• Research snippets – King John

    King John didn’t wait long after agreeing to the provisions of Magna Carta to begin plotting revenge on his rebellious barons. Magna Carta was signed at Runnymede in June 1215, and shortly thereafter, King John “sent letters to all the governors of his castles throughout England, ordering them each and all to furnish their castles […]

  • Updates from the Coffee Shop

    My Writing Journey I wish I could say I spend a lot of time on the weekends with this view. I do miss St. Ives in Cornwall and the fabulous cream tea at the Tate St. Ives. I’ll be back in the UK in September, but, sadly, won’t have time to get to St. Ives. My […]

  • Chill With a Book – Readers’ Award for Swords of the King

     I am thrilled to announce that Swords of the King has been given a Chill With a Book Readers’ Award. Thank you to Pauline Barclay and her stable of readers! According to Pauline, books are “evaluated by Chill’s readers against the following: Chill With A Book Awards is a site that recognizes and promotes indie-published […]

  • Interview with Award-Winning Author Helena P. Schrader

    Helena P. Schrader’s recent works have been awarded Readers’ Favorite Gold, a Feathered Quill, a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Chaucer Awards, and indieBRAG Medallions. Helena’s newest novel is The Last Crusader Kingdom: Dawn of a Dynasty in Twelfth-Century Cyprus, and I invited her to talk to me today. Readers, you are in for a treat – Helena […]

  • indieBRAG Cover Contest – vote July 1-28

    The cool folks at indieBRAG have named Men of the Cross a finalist in their 2017 Cover Contest. Men is one of only 5 books from the historical fiction category that was chosen and there is some tough competition. This is where you can help! VOTE NOW! Tell your friends to vote! Tell your children, […]

  • Surviving Medieval Battles and Finding Love

    Historical novelist and 17th century enthusiast Cryssa Bazos invited me to her blog to talk about my Battle Scars series a few days ago. I originally “met” Cryssa online when we joined the editorial team for English Historical Fiction Authors. But it was a thrill to chat face-to-face in September 2016 at the Historical Novel Society […]

  • Happy New Year & a January Giveaway

    To start off 2017 I am offering one ebook of Men of the Cross or For King and Country to one lucky person. Just sign up for my Newsletter by midnight (CT) on January 10 to enter the giveaway. I’ll do a random drawing for the winner. I’ll confirm which book and what format (epub or Kindle) when I contact […]

  • #luckyseven – excerpt from Battle Scars II: For King and Country

    I am editing away on For King and Country. Did I mention this book is coming in at more than 600 pages? (Almost twice the length of Men of the Cross!)  I am at the 75% mark on my edit, with a goal of finishing one chapter a day. That would bring me up to November 3. […]