new release

Many years in the making – or how a short story became a novel

Today, I welcome Ruth Hull Chatlien to my blog. Ruth and I are social media acquaintances, and when she approached me about her very recent new release, Katie, Bar the Door, I found it interesting that she’d chosen to write a contemporary novel–which is why I ws more than happy to invite her over to …

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Serving their kings – meet the de Warenne earls!

The first time I came into contact with Sharon Bennett Connolly was when I discovered her excellent blog, History—the interesting bits. Turns out Ms Bennett Connolly and I tend to agree on what is interesting, so I became a regular visitor. Since then, Ms Bennett Connolly has gone on to publish several books about—primarily—medieval women …

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Queen of Blood – diving into Tudor times with Sarah Kennedy

Today, I am hosting Sarah Kennedy on my blog as part of her book tour arranged by The Coffee Pot Book Club. This isn’t Sarah’s first rodeo. Queen of Blood is the fourth book in her series The Cross and the Crown, featuring Catherine Havens. Catherine is a nun – well, to be exact she’s …

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The Whirlpools of Time, Anna Belfrage author

Whirling through time – of a new release and its historical setting

Today, is the launch date for my latest book, The Whirlpools of Time. Right: I must take a moment here to pat myself on the back. My nineteenth book! Woohoo, me! As the discerning reader can probably guess from the title, there’s some time travel involved. I love writing time travel—but to create the illusion …

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So much more than a glory-hound – the Earl of Essex as described by Tony Riches

Today, dear peeps, I have the pleasure of hosting one of the stops on The Coffee Pot Book Club’s  blog tour of Essex, Tony Riches’ latest release. When I was given the opportunity to read and review, I more or less leapt at it, despite having a problem with men in puff breeches and hose …

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The Queen’s Rival – a closer look at Cecily Neville, courtesy of Anne O’Brien

I am rather excited today. Once again, I am hosting a stop on one of the book tours organised by The Coffee Pot Book Club, and today’s guest is a lady who has written (and sold) many, many books set in the political quagmire that was medieval England. Anne O’Brien usually guides us through history …

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“Allons enfants…” – in which M.K. Tod tells us of the bloody destruction of Paris

Think Paris. Think violent revolutions, streets running with blood, radicals screaming for a new order while holding red banners aloft, and many of you will go, “oh, yes: Les Miserables.” Which, of course, is correct. As is “That’s right, the French Revolution.” But for Paris there was not just one bloody upheaval—not even two. Paris …

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A writer writing about writers – meet Mr Tearle!

I have, since some years back, a good friend called Richard Tearle. We have never met. We have never even really talked properly. We just sort of connect via social media, both of us sharing an interest and appreciation for historical fiction. Richard is a generous reader who expends a lot of time writing reviews …

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Move over pirate Acorne! Here comes amateur sleuth Jan!

It seems to me various of my writer friends are spreading their wings into new genres. Today’s guest, Helen Hollick, is doing it because she felt a need to refresh herself, do something entirely different to what she’s been writing lately. And while I am a big, big, big, big (need I go on?) fan …

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A new tough-as-nails heroine sees the light of the day!

Today, I am welcoming Alison Morton to my blog to talk about her latest book. Now, those of you who frequent my blog will know that I love Alison’s books about Roma Nova, fast-paced thrillers set in a beautifully built alternative world, one in which a small remnant of the Roman Empire has survived to …

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