The Gilded Age Girls Club
In which fierce, feisty and independent 19th century women form a secret, subversive ladies club to change the world…and happen to find true love. Welcome to the Gilded Age Girls club. #LifeLibertyHappilyEverAfter.
Who is in the Gilded Age Girls Club?
- Miss Harriet Burnett, scandalous daughter and determined spinster is the founder and ringleader. Read all about her in the free short story Harriet’s Great Idea (only available for my newsletter subscribers). Real life #inspo: Jane Cunningham Croly.
- Miss Adeline Black is determined to be a dressmaker–even if it means refusing a duke–in Duchess By Design. Real life #inspo: Madame Demorest.
- Miss Daisy Swan aspires to spinsterhood and the freedom that comes with it, all so she can realize her dream of creating a cosmetics company–a scandalous proposal in Gilded Age New York. Not even a fake engagement with society darling Theodore Prescott the Third will stop her in Some Like It Scandalous. Real life #inspo: Harriet Hubbard Ayers.
Frequently Asked Questions
- WTF is the Gilded Age?
The Gilded Age—a phrase coined by Mark Twain—is defined roughly as 1860 to 1900 in America. This is the age of the Robber Barons, Dollar Princesses and their massive fortunes, magnificent mansions, and the exclusive “400 hundred” upper crust Manhattan society (read: NYC’s Haute Ton). It’s also an age of reform, especially for women who had new opportunities to get out of the house, form clubs and advocate for themselves. It’s a fascinating, dramatic and romantic time period. The heroes are wealthy, powerful, upstart rogues. The heroines are ambitious and adventurous. And the frocks are fabulous.
- Why did you switch from writing Regency romances to Gilded Age romances?
Because I wanted to write sex scenes with more layers of clothing to remove! Just kidding. As a New Yorker, I want to the spirit of this city I love. As a feminist, I want to write stories set during a time period when women were able to do more and were really advocating for change. And as a romance reader, I wanted all of the stuff I love about the Regency–carriages, corsets, ballrooms, compromising positions, etc, etc–but in a new setting. Like many authors before me, I wrote the book I wanted to read!
- What do I need to know about the Gilded Age before I read these novels?
Nothing! But you may close the book and realize you’ve learned some really cool stuff about life in 1890’s Manhattan and the women’s movement at that time.
- Will I need to read this series in order?
Nope! I write all my novels to stand alone. If you want to start at the very, very beginning, check out Harriet’s Great Idea, a short story prequel to the series, available only for my newsletter subscribers. The first full length novel in the series is Duchess By Design.
Behind The Scenes Stories
- Romancing the Gilded Age
- Maya’s Must Reads: Researching The Gilded Age
- Excerpt: Duchess By Design #MeetCute
- Bonus Excerpt: Duchess By Design #ItHasPockets
- Duchess By Design: The Author’s Note
- Meet Jane Croly: The Mother Of Women’s Clubs
- Excerpt: Some Like It Scandalous
The Prequel: Harriet’s Great Idea
Find out how The Gilded Age Girls Club began in this prequel to the series based on real life events. When Jane Cunningham Croly was banned from a Press Association dinner, she got mad. And formed a club to advance women professionally. As one does. Because #sisterhood. Because #LifeLibertyHappyEverAfter. Get your free copy of this story by signing up for my newsletter.