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Ring of Stone by Diane Scott Lewis

A decade ago, when researching my first novel, I traveled to Cornwall, England. After reading so many books on the...
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The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau – historical fiction highlight

Occasionally I will highlight books that I think readers of Royalty Free Fiction might enjoy. Nancy Bilyeau's tudor series with...
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DJ Niko explains why the Ancient World matters today

I am delighted to welcome D J Niko to give us her thoughts on why the Ancient World matters. Scroll...
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The Tenth Saint by D J Niko

Welcome to readers on DJ Niko's blog tour for The Tenth Saint. I was lucky enough to have this book...
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Archaeology, Tombs and Prophecies – The Tenth Saint by D.J.Niko

Welcome to readers on DJ Niko's blog tour for The Tenth Saint. I was lucky enough to have this book...
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Researching historical fiction – The Lady’s Slipper

Many people have asked me about how I do my research and how much time it takes to write a...
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The not-quite-so-swashbuckling duel of Alexandre Dumas

A belated Happy New Year to all my followers. I had a wonderful Christmas in which I got a whole...
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Forget the Sensational – in Praise of Quiet Books

One of the things I've noticed about the new self-publishing phenomenon, and also about traditionally published books fighting for their...
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Floats the Dark Shadow by Yves Fey

  Floats the Dark Shadow had a long gestation.  I tried writing a different Belle Époque novel for about a...
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The Prodigal Son – Anna Belfrage

In retrospect, I suspect my subconscious had been doing its own little things for years before I finally sat down...
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Life with Anne Boleyn – Interview with Judith Arnopp

I am delighted to welcome Judith Arnopp who has just released her Tudor novel about Anne Boleyn - The Kiss...
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A Divided Inheritance by Deborah Swift

  I was  exploring the time right after the gunpowder plot in England when Catholic recusants were being persecuted for...
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What to do on the day your book comes out

Today my third historical novel, 'A Divided Inheritance' is out. For me, this is the culmination of eighteen months of...
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The Historical Novella – Tips from Helena P. Schrader

Rather than one long novel, Helena Schrader is writing a series of ten novellas - Ten Tales of Chivalry, all set in...
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Of Carrion Feathers by Katherine Pym

One weekend, while my sister and I visited, we both admitted we were intellectual snobs, but we had one fallen...
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Unravelled by M.K.Tod

  My grandmother died on the way to her second wedding. I had often thought this dramatic curtain on life...
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Win a copy of A Divided Inheritance

I am delighted to announce that A Divided Inheritance is available on kindle today. Click on the cover to take...
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Publication of ‘A Divided Inheritance’

October 23  Deborah's third book  'A Divided Inheritance' will be published in the UK. In addition to a blog tour with...
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Fifth North American Conference of the Historical Novel Society

21-23 June 2013 Deborah will be at the Historical Novel Society Conference at the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel, 501 Fifth Ave, NE,...
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Creating Secondary Characters in Historical Fiction

Riddle: How does an author use historical fact to create and describe secondary or minor characters in historical fiction?  ...
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