Short Stories 366:323 — “Queer Esther, Unmasked,” by Hallie Alexander

Originally posted on 'Nathan Burgoine:
Okay, I loved this story pretty much from the get-go. Found in Love All Year: A Holidays Anthology, this story drops us into 1890, just before a Purim spiel, and gives us Frieda, who has just recently broken it off with a fiancé who was a cheating jerk. She’s squinting…

Thomas Ribright: The Electrifying Optician of 18th-century London.

Originally posted on Dr Alun Withey:
Over the years I’m occasionally asked about historical heroes and villains and, in particular, who my ‘history hero’ would be. People are often surprised at my answer. My choice is neither famous nor celebrated…in fact it’s a good bet you’ve never heard of him. But, when I stumbled across…

Exclusive Interview with author Hallie Alexander, plus a look at historical romance, A WIDOW’S GUIDE TO SCANDAL!

Originally posted on I Love Romance Blog:
Hi, readers! I am beyond pleased to announce a very special post today on ILRB. We’re doing something a little different. This is our twenty-seventh official author interview on this romance blog! I know in the past, we did character interviews then switched over to the author’s take…

Why The Short Life Of Crispus Attucks Matters

250 years after Crispus Attucks’s death, Black lives are still vilified and murdered out of prejudice. The colonists demanded an investigation after Attucks’s death. As Americans, with a Constitution to back us up, we cannot and should not accept anything less now.

Love, Liberty, and Quarantine: The Story of Bedloe’s Island

Quarantines are nothing new in America. Liberty Island in New York Bay, once called Bedloe’s Island, has a long history as a quarantine station.

The Sons of Neptune

Prior to 1765, a secret society composed of a diverse, radical group of sailors in the American colonies formed. They called themselves the Sons of Neptune.

The Burning of Fairfield, Connecticut 1779

The British threaten to attack the fictionalized town of Turtle Bay in A Widow’s Guide to Scandal (coming July 2020). This was based on the very real attack on Fairfield, Connecticut by the British in 1779.