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Welcome the Undead: Spiritualism and the Victorians

This was first posted on the Dashing Duchesses (Nov 4, 2013) and is cross-posted with permission. Spiritualism (or a belief in the ability to communicate with the dead) rose to prominence in the Victorian era, my favorite historical period to write about and study. Many theories abound as to why the Victorians developed such a
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Author Interview: Renegade of Romance, Donna Thorland and The Turncoat

This author interview originally appeared on the Dashing Duchesses blogsite. I discovered Donna Thorland and her incredible new historical fiction novel THE TURNCOAT the old-fashioned way. I saw her book trailer. What’s that, you say? Book trailers are old news, and don’t work to drum up interest in a book? Oh, you poor, dear creature.
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The Idiot’s Q&A on Horses in Historical Romance

This post appeared on the Dashing Duchesses on January 14, 2013. Guest poster Alyssa Alexander is one of my awesome critique partners. Duchess Alyssa (a.k.a. The HORSE IDIOT): I must confess, horses terrify me. Big eyes, big teeth. Big hooves. Those hooves are scary. I have ridden a horse only once in my life, which resulted in
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Not So Fun in the Sun: A History of Women’s Swimsuits

This blog post appeared on the Dashing Duchesses September 17, 2012 As summer winds to a close, I always breathe a sigh of relief at being excused from public viewing. It isn’t that I don’t love the beach – it is my chosen vacation spot, and I count a beautiful beach on St. John as my
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