Historical romance author Jessie Clever shares a bit of the historical research she finds when writing her Regency suspense novel series, The Spy Series.
I visit the places I write about. Seems like a luxury, right? Um, no. My writing partners take all of my money. I mean, have you seen them? I might as well just give them my royalty checks. I visit the places I can get to that will add invaluable dimension to my reading. My… more
In this week’s post, I want to share with you an excellent new resource for history lovers: Dirty, Sexy History. This blog has everything you ever wanted to know about history but were afraid to ask. Love historical romance novels? You’ll definitely want to check out this blog run by the incredible historical romance author… more
I’m going to history geek out on you right here, but I can’t help it. As I mentioned before, I recently came home with some serious library booty in my research of Gilded Age NYC. And in that booty was The Flatiron by Alice Sparberg Alexiou. This is a fabulous book, especially for anyone interested… more
I brought home some amazing booty from the library recently, and in my bundle was a small book about the Astors of old New York. And while the book centered on the rivalry and resulting disparity between William and Jack Astor (cousins, not brothers), I was struck more by the women of the tale, the… more
Roller skates were popular long before the disco-ball rinks of the 80s. Roller skates in the Victorian period were wheels attached to a board that would then be strapped to one’s regular street shoes. Having wheels strapped to one’s feet that may or may not become unstrapped and snap your ankle, may seem terrifying. But… more
This is one fashion trend I can get behind because I love, love, love birds! Birds as accessories were rampant. Birds on brooches, birds on hats, birds on neckwear. But it’s the birds on hats that I particularly like. Hat decoration included not only an entire bird, but sometimes just the wings popping up on… more
You’ve probably seen period movies or television shows with female actors scurrying about with shelves attached to their bottoms. Those shelves are bustles. There’s nothing particularly noteworthy about the bustle. It was just another attempt in the 1800s to change the shape of the female body. However, it is a symptom of the bustle that… more