(Even More) Historical Research Behind STARCROSSED

One of my favorite parts of writing the Magic in Manhattan series has been diving into American history–not just what I was taught in school, but the history that would have impacted Rory, Arthur, and their friends. Although works of fiction, the books are still set in “real” historical New York, and I try to weave these real historical details in alongside the magic and romance.

I’ve written some about my historical research already, but with Starcrossed’s audiobook now here after Covid-19 delayed production for months, I wanted to share a little bit more–including some pictures of my own!

(All images copyright as noted or otherwise mine.)

Upstate New York

Hyde Park, West Park, Poughkeepsie

Some readers may have recognized the inspiration behind Harry Kenzie’s Hyde Park mansion as the real-life Vanderbilt Mansion. Built between 1896 and 1899, this mansion is now a National Historic Site. Harry’s library was inspired by the den and study/office, and Rory’s basement quarters were inspired by the mansion’s staff quarters. 

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Racial Justice Resources

True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Like millions of my fellow Americans, I am outraged by the race-based police brutality, injustice, racism and human rights violations that continue to poison our country.

I want to share resources for racial justice for anyone else looking for how they can help:

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#RomBKLove 2020

Trope: Wrapped around your pinky

See, don’t ever set me free
I always want to be by your side

You Really Got Me/The Kinks

May 2020 is #RomBkLove, a social media celebration of romance tropes and romance-related conversations. I’m a romance author, but a reader too, and as part of the fun, I’m talking about the trope wrapped around your pinky

To me, this about softness. Who, or what, makes the MC show their soft side? Who enchants the tough cookies or melts icy hearts? What does that normally stoic character get mushy and adoring for? 

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Release week guest posts!

Starcrossed is here! To celebrate, some lovely bloggers invited me to share on their sites. You can catch me at the below (will be updated again later this week):

Author Q&A with Evie Drae

Talking about my (hypothetical) wrestling entrance theme song, my demon of self-doubt, and my car, Swift Wind, over on Evie’s site.

The Archive Appreciation Post

Queer Books Unbound hosted me shouting out my thanks to librarians and three of the archives I used while drafting a 1920s America-set novel.

Six Romance Series With Stellar Queer Sophomores

I’m over on Joyfully Jay talking about second books that I loved.

How I Incorporated the Supernatural into the MiM Series

Find me on Smexy Books with thoughts on how paranormal and fantasy arcs fit into romance.

Fresh Fiction’s Get to Know Your Favorite Authors

Twenty questions about STARCROSSED and more at Fresh Fiction.