• Revisiting Swords of the King – an excerpt & more…

    I know new readers rightly want to start with the first book in any series, but how about a short excerpt from Book III? No spoilers to speak of – no explanation needed. This is the opening of Chapter 9. Take a peek… MARCH 1196John’s camp, Normandy The River Seine sparkled. It snaked around the […]

  • Month 5 of Dispatches from the home coffee shop

    This retirement life is busy! I published Echoes of the Storm last month, and have to thank members of my Launch Team and others who have posted some positive reviews. It is always a huge thrill – and a relief – to hear readers enjoyed my novel. I know it won’t be everybody’s cup-of-tea, but […]

  • #OTD 29 March 1194 – Richard the Lionheart visits Sherwood Forest

    The siege of Nottingham ended, so what’s a king to do? Relax! Go hunting in Sherwood Forest.  “On the twenty-ninth day of March, Richard, king of England, went to Clipston and the forests of Sherwood, which he had never seen before, and they pleased him greatly; after which, on the same day, he returned to […]

  • A Discovered Diamond – Book Review of For King and Country

    There is a new site in town – rather, on the web – for reviews of historical fiction: Discovering Diamonds. You should definitely bookmark or follow this site if you are looking for good historical fiction. And I am thrilled to report that For King and Country, Book II of Battle Scars, has been selected as […]

  • B.R.A.G. Medallion awarded to For King and Country

    Thank you, indieBRAG! I am thrilled For King and Country has been awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion. B.R.A.G. is the Book Readers Appreciation Group. Indie-published books are put through a tough review process. As indieBRAG notes on their website: This entails an initial screening to ensure that the author’s work meets certain minimum standards of quality and […]

  • A shout-out from Sharon Kay Penman

    August slipped past and I never managed to mention that the lovely Sharon Kay Penman mentioned both For King and Country and Men of the Cross on her blog at the end of July. Sharon writes: “I think they might be of interest to my history-loving, book-loving readers and friends.” What a thrill to have my books noted by a best-selling author […]

  • Mini-teasers for Book III, Swords of the King

    Have a line or two… But first – voting is still open for the Summer Indie Award. Go vote, preferably for one or both of my books. Historical: come back here to see what is in store for Battle Scars, Book III! Okay, now that you’re back… I want to get into the habit of […]

  • Voting begins today – Summer Indie Book Award

    VOTE EARLY AND DAILY!! Both of my historical fiction novels – Men of the Cross and For King and Country – have been nominated by a lovely reader for a Summer Indie Book award in the historical category. Readers can vote once a day Sept. 1 – 11.  You can even vote for both books! Vote here! Metamorphic […]

  • Men of the Cross – sale July 28-29

    Two Day Sale on Amazon (U.S.) Get Men of the Cross for $1.99 (ebook) Why do you want to pick up Men of the Cross for this great low price? Well, it’s cheaper than that latte at the local coffee shop and will stick with you a lot longer! And Book II of the Battle Scars series is now available. […]