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 1603 By Mark Patton The Battle before the…

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…

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: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to…