Victorian Fashion Sketches

Oh, how I love the research stage of writing a historical novel! I’m busy working on Rougemont #3, but I’m ready to take a little break, and I thought you might enjoy seeing the best of late-Victorian fashion in all its excessive, opulent glory.* The unwieldy bell-shaped skirts of the 1840-60s gave way to a […]

It’s #Rougemont2 Re-Release Day! Jewelry Giveaway + Blog Blitz

He owns three shipping companies, a diamond mine, and his own castle. He knows Portuguese, Hindi, Mandarin and Morse code. His assets net thirteen million. Lord Preston wants the one thing money can’t buy… (Imagine that intro in James Earl Jones’ voice.) I’m delighted to announce the “re-release” of #2 in the Rougemont Series, The King […]

5 MORE Things The Victorians Did Differently Than You

1.  Dating  Expensive mistresses, sordid-themed clubs, reckless curricle racing, dueling with pistols, gambling away his inheritance… the Victorian bachelor sowed his wild oats and got away with behaving very badly indeed. Once his dowager grandmama gave him the ultimatum to marry or else, he then had the burden of keeping his naughty behavior from the notice of […]

5 Things The Victorians Did Differently Than You

1. Underwear  Let’s face it: this is why you’re here. You should be curious about Victorian underthings, because they were truly weird. 19th-century clothing was so complicated, a lady typically couldn’t dress herself. Before the mid-1800s, her innermost layer was a “shift,” or “chemise,” basically a shin-length shirt. “Drawers” (pantaloons being the American version) became popular in the mid-1800s once Victorian ladies understood […]