Philadelphia and #Turn Washington’s Spies #TuesdayTravels

Tuesday Travel buttonOne of my favorite period TV series, Turn: Washington’s Spies, is starting season three this week, so Philadelphia seemed like a good topic for today’s Tuesday Travels. The series focuses on George Washington’s use of various spy rings to gain intelligence about the movements of the British army. Most of season one focused on New York and Long Island and the Culper spy ring, one of the most successful of the war effort. But in season two, some of the action moved to Philadelphia.

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18th century Philadelphia town houses

I spent a week in Philadelphia some years ago, just as I was beginning to write romance fiction, and I fell in love with the historic area of the city. I learned how Washington’s spy master, Major Benjamin Tallmadge, arrived in Philly ahead of the British invasion to set spy rings in place, in the event the city was captured, as it was in Sept. 1777. This incident became the basis for my first attempt at writing a historical romance. Like most first novels, it will never see the light of day, but I still love this period.

Independence Hall, Philadelphia

Independence Hall

Philadelphia was the capital of the fledgling United States, so it was a tempting target for the British. The Continental Congress met at the State House, later dubbed Independence Hall. During the occupation, the British used upper floors of the State House as a prison for captured Continentals. The British soldiers were quartered in private homes, one of the practices mentioned in the list of complaints in the Declaration of Independence.

Interior Independence Hall

The Declaration of Independence and Constitution were debated and signed in this room.

If you ever have a chance to visit Philadelphia, don’t miss seeing the Liberty Bell.

Liberty Bell

Has anyone else been watching Turn? If so, what do you think of the show?

That Sexy Moment in the Library #MySexySaturday #Saturday7 #MSS138

My Sexy Saturday bannerThis week’s theme for #MySexySaturday is That Sexy Moment, and it’s in the Library in this excerpt from Worth The Risk by Lyn O’Farrell.

Worth The Risk coverThis contemporary romantic comedy features Mitch Delaney, an ex-race car driver and Amanda Lloyd, a children’s librarian. In this scene, they meet in the children’s room right after Amanda has let slip with a “damn” after bumping her head while picking puzzle pieces off the floor.

Amanda Lloyd stared into a pair of roguish blue eyes and groaned silently. “I don’t usually swear in the library,” she said defensively.

“I didn’t know librarians swore at all.”

“Don’t tell anyone, but we’re not as stuffy as most people think.”

“Your secret’s safe with me.” He raised an eyebrow and grinned at her, revealing a devastating dimple.

She made a quick involuntary appraisal of the man in front of her. He was on the tall side of six feet, with a muscular chest and forearms. His black hair gleamed in the light, and his eyes were a brilliant shade of blue. Even the tiny scar between his dark brows couldn’t detract from his rugged good looks. His short-sleeved blue knit shirt stretched taut across his powerful shoulders, and his stonewashed blue jeans fit perfectly.

She had seen attractive men before, had even been engaged to one, but this one was a potent blend of detached amusement and raw sensuality. What in the world was he doing here? He looked as out of place in the children’s room as a panther in a playground, and just as dangerous. It was as if one of the stuffed animals sitting around the room had suddenly come to life and was on the prowl.

Amanda was jolted back to the present as the armload of puzzle pieces slipped out of her grasp and thudded to the floor. How much more ridiculous could she look? She knelt down and started collecting the traitorous pieces.


A publicity-shy librarian falls for a sexy single dad with a scandalous past, but is love worth the risk?

Worth The Risk is available at Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks,Kobo, Nook and Smashwords.

Also available as part of the Hearts and Heroes boxed set.

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Linda aka half of Lyn O’Farrell

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