Wow, halfway through our month of giveaways already!! How did that happen? LOL. We’ve had lots of winners already (most recently Kelsey Shade Perkins and bn100!), and just as many still to come! Remember, every day I’m doing a drawing for Ring of Secrets, book 1 in the Culper Ring Series, to celebrate the release on August 1 of book 2, Whispers from the Shadows.

And if you’re new to my books, you can get a free taste! Fairchild’s Lady is a free novella that comes chronologically between books 1 and 2, but which is a stand-alone. So download it today to see if you like my style!

Available from:
Amazon, CBD, B&N, iTunes, and GooglePlay

And our bonus prize this week is this beautiful Tea Light Garden by Elements. The drawing for that will be on Friday.

And now for your regularly scheduled program. 😉

Word of the Week – Roughshod

 Ever wonder where the phrase “to run roughshod over” something came from? Apparently it’s a pretty literal expression.

Back in the 17th century, “roughshod” was what they called a horse’s (ahem) snow tires. LOL. When weather was bad, they would leave nail heads protruding from a horseshoe to it could dig into and break up the snow and ice. So a horse was literally shod with a rough shoe. Makes all the sense in the world, doesn’t it?

And yet, I don’t think I’d ever really paused to wonder where it came from…

So in honor of our equestrian friends, your question of the day is:

Have you ever ridden a horse? Did you like it?

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