For I know the (writing) plans I have for you

Hello, Blog readers! Susan Karsten here. It occurred to me that the Gracious Woman blog needs more posts about writing, so here I am with a report on my speaking engagement last night. The leader of the Fond du Lac Writers Club, John Silah, invited me to speak to the group after seeing a magazine […]

An Amish Summer, a 4-novella collection including one by author Kelly Irvin

Disclaimer: I don’t normally read Amish fiction. But, a while back, I discovered the writing of Kelly Irvin. I enjoy her books, not because they about the Amish, but they are well-written, and interesting. Irvin does not write about the Amish as if she wears rose-colored glasses. She brings it, warts and all. Also, she […]

Thrifty Tip for gently used Aluminum Foil

This is just a little tip I picked up somewhere: When you have a nice piece of foil left from something you baked (maybe it covered a casserole and is pretty clean) fold it, clean side out, and use it for a spoon rest. When it has done its duty, dispose of it. Susan Karsten […]

Thrifty and Easy Rhubarb Jam

The large pot pictured above has a double batch of rhubarb jam in it. The recipe below is easily doubled. 5 Cups finely chopped Rhubarb 2 cups sugar 1 pack strawbery jello Placed chopped rhubarb and sugar in a pot, stir, and let sit overnight. Bring to a boil, boil and stir for 10 minutes. […]

An Uncommon Courtship, by Kristi Ann Hunter ~ my latest book review

The premise of Hunter’s new book is quite original. In the Regency genre, close to 100% of the plots have a marriage at the end of the book. In An Uncommon Courtship, the wedding comes first. About the only typical Regency plot device found is the compromising of the heroine, and actions taken to prevent […]

Book Review: “A Noble Masquerade”, by Kristi Ann Hunter

If you like romance novels with delightful twists and turns, and a bit of tension thrown in for good measure, this debut novel from Kristi Ann Hunter will more than likely feed your literary desires. In A Noble Masquerade, the conflicts and tensions are “real-world”, which I like, and yet the whole setting “takes you away” […]

Giveaway of A Heart’s Rebellion ~ Excellent Inspirational Regency ~ Book Review by Susan Karsten

Newly published A Heart’s Rebellion, by Ruth Axtell, is one of the best (if not THE best)  books in the Christian fiction inspirational regency historical genre* that I have read. That’s saying a lot, as I have read hundreds of both ABA (general market) and CBA (Christian inspirational market) regency novels.  In fact, the reason I got […]