Friday, April 20, 2012

More Tin Mining in Regency Cornwall

Back down the mine, here is a miner having his tea break.





And this next is a video. You will not see anything, it was too dark, but you can hear the constant sound of water. And a little bit of our guide.  But it was the sound I wanted to capture. You can almost imagine the water rising up to fill those tunnels.




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And how did they get rid of all that water. Well there were a couple of pumps available, a bucket lift for shallow depths and a rag and chain pump.

These diagrams show the rag and chain pump in action.  The next picture shows part of the bucket lift.

 





This next picture is of the stamping machine, you an see the water wheel behind it that drove the heavy weights used to crush the ore so it can be smelted.

They say that sailors used the noise of these machines located at the cliff top mines to navigate the rocky coastlines and I think this next video will explain why.

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I have a few more tidbits to tell you about the mining of tin, but hope this is enough to keep you going for now, since I have a book to finish. :)

Until next time, Happy Rambles.

Monday, April 16, 2012

RT Roundup



Back home, it all seems a bit of a blur, but I had to share this picture of the book signing. I had two books to sign, Lady Rosabella's Ruse and Captured for the Captain's Pleasure.

Speaking of another kind of pleasure it was a delight to meet so many enthusiastic readers.

There were over 300 authors at the signing last Saturday and lots and lots of people who came to see them.


Here are four of the Hussies (Harlequin Historical Authors) after a lunch and a stroll in the sun. It was a lovely day for a walk.  From left to right, Ann Lethbridge (me), Blythe Gifford, Deb Marlowe and Michelle Willingham.
And here are the gift bags the Harlequin Authors put together for the Wednesday event, with Michelle Willingham and Blythe Gifford admiring their hard work putting them together. Of course we could not have done it without Kimberly Lang who was our Captain and got us all organized. She writes for presents and I am very much looking forward to reading her book.

Well that is it. Home again and looking forward to getting back into routine, until next time  Happy Rambles

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Readers Are Such Fun

 #RomanticTimes Convention

Here we are, the Harlequin authors, at Celebrate History, Action and Homtown Heroes setting up for our wonderful readers to come and play with us. As you can see, lots of books to give out, goody bags being packed by the lovely Michelle Willingham and in the background our famous Superromance Author (RITA winner) Molly O'Keefe unpacking all the books Harlequin so generously sent us.




Here we are, mixing and mingling and getting ready to play our pub quiz. You can see all the books in the foreground, including Lady Rosabella's Ruse.

The elegant lady in blue is Blythe Gifford.  See who else you can spot among the authors and the readers.

Well, the results?  Molly O'Keefe knows her romance. Her group came first, my group, oh dear, but do you know the consolation prize was almost as good as those who came first and everyone came away with lots of books.

I had a fun time meeting everyone. In fact such a good time I forgot to take more pictures, so hopefully this is enough to give you the idea.

Apologies for the earlier blank post, Blogspot was so eager to get going today. Such a surprise.  I will try to bring you more pictures as the party continues.

Until then, Happy Rambles

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Romantic Times Convention 2012

RT Booklovers Convention in Chicago - April 11. 15. I hope to see you there over the next few days but if not look for my photos here on this blog where I hope to capture all the fun and games.

My Events are on Wednesday and Saturday, but be sure to talk to me when you see me wherever you find me.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

News

Want to curl up with a book this Easter Weekend? Ninc has you covered.

 Novelist Inc has published Cast of Charcters an Anthology with  a stellar cast of authors. You can find out more here: http://www.ninc.com/ninc_books


TWENTY-EIGHT LEADING VOICES IN FICTION – INCLUDING ELEVEN NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHORS – JOIN TOGETHER IN A CELEBRATION OF GREAT STORYTELLING. We love fiction. It’s in our blood and it’s in our souls. Great stories thrill us and inspire us in a way that nothing else can. If you’re like us, then we invite you to revel in this anthology of all-original stories we’ve created for you.

Contributors include: CATHERINE ANDERSON, VICTORIA ALEXANDER, JO BEVERLEY, BARBARA BRETTON, JULIE COMPTON, TANYA ANNE CROSBY, CAROLE NELSON DOUGLAS, ROSEMARY EDGHILL, ANGIE FOX, HEATHER GRAHAM AND JASON POZZESSERE, GREG HERREN, VICKI HINZE, MARIANNA JAMESON, WAYNE JORDAN, KATE KINGSBURY, CJ LYONS, KATIE MACALISTER, ASHLEY MCCONNELL, JODY LYNN NYE, JULIE ORTOLON, DIANA PETERFREUND, LAURA RESNICK, PATRICIA RICE, DEB STOVER, VICTORIA STRAUSS, KAREN TINTORI, DIANE WHITESIDE And STEVEN WOMACK.

On top of that, what is personally exciting for me  is that in addition to the Anthology, there is an ebook full of sneak peeks of new novels including mine, The Laird's Forbidden Lady, which is out in June, available for free download at the Novelist Inc Website.http://www.ninc.com/ninc_books  All you have to do is go here and subscribe:  http://www.ninc.com  to be thrilled with oodles of excerpts from multi published authors.


Go order the anthology and check out the wonderful writers at Novelist Inc.

Next time, more on Cornwall.