Podcasts Update Part VI

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I found a new podcast that I love, Noble Blood. (You know I love my royal history!) At this point someone will need to invent several more hours in the day because there isn’t enough time for all the books, all the podcasts and all the afternoon teas.

Noble Blood is a narrative tour of history’s most fascinating royals (good, bad, nice, evil and fake). Hosted by author Dana Schwartz, so far we’ve had three really good episodes: The Second Death of Marie Antoinette, The Desperate Young King Charles II and The Butcher Baronet.

I don’t know if Dana did voice acting before, but she is really good at it and I’m entranced by her narrative. I love the soundtrack and the music in the background. It really sets the mood for the ominous true tales.

If you listen to it, let me know what you think. I love talking about podcasts (and books and afternoon tea).

xoxo, Jane

Also my previous podcasts updates I, II, III, IV and V.

Free ebook – Cold War: A History From Beginning to End

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I’m preparing a blog post on the books I use for my Cold War research and I’ll be teaching a course on this topic for my RWA chapter later this year. In the meantime, if you are interested in Cold War history, start with this free ebook, Cold War: A History From Beginning to End (US Kindle only). It’s a very short history and analysis of the Cold War and a quick read.

Enjoy and have a great new week.

xoxo, Jane

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Fashion For Your Characters!

I love reading and learning about fashion and fashion history. Luckily for me, my characters seem to enjoy fashion too. My main characters are female heroines who like to look chic while fighting off their adversaries. Since they live in the 1950s and 1960s, I consult the following books for a good grasp of the fashion.

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The Kyoto Costume Institute – Fashion: This two-volume set is incredible. It focuses on clothing, shoes and accessories between the 18th Century and 20th Century. The well-researched writing is accompanied by hundreds of glossy photographs.

Fashion The Definite History of Costume and Style: This book is a treasure trove. It’s jam-packed with fashion and style history from prehistory to present day. It contains timelines, graphics, photography and fashion designer biographies.

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Forties Fashion – From Siren Suits to the New Look: This book is about the fashion history of the 40s. The book’s focus is on Europe and North America. It’s organized in a coherent manner and the historical tidbits are invaluable to my fashion research.

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How to Read a Dress by Lydia Edwards: This is a fun book to read, whether for research or just for personal pleasure. It focuses on fashion from the 16th Century to the 20th Century. The author included personal family photographs to showcase some of the fashions of her foremothers, which I found touching.

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For further fun and/or research, I listen to the podcast Dressed. The hosts are well-versed in fashion history and dive into all aspects of fashion history and fashion culture.

Let me know if you have any favorite books on fashion history. xoxo, Jane

Podcasts

I enjoy listening to podcasts. They are entertaining and educational.  I wrote about how I use podcasts for research at the Hearts Through History blog, but I’d like to expand on that post here.

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History podcasts

BBC Radio 4 creates amazing podcasts. Some of my favorites are Cold War: Stories from the Big Freeze and Germany: Memories of a Nation. My weekly binge listening is History Extra. I’m not sure if it’s part of BBC Radio 4, but it’s well done and the subjects are phenomenal. Just this week, the podcast hosted historian and author Diane Atkinson. She talked about her new book on the suffragette movement. If you love history, History Extra is for you!

Writing podcasts

First Draught Writing is run by three romance writers and they share their knowledge on writing and the publishing world. Their knowledge is vast. They also seem like a super cool group of women I’d really like to hang out with.

How Do You Write is a new find for me, hosted by author Rachael Herron. It’s inspiring to listen to Rachael interview other authors or talk about the writing craft in general.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Smart Podcast Trashy Books. Created for romance readers and writers alike, this podcast is just pure fun. Highly recommended.

Lifestyle podcasts

Tea and Tattle is an absolute gem of a podcast. It’s hosted by two best friends, Miranda and Sophie. They talk about relationships, books, travel and “everything in between.”  There is a new episode every Tuesday and, more recently, a new mini-cast every Friday called Tea Reads. This podcast is a pure joy! Another podcast I really enjoy is The Simple Sophisticate, hosted by Shannon Ables. She talks weekly about “intelligent living paired with signature style.” I love listening to these two podcasts.

There are many more lovely podcasts, but I should probably stop here for now. Let me know if you have any favorites! xoxo, Jane