November 27, 2013

Now Available: THE BABY FARM (The Secret Society of Sugar and Spice, Book 2)

My new book is now available.  Get it in e-book and print paperback at or and for Nook at  Here's the back cover blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Hannah Winter is seven months pregnant and married… to the wrong man.  When it appears that her true love has abandoned her, she is forced to marry a brutal man, for it’s 1885, and her only choice is to marry someone, anyone, or give up her baby.  But once her daughter is born, her cruel husband sells the child to a baby farm. Outraged, Hannah attacks him only to be beaten and imprisoned. Now it is up to Claire Sargent and the girls of the Secret Society of Sugar and Spice to plan a daring escape and spirit Hannah away to safety.  But once rescued, Hannah won’t leave without her daughter.  Claire and the girls of the Secret Society face their most daunting mission yet, for not only must they find the baby girl, they must steal her away. 

The Baby Farm is part of a series.  The first book in the series is The Secret Society of Sugar and Spice.  Get it online at the same websites.

November 12, 2013

TEEN LIFE WAY BACK WHEN: The Foundation of Domestic Happiness

In 1898, what did men believe was the foundation of domestic happiness"?  Here is one man's opinion (from Western Womanhood.  A Journal Devoted to the Interests of Women.  Fargo, North Dakota):

I am dumbfounded at the first reference to the dictionary that is beside me, wherein I find an expression that makes me weep over the opinions of the old as well as the present time.  I find:  The foundation of domestic happiness is faith in the virtue of woman.” (Hare.)  I am pained to think that Mr. Hare was forced to make woman’s virtue the sole ingredient of a foundation so imposing as that of domestic happiness.  Being a man, I blush with shame that one of my own kindred should thus be compelled to make our record.  “Domestic happiness” that boon to which the weary traveler returns after his day’s work is done; to have it rest upon one-half of human life, and that half, so far as virtue is referred in the definition, the absolute slave of man, for there is no legal redress during coverture*, for the abuse of woman’s sexual organs, not even if the man bring to her person the most infectious of diseases.  By O.W.L.  Feb. 1898, Vol IV, No. 8, pg 4.

*Coverture is the legal term whereby upon marriage, a husband and wife were said to have acquired unity of person that resulted in the husband having numerous rights over the property of his wife and in the wife being deprived of her power to enter into contracts or to bring lawsuits as an independent person (

November 4, 2013

Author's Notes: A Really Cool Pinterest Board

You know how I love all things nineteenth century.  Well, I just discovered a really cool board on Pinterest devoted to photographs of women's fashion in the 1890's.  What a joy.  There are lots of pics of royalty, but it's the photos of everyday women that are so fascinating. Click here to see this board!