Secrets of Writing an Old-Fashioned Romance Novel

When I was doing research for my historical fiction novel, Shades of Gray, it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the writing style of 19th century novelists. What is it, I wondered, that made my heart race when the hero finally won the heroine’s hand? How did authors from the 1800s make the plot so deeply romantic without the use of sex? Why did a mere glance from the hero or a smile from the heroine at the end of the book make a satisfying ending?As an aside, I began devouring old novels to get a feel for the language and the cadence of sentences – but I learned so much more. Manners, etiquette, lifestyle, dress, were all discovered between the pages of old, dusty novels, and helped immerse me in the Victorian era.I am glad to have stumbled upon this method of research, because, in addition to all of the topics mentioned above, I learned two other important facets of life in the 1800s: culture and tradition.Culture and traditionThe morality, the virtues and the sacred principles that our forefathers lived by are vastly different from how we live today. We cannot transcribe 21st century values on our historic characters’ motives anymore than we can re-write the historic past from whence they came.More and more, Americans are longing for those days and looking back to a time when the principles of honor and honesty were sacred, and when both men and women were judged on their moral conduct.It is sad and disappointing to see authors who take real historic figures and depict them with the lewd and vulgar behavior of this century. It is a complete misinterpretation and misrepresentation of historical fact – and brings me to my next point.It’s called romance for a reasonIf you look up the definition of romance – you’ll find it means fable, legend, saga, yarn. Indeed, in the middle ages, romances were usually tales of courtly love, chivalry and knighthood – most often involving a knight caught in conflict between love and duty.The use of sex to express love in a romance novel is a modern-day contrivance and writing crutch that generally takes away from the overall romantic tone of a story. Can you imagine the dissatisfaction had Elizabeth fallen into bed with Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice? Most likely, we would never have heard of the novel today, the success of the plot being built upon conflict of emotion – not sex.Conflict and emotionThese are really the two main ingredients of any novel, but they are crucial to the success of a romance novel. Love at first sight may happen in fairy tales, but the slow, often unintended, progression of a relationship is what engages a reader emotionally in a story. When the two main characters are at odds, when they must overcome obstacles that are often inadvertently caused by their own misunderstandings, the conflict created causes the reader to become engaged.A plot cannot work without conflict. And conflict cannot work without emotion.The hero plays a roleIf you’ve got a great plot with a lot of conflict and emotion, then you only need one more vital ingredient for an old-fashioned romance: a great hero.One thing that sets classic romances apart from modern ones is that the hero – besides being a man’s man – is somewhat mysterious. He is masculine, courageous, usually handsome – but there is a somewhat secretive side to him that makes the reader wonder what he is thinking. He is larger than life, but not in a super hero sort of way. Rather, he is strong in principles and conduct, and powerful in will and determination.If you would like to try some late 1800s to early 1900s fiction, I suggest these authors:Captain Charles King
Randall Parrish
E.P. Roe
George Cary Eggleston


Solitude Pocket Sleep Mask w/ French Lavender Sachet – Onyx

Use Aromatherapy to fall asleep faster . . .

Calming Lavender

Achieve a deeper night’s sleep with this lavender infused sleep mask. Lavender flowers are held in a sachet that provides you with a gentle lavender fragrance as you start to fall asleep and while you sleep. The soothing fragrance helps to lull you into a deep sleep. Simply insert the sachet in the pocket on front of the mask. The sleeping mask is soft, 100% light blocking and has an adjustable Velcro strap.

Sleeping Mask Features

100% light blocking for refreshing revitalizing sleep.
Includes a lavender flowers sachet to soothe and induce calm.
Natural remedy for your insomnia

Inside of Mask

The fabric which rests over the eye area and on the face is soft 100% cotton, which cushions the eyes without pressure. Each mask has a pocket on the front to insert a sachet filled with a subtle and delicate blend of lavender flowers. You can enjoy the sleeping mask with or without the sachet.

Outside of Mask

The fabric on the outside of the mask is an elegant, silky soft, linen satin. This fabric does not make contact with the face, it simply defines the look and feel of the mask. We suggest choosing a color that you feel comfortable wearing.

Mask Fastener

Adjustable Velcro elastic strap for a secure and comfortable fit.


Remove natural Sleep Booster Herbal sachet prior to washing
Hand wash in cool water with mild detergent
Lay flat to dry


Size 4″ x 10″
Weight 1 oz
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SipSticks Paper Drinking Straws Biodegradable 50 Pack-Red Stripe

SipSticks paper drinking straws last for hours. These are not like the straws your parents used in the 50’s. Over the years we’ve figured out natural methods to make the straw last for hours and hours without breaking apart and getting mushy. These straws are FDA approved and the coloring is produced from food grade ink. On top of that, the straws are also biodegradable and will decompose quickly. They are great for any gathering. Add some flare to your next house party, wedding, grill out, picnic, baby shower, ETC… Bottom line is, use them when every you can. People will comment on them and love the old school style brought back to life.
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Nexcare Tegaderm Waterproof Transparent Dressing, 2-3/8 Inches X 2-3/4 Inches, 8 Count

Tegaderm Waterproof Transparent Dressing

Nexcare Tegaderm Waterproof Transparent Dressing is a top choice in hospitals when transparent dressings are needed. The unique properties of Nexcare Tegaderm Waterproof Transparent Dressings make it flexible with your body and breathable for greater comfort while protecting abrasions, cuts, minor burns, blisters, and post-surgical incisions. It is waterproof, staying on in the bath or shower, and seals out water, dirt and germs to help prevent infection. Tegaderm Dressing can be worn for up to 7 days, making it ideal for securing IV catheters or other tubing, and for post-surgical dressings. With all that, it is still gentle on the skin, protecting even reddened or fragile skin. Tegaderm Waterproof Transparent Dressings are also hypoallergenic and not made with natural rubber latex.

Nexcare Tegaderm

Available in the following sizes: 2-3/8 in. x 2-3/4 in. 8 ct; 4 in. x 4-3/4 in. 4 ct

Moist Healing

MOIST HEALING – Benefits of moist wound healing environment include: Prevents scab formation; Less pain – nerve endings are protected by the moisture; Enhances healing.
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Dry Healing

DRY HEALING – Dry wound healing is commonly associated with: Scab formation, which could lead to scarring; Potentially slower healing time; May cause increased pain.
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Step 1

Prior to applying, clean and dry wound and surrounding skin thoroughly.
1. Peel away the printed liner from the paper-framed dressing, exposing the adhesive surface.

Step 2

2. Apply dressing over wound. DO NOT STRETCH the dressing when applying.

Step 3

3. Remove the paper frame from the dressing while smoothing down the edges.

Use for: Waterproof protection of abrasions, cuts, minor burns, blisters, and post-surgical incisions

Key Features
  • Covers and protects abrasions, cuts, minor burns, blisters, and post-surgical incisions
  • Seals out water, dirt and germs to help prevent infection
  • Gentle on skin
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Waterproof – stays on in bath and shower
  • Allows moisture to escape and oxygen to enter for breathability
  • Wear up to 7 days

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