Two-Book Traditional Publishing Deal!

July 20, 2021 Nicole Evelina 0

So…I have news! I am over-the-moon excited! I’m finally a hybrid author! This has been a long time coming and I am so excited to write these books. Here’s a little more about them: Sex and the City: A Cultural History This book will provide cultural context and analysis of the famous show, both how […]

Reading Tarot Spreads to Help With Your Writing

July 8, 2021 Nicole Evelina 0

This is the second part in a series on the tarot. If you’re new to it, please start with part one for an introduction to the cards, how they work and what they mean, then come back to learn how to use them in your writing. Before you read, you might like to find a […]

How to Use the Tarot in Your Writing

July 7, 2021 Nicole Evelina 0

Two weeks ago at the Historical Novel Society conference, I participated in a brief lecture from my dear friend Kris Waldherr on how writers can use the tarot to help plan their books. It not only re-invigorated me in my study of tarot and inspired me to create my own deck, it reminded me I […]

Fearless Females: Sally Ride

June 30, 2021 Nicole Evelina 0

With the release of Consequences and the Historical Novel Society Conference, June almost got away from me without our monthly column on women in history. But luckily I was working on next month’s and realized it. This month we’re looking at a woman whom I remember from my childhood. (Can you believe 35 years ago […]

Politics, Religion and the Penal Laws in 19th Century Ireland

June 25, 2021 Nicole Evelina 0

In the beginning of Consequences, Lord Montgomery and Daniel O’Connell (a historical person) discuss politics over dinner. Here’s a little more information on what was going on at the time in case their conversation left you a little confused. Today we think of Ireland as primarily a Catholic country – except for Northern Ireland which […]

Tour the House of Mercy

June 23, 2021 Nicole Evelina 0

The very last scene of Consequences takes place in the House of Mercy on Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland. I was fortunate to spend a week there several years ago (we even slept in an adjoining building.) Part of our reason for being there was to help the Sisters create materials for a fundraising campaign […]

Tour Coolock House

June 21, 2021 Nicole Evelina 0

If you’ve gotten to the part in Consequences where Margaret visits Catherine McAuley at Coolock house, you may be wondering what it really looks like. After all, there was only space in the story to describe the outside, the entryway and one room. Luckily, I was able to tour it several years ago and I […]

The Life of Catherine McAuley (1778-1841)

June 18, 2021 Nicole Evelina 0

If you’ve read my novella, Consequences, or even just the back cover copy, you’ll notice it takes place during the life of Catherine McAuley, a woman most people, especially outside of Ireland, have never heard of. I found out about her nearly 18 years ago when I started working at my current day job. We […]

International Domestic Workers Day

June 16, 2021 Nicole Evelina 0

In the 10 years I’ve been blogging (10 years today, actually!), I’ve never done two posts in one day because I don’t want to annoy you, my lovely readers. However, I am making an exception today because it is not only publication day for my new novella, Consequences, but also International Domestic Workers Day, which […]