My birthday arrived, as it always does, in the middle of January, when I can’t think of anything I specifically want as a gift, because we’ve just had Christmas. But this year, I was focused. I knew what I wanted-a new leather jacket.(the cleaners did something weird to my last one)

The only problem was that I ended up taking my 3 year old and my 14 yr old to the mall with me. Between my little one running away and hiding amonsgst the coat hangers and my 14 year old with that ‘just pick one anyone right?’ face, I nearly gave up the search. But I found a soft longish leather jacket with a zipper and no buttons. it’s also insulated which will be good when I go back to England for my sister’s wedding later this year. (see previous posts for complaints about the British weather)

My mother sent me a wonderful book for my birthday called “The A-Z of Regency England” If you write Regencies like I do, you can check exactly where your characters might have lived and roughly how long it would take them to get anywhere. It’s totally fascinating if you are a research geek like me.

I also got a fascinating non-fiction book for Xmas about Georgette Heyer: “Georgette Heyer: A Critical Retrospective” by Mary Fahnestock-Thomas which is a collection of reviews and articles about the very secretive author of over fifty Regency novels. It was interesting that some of her books were reviewed in such a patronising way that I was wincing. Obvously not a lot has changed at to reviewer’s perceptions of romance!

To wind down this blog, I’m also reading: “The Inheritance of Loss” by Kiran Desai and “The Secret History of the Pink Carnation” by Lauren Willig. Both very good so far.I like to read a variety of styles and genres to keep my brain fresh.

Writing wise still waiting to hear on a lot of things. But I have started writing Gideon’s book and I’m so inspired that I’ve even done a collage for him for my writing group.(another great idea from Cheri!)