Monday, November 16, 2009

Winners and Research Monday!

Good morrow, everyone! I have a few things to chat to you about. First, though, the winner of a signed copy of A Highlander Christmas is (chosen at random, from a hat!) is..........................Patti!

Congratulations Patti! Please send your snail mail addy to
And thanks to all who gave me a nice, indepth look at what they like in their Highlanders!

So, this weekend, I've been doing research for my Sins and Vitues series for Harlequin Spice. It's set in the late 18th century, when men wore frock coats and a bit of lace cuff, but thankfully, wigs were out by then for both men and women! (men in wigs=not sexy!)

So, I've come across some really wonderful resources. I use them all the time. So, I thought I'd share them. I don't know how many authors, published or aspiring we have visting LIT. And since we're a historical site, I figured our visitors all like historical, I've given a few links out to sites that I always visit whenever I begin reseach.

the National Trust is fabulous for researching castles, manor homes, inns etc...and there are many of these old sites that you can stay overnight in. I swear, I'm going to spend a night in a castle! I swear it!

This site is great for naming places, finding small villages, and for visual inspiration for your next rakish lord, or hunky highlander's dwelling! It's also nice to visit if you're planning a trip abroad, and want to include some historical homes on your tour. STourhead gardens (if you visit the site) is the inspiration for Sinful's Lord Wallingford's garden.

Next stop for me, is always the Victorian and Albert Museum. Although, on the three occasions I've been to London, I've never made it there. Next time I will!!! I've recently purchased two fabulous research books (pictures shown) from them. You can buy on-line. Wonderful resources for the writer, and a fun place to virtual visit and shop for those Anglophiles amongst us. The on-line collection of fashions and furniture is die for.

And Kristi...I see they have a 20th century fashion book as well, unfortunately, it's temporaily out of stock.

So, that's it for Research Monday. Enjoy purusing the links. And just out of curiosity, does anyone have a favorite era, and why?


Patti said...

Yay!!!!!!! Thanks so much, this was on my "must have" list!(I sent my info)

Kristina Cook/Kristi Astor said...

Oooh, I'll have to keep checking the V&A site for the 20th C. book. Looks wonderful!

Charlotte Featherstone said...

Congrats, Patti! you're welcome.

Kristi, the other two are GORGEOUS and those big color photo's really, really help to 'put you there' so to speak!!!! Glad it'll work for you.

Genella deGrey said...

Favorite historical costume era?
All but the regency. Everyone looked pregnant because Napoleon's wife WAS pregnant and she is who they looked to to set the fashion of the day. The guys of that era look great, but the poor women fell short. (No, that was not a slam on Napoleon. LOL)

Thanks for the research links, Charlotte! You are a visual kind of gal, huh?

When I have questions about historical costume, I call my costumers in NY, a la disposition. We have interesting conversations about what corset closures were popular in a particular era, crinoline verses the hoop and when they evolved into the bustle, etc.

A la Disposition has sewn me a closet-full of gowns from Tudor to high Victorian (sans Regency fashions) and are a very trustworthy source. They are also the creators of my Steampunk Alice dress for the Mad Hatter's Midnight Tea Party at RT in April, for which I can't wait!


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kanishk said...

the other two are GORGEOUS and those big color photo's really,

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