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…

#OTD 4 Sept 1199 – Joanna Plantagenet dies

Joanna Plantagenet, Queen of Sicily, Countess of Toulouse. She was the daughter of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, born in October 1165. At age eleven, Joanna (or Joan) wed William II, King of Sicily. Widowed at 24, she was held under house arrest for almost a year by William’s successor, Tancred. Her brother,…

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,…

John, of Magna Carta fame, was crowned King of England on 27 May 1199

#OTD 27 May 1199 – John crowned King of England at Westminster

Richard I, the Lionheart, died on April 6, 1199. His brother John was in Brittany at the time visiting a possible rival to the crown, the young Duke Arthur, son of Richard and John’s late brother Geoffrey. John fled the Breton court secretly after a messenger delivered the news. Had the Bretons heard it earlier, we might…

Swords of the King – work in progress update

Apparently back in September I promised monthly updates on Battle Scars III: Swords of the King. Whoops! Is it really the middle of April? Looking back, I see I told you about awards & accolades for For King and Country. I wrote about research for Book III based on my visits to Lincoln and Nottingham, my…