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Another Friday: Hot Links

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.


  1. “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?)”

    Coming out of lurking because this is one of my favorite time periods and I can’t resist. Some of my favorite Belle Epoque romances include:

    The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale
    Beast by Judith Ivory
    Bliss by Judy Cuevas (Judith Ivory)
    Dance by Judy Cuevas (Judith Ivory)
    The Proposition, also by Judith Ivory
    Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas
    Delicious by Sherry Thomas (It comes out in less than 2 weeks)

  2. Hey, it’s great to know you’re lurking, Janine (said the insecure blogger). Yes, I should have mentioned Judith Ivory for sure. Embarrassed to say that I’ve never read Laura Kinsale — I’m gonna start with The Shadow and the Star. And as I just checked to see that Sherry Thomas will be signing at the RWA Literacy Autographing, which makes it a great opportunity for me to catch up with Sherry Thomas’s work.

  3. I’m sure you’ve got more lurkers than just me. Maybe you can get stats.

    I envy you for having these books ahead of you! Of course, I can always reread them, but nothing beats reading a great book for the first time.

    I’ve heard good things about Laura Lee Guhrke’s recent series that is also set in this time period, but I haven’t read them yet.

    And if you haven’t read Laura Kinsale yet, I also recommend For My Lady’s Heart, The Dream Hunter and Flowers from the Storm — my other favorites, probably in that order. Flowers from the Storm is her most popular book, but I think the other two are more subversive. None of these are set during La Belle Epoque, though.

  4. Hi Pam! Thanks for linking my blog–and I too agree the period is woefully underused. I’m glad Sherry Thomas has joined the ranks of my favored time period (and Laura Lee Guhrke, Betina Krahn, and for her 2004 trilogy, Jane Feather), but we need more! Which is what motivates my own works. *g*

  5. Hi Evangeline,

    I know we’ve bumped up against each other in the blogosphere before — I’ve always loved your comments, but I’m glad to tell you directly how much I like your blog and how eager I am to see your own works. Say more about what you’re working on, if you’d like to.

  6. Sometimes I fear I think too much and find things that aren’t there when I craft my responses. *g* But I do have to say many of my responses are in reaction to your thorough thought-provoking posts. I have to re-read them thrice over before I feel capable of a good response.

    Currently, I’m praying there is a method to my madness as I jump from plot to plot, outlining and compiling research for two books at once, while at the same time, putting together a nonfiction proposal in conjunction with my history blog. Ambition, thy name is Evangeline. But ambition is healthy, right? Thankfully everything is set in the Edwardian era so half the battle is completed: I only need to research the little things, such as Balkan politics or Boer War tactics for my fiction, and just write the chapters for my non-fiction. No muss, no fuss-I dearly hope. 😉

  7. your thorough thought-provoking posts

    Thanks for that. It’s interesting, isn’t it, the kinds of thinking, sharing, and discussion goes on in the blogosphere? I’m only beginning to get a feel for that.

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