Victorian Romance 99¢ Sale!

 

The eBook versions of The Lost Letter and The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter are both on sale this week for 99¢. The sale runs from April 2-April 9 on Amazon and Amazon UK. If you haven’t yet read my Victorian romances, I hope you’ll give them a try! You can click through to Amazon via the links below.[…]Continue Reading

The Pug Who Bit Napoleon U.S. Release Day!

Today is the United States release of my non-fiction animal history book The Pug Who Bit Napoleon: Animal Tales of the 18th and 19th Centuries! The paperback is now available in the U.S. and can be purchased at Amazon and other online or brick and mortar booksellers.
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Mermaids Sightings in the 19th Century

Illustration of a Mermaid, The Brown Fairy Book by H. J. Ford, 1904.

According to historians, tales of mermaids and mermen can be traced back to the Babylonian sea deities Oannes and Atargatis in 1000 BCE. Since then, mermaid folklore has appeared in every era and every culture, from ancient Greece to Victorian England. But mermaid lore was not limited to the realm of folklore and mythology. During the nineteenth century, mermaids appeared with some regularity in art, literature, and music. They also featured in the nineteenth century news, with both sailors and coastal residents reporting real life sightings of mermaids well into the Victorian era.[…]Continue Reading

How Much Scent is Too Much?—Victorian Advice for Ladies and Gentlemen

La Mode, 1836.
(Met Museum)

In the Victorian era, perfumed products abounded. In addition to perfume, cologne, and toilet water, there were scented soaps, scented pomades, and even scented mouth waters and dentifrices for the teeth. But how much scent could a lady or a gentleman wear without being offensive? It’s a question many of us puzzle over even today. Fortunately for the Victorians, books and articles on proper etiquette offered plenty of advice to guide the unwary.[…]Continue Reading

Some Wonderful Book News to Share!!

The Reader by Charles Baugniet, n.d.

Dear Readers,

I have some exciting news to share. My Victorian romances are going to be made into audiobooks! Tantor Media has just bought the audio rights to both The Lost Letter and The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter. Tantor Media is one of the biggest names in audiobooks, with titles by historical romance titans like Mary Balogh and Julia Quinn. I’m so honoured to be included in their stable of authors. […]Continue Reading

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