Month: March 2017

Baby Farming in Victorian Times

By Sharon K. Gilbert Illegitimate children were a major problem in the cramped cities of Victorian England, particularly in London. Though the legal system had originally (18th century) penalized men who fathered children out of wedlock, that financial roadblock was removed in 1834 with The New Poor Law (and its ‘bastardy’ clause). Now, the woman alone was responsible for the child’s welfare, which meant an unwed mother–often with few skills or prospects–was left to find means to support a dependent infant. Those in domestic service usually lost their jobs if found to be pregnant, and so that income might be […]

The Kindle Proof is Here

By Sharon K. Gilbert Our wonderful and very talented typesetter (layout and design person), Kevin G. Summers, sent us the galley proof for the Kindle version of ‘Blood Lies’ yesterday. Simply put, it is clean and elegant. I read nearly all books on Kindle now (love making the font BIG), and many of these books have a utilitarian appearance. Functional but not so pretty. Kevin’s font choice and simplicity make my words look awesome! The Kindle and print versions of ‘Blood Lies’ will be released at Amazon on April 8th, 2017.

New Release Date for ‘Blood Lies’

Good News! The first book of The Redwing Saga is going to be released even sooner – and it will be available in print and in Kindle formats. Previously, we had announced that the book would be available on June 10, but a recent shift in the production schedule has cleared the decks for an April 08, 2017 release date. Keep watching this site for a link to where to buy!

Antimacassars and Victorian furnishings

By Sharon K. Gilbert When I was a young girl, men who wanted to impress ladies still used hair oils and grease to make their hair behave and shine. It was no different in the 19th century, when men slicked back their unruly locks with a pomade known as Macassar Oil. Supposedly, the hair oil was created and popularized by a barber named Alexander Rowland in the early 19th century and eventually trademarked in 1888 (our Book One year). ¬†Made from coconut oil or palm oil with the addition of ylang-ylang oil for a light fragrance, it not only served […]