Loretta Chase may be the author other bestselling historical romance writers swoon over - and Susan Holloway Scott one of the brightest stars in the historical fiction galaxy - but today they're just two too-smart-for-their-own-stockinette-breeches gal pals launching a hot new blog ‘bout history, herstory and all the naughty, bawdy and dangerously delish to know facts and foibles in between.

TwoNerdyHistoryGirls.com (TNHG) launches today, a place I'm already crazy for, and one Chase and Scott invite you to think of as a kind of gossip column about history.  "Historical figures are as fascinating to us as modern celebrities are to normal people," says Chase, who always has seemed pretty normal to me.  "We love historical gossip -- who wore what, who's sleeping with whom, and who's a cheat at cards.  To us, history is never boring, and we hope our readers will agree."

Oh, your fellow nerd girls definitely concur, because "historical" is one of the most beloved sub-genres of romance fiction, and historical women's fiction's selling like turkey gams at a Renaissance faire.  So, it's actually cool to be a history lover, as I suggested to Chase and Scott, who're a little befuddled by the suggestion. "Is it cool?  We're so nerdy we don't really know if it's cool or not."

You can expect humor and fancy, and definitely sexy topics at TNHG, cause that's part of the fun of women dishing history.  Basically, Chase and Scott will write to entertain and provoke much joyful and irreverent discourse by addressing, as Scott puts it, "whatever captures our shallow and easily distracted yet historically accurate little minds."

Yeah, OK, you're probably thinking what I am: Some readers and writers who love history can get a little nutty about the pesky historical accuracy thang.  Are the Two Nerdy History Girls really gonna' be more like the Two Nerdy History Policewomen?

Naw, not these two.  They say they want to be informative and entertaining.  "We might shatter some cherished myths along the way," says Scott, "but we're not trying to teach history or police it.  For one thing, we're too shallow.  For another, that's no fun."

"I like historical accuracy," says Chase. "I make myself insane trying to get details right, but I'm writing romance, not history, and romance is a fantasy. Isn't the sex usually better or easier than in real life? Aren't the guys more . . . um . . . romantic? More articulate and understanding? Well, some of them. So why can't I let them have great teeth? And no venereal disease?"

And Scott, who writes historical fiction and has published 30+ historical romances as Miranda Jarrett, says Chase points out the one of the biggest differences between her current novels and historical romance. "Because my historical novels are based on the lives of real people, I have to be accurate," she says. "As much as I might long to play God and change history -- and sometimes I really, really want to -- I just can't justify making the Earl of Rochester trot off to anachronistic rehab so he survives to see his thirty-fifth birthday.

"This is also what's making the TNHG blog so...alluring to me. No one will die badly from the pox in any of our blogs, and a good thing it will be, too."

So now you know the TwoNerdyHistoryGirls.com score: 2 bestselling authors, 1 history e-gossip rag and 0 French pox.  

In the hands of lesser women, that might equal a recipe for disaster.  Yet conceived in the brilliant and wicked minds of Loretta Chase and Susan Holloway Scott - and combined with liberal discussion of fabulous shoes -- it's recipe for sweet success.

Are you a fan of historical romance, historical fiction or both?  How accurate does the history in your historicals have to be? What do you love about Loretta's and Susan's books?

Check out Michelle's UB romance column on Mozart, cross dressing and Highlanders: "Hey, Figaro! Nice Pants."

Image: Detail from Barnes & Noble classic, "Sense and Sensibility," by Jane Austen
Message Edited by Michelle_Buonfiglio on 08-19-2009 12:08 PM
Comments
by Author L_Chase on ‎08-19-2009 08:12 PM

Michelle, thank you for the enthusiastic welcome!

As you've probably figured out by now, I'm a fan of historical everything, including costume dramas.  On this day alone, Susan & I have discussed how to pronounce words if you're Charles II, your Mozart column, the education of women (or not) between the time of Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Anne, and what the women in the harem used as depilatories.  Very possibly, these and other strange and wonderful historical matters will make their way onto our blog.  We look forward to meeting other equally nerdy of the historical variety.

Loretta Chase

by Author L_Chase on ‎08-19-2009 08:12 PM

P.S.  Love the picture.

 

Loretta

 

by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎08-20-2009 04:35 PM

Loretta! Your blog is going to be the END of my productivity!

 

Huge historical fan, as most of you know. I love historical romance and historical fiction in equal measure, and am just as apt to pick up a straight  history book as I am any work of fiction.

 

 

by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎08-20-2009 05:42 PM

Yes, Melanie, there is a certain evil genius to their plan to distract the rest of us with their so-called 'gossip.' 

 

I'm hoping they take on feasability of our beloved carriage scenes at some point, negating the claims of those misguided folks who say one only could invite hijinx w/ 2 to 3 Regency gentlemen per ride. As it were.  Of course, could be that my fantasies lack the same sense of spatial relations I do in real life...

by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎08-20-2009 05:51 PM

Hiya, Loretta!  The thing that's so addicting about historicals of any ilk is the amt one learns from them if one's curious.  I've heard so many readers talk about how they hated history in school, yet have learned so much from reading historical romance, for example.  While some historical issues can be played w/, of course, like the favored hygiene, the political climes, battles, fashions, etc., remain static (unless an author assumes a little license, which they usually cop to in a note or something).

 

anyways, as one reads more and more romance, it's kind of amazing how we recognize issues and ideals, mores and styles of communication, for instance, from different time periods.  So the same chicks who hated history in school, now have senses of historical fact and 'place in time' that can rival understanding of some 'students of history.'   And we also start to recognize terms and attitudes and it becomes nothing for us to absorb exactly why it's bold and romantic when the Duke marries the courtesan, for example -- or what a heroine is risking when she dresses as a man so she can be educated, for example.

So I love this mix of readers who love history, some because they're nerd girls from back in the day, and others who've been turned on to history and its sexy minutiae through reading romance.  Wicked awesome.