Monday, 28 November 2011

Welcome my online friend and Wild Rose Press author, Jennifer Jakes!

I am so excited to have Jennifer here to share her VERY interesting post with you today, lol! I read this and burst out laughing and then spent the rest of the day thinking....


Have you ever had one of those days – or weeks – where nothing went right? Maybe you’ve been plagued with insomnia, irritability, headaches or melancholy? Never fear, after extensive research I know what is wrong with you. You have Female Hysteria. And the cure? Easy. . . A doctor manipulated orgasm!

Huh? – you say. Come again? (OK, did you think I could pass that one up?)

In the Victorian Era – specifically 1837 to 1901 – doctors treated woman by genital stimulation to induce “hysterical paroxysm” or an orgasm. This hysteria was supposed to be a build up of fluid in the woman’s womb and doctors assumed that since men ejaculated and felt better….

But what about the husbands? What did they have to say about this? Well, proper gentlemen of the time were not trained to see to their wives needs – it was not even understood that women had needs. Instead it was much easier to call for the doctor when a woman exhibited symptoms of hysteria. (Do you think husband’s noticed if large doctor’s bill arrived?)

Manual stimulation was applied by the doctor simply reaching under the woman’s skirt, but by 1869 a steam-powered vibrator had been invented – no doubt after numerous doctors complained of carpal tunnel!

This vibrator’s motor had to be housed in a separate room (see picture) with the fun part sticking through the wall. By 1889 an electrical vibrator was available – beating out the electric iron and vacuum cleaner by a decade. So the next time you hear someone talk about prim and proper Victorians, you can say, “Oh, contraire!”

Jennifer is here promoting two titles today - her latest is Twice In A Lifetime, coming soon from The Wild Rose Press. Here is the blurb:


Be Careful What You Wish For. . .

No-nonsense stuntwoman Isabella Douglas will do anything to stop an unwanted divorce and reclaim the happy life she had, even allow her old friend to concoct a magical spell to turn back time. But when the spell goes awry, Izzy finds herself trapped aboard a 1768 Caribbean pirate ship with a captain who’s a dead ringer for her sexy as sin husband, Ian. Convinced he’s playing a cruel joke, she’s furious – until she realizes he doesn’t know her or believe they’re married.

Captain Ian Douglas does not have time to deal with an insane woman who claims to be his wife; he has to save his kidnapped sister. But as Izzy haunts his dreams and fills him with erotic memories he can’t explain, he’s forced to admit he feels more than lust.

Trapped in a vicious cycle of past mirroring present, Izzy knows they only have days to find Ian’s sister and prevent disaster from striking a second time. If she doesn’t, their marriage will be destroyed again – along with the man she loves.

As well as the fabulous Rafe's Redemption - this awesome story is available right now! Go buy it - you won't be disappointed...

He rode into town to buy supplies, not a woman.

For hunted recluse Rafe McBride, the raven-haired beauty on the auction block is exactly what he doesn't need. A dependent woman will be another clue his vengeful stepbrother can use to find and kill him. But Rafe's conscience won't let him leave another innocent's virginity to the riff-raff bidding. He buys her, promising to return her to St. Louis untouched. He only prays the impending blizzard holds off before her sultry beauty breaks his willpower.

She wanted freedom, not a lover.

Whisked to the auction block by her devious, gambling cousin, and then sold into the arms of a gorgeous stranger, outspoken artist Maggie Monroe isn't about to go meekly. Especially when the rugged mountain man looks like sin and danger rolled into one. But a blizzard and temptation thrust them together, and Maggie yearns to explore her smoldering passion for Rafe.

But when the snow clears, will the danger and secrets that surround Rafe and Maggie tear them apart?

I cannot wait to read your comments!! ;)

Rachel x


  1. Have you seen the trailer for the movie yet? You must...its a good one. Men were so uneducated back then. Great post.

    I loved Rafe and your new release has everything...time travel, pirates, an honorable hero. Plus the cover's hot, too.

    Again, congratulations and run, don't walk to see the movie trailer.

  2. The Victorians were a living dichotomy. The only place they were proper was in public and then it was pretty much restricted to the upper classes. Can you imagine a Victorian woman saying to here husband..."I want an electric vibrator for Christmas to help treat my fluid build up." - hahahhaha....Imagine shopping for something like that back then? They didn't even have to turn to.

  3. Thanks so much, Harlie! I didn't have the Kindle link for TWICE when I sent Rachel the info, but it is on Kindle for 0.99 cents! Yay! Here's the link
    It's also 0.99 cents on Smashwords.
    Glad you loved Rafe:) Hope you love Ian as much!

  4. Hi MK -
    LOL! Some of the research I found stated doctors made house calls and made good use of the "fainting couch" in the parlor! Can you even imagine?? "Excuse us, Mr. Smith, can you take your pipe elsewhere so I can put my hand up your wife's drawers?" LOL
    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Thanks again for having me here, Rachel!

  6. I read a true account of what doctor's did to treat women! I can't believe this happened, lol I cannot imagine my doctor, who is a woman anyway, "stimulating" me to relieve my "hysteria". Thank god we can buy our own vibrators and use them in the privacy of our own room now!

    Always love your history lessons Jenn!

  7. :) I know. As if our yearly exams aren't bad enough....
    Thanks for stopping by, Kellie!

  8. Jenn - that is awesome! Gotta work that into conversation somehow!

  9. Hi Louisa -
    It can be your x-mas party topic. HA HA HA
    People probably wouldn't believe it tho'. ;)

    Thanks for stopping by!