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The king just won’t stay down! by Mercedes Rochelle #medieval

Today I welcome guest author Mercedes Rochelle with this really interesting post about Richard II and a last minute betrayal....
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The Lifeline – characters who brave mountainous seas, enemy fire, and below zero temperatures

My new novel, The Lifeline is now ready to pre-order, and is the third in my series of WW2 books....
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The Last Blast of The Trumpet – Marie Macpherson – excerpt

I'm delighted to welcome Marie Macpherson to my blog today with a fascinating wintry excerpt from her novel The Last...
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The Bridled Tongue by Catherine Meyrick – Review

Set in Elizabethan England in 1536 this is a well-written and absorbing romantic novel. Alyce Bradley, returning home after being...
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The Intriguing History of Fort St George by David Ebsworth

Today I welcome David Ebsworth to my blog to tell us about one of the fascinating buildings he came across...
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On the Record – The Permanence of History through Fiction #amwriting

  "Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality it describes." - Desmond Tutu...
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‘Changing the dream’ – An interview with author Joan Schweighardt #ecology

I am thrilled to welcome Joan Schweighardt, author of The River Series to my blog today, to talk about her...
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Never A Cross Word – The history of crosswords with Liz Harris

I'm thrilled to welcome Liz Harris to my blog today to enlighten us about crosswords. Over to Liz! If you...
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Death in Delft by Graham Brack – a #17thCentury murder mystery

This is the first Master Mercurius novel I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. Set in the immaculately detailed...
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Author in Search of a Character – Why James Burke?

I'm delighted to Welcome Tom Williams to my Blog today to tell us about how he came to write the...
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Introverts and Extroverts in Historical Fiction

I recently came on a discussion in a facebook group about introverts and extroverts in fiction. (Sorry to whoever started...
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Historical Fiction – the joy of writing extraordinary commoners

I've just started a new book and after quite a bit of research, this is the first week of actually...
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Fortune’s Hand – a novel of Walter Ralegh

  I knew nothing about Walter Ralegh, except the legends I'd been told at school; about how he lay down...
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Ten authors you should know about, who write about the 17th Century #HistFic

The Seventeenth Century is undergoing a bit of a revival, with best-selling authors like Philippa Gregory and Tracy Borman, all...
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Two books with #WW2 connections

Of Darkness and Light is an engaging mystery of art and artists set in WW2 Norway. Heidi Eljarbo has certainly...
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Building Blocks of Historical Fiction no 3 – Art and Artifice #HistFic

What does historical novel give you that film or television doesn't? The answer is a total and intimate immersion. The...
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Morecambe Winter Gardens – a labour of love

I've just been on a guided tour of Morecambe Winter Gardens. Its not the first time I've visited, but it...
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The Victorian Sickroom – a guest post by Charlotte Betts

I'm delighted to welcome  Charlotte Betts to my blog today, with her lovely informative article on the Victorian sickroom. Charlotte...
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My cold weather reading: ‘After the Fire’ and ‘Those Who Know’

Here in the North West, we've had a sudden change of the weather from tropical to arctic, meaning my lockdown...
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Building Blocks of Historical Fiction no 2 – Suspicion versus Suspense #HistFic

Often writers think that in order to convey mystery, or to keep the reader in suspense, they must withhold information....
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