Smart Lady

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As a writer, I love a strong female protagonist. I can’t think of a better role model for any woman (fictional or real) than Queen Elizabeth II. She will be missed.

I admired her romance with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Maybe the media put a Cinderella spin on it because I know all marriages have their ups and downs, but I just love looking at photos of them. I love the way she looked at him with that playful sparkle in her eyes. A glance that hinted they shared a special unspoken connection. A connection I hope my fictional lass shares with her beau.

My mother-in-law and her sister were Scottish. I was lucky enough to live with them when my children were young. They would talk about the Queen like she was their neighbor. Like she was extended family. It made me realize how important this woman was in their life and the lives of the people she served.

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Once, I listened to the Queen’s former personal chef tell a story about how Queen Elizabeth II loved her Corgis. She requested scones with her tea each day. The Queen didn’t eat the scones. They were for her beloved dogs. When she found out her kitchen wasn’t making fresh scones every morning because they knew she didn’t eat them, she changed her order to alternate plain scones with berry scones. Ha! Now the kitchen had to make fresh scones daily.

Smart lady.


If you have a story about a strong female (real or fictional) that you admire, please share it in the comments or email me I’d love to hear about her.  

Book 2 in the Jennifer Cloud Time Travel series

Living in Sunnyside, Texas, and working nine-to-five at her brother’s chiropractic office, Jennifer Cloud’s life appears to be perfectly normal.

But when the moon is full, she’s a transporter for the World Travel Federation, going back in time to help stop the Brigands from stealing the keys to the vessels that time travelers have been secretly using throughout history.

Jennifer is on a mission in 1602 Scotland with fellow time traveler and current flame, the green-eyed Caiyan. Her inexperience and a bit of distraction cause them to let the bad guy slip through their fingers, and they’re written up back at WTF headquarters—by Jennifer’s longtime on-again, off-again lover, the handsome CIA agent Jake.

Jennifer is torn between the two men. But when she discovers that Caiyan has gone to 1985 Hollywood, chasing some unknown traveler, and become trapped there, she turns to another sexy man in her life, a gorgeous racecar driver named Marco.

With multiple love interests and a frantic rescue mission involving a mystery traveler, a vicious Brigand, a famous rock star, and a vindictive serial killer, book two of the Jennifer Cloud series delivers yet another hilarious romantic time-travel adventure!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Vicki Batman says:

    I, too, noticed their eye twinkles. I love it! Handsome and I share that as well, just a little private thing between us.


  2. Reggi Allder says:

    Nice remembrances. My grandmother admired HM the Queen.
    It is amazing the Queen and Prince Philip were together seventy three years, I believe. In my Sierra Creek Series, Her Country Heart book one, Granny is a strong woman who has left a legacy for her family.


  3. Hey, Janet. What a delightful post. Yes, the Queen had to be a really strong woman. What a great role model. Don’t you think most women in romances are strong? I mean they face adversity, but they work hard to come through it make their lives and others’ lives better. Thanks for your post. 🙂


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