historical fiction

Steel Valley – coming of age in the industrial hey-day.

Today I am hosting a stop on Jerry Madden’s tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club. His book, Steel Valley, is set in the 1960s in Ohio which qualifies it as historical fiction – you know, at least fifty years in teh past. Gulp. I am apparently fast becoming a relic. . . I find […]

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Wandering the medieval streets of London

Here, take my hand. Come on, I won’t hurt you. Nope, just grab hold of me so that I can drag you with me, seven centuries backwards in time. What, you don’t want to? I promise I’ll bring you back. Cross my heart. (Sheesh: some people are SO unadventurous!) Now that you’ve overcome your fear,

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Beautiful Ghost – Milana Marsenich transports us back to Montana in the early 20th century

Today, I am happy to host Milana Marsenich and her book, Beautiful Ghost, as part of her Coffee Pot Book Club tour.  Milana’s novel is set in 1918, just as the dreaded Spanish Flu starts spreading – and I imagine that present-day audiences are better equipped to understand the reactions to this influenza after our

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The Warmth of Snow – welcome to romantic Sweden!

Today, I am rather chuffed to be part of Heidi Eljarbo’s blog tour featuring her new book, The Warmth of Snow. Why? Well, the book is set in Sweden, and now and then i succumb to bouts of patriotism. Plus, Heidi lives in Norway, and I love Norway! (Well, not always: not when they beat

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Welcome to Joan Fallon and her latest release – The Winds of Change

Today’s guest and I share a common fascination with Spanish history. She, of course, lives in Spain. Me, I grew up with Spanish and Spanish history. If you  haven’t read Joan Fallon’s books about Moorish Spain yet, you are in for a treat – check them out on Amazon (links to Joan’s Amazon page further

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Drumbeats – an intriguing title for an intriguing book!

Today, I am happy to give a shout-out to Julia Ibbotson and her book, Drumbeats. A bit out of my ordinary reading – albeit that anything that happened in 1965 now qualifies as Historical Fiction. (OMG! I’m an artefact!!!!!) Personally, I think Julia’s book sounds very intriguing! Blurb: It’s 1965, and 18 year old Jess

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The King’s Command – welcoming Rosemary Hayes and her new release

Those of you who are frequent readers of this blog know I have something of a fascination with religion–more specifically the conflicts between Catholics and Protestants that plagued Europe from the moment Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg’s Cathedral. While the conflict ebbed and flowed (and at times became more political

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It never gets old – but is it worth it?

Today, I’m publishing my 22nd book. Phew . . . Like always, there’s this bubbling feeling of joy as I consider the fact that yet another story of mine is out there. This story has a dark undertone, in that life is hard for my time traveller Erin in 18th century Pennsylvania. When Erin Barnes

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How a walk in Boston led to the setting of a novel – in Russia!

Sometimes, inspiration strikes in strange places. Like where I am walking around in Boston—lovely place, I must say, and I especially liked the harbour walks—and come upon one of those information signs that give you an insight into the history of the place. This particular info sign was about the Russian Wharf, which in itself

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A warm welcome to Rogue – meet Char Newcomb’s take on Robin Hood

Char Newcomb is one of my many author friends. The first time I actually contacted her was in relation to her  series Battle Scars, which has us riding with Richard the Lionheart to the Holy Land and back again. What really made those books stick out – beyond the excellent research – was the fact

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