The 2016 Historical Romance Retreat was held in Spokane, Washington this year. Authors and readers joined together at the historic Davenport Hotel. There was a movie night, high tea, Regency gambling night, author chats, a book signing, a Grand Ball, and so much more! Delilah Marvelle and Renee Bernard truly outdid themselves!

The Davenport Hotel

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High Tea in the Isabella Ballroom

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At the Historical Romance Retreat book signing. It was fun chatting with readers!

 

A special keepsake from the event. Each participating author provided a charm. Mine was the small bronze key with a crown (did you find it?) Everyone attending got a bracelet!

 

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Fun Facts about When We Dance

The inspiration for Knollwood- Aunt Lou’s country estate- was Knole. Knole at one point boasted 365 rooms, 52 staircases, 12 entrances, and 7 courtyards. The incorporation of these elements is known as a ‘calendar house’. Aunt Lou has an odd quirk of naming rooms by a color that is not in anyway present in the room, just to confuse her guests.

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Attribution: Richard Croft

 

The Bayeux Tapestry was my inspiration for the tale of the Great Oak. It is under this tree that Nigel teaches Artemisia to dance.

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Artemisia’s sister, Philippa- whose name means “lover of horses”, elopes with the son of the head stableman.

 

 

The heroine, whose nickname is Arte, was named after the Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi.

Self-portrait of Artemisia Gentileschi c. 1630

Travel is a huge part of my life.  These experiences influence and shape my thoughts and ideas.  I have included some of my favorite photos from various destinations that I have visited.  I hope you enjoy seeing them, as much as I enjoyed photographing them.