Tag: Victoria

12 Days at Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep kicks off wonderful new series

When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet compelled to attend — for if she remains the duration of the 12-day celebration, she is promised a sum of 1,000 pounds. That’s enough money to bring her brother back from […]

Delamere blends theatrical take on Victorian London with romance, drama

Be transported to 1880s London, and meet a talented musician and singer, in the new Victorian romance novel from Jennifer Delamere, The Captain’s Daughter. When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that […]

Brother’s Ruin features Victorian London filled with steampunk magic

Emma Newman’s newest release, Brother’s Ruin, is set in a Victorian London filled with magic. Charlotte “Charlie” Gunn has been keeping secrets — from her parents, from her fiancé, from her brother and, most important, from the British Crown. In Newman’s England, if one possesses magical powers, it must be […]

Recommended: Three podcasts that are ear-candy for history buffs

History has experienced something of a popular resurgence in the last couple of decades, especially World War II history. I credit HBO’s “Band of Brothers” and the 1998 should-have-been-Best-Picture “Saving Private Ryan” for helping to make that happen. One of the greatest things about the World Wide Web is the […]

Check out this list of my most anticipated March 2017 releases

A new month means there are a ton of new releases being published. Here is a list of my most anticipated books being released in March. Some of these already are out, but most are being released in the upcoming weeks. Already released ‘In Farleigh Field,’ by Rhys Bowen World […]

“Giver of Wonders,” by Roseanna M. White: A review, guest post and giveaway

In a truly unique take on a Christmas story, Roseanna M. White unfolds the tale of Nikolaos the wonder-worker in “Giver of Wonders.” Nicholas, the basis for St. Nick as we know him, has the power to heal and knows his life is meant to be dedicated to the church. […]

Steamy Joe to celebrate first anniversary Sept. 19 with extended hours

In an effort to be more accessible to its growing number of customers, Steamy Joe soon will extend its hours of operation. The coffee shop will continue to open at 7 a.m., but now will stay open until 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. The new hours will begin Sept. […]

‘Lost and Gone Forever’ emerges from fog as high-octane Victorian mystery

The fifth installment in Alex Grecian’s Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad, “Lost and Gone Forever,” is about as high-octane as a Victorian mystery can be. The story starts with a character, who no longer remembers who he is, escaping from a fortress of sorts. As the story unfolds, a picture begins […]

Nonfiction books I simply haven’t had time to read yet

I have a confession — I love nonfiction books about history. While it’s not hard to tell from the majority of the books I review that I read a ton of historical fiction, what is less apparent is my love of well-written nonfiction. Luckily, there is a plethora of amazing […]

Award-winning authors abound in Kansas, Oklahoma

The Midwest has a strong history of writers who are from or have lived in the region. Laura Ingalls Wilder, Langston Hughes and Rex Stout all have come from or lived in Kansas. This proud tradition still continues today, with Kansas and Oklahoma home to multiple best-selling and award-winning authors. […]