reminisce with us.  Because we received such thoughtful responses, we'll be posting every day this week, with Friday being wrap up comments from all of us Wenches.  

And because we love giving books away, we'll be doing eight giveaways to eight lucky commenters from our Anniversary Week celebration.  (Winners to be chosen by the end of May.) Let the celebration begin! 

Candice.best_newOur first guest: Candice Hern, one of the old gang of Signet Regency writers where so many Regency writers started our writing careers.  Candice is not only a fine writer who has one of the best Regency websites anywhere, but because she was already an experienced blogger, she was extremely helpful when we started our own blog.  Thank you, Candice!  

Congratulations, Word Wenches, on your first TEN YEARS!

Quite a milestone on the internet. Not many group blogs survive that long. I have been reading your blog since Day 1 and continue to do so. I always learn something new, especially when one of you dives into an historical research topic. I love the diversity of the group, both in your books and your blog posts. (And I still miss Edith.) Here's wishing you all another ten years of entertaining and educating those of us who love historical romance. Way to go, ladies!

Next up: Mary Balogh. A romance star ever since her first Signet Regency was published a lot of years ago, Mary offers these insights:

Where Romance is going:

Romance is going in whatever direction the imaginations of romance writers take Maryonlybelovedit—or should I say directions? In the past several years we have seen it explode into innumerable sub-genres and trends, some of them enduring, some not.

I decided almost as soon as I started writing more than thirty years ago (ouch!) that I would no longer read romance or take any notice of trends or jump on any bandwagons. I cheat (a lot) on that first decision, but even so I would say that 90% of my reading is non-romance. So who am I to talk about where romance is going? I will continue to follow my own imagination for as long as I am willing and able and as long as I still have readers.

One thing that has pleased me greatly this month of May is the almost overwhelmingly positive response I have had to my new book, Only Beloved, the final book of the Survivors’ Club series. MaryonceupondreamThe hero is 48, the heroine 39. I held my breath as the publication day dawned. But readers had no objection to the older characters.

The same thing happened with the novella that came out with one of Grace Burrowes’s in Once Upon a Dream in April. The hero and heroine are both 40 or close to it. With so many aging authors still writing (ahem) and so many aging readers still reading, maybe this is one direction I will take more often in the future. Love, even romantic love, is not an exclusive preserve of the young, after all, is it?

And on the subject of the passing of time…congratulations Word Wenches for keeping your really excellent and intelligent blog site going for ten years. That is a remarkable achievement. May you continue for at least ten more.

To wrap up today's posting, Carola Dunn joins us.  She started out writing Walker Regencies, which were the first such romances I discovered in the library when I began to look beyond my well worn Georgette Heyers.  She moved from Regency romance into historical mysteries–I've been obsessively following her 1920's set Daisy Dalrymple series for years–and like Mary Balogh, she has some thoughts about older characters.

SuperfluousWomenPass Time with Good Company

I wrote my first Regency 37 years ago (Toblethorpe Manor, published 1981) and followed it with 31 more, as well as a bunch of novellas. As in most romances, the heroines were almost all youthful—even the oldest, at 42, seems youthful from my present age! When I started writing mysteries, I made my amateur sleuth, Daisy Dalrymple, 25. For reasons I won’t go into, over the course of 23 books she’s aged by only 5 years.

A decade ago, after turning 60, I decided I wanted a protagonist nearer my own Carola,MannafromHades
age. That was the genesis of Eleanor Trewynn, the main character of my Cornish mysteries. For many years, she and Daisy have been living in my head. Luckily, I find them excellent company. It’s gratifying to hear from so many readers that they too think of Daisy and Eleanor as good friends they want to spend more time with.

Thank you, Candice, Mary,  and Carola!  You've all created wonderful characters we want to spend more time with.  (And you're all on my personal keeper shelves.)  

Visit Word Wenches again tomorrow, when the inimitable Eloisa James and Lauren Willig will share their thoughts on romance! And remember, commenters might win books, and what reader doesn't love winning books?

Mary Jo

290 thoughts on “The Word Wenches’ 10th Anniversary Celebration!”

  1. I don’t think I’ve been reading your wonderful blog for 10 years, but it’s close to that long! Many congratulations on keeping going, and delighting your readers. Here’s to another 10 years!

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  2. I don’t think I’ve been reading your wonderful blog for 10 years, but it’s close to that long! Many congratulations on keeping going, and delighting your readers. Here’s to another 10 years!

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  3. I don’t think I’ve been reading your wonderful blog for 10 years, but it’s close to that long! Many congratulations on keeping going, and delighting your readers. Here’s to another 10 years!

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  4. I don’t think I’ve been reading your wonderful blog for 10 years, but it’s close to that long! Many congratulations on keeping going, and delighting your readers. Here’s to another 10 years!

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  5. I don’t think I’ve been reading your wonderful blog for 10 years, but it’s close to that long! Many congratulations on keeping going, and delighting your readers. Here’s to another 10 years!

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  6. Oh, what a great week this is going to be. I’m fairly new to your website, but I love it. So many informative posts!
    I have several of Candice Hern’s books on my kindle. I too, love her website – especially the Regency World section.
    Mary Balogh has been my all time favorite since I picked up one of her book from the library shortly after I retired. It was love at first read.
    I’m not as familiar with Carola Dunn, but look forward to getting to know her better. When I finish here, I’m going to Amazon to check out one of her mysteries.

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  7. Oh, what a great week this is going to be. I’m fairly new to your website, but I love it. So many informative posts!
    I have several of Candice Hern’s books on my kindle. I too, love her website – especially the Regency World section.
    Mary Balogh has been my all time favorite since I picked up one of her book from the library shortly after I retired. It was love at first read.
    I’m not as familiar with Carola Dunn, but look forward to getting to know her better. When I finish here, I’m going to Amazon to check out one of her mysteries.

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  8. Oh, what a great week this is going to be. I’m fairly new to your website, but I love it. So many informative posts!
    I have several of Candice Hern’s books on my kindle. I too, love her website – especially the Regency World section.
    Mary Balogh has been my all time favorite since I picked up one of her book from the library shortly after I retired. It was love at first read.
    I’m not as familiar with Carola Dunn, but look forward to getting to know her better. When I finish here, I’m going to Amazon to check out one of her mysteries.

    Reply
  9. Oh, what a great week this is going to be. I’m fairly new to your website, but I love it. So many informative posts!
    I have several of Candice Hern’s books on my kindle. I too, love her website – especially the Regency World section.
    Mary Balogh has been my all time favorite since I picked up one of her book from the library shortly after I retired. It was love at first read.
    I’m not as familiar with Carola Dunn, but look forward to getting to know her better. When I finish here, I’m going to Amazon to check out one of her mysteries.

    Reply
  10. Oh, what a great week this is going to be. I’m fairly new to your website, but I love it. So many informative posts!
    I have several of Candice Hern’s books on my kindle. I too, love her website – especially the Regency World section.
    Mary Balogh has been my all time favorite since I picked up one of her book from the library shortly after I retired. It was love at first read.
    I’m not as familiar with Carola Dunn, but look forward to getting to know her better. When I finish here, I’m going to Amazon to check out one of her mysteries.

    Reply
  11. Congratulations Word Wenches – what a fabulous achievement! I love reading about older heroines and heroes. Years ago when I was much younger (still at school actually) and first read Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer, I was mildly surprised that she should be attracted to such an ‘old’ man. I have no clear recollection of why he seemed so much older to me than some of Georgette’s other heroes. Certainly the fact that he had a ward added to a perception but he was not the only one. I shall have to reread it to see if he really was older or if it was just his crankiness and cynicism that made him seem so to my teenage self. Still, it is one of her books that I remember most clearly so young readers clearly can enjoy a romance between older characters. Of course, now that I am older, I am insulted by the notion that romance stops at 35. I would love to read a series in which there are younger and older heroines. If you know of one, do tell!

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  12. Congratulations Word Wenches – what a fabulous achievement! I love reading about older heroines and heroes. Years ago when I was much younger (still at school actually) and first read Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer, I was mildly surprised that she should be attracted to such an ‘old’ man. I have no clear recollection of why he seemed so much older to me than some of Georgette’s other heroes. Certainly the fact that he had a ward added to a perception but he was not the only one. I shall have to reread it to see if he really was older or if it was just his crankiness and cynicism that made him seem so to my teenage self. Still, it is one of her books that I remember most clearly so young readers clearly can enjoy a romance between older characters. Of course, now that I am older, I am insulted by the notion that romance stops at 35. I would love to read a series in which there are younger and older heroines. If you know of one, do tell!

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  13. Congratulations Word Wenches – what a fabulous achievement! I love reading about older heroines and heroes. Years ago when I was much younger (still at school actually) and first read Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer, I was mildly surprised that she should be attracted to such an ‘old’ man. I have no clear recollection of why he seemed so much older to me than some of Georgette’s other heroes. Certainly the fact that he had a ward added to a perception but he was not the only one. I shall have to reread it to see if he really was older or if it was just his crankiness and cynicism that made him seem so to my teenage self. Still, it is one of her books that I remember most clearly so young readers clearly can enjoy a romance between older characters. Of course, now that I am older, I am insulted by the notion that romance stops at 35. I would love to read a series in which there are younger and older heroines. If you know of one, do tell!

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  14. Congratulations Word Wenches – what a fabulous achievement! I love reading about older heroines and heroes. Years ago when I was much younger (still at school actually) and first read Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer, I was mildly surprised that she should be attracted to such an ‘old’ man. I have no clear recollection of why he seemed so much older to me than some of Georgette’s other heroes. Certainly the fact that he had a ward added to a perception but he was not the only one. I shall have to reread it to see if he really was older or if it was just his crankiness and cynicism that made him seem so to my teenage self. Still, it is one of her books that I remember most clearly so young readers clearly can enjoy a romance between older characters. Of course, now that I am older, I am insulted by the notion that romance stops at 35. I would love to read a series in which there are younger and older heroines. If you know of one, do tell!

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  15. Congratulations Word Wenches – what a fabulous achievement! I love reading about older heroines and heroes. Years ago when I was much younger (still at school actually) and first read Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer, I was mildly surprised that she should be attracted to such an ‘old’ man. I have no clear recollection of why he seemed so much older to me than some of Georgette’s other heroes. Certainly the fact that he had a ward added to a perception but he was not the only one. I shall have to reread it to see if he really was older or if it was just his crankiness and cynicism that made him seem so to my teenage self. Still, it is one of her books that I remember most clearly so young readers clearly can enjoy a romance between older characters. Of course, now that I am older, I am insulted by the notion that romance stops at 35. I would love to read a series in which there are younger and older heroines. If you know of one, do tell!

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  16. Juliana Gay just came out with a novella in which the hero is a septuagenarian and the heroine is of a certain age: “The Duke of Olympia Meets His Match”. And in my novel “The Passion of the Purple Plumeria” the heroine is 45 and the hero 54. : )

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  17. Juliana Gay just came out with a novella in which the hero is a septuagenarian and the heroine is of a certain age: “The Duke of Olympia Meets His Match”. And in my novel “The Passion of the Purple Plumeria” the heroine is 45 and the hero 54. : )

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  18. Juliana Gay just came out with a novella in which the hero is a septuagenarian and the heroine is of a certain age: “The Duke of Olympia Meets His Match”. And in my novel “The Passion of the Purple Plumeria” the heroine is 45 and the hero 54. : )

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  19. Juliana Gay just came out with a novella in which the hero is a septuagenarian and the heroine is of a certain age: “The Duke of Olympia Meets His Match”. And in my novel “The Passion of the Purple Plumeria” the heroine is 45 and the hero 54. : )

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  20. Juliana Gay just came out with a novella in which the hero is a septuagenarian and the heroine is of a certain age: “The Duke of Olympia Meets His Match”. And in my novel “The Passion of the Purple Plumeria” the heroine is 45 and the hero 54. : )

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  21. I had absolutely no idea that your blog has been going this long. That is truly amazing dedication. I very happy for you and proud of you too. Congratulations!
    Yes, I love nothing more than reading and reviewing books. I look forward to celebrating with you this week.

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  22. I had absolutely no idea that your blog has been going this long. That is truly amazing dedication. I very happy for you and proud of you too. Congratulations!
    Yes, I love nothing more than reading and reviewing books. I look forward to celebrating with you this week.

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  23. I had absolutely no idea that your blog has been going this long. That is truly amazing dedication. I very happy for you and proud of you too. Congratulations!
    Yes, I love nothing more than reading and reviewing books. I look forward to celebrating with you this week.

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  24. I had absolutely no idea that your blog has been going this long. That is truly amazing dedication. I very happy for you and proud of you too. Congratulations!
    Yes, I love nothing more than reading and reviewing books. I look forward to celebrating with you this week.

    Reply
  25. I had absolutely no idea that your blog has been going this long. That is truly amazing dedication. I very happy for you and proud of you too. Congratulations!
    Yes, I love nothing more than reading and reviewing books. I look forward to celebrating with you this week.

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  26. Laura Boon. occasionally one runs into a book with two romances, one with more mature characters–Susan Elizabeth Phillips does that with some regularity. But I can’t really think of a series where that’s a feature. Like you, I’d enjoy that. (For what it’s worth, LADY OF QUALITY is not one of my favorite Heyers–to me, it seems like a tired retread of one of her earlier books.)

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  27. Laura Boon. occasionally one runs into a book with two romances, one with more mature characters–Susan Elizabeth Phillips does that with some regularity. But I can’t really think of a series where that’s a feature. Like you, I’d enjoy that. (For what it’s worth, LADY OF QUALITY is not one of my favorite Heyers–to me, it seems like a tired retread of one of her earlier books.)

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  28. Laura Boon. occasionally one runs into a book with two romances, one with more mature characters–Susan Elizabeth Phillips does that with some regularity. But I can’t really think of a series where that’s a feature. Like you, I’d enjoy that. (For what it’s worth, LADY OF QUALITY is not one of my favorite Heyers–to me, it seems like a tired retread of one of her earlier books.)

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  29. Laura Boon. occasionally one runs into a book with two romances, one with more mature characters–Susan Elizabeth Phillips does that with some regularity. But I can’t really think of a series where that’s a feature. Like you, I’d enjoy that. (For what it’s worth, LADY OF QUALITY is not one of my favorite Heyers–to me, it seems like a tired retread of one of her earlier books.)

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  30. Laura Boon. occasionally one runs into a book with two romances, one with more mature characters–Susan Elizabeth Phillips does that with some regularity. But I can’t really think of a series where that’s a feature. Like you, I’d enjoy that. (For what it’s worth, LADY OF QUALITY is not one of my favorite Heyers–to me, it seems like a tired retread of one of her earlier books.)

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  31. Dear Wenches,
    I absolutely love your blog and am always so happy when I see the “Feedblitz” address in my mailbox. Your articles are fun and informative and I have found so very, very many titles to add to my ever-growing to-be-read piles. And then there are the times – like when Mary Jo last week mentioned a Victoria Holt book I remembered loving years and years ago – when your columns send me hunting around the house for long-buried volumes! You are all busy with your personal lives and your great writing, but please know that your regular contributions spread joy around the world. Here’s to far more than 10 more years!

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  32. Dear Wenches,
    I absolutely love your blog and am always so happy when I see the “Feedblitz” address in my mailbox. Your articles are fun and informative and I have found so very, very many titles to add to my ever-growing to-be-read piles. And then there are the times – like when Mary Jo last week mentioned a Victoria Holt book I remembered loving years and years ago – when your columns send me hunting around the house for long-buried volumes! You are all busy with your personal lives and your great writing, but please know that your regular contributions spread joy around the world. Here’s to far more than 10 more years!

    Reply
  33. Dear Wenches,
    I absolutely love your blog and am always so happy when I see the “Feedblitz” address in my mailbox. Your articles are fun and informative and I have found so very, very many titles to add to my ever-growing to-be-read piles. And then there are the times – like when Mary Jo last week mentioned a Victoria Holt book I remembered loving years and years ago – when your columns send me hunting around the house for long-buried volumes! You are all busy with your personal lives and your great writing, but please know that your regular contributions spread joy around the world. Here’s to far more than 10 more years!

    Reply
  34. Dear Wenches,
    I absolutely love your blog and am always so happy when I see the “Feedblitz” address in my mailbox. Your articles are fun and informative and I have found so very, very many titles to add to my ever-growing to-be-read piles. And then there are the times – like when Mary Jo last week mentioned a Victoria Holt book I remembered loving years and years ago – when your columns send me hunting around the house for long-buried volumes! You are all busy with your personal lives and your great writing, but please know that your regular contributions spread joy around the world. Here’s to far more than 10 more years!

    Reply
  35. Dear Wenches,
    I absolutely love your blog and am always so happy when I see the “Feedblitz” address in my mailbox. Your articles are fun and informative and I have found so very, very many titles to add to my ever-growing to-be-read piles. And then there are the times – like when Mary Jo last week mentioned a Victoria Holt book I remembered loving years and years ago – when your columns send me hunting around the house for long-buried volumes! You are all busy with your personal lives and your great writing, but please know that your regular contributions spread joy around the world. Here’s to far more than 10 more years!

    Reply
  36. HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY! What a wonderful accomplishment. I want to thank you for sharing the comments today. I am a huge fan of two of the authors and the third is a new one to me.
    I think that is one reason I read this blog. Every time I read, I find new things- and at times new authors. But, I also am able to find the familiar.
    My thoughts, the reason you have lasted 10 years, each of you appear to love what you do and that enthusiasm comes through to those of us who read the blog. Thank you for this blog and for the books you write and share with us.

    Reply
  37. HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY! What a wonderful accomplishment. I want to thank you for sharing the comments today. I am a huge fan of two of the authors and the third is a new one to me.
    I think that is one reason I read this blog. Every time I read, I find new things- and at times new authors. But, I also am able to find the familiar.
    My thoughts, the reason you have lasted 10 years, each of you appear to love what you do and that enthusiasm comes through to those of us who read the blog. Thank you for this blog and for the books you write and share with us.

    Reply
  38. HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY! What a wonderful accomplishment. I want to thank you for sharing the comments today. I am a huge fan of two of the authors and the third is a new one to me.
    I think that is one reason I read this blog. Every time I read, I find new things- and at times new authors. But, I also am able to find the familiar.
    My thoughts, the reason you have lasted 10 years, each of you appear to love what you do and that enthusiasm comes through to those of us who read the blog. Thank you for this blog and for the books you write and share with us.

    Reply
  39. HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY! What a wonderful accomplishment. I want to thank you for sharing the comments today. I am a huge fan of two of the authors and the third is a new one to me.
    I think that is one reason I read this blog. Every time I read, I find new things- and at times new authors. But, I also am able to find the familiar.
    My thoughts, the reason you have lasted 10 years, each of you appear to love what you do and that enthusiasm comes through to those of us who read the blog. Thank you for this blog and for the books you write and share with us.

    Reply
  40. HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY! What a wonderful accomplishment. I want to thank you for sharing the comments today. I am a huge fan of two of the authors and the third is a new one to me.
    I think that is one reason I read this blog. Every time I read, I find new things- and at times new authors. But, I also am able to find the familiar.
    My thoughts, the reason you have lasted 10 years, each of you appear to love what you do and that enthusiasm comes through to those of us who read the blog. Thank you for this blog and for the books you write and share with us.

    Reply
  41. I’ve been reading the blog only for a few months or so (maybe a year? I’m not sure…), but I enjoy the interesting info posted about Regency life, etc. I’m a big fan of several of the “wenches”, and have enjoyed books by all three of today’s guests. I thought The Last Chance Christmas Ball was one of the better anthologies of linked stories that have been published. And being of a certain age myself, I definitely do appreciate more mature characters.

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  42. I’ve been reading the blog only for a few months or so (maybe a year? I’m not sure…), but I enjoy the interesting info posted about Regency life, etc. I’m a big fan of several of the “wenches”, and have enjoyed books by all three of today’s guests. I thought The Last Chance Christmas Ball was one of the better anthologies of linked stories that have been published. And being of a certain age myself, I definitely do appreciate more mature characters.

    Reply
  43. I’ve been reading the blog only for a few months or so (maybe a year? I’m not sure…), but I enjoy the interesting info posted about Regency life, etc. I’m a big fan of several of the “wenches”, and have enjoyed books by all three of today’s guests. I thought The Last Chance Christmas Ball was one of the better anthologies of linked stories that have been published. And being of a certain age myself, I definitely do appreciate more mature characters.

    Reply
  44. I’ve been reading the blog only for a few months or so (maybe a year? I’m not sure…), but I enjoy the interesting info posted about Regency life, etc. I’m a big fan of several of the “wenches”, and have enjoyed books by all three of today’s guests. I thought The Last Chance Christmas Ball was one of the better anthologies of linked stories that have been published. And being of a certain age myself, I definitely do appreciate more mature characters.

    Reply
  45. I’ve been reading the blog only for a few months or so (maybe a year? I’m not sure…), but I enjoy the interesting info posted about Regency life, etc. I’m a big fan of several of the “wenches”, and have enjoyed books by all three of today’s guests. I thought The Last Chance Christmas Ball was one of the better anthologies of linked stories that have been published. And being of a certain age myself, I definitely do appreciate more mature characters.

    Reply
  46. Congratulations on 10 years! I enjoy the blog and the authors who are all apart of it!
    Mary Balogh and Carola Dunn have the right of it. The older I get, the more I enjoy characters closer to my age. In contemporary romances, especially, I find it harder and harder to relate to the really young characters. (Historical characters are a bit different because the women “all” got married so young.)

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  47. Congratulations on 10 years! I enjoy the blog and the authors who are all apart of it!
    Mary Balogh and Carola Dunn have the right of it. The older I get, the more I enjoy characters closer to my age. In contemporary romances, especially, I find it harder and harder to relate to the really young characters. (Historical characters are a bit different because the women “all” got married so young.)

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  48. Congratulations on 10 years! I enjoy the blog and the authors who are all apart of it!
    Mary Balogh and Carola Dunn have the right of it. The older I get, the more I enjoy characters closer to my age. In contemporary romances, especially, I find it harder and harder to relate to the really young characters. (Historical characters are a bit different because the women “all” got married so young.)

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  49. Congratulations on 10 years! I enjoy the blog and the authors who are all apart of it!
    Mary Balogh and Carola Dunn have the right of it. The older I get, the more I enjoy characters closer to my age. In contemporary romances, especially, I find it harder and harder to relate to the really young characters. (Historical characters are a bit different because the women “all” got married so young.)

    Reply
  50. Congratulations on 10 years! I enjoy the blog and the authors who are all apart of it!
    Mary Balogh and Carola Dunn have the right of it. The older I get, the more I enjoy characters closer to my age. In contemporary romances, especially, I find it harder and harder to relate to the really young characters. (Historical characters are a bit different because the women “all” got married so young.)

    Reply
  51. Happy 10th Anniversary, Word Wenches! When I became a Word Wench regular early in your first year, this was one of several romance author group blogs I visited almost daily. You are the only survivors. That feat certainly merits celebration.
    The fact that all three guests today–and the two announced for tomorrow–are well represented on my keeper shelves is just one reason that I continue to read your posts. The primary reason is that I know whether the daily post is by a visitor or one of the Wenches, I will be informed and delighted. I hope to enjoy another decade with you. (And I too still miss Edith Layton and still praise her books at every opportunity.)

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  52. Happy 10th Anniversary, Word Wenches! When I became a Word Wench regular early in your first year, this was one of several romance author group blogs I visited almost daily. You are the only survivors. That feat certainly merits celebration.
    The fact that all three guests today–and the two announced for tomorrow–are well represented on my keeper shelves is just one reason that I continue to read your posts. The primary reason is that I know whether the daily post is by a visitor or one of the Wenches, I will be informed and delighted. I hope to enjoy another decade with you. (And I too still miss Edith Layton and still praise her books at every opportunity.)

    Reply
  53. Happy 10th Anniversary, Word Wenches! When I became a Word Wench regular early in your first year, this was one of several romance author group blogs I visited almost daily. You are the only survivors. That feat certainly merits celebration.
    The fact that all three guests today–and the two announced for tomorrow–are well represented on my keeper shelves is just one reason that I continue to read your posts. The primary reason is that I know whether the daily post is by a visitor or one of the Wenches, I will be informed and delighted. I hope to enjoy another decade with you. (And I too still miss Edith Layton and still praise her books at every opportunity.)

    Reply
  54. Happy 10th Anniversary, Word Wenches! When I became a Word Wench regular early in your first year, this was one of several romance author group blogs I visited almost daily. You are the only survivors. That feat certainly merits celebration.
    The fact that all three guests today–and the two announced for tomorrow–are well represented on my keeper shelves is just one reason that I continue to read your posts. The primary reason is that I know whether the daily post is by a visitor or one of the Wenches, I will be informed and delighted. I hope to enjoy another decade with you. (And I too still miss Edith Layton and still praise her books at every opportunity.)

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  55. Happy 10th Anniversary, Word Wenches! When I became a Word Wench regular early in your first year, this was one of several romance author group blogs I visited almost daily. You are the only survivors. That feat certainly merits celebration.
    The fact that all three guests today–and the two announced for tomorrow–are well represented on my keeper shelves is just one reason that I continue to read your posts. The primary reason is that I know whether the daily post is by a visitor or one of the Wenches, I will be informed and delighted. I hope to enjoy another decade with you. (And I too still miss Edith Layton and still praise her books at every opportunity.)

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  56. Your blog is filled with extraordinary information, novels, and provides me with pleasure and entertainment. Congrats and many more wonderful years.

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  57. Your blog is filled with extraordinary information, novels, and provides me with pleasure and entertainment. Congrats and many more wonderful years.

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  58. Your blog is filled with extraordinary information, novels, and provides me with pleasure and entertainment. Congrats and many more wonderful years.

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  59. Your blog is filled with extraordinary information, novels, and provides me with pleasure and entertainment. Congrats and many more wonderful years.

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  60. Your blog is filled with extraordinary information, novels, and provides me with pleasure and entertainment. Congrats and many more wonderful years.

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  61. I’ve found the Wenches blog informative, interesting, and at times dangerous to both my pocketbook and my waistline. The Nigella Lawson Guinness cake recipe Nigella referenced here is a favorite and impossible to resist, as are so many of the books and authors mentioned. Some authors, like Candice Hern and Mary Balogh, were already favorites and well-represented on my bookshelves. Others, such as Imogen Robertson (her books are mysteries, not romance, but irresistible nonetheless) were new discoveries mentioned in your “what I’m reading” columns but are now on my autobuy list. Despite the extra pounds and slimmer wallet, I want to thank you all. And, like Candice, I miss Edith Layton. Whenever I hear her son, Adam Felber, on the radio or read one of his pieces I think of her fondly.

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  62. I’ve found the Wenches blog informative, interesting, and at times dangerous to both my pocketbook and my waistline. The Nigella Lawson Guinness cake recipe Nigella referenced here is a favorite and impossible to resist, as are so many of the books and authors mentioned. Some authors, like Candice Hern and Mary Balogh, were already favorites and well-represented on my bookshelves. Others, such as Imogen Robertson (her books are mysteries, not romance, but irresistible nonetheless) were new discoveries mentioned in your “what I’m reading” columns but are now on my autobuy list. Despite the extra pounds and slimmer wallet, I want to thank you all. And, like Candice, I miss Edith Layton. Whenever I hear her son, Adam Felber, on the radio or read one of his pieces I think of her fondly.

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  63. I’ve found the Wenches blog informative, interesting, and at times dangerous to both my pocketbook and my waistline. The Nigella Lawson Guinness cake recipe Nigella referenced here is a favorite and impossible to resist, as are so many of the books and authors mentioned. Some authors, like Candice Hern and Mary Balogh, were already favorites and well-represented on my bookshelves. Others, such as Imogen Robertson (her books are mysteries, not romance, but irresistible nonetheless) were new discoveries mentioned in your “what I’m reading” columns but are now on my autobuy list. Despite the extra pounds and slimmer wallet, I want to thank you all. And, like Candice, I miss Edith Layton. Whenever I hear her son, Adam Felber, on the radio or read one of his pieces I think of her fondly.

    Reply
  64. I’ve found the Wenches blog informative, interesting, and at times dangerous to both my pocketbook and my waistline. The Nigella Lawson Guinness cake recipe Nigella referenced here is a favorite and impossible to resist, as are so many of the books and authors mentioned. Some authors, like Candice Hern and Mary Balogh, were already favorites and well-represented on my bookshelves. Others, such as Imogen Robertson (her books are mysteries, not romance, but irresistible nonetheless) were new discoveries mentioned in your “what I’m reading” columns but are now on my autobuy list. Despite the extra pounds and slimmer wallet, I want to thank you all. And, like Candice, I miss Edith Layton. Whenever I hear her son, Adam Felber, on the radio or read one of his pieces I think of her fondly.

    Reply
  65. I’ve found the Wenches blog informative, interesting, and at times dangerous to both my pocketbook and my waistline. The Nigella Lawson Guinness cake recipe Nigella referenced here is a favorite and impossible to resist, as are so many of the books and authors mentioned. Some authors, like Candice Hern and Mary Balogh, were already favorites and well-represented on my bookshelves. Others, such as Imogen Robertson (her books are mysteries, not romance, but irresistible nonetheless) were new discoveries mentioned in your “what I’m reading” columns but are now on my autobuy list. Despite the extra pounds and slimmer wallet, I want to thank you all. And, like Candice, I miss Edith Layton. Whenever I hear her son, Adam Felber, on the radio or read one of his pieces I think of her fondly.

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  66. I really enjoy all of the authors that write the blog. All have well written, clear plot lines, and fully developed characters. Books take me to other times and places and always have. I have learned so much history and sense of place by reading your books. Thank you!

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  67. I really enjoy all of the authors that write the blog. All have well written, clear plot lines, and fully developed characters. Books take me to other times and places and always have. I have learned so much history and sense of place by reading your books. Thank you!

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  68. I really enjoy all of the authors that write the blog. All have well written, clear plot lines, and fully developed characters. Books take me to other times and places and always have. I have learned so much history and sense of place by reading your books. Thank you!

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  69. I really enjoy all of the authors that write the blog. All have well written, clear plot lines, and fully developed characters. Books take me to other times and places and always have. I have learned so much history and sense of place by reading your books. Thank you!

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  70. I really enjoy all of the authors that write the blog. All have well written, clear plot lines, and fully developed characters. Books take me to other times and places and always have. I have learned so much history and sense of place by reading your books. Thank you!

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  71. Thank you Mary Jo for getting me started here last year! Can’t believe it’s been a year already! It’s been wonderful reading this blog and getting to virtual-chat with all these fabulous writers! I’ve loved the stories and the quirky personalities! Here’s to another 10 years!!

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  72. Thank you Mary Jo for getting me started here last year! Can’t believe it’s been a year already! It’s been wonderful reading this blog and getting to virtual-chat with all these fabulous writers! I’ve loved the stories and the quirky personalities! Here’s to another 10 years!!

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  73. Thank you Mary Jo for getting me started here last year! Can’t believe it’s been a year already! It’s been wonderful reading this blog and getting to virtual-chat with all these fabulous writers! I’ve loved the stories and the quirky personalities! Here’s to another 10 years!!

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  74. Thank you Mary Jo for getting me started here last year! Can’t believe it’s been a year already! It’s been wonderful reading this blog and getting to virtual-chat with all these fabulous writers! I’ve loved the stories and the quirky personalities! Here’s to another 10 years!!

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  75. Thank you Mary Jo for getting me started here last year! Can’t believe it’s been a year already! It’s been wonderful reading this blog and getting to virtual-chat with all these fabulous writers! I’ve loved the stories and the quirky personalities! Here’s to another 10 years!!

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  76. Congratulations on your great achievement. I think I’ve only been aware of your site for a year or so but I visit it every day. Love all the information and the great book recommendations you do. My TBR pile had gotten out of hand since I subscribed to this site lol!
    I have lots of Candice Hern’s books. I’ve always loved them.
    I would very much like to see stories about older couples. I’m a big Jane Austen fan and Persuasion is my favourite of her books. I liked that Anne and Frederick were that bit older than the H&h in her other books. So bring it on!!!

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  77. Congratulations on your great achievement. I think I’ve only been aware of your site for a year or so but I visit it every day. Love all the information and the great book recommendations you do. My TBR pile had gotten out of hand since I subscribed to this site lol!
    I have lots of Candice Hern’s books. I’ve always loved them.
    I would very much like to see stories about older couples. I’m a big Jane Austen fan and Persuasion is my favourite of her books. I liked that Anne and Frederick were that bit older than the H&h in her other books. So bring it on!!!

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  78. Congratulations on your great achievement. I think I’ve only been aware of your site for a year or so but I visit it every day. Love all the information and the great book recommendations you do. My TBR pile had gotten out of hand since I subscribed to this site lol!
    I have lots of Candice Hern’s books. I’ve always loved them.
    I would very much like to see stories about older couples. I’m a big Jane Austen fan and Persuasion is my favourite of her books. I liked that Anne and Frederick were that bit older than the H&h in her other books. So bring it on!!!

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  79. Congratulations on your great achievement. I think I’ve only been aware of your site for a year or so but I visit it every day. Love all the information and the great book recommendations you do. My TBR pile had gotten out of hand since I subscribed to this site lol!
    I have lots of Candice Hern’s books. I’ve always loved them.
    I would very much like to see stories about older couples. I’m a big Jane Austen fan and Persuasion is my favourite of her books. I liked that Anne and Frederick were that bit older than the H&h in her other books. So bring it on!!!

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  80. Congratulations on your great achievement. I think I’ve only been aware of your site for a year or so but I visit it every day. Love all the information and the great book recommendations you do. My TBR pile had gotten out of hand since I subscribed to this site lol!
    I have lots of Candice Hern’s books. I’ve always loved them.
    I would very much like to see stories about older couples. I’m a big Jane Austen fan and Persuasion is my favourite of her books. I liked that Anne and Frederick were that bit older than the H&h in her other books. So bring it on!!!

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  81. First off, thank you to whoever fixed the comment section so we’re now able to comment. I remember reading Candace Hern books along with Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh. I especially liked the fact that I could scan the shelves in the romance section and find “my type of books” by the symbol on the spine, both Signet and Zebra made it very, very easy to find their books. I’ve never read a Carola Dunn book because to me if it’s set in the 1900’s it’s not historical. I know that’s rather picky but it’s just me. I loved Mary Balogh’s Only Beloved and it’s on my keeper shelf alongside her other books and those of my other go to authors, especially Mary Jo Putney and Grace Burrowes.

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  82. First off, thank you to whoever fixed the comment section so we’re now able to comment. I remember reading Candace Hern books along with Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh. I especially liked the fact that I could scan the shelves in the romance section and find “my type of books” by the symbol on the spine, both Signet and Zebra made it very, very easy to find their books. I’ve never read a Carola Dunn book because to me if it’s set in the 1900’s it’s not historical. I know that’s rather picky but it’s just me. I loved Mary Balogh’s Only Beloved and it’s on my keeper shelf alongside her other books and those of my other go to authors, especially Mary Jo Putney and Grace Burrowes.

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  83. First off, thank you to whoever fixed the comment section so we’re now able to comment. I remember reading Candace Hern books along with Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh. I especially liked the fact that I could scan the shelves in the romance section and find “my type of books” by the symbol on the spine, both Signet and Zebra made it very, very easy to find their books. I’ve never read a Carola Dunn book because to me if it’s set in the 1900’s it’s not historical. I know that’s rather picky but it’s just me. I loved Mary Balogh’s Only Beloved and it’s on my keeper shelf alongside her other books and those of my other go to authors, especially Mary Jo Putney and Grace Burrowes.

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  84. First off, thank you to whoever fixed the comment section so we’re now able to comment. I remember reading Candace Hern books along with Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh. I especially liked the fact that I could scan the shelves in the romance section and find “my type of books” by the symbol on the spine, both Signet and Zebra made it very, very easy to find their books. I’ve never read a Carola Dunn book because to me if it’s set in the 1900’s it’s not historical. I know that’s rather picky but it’s just me. I loved Mary Balogh’s Only Beloved and it’s on my keeper shelf alongside her other books and those of my other go to authors, especially Mary Jo Putney and Grace Burrowes.

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  85. First off, thank you to whoever fixed the comment section so we’re now able to comment. I remember reading Candace Hern books along with Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh. I especially liked the fact that I could scan the shelves in the romance section and find “my type of books” by the symbol on the spine, both Signet and Zebra made it very, very easy to find their books. I’ve never read a Carola Dunn book because to me if it’s set in the 1900’s it’s not historical. I know that’s rather picky but it’s just me. I loved Mary Balogh’s Only Beloved and it’s on my keeper shelf alongside her other books and those of my other go to authors, especially Mary Jo Putney and Grace Burrowes.

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  86. Mary Balogh is my absolute favorite author. I loved the conclusion to her latest series, and no, I did not mind the older hero and heroine at all! I can’t wait to start the new series this fall!

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  87. Mary Balogh is my absolute favorite author. I loved the conclusion to her latest series, and no, I did not mind the older hero and heroine at all! I can’t wait to start the new series this fall!

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  88. Mary Balogh is my absolute favorite author. I loved the conclusion to her latest series, and no, I did not mind the older hero and heroine at all! I can’t wait to start the new series this fall!

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  89. Mary Balogh is my absolute favorite author. I loved the conclusion to her latest series, and no, I did not mind the older hero and heroine at all! I can’t wait to start the new series this fall!

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  90. Mary Balogh is my absolute favorite author. I loved the conclusion to her latest series, and no, I did not mind the older hero and heroine at all! I can’t wait to start the new series this fall!

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  91. I do love your blog! Follow it with my RSS feed and read almost all the posts. So thank you, and keep up the great work!
    And yes, as I get older, I am enjoying seeing older women in my romances as the heroine,for sure.

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  92. I do love your blog! Follow it with my RSS feed and read almost all the posts. So thank you, and keep up the great work!
    And yes, as I get older, I am enjoying seeing older women in my romances as the heroine,for sure.

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  93. I do love your blog! Follow it with my RSS feed and read almost all the posts. So thank you, and keep up the great work!
    And yes, as I get older, I am enjoying seeing older women in my romances as the heroine,for sure.

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  94. I do love your blog! Follow it with my RSS feed and read almost all the posts. So thank you, and keep up the great work!
    And yes, as I get older, I am enjoying seeing older women in my romances as the heroine,for sure.

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  95. I do love your blog! Follow it with my RSS feed and read almost all the posts. So thank you, and keep up the great work!
    And yes, as I get older, I am enjoying seeing older women in my romances as the heroine,for sure.

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  96. Congratulation on the anniversary. I’m not sure how long I’ve been following but it may be for the entire 10 years.
    As for older characters. The first time or two that I met one it startled me but it never displeased me. As for personal perspective — I will be 89 in September; ALL the heroes and heroines are young to me. (Even Stephanie Laurens’ grand dame supporting character, Lady Obaldstone. She’s only 70 when her age is mentioned.)

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  97. Congratulation on the anniversary. I’m not sure how long I’ve been following but it may be for the entire 10 years.
    As for older characters. The first time or two that I met one it startled me but it never displeased me. As for personal perspective — I will be 89 in September; ALL the heroes and heroines are young to me. (Even Stephanie Laurens’ grand dame supporting character, Lady Obaldstone. She’s only 70 when her age is mentioned.)

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  98. Congratulation on the anniversary. I’m not sure how long I’ve been following but it may be for the entire 10 years.
    As for older characters. The first time or two that I met one it startled me but it never displeased me. As for personal perspective — I will be 89 in September; ALL the heroes and heroines are young to me. (Even Stephanie Laurens’ grand dame supporting character, Lady Obaldstone. She’s only 70 when her age is mentioned.)

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  99. Congratulation on the anniversary. I’m not sure how long I’ve been following but it may be for the entire 10 years.
    As for older characters. The first time or two that I met one it startled me but it never displeased me. As for personal perspective — I will be 89 in September; ALL the heroes and heroines are young to me. (Even Stephanie Laurens’ grand dame supporting character, Lady Obaldstone. She’s only 70 when her age is mentioned.)

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  100. Congratulation on the anniversary. I’m not sure how long I’ve been following but it may be for the entire 10 years.
    As for older characters. The first time or two that I met one it startled me but it never displeased me. As for personal perspective — I will be 89 in September; ALL the heroes and heroines are young to me. (Even Stephanie Laurens’ grand dame supporting character, Lady Obaldstone. She’s only 70 when her age is mentioned.)

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  101. I haven’t been reading your blog from the beginning because I was just discovering romance at that point and didn’t know about blogs. But as soon as I discovered it I became a faithful follower. You’re just all so Interesting!

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  102. I haven’t been reading your blog from the beginning because I was just discovering romance at that point and didn’t know about blogs. But as soon as I discovered it I became a faithful follower. You’re just all so Interesting!

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  103. I haven’t been reading your blog from the beginning because I was just discovering romance at that point and didn’t know about blogs. But as soon as I discovered it I became a faithful follower. You’re just all so Interesting!

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  104. I haven’t been reading your blog from the beginning because I was just discovering romance at that point and didn’t know about blogs. But as soon as I discovered it I became a faithful follower. You’re just all so Interesting!

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  105. I haven’t been reading your blog from the beginning because I was just discovering romance at that point and didn’t know about blogs. But as soon as I discovered it I became a faithful follower. You’re just all so Interesting!

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  106. I am relatively new to your blog, but have been reading Regency romances since my early teens, when I discovered the works of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer in my school library. Pride and Prejudice was the first work by Jane Austen that I read and Frederica was the first work by Georgette Heyer. They were fortunate choices for both authors. I did not look for works by any more recent authors for many years. I read your first Christmas Anthology, as I like the Napoleonic War spy stories by Joanne Bourne. I have now read many works by Mary Balogh and Mary Jo Putney, but have yet to read anything by a couple of your other authors, such as Carol Dunn. As you all seem to do a great deal of historical research, I expect to look for books by them as well.

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  107. I am relatively new to your blog, but have been reading Regency romances since my early teens, when I discovered the works of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer in my school library. Pride and Prejudice was the first work by Jane Austen that I read and Frederica was the first work by Georgette Heyer. They were fortunate choices for both authors. I did not look for works by any more recent authors for many years. I read your first Christmas Anthology, as I like the Napoleonic War spy stories by Joanne Bourne. I have now read many works by Mary Balogh and Mary Jo Putney, but have yet to read anything by a couple of your other authors, such as Carol Dunn. As you all seem to do a great deal of historical research, I expect to look for books by them as well.

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  108. I am relatively new to your blog, but have been reading Regency romances since my early teens, when I discovered the works of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer in my school library. Pride and Prejudice was the first work by Jane Austen that I read and Frederica was the first work by Georgette Heyer. They were fortunate choices for both authors. I did not look for works by any more recent authors for many years. I read your first Christmas Anthology, as I like the Napoleonic War spy stories by Joanne Bourne. I have now read many works by Mary Balogh and Mary Jo Putney, but have yet to read anything by a couple of your other authors, such as Carol Dunn. As you all seem to do a great deal of historical research, I expect to look for books by them as well.

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  109. I am relatively new to your blog, but have been reading Regency romances since my early teens, when I discovered the works of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer in my school library. Pride and Prejudice was the first work by Jane Austen that I read and Frederica was the first work by Georgette Heyer. They were fortunate choices for both authors. I did not look for works by any more recent authors for many years. I read your first Christmas Anthology, as I like the Napoleonic War spy stories by Joanne Bourne. I have now read many works by Mary Balogh and Mary Jo Putney, but have yet to read anything by a couple of your other authors, such as Carol Dunn. As you all seem to do a great deal of historical research, I expect to look for books by them as well.

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  110. I am relatively new to your blog, but have been reading Regency romances since my early teens, when I discovered the works of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer in my school library. Pride and Prejudice was the first work by Jane Austen that I read and Frederica was the first work by Georgette Heyer. They were fortunate choices for both authors. I did not look for works by any more recent authors for many years. I read your first Christmas Anthology, as I like the Napoleonic War spy stories by Joanne Bourne. I have now read many works by Mary Balogh and Mary Jo Putney, but have yet to read anything by a couple of your other authors, such as Carol Dunn. As you all seem to do a great deal of historical research, I expect to look for books by them as well.

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  111. Not a series, but my novella The Dower House has mother and daughter heroines (the former being the one I mentioned who’s 42!). Originally published in a Zebra anthology, it’s now available in an e-collection titled A Second Spring, because all three stories have older heroines. I couldn’t think of a title for the e-anthology so I held a contest among readers. Wouldn’t you know it–the winner was in New Zealand and the only book of mine she didn’t already have was available only in hardcover. Expensive postage!!

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  112. Not a series, but my novella The Dower House has mother and daughter heroines (the former being the one I mentioned who’s 42!). Originally published in a Zebra anthology, it’s now available in an e-collection titled A Second Spring, because all three stories have older heroines. I couldn’t think of a title for the e-anthology so I held a contest among readers. Wouldn’t you know it–the winner was in New Zealand and the only book of mine she didn’t already have was available only in hardcover. Expensive postage!!

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  113. Not a series, but my novella The Dower House has mother and daughter heroines (the former being the one I mentioned who’s 42!). Originally published in a Zebra anthology, it’s now available in an e-collection titled A Second Spring, because all three stories have older heroines. I couldn’t think of a title for the e-anthology so I held a contest among readers. Wouldn’t you know it–the winner was in New Zealand and the only book of mine she didn’t already have was available only in hardcover. Expensive postage!!

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  114. Not a series, but my novella The Dower House has mother and daughter heroines (the former being the one I mentioned who’s 42!). Originally published in a Zebra anthology, it’s now available in an e-collection titled A Second Spring, because all three stories have older heroines. I couldn’t think of a title for the e-anthology so I held a contest among readers. Wouldn’t you know it–the winner was in New Zealand and the only book of mine she didn’t already have was available only in hardcover. Expensive postage!!

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  115. Not a series, but my novella The Dower House has mother and daughter heroines (the former being the one I mentioned who’s 42!). Originally published in a Zebra anthology, it’s now available in an e-collection titled A Second Spring, because all three stories have older heroines. I couldn’t think of a title for the e-anthology so I held a contest among readers. Wouldn’t you know it–the winner was in New Zealand and the only book of mine she didn’t already have was available only in hardcover. Expensive postage!!

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  116. Molly, my longer mystery series is 1920s (and believe me, it takes as much research as any period) but I wrote 32 Regencies, as well as a bunch of Regency novellas. They–naturally–are set in the early 1800s.

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  117. Molly, my longer mystery series is 1920s (and believe me, it takes as much research as any period) but I wrote 32 Regencies, as well as a bunch of Regency novellas. They–naturally–are set in the early 1800s.

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  118. Molly, my longer mystery series is 1920s (and believe me, it takes as much research as any period) but I wrote 32 Regencies, as well as a bunch of Regency novellas. They–naturally–are set in the early 1800s.

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  119. Molly, my longer mystery series is 1920s (and believe me, it takes as much research as any period) but I wrote 32 Regencies, as well as a bunch of Regency novellas. They–naturally–are set in the early 1800s.

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  120. Molly, my longer mystery series is 1920s (and believe me, it takes as much research as any period) but I wrote 32 Regencies, as well as a bunch of Regency novellas. They–naturally–are set in the early 1800s.

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  121. I cannot believe that the Word Wenches blog is ten years old! I’ve been following it since the very beginning. Like you, I miss Edith Layton; but I am glad to see three of my favorite authors as guest posters today. Looking forward to many more interesting posts in the days, months, and years to come!

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  122. I cannot believe that the Word Wenches blog is ten years old! I’ve been following it since the very beginning. Like you, I miss Edith Layton; but I am glad to see three of my favorite authors as guest posters today. Looking forward to many more interesting posts in the days, months, and years to come!

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  123. I cannot believe that the Word Wenches blog is ten years old! I’ve been following it since the very beginning. Like you, I miss Edith Layton; but I am glad to see three of my favorite authors as guest posters today. Looking forward to many more interesting posts in the days, months, and years to come!

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  124. I cannot believe that the Word Wenches blog is ten years old! I’ve been following it since the very beginning. Like you, I miss Edith Layton; but I am glad to see three of my favorite authors as guest posters today. Looking forward to many more interesting posts in the days, months, and years to come!

    Reply
  125. I cannot believe that the Word Wenches blog is ten years old! I’ve been following it since the very beginning. Like you, I miss Edith Layton; but I am glad to see three of my favorite authors as guest posters today. Looking forward to many more interesting posts in the days, months, and years to come!

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  126. Well, this has been fun. I have not read any of Carola Dunn’s mysteries, but I bought MANNA FROM HADES last night and am enjoying it enormously. I am delirious with joy over all the reading ahead of me–other books in this series and all the Daisy Dalrymple books. I LOVE discovering new series.

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  127. Well, this has been fun. I have not read any of Carola Dunn’s mysteries, but I bought MANNA FROM HADES last night and am enjoying it enormously. I am delirious with joy over all the reading ahead of me–other books in this series and all the Daisy Dalrymple books. I LOVE discovering new series.

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  128. Well, this has been fun. I have not read any of Carola Dunn’s mysteries, but I bought MANNA FROM HADES last night and am enjoying it enormously. I am delirious with joy over all the reading ahead of me–other books in this series and all the Daisy Dalrymple books. I LOVE discovering new series.

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  129. Well, this has been fun. I have not read any of Carola Dunn’s mysteries, but I bought MANNA FROM HADES last night and am enjoying it enormously. I am delirious with joy over all the reading ahead of me–other books in this series and all the Daisy Dalrymple books. I LOVE discovering new series.

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  130. Well, this has been fun. I have not read any of Carola Dunn’s mysteries, but I bought MANNA FROM HADES last night and am enjoying it enormously. I am delirious with joy over all the reading ahead of me–other books in this series and all the Daisy Dalrymple books. I LOVE discovering new series.

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  131. I don’t know where I would be if not for great books.
    I have always loved historial romance and Europe
    during these times. Thank you so much for let me read
    your wonderful stories.
    Cheers,
    Tina

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  132. I don’t know where I would be if not for great books.
    I have always loved historial romance and Europe
    during these times. Thank you so much for let me read
    your wonderful stories.
    Cheers,
    Tina

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  133. I don’t know where I would be if not for great books.
    I have always loved historial romance and Europe
    during these times. Thank you so much for let me read
    your wonderful stories.
    Cheers,
    Tina

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  134. I don’t know where I would be if not for great books.
    I have always loved historial romance and Europe
    during these times. Thank you so much for let me read
    your wonderful stories.
    Cheers,
    Tina

    Reply
  135. I don’t know where I would be if not for great books.
    I have always loved historial romance and Europe
    during these times. Thank you so much for let me read
    your wonderful stories.
    Cheers,
    Tina

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  136. Congrats. I am so happy we do have great books. I love historical romance, history and young adult sometimes.

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  137. Congrats. I am so happy we do have great books. I love historical romance, history and young adult sometimes.

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  138. Congrats. I am so happy we do have great books. I love historical romance, history and young adult sometimes.

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  139. Congrats. I am so happy we do have great books. I love historical romance, history and young adult sometimes.

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  140. Congrats. I am so happy we do have great books. I love historical romance, history and young adult sometimes.

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  141. wow 10 yrs! that’s amazing, congrats 🙂 while I haven’t followed you that long it has been a few years and always enjoy stopping by to see what you all have to talk about. thanks for the entertainment & enlightenment 🙂

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  142. wow 10 yrs! that’s amazing, congrats 🙂 while I haven’t followed you that long it has been a few years and always enjoy stopping by to see what you all have to talk about. thanks for the entertainment & enlightenment 🙂

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  143. wow 10 yrs! that’s amazing, congrats 🙂 while I haven’t followed you that long it has been a few years and always enjoy stopping by to see what you all have to talk about. thanks for the entertainment & enlightenment 🙂

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  144. wow 10 yrs! that’s amazing, congrats 🙂 while I haven’t followed you that long it has been a few years and always enjoy stopping by to see what you all have to talk about. thanks for the entertainment & enlightenment 🙂

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  145. wow 10 yrs! that’s amazing, congrats 🙂 while I haven’t followed you that long it has been a few years and always enjoy stopping by to see what you all have to talk about. thanks for the entertainment & enlightenment 🙂

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  146. Happy 10th Anniversary Wenches! I read ‘Only Beloved’ last week – loved that series! I’ll miss the characters – so I’ll just have to read them all again while I wait for Mary’s next series to start.

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  147. Happy 10th Anniversary Wenches! I read ‘Only Beloved’ last week – loved that series! I’ll miss the characters – so I’ll just have to read them all again while I wait for Mary’s next series to start.

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  148. Happy 10th Anniversary Wenches! I read ‘Only Beloved’ last week – loved that series! I’ll miss the characters – so I’ll just have to read them all again while I wait for Mary’s next series to start.

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  149. Happy 10th Anniversary Wenches! I read ‘Only Beloved’ last week – loved that series! I’ll miss the characters – so I’ll just have to read them all again while I wait for Mary’s next series to start.

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  150. Happy 10th Anniversary Wenches! I read ‘Only Beloved’ last week – loved that series! I’ll miss the characters – so I’ll just have to read them all again while I wait for Mary’s next series to start.

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  151. Ten years! Amazing. What an accomplishment!
    On older romance protagonists: I think they’re great. I’m just about done with Only Beloved, and I think these ages really work well in a romance (and Balogh also wrote an older couple with the parents’ reunion story in A Counterfeit Betrothal). And Noelle Adams has a contemporary romance out where the protagonists are in their 70s and are in assisted living!

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  152. Ten years! Amazing. What an accomplishment!
    On older romance protagonists: I think they’re great. I’m just about done with Only Beloved, and I think these ages really work well in a romance (and Balogh also wrote an older couple with the parents’ reunion story in A Counterfeit Betrothal). And Noelle Adams has a contemporary romance out where the protagonists are in their 70s and are in assisted living!

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  153. Ten years! Amazing. What an accomplishment!
    On older romance protagonists: I think they’re great. I’m just about done with Only Beloved, and I think these ages really work well in a romance (and Balogh also wrote an older couple with the parents’ reunion story in A Counterfeit Betrothal). And Noelle Adams has a contemporary romance out where the protagonists are in their 70s and are in assisted living!

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  154. Ten years! Amazing. What an accomplishment!
    On older romance protagonists: I think they’re great. I’m just about done with Only Beloved, and I think these ages really work well in a romance (and Balogh also wrote an older couple with the parents’ reunion story in A Counterfeit Betrothal). And Noelle Adams has a contemporary romance out where the protagonists are in their 70s and are in assisted living!

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  155. Ten years! Amazing. What an accomplishment!
    On older romance protagonists: I think they’re great. I’m just about done with Only Beloved, and I think these ages really work well in a romance (and Balogh also wrote an older couple with the parents’ reunion story in A Counterfeit Betrothal). And Noelle Adams has a contemporary romance out where the protagonists are in their 70s and are in assisted living!

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  156. Love love love this blog. I’m so glad you have kept it up over all these years and that I found it several years back.
    Totally enjoy the guest bloggers and the what have you read this month posts. I’m always surprised at the topics that you each come up with when it is your turn to post.
    Best of luck keeping this blog going for another 10 years….

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  157. Love love love this blog. I’m so glad you have kept it up over all these years and that I found it several years back.
    Totally enjoy the guest bloggers and the what have you read this month posts. I’m always surprised at the topics that you each come up with when it is your turn to post.
    Best of luck keeping this blog going for another 10 years….

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  158. Love love love this blog. I’m so glad you have kept it up over all these years and that I found it several years back.
    Totally enjoy the guest bloggers and the what have you read this month posts. I’m always surprised at the topics that you each come up with when it is your turn to post.
    Best of luck keeping this blog going for another 10 years….

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  159. Love love love this blog. I’m so glad you have kept it up over all these years and that I found it several years back.
    Totally enjoy the guest bloggers and the what have you read this month posts. I’m always surprised at the topics that you each come up with when it is your turn to post.
    Best of luck keeping this blog going for another 10 years….

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  160. Love love love this blog. I’m so glad you have kept it up over all these years and that I found it several years back.
    Totally enjoy the guest bloggers and the what have you read this month posts. I’m always surprised at the topics that you each come up with when it is your turn to post.
    Best of luck keeping this blog going for another 10 years….

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  161. Congrats on ten years of publishing this blog. I love that in last few years romance writers have started to experiment with older heroes and heroines. After all not everyone finds their true love at 18. Also, writers are beginning to explore the impact of war, especially novels set in the Regency period. I can’t wait to see what the next ten years has in store for the Romance genre!

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  162. Congrats on ten years of publishing this blog. I love that in last few years romance writers have started to experiment with older heroes and heroines. After all not everyone finds their true love at 18. Also, writers are beginning to explore the impact of war, especially novels set in the Regency period. I can’t wait to see what the next ten years has in store for the Romance genre!

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  163. Congrats on ten years of publishing this blog. I love that in last few years romance writers have started to experiment with older heroes and heroines. After all not everyone finds their true love at 18. Also, writers are beginning to explore the impact of war, especially novels set in the Regency period. I can’t wait to see what the next ten years has in store for the Romance genre!

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  164. Congrats on ten years of publishing this blog. I love that in last few years romance writers have started to experiment with older heroes and heroines. After all not everyone finds their true love at 18. Also, writers are beginning to explore the impact of war, especially novels set in the Regency period. I can’t wait to see what the next ten years has in store for the Romance genre!

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  165. Congrats on ten years of publishing this blog. I love that in last few years romance writers have started to experiment with older heroes and heroines. After all not everyone finds their true love at 18. Also, writers are beginning to explore the impact of war, especially novels set in the Regency period. I can’t wait to see what the next ten years has in store for the Romance genre!

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  166. Congratulations on 10 years of blogging! I really appreciate the focus on couples in different age groups. Not everyone is young when then find true love.

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  167. Congratulations on 10 years of blogging! I really appreciate the focus on couples in different age groups. Not everyone is young when then find true love.

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  168. Congratulations on 10 years of blogging! I really appreciate the focus on couples in different age groups. Not everyone is young when then find true love.

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  169. Congratulations on 10 years of blogging! I really appreciate the focus on couples in different age groups. Not everyone is young when then find true love.

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  170. Congratulations on 10 years of blogging! I really appreciate the focus on couples in different age groups. Not everyone is young when then find true love.

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  171. Congratulations Word Wenches for your 10 years of blogging. I seldom follow blogs but most of the authors here I’m familiar with your books. I got my books from our local library and it’s quite mind blowing when I discovered the book world on Facebook. Congratulations again.

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  172. Congratulations Word Wenches for your 10 years of blogging. I seldom follow blogs but most of the authors here I’m familiar with your books. I got my books from our local library and it’s quite mind blowing when I discovered the book world on Facebook. Congratulations again.

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  173. Congratulations Word Wenches for your 10 years of blogging. I seldom follow blogs but most of the authors here I’m familiar with your books. I got my books from our local library and it’s quite mind blowing when I discovered the book world on Facebook. Congratulations again.

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  174. Congratulations Word Wenches for your 10 years of blogging. I seldom follow blogs but most of the authors here I’m familiar with your books. I got my books from our local library and it’s quite mind blowing when I discovered the book world on Facebook. Congratulations again.

    Reply
  175. Congratulations Word Wenches for your 10 years of blogging. I seldom follow blogs but most of the authors here I’m familiar with your books. I got my books from our local library and it’s quite mind blowing when I discovered the book world on Facebook. Congratulations again.

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  176. That was interesting that Mary reads a lot of non-romance. I mostly read mysteries and I have read quite a few books by Carola Dunn! I own some of her books that I haven’t read yet. Congrats on ten years!

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  177. That was interesting that Mary reads a lot of non-romance. I mostly read mysteries and I have read quite a few books by Carola Dunn! I own some of her books that I haven’t read yet. Congrats on ten years!

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  178. That was interesting that Mary reads a lot of non-romance. I mostly read mysteries and I have read quite a few books by Carola Dunn! I own some of her books that I haven’t read yet. Congrats on ten years!

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  179. That was interesting that Mary reads a lot of non-romance. I mostly read mysteries and I have read quite a few books by Carola Dunn! I own some of her books that I haven’t read yet. Congrats on ten years!

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  180. That was interesting that Mary reads a lot of non-romance. I mostly read mysteries and I have read quite a few books by Carola Dunn! I own some of her books that I haven’t read yet. Congrats on ten years!

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  181. Congratulations on your tenth anniversary.
    I’m a long time reader of romances having started back in the seventies. I definitely appreciate a well written romance with more mature (certainly that sounds better than ‘older’) characters.
    Long may you thrive!

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  182. Congratulations on your tenth anniversary.
    I’m a long time reader of romances having started back in the seventies. I definitely appreciate a well written romance with more mature (certainly that sounds better than ‘older’) characters.
    Long may you thrive!

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  183. Congratulations on your tenth anniversary.
    I’m a long time reader of romances having started back in the seventies. I definitely appreciate a well written romance with more mature (certainly that sounds better than ‘older’) characters.
    Long may you thrive!

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  184. Congratulations on your tenth anniversary.
    I’m a long time reader of romances having started back in the seventies. I definitely appreciate a well written romance with more mature (certainly that sounds better than ‘older’) characters.
    Long may you thrive!

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  185. Congratulations on your tenth anniversary.
    I’m a long time reader of romances having started back in the seventies. I definitely appreciate a well written romance with more mature (certainly that sounds better than ‘older’) characters.
    Long may you thrive!

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  186. I have been following all three of you since your earlier Regency days, like Signet and hardcover Walkers. I still have my collection. But I love the trend towards older characters, as there are plenty of us aging readers who’ve been reading you all along, and find perhaps we can identify better with more mature characters. Thanks for all your hard work in entertaining me for decades.

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  187. I have been following all three of you since your earlier Regency days, like Signet and hardcover Walkers. I still have my collection. But I love the trend towards older characters, as there are plenty of us aging readers who’ve been reading you all along, and find perhaps we can identify better with more mature characters. Thanks for all your hard work in entertaining me for decades.

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  188. I have been following all three of you since your earlier Regency days, like Signet and hardcover Walkers. I still have my collection. But I love the trend towards older characters, as there are plenty of us aging readers who’ve been reading you all along, and find perhaps we can identify better with more mature characters. Thanks for all your hard work in entertaining me for decades.

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  189. I have been following all three of you since your earlier Regency days, like Signet and hardcover Walkers. I still have my collection. But I love the trend towards older characters, as there are plenty of us aging readers who’ve been reading you all along, and find perhaps we can identify better with more mature characters. Thanks for all your hard work in entertaining me for decades.

    Reply
  190. I have been following all three of you since your earlier Regency days, like Signet and hardcover Walkers. I still have my collection. But I love the trend towards older characters, as there are plenty of us aging readers who’ve been reading you all along, and find perhaps we can identify better with more mature characters. Thanks for all your hard work in entertaining me for decades.

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  191. Congratulations Word Wenches for your 10 years of blogging!
    Love the special flavour of your books that keeps me reading and reading. Live long and prosper!

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  192. Congratulations Word Wenches for your 10 years of blogging!
    Love the special flavour of your books that keeps me reading and reading. Live long and prosper!

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  193. Congratulations Word Wenches for your 10 years of blogging!
    Love the special flavour of your books that keeps me reading and reading. Live long and prosper!

    Reply
  194. Congratulations Word Wenches for your 10 years of blogging!
    Love the special flavour of your books that keeps me reading and reading. Live long and prosper!

    Reply
  195. Congratulations Word Wenches for your 10 years of blogging!
    Love the special flavour of your books that keeps me reading and reading. Live long and prosper!

    Reply

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