Day 6: The Twelve Days of Concordia

Day 6: The Twelve Days of Concordia

Welcome to Day 6 of the quote-a-day countdown giveaway, to celebrate the November 1st release of Beloved and Unseemly. To learn more about the lady professor’s adventures in book #5, along with details of the contest and prizes, click here:

The Twelve Days of Concordia Giveaway!

Here is today’s quote…uh-oh, looks like Concordia’s getting an earful!

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Well,  I suppose she’s heard that sort of thing on occasion….

Thanks so much for participating! By the way, if you’re looking for recipes to stay cozy in the chill weather or to celebrate Halloween, you’ll enjoy today’s post from Misterio Press! Included are two cocktail recipes of mine, one with alcohol and one without. Hope to see you there!

Stick-to-Your Ribs Weather

~Kathy

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Day 5: The Twelve Days of Concordia

Day 5: The Twelve Days of Concordia

Welcome to Day 5 of the quote-a-day countdown giveaway, to celebrate the November 1st release of Beloved and Unseemly. To learn more about the lady professor’s adventures in book #5, along with details of the contest and prizes, click here:

The Twelve Days of Concordia Giveaway!

So here’s today’s quote, where you get a glimpse of Concordia’s…ahem, inquisitive nature:

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Hope your Monday is going well, and thanks for being part of the countdown and giveaway!

~Kathy

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Day 4: The Twelve Days of Concordia

Day 4: The Twelve Days of Concordia

Welcome to Day 4 of the quote-a-day countdown giveaway, to celebrate the November 1st release of Beloved and Unseemly. To learn more about the lady professor’s adventures in book #5, along with details of the contest and prizes, click here:

The Twelve Days of Concordia Giveaway!

 

You mystery fans are going to like today’s quote:

 

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…because it wouldn’t be a mystery without a body, am I right? *wink*

Thanks so much for sharing and responding! I’d say the quote-a-day giveaway is going well so far, and it’s all thanks to you guys!

~Kathy

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Day 3: The Twelve Days of Concordia

Day 3: The Twelve Days of Concordia

Welcome to Day 3 of the quote-a-day countdown giveaway, to celebrate the November 1st release of Beloved and Unseemly. To learn more about the contest and prizes, along with what the lady professor is up to in book #5, click here:

The Twelve Days of Concordia Giveaway!

Okie dokie then, here’s today’s quote!

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Hope your weekend is going well, and thanks for spreading the word!

~Kathy

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Day 2: The Twelve Days of Concordia

Day 2: The Twelve Days of Concordia

Welcome to Day 2 of the quote-a-day countdown giveaway, to celebrate the November 1st release of Beloved and Unseemly. To learn more about the contest and prizes, along with what the lady professor is up to in book #5, click here:

The Twelve Days of Concordia Giveaway!

So here you go, the Day 2 quote from Beloved and Unseemly:

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Happy Weekend, everyone, and thanks so much for spreading the word!

~Kathy

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The Twelve Days of Concordia Giveaway!

The Twelve Days of Concordia Giveaway!

Only twelve more days until Beloved and Unseemly, book 5 of the Concordia Wells Mysteries, is released!

 

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A stolen blueprint, a dead body, and wedding bells….
Change is in the air at Hartford Women’s College in the fall of 1898. Renowned inventor Peter Sanbourne—working on Project Blue Arrow for the Navy—heads the school’s new engineering program, and literature professor Concordia Wells prepares to leave to marry David Bradley.

The new routine soon goes awry when a bludgeoned body—clutching a torn scrap of the only blueprint for Blue Arrow—is discovered on the property Concordia and David were planning to call home.

To unravel the mystery that stands between them and their new life together, Concordia must navigate deadly pranks, dark secrets, and long-simmering grudges that threaten to tear apart her beloved school and leave behind an unseemly trail of bodies.
Pre-order here for November 1st delivery:

Are you excited? I know I am. To get us all in the mood, I’m doing a countdown promotion that I call “The Twelve Days of Concordia.”

 

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Each day, I’ll post a quote from the book here, as well as on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook. For everyone who responds or promotes me – on these or other social media venues – I’ll add your name to a digital “hat” for a prize drawing on November 1st (release day)! Twelve people will win, and current subscribers (as of November 1) will be added to the drawing, too. Commenting and/or promoting the book release on multiple days will increase your chances of winning! If you’ve already read the Concordia books, these make great gifts as well, and can be read across devices.

Prizes

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Winners 1-8: your choice of any ebook or audiobook in the Concordia Wells series (including the new release!)

Winners 9 and 10: your choice of any ebooks/audiobooks

Winner 11: your choice of any 2 ebooks/audiobooks, and a signed paperback copy of Beloved and Unseemly

Winner 12: GRAND PRIZE! All 5 ebooks in the series and a signed paperback copy of Beloved and Unseemly 

**If a winner of a paperback happens to live outside the continental U.S., I will substitute an Amazon gift card in order to avoid the expense of international shipping. Sorry about that.

So, here we go! Today’s quote is the opening line from Beloved and Unseemly:

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Can you help me get the word out about Beloved and Unseemly? I would really appreciate whatever you can do! If you are spreading the word on a venue you don’t think I will see, drop me a line here so I can add your name to the giveaway. And thank you so much for your support!

Next quote…tomorrow!

See you then,

Kathy

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1890s Fashions for Women (and an announcement)

1890s Fashions for Women (and an announcement)
Francois Courboin, In the Cabinet des Estampes (Bibliothèque Nationale), 1897. Image via wikimedia commons.

Francois Courboin, In the Cabinet des Estampes (Bibliothèque Nationale), 1897. Image via wikimedia commons.

In writing about the world of Concordia Wells, I have to make sure the lady professor and her colleagues are always suitably attired in the style of the day.

I use a variety of sources for descriptions and sketches of what these ladies wore during the Progressive Era. Two of my favorite books for research are the Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog of 1897 and Victorian Fashions & Costumes from Harper’s Bazar, 1867-1898.

1897 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalogue

Other sources include newspaper advertisements from a search of Chronicling America (a digital archive of 19th century U.S. newspapers from the Library of Congress), and etiquette books of the period, such as Manners and Social Usages by Mrs. John Sherwood, an 1898 self-help book (yes, they had those way back then!), which I quote from extensively in book #5 (more about book #5 in a moment).

I also have to keep reminding myself not to overlook YouTube, which has a surprising collection of old film footage and picture montages. Below is one I think you’ll enjoy. If you want to skim (it’s a bit long), there’s a wedding dress at 5:12 and a series of bicycling outfits similar to what Concordia wears at 10:06.

 

Announcement:

Book 5 of the Concordia Wells Mysteries is complete and we have a cover! Official release day is Tuesday, November 1st. For those of you who have read the series from the beginning, book 5 comes full circle in several ways that I’m hoping you’ll find satisfying. Here’s a portion of the cover and the blurb:

 

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A stolen blueprint, a dead body, and wedding bells….

Change is in the air at Hartford Women’s College in the fall of 1898. Renowned inventor Peter Sanbourne—working on Project Blue Arrow for the Navy—heads the school’s new engineering program, and literature professor Concordia Wells prepares to leave to marry David Bradley.

The new routine soon goes awry when a bludgeoned body—clutching a torn scrap of the only blueprint for Blue Arrow—is discovered on the property Concordia and David were planning to call home.

To unravel the mystery that stands between them and their new life together, Concordia must navigate deadly pranks, dark secrets, and long-simmering grudges that threaten to tear apart her beloved school and leave behind an unseemly trail of bodies.

 

I’m so excited and can’t wait for you all to read it! I’ll post the full cover reveal in my newsletter and here on the site when the links go live. I know you guys have been so patient(!) waiting for this next Concordia installment, and I really appreciate your loyalty.

If you don’t want to wait for November 1st, you can be one of my advance readers! I’m offering ten free advance review copies (ARCs) of the ebook version of  Beloved and Unseemly.

I love ARCs. Not only does the reader get a freebie ahead of time, but releasing the book “in the wild” may generate early reviews. Reviews then help prospective readers decide if this book is their cup of tea.

Please note: readers receiving ARCs are under no obligation whatsoever to rate the book or post a review. This is per Amazon reviewer policy and I agree wholeheartedly. If something is free, it should not have strings attached. (But if you do decide to rate/review the book, Concordia and I thank you very much!)

So, if you’d like an ARC, send me an email at: contact(at)kbowenmysteries(dot)com. Let me know what format you want: mobi (Kindle) or epub (Nook or iPad/iPhone). I will send them out to the first ten readers who ask. Thank you!

Until next time,

Kathy

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1890s Perceptions of Electricity (shared post)

1890s Perceptions of Electricity (shared post)

One of the joys of researching historical mysteries is discovering new-to-me historical blogs. Icing on the cake is when the blogger generously shares her talents. A special thanks to the author of this piece, Tine Hreno, for permitting me to re-post this fascinating article on 1890s’ perceptions of electricity. I know you’ll enjoy it. As you’ll see from the full article, not only was electricity a source of light and power, it was an opportunity for entrepreneurs to make some quick money on electric “health” products, such as the rheumatism ring below.

Image via Sears Roebuck Catalog, 1897.

Image via Sears Roebuck Catalog, 1897.

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Popular Perceptions of Electricity in the 1890s

by Tine Hreno

If you lived in a major city, like London, electricity had become part of your everyday life by the 1890s. You might not have it in your home, but even if you did, you might not understand what it was.

Even electrical engineers, like Nikola Tesla, used words like “energy” to describe that which was generated by electricity and that which he felt after sleeping. It’s not clear that many people distinguished between the two. Tesla actually got the idea for tuning radio frequencies through his belief that he and his mother were tuned into the same frequency when she died. Still, Tesla understood more about electricity than most people do today, but the electrical revolution was spreading rapidly.

A town called Godalming, Surrey, built the first central station to provide electricity to the public in the fall of 1881. They did so because the disagreed with the rate the gas company was charging them. I understand the feeling from dealing with my internet provider. Godalming’s system was first used for their street lamps, but within the year more than 80% of its homes were connected. Overall, the town wasn’t happy with their new electrical system and reverted to gas (also a familiar feeling in dealing with new internet providers). However, by 1882, London had a large-scale power station at Holburn Viaduct.

Read the rest here (and check out the cool lithographs and product advertisements): Writers in London in the 1890s: Popular Perceptions of Electricity in the 1890s

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Psst…by my next post, I should have some book news.

Until next time,

Kathy

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