Visiting with author Anna Belfrage and other news

Anna Belfrage invited me to visit with her last week (on her blog, that is). We talked “Of sodomists, sex, and sin in the Middle Ages – not as clearcut as you think.” We take a look at the Church’s definitions of sexual sins and talk a bit about how we have handled gay characters in our medieval novels. Anna’s new series takes place during the reign of Edward II who was accused of having intimate relationships with his favourites. I reviewed Book I last week.

In other news…

Men of the Cross was reviewed by the Historical Novel Society:

Charlene Newcomb has woven a gripping tale, recounting the crusade without ever [being] boring or laden down with pages of political detail. The five main characters are compelling, believable and likeable. Ms Newcomb does not do gore, which is a blessing for someone who does not particularly enjoy reading about it, but that does not mean the battle scenes are not powerful or that the sense of weariness and heat are not present – they are.”

Men of the Cross is one of 3 books highlighted in author Derek Birks’ Historical Fiction Cover of the Week goes to the Crusades!: I am thrilled to be mentioned alongside Angus Donald’s Outlaw Chronicles and Robyn Young’s Requiem. Check it out.

And in Battle Scars II news: I finished another round of edits. I have a few places marked that I want to take a final look at, and I’m working on that slam-bang opening. I hope to be working with the cover designer by the end of November and formatting the manuscript for Amazon print and Kindle in December. If all goes well, For King and Country will be published in early 2016.


  1. jadey36 Avatar

    I enjoyed reading your *meet up* with Anna. And congratulations on being one of those Covers of the Week.

  2. Catherine Hedge Avatar

    Reblogged this on Pen In Hand and commented:
    Kudos to our Pen in Hand colleague, Charlene Newcomb!

    1. Char Avatar

      Thank you, Cathy!

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