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“AMERICAN GILT” featured at the Anaheim Library’s Independant Author Day

Join author J.D. Peterson at Anaheim Library Indie Author Day! An afternoon showcasing the work and talent of 30 Independent authors. Anaheim Central Library   October 13th  1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.   J.D. Peterson – featured author sharing a reading from the AMERICAN GILT Trilogy. Readings  1 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. Book Raffle – Win a complete signed set of the AMERICAN GILT Trilogy! Meet author J.D. Peterson at Anaheim Central Library.  J.D. Peterson will be signing novels, meeting fans, and sharing the story of how she came to write the AMERICAN GILT trilogy. Based on the true story from the Gilded Age that came to be known as the ‘Belmont-Whiting Scandal’, this is a story that continues to echo through history. The scandal has been…

Judge a Book by its Cover

American Gilt – Début

While perusing the hallowed website of Amazon for an Edith Wharton book; ”The Age of Innocence”, I’m struck by how many different versions of the novel have been published. Some are revised additions, some have footnotes, but most all present different covers. I find it interesting that traditional publishers frequently change the covers on publications. This fact is not lost on me  – or you, I’m sure. We’re taught to ‘not judge a book by its cover’, but clearly when it comes to book buying that is exactly what we do. Myself included. None know that fact better than the indie author, struggling to get noticed in a sea of novels. So, taking a note from traditional publishers, I gave serious consideration to the idea of…

#10 Swim Suits of the Gilded Age.

          A proper lady visited the beach fully clothed. A modern woman wore a modest beach costume. Either way it was hot fun in the summer time! Early swimwear was extremely modest and few  photos have survived. Victorian Swimwear –  Was typically made of Woolen Pantaloons which promoted heatstroke. But on the plus-side – no tan lines! A gentleman also wore a modest swim suit. No ‘speedos’ here! A day at the beach for women and men in the 1900’s – often fully dressed. The gentleman in the background is wearing a full  suit and hat. 1905 - As Swim wear hemlines went up, skin was none the less covered with stockings. The evolution of swimwear – Losing the dress. A full body...

We have a WINNER!

CONGRATULATIONS!   Staci S. from Detroit MI won a personalized, author-signed Set of the AMERICAN GILT Trilogy. Staci entered the contest on Goodreads.com. The books are signed and packed to ship. Off to the Post Office. Give the gift of books this Holiday! 

America’s Famous Masquarade Ball

October 31st – Halloween. Also known as ‘All Souls Night’, an evening when ghosts and witches are believed set free from the underworld to roam the earth. Cultural traditions can be traced to Christian and Pagan religions, but seem to originate in Celtic countries: Scotland, Ireland, England, and Wales. A huge bonfire was lit on this night to celebrate the festival of Samhain and Calan Gaeaf. Townsfolk dressed in costume or painted their faces black with the ashes from the sacred fire, dancing and singing around the flames in hopes of warding off the evil spirits, while hoping to bestow luck and good fortune upon their family in the face of imminent hardship from the approaching winter months. Children in costume would go door to door, singing…

Kindle Fire Giveaway!

Kindle Fire Giveaway Contest View this email in your browser Hello Everyone! Many thanks to all who’ve entered the Kindle Fire Giveaway! BUT HURRY! Time’s running out! $0.99 Sale Price extended to October 19th, 2016 It’s taken me over 10 years of research and writing to transport you back to America’s Gilded Age – and the tale is based on a TRUE STORY! If you haven’t downloaded the ebook yet, I’m giving away a brand new Kindle Fire! to inspire you to check out the novels. Do you want it? Yep, it’s a $49 value and someone reading this is going to win it! The odds are in your favor! Write a review for each book and increase your odds of winning 3x’s ! By the way –…

Fashion week from the Gilded Age

House of Worth - Metropolitan Museum Gown of Caroline 'Carrie' Webster Schermerhorn Astor

House of Worth – Metropolitan Museum Gown of Caroline ‘Carrie’ Webster Schermerhorn Astor http://www.metmuseum.org The original clothes designer for society’s women, Charles Frederick Worth created masterpieces for the ladies of the set, and is considered to be the father of haute couturé. Founder of THE HOUSE OF WORTH in Paris, his fashions were coveted by women throughout the world – including the court of queens. His attention to detail and perfect fit, in addition to his use of sumptuous fabrics, beadwork, fine lace and embroidery, delivered Charles Worth a bevy of elite clientele which included the ladies of America’s Gilded Age: Mrs. Caroline Astor, her daughter Carrie, Edith Jones Wharton and Sara Swan Whiting, among others. Today Charles Worth’s fashions continue to stand the test of…