Word of the Week – Mercurial

Word of the Week – Mercurial

Ready for the next installment of our "adjectives from mythology" series? Today we're taking a look at a word I honestly don't use very often. In fact, if one of my kids were to ask, "What does mercurial mean?" I probably would have given them a look and said, "Why don't you look it up?" Ahem. ;-)...

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Seeing the Story

Seeing the Story

I've always believed that stories change the world. This is no surprise--it is, in fact, one of the reasons I love writing novels, editing novels, publishing novels, and designing covers for novels. I believe in the power of fiction to touch hearts and tug on souls. But it's also a power that is...

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Word of the Week – Jovial

Word of the Week – Jovial

For the next couple weeks, I'm going to do a little mini-series on some adjectives we have that are based on the names of ancient mythological gods. As I was reading through a list of some of these, I found it so fascinating! So we'll start off with Zeus. Now, I know what you're thinking--I don't...

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Holiday History ~ Good King Wenceslas

Holiday History ~ Good King Wenceslas

I don't know about you, but I always enjoy learning about the true story behind things like songs, poems, and stories...much like the one that goes along with the carol "Good King Wenceslas." This song is based on the famous life of a Bohemian duke, Wenceslaus I (known in Czech as Svatý Václav)....

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Holiday History ~ Cookies

Holiday History ~ Cookies

Ah, Christmas cookies. The baking, the decorating, the consuming...all part of the holiday tradition in many families. And it's been that way for hundreds of years. Feasts have been a part of Christmas celebration for untold centuries, and since it was counted as one of the most important days of...

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Holiday History ~ Christmas Wreaths

Holiday History ~ Christmas Wreaths

Did you know that Christmas wreaths have their origins in Christmas trees? I'd never really paused to wonder where they came from, but upon reading that, it made total sense. In Europe, where the pine forests inspired the tradition of bringing something green and eternal into the home to celebrate...

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Holiday History ~ The Twelve Days of Christmas

Holiday History ~ The Twelve Days of Christmas

These days, all the hype is leading up to Christmas. So much so that on December 26, it feels kinda like a letdown, right? The all-Christmas-music-all-the-time radio stations are back to normal programming. Some people start taking down decorations. By the time New Year's rolls around, people look...

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Holiday History ~ Boxing Day

Holiday History ~ Boxing Day

So...what's Boxing Day? Though our friends across the pond don't even have to ask, we Americans may scratch our heads a bit at this one. We know that it is, just not necessarily what it is. From reading, I knew that Boxing Day was the day after Christmas, which, historically speaking, servants had...

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Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.