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 . . .

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 wringer? 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.


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.


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!

  1. jadey36 Avatar

    I have A King’s Ransom sitting on my book shelves. It’s a big book, far too big to carry on holiday with me next week, so it will have to wait until I’m home again.
    Have a great week yourself, Char!

    1. Char Avatar

      This is why I love the Kindle App on my phone. I can carry 3 dozen books in my pocket. After your holiday, read A King’s Ransom. After that you’ll have MoTC in hand and can tell me – and the world – if MoTC makes a nice companion to SKP’s book 🙂

      Enjoy your holiday.

      1. jadey36 Avatar

        My rather old smart phone won’t support a kindle. I prefer physical books anyway. I have a slim book to take on hols and will probably start King’s Ransom on my return.
        Thanks! We’re looking forward to getting away.

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