There’s been a lot of interesting discussion lately on my two group blogs, The Spiced Tea Party (for erotic historical writers) and History Hoydens (for historical writers who can sometimes write pretty hot as well), and even some provocative cross chatter: check out Tracy Grant’s Courtesan Heroines post at the Hoydens and this one of mine at the Tea Party.
I love it when blog posts generate thoughtful, fascinating comments. And it’s especially fun to follow out the links and learn a little more about the folks who made the comments. This week I found two fascinating website/blogs that way:
La Belle Americaine’s site, Edwardian Promenade, is full of fascinating information about a period I wish I knew more about, the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. As her site has it:
This time period was one of great social change. Alternately known as Fin de siècle or La Belle Epoque (the beautiful epoch), the years between 1880 and 1914 were infected simultaneously by moods of decadence and pessimism, and of optimism and hope.
I know the era as the time of Proust and early Colette (gotta take the opportunity here, post some pics of these idols of mine).
But it seems to me that the Belle Epoque is way underused for historical romance fiction (though of course there’s got to be some great stuff that I don’t know about it. Write me with your recommendations, okay?)
And I want La Belle to write some of her own, set in the period she obviously knows so well. But meanwhile enjoy her sumptuous website and blog.
And then go over to Eva Gale’s site/blog, read the hot excerpts from her erotic fiction, and then marvel at her adventures as a home-schooling mom of 7 kids.
I love links.