Daring and Decorum Cover Reveal

It’s here, the moment I’ve been waiting for (and you too, I hope!): I can now reveal the cover of Daring and Decorum, along with pre-order info.  Ta-da!   I love the bold way Robin looks at the viewer, don’t you? Exactly what I imagined when I wrote my highwayman. The release date is August 1, but […]

The Highwayman’s Quarry – Thieves’ Cant

“Mill the gig with a betty, then we’ll strip the ken and backslang it out of here. I’ll lumber the swag at the stalling crib and we’ll be up in the stirrups.”* One of the fun parts of writing a story set in the underworld of 18th-century London is getting to use Thieves’ Cant, or […]

The Highwayman’s Quarry – Swordplay

(One in an occasional series of posts on the background material for my novel, Daring and Decorum. See the rest of the series here.) When I decided to include a sword fight in Daring and Decorum: A Highwayman Novel (and how could I not, with Ellen Kushner’s The Privilege of the Sword as a primary influence?), I faced several problems. […]

The Highwayman’s Quarry – The Music

(One in an occasional series of posts on the background material for my novel, Daring and Decorum. See the rest of the series here.) I thought I’d post a collection of songs and other music that influenced or actually appear in Daring and Decorum: A Highwayman Novel. Most of them have to do with highwaymen, of course, but […]

The Highwayman Chapter 3

(Chapter 1 is here.)   3   Wednesday morning arrived, and Father sent me into Leighton, but a mile’s walk from the Parsonage, to call on Mrs. Burgess and renew our invitation for that evening. I was putting on my bonnet in the foyer when a knock came at the door. Banks, our housekeeper, opened […]

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