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Celebrating good times – a party for a fab lady AND her books!

Today, Helen Hollick celebrates her 70th birthday with the help of The Coffee Pot Book Club. I hope someone gives her an intriguing new hat – I am thinking dark burgundy velvet with a decoration of roses in a slightly lighter shade. I, however, am no modiste. Heck, I don’t even wear hats–primarily because I don’t have any. Helen, however, wears her hat with aplomb–just as she wears her years with grace.

Not only is it Helen’s birthday, it is also the birthday of the very first book she published. Thirty years ago, The Kingmaking saw the light of the day -an earthy take on the Arthurian legend without anemic damsels or strange quests. No, Helen’s Arthur is firmly rooted in British soil and has little in common with the hero of La Morte d’Artur. I am especially taken by Helen’s Guinevere–which is why I have asked her to write a guestpost about her take on Arthur’s lady–but that post will have to wait until next week (We’re doing a multi-day celebration in Helen’s honour on this blog :))

With that, dear peeps, join me in raising a virtual glass of bubbly to the skies and shouting out three loud Hurrahs – for Helen AND her book!

The Boy Who became a Man:
Who became a King:
Who became a Legend… KING ARTHUR
There is no Merlin, no sword in the stone, and no Lancelot.
Instead, the man who became our most enduring hero.
All knew the oath of allegiance:
‘To you, lord, I give my sword and shield, my heart and soul. To you, my Lord Pendragon, I give my life, to command as you will.’
This is the tale of Arthur made flesh and bone. Of the shaping of the man who became the legendary king; a man with dreams, ambitions and human flaws.
A man, a warlord, who united the collapsing province of post-Roman Britain,
who held the heart of the love of his life, Gwenhwyfar
– and who emerged as the most enduring hero of all time.

A different telling of the later Medieval tales.
This is the story of King Arthur as it might have really happened…

“If only all historical fiction could be this good.” Historical Novels Review
“… Juggles a large cast of characters and a bloody, tangled plot with great skill. ” Publishers Weekly
“Hollick’s writing is one of the best I’ve come across – her descriptions are so vivid it seems as if there’s a movie screen in front of you, playing out the scenes.” Passages To The Past
“Hollick adds her own unique twists and turns to the familiar mythology” Booklist
“Uniquely compelling… bound to have a lasting and resounding impact on Arthurian literature.” Books Magazine

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The Kingmaking is available to read on #KindleUnlimited.

Universal Link:

Amazon UK: new edition

Amazon AU: new edition

Amazon US: US edition

Amazon CA: US/Canada edition

Barnes and Noble: US edition

Author Bio: Helen is celebrating her 70th birthday and thirty years as a published author. Her Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy, a fifth-century version of the Arthurian legend, was accepted for traditional publication in April 1993 by William Heinemann (Random House UK) a week after her 40th birthday.  The Trilogy has been widely acclaimed since then – and gone through several different editions.

Helen moved from Random House UK in 2006 and went ‘Indie’, now in 2023 to celebrate she has brought out her own fabulous new editions! (The Trilogy is published mainstream by Sourcebooks Inc in USA/Canada. The publisher was offered the new cover designs for free, but declined.)

Helen became a USA Today Bestseller with her historical novel, The Forever Queen (titled A Hollow Crown in the UK) with the sequel, Harold the King (US: I Am The Chosen King) being novels that explore the events that led to the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

She writes a nautical adventure/fantasy Pirates of the Caribbean series, The Sea Witch Voyages and has also branched out into the quick read novella, ‘Cosy Mystery’ genre with her Jan Christopher Murder Mysteries, set in the 1970s, with the first in the series, A Mirror Murder incorporating her, often hilarious, memories of working as a library assistant.

Her non-fiction books are Pirates: Truth and Tales and Life of A Smuggler. She lives with her family in an eighteenth-century farmhouse in North Devon with a variety of pets and horses.

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4 thoughts on “Celebrating good times – a party for a fab lady AND her books!”

  1. I got hooked on Helen’s trilogy and loved her stories of Emma and Harold. I never thought I’d end up meeting her and consider her my friend. If you’re reading this, I hope you had a fabulous day, Helen.

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