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Beyond the Call of Duty
Fred Lilley

Accused by his fellow officers of being a medal-hunter, a self-advertiser and of trying to get himself killed, Thomas Sherrington Bagshott volunteers for every dangerous mission that presents itself. But the medals and the promotion that he craves are slow in coming. Instead he gathers an impressive collection of wounds. Soldier, sometime spy and all-round adventurer "Baggy" managed never to miss a good war as it cropped up and what worthy foes he confronted, fine fellows like the Abyssinians, Zulus, Ashantees and Dervishes - all of whom were capable of putting up quite a good show when their blood was up. With endearing honesty he tells us how he saw the turbulant events of the late nineteenth century and in his humourous and opinionated way he brings history to life as he rubs shoulders with the great heroes of the era. "Baggy"personifies the Victorian virtues of patriotism and dedication to duty and although he and his family are fictional all the rest of the characters who appear in Beyond the Call of Duty are real life historical figures.

In his early twenties, the author went to work as a "mercantile assistant" in Malaya which at the time was torn by a vicious guerrilla war euphemistically called the "Emergency". Following eleven happy years as a civilian in this war zone, he accepted a commercial post based in yet another of the world's trouble-spots - Beirut. This was followed by eleven years island-hopping in the Caribbean and finally ten years in the Arabian Gulf. Now, after 40 expatriate years, he has retired to West Sussex to write, study history and rediscover hi roots. His publications include Red-Haired Devil, the experiences of a civilian living in Malaya during the "Emergency", West Sussex in Character, a glimpse at some of the county's more colourful personalities and Sussex Celebrities, a gallery of icons, eccentrics and one or two rogues.

Fred is giving away a print copy of the book within the UK or Ireland. You can enter the drawing HERE.


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Josiah Stubb: The Siege of Louisbourg
From C.W. Lovatt, the best-selling author of The Adventures of Charlie Smithers.

It is 1758 and The Seven Years War is raging. The military might of the British and French empires collide in a desperate bid to control the key strategic Fortress of Louisbourg and, in turn, Quebec and French-held North America.

One man caught amidst the bloodshed is the young grenadier, Josiah Stubb. Raised by a whore amidst poverty and incest, Josiah seemed doomed from birth to a life in the gutter. His attempt to leave his sordid past behind leads him to Louisbourg, but it comes back to haunt him in the form of a gifted officer, battling his own inner demons.

As the siege blazes towards its inevitable bloody climax, will Josiah live to overcome the formidable obstacles that keep him chained to his past, or will his aspirations for a better life die with him on the brooding shores of Ile Royale?

Universal Link: http://mybook.to/josiahstubbl

It is just an ebook only for the time being. The paperback is not due out for another week or so.

C.W. is giving away a copy of the book. You can enter the drawing HERE.

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Pride and Persistence
Jeanna Ellsworth

Undaunted by a threatening storm, Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley insists he must deliver his letter to Miss Elizabeth Bennet–– then tragedy strikes. Riddled with guilt, Elizabeth comes to the aid of the comatose Mr. Darcy and stays by his side until he regains consciousness. She soon learns that although Mr. Darcy has awoken, he has not returned to himself. And with no memory of his first disastrous proposal, he has concluded that there is nothing he wants more than to propose to Miss Elizabeth. This humorous journey of love leaves one asking, can persistence pacify prejudice? Can Elizabeth see the real gentleman behind the injury, a man who persists in professing his love to her every chance he gets? In this Regency variation of Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet both learn the value of persistence.

Jeanna Ellsworth is giving away one paperback (U.S. only) or an eBook (internationally) for one winner. Please comment HERE to enter the drawing.

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May 1812
M.M. Bennetts

In the war against Napoleon, there are no easy victories.
1812. Europe has been at war for twenty years. Britain stands alone against the greatest threat to peace the world has ever known, at daily risk of a French invasion and revolution. In London, a handful of men struggle to protect their country and maintain the war effort. Among them, the Earl of Myddelton, code-breaker to the Foreign Office, strives to crack the most difficult French code yet—the Grand Chiffre—before still more men die on the battlefields of Europe.

Then, on 11 May 1812, the unthinkable happens. The Prime Minister is assassinated. Amid widespread panic and fear of a French conspiracy, the government falls.

From the ballrooms of London, to the backstreets of power, to the death-in-waiting coast of enemy France, Myddelton is drawn inexorably into the deepening crisis—his private life unravelling all the while, as misunderstandings, gossip and spite mar his marriage, and threaten to destroy his career and his life.

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Published by diiarts in November 2009, May 1812 won the Authonomy Gold Medal in 2009.

M.M. Bennetts is giving away an ecopy of May 1812. You can enter the drawing HERE.

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The Only Blue Door
by Joan Fallon

Available in paperback and as an ebook

Imagine you are a twelve-year-old girl; you have a happy life and a family that loves you, then bit by bit your life disintegrates and you find yourself alone, thousands of miles from home.

It is September 1940, Maggie and her young siblings, Grace and Billy, are living in the East End of London with their mother. Their father has been killed at Dunkirk and their mother goes into hospital to have her fourth child, leaving the children with a neighbour. In one of the worst bombing raids of the war their home is destroyed and the neighbour is killed. Bewildered and frightened, the children wander the streets until they are taken in by some nuns. But their problems are not over; no-one can trace their mother and, labelled as orphans, they are sent as child migrants to Australia.

The novel traces their adventures in their new country, the homesickness, the heartbreak when Billy is separated from his sisters and the loneliness of life in a cold and unfeeling orphanage. Eventually the children make new lives for themselves, but Maggie is still convinced that her mother is alive and once she is old enough, begins to search for her.

This novel is based on the experiences of real people and reflects the attitudes of the day towards child migration during and after the Second World War.

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Joan is giving away a print copy of The Only Blue Door. You can enter the giveaway HERE.

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A pugnacious orphan from a bleak Dublin suburb, Helena Molony dreams of liberating Ireland. Her fantasies take shape when the indomitable Maud Gonne informally adopts her and sets her on a path to theatrical stardom - and political martyrdom. Swept up in the Gaelic Revival, Helena succumbs to the romantic advances of Bulmer Hobson, an egotistical Fenian leader with a talent for turning friends into enemies. After their affair ends in a bitter ideological rift, she turns to Sean Connolly, a married fellow-actor from the Abbey Theatre, a man idolised in the nationalist circles. As Ireland prepares to strike against the British rule on Easter Monday, Helena and her comrades find themselves caught in a whirlwind of deceit, violence, broken alliances and questionable sacrifices. In the words of Patrick Pearse, “Ireland unfree shall never be at peace”. For the survivors of the Rising, the battle will continue for decades after the last shot had been fired.


A Chernobyl survivor adopted into the world of Anglo-Irish politics, Marina Julia Neary has dedicated her literary career to depicting military and social disasters, from the Charge of the Light Brigade to the Easter Rising in Dublin. Her mission is to tell untold stories, find hidden gems and illuminate the prematurely extinguished stars in history. She explores human suffering through the prism of dark humor, believing that tragedy and comedy go hand in hand. Her debut novel Wynfield's Kingdom: a Tale of London Slums appeared on the cover of the First Edition Magazine in the UK and earned the praise of the Neo-Victorian Studies Journal. With the centennial of the Easter Rising approaching, she has written a series of novels exploring the hidden conflicts within the revolutionary ranks. Never Be at Peace: a Novel of Irish Rebels is a companion piece to Martyrs & Traitors: a Tale of 1916.

You can enter to win either a print or an ecopy of Never Be at Peace HERE. International entries are accepted.


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Drawn to Perfection
Victoria Owens

It is 1751 and while industry stirs in the Welsh Marches, Matthias Hearne – the over-bearing Rector of Llanmichael - offends his flock. When the town’s ancient bridge collapses, Hearne’s superstitious parishioners blame him for the loss of trade, desert his church and intimidate his household.

By good fortune, Hearne’s stammering daughter Caelica catches the attention of Edward, son of rich manufacturer Sir Rowley Curwen. When Edward offers to marry her, events promise to take a turn for the better, particularly since Sir Rowley agrees to finance a competition to design a new bridge. No-one foresees that the result will throw both families into confusion.

A tale of guile and double dealing, Drawn to Perfection questions how far parents’ wishes should shape their children’s lives.

‘The story drew me in from the first page ….. a lovely evocative read.’ Barbara Goldie, Historical Novels Review.

Victoria Owens won the 2009 Jane Austen Short Story Award.

Available from:
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www.amazon.co.uk
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You can click HERE to enter the drawing for one of five print copies in the US, UK, Western Europe, and Australia.

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Lest Camelot Fall
Danny Adams

Millions of people around the world know the legend of King Arthur, but the stories always end with Arthur’s death and never reveal what happened to the surviving Knights of the Round Table—or Camelot itself. Lest Camelot Fall begins with Arthur’s death and tells of the survivors’struggle to keep Camelot’s flame of freedom burning against the darkness both of Saxon invaders and native British would-be tyrants.

Lucian Aurelianus is a descendant of Roman emperors and British kings alike, as well as being Arthur’s cousin. He receives an urgent summons to Camelot from Merlin only to arrive after the slaughter of the Battle of Camlann, in time to see Arthur’s body taken away to Avalon. Soon afterward Lucian’s brother, Constantine, claims the right to be High King of Britain—and exiles anyone who challenges him, including the surviving Knights. At the same time, the sons of Arthur’s nephew and mortal enemy, Modred, have joined forces with the Saxons, along with soldiers from a reborn Roman Empire with designs on Britain, for a final attack against Camelot.

Lucian decides he must stay to help Merlin and the Knights—and his increasingly despotic brother—if anything of Arthur’s dream is to survive. Ultimately he will do whatever it takes to keep Camelot alive, even when that means challenging the armies of southern Britain, enduring Saxon slavery, and the possibility of taking what is left of Camelot and leaving Britain behind forever.

Amazon UK
Amazon Australia
Amazon US
Barnes & Noble
Musa Publishing

Danny is giving away an ebook of Lest Camelot Fall. You can enter the drawing HERE.

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A Rebel Romance by Paul B. McNulty

When Cecilia Lynch falls in love with John Moore, a United Irishman, she finds herself drawn into the web of revolution. The illegitimate daughter of a baronet is thrilled when General Humbert appoints Moore as President of the Republic of Connaught after routing the British army in 1798. Even though both are shunned by polite society, Cecilia stands by her betrothed when the tide of political favour wanes. Can the lovers survive turbulent times now that John's life and liberty are endangered? Or, will powerful forces destroy their dreams and their destiny?

A likely tale… Plot moves along rapidly … I really liked this, and I love historicals… MuseItUp Publishing.

Very romantic as told through the eyes of Cecilia… Ivor Hamrock, Mayo Co Library, Castlebar.

The dialogue is sharp and to the point … John Moore is the perfect martyr … the educated aristocrat … all fit nicely into the period. Patrick Sheridan, Balla, Co Mayo.

A semi-finalist in the 2013 William Faulkner novella competition.

Paul is giving away an ecopy to an international winner. You can enter the contest HERE.


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Claiming the Rebel's Heart
by Alison Stuart (www.alisonstuart.com)

War divides families…love unites hearts…

Herefordshire, England 1643

As the English Civil War divides England and tears families apart, Kinton Lacey castle is one of the brave few loyal to the roundhead cause.

With her father away, Deliverance Felton will do whatever it takes to defend her family home against the royalist forces ranged against it. She can shoot and wield a sword as well as any man and anything she needs to know about siege warfare she has learned from a book...but no book can prepare her for what is to come.

Captain Luke Collyer, soldier of fortune and a man with his own reasons for loyalty to the parliamentary cause, is sent to relieve the castle. Everything he knows about siege warfare in general and women in particular he has learned from experience, but when it comes to Deliverance Felton has he met his match?

Deliverance will not give up her command lightly and Luke will have to face a challenge to his authority as fierce as the cavalier foe outside the walls. He will do whatever it takes to win Deliverance’s trust but will he run the risk of losing his own, well guarded, heart?

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Alison Stuart is giving away an ecopy of Claiming the Rebel's Heart. You can enter to win the book HERE.

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What She Left Behind
Ellen Marie Wiseman

In this stunning new novel, the acclaimed author of The Plum Tree merges the past and present into a haunting story about the nature of love and loyalty—and the lengths we will go to protect those who need us most.

Ten years ago, Izzy Stone’s mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother’s apparent insanity, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at a local museum, have enlisted Izzy’s help in cataloging items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades old journal, and a window into her own past.

Clara Cartwright, eighteen years old in 1929, is caught between her overbearing parents and her love for an Italian immigrant. Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage, Clara’s father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids. But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash, he can no longer afford her care—and Clara is committed to the public asylum.

Even as Izzy deals with the challenges of yet another new beginning, Clara’s story keeps drawing her into the past. If Clara was never really mentally ill, could something else explain her own mother’s violent act? Piecing together Clara’s fate compels Izzy to re-examine her own choices—with shocking and unexpected results.

Illuminating and provocative, What She Left Behind is a masterful novel about the yearning to belong—and the mysteries that can belie even the most ordinary life.

You can enter the drawing for a copy of What She Left Behind HERE.

www.ellenmariewiseman.com
Amazon US
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Norah: The Making of an Irish-American Woman in 19th-Century New York
Cynthia Neale

Once she was a child of hunger, but now Norah McCabe is a woman with courage, passion, and reckless dreams. Her story is one of survival, intrigue, and love. This Irish immigrant woman cannot be narrowly defined! She dons Paris fashion and opens a used-clothing store, is attacked by a vicious police commissioner, joins a movement to free Ireland, and attends a National Women's Rights Convention. And love comes to her slowly one night on a dark street, ensnared by the great Mr. Murray, essayist and gang leader extraordinaire. Norah is the story of a woman who confronts prejudice, violence, and greed in a city that mystifies and helps to mold her into becoming an Irish-American woman.


Cynthia Neale is an American with Irish ancestry and a native of the Finger Lakes region in New York. She now resides in Hampstead, New Hampshire. She has long possessed a deep interest in the tragedies and triumphs of the Irish during the Potato Famine or “The Great Hunger.” She is a graduate of Vermont College in Montpelier, VT, with a B.A. degree in Literature and Creative Writing. Norah is her first historical novel for adult readers. She is also the author of two young adult novels, The Irish Dresser, A Story of Hope during The Great Hunger (An Gorta Mor, 1845-1850) and Hope in New York City, The Continuing Story of The Irish Dresser. Her forthcoming book, Pavlova in a Hat Box, is a collection of essays and dessert recipes. She is currently researching and writing a sequel to Norah, as well as a novel about Queen Catharine, a Native American of New York whose village was destroyed by General John Sullivan in 1779.



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The Crown is the first of a trilogy of historical thrillers set in the court of Henry VIII.

London May 1537: When Joanna Stafford, a young novice in the Dominican Order of Dartford, learns her cousin is about to be burned at the stake for rebelling against King Henry VIII, she makes a decision that will change not only her life but quite possibly the fate of a nation. Joanna breaks the sacred rule of enclosure and runs away from the priory of Dartford.

But when Joanna and her father are arrested and sent to the Tower of London, she finds herself a pawn in a deadly power struggle. Those closest to the throne are locked in a fierce fight against those desperate to save England's monasteries from destruction. Charged with a mission to find a hidden relic believed to possess a mystical power that has slain three Englishmen of royal blood in the last 300 years, Joanna and a troubled young friar, Brother Edmund, must seek answers across England. Once she learns the true secret of her quest, one that traces all the way back to Golgotha and the Relics of the Passion, Joanna must finally determine who to trust and how.


The Crown made it to the short list of the Crime Writers' Association's Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award for 2012. The judges comment: "A treasure hunt, a murder story and a conspiracy thriller, this Tudor tale is the year's most impressive debut. The pace never lets up in this story of great humanity in an inhumane period of our history, with an exceptional heroine."

Says bestselling author Alison Weir: "A stunning debut. One of the best historical novels I have ever read."

To enter the drawing, comment HERE.


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Historical Old Newspapers - authentic originals from any date going all the way back to 1865.

The old newspapers are genuine originals from the UK and are a fabulous look back into the past to see what people were writing about back in the day. Kindly provided by Great Experiences you can choose any date and from many different titles from the UK, such as the Daily Mail, the Times and even some of the very old papers like the Daily Sketch.

Read about Journalists thoughts before or even after the World wars. See what was happening and what life was like on the day you were born. These papers are a unique way to look back into the past and see the culture of the day.

The lucky winner will receive a genuine old newspaper from the date they choose. Please note that these newspapers are genuine and while we stock most dates, they come from finite stock. We may not have the date you are looking for or the title. If that is the case, you will be allowed to choose any other date, or have a ‘re-print’ paper from the chosen date.

Please note, some dates are classed as ‘special dates’ and due the value of these particular papers they are not part of this promotion. For example papers carrying the sinking of the Titanic story carry a very large premium and therefore these papers are excluded.

These old newspapers can make a great gift as well, with many people buying them to celebrate a birthday with the recipient getting a newspaper from the day of their birth.

For more information about Great Experiences and their old newspapers please visit http://www.greatexperiences.co.uk.

Please click HERE to enter the drawing.

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Twelfth Night at Longbourn
by Maria Grace
 Twelfth Night—a night for wondrous things to happen. At least for other people. In the months after her sisters' weddings, nothing has gone well for Kitty Bennet. Since Lydia’s infamous elopement, her friends have abandoned her, and Longbourn is more prison than home. Not even Elizabeth's new status as Mrs. Darcy of Pemberley can repair the damage to Kitty’s reputation. More than anything else, she wishes to leave the plain ordinary Kitty behind and become Catherine Bennet, a proper young lady. Her only ray of hope is an invitation to Pemberley for the holidays. Perhaps there she might escape the effects of her sister’s shame. Getting to Pemberley is not as simple as it sounds. First she must navigate the perils of London society, the moods of Georgiana Darcy, and the chance encounter with the man who once broke her heart. Perhaps though, as Catherine, she might prove herself worthy of that gentleman’s regard.
 
But, in an instant all her hopes are dashed, and her dreams of becoming Catherine evaporate. Will Kitty Bennet's inner strength be enough to bring her heart's desire?

On an ordinary night perhaps not, but on Twelfth Night, it just might be enough.

Two  electronnic copies (mobi, epub or pdf) will given away. The contest ends Sunday, JAN. 5 at midnight PST. Please comment HERE to enter the drawing.





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The following giveaway has ended. The winner of the print copy is Debra Jacoby, and the ecopy winner is elsetmeskah. Congrats!

Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors

Edited by Debra Brown and M.M. Bennetts

A compilation of essays from the English Historical Fiction Authors blog, this book provides a wealth of historical information from Roman Britain to early twentieth century England. Over fifty different authors share hundreds of real life stories and tantalizing tidbits discovered while doing research for their own historical novels.

From Queen Boadicea’s revolt to Tudor ladies-in-waiting, from Regency dining and dress to Victorian crime and technology, immerse yourself in the lore of Great Britain. Read the history behind the fiction and discover the true tales surrounding England’s castles, customs, and kings.

"I found the tales of queens and kings from the historical fiction I've loved and learned to treasure just absorbing in the small bites these authors provide." 
Deborah Previte ~

"It's an amusing trot through British history and excellent bedtime reading."

"Thoroughly enjoyable and diverse... leisure reading for any history fan."
Elizabeth Chadwick

One print copy will be given away within the US, and one ecopy will be sent internationally. The contest ends Sunday, Dec. 29 at midnight PST. Please comment HERE to enter the drawing.

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Linda Marie Finn is our winner, as drawn by Random.org!

To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn, is told from the point of view of Meg Wyatt, pledged forever as the best friend to Anne since their childhoods on neighboring manors in Kent. When Anne’s star begins to ascend, of course she takes her best friend Meg along for the ride. Life in the court of Henry VIII is thrilling at first, but as Anne’s favor rises and falls, so does Meg’s. And though she’s pledged her loyalty to Anne no matter what the test, Meg just might lose her greatest love—and her own life—because of it.

Meg's childhood flirtation with a boy on a neighboring estate turns to true love early on. When he is called to follow the Lord and be a priest she turns her back on both the man and his God. Slowly, though, both woo her back through the heady times of the English reformation. In the midst of it, Meg finds her place in history, her own calling to the Lord that she must follow, too, with consequences of her own. Each character in the book is tested to figure out what love really means, and what, in this life, is worth dying for.

Though much of Meg’s story is fictionalized, it is drawn from known facts. The Wyatt family and the Boleyn family were neighbors and friends, and perhaps even distant cousins. Meg’s brother, Thomas Wyatt, wooed Anne Boleyn and ultimately came very close to the axe blade for it. Two Wyatt sisters attended Anne at her death, and at her death, she gave one of them her jeweled prayer book—Meg.

Starred Review  "...this stunning novel... re-examines Boleyn’s life from her beginnings to her rise and eventual fall in the Tudor court. Meg has her own tale of young love and pride, having turned her back on her childhood love when he accepted a religious calling. She travels with Anne to court and finds her life intimately tied to Anne’s changing fortunes. Byrd’s novel adds a depth to the character of Anne Boleyn that is often missing in other novels, and she brings the history to life in exquisite detail. Readers might indeed find themselves sympathizing with the young queen. Highly recommended for fans of Philippa Gregory."

—Library Journal

Please learn more about Sandra Byrd's books by clicking HERE.  Please enter the international giveaway by clicking HERE.



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The Gilded Lily



A spellbinding historical novel of beauty and greed and surprising redemption.
England, 1660. Ella Appleby believes she is destined for better things than slaving as a housemaid and dodging the blows of her drunken father. When her employer dies suddenly, she seizes her chance--taking his valuables and fleeing the countryside with her sister for the golden prospects of London. But London may not be the promised land she expects. Work is hard to find, until Ella takes up with a dashing and dubious gentleman with ties to the London underworld. Meanwhile, her old employer's twin brother is in hot pursuit of the sisters.
Set in a London of atmospheric coffee houses, gilded mansions, and shady pawnshops hidden from rich men's view, Deborah Swift's The Gilded Lily is a dazzling novel of historical adventure.


Reviews:
Deborah Swift's captivating writing makes you feel as if you're in Restoration London alongside the two lead characters of this excellent historical novel. Highly recommended. The Bookbag


Swift creates complex characters whose difficult lives and complicated motivations create compelling drama. Booklist 

With intriguing characters, an action-packed plot, and history brought to life, this book is a must read.
Night Owl Reviews


Deborah has written two other historicals, The Lady's Slipper and A Divided Inheritance. She lives in glorious countryside near the Lake District, England.
Find Deborah at her website and blogs www.deborahswift.com
or follow her on Twitter @swiftstory

Deborah is giving away a signed softback. Giveaway open worldwide. You can win a copy by commenting here

The Kindle version is currently on special offer. Amazon US  Amazon UK


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Child of the Northern Spring
Vol. 1 of The Guinevere Trilogy
by Persia Woolley

Among the first to look at the story of Camelot through Guinevere's eyes, Woolley sets the traditional tale in the time of its origin, after Britain has shattered into warring fiefdoms. Hampered by neither fantasy nor medieval romance, this young Guinevere is a feisty Celtic tomboy who sees no reason why she must learn to speak Latin, wear dresses, and go south to marry that king. But legends being what they are, the story of Arthur's rise to power soon intrigues her, and when they finally meet, Guinevere and Arthur form a partnership that has lasted for 1500 years.

This is Arthurian epic at its best-filled with romance, adventure, authentic Dark Ages detail, and wonderfully human people.

Starred Review!

“The standout opening volume of Woolley’s Guinevere Trilogy, first published in 1987, describes the Celtic princess’s childhood in loving, sensuous detail with an uncannily accurate historical eye for day-to-day details. As Guinevere comes of age to marry Arthur, the recently crowned high king of Britain, Woolley does a marvelous job of portraying the political upheaval of the time...The sharply delineated cast will be familiar to any fan of Arthuriana, though many characters get new twists. While hardly the first book to retell these myths from a woman’s perspective, this is an engrossing and satisfying addition to the canon.” – Publishers Weekly

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Persia is giving away a signed softcover copy of the book. You can enter the drawing HERE.
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Wolfsangel
Second in L’Auberge des Anges series
By Liza Perrat

Seven decades after German troops march into her village, Céleste Roussel is still unable to assuage her guilt.

1943. German soldiers occupy provincial Lucie-sur-Vionne, and as the villagers pursue treacherous schemes to deceive and swindle the enemy, Céleste embarks on her own perilous mission as her passion for a Reich officer flourishes.

When her loved ones are deported to concentration camps, Céleste is drawn into the vortex of this monumental conflict, and the adventure and danger of French Resistance collaboration.

As she confronts the harrowing truths of the Second World War’s darkest years, Céleste is forced to choose: pursue her love for the German officer, or answer General de Gaulle’s call to fight for France.
Her fate suspended on the fraying thread of her will, Celeste gains strength from the angel talisman bequeathed to her through her lineage of healer kinswomen. But the decision she makes will shadow the remainder of her days.

A woman’s unforgettable journey to help liberate Occupied France, Wolfsangel is a stirring portrayal of the courage and resilience of the human mind, body and spirit.

For more information about Liza and her books, please visit her website or her author collective blog, Triskele Books, for information about independent publishing or the Triskele Books website.
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Available in paperback and eBook at all Amazon stores
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Liza is giving away a print copy and two ecopies of Wolfsangel internationally. You can enter the drawing HERE.

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Giveaway! The Lost Duchess by Jenny Barden

I'm delighted to be giving away a signed first edition copy of my novel just released The Lost Duchess.

An epic Elizabethan adventure with a thriller pace and a high tension love story that moves from the palaces of England to the savage wilderness of the New World.

Ever since Sir Walter Raleigh's settlement in Virginia was abandoned in 1587 its fate has remained a mystery; The Lost Duchess explores what might have happened to the ill-starred 'Lost Colony of Roanoke'.

Praise for The Lost Duchess from Debra Ross at Bookishly Attentive:
'In my almost five years of reviewing and recommending, there have been a few times, and only a few, when I have been completely and totally blown away by a book that I've read. This usually happens when there is a happy confluence of subject matter, writing prowess, research skill and character development, wrapped up in a believable, action filled story. If you haven't already guessed, The Lost Duchess, by Jenny Barden, is one of those books...'

The giveaway is open worldwide. Leave a comment HERE to enter.

For more about Jenny and her books please visit www.jennybarden.com

The Lost Duchess is now available in the UK on Amazon and through all good bookstores.

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The Disinherited, by Helena Page Schrader


The were called “The Disinherited” – the faidits – angry young men, born to be lords, raised to play the lance as well as the lute, but now men with nothing left to lose. The Albigensian crusades, crusades called by an overweening pope against fellow Christians, have taken everything away from them – their castles, their titles, their women and their faith. Invaders from the north have seized their sun-soaked lands – and soaked them with blood instead. While the invaders rule the countryside from their stolen castles, the inquisition rules the towns with terror. The tension is building to a new breaking point, but one faidit has been fighting too long already. Sir Gerard longs for peace -- but has no idea how to find it.

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Sir Gerard is as godless as he is fearless – until he receives an unexpected summons to the bedside of a dying monk, his father. The encounter sets him on a journey to the castle of his birth and a confrontation with the man, who has stolen his family’s lands and titles.

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Helena is giving away an ecopy of The Disinherited. Please enter the drawing HERE.

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The Charter  
by Gillian Hamer

The legend of the Royal Charter is almost as famous as the story of the dead girl who wanders the cliffs at Point Lynas - a victim of the 1859 shipwreck.

After more that a decade away, Sarah Morton must return to her childhood home in Anglesey to bury her father. It's her chance to say goodbye, and good riddance, to her past.

Yet her father leaves her a legacy. A letter. And a safe full of documents about the ancient shipwreck.

The Royal Charter had been carrying gold. Huge amounts of it. And her father's death suddenly looks like murder.

Determined to discover the truth, Sarah is dragged into a dangerous journey, discovering she and the girl on the cliffs have more in common than she could ever believe.

Set along the dramatic and dangerous Anglesey coastline, The Charter is a story of greed and forgiveness - when the treasures of the past evoke the crimes of today.

The Charter is the first, but not the last, of Gillian's novels to be based around the dramatic Anglesey coastline.


Gillian is giving away internationally a print copy and two ecopies of The Charter. You can enter the drawing HERE

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THE FIRST MARIE AND THE QUEEN OF SCOTS
Book one of the Queen of Scots Suite by LINDA ROOT

This is a perfect time to give away a copy of my debut novel The First Marie and the Queen of Scots- Book One of the Queen of Scots Suite. The first 202 pages explore the queen’s youth in France, which is the timeframe of the series Reign which launched last Thursday. The First Marie is a 786 page interpretation of the life and time of Marie Stuart seen through the eyes of her cousin Marie Flemyng, one of the famous Four Maries. The book is illustrated by Russ Root and the author and is an exhaustively researched historical novel. Here is a glimpse from the product description on Amazon.

“ The astonishingly beautiful queen who reigned at the Twelfth Night festivities at Holyrood in 1564 was not the Queen of Scots, but her petite blond cousin Marie Flemyng, the first of the queen's Four Maries. She won her night of sovereignty in a lottery in which she found a bean hidden in a slice of cake. Her brief reign was so spellbinding that reports reached the courts of Europe. The English ambassador described her as a mix of the goddesses Venus, Juno and Minerva. --The counterfeit queen had been a conscripted playmate of the queen since she was four, tucked away at Inchmahome with three other girls of the same age and name--the Four Maries. Within days, the Dowager declared that dealing with five little girls named Marie was out of the question.She renamed Marie Flemyng La Flamina, although no Flemyng had been to Flanders since 1066. The Four Maries accompanied the queen to France to escape an English army when they were five.

Thirteen years later the Scots at the French court had been culled to an essential few, Flamie’s mother had been deported for having a love child to the king, her brother James had been poisoned while in France for the queen’s wedding, and the queen’s frail bridegroom Francois had become King of France when his father was killed in a jousting accident. The queen’s First Marie had lost all hope of going home. But when pathetic Francois II died of a brain disease, the teenage Queen of Scots found herself no longer Queen of France. She reluctantly returned to Scotland to assume personal rule of her country, a tragic choice for Marie Stuart, but not for her First Marie.

Those who attended the Twelfth Night festivity were charmed by its French flavor and lavish spectacle, but others were less seduced by the revelries of the Catholic Queen of Scots. To them it was Marie Stuart who was the true Queen of Misrule and they were willing to do murder to be rid of her.

Swept up by the moment, the First Marie played her role as if born to it, oblivious of the undercurrent of treason and deceit that threatened Marie Stuart's crown, and eventually, her life. But there was another formidable Scot in attendance at the ball. He was Maitland of Lethiington, the Scottish Secretary of State who was dubbed by Elizabeth Tudor as the 'flower of the wits of Scotland', one of the most sophisticated men of his time. But that night he stood in the shadows, utterly devoid of wit, enthralled by the woman he called Mally because he did not think that La Flamina suited her. Together they faced the turmoil of Marie Stuart's disastrous reign and the conflicts and intrigues of the Scottish Reformation in a saga that one reader describes as a 'love story for the ages.' It is not an historical romance, but a romantic historical that has been called 'a page-turner', 'a wonderful book'-'a compelling tale that draws you in,' ' splendid' , beautifully illustrated’ and 'a work of art.' Amazon customers give it an average review of 4.3 out of 5 stars.

The First Marie and Linda Roots’s other books in the Queen of Scots Suite are available as ebooks and paperbacks at Amazon.

The First Marie and the Queen of Scots
The Last Knight and the Queen of Scots
The Midwife’s Secret: The Mystery of the Hidden Princess
The Other Daughter: the Midwife’s Secret II

To enter the drawing, comment HERE.

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Spirit of Lost Angels
First in L’Auberge des Anges series
By Liza Perrat

Her mother executed for witchcraft, her father dead at the hand of a noble, Victoire Charpentier vows to rise above her impoverished peasant roots. Forced to leave her village of Lucie-sur-Vionne for domestic work in the capital, Victoire suffers gruesome abuse under the ancien régime of 18th century Paris.

Imprisoned in France’s most pitiless madhouse –– La Salpêtrière asylum –– Victoire becomes desperate and helpless, until she meets fellow prisoner Jeanne de Valois, infamous conwoman of the diamond necklace affair. With the help of the ruthless and charismatic countess who helped hasten Queen Marie Antoinette to the guillotine, Victoire carves out a new life for herself.

Enmeshed in the fever of pre-revolutionary Paris, Victoire must find the strength to join the revolutionary force storming the Bastille. Is she brave enough to help overthrow the diabolical aristocracy?

As Spirit of Lost Angels traces Victoire’s journey, it follows too the journey of an angel talisman through generations of the Charpentier family. Victoire lives in the hope her angel pendant will one day renew the link with a special person in her life.
Amidst the tumult of the French revolution, the women of Spirit of Lost Angels face tragedy and betrayal in a world where their gift can be their curse.

For more information about Liza and her books, please visit her website  or her author collective blog, Triskele Books, for information about independent publishing, or the Triskele Books website.

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Twitter: @LizaPerrat

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Spirit of Lost Angels Listed on "Best of 2012” sites:
http://darleneelizabethwilliamsauthor.com/blog/2012-top-10-historical-fiction-novels/
http://abookishaffair.blogspot.fr/2012/12/best-books-of-2012.html
http://thequeensquillreview.com/2012/12/10/holiday-picks-from-the-queens-quill/

Shortlisted Writing Magazine Self-Publishing Awards 2013
Winner EFestival of Words 2013, Best Historical Fiction category
Recommended at the Historical Novel Conference in “Off the Beaten Path” recommendations
Indie Book of the Day Award, 13th July, 2013


If you enjoyed Spirit of Lost Angels, the second in L’Auberge des Anges series will be launched on November 16th – Wolfsangel: Please check back with English Historical Fiction Authors for a giveaway of Wolfsangel later this year.

You can enter to win a giveaway of Spirit of Lost Angels HERE. She is giving away a print copy and two ecopies to winners anywhere.

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The Patterer
Larry Brill

In 1765 London, Leeds Merriweather is scratching out a living as a common street performer, a patterer, using his wit and storytelling skills to draw crowds and sell newspapers. Although he aspires to be a respected journalist and start his own publishing house, he is relegated to pattering by a handsome face, strong voice and straight teeth.

Inspired by a drunken chance encounter with Benjamin Franklin, Leeds assembles a zany cast of characters to become history’s first celebrity newscaster. But at the peak of his meteoric rise to fame and fortune, Leeds risks it all for the love of a conniving wench in this Dickensian comedy.

The Patterer is the first release in a trilogy.

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Larry is giving away a print copy of The Patterer within the US. You can enter the drawing HERE. This contest ends Monday night, Oct. 14.

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Caribbee by Julian Stockwin

A decade ago, Thomas Kydd and Nicholas Renzi were in the Caribbean as sailors before the mast in the old Trajan. Now Kydd, a storied hero of Trafalgar, holds the glory of being post-captain of the 32-gun frigate, L’Aurore. His almost unbelievable feat of self-advancement is the toast of his own crew… but the envy of others less blessed than he. After unremitting war a Caribbean posting seems a welcome respite. But, in addition to the balmy warmth and turquoise waters, Kydd and Renzi find themselves facing a familiar threat as the French imperil the vital sugar trade. When more and more merchantmen begin vanishing from the sea, fear spreads. Before long, the sugar ships refuse to set sail at all. Now Kydd and Renzi must embark on a dangerous game of espionage, seamanship and breath-taking action in order to destroy this new and terrible danger to the Empire.

Julian is giving away two copies of Caribee, to be shipped anywhere. You can enter the drawing HERE. This giveaway ends Sunday night, Oct. 13.

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I'm delighted to be giving away a paperback copy of  my book The Gilded Lily -'impeccably written historical fiction. The detail is superb and life in London is so vividly depicted that the city seems to take on its own persona and become a lurking character in the story'
Let Them Read Books


"Deborah Swift's THE GILDED LILY is a heart-rending story of two sisters on the run, searching for a better life. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, the novel drew me straight into the teeming streets of Restoration London. An addictive, page-turning read." Mary Sharratt, author of Daughters of the Witching Hill'

THE GILDED LILY had me hooked from the first chapter – even the first page. I love a book like that – a book that is almost 500 pages but seemed so much less because I wanted more every time I had to put it down'.
Peeking Between the Pages


Giveaway is open worldwide, leave a comment here to enter.

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The following giveaway has ended. The winners are: Print copy- Jacqueline Baird, and Ebook- Happy Homebird. Congrats!

Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales of English Historical Fiction Authors

We wish to announce the release of Castles, Customs, and Kings!

A Goodreads review by SoundofSilence_BookFan's Reviews says:

"I am ... not a fan of historical fiction. I rarely read anything on the fiction shelf and even less of books that do not relate to royalty and the daily lives of their subjects across all eras and continents.

"I opened the book expecting to find something akin to a conference proceedings without "trained" experts. Instead I found a new appreciation for the meticulous research and knowledge of the genre's authors.

"The book is divided into diverse subjects or historical periods. Each author has taken a topic and in a few pages given a succinct, well sourced overview. I find myself adding books to my wish list with every chapter.

"The book itself first appears daunting in length. The short topic 'chapters' make it easy for on-the-go readers to take in small portions or even skip topics. The editors did a great job with transitions and order for each topic. Despite the length, there is no encyclopedia feel and each author's voice is well preserved.

"This book is a scholarly treasure trove with a wide appeal. It covers everything from the first English word to the food (and recipes) served at a tudor feast. If you are interested in nonfiction works on England, history, and/or royalty you will find a book that you will return to. Fans of historical fiction and England will find the book rich in supplemental information to complement their reading with an introduction to authors of works they might enjoy."

A print copy of Castles, Customs, and Kings will be given to the winner of a drawing from the US, Canada, or the UK. An ecopy will also be awarded to an international winner. You can enter the drawing on this post.

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The book will soon be available from additional online stores.

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The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr
by Sandra Byrd

   
Juliana St. John is the daughter of a prosperous knight. Though her family wants her to marry the son of her father's business partner, circumstances set her on a course toward the court of Henry VIII and his last wife, Kateryn Parr.
     Sir Thomas Seymour, uncle of the current heir, Prince Edward, returns to Wiltshire to tie up his concerns with Juliana's father's estate and sees instantly that Juliana would fit into the household of the woman he loves, Kateryn Parr. Her mother agrees to have her placed in Parr's household for "finishing" and Juliana goes, though perhaps reluctantly.
     For she knows a secret. She has been given the gift of prophecy, and in one of her visions she has seen Sir Thomas shredding the dress of the king's daughter, the lady Elizabeth, to perilous consequence.
    As Juliana learns the secrets of King Henry VIII's court, she faces threats and opposition, learning truths about her own life that will undo everything she holds dear.

Please enter the drawing to win this signed book HERE. Sandra will ship to a US winner.


Please visit Sandra's website to learn more about her books.  You can order the books here in the US, or here in the UK. Otherwise available wherever fine books are sold.



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The Fall of the Empire
by Zoe Saadia

Having just been advanced into the ranks of the first-class traders, Etl thought his life could not get any better. He was a trader of the Tepanec Empire, living in the Great Capital itself. Yes, there had been a war, an outright revolt by the united tributaries and other subdued nations of his beloved city-state, but those would be squashed easily. The Tepanecs were always victorious.

The only thing that made him worry was the decision of Tlalli, the girl from the marketplace he liked, to sell herself into the Palace's services. He didn't want her to do that, having intended to take care of her himself, but the stubborn, pretty thing went on and did it all the same. Why?

Apparently, Tlalli was not just a simple market girl, but a young woman with a very unusual agenda. She had her own grudge to settle, and with no lesser person than the Emperor himself.

But then the enemies struck...

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You can enter a drawing to win a copy of Zoe's book HERE.

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Spellbound by Sibella
by Paul B McNulty

A penniless beauty, a rakish Baronet. A scandalous affair that shocks a country. 

To save her reputation, Irish beauty Sibella Cottle turns to magic in a story based on real events. But how will Sir Harry Lynch-Blosse react when he discovers he’s been spellbound? Spellbound by Sibella, is available as an e-book from
Club Lighthouse Publishing, Canada.

You can enter a drawing to win a copy HERE.

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Romance at the Royal Menagerie by Ruth J. Hartman

Life is wild when you live with lions

Francesca Hartwell adores cats of every kind. Lions, leopards, tigers. And they all love her. Good thing she gets to see them every day, since her father is their caregiver in the Tower of London’s Royal Menagerie. She’d love to find a man with whom she could share her love of animals, but so far, no one has stolen her heart. And there’s the added snag that whoever she marries must not have anything to do with nobility, as her mother had left her and her father for an earl.

John Fairgate has three rules given to him by his uncle. Inherit the title of baron upon his uncle’s death. Give up ornithology. And marry a childhood acquaintance. The first two, John will abide by, but won’t like. But the third, marrying a shrew who makes his skin crawl, he simply cannot do. Meeting Miss Francesca Hartwell at the zoo, however, has given him other ideas for a wife. But she’s not titled or wealthy. How will he be able to convince his uncle that she’s the woman of his heart?

Ruth is the author of:

Romance at the Royal Menagerie
Rescued by a Duke
Time for a Duke
Cats and Cowboys
Life in Mental Chains
Better Than Catnip
Murphy in the Paw-Paw Patch
Grin and Barrett
Purrfect Voyage
Flossophy of Grace

Ruth is giving away one ecopy to an international winner. You can enter to win the book HERE.

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Sultana: Two Sisters by Lisa Yarde

In fourteenth-century Spain, former friends vie for a man's heart and the future of his kingdom. Both women are captives sold into the harem of Sultan Yusuf I of Moorish Granada.
A young girl with a hidden heritage, Esperanza Peralta, forges a new identity as Butayna and becomes the mother of Yusuf's firstborn son. The Jewess Miriam Alubel takes the name Maryam and also bears Yusuf several children, including two sons.

The clash between former friends is inevitable, as each finds diverging paths in a dizzying rise to power beside their husband. Both remain aware of the struggle ahead of them, for only one heir may inherit Yusuf's throne and only one woman can claim the revered title of Mother of the Sultan.

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Lisa is giving away a Kindle or Nook copy to an international winner. You can comment HERE to win!

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Double Giveaway from the Thomas Kydd Series of Historic Action Adventure Fiction This giveaway has ended. The winners are calvalrytales and jaffareadstoo!


These two books are the first two in a trilogy within the Thomas Kydd series that focuses on the race for Empire. The third title, CARIBBEE, will be published in October. The drawing is for two winners, one book per winner. A signed copy will be sent to each winner- international.

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BETRAYAL
Cape Colony is proving a tiresome assignment for Captain Kydd's daring commander-in-chief Commodore Popham. Rumours that South America's Spanish colonies are in a ferment of popular unrest and of a treasure hoard of silver spur him to assemble a makeshift invasion fleet and launch a bold attack on the capital of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate, Buenos Aires.

Navigating the treacherous bars and mud flats of the river, the British invasion force lands and wins a battle against improbable odds, taking the capital and the silver. But nothing is as simple as it seems in this region of the world: the uprising that will see the end of Spanish rule never arrives and the locals begin to see dark conspiracies behind the invader's actions. Soon the tiny British force finds itself surrounded by an ever more hostile population. The city begins to revolt against its liberators.

Now Kydd's men must face fierce resistance and the betrayal of their closest allies. Can they save themselves, and their prize?


CONQUEST
Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar removed the spectre of invasion and England is now free to seek conquests and colonies in the furthest reaches of the world.

Captain Kydd joins an expedition to take Dutch-held Cape Town, a strategic imperative to secure the rich trade-route to India. But even if the British can defeat the enemy and take possession of the capital, there is still more fighting to be done.

Kydd and his men must defend the fragile colony from attacks by the enemy from all sides, while braving the wild beasts and hostile environment of Africa's vast and savage hinterland.
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These two books are the first two in a trilogy within the Thomas Kydd series, that focuses on the race for Empire.

Here's a selection of what reviewers have said about Julian's books:

'Impressively full of life. I was soon turning over the pages indecently fast.'
- Independent

`Rip-roaring, page-turning stuff, superbly written by a master storyteller.' - Western Morning News

`Stockwin's richly detailed . . . portrait of life on ship and shore in Britain's oceanic empire is engrossing. He writes evocatively of shipboard routine, the panic and confusion of combat, and the terrifying approach of a storm at sea, and he knows how to stage enthralling action scenes.' - Publisher's Weekly

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9 comments:

  1. Can't wait to read this one! It sounds great. I love stories in this time period. So glad that I found this blog. :))

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  2. This one is off to a great start, can't wait to find out what happens next!

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  3. This does look great!

    robindpdx(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. I started reading Regencies, but seem to be drifting backwards in time and picking up Georgians now, too. Can't wait to read this one!

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  5. I have so wanted to read this one! I have loved Emery's other books.

    Tmrtini at gmail dot com

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  6. Victoria -

    Can you see the huge smile on my face? After a very very long week I loved reading the excerpt! I can't wait to read A Wild Night's Bride and find out "the rest of the story"!

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  7. Just discovered this site via FBpage!

    Oh! I can't wait to read this!!! This is the sentence that makes me want to read more: “May the same God save me…for I’m going to be hung, drawn, and quartered for spending last night rutting in the King of England’s bed!” ;o) Going to get my copy now. ;o)

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  8. This looks to be a must-have for any self-respecting Georgianista :)

    s.c.littleton@btinternet.com

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  9. lucky Elizabeth! gorgeous book... EnJoy!

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