Bleak Midwinter Quiltbag Funfest: Eleven Pipers Piping

Authors from the QUILTBAG Historicals Facebook group are brightening this bleak midwinter with excerpts and more based (loosely – very loosely) on “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Join the group, which is an inclusive queer historical fiction group of readers and writers celebrating LGBTQ-focused works, and read some wonderful excerpts. There is a fantastic giveaway, so sign…

Richard the Lionheart wounded at Châlus-Chabrol – an excerpt from Swords of the King

#OTD 26 March 1199 Châlus-Chabrol was bleak and cold that twenty-sixth day of March. Days of nasty weather and the recalcitrant traitors inside the castle were trying the king’s patience. Hammers beat steadily throughout the day, and siege machines loosed one barrage after another. While the sappers dug ever closer to the walls, messengers from…