Ringing the Dinner Bell – or was that Lunch? — Cindy Regnier ( + Giveaway )

Today I’m happy to welcome author Cindy Regnier as she shares about her new release. Read through to the end to find out how you can enter her giveaway.


Though the market for historical fiction ebbs and flows, there’s still many who are partial to that particular genre. I’m one of them and so are you, faithful readers of HiStory Thru the Ages. While we may have that in common, we probably each have time frames we like to read about that are different. Is this a problem? For the writer, it can be.

Just because someone enjoys historical fiction, your World War II story may not interest them. Maybe they prefer Biblical fiction or Regency romances. See where I’m going with this? The field of readers automatically narrows once you pick a time frame. Again, I ask, is that a problem? Maybe.

I prefer to think of problems as opportunities. The greatest thing about a time period I didn’t live in is that there is so much to learn about it. With the internet, seemingly endless sources are available for historical reference. As a writer, I can tell you that the rabbit trails I often hop down on my way to researching a specific question can be far more interesting than what I had in mind in the first place, creating new story ideas. How fun is that?

But here is my word of caution. Writers, stay accurate to your time period. Readers, don’t assume the writer is right. Look it up. Verify. Note your sources so you can go back to it if need be. Here’s why this is so important.

As an avid reader of historical fiction, (the American 1880s and 1890s are my favorite time periods), I often run across references to meals I thought were wrong. Nowadays we call the noon meal lunch and the evening meal dinner. Not so, in the 1800s. Back then, dinner was at noon and supper was in the evening.

This became such a pet peeve of mine I might even quit reading a book if the meals were named incorrectly. Research told me how it should be. The dictionary of etymology confirmed it. (Great tool, by the way https://www.etymonline.com.) But there was one important factor I was overlooking. Just because I thought I knew the right name to call these meals didn’t mean everyone else did.

For instance, the modern day reader might become confused, wondering why these characters were eating the evening meal when the sun was high overhead or why children ate from dinner-pails during the ‘lunch hour’ at the old-time schoolhouse.

Bottom line, if your reader doesn’t understand it, all your historical accuracy doesn’t matter.

Writers, be accurate, it’s still important, but give the reader clues as to what you mean. Readers, if something doesn’t make sense, slip in a bookmark and look it up. You may learn something that will help you gain more enjoyment from the book. But don’t give the author the benefit of the doubt, either. Many of us writerly types tend to think we know things that we may not simply because we read them in someone else’s historical novel. Yeah, see how that chain of error can get started?

Do you have a pet peeve when reading historical fiction? I will give away a copy of Mail-Order Refuge to one commenter, your choice of paperback or ebook (For readers outside of the United States, e-books only.)


Rand Stratford isn’t looking for true love. He’d ridden that trail until his fiancée left him with a shattered heart. What he needs now is a wife to help him care for his orphan nieces. Desperate, he sends an advertisement to a Baltimore newspaper and hopes for the best.

Fleeing her former employer who would use her to further his unlawful acts, a newspaper advertisement reads like the perfect refuge to Carly Blair. The idea of escaping the city, the intrigue, and the danger to hide herself on a cattle ranch in Kansas is her best shot for freedom.
But its sanctuary comes with a price–a husband. While marrying a man she doesn’t know or love means sacrificing her dreams, it’s better than being caught by the law.

Or is it?




Scribbling in notebooks has been a habit of Cindy Regnier since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Born and raised in Kansas, she writes stories of historical Kansas, especially the Flint Hills area where she spent much of her childhood. Cindy is married to her husband of 36 years, has two grown sons, a son residing in heaven, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and a beautiful daughter-in-law-to-be.

A graduate of Kansas State University with a dual major in Agriculture and Business, Cindy works for her local school district as clerk of the board of education and is active in her church and community. Her experiences with the Flint Hills setting, her natural love for history, farming and animals, along with her interest in genealogical research give her the background and passion to write heart-fluttering historical romance.

Find me at:
Blog: https://cindyregnier.com/blog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CindySRegnier


About historythrutheages

I write stories of His Story Through The Ages that offer tales of hope and redemption.

Posted on June 14, 2019, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Great post, Cindy!

    What people call their meals has never bothered me, even though I know when I was growing up we call lunch dinner…

    Small things, silly things, can turn me off of a story too. Like when modern day westerns read more like it was set in the 1800’s.

    • Hi Connie. I agree. Impossible to not tread on anyone’s pet peeve, but readers can be forgiving for which I am thankful. Another pet peeve of mine if the woman wearing blue jeans and a flannel shirt on the cover of historical westerns. Nope. Didn’t happen. Thanks for stopping by and being an encouragement to me!

  2. Sherrinda Ketchersid

    Great post! I love learning about the background of words. I love this book! Well done, Cindy!!

    • Hi Sherrinda. Thanks for your kind words. I really admire what you were able to do in Lord of Her Heart. That had to take a ton of research to become acquainted with words and customs from medieval times. I appreciate all of your encouragement and support in the release of Mail-Order Refuge.

  3. Hi, Cindy! I really enjoyed your post. As a reader and a writer I love doing research on when an item or a word was first used. I originally gave one of my characters an ironing board (for a book set in 1891) then discovered that the collapsible board I wanted her to use hadn’t been invented yet. I took it away from her, poor dear 🙂 Btw, some of my family members still call the noon meal dinner, and the evening meal supper. Congratulations on your debut novel!

  4. Laura – you are one of me! Hope that’s a good thing. lol. My family always says dinner and supper, which is probably why it’s such a pet peeve for me. Sure feel sorry for your poor heroine who didn’t get to use her ironing board. She probably thought it was genius! Thanks for your encouragement. It truly means a great deal to me

  5. Lual Krautter

    Enjoyed your post. Thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway! Would love to win a print copy!

  6. Cindy, I also love historical research and understand the rabbit hole diversions. You did a great job in Mail-Order Refuge of bringing just the right details to make me feel like I was there. Rand and Carly are wonderfully real! I liked her patience and faithfulness. And he is a perfect….strong yet tender… hero. Congratulations on an outstanding debut!

  7. I enjoy historical reads. Thank you for the giveaway. The book looks interesting and exciting.

  8. Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn. Good luck in the giveaway!

  9. As for pet peeves in reading historical fiction, a person should expect that historical facts should be correct, but they’re not always correct. You sound like you don’t live very far from me. I live in the KS flint hills also. I’m about 18 miles from KSU.

    Sent from my iPhone


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