A London Subculture by Edie Cay

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Today’s post shares fascinating information and is well-sourced, but its subject may not be suitable for all readers. The topic is the rich and diverse history of gay subculture in 18th & 19th… Continue reading

New Release Wednesday: The Third Daughter by Fiona Forsyth

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Rome, 68 BCE. Julius Caesar begins his controversial career in government. At the same time, a third daughter, Tertulla, is born to the Junius family on the Palatine Hill. Tertulla grows up under… Continue reading

The Heiress Who Broke the Rules

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In acknowledgement of Women’s History Month, this post features a woman who appeared not to give a hoot for Gilded Age society’s rules and expectations. One might say she not only broke the… Continue reading

New Release Wednesday: Lord of the Eyrie by Katerina Dunne

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Love, War, and the Price of Loyalty Transylvania, Kingdom of Hungary, 1440: Finally home after five years away, warrior-nobleman Sándor Szilágyi is met by a dying father, a resentful younger brother, his child-bride… Continue reading

All Things Are Here: Discovering the Unexpected Within Early Parish Records by Sarah Jean Head

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Today’s post gives the reader insights into the wealth of information found in the records of local parishes within the UK. Church records are excellent primary sources for authors whether writing historical fiction… Continue reading

Sunny Side of the Street: Rich as Rock-e-fellow

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Readers will recognize the lyrics from the 1930’s show tune, Sunny Side of the Street, and the line from it regarding the wealth of the “Rock-e-Fellows.” If I never have a cent, babeI’d… Continue reading

A Mother’s Love: A Look at Zerelda Samuel, the Mother of Jesse James by Pat Wahler

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To a native Missourian like me, the tale of Jesse James is a familiar one. After all, the Show-Me state was Jesse’s birthplace and home for most of his life. To this day,… Continue reading

The Miser and the Lady Philanthropist

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By some accounts, Russell Sage, the Gilded Age multi-millionaire, was so despised by his neighbors in his hometown of Troy, New York that he was forced to move to New York City where… Continue reading

New York’s Civil War Contradictions by Eileen Charbonneau

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No city was more of a help to the Union war effort, or more of a hindrance than New York, New York. The city raised more men, money, and materiel for the war… Continue reading

New Release Wednesday: Daughter of the King by Kerry Chaput

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My first guest on this new feature is an author I met through the writer’s group Women Fiction Writer’s Association. Her novel, The Daughter of the King, released on December 16 from Black… Continue reading