S.K. Rizzolo

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Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, Anthony Trollope, Kate Ross

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I am the daughter of an Italian-American avid reader and an Arkansas farm boy turned oilman. After being raised in Libya and Saudi Arabia, I returned to the United States for high school. In college I majored in English with no clue as to how I meant to support myself, eventually earning an M.A. and becoming an English teacher. Set in Regency England, my mystery series follows the exploits of a Bow Street Runner (a pre-Scotland Yard detective), an unconventional lady, and a melancholic lawyer. On a Desert Shore, released in March 2016, is the fourth title in the series following The Rose in the Wheel, Blood for Blood, and Die I Will Not.

Caroline Norton: In Honor of Women's History Month

Thank you so much to Erin Sweet-Al Mehairi for hosting me today on her blog! Erin is running a series in honor of Women's History Month. My post is about the writer and social reformer Caroline Norton. After Caroline separated from her brutal husband and was legally deprived of her own children, she worked to reform unjust marriage and child custody laws in Victorian England.

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“At dusk in the Temple Gardens the barrier between past and present turned fluid and ghosts walked. Here and there if Buckler looked closely he caught a glimpse of knights filing toward the ancient round Church, heads bowed in penitence…Buckler didn’t mind the spirits. In fact, he preferred their company to that of the general run of human. For the ghosts reminded him that man’s petty cares, so all consuming in life, would one day become nothing more than fit matter for an amusing story.”
S.K. Rizzolo, The Rose in the Wheel

“Death had come frequently to the bleak village where the family lived. Indeed, death had been a regular visitor in their own house, taking seven of Chase’s twelve brothers and sisters before their fifth birthdays. Whenever, he thought of these children, it was to imagine an inexorable shadow advancing over their tiny forms, at length to darken hearts and eyes.”
S.K. Rizzolo, The Rose in the Wheel

“Young Byron thundered on. “Is there not blood enough on your penal code, that more must be poured forth to ascend to Heaven and testify against you? … Will you erect a gibbet in every field and hang up men like scarecrows?”
Gazing around at the sea of implacable faces, Chase was certain he knew the answer to that question.”
S.K. Rizzolo, Blood for Blood

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“Stories don’t teach us to be good; it isn’t as simple as that. They show us what it feels like to be good, or to be bad. They show us people like ourselves doing right things and wrong things, acting bravely or acting meanly, being cruel or being kind, and they leave it up to our own powers of empathy and imagination to make the connection with our own lives. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t. It isn’t like putting a coin in a machine and getting a chocolate bar; we’re not mechanical, we don’t respond every time in the same way…

The moral teaching comes gently, and quietly, and little by little, and weighs nothing at all. We hardly know it’s happening. But in this silent and discreet way, with every book we read and love, with every story that makes its way into our heart, we gradually acquire models of behaviour and friends we admire and patterns of decency and kindness to follow.”
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“It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. Millions are condemned to a stiller doom than mine, and millions are in silent revolt against their lot. Nobody knows how many rebellions besides political rebellions ferment in the masses of life which people earth. Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, to absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.”
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“I am not interested in being original. I am interested in being true.”
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“Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all.”
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S.K. Rizzolo Dali wrote: ""

Thank you, Dali. Happy holidays to you! I wish you a new year filled with lots of wonderful books.

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S.K. Rizzolo Hi:

How nice to hear from you. Pella is a lovely name for a town. I have never been to Iowa but would like to visit one day.

I would imagine that you are kept pretty busy with teaching, raising a family, and reading historical mysteries, of course. I'd be quite happy to read all day long if only that were possible.

Best wishes!

Michell Karnes Hello,

How kind of you to invite me as a friend. We certainly do seem to share many similar interests. Your background sound very interesting nothing like mine. I was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa and live only one hour away from my hometown in a small town called Pella. I teach second grade in an even smaller town yet. My husband and I have two high school age children. I love all things british and have a passion for british historical mysteries with my favorite periods being tudor through post ww i.

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