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When a foul deed triggers the memory of another foul deed – or hello to Helen Hollick and her latest book!

The first time I met Helen Hollick was fourteen years ago. She was sitting at a table promoting her historical books at a conference, and I was the bright-eyed newbie, there to tote my as yet unpublished book, A Rip in the Veil. At the time, this my first ever opus for publication was on […]

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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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When exile was the only option – Alison Morton paints the background to EXSILIUM

Since years back, I have been a Roma Nova fan, somewhat addicted to Alison Morton’s books set in an alternate history world, where a small remnant of “true Rome” has survived through the centuries. In the first few books, the story is set in contemporary times, a delicious mix of fast-paced action and great world-building.

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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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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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When nasty things hide in the hay – introducing A Meadow Murder by Helen Hollick!

Frequent visitors to my blog will know I am something of a Helen Hollick fan. Partly because no one wears a hat like she does – at least not among my acquaintances. Mostly, it’s because of Jesamiah Acorne, pirate and scoundrel extraordinaire. Plus, there’s her depiction of Harold Godwinson and his sad end that I

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A fighting queen and her loyal scribe – a tale of two renaissance woman told by fab Amy Maroney

There is something refreshing about reading a historical novel set in a somewhat unusual place or country. Today’s guest, Amy Maroney, has written several such books (and she and I share a bit of a passion for the long-gone kingdoms that once straddled the Pyrennees) so it isn’t exactly a surpirse to discover The Queen’s

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“Oh, a pirate’s life is a wonderful life” – maybe not, but Helen’s pirate Jesamiah is deffo wonderful!

I have waited. And waited. I have come with heavy-handed hints to Helen Hollick, telling her we (read me) need more Jesamiah. ASAP. And now, FINALLY, Helen has published the sixth book about Jesamiah, pirate extraordinaire and his white witch wife, Tiola. Did I like Gallows Wake? Read my review further down. Now, Helen isn’t

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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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