Lady Charlotte

Soup, Soap and Salvation

Lady Charlotte believes in soup and soap but is by no means a saint. She is a lady of disgrace but has a big heart filled with empathy for the poor.

Her one pet peeve in is a certain aristocrat she calls a “pompous ass.” Will he be the one to find the redemption for his arrogant behavior through soup, soap, and salvation?

Stay tuned for the release date of Lady Charlotte. The chance to pre-order will be available soon.

To read more about the early days of the Salvation Army in East London, follow the link below.

 

‘Soup, Soap and Salvation’ may sound a simplistic motto, but it addresses the heart of human need and is embedded into the fabric of Salvation Army mission and motivation.

Source: Soup, Soap and Salvation

Blog Post · Lady Isbella

Chapters to Date

In the past week, I’ve been diligently working toward the finish line of Lady Isabella.  Written in the first person, I often enjoy this point of view. I realize that it keeps the thoughts of other characters hidden, but I needed to explore the emotions and inward thoughts of this young character.

Currently on Chapter 14 and reaching 28,770 words, I’m hoping to bring this book to the final closing by the end of December.  Muse willing.  In the meantime, here is a peek into the chapter titles to tease your interest.

  • Scandalous Behavior
  • Punishment Well Deserved
  • Preparations for Change
  • Hidden in France
  • Goodbyes and Hellos
  • Polished and Finished
  • Dinner for Two
  • No Room at the Inn
  • Homeward Bound
  • A Secret Rendezvous
  • Hats and Horses
  • Lines are Drawn
  • Desperate Measures
  • The Out-of-Tune Aria

Of course, more chapters are to come.  My plan is to release these new books in eBook, print, and eventually audio.

On another note, thank you to my readers for the successful run on BookBub with the free giveaways of The Price of Innocence.  I’m grateful for the new followers of my Legacy saga from Books 1-4.

Additionally, my second short-story Christmas novelette has been released this past week — a Christmas Mission (Two Sisters Determined to Heal the Past).  It’s available for download on all major retailers.

Cheers during the holidays,

Vicki

 

Blog Post · Lady Isbella

1930’s and Fallen Women

Are there fallen women in every era? Well, since I’ve written mostly in the Victorian era and a little bit into the Edwardian, I thought that I would stretch myself both forward and backward in time. I’ve not visited the Regency era, because I haven’t studied it much (though I’ve read my share of Austen books).

As far as the 1930’s, and 1940’s, you can say I have a fascination mainly because those were the years my mother became a young woman.  She turned eighteen in 1930.  Her marriage to my father in 1940 had been her second time to the altar.  My mother lived until she was eighty-seven years old and never once told me that she had been married and divorced before she married my father.  The news came to me from my brother, and I recently confirmed it through my ancestral research finding the marriage certificate from 1935.  She was twenty-two when they wed.  Did she think it a scandal that should be kept secret from me because she divorced?  Frankly, I will never know.

Of course, every era has its view on courtship and marriage rituals.  They have evolved as the hemlines have risen and women dared to show their ankles to men.  What was considered scandalous in the early nineteenth century certainly wasn’t considered as risque in the 1930’s. Nevertheless, sex before marriage, out-of-wedlock pregnancies, divorce, and adultery all carry connotations of women who have missed the mark of perfection. The female who falls from morality’s heights is coined “fallen.” Men, on the other hand, are merely rogues who go on with their lives, for the most part, unscathed or perhaps to be avoided.   In my Google search of scandalous behavior in 1930’s England, King Edward VIII’s lifestyle shares in the results.  Even men partook in scandalous behavior in high society, making history.

Currently, I’m in the 1930’s with Lady Isabella.  Let make one thing clear – I’m no historian.  As a writer, though, I attempt to do my homework to avoid scathing reviews regarding my lack of knowledge.  Do I miss the mark?  Occasionally.  Do I take creative liberties?  Definitely.  However, my hope is to leave you with a story that pleases in the end.  As far as this era, I’ve always enjoyed the fashions, hairstyles, makeup, hats, and gloves. And who can forget about the handsome men in their three-piece, double-breasted suits? The  1930s were also the Golden Years of Hollywood, receiving condemnation from the church for the declining moral standards.  (Frankly, I think we’ve been blaming them ever since.)

In the posts ahead,scar I’ll be researching the morals, economics, political climate, fashions, hairstyles, and makeup of the various eras.  For this particular book, I have been learning about the 1936 Royal Ascot, since one of my scenes is placed during that event.

All of my ladies in this series will be wearing a red dress on the cover.  I thought it appropriate fashion based on the disgraceful behavior of my new characters.  After all, the red dress has been the iconic indication in most instances of bad female behavior.  Can anyone forget Scarlett O’Hara’s grand entrance into Ashley’s birthday party and the meaning behind that scene?  It has gone down in history.

I’ll be back with more about the 1930’s.

Fondly,

Vicki

Blog Post

Every Era Has Its Fallen Women

blank vintage paper with flowers designWelcome to my new blog for Ladies of Disgrace, which will be a new series of books released about fallen women in different eras. My first three ladies to take their walk of shame with my readers are named below but there may be more in the future. You’ll find one common element in each of the covers:

Lady Isabella
Lady Grace
Lady Charlotte

As I write about each era, I will be posting any research or historical tidbits of interest. If you are familiar with my books, you will find other blogs linked below for The Legacy Series and Dark Persuasion where I have done the same. As an author, I find that writing about my research experiences while I pen the story is a therapeutic break from plotting.

My first lady of disgrace, Isabella, is set in the 1930’s, which is an entirely different era. Of course, that means I’m off to Google, Wikipedia, and other resources to look up tidbits during this time period. A lot happened from 1934-1937 when my story is set. Perhaps, as I write about them, you will already be familiar with a few.

As in some of my more recent books, I’m going to use the name of my ancestors. Jane Isabella Burrows is the name of my great-grandmother, who was a stubborn woman. I will be dedicating Lady Isabella to her memory, along with a short quip on her tenacious personality.

It’s hard to believe that my mother was twenty-four years old in 1936. I have a few interesting pictures of her during those years and this one is a favorite. She’s is the young lady on the left, and I’m sure her strawberry blonde hair must have been glowing in the sun. Of course, I can’t help but wonder what wild times these ladies had together. Who knows what shenanigans they were up to when this photo was taken?

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Nevertheless, I hope that you will come along for the ride as I begin to post while writing the first book. You can track my progress off to the side. As you can see, I’m starting Chapter 12 and have already passed the 23,000-word mark of a 50,000-word goal.

Welcome to The Ladies of Disgrace.

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