Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Art of Fashion: 1850 - 1859

I've just released my newest dressmaking book!

  The Art of Fashion: 
1850 - 1859

Dress, Sewing, and Clothing Care Advice

“To increase the beauty of the female person, by a gracefully made attire, is not only not wrong, but absolutely commendable; and the woman who neglects it pays the penalty of being called a sloven, if not a fright.”
Peterson’s Magazine, April 1852

During the 1850s, the art of fashion was studied by every woman who wanted to create her own wardrobe. Ladies magazines were scrutinized and dissected, scoured for details on how each effect was created, how many seams were used, and how the pleats were formed. She learned why changes were made, when they went out of date, and how to recreate the styles she liked.
Most of all, she studied what the current rules were, even though they seemed to change monthly, especially for the most fashion conscious women.

This book compiles sewing and fashion advice given in books and magazines during the 1850s, given in the words of writers of that time. Each entry shows the name and date of the periodical quoted. It has three sections:
1) Sewing tips and fashion advice
2) Fabric cleaning and care.
3) Bibliography of magazines and books I found useful.

The Art of Fashion: 1850 – 1859 includes over 490 black and white period engravings to help show the details of their work. It has 324 pages in an 8.5” x 11” format.

It's available on my website,

on Amazon,

and for Kindle.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Up Wish Creek

I received an ARC from one of my favorite authors, and tonight I had a great read.

UP WISH CREEK, by B.E. Sanderson, is the latest in the Once Upon a Djinn series. It's fast-paced, surprising, funny, and exciting. I was sad to have it end -- I want MORE!

Definitely a 5 Star novel, and highly recommended.

Friday, August 19, 2016

New Victorian Corset Pattern

I'm thrilled to announce I have a new corset pattern available!

1840 – 1860 Corset di Medici Historical Sewing Pattern

My corset is based on a pattern diagram and instructions given in Peterson's Magazine in February and April, 1855.

“We give, this month, another pattern for stays, the Corset di Medici, so called because it does not cramp the figure, but keeps it as graceful and healthy as in the Venus di Medici. With the instructions we gave, in February, how to make stays, and this pattern, ladies, by the exercise of proper ingenuity, can fabricate this corset for themselves. The Corset di Medici is delightfully elastic, yielding to every motion, or respiration. It may be made in plain jean or coutil, or silk or satin. Always carefully measure, with a tape-line, across the bosom, from shoulder to shoulder, across the back, round the waist, &c.; and made the corset to fit exactly; for no dress will look well unless this is the case, nor will the wearer feel easy; and without feeling easy there can be no grace, nor even proper respiration.” Peterson’s Magazine, April 1855

This early Victorian corset pattern is made with individually sized hip, stomach, and bust gussets to fit a wide variety of body shapes.
The bust gussets have options for A, B, C, and D cups. Options include normal bust gores or the 1855 version with long gores (for “proper respiration”).

You will need boning and a wooden or a metal busk to create this garment.

This pattern includes 10 pages of instructions with historical tips, and 1 pattern sheet. It is printed on bond paper, and enclosed in a reclosable plastic bag.
All sizes 2 – 30 are included.

You can see more on my website:

 and on Etsy:

Sunday, March 6, 2016

A Quick Review of "In Deep Wish" by B.E. Sanderson

In Deep WishIn Deep Wish by B.E. Sanderson

I won an ARC for "In Deep Wish" and I've had trouble putting it down since it arrived!

It's a fun, fast-paced urban fantasy with lots of surprises. And it's not your usual urban fantasy. Jo is a genie with a mission to save her fellow djinn, who have been enslaved for eons. But the "Rules" interfere with her success -- and even with her very survival.

It's the second in this great series, and I can hardly wait for the third one to become available.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Serpent's Child

I'm happy to announce my newest novel is now available.

Serpent's Child
The Mindbender's Rise: Book 3
When a magical creature talks Viper into creating weapons to prevent the rise of a dreaded Mindbender, Lorel agrees to help. Even if it does mean traveling with a monster-sized snake.

But just reaching the distant land where they can collect the elements for those weapons is a nearly impossible quest.

Slavers, mountains, monsters… Lorel can handle them.
Figuring out new magic? Viper’s ready to try.

Putting up with each other for two thousand miles might be the hardest task of all. 

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Review of Wish in One Hand

Wish in One HandWish in One Hand by B.E. Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I stayed up way too late finishing this novel - I couldn't put it down! It's the best urban fantasy I've read in ages.

Becoming a djinn doesn't slow Jo down, but it doesn't make her all-powerful, either. She's a sparky yet vulnerable woman who's determined to do her best for the people who rely on her.

Highly recommended!

I won this book in a giveaway, and I'm very happy I did.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sorcery's Child is now on Kindle

I'm happy to announce my third fantasy novel, Sorcery's Child, is now available on Amazon.

Sorcerers are dying, cause unknown.

The day his best friend dies, Viper is a thirteen-year-old apprentice whose only goals are to graduate to sorcery’s third level and to save enough money for a new book. But now he’s running from a murderer, battling monsters large and small, and trying to keep up with his prickly companion.

Traveling the world is great fun, if a bit dangerous, but trouble follows him like a vulture spiraling down on dead meat. He can’t tell if he’s the target, or if it’s all his imagination.

Will being short enough to hide in a basket make him less of a target?
He doesn’t think so, either.

Sorcery's Child: The Mindbender's Rise, #2

On Kindle:

In paperback at the CreateSpace eStore:

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Illusion's Child is now live

My newest fantasy novel is now available!

Illusion's Child
The Mindbender's Rise: Book 1

 Twelve-year-old Viper only wants acceptance from his nomadic tribe, but he’s too short, too frail, and too full of questions. His own father banishes him as a nameless outcast, but he can live with that. He didn’t see much future in carving buttons, anyway.

He travels to the nearest stone-bound city, where he’s adopted by an old sorcerer who’d rather not bother with an apprentice and a fierce girl who desperately wants to become a warrior.

But he also catches the attention of the city’s worst gang.

Between studying the basics of magic and helping his new friend learn sword work, Viper thinks he doesn’t have time to worry about bullies.

He should be worried. A lot.

Illusion's Child is available at:
Paperback at Amazon:

Paperback at CreateSpace:

Friday, October 16, 2015

New cover for Feda's Anchor

Since I'm getting ready to release the first novel in a new series, I decided up update Feda's Anchor's cover.

I've learned a lot about Photoshop since I created the original. Back then I was disappointed that I couldn't show the vision rattling around in my head.

Now the background reflects the island of Feda more accurately.

What do you think about the cover overall? I'd love to read your suggestions.

The cemetery and the rose hedge photos are courtesy of

Cloaked skeleton photo is courtesy of Dawn Mueller,
    Check out more of her wonderful photography!

The cat, the anchor, and the Australian jungle are from my personal photos.

Monday, June 8, 2015

A New Look

I was bored with my blog, so I updated it tonight. I was supposed to be writing. Oops. Blog updates count as marketing, don't they? ;-)

What do you think? Is it reasonably interesting visually? Easier to read? Or should I go back to the drawing board?