Take a look behind the scenes of historical romance author Jessie Clever’s books, novellas, and short stories written in the Regency era and Napoleonic Wars.
You’ll notice the last book of the Spy Series, To Save a Viscount, is dedicated to these two nutheads. You’ll also notice I post a lot of photos and videos of them. But who are the lady and the captain? Let’s start with the lady, because she arrived first. The hubby and I were married… more
We’re talking a walk down Orchard Street in New York City as you would have seen it during the Gilded Age, roughly 1870 until as late as 1930. We’re going to talk about the appetizing store. An appetizing store is so named because it sells foods that one would eat with bagels. Think a lot… more
Before we walk down Orchard Street, I want to set the stage for the time period in which we will view it. My current work in progress tells the story of a young woman in the 1920s whose life is greatly affected by Prohibition. Quick explanation of Prohibition: alcohol was outlawed by the Volstead Act… more
I remember my brother reading Ethan Frome first. I remember how he agonized over it and the high school English teacher. She was a tough teacher, he said. The book was dense, he said. I never found so many things tough with school as my older brother did. I realize now we have much different… more
I took my favorite person to Fantastic Beasts the other day. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ve likely seen the movie as well. What you might have missed was a brief shot of a street sign that read Orchard Street. This is where Jacob Kowalski lived in a tenement on intersecting Rivingston Street. If… more
I love the Bronx Zoo because it completely and totally creeps me out. It’s the best visual example of why I love history. History leaves a mark. A mark that humans often attempt to obliterate. Sometimes we’re successful. Sometimes we are not. At the Bronx Zoo, one can read the zoo’s history in its architecture.… more
Writers are weird. We take odd fascination in the seemingly normal. While at a family gathering for Christmas, a cousin-in-law who happens to be a large animal vet recently had a baby and oh yeah, she runs a single practitioner practice. Meaning, she’s the only vet going out there to save the farm animals. And… more