Stolen Moments ~ Welcome to my blog

The Lords of the Wind – a viking saga by CJ Adrien

Today, C.J. Adrien has popped by to visit my blog as part of his ongoing book tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club. Mr Adrien’s recent release details the exploits of Hasting, a viking who, among other things, ravaged the Mediterranean in the 9th century. Now those of you who follow my blog will know …

The Lords of the Wind – a viking saga by CJ Adrien Read More »

Stolen Moments ~ Welcome to my blog

From piratical swash-buckling to cosy mysteries – meet Helen Hollick!

Since many years back, I am fortunate enough to call Helen Hollick a friend. She’s been a constant support in my writing journey, be it as a honest critic or as a shoulder to lean on. She has also made me wish I could wear a hat as rakishly as she does 🙂 Now, Helen …

From piratical swash-buckling to cosy mysteries – meet Helen Hollick! Read More »

Stolen Moments ~ Welcome to my blog

La Beltraneja – or when a nickname permanently destroys your life

In 1462 King Enrique IV of Castile welcomed a daughter to the world. Baby Juana was the much-awaited heir to the throne of Castile, but there were those who murmured she was, in fact, the daughter of the royal favourite, Don Beltrán de la Cueva. That both Don Beltrán, the king AND the baby’s mother, …

La Beltraneja – or when a nickname permanently destroys your life Read More »

Stolen Moments ~ Welcome to my blog

Review of Rebel’s Knot – or “Wow, Ms Bazos does it again!”

Today, I am delighted to be hosting a stop on The Coffee Pot Book Club tour for Ms Bazos’ latest release, Rebel’s Knot. Some of you may recall that Cryssa Bazos has been my guest on this blog before, mainly because we share a passion for the 17th century – and LoTR! We also seem …

Review of Rebel’s Knot – or “Wow, Ms Bazos does it again!” Read More »

Stolen Moments ~ Welcome to my blog

Double Trouble – or how Ms Morton yet again delivers a twisting, breath-taking read!

Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of welcoming Alison Morton to my blog on several occasions. Originally, this was in connection with her excellent alternate history series, Roma Nova (and yes, I am SO happy to hear that there will soon be additional instalments in the Roma Nova series) but since some years back, …

Double Trouble – or how Ms Morton yet again delivers a twisting, breath-taking read! Read More »

Stolen Moments ~ Welcome to my blog

Addicted to the Happily Ever After – or celebrating the pink and fluffy parts of life

There are days when I toy with the idea of writing a book that leaves every single reader in tears with not a Happily Ever After in sight. On occasion, my books start out that way, with my rather calculating muse considering just how to permanently tear my loving couples apart. My release from earlier …

Addicted to the Happily Ever After – or celebrating the pink and fluffy parts of life Read More »

Stolen Moments ~ Welcome to my blog

Cryssa Bazos on tour – presenting Traitor’s Knot

Today I am more than happy to be hosting a stop on The Coffee Pot Book Club’s blog tour for Traitor’s Knot by Cryssa Bazos. I read this book some years ago, and I am happy to report that while Ms Bazos is relaunching the book under a new cover, the content remains unchanged. Fortunate, …

Cryssa Bazos on tour – presenting Traitor’s Knot Read More »

Stolen Moments ~ Welcome to my blog

A Portuguese princess in the Castilian court – or how an exiled wife put horns on her hubby

Some time ago, I wrote about the misfortunes of Blanca of Navarra, a young woman who was to be betrayed by almost everyone who should have her back—including her hubby, Enrique IV of Castile. Now, as those of you who read about Blanca may remember, Enrique had their marriage annulled after 13 years, citing non-consummation …

A Portuguese princess in the Castilian court – or how an exiled wife put horns on her hubby Read More »

Stolen Moments ~ Welcome to my blog

Penda of Mercia – or how a writer develops an affection for a long-dead man!

Today, I have invited Annie Whitehead over. Now Annie, she writes books set in Anglo-Saxon England, and I find myself very intrigued by how much flesh she manages to put on the bones of these very distant peeps. Which is why I asked her to write about one of her protagonists, Penda of Mercia. And …

Penda of Mercia – or how a writer develops an affection for a long-dead man! Read More »

Stolen Moments ~ Welcome to my blog

The fine art of compensation – or how a medieval king decided to go a-conquering for new land!

Today, dear peeps, we’re going to be spending some quality time with Jaime I of Aragon. He snorts at my use of the Spanish version of his name, which is Jaume in Catalan – and Jaume was a major advocate of Catalan. (Although in his native occitan, his name was Jacme, but let’s not confuse …

The fine art of compensation – or how a medieval king decided to go a-conquering for new land! Read More »