Child Trafficking in the Nineteenth Century

Dirty, Sexy History

child_workers_in_newton_nc Child workers in Newton, NC. Lewis Hine.

News organizations and documentary producers have made us all too aware of the horrors of trafficking children. The fate of women and girls of any age coerced and trapped as sex workers horrifies. Boys are not immune. This evil isn’t new, and may in fact be as ancient as the oldest profession. This article will concentrate on the nineteenth century, one in which it has been estimated that over half the prostitutes in Paris were minors, and London brothels notoriously traded in virgin girls.

In our day we generally assume that trafficked women, girls, and, yes, boys have been kidnapped, or are runaways who wandered into the clutches of their keepers unaware. Occasionally, we hear something even worse: the story of parents who’ve sold a child as a sex slave. Child selling was much more common two hundred years ago.

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Caroline Warfield: The Renegade Wife (Giveaway)

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Lieutenant-Colonel John By, Royal Engineers, 1779-1836

John By [Source: By, John, 1832. Unknown Artist, Kingston Picture Collection, Queen’s University Archives, accession number V23 P-58] John By [Source: By, John, 1832. Unknown Artist, Kingston Picture Collection, Queen’s University Archives, accession number V23 P-58] After a modestly successful military career, John By was given an assignment the he might well have believed would bring him promotion and renown. He came from modest origins and, while competent, had never achieved the heights of success. He is in some ways a typical professional soldier of the Napoleonic Era. He died in obscurity. So why is he remembered today?

He was assigned to design an entirely navigable waterway to serve as a supply line between Montreal and Kingston using the Rideau and Ottawa rivers. It was to be cut 126 miles through a wilderness of forest, swamps, and rocky terrain far enough removed from the Saint Lawrence River to be easily defended in case of invasion by the Americans to the south. For…

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The Tourist Trade Was Murder in Victorian England

Dirty, Sexy History

elstree_parish_church_burial_of_william_weare The Burial of William Weare, from “The Fatal Effects of Gambling Exemplified in the Murder of Wm. Weare.” T. Kelly, 1824.

Today we have CSI: Every City in America and then Some. Patricia Cornwell makes a killing with her Scarpetta series. People binge watch Making of a Murderer. But in Victorian England, citizens had no such luxurious entertainments. When murder didn’t come to them, they went to the murder.

The murder tourism trade was rampant during the Victorian era in England as the time saw a powerful focus on death and dying. Victorians took on many rituals surrounding death, developing traditions during periods of mourning, and maintaining keepsake notions like clipping a lock of hair from a dead person and keeping it in a locket, and even death photos in which the dead were photographed. This delight with death sparked a surge in entertainments focused on murder.

Murder tours…

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Historical Romance #Giveaway ~ Win 6 Books!

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Woo-hoo! To celebrate Author Maggi Andersen‘s latest regency series, THE SPIES OF MAYFAIR, six award winning and bestselling authors from Embracing Romance have joined together to offer a special #GIVEAWAY.



Don’t miss the chance to win books by these historical romance authors:



BRETON WOLFE by Victoria Vane

A NIGHT OF FOREVER by Bronwen Evans

THE RAKE’S IRISH LADY by Barbara Monajem

THE PIRATE’S DEBT by Katherine Bone


Yes, that’s right! The second book in my Regent’s Revenge Series, THE PIRATE’S DEBT, is included in this FABulous 6 book Historical Romance Giveaway. Huzzah and Hoorah!!!

To enter, click here.

Leave a comment, from now until midnight ET on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016.

One lucky winner of all 6 books will be selected at random and announced on November 2nd, 2016. 

Good luck, me hearties!!!

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A Chronicle of the Amazon Page Flip Controversy: Or, how to piss off a ton of your vendors all at once

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For the past several weeks (and in some case months), authors publishing through KDP Select have been noticing a massive decrease in pages read (KENP = Kindle Edition Normalized Pages). I blogged about his before here and here, mostly about how it has hit me personally. In this post I would like to attempt a summary of what’s been going on and what the authors affected think might be causing it.

Most of what I know comes from a discussion thread on Kboards, a forum for indie authors. The thread was started on Oct. 2, and authors quickly began chiming in with information on decreasing numbers of pages read on Amazon. A few authors said they had seen no decrease, but the vast majority have observed decreases of between 30% – 90%.

Naturally, once we noticed that we weren’t the only ones taking a huge hit to the…

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