Today we're thrilled to give you a “double feature” of sorts as we welcome both Tasha Alexander and Ashley Weaver to Heroes and Heartbreakers! Tasha and Ashley write historical mysteries—both with elements of romance in them! We love Tasha's Lady Emily series, which just added The Adventuress to its list, and are very excited to see the release of Ashley's Death Wears a Mask. However, today, Tasha and Ashley are going to toss aside the mystique for one day and share some tips they've learned about dating from history, after all you can't write romantic historicals without picking up a thing or two—and noticing that a few of these historical tips may still apply today. Thanks, Tasha and Ashley!
It’s such a delight to be here with the wonderfully talented Ashley Weaver, whose fabulously witty novels are some of my favorites! As writers of historicals, we both face the challenges that come with trying to put ourselves in another time period. Often contemporary opinions of the social mores of the past include a lot of laughter and eye-rolling. What were these people thinking? And while I agree with a certain amount of that—after all, there was a time in the 1890s when the most radical women’s rights group in the UK split when half of its members thought seeking the vote for ladies was going a step too far—I cannot say that all of their customs, bizarre though many of them are, wouldn’t be useful today, particularly when it comes to dating.