of kings, of knights . . . of war . . .

If you’ve read my book blurb, you are aware that one major theme of Men of the Cross is Sir Henry’s struggle with PTSD . . .

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Author Kristen Lamb writes “Your job as great superlative writers is to maim, torture, crush and kill” and “. . . to 1) generate love and affection for a wide cast of characters and then 2) torture them then 3) wait for the comeback.” http://wp.me/py7Aw-3UJ 

Do I put Henry (and his friends) through the ringer? You’ll have to read MoTC to find out!

BONUS! Enjoy a 2nd quote this week! I’d posted this one early on Facebook while trying to set up my author page. This quote is from a scene in the palace in Acre in October 1191. Sir Henry is talking with Queen Joanna, Richard the Lionheart’s sister. I had a wonderful time writing scenes with Joanna. She isn’t a major character in MoTC, but when she is “on stage” she shines – even if I do say so myself.

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REVISIONS UPDATE

I’m tightening up my prose in parts of the manuscript. Usually that means cutting words – and I have done that. But I have also fleshed out at least two scenes to heighten the drama. I’ve actually added more words than I deleted… Ah well. I’m still hoping to order my proof copies around April 20, and hit the publish button for Amazon print and ebook before the end of the month.

THIS WEEK IN MEDIEVAL HISTORY

On April 6, 1199, Richard the Lionheart died in his mother’s arms after being struck days earlier by a crossbow bolt. Sharon Kay Penman has written Richard’s final moments in her new book, A King’s Ransom, which I haven’t read yet! You can read that snippet on her fan page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/skpfanclub/10152005269396937/?notif_t=group_activity

Have a great week!

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and the countdown to publication of Battle Scars I begins…

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Congratulations to Denise who won the drawing for a copy of Battle Scars I: Men of the Cross. And thank you to everyone who participated. That was a lot of fun!

Now down to the serious stuff.

I hope to have final editorial comments on MoTC within the next 10 days. Barring technical issues with uploading the manuscript to Amazon’s CreateSpace interface, I should have a print proof of the book in hand by April 20. After I have a few pairs of eyes look that over, I can hit the “publish” button. Then things may get tricky…  Supposedly, I can publish direct to Kindle from CreateSpace, but because I haven’t done this before, I’m not exactly sure how it’s supposed to work. Last time, I published the e-book first, and then formatted the manuscript for CreateSpace. So keep your fingers crossed. May the Force Be With Me!

In other news…
You may know that I have created an author page on Facebook to avoid getting a nasty note from FB. If you use FB, go “like” my page. :)  I tend to post more frequently to FB – short updates, photos, links to other historical fiction or writing advice, and of course, links back here to my own posts.

Have a great week.

 

 

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book cover reveal – Battle Scars I: Men of the Cross

I am thrilled to show off the cover design for my upcoming novel!

Battle Scars I: Men of the Cross

Many thank to Travis at probookcovers.com for this superb design. He is a pleasure to work with, willing to listen and to offer his expert advice.

Release Date: TBA

Follow me here and watch for additional teasers in the next few weeks.

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Battle Scars I… book cover reveal coming on Wednesday

So today I give you just a short teaser

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Sign up now for a chance to win a copy of Battle Scars I

Want an early peek before I post my book cover to the world?

Email me (charlenenewcomb at gmail dot com) with the subject line SHOW ME THE COVER! I’ll send you a link to preview the cover about 48 hours before I post it here on my blog on Wednesday.

Sign up before 8:00pm (CT) Sunday, March 23.

And a bonus: Sign up by the above deadline and I’ll put your name in a hat for a drawing for a free copy of Men of the Cross!

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a bit more of the Robin Hood legend…

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Little John? Why who else could it be but the big guy from the Robin Hood legend? I mentioned in last week’s post that I was introducing my version of the origins of the legend. Little John is a secondary character in Men of the Cross. You will meet him in a much different light–at least different from any version I have ever read about or seen. I think you are going to love him. Come along for the ride! When, you ask? Soon!! Here’s the latest:

  • Graphic artist Dennis L. & I are closing in on finalizing 2 maps for the book. The drafts I have seen are awesome. :)
  • I am re-reading the manuscript…still. Doing some minor tweaking. Marie skipped out on vacation and has taken a break from providing me editorial comments. I expect to see them rolling back in next week.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT – BOOK COVER REVEAL

  • When: Next Week!
    • Want an early look before I post to the world? Email me (charlenenewcomb at gmail dot com) with the subject line SHOW ME THE COVER! I’ll send you a link to preview the cover about 48 hours before I post it here on my blog.
    • And a bonus: Sign up and I’ll put your name in a hat for a drawing for a free copy of Men of the Cross!

Have a great week. I think it actually may be spring here. It hit 81F one day last week – followed by snow on Sunday. But I think – and hope – that is the last of winter.  Can I ask spring to stay around until June?  How’s the weather where you live?

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Did I mention Robin Hood?

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How many different versions of the Robin Hood legend do you know? How many movies, television shows, and books have been produced or written about Robin and his band of “merry men” or “outlaws?” Have you read any of the recent tales such as Angus Donald’s Outlaw Chronicles or Steven McKay’s Wolf’s Head?  What are your favorites?

Battle Scars I: Men of the Cross introduces my version of the origins of Robin Hood. I am not the first writer to place Robin in the Holy Land during the Third Crusade. My Robin is the knight Sir Robin du Louviers (aka Robert Carpenter). He has been a close confidant of Richard the Lionheart for nine years when he is first introduced in the story. You’ll learn of his ties to Greyton – Sir Henry’s home in Lincolnshire – and about the woman he left behind.

It wasn’t an easy decision to take the “Robin Hood-like” character I had created and turn him into the Robin of legend. I suppose I am a bit worried that readers familiar with the original will balk: “Robin isn’t from Lincolnshire!” Give me a chance to explain! True, you will have to wait because you won’t learn the full story of Robin’s background until Book 2. My British beta reader has not had a problem with my version of the legend, so I’ll take that as a good sign.

Men of the Cross also features 2 other characters made famous by the legend. And Book 2, For King and Country, will round out the cast. I don’t want to spoil your fun – you will have to read Battle Scars for yourself.

Revisions progress
Marie is making her way through the manuscript and providing some editorial comments. I’m hoping my revisions will be wrapped up by the end of the month. I’ve converted my .doc file using a CreateSpace template for Amazon print, which supposedly can be pushed  direct to Kindle for the e-book. I hope to have a print proof in hand in early April. The Nook version may take a bit longer to figure out.

My map artist sent me 1 of the 2 maps I’d requested. It looks great. I’ve asked for a couple of minor tweaks and expect to see that revision this week. The maps will be a great addition to the book.

Towards the end of the month I’ll be showing off the fabulous book cover!

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