I hope everyone is enjoying the fall weather, football season, apples, pumpkins, cider, and more. I love fall, and this fall is particularly special because my debut novel, How to Seduce a Spy, is now available for preorder on multiple platforms!
Print book will be available on or shortly before the release date of 11/5/18.
And now, for your viewing delight, the full print cover of How to Seduce a Spy:
Those Wacky Victorians
Every newsletter I try to include an interesting bit of Victorian trivia that I have come across as I am writing and researching my books. The Victorian Era was a time of great interest in science, nature, and the world, and a time of many inventions. Some of their ideas worked out great! Others, well, not so much.
I just recently wrote a bit where my heroine was involved in a wild bicycle chase. So here are some Victorian bicycle terms:
Penny-farthing: the large-wheeled bicycle popular with young men from the 1870s to mid-1880s. Was called an "ordinary" bicycle until this term came into use in the 1890s, first as a perjorative. Most weighed about 40 lbs., and you picked your wheel size based on your leg length.
To take a header: To go flying off headfirst. A very real danger with the penny-farthing, many of which had poor or no brakes and were prone to tipping.
Scorcher: Someone who rides fast (and probably recklessly).
Safety Bicycle: a bike with two wheels of equal or near-equal size and a chain drive. First available in the mid-1880s. Once these were widely available, the bike was no longer a toy but a practical vehicle for anyone.
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