1890: Victorian Burlesque Dancers and Their Elaborate Costumes

I’m at it again! Research.

 

Early burlesque has roots in comedy. These 19th-century theater cards show its evolution into vaudeville and striptease.

Source: 1890: Victorian burlesque dancers and their elaborate costumes

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Lady Charlotte – It Begins

TenBellsHere I go again, creating new characters.  meet the following:

Charlotte Rutherford – Widowed, but her reputation is scandalous

Cedric Fitzgerald – Charlotte’s cousin

Lord Albert Beckett – Her eventual love interest

What’s it all about?  Well, I do have a smashing synopsis written already, but I’m keeping it under wraps for a few reasons. Let’s just say that Charlotte and Albert will be in a definite hate/love relationship, sparring with one another, in rather humorous settings.

Already, I’m digging into a few research items revolving around:

  • A famous pub in 1890 Whitechapel.  How about The Ten Bells where two of Jack the Ripper’s victims apparently frequented?
  • I’m also reading about the West End risque theatres.

Stay tuned as I add more information about Charlotte’s wardrobe and the habits of good society.

I’m starting Chapter 5 and have written 10,419 toward my 50,000-word goal.

 

Lady Grace Print & Audio

Lady Grace is pending release in print, and I’ve posted auditions for audio. The print should be up for sale in the next few weeks, and the audio within six weeks once I commission a narrator.

In the meantime, I’ve already written the synopsis of Lady Charlotte, but I’ll keep that under wraps!  Stay tuned as I start writing a light-hearted and humorous story between a fallen woman and upright man.

 

Where Are the Poppies Now – Tales From Those Who Bought Poppies

I was one of the lucky ones to purchase a poppy from the Tower of London. As you know, I dedicated Lady Grace to my fallen cousins who lost their lives in World War I. I’ve been able to replant the poppy on this wonderful website! Please visit, comment, and read their story of where the poppy has been planted. Find my Tower poppy at:

https://www.wherearethepoppiesnow.org.uk/the-poppy-map/

 

#WhereAreThePoppiesNow is reuniting the Tower Poppies across the world. Plant your poppy, share your story @1418NOW

Source: Where are the Poppies Now – Tales from those who bought poppies

What’s Next?

First off, I’ve been a tad bit upset that Amazon is not carrying my print version of Lady Isabella except to offer it through third-party sellers at a higher price.  When they do that, I don’t get a dime and readers get stiffed paying more.  I’m working with my printer, Lightning Source, to try and determine why this is happening to all of my print books. I’ve yet to put Lady Grace in print but am working on it.

The consensus seems to be that unless independent authors also use Amazon’s print service called CreateSpace, the big A is going to make it difficult for independent authors to see their print versions of books for sale on Amazon.  Don’t get me started on Amazon’s bid for world domination!  I use them as much as anyone else to order everything from vitamins to bras.  However, when they prevent me from selling books unless I use their print service, that’s where our relationship goes sour.

To rectify the problem I will need to spend hours of work republishing all of my books — yes all of my books — on the CreateSpace platform.  That includes my books as Vicki Hopkins and Nora Covington.  It will be a huge amount of time and effort to do so.

In spite of the conundrum, I don’t plan on walking away from writing book three – Lady Charlotte.  My goal is a December release, and I plan to make it!

In the meantime, happy reading.  Wish me happy formatting!