medieval historical fiction

Their Castilian Orphan – my latest release is HERE!

Today, I release my  twenty-third book. Their Castilian Orphan is finally live, thereby concluding the Castilian Saga. Or not, seeing as Robert goes all grouchy when I tell him this was the last book. “You know what’s going to happen next,” he protests. “The king is sending us . . .” No, no no! I cover […]

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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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Pssst! Listen up – a post about audio books

I have recently released one of my books as an audio book under my own imprint. I already have sixteen audio books under my belt – but they’re distributed by Blackstone publishing. In retrospect, I should maybe have held on to my audio rights to maximise my royalties, but I find it so HARD (and

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Training to be a knight – a young squire is the protagonist in this new release!

Today, I have Carolyn Hughes visiting me. We met recently at the Historical Novel Society’s conference in Durham – an ideal setting for two peeps who share a love of everything medieval. In her recent release, Carolyn’s protagonist is in training to become a knight and is now a squire. I found that interesting as

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A new book and a birthday – a celebratory combo?

Today is publication day for Her Castilian Heart and I am especially proud to release a book that has already been awarded a Gold Medal in the 2022 Coffee Pot Book Club Awards. That was an unexpected and delightful honour, and I am quite sure both Noor and Robert—my somewhat battered protagonists—are happy as well.

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Blog tour: A King under Siege – Ms Rochelle’s take on Richard II

Today I am happy to yet again work with The Coffee Pot Book Club and host a stop on Mercedes Rochelle’s blog tour for her book A King Under Siege. This book is set in the late 14th century, and as evidenced by Ms Rochelle’s posts about the various movers and shakers in the period,

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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

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Much Medieval Mayhem – or how a tossed bloody cucumber brought a medieval legend to life

Some years ago, I was a member of a retweet group. One of the other members was today’s guest, Jessica Knauss, and I very soon discovered she and I had a lot in common, starting with a love of all things medieval—especially if set in Spain. Having discovered Jessica’s blog—because seriously, how can one NOT

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Much Medieval Mayhem – straddling the zone where myth and history meet

After so many weeks of lovely medieval posts we are now well into December, a month that in medieval times was usually a period of fasting. Three days a week, the so called “ember days”, good Christians would abstain from meat and certain other foods as well as wine, honeyed ale, gambling and sex. By

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Much Medieval Mayhem – from star-crossed sci-fi fan to medieval crusaders

Today’s guest is not a newcomer to my blog. Char and I collaborated several years ago on a post about Sodomy and Sex in the Middle Ages – as one does—and more recently she visited in connection with the release of her sci-fi novel, Echoes in the Storm. Yes, dear peeps, a sci-fi novel. Char

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