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Mimi Matthews · 2d ago

The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter: Goodreads Giveaway

As many of you know, my next Victorian romance, The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter, will be released on January 23, 2018. Thus far, advance reviews have been fantastic. Kirkus Reviews say...
Mimi Matthews · 1W ago

The Pug Who Bit Napoleon eBook Worldwide Release Day!

It’s release day for the eBook version of my non-fiction animal history book The Pug Who Bit Napoleon: Animal Tales of the 18th and 19th Centuries! The eBook is available worldwide and can b...
Mimi Matthews · 1W ago

A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Cleaning Dresses of Muslin, Silk, Velvet, and Lace

In the Victorian era, women’s clothing was just as likely to spot, stain, and soil as it is today. For fine fabrics, this posed a particular dilemma. Ladies couldn’t simply throw their print...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

Important News about Pre-Orders & Availability of My Victorian Romances

Dear Readers, I am in the painful process of changing distributors for the eBook versions of my historical romances. What does this mean for you? Unfortunately, if you have pre-ordered a cop...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

The Victorian Case of the Turnip-Wielding Trick-Or-Treater

Today, if you don’t wish to hand out candy on Halloween, you can simply switch off your porch light to indicate that you are not at home to trick-or-treaters. Unfortunately, not all trick-or...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

Victorian Hairspray: A Brief History of Gum Solutions and Bandoline

Long before the twentieth century invention of aerosol hairspray, Victorian women were using sticky hair products to fix their wayward locks stiffly into place. Of these, the most popular wa...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

The Learned Dog, Lily: A Whist-Playing Victorian Canine

Recently, while researching Victorian pleasure gardens, I came across a listing of acts scheduled to appear at Cremorne Gardens in 1857. Among the humourists, contortionists, and tight-rope ...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter: Exclusive Cover Reveal at USA Today

Today, I’m thrilled to be over at USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog with Joyce Lamb for the exclusive cover reveal of my next Victorian romance novel, The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter. ...
Mimi Matthews · 2M ago

The Spinster’s Numeration Table: A Guide for Nineteenth Century Men

Recently, while researching, I came across a “Spinster’s Numeration Table” printed in the 1837 edition of the New Monthly Magazine. This table lists out the various ages of an unmarried woma...
Mimi Matthews · 2M ago

Victorian Handcuff Bracelets for Engagement and Marriage

Gold bracelets and bangles were popular throughout the Victorian era. They came in a variety of styles, including thin bracelets, heavy bracelets, and bracelets adorned with jewels. Most wer...