• Talking about the book: His Castilian Hawk by Anna Belfrage

    Title:  His Castilian HawkAuthor: Anna Belfrage A bit about the author Anna Belfrage wanted to become a time-traveller but ended up as a financial professional with a passion for writing and history. She is the author of a 9 book time travel series, a 4 book historical fiction series in the medieval era, and has […]

  • History comes alive – this week on #EHFA – May 7

    Read EHFA this week! Medieval war and the common people.And three kings:the early years of the Merry Monarch,the king who returns to England to secure his kingdom,and the king who is crowned without the usual celebrations. The Doubtful Triumph of James VI and I, May 7th 1603By Mark Patton The Battle before the Battleby Barbara Gaskell Denvil Richard […]

  • Holiday Historical Fiction Blowout – 8 Authors, 8 Days, 8 Great Sales!

    Get swept away toAncient Greece, the Roman Empire (past & present),the Crusades, the War of the Roses, the Regency era, and the Golden Age of Piracy.Eight authors share the history and setting of their books.Be sure to follow the links after my post toread all the authors’ posts and then go pick up a great readfor […]

  • Research Gems: The Murder-Fine

    I am continually surprised by the fascinating bits of information I uncover while doing research for my medieval fiction. For Book III of Battle Scars I have been reading (or re-reading) biographies of Richard I and John, and stumbled across this gem in England Without Richard, 1189-1199 by John T. Appleby: the “murder-fine.” This form of […]

  • what are you reading meme…

    Sit back.Enjoy a cup of tea.And read… Open up the book you are currently reading. Go to chapter 9 (because it’s September, the 9th month) and write down the first and last sentences of the opening paragraph. Tell us the book title and the author. No chapter 9? Pick a random paragraph in the book! […]

  • tagged! favourite historical fiction

    Mary Tod, over at A Writer of Fiction, tagged me to participate in naming my 5 favourite historical fiction novels. Mary was originally asked to name her favourite books.  She chose to stick to the historical (and now I need to add more to my “to-read” shelves). *sigh* Like Mary, I struggled to remember books […]

  • Online winter book fair… register to win!

    Black Lilac Kitty Literary Services is hosting a book fair, March 1 – 3.  Visit their website and download a catalog filled with books from participating authors, including yours truly. 🙂  There are children’s books, fiction and non-fiction. Check out the books and visit the authors’ website. Register for a giveaway, too – Amazon & […]

  • Tuesday teaser… on Monday!

    Teaser Tuesday, hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading, is a weekly book-oriented meme. Rules for participating: Well… with a passage like this, from Robert Mullin’s Bid the Gods Arise, I can’t just give you 2 sentences… “He’s been my life ever since he was born,” he continued. He didn’t know how much she understood, […]

  • Thursday’s Walk on the Blog Side…

    In recognition of the big news about Disney buying Lucasfilm: And episode 7 coming in 2015?!?!??! Whoa. This is every kid’s, er middle-aged Star Wars fan’s dream come true. (Well, most of my friends anyway… )  I’ll admit my mouth dropped open when I saw the first link from one of my SW friends. This […]