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Toni Mount is giving away a copy of her book (offer is open internationally) The Colour of Poison

The first Sebastian Foxley Medieval Mystery by Toni Mount.
The narrow, stinking streets of medieval London can sometimes be a dark
place. Burglary, arson, kidnapping and murder are every-day events. The
streets even echo with rumours of the mysterious art of alchemy being
used to make gold for the King.
Join Seb, a talented but crippled artist, as he is drawn into a web of
lies to save his handsome brother from the hangman's rope. Will he find
an inner strength in these, the darkest of times, or will events outside
his control overwhelm him?
Only one thing is certain - if Seb can't save his brother, nobody can.

Toni Mount earned her research Masters degree from the University of Kent in 2009 through study of a medieval medical manuscript held at the Wellcome Library in London. Recently she also completed a Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing with the Open University. Toni has published many non-fiction books, but always wanted to write a medieval thriller, and her first novel “The Colour of Poison” is the result. Toni regularly speaks at venues throughout the UK and is the author of several online courses available at

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Charlene Newcomb is giving away one Kindle or epub version of her upcoming release, For King and Country, to be published on 2 May 2016.

England 1193.
Civil war threatens as battle-scarred knight Henry de Grey returns from the Crusades. King Richard languishes in captivity, a prisoner of the Holy Roman Emperor. Traitors to the crown pit Henry and his friends against dangerous and unknown enemies.

Loyalties will be tested, families torn apart. Friend or foe? It is hard to tell one from the other.

The king’s brother John and his allies plot to usurp Richard’s throne. With the knights Sir Stephan and Sir Robin, Henry fights for king and country. But he must keep his feelings for Sir Stephan l’Aigle secret. Sure as arrow or sword, their forbidden love could destroy him.

War, political intrigue and passion… heroes… friends and lovers… and the seeds for a new Robin Hood legend await you…

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Praise for Book I, Men of the Cross

“…there are fights and blood aplenty. But there is also love and friendship, and Ms Newcomb must be commended for her excellent description of the pain and anguish love can bring with it when it does not conform to society's expectations.”—Anna Belfrage, author of The Graham Saga,

“If you are interested in The Third Crusade, Richard Lionheart or anything even vaguely related, read this book. It's wonderful!”—Andrew Latham, author of The Holy Lance.

“If you want realism and romance, great story and history, then this is a book to enjoy. . . . a believable world of the bloody crusades: [the author] captures brilliantly the twisted ideology of those religious wars whilst also narrating the personal traumas and passions of her main characters.”—Christopher Monk, cultural historian,

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Book #3 of the medieval thriller Fifth Knight series, THE LORD OF IRELAND.

England, 1185. John is a prince without prospect of a crown. As the youngest son of Henry II, he has long borne the hated nickname ‘Lackland’. When warring tribes and an ambitious Anglo-Norman lord threaten Henry’s reign in Ireland, John believes his time has finally come. Henry is dispatching him there with a mighty force to impose order.

Yet it is a thwarted young man who arrives on the troubled isle. John has not been granted its kingship—he is merely the Lord of Ireland, destined never to escape his father’s shadow. Unknown to John, Henry has also sent his right-hand man, Sir Benedict Palmer, to root out the traitors he fears are working to steal the land from him.

But Palmer is horrified when John disregards Henry’s orders and embarks on a campaign of bloodshed that could destroy the kingdom. Now Palmer has to battle the increasingly powerful Lord of Ireland. Power, in John’s hands, is a murderous force—and he is only just beginning to wield it.

To celebrate the publication of Book #3, THE LORD OF IRELAND, E.M. Powell is offering one lucky winner a signed paperback copy. Entries are open worldwide. To enter, please leave a comment HERE

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Praise for the Fifth Knight series:

'With her fast-paced mysteries set in the tumultuous reign of Henry II, E.M. Powell takes readers on enthralling, and unforgettable, journeys.' -- Nancy Bilyeau, author of The Crown

 'Both Fifth Novels are terrific. Benedict and Theodosia are not merely attractive characters: they are intensely real people.' Historical Novels Review

 “'From the get-go you know you are in an adventure when you enter the world of E.M. Powell's 12th century. Peril pins you down like a knight's lance to the chest'- Edward Ruadh Butler, author of Swordland

England, 1170: To escape a lifetime of poverty, mercenary Sir Benedict Palmer agrees to one final, lucrative job: help King Henry II’s knights seize the traitor Archbishop Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. But what begins as a clandestine arrest ends in cold-blooded murder. And when Fitzurse, the knights’ ringleader, kidnaps Theodosia, a beautiful young nun who witnessed the crime, Palmer can sit silently by no longer. For not only is Theodosia’s virtue at stake, so too is the secret she unknowingly carries—a secret he knows Fitzurse will torture out of her. Now Palmer and Theodosia are on the run, strangers from different worlds forced to rely only on each other as they race to uncover the hidden motive behind Becket’s grisly murder—and the shocking truth that could destroy a kingdom.

England, 1176. King Henry II has imprisoned his rebellious Queen for attempting to overthrow him. But with her conspirators still at large and a failed assassination attempt on his beautiful mistress, Rosamund Clifford, the King must take action to preserve his reign. Desperate, Henry turns to the only man he trusts: a man whose skills have saved him once before. Sir Benedict Palmer answers the call, mistakenly believing that his family will remain safe while he attends to his King. As Palmer races to secure the throne for the King, neither man senses the hand of a brilliant schemer, a mystery figure loyal to Henry’s traitorous Queen who will stop at nothing to see the King defeated…

To celebrate the publication of Book #3, THE LORD OF IRELAND, E.M. Powell is offering one lucky winner a signed paperback copy of books #1 and #2 in the Fifth Knight series. Entries are open worldwide. To enter, please leave a comment HERE

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DOWNLOAD FREE for Amazon Kindle, December 10-14, 2015!

Black Dog

the Fates will find me soon enough…

No one wants to run afoul of London’s most notorious prison rooker, the Black Dog. Now Christopher Tyburn, ex-soldier turned play-actor, must dive into the cesspool of London’s back-alleys, pursuing the Black Dog’s secrets to free his friend.

But you don’t stalk the Black Dog without consequences….


"full of gritty, well-chosen details...& a plot that is as intriguing as the mystery“ -

Joshua Grasso, reviewer

“A read worth digging into” - Caitlin E. Jones, reviewer


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Steven A. McKay is giving away a signed copy of his brand new novella, Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil which has a foreword by Phil Rose from legendary TV show Robin of Sherwood.

"...a heart warming tale, wrapping the deep meaning of Christmas in amongst
a clever little mystery...a perfect Xmas tale!” - Parmenion Book Reviews

December, 1323 AD

Holly and ivy decorate the houses while voices are raised in song, but the Christmas cheer is tempered by terror this festive season, as demons haunt a small English village.

Strange thefts; cloven hoof-prints in the snow; a house burned to the ground.
Something evil stalks the icy streets of Brandesburton and former mercenary Tuck must find out what, before it's too late.

As he sets out to solve the mystery the friar prays his faith will protect him. His faith AND his great quarterstaff, for he knows full well – the Devil makes no deals...

This brand new novella from the best-selling author of the Forest Lord series will delight and entertain historical fiction fans looking to escape the madness of Christmas shopping for a little while. Grab a mince pie, warm some mulled wine, and join Friar Tuck on this snowy adventure! Available as a Kindle Single, paperback and from Audible.

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Plaint for Provence
Jean Gill

1152 : Les-Baux-de-Provence

From the winner of the Global Ebook Award for Best Historical Fiction

Summoned to the court of Les Baux, Estela and her lover, Dragonetz, are embroiled in two rival claims for power as their feuding liege lords gather in Provence. Although Estela is reluctant to leave her idyll with her young child Musca, and her pursuit of Arabic medicine, she welcomes the chance to show her musical skills and to support Dragonetz, who must use his swordsmanship to play peacemaker.

The visit of the Comte du Barcelone to Les Baux sparks bitter memories of the recent civil war and Lady Etiennette des Baux has no intention of ceding to her overlord. Nor does she plan to remain a widow. With good friends on both sides, Dragonetz weaves a precarious path through the rival factions at court where an uneasy truce prevails behind the chivalry of hunt and tournament.

Meanwhile, Estela faces her own demons. Confronted with her childhood abusers, threatened and attacked, she confides in her friends. Unfortunately, one of those friends is Dragonetz’ worst enemy and Estela has no idea of what he is capable.

In this third volume of the Troubadours Quartet, Jean Gill, the ‘master of historical intrigue’, continues to weave the gripping adventures of Dragonetz and Estela seamlessly into real historical events. Medieval France comes alive in all its facets, from healing with leeches to training a goshawk.

‘A stunning masterpiece of tangled alliances, conflicting loyalties and tested love.’ Kristin Gleeson, the Celtic Knot series.


‘Historical Fiction at its best.’ Karen Charlton, the Detective Lavender Mysteries

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Julian Stockwin

Kydd is offered a new command but that ship is still under construction, so he decides to look up one of his old naval friends and enjoy some of the pleasures of London. This is cut short when he is summoned to Portsmouth to bear witness at the trial of Sir Home Popham for his actions at Cape Town and Buenos Aires. Kydd confides in friends his true feelings about the way his old commander was treated and, when his opinions become public, finds himself in hot water with the Admiralty. Kydd is punished for his indiscretion by being given a different command: a mutiny ship, Tyger, moored at Yarmouth. On board he faces numerous challenges from a hostile and dejected crew, still under a malign influence. It will take all of Kydd’s seamanship and leadership in voyages to the far north and in Baltic waters to turn the ship around. The measure of his success is tested in a cataclysmic battle against three Prussian frigates under the French flag.

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Julian is giving away a print copy to a winner in the US and one in the UK. You can enter the drawing HERE.


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Anne Boleyn's Letter From the Tower
Sandra Vasoli

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Rise of the Wolf

by Steven A. McKay

"This is the best Robin Hood you are ever going to encounter." Professor Andrew Latham, author of The Holy Lance

Sir Guy of Gisbourne is back!

Bent on vengeance against Robin Hood and with a turncoat new lieutenant in tow, an unlikely new hero must stand up for herself...


The greenwood has been quiet and the outlaws have become complacent but the harsh reality of life is about to hit the companions with brutal, deadly force thanks to their old foe, Prior John de Monte Martini.
From a meeting with King Edward II himself to the sheriff's tournament with its glittering prize, the final, fatal showdown fast approaches for the legendary Wolf's Head.
New friends, shattered loyalties, and a hate-fuelled hunter that threatens to wipe out not only Robin's companions but his entire family will all play their part in the RISE OF THE WOLF.

Rise of the Wolf  has been the number 1 bestseller in the UK Kindle "Biographical Historical Fiction" chart for the past two weeks.

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R.J. Connor

Richard Longsword is a Mercenary, but this time it’s not for money, this time it’s for revenge.

By day he works the desolate orange groves but by night he is in the paid servitude of the Grand Duke of Gandia, serving as captain of the Guardians of Guadalest, an elite group of warrior knights who defend the fortress of Guadalest.

When the fort is attacked by men who claim to be enemies of Richard's father, it threatens to spiral into a whirlwind of events that will change his life forever. He is left with no choice but to embark on a perilous journey to not only uncover the truth but to save the lives of his family.

A tale of love, loss and ultimate betrayal.


R.J. Connor is giving away a print copy of Mercenary. You can enter the drawing HERE.


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To Be a Queen 

Annie Whitehead

This is the true story of Aethelflaed, the ‘Lady of the Mercians’, daughter of Alfred the Great. She was the only female leader of an Anglo-Saxon kingdom. It is the tale of one family, two kingdoms and a common enemy.

Born into the royal house of Wessex at the height of the Viking wars, she is sent to her aunt in Mercia as a foster-child, only to return home when the Vikings overrun Mercia. In Wessex, she witnesses another Viking attack and this compounds her fear of the enemy.

She falls in love with a Mercian lord but is heartbroken to be given as bride to the ruler of Mercia to seal the alliance between the two Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.

She must learn to subjugate her feelings for her first love, overcome her indifference to her husband and win the hearts of the Mercians who despise her as a foreigner and twice make an on her life.

When her husband falls in and is incapacitated, she has to learn to and lead an army in his stead. Eventually she must fight to save her adopted Mercia from the Vikings and, ultimately, her own brother.

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“Annie Whitehead has achieved a stirring and passionately written account of a woman who thoroughly deserves to have her story told.” HNS Review

“Impressive, thoroughly researched and entertaining work of fiction.” Westmorland Gazette

About the author:

Annie is a history graduate and part time freelance Early Years music teacher and mother of three children. Now that those children are all grown-up, she has found the time to return to her first love - history. To Be a Queen is the first of three novels set in Mercia during the so-called Dark Ages, and it has been recently nominated for the Historical Novel Society’s Indie book of the Year 2016.

She has twice been a prize-winner in the Mail on Sunday Novel Writing competition and was first-prize winner in the New Writer Prose and Poetry competition 2012.

Annie is giving away a print copy to a worldwide winner. You can enter the giveaway HERE.


OWEN – Book One of The Tudor Trilogy
Tony Riches

England 1422: Owen, a Welsh servant, waits in Windsor Castle to meet his new mistress, the beautiful and lonely Queen Catherine of Valois, widow of the warrior king, Henry V. Her infant son is crowned King of England and France, and while the country simmers on the brink of civil war, Owen becomes her protector.

They fall in love, risking Owen’s life and Queen Catherine’s reputation—but how do they found the dynasty which changes British history – the Tudors?

This is the first historical novel to fully explore the amazing life of Owen Tudor, grandfather of King Henry VII and the great-grandfather of King Henry VIII. Set against a background of the conflict between the Houses of Lancaster and York, which develops into what have become known as the Wars of the Roses, Owen’s story deserves to be told.

Available on Amazon and in all formats on Smashwords.

About the Author

Tony Riches is a full time author of best-selling fiction and non-fiction books. He lives by the sea in Pembrokeshire, West Wales with his wife and enjoys sea and river kayaking in his spare time. For more information about Tony’s other books please visit his popular blog, The Writing Desk and his Wordpress website and find him on Facebook and Twitter @tonyriches.

Tony is giving away two Kindle copies of the book to international winners. You can enter the drawing HERE.


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Red Horse 
M J Logue

October 1642, and the first weeks of the English Civil War.

Take one young, idealistic, passionate poet, fighting for the noble cause of liberty from the tyrant King. Add one cynical, disaffected ex-mercenary captain as his commanding officer, and stir in mutual suspicion.

Add a pinch of romance, a shadowy past, a hint of a future. Stir in politics and a large helping of action and adventure, with a large spoonful of history. Describe as pacy, well-drawn, well-researched, a bit sweary in places, and written with an elegant wit and black humour.

Allow to simmer until winter quarters, 1642. Then stand well back.

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Elaine Moxon


Torn apart when Rome abandoned Bryton, the Wulfsuna are a disparate tribe.

Twenty years on, two long ships sail for the east fens to honour their Warrior-Lord’s dream and reunite with lost kin. Soon after landing however, a murderous betrayal divides loyalties, some craving revenge and others indignant on pursuing their Lord’s dream. Blood and brotherhood are tested to their deadly limits.

The discovery of a young Seer adds to the turmoil. Expelled from her village after foretelling of an attack by blue painted savages, the Wulfsuna are equally wary of the one they call ‘Nix’. None fear her more than Lord Wulfgar, who refuses to believe an ancient saga bearing his name, is weaving the Seer’s destiny into his own. But a treacherous rival threatens their fate and Wulfgar must accept the Seer’s magic may be all that can save them.’

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Publisher - Silverwood Books
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A Pledge of Better Times
Margaret Porter

   For generations Lady Diana de Vere’s family loyally served England’s crown. But after King Charles II’s untimely death, her father firmly opposes James II’s tyranny. Charles Beauclerk, Duke of St. Albans—the late king’s bastard son by actress Nell Gwyn—also rebels against his newly crowned uncle’s manipulation. Political and religious turmoil bring revolution and yet another coronation before Charles returns to from war to claim his promised bride. As companion to Queen Mary Stuart, Diana has followed her de Vere forbears into royal service. She expects Charles to abandon his military career after marriage, but he proves unwilling to join the ranks of the courtiers he despises and mistrusts.

     In palace corridors and within their own household the young duke and duchess confront betrayals, scandals, and tragedies that threaten to divide them. And neither the privileges of birth nor proximity to the throne can ensure their security, their advancement—or their happiness.

“Porter’s ambitious novel of 17th-century England is brimming with vivid historical figures and events . . . rigorously researched and faithfully portrayed.” ~ ~ Publishers Weekly
“A true delight for fans of monarchy. . . Porter does a sensational job portraying the time period and showing how time passed and England was ever changing. . . the relationship between Charles and Diana in A Pledge of Better Times is complex and interesting.” ~~ The Examiner

Margaret Porter is the award-winning and bestselling author of several historical fiction genres, and is also published in nonfiction and poetry. Margaret studied British history in the UK and the US. As historian, her areas of speciality are social, theatrical, and garden history of the 17th and 18th centuries, royal courts, and portraiture. A former actress, she gave up the stage and screen to devote herself to fiction writing, travel, and her rose gardens.

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Blood on the Sand
Michael Jecks

The Siege of Calais, during the Hundred Years' Wars. The thrilling second novel in a new series for master of the historical adventure, Michael Jecks, perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden.

Calais, 1346. Berenger Fripper and his men are stationed in the ancient port city, a city under English control and surrounded by enemies. They are here to defend their newly won territory from the French and their allies the Genoese.

Enemies are all about them, but there is also trouble within. Someone in the vintaine is leaking vital information to the French, jeopardizing not only the safety of the men but also the future of the war, and Berenger must find out who before it's too late.

And when the vintaine is attacked at sea and captured by the Genoese it looks as though their luck has run out. Can Berenger defeat the enemies that surround him and keep the English victorious?

'A cracking read in the best style of Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell, this will delight existing fans and bring many more to the fold' Manda Scott

'Vivid imagination and gripping prose' Anthony Riches

'Compellingly brought to life - both bloody reality and glorious courage' Julian Stockwin

Michael is giving away a print copy to an international winner. You can enter the drawing HERE.


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Mistaking her Character
Maria Grace

Dr. Bennet owes his livelihood to his patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, but his headstrong daughter Elizabeth thwarts the great lady at every turn. For the sake of his patient Anne de Bourgh, Elizabeth is forgiven–until she refuses to turn her back on Mr. Darcy.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh is prepared to be very generous when it comes to medical care for her sickly daughter, Anne – generous enough to lure noted physician Dr. Thomas Bennet to give up his London practice and move his family to Rosings Park. But his good income comes with a price: complete dependence on his demanding patroness’s every whim.  
 Now the Bennet family is trapped, reliant on Lady Catherine for their survival. Their patroness controls every aspect of the Bennet household, from the shelves in the closet to the selection of suitors for the five Bennet daughters. Now she has chosen a husband for headstrong Elizabeth Bennet– Mr. George Wickham.

But Lady Catherine’s nephew, Fitzwilliam Darcy, is not so sure about his aunt’s choice. He is fascinated by the compassionate Elizabeth who seems to effortlessly understand everyone around her, including him. Lady Catherine has other plans for Darcy, though, and she forbids Elizabeth to even speak to him.

 As Anne’s health takes a turn for the worse, Darcy and Elizabeth are thrown together as Dr. Bennet struggles to save Anne’s life. Darcy can no longer deny the truth – he is in love with Elizabeth Bennet. But Lady Catherine will do anything to stop Darcy from marrying her – even if it means Elizabeth will lose everything she loves.
Mistaking her Character is available on in paperback and ebook on Amazon and Amazon UK. Ebook may also be found on Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Scribd, and Oyster.

Maria Grace is giving away an ecopy to a domestic US or international winner. You can enter the drawing  HERE.


A Story of the Bodkin Murders 
Paul B McNulty

A bloody slaughter — a tainted inheritance — a dark secret.

After one of the bloodiest massacres in Irish history, John Bodkin is accused of fratricide in an earlier conflict fuelled by a row over inheritance. At an infamous trial, John refuses to plead either guilty or not guilty to the murder of his brother, Patrick. Only his betrothed Catherine, the beautiful daughter of Lord Athenry, knows why. She is the keeper of a dark secret, which John insists must be kept hidden, even if it costs him his freedom or his life.

Based on a true story, this historical novel explores a tale of treachery, greed and romance in 18th century Ireland. The Story of the Bodkin Murders is available from Club Lighthouse as an e-book, and from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats.

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


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Season of Mists
Jennifer Corkill

The year is 1888. Justine Holloway finds herself an orphan after her parents die in a horrific fire. She is sent to live with her godparents, Harold Mendenhall and his sister Frances. On the boat ride home, she meets Amun Farouk, a handsome Egyptian Ambassador who is also sailing to England to meet her godfather. What Justine does not realize as she dons the veil of mourning is that Harold runs a secret organization under the nose of polite society, much to the dismay of his genteel sister. The Council was created for the protection of humanity from the Varius, refugees from a parallel universe who shift their form while others channel the forces of magic. They seek refuge in Victorian London, hidden in the slums, easily forgotten until a human ends up incinerated or sucked dry. Drawn into the plot against her will, Justine finds herself the object of a vampire’s lurid obsession. According to ancient texts, vampires kill humans for fodder, their blood and the air they breathe inferior, but this killer has other intentions for her. Does Justine’s survival depend on Amun or will he kill her to save humanity?


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The Silk Tree
Julian Stockwin

Forced to flee Rome from the barbaric rampages of the Ostrogoths, merchant Nicander meets an unlikely ally in the form of Marius, a fierce Roman legionary. Escaping to a new life in Constantinople, the two land upon its shores lonely and penniless. Needing to make money fast, they plot and plan a number of outrageous money-making schemes, until they chance upon their greatest idea yet.Armed with a wicked plan to steal precious silk seeds from the faraway land of Seres, Nicander and Marius must embark upon a terrifyingly treacherous journey across unknown lands, never before completed. But first they must deceive the powerful emperor Justinian and the rest of his formidable Byzantine Empire in order to begin their journey into the unknown...An adventurous tale of mischief, humour and deception, Nicander and Marius face danger of the highest order, where nothing in the land of the Roman Empire is quite what it seems.

Julian Stockwin

Word has come from the British ambassador Arbuthnot that the neutral Turks are being wooed by the French and if the ancient city of Constantinople falls into their hands, Napoleon’s route to India will be completely unfettered and his plans for world domination a reality. Concerned for his safety, Arbuthnot is demanding a large fleet presence to take him off and bring the Turks to their senses. Braving treacherous currents, unreliable winds, and giant bombards, Thomas Kydd returns to sea.


Julian is giving away a copy of both books to one winner internationally. You can enter the drawing HERE.


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The Sword And Scabbard
Thieves and Thugs and the Bloody Massacre in Boston
by Allen Woods

The streets and taverns of Boston before “The Bloody Massacre” were filled with brawls and scrapes, hot words and cold calculations. Nicholas Gray and Maggie Magowan run The Sword and Scabbard, a tavern which is home to both criminal and political intrigue.

Each is a fugitive from a dangerous past and their relationship grows fitfully in the midst of historic events.

They remain suspicious of politicians on both sides of the Atlantic, but are eventually caught in the shadow world where politics and crime meet. In the end, Nicholas faces a choice between saving himself and crippling the march towards the Revolution.

The Sword and Scabbard: Thieves and Thugs and the Bloody Massacre in Boston (Boston Heritage Publishing, 2015, 978-0-8841-0-1, $19.99 online or e-book 978-0-8841-1-8, $11.99, brings the period to life in a fast-paced tale using real and fictional characters who experience the social and political conflicts from a different point of view.

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About the Author
Allen Woods has been a full-time freelance writer and editor for almost 30 years, recently specializing in social studies and reading textbooks for all ages. The spark for The Sword and Scabbard came while doing research for an American history text. He welcomes e-mail at the Blog page of the book web site

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The Tutor
Andrea Chapin

The year is 1590, and Queen Elizabeth’s Spanish Armada has done nothing to quell her brutal persecution of the English Catholics. Katharine de L’Isle is living at Lufanwal Hall, the manor of her uncle, Sir Edward. Taught be her cherished uncle to read when a child, Katharine is now a thirty-one-year-old widow, who has resigned herself to a life of reading and keeping company with her cousins and their children. But all that changes when the family’s priest, who had been practicing Catholics services in secret, it found murdered. Faced with threats of imprisonment and death, Sir Edward is forced to fee the country leaving Katharine adrift in a household rife with turmoil.

At this time of unrest, a new schoolmaster arrives from Stratford, a man named William Shakespeare. Course, quick-witted and brazenly flirtatious, Shakespeare swiftly disrupts what fragile peace is left at Lufanwal. Katharine is at first appalled by the new tutor’s boldness, but when she learns he is a poet and one of talent, things between them begin to shift, and soon Katharine finds herself drawn into Shakespeare’s verse and his life, in ways that will change her forever.

"Chapin's debut captivates." --Entertainment Weekly
"For readers who love Shakespeare, this woman-behind-the-man set-up...will provide a cozy afternoon's pleasure." --The New York Times

“Hugely enjoyable, The Tutor is erudite and emotionally intelligent, and the Shakespeare who emerges from the pages may be unexpected, but feels absolutely authentic.” --Daily Mail

"An ingenious and captivating historical novel imagines how one woman inspired William Shakespeare....Chapin pulls it off magnificently....It all adds up to a tremendous work of historical fiction. Not only does Chapin tell a good tale, she brings Shakespeare winningly alive to display 'the curious, brilliant alchemy of his mind.'" -- The Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Beautifully imagined and brimming with life and love, passion and peril, The Tutor is a literary treat." --Lancashire Evening Post

“A sumptuous, page-turning account of William Shakespeare’s muse in 1590s England. I was completely captivated.”--Paula McLain, bestselling author of The Paris Wife

“The Tutor is a terrific achievement, one that in recounting the story of Katharine and Will allows us a glimpse into the workings if Shakespeare’s mind and heart.” --James Shapiro, author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare


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To Wed an Heiress
by Rosanne E. Lortz

Haro Emison, thrust into his new role as Earl of Anglesford, discovers that his late father has left the family teetering on the edge of financial ruin. Intent on rescuing the estate, Haro abandons his long-held interest in his cousin Eda and searches instead for a wealthy heiress. But when pride and jealousy cause his plan to spiral out of control, he begins to wonder if he has made a dreadful mistake….

Eda Swanycke is enjoying her first season in London when her debut comes to a crashing halt. Jilted by her cousin, she suffers the indignity of watching Haro’s new intended lay claim to his person and position. But when a brutal murder upends the household with Haro as chief suspect, Eda must put her wounded pride aside, match wits with the investigator from London, and try, at all costs, to save Haro Emison’s neck from the gallows….

Rosanne E. Lortz is giving away one copy of To Wed an Heiress (paperback to anywhere in North America or the U.K.; e-copy to everywhere else). Please go HERE to enter.


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The Tapestry
Nancy Bilyeau

Amid political betrayal and sexual intrigue in the court of Henry VIII, one woman fights for her very soul.

Whitehall 1540. After her Dominican priory in Dartford closed in Henry VIII’s quest to overthrow the Catholic Church, Joanna resolves to live a quiet and honorable life weaving tapestries, shunning dangerous quests and conspiracies. But then she is summoned to Whitehall Palace, for her skill in weaving tapestries has drawn the King’s attention.

Set in a world of royal ceremonial, banquets, feasts, tournaments, sea voyages, and the ever-present threat of the Tower, this thrilling tale finds Joanna in her most dangerous situation yet, as she attempts to decide what life she wants to live. Nun or wife, spy or subject, rebel or courtier: Joanna Stafford must finally choose.

“Nancy Bilyeau's passion for history infuses her books and transports us back to the dangerous world of Tudor England. Vivid characters and gripping plots are at the heart of this wonderful trilogy, and this third book will not fail to thrill readers. Warmly recommended!” – Alison Weir, author of The Lady in The Tower

"'The Tapestry' moves like a modern thriller whilst at the same time managing to conjure up a Tudor England that feels very real and authentic in all its intrigue, mystery and menace." – Simon Toyne, author of the Sanctus Trilogy

“Illuminated by Bilyeau’s vivid prose, minor players of Tudor England emerge from the shadows.”—Kirkus Reviews

“In THE TAPESTRY, Nancy Bilyeau brilliantly captures both the white-hot religious passions and the brutal politics of Tudor England. It is a rare book that does both so well.”—Sam Thomas, author of The Midwife’s Tale

“Fans of Ken Follett will devour Nancy Bilyeau’s novel of political treachery and courageous love, set amid the endlessly fascinating Tudor landscape.” —Erika Robuck, author of Hemingway’s Girl

“These aren't your mother's nuns! Nancy Bilyeau has done it again, giving us a compelling and wonderfully realized portrait of Tudor life in all its complexity and wonder. A nun, a tapestry, a page-turning tale of suspense: this is historical mystery at its finest.”—Bruce Holsinger, author of A Burnable Book and The Invention of Fire.

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Nancy is giving away one signed hardcover of The Tapestry anywhere in North America or the UK. You can enter the giveaway HERE.


The Tutor
Andrea Chapin

The year is 1590, and Queen Elizabeth’s Spanish Armada has done nothing to quell her brutal persecution of the English Catholics. Katharine de L’Isle is living at Lufanwal Hall, the manor of her uncle, Sir Edward. Taught by her cherished uncle to read when a child, Katharine is now a thirty-one-year-old widow who has resigned herself to a life of reading and keeping company with her cousins and their children. But all that changes when the family’s priest, who had been practicing Catholic services in secret, is found murdered. Faced with threats of imprisonment and death, Sir Edward is forced to flee the country leaving Katharine adrift in a household rife with turmoil.

At this time of unrest, a new schoolmaster arrives from Stratford, a man named William Shakespeare. Course, quick-witted and brazenly flirtatious, Shakespeare swiftly disrupts what fragile peace is left at Lufanwal. Katharine is at first appalled by the new tutor’s boldness, but when she learns he is a poet and one of talent, things between them begin to shift, and soon Katharine finds herself drawn into Shakespeare’s verse and his life in ways that will change her forever.

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"Chapin's debut captivates." --Entertainment Weekly

"For readers who love Shakespeare, this woman-behind-the-man set-up...will provide a cozy afternoon's pleasure." --The New York Times

“Hugely enjoyable, The Tutor is erudite and emotionally intelligent, and the Shakespeare who emerges from the pages may be unexpected, but feels absolutely authentic.” --Daily Mail

"An ingenious and captivating historical novel imagines how one woman inspired William Shakespeare....Chapin pulls it off magnificently....It all adds up to a tremendous work of historical fiction. Not only does Chapin tell a good tale, she brings Shakespeare winningly alive to display 'the curious, brilliant alchemy of his mind.'" -- The Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Beautifully imagined and brimming with life and love, passion and peril, The Tutor is a literary treat." --Lancashire Evening Post

“A sumptuous, page-turning account of William Shakespeare’s muse in 1590s England. I was completely captivated.”--Paula McLain, bestselling author of The Paris Wife

“The Tutor is a terrific achievement, one that in recounting the story of Katharine and Will allows us a glimpse into the workings if Shakespeare’s mind and heart.” --James Shapiro, author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Andrea is giving away a print copy of The Tutor to a reader within the UK and Ireland. You can enter the drawing HERE.


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Charles Bazalgette

There is a new kindle book out which presents a picture of young George, Prince of Wales, later George IV, from a quite different angle - as seen through the eyes of his tailor.  This book includes a wealth of original research and detail never before published.  It will appeal equally to historians, costume students and to writers of historical fiction, and provide a whole warren of plot-bunnies to the latter.

We are offering a Kindle copy this week.  To qualify for the draw, please post a comment HERE.

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Sheila Dalton

Devon, England, 1633: Lizbet Warren’s parents are captured by Barbary Corsairs and carried off to the slave markets in Morocco. Desperate to help them, Lizbet sets out for London with Elinor, from the Workhouse for Abandoned and Unwanted Children, the only other survivor of the raid. The pair are soon separated, and Lizbet is arrested for vagrancy. Rescued from a public whipping by a mysterious French privateer, she is taken to his Manor House in Dorchester, where he keeps her under lock and key. Later, Lizbet is captured at sea by the pirate Gentleman Jake, and forced to join his crew. She forms complex bonds with both of her captors; but never forgets her parents and uses all her skills to enlist the aid of these men to find them. Her quest leads her to the fabled courts and harems of Morocco and the tropical paradise of Barbados.

Sheila Dalton has published novels and poetry for adults, and picture books for children. Her YA mystery, Trial by Fire, from Napoleon Press, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award. Her literary mystery, The Girl in the Box, published by Dundurn Press, reached the semi-finals in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, and was voted a Giller People’s Choice Top Ten. Stolen is her first book of historical fiction.

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Sheila is giving away five .mobi copies for Kindle. Please enter the drawing HERE. Amazon reviews would be greatly appreciated.


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Mist of Midnight: A Novel
Sandra Byrd

In the first of a brand-new series set in Victorian England, a young woman returns home from India after the death of her family to discover her identity and inheritance are challenged by the man who holds her future in his hands.

Rebecca Ravenshaw, daughter of missionaries, spent most of her life in India. Following the death of her family in the Indian Mutiny, Rebecca returns to claim her family estate in Hampshire, England. Upon her return, people are surprised to see her...and highly suspicious. Less than a year earlier, an imposter had arrived with an Indian servant and assumed not only Rebecca's name, but her home and incomes.

That pretender died within months of her arrival; the servant fled to London as the young woman was hastily buried at midnight. The locals believe that perhaps she, Rebecca, is the real imposter. Her home and her father's investments reverted to a distant relative, the darkly charming Captain Luke Whitfield, who quickly took over. Against her best intentions, Rebecca begins to fall in love with Luke, but she is forced to question his motives—does he love her or does he just want Headbourne House? If Luke is simply after the property, as everyone suspects, will she suffer a similar fate as the first “Rebecca”?

A captivating Gothic love story set against a backdrop of intrigue and danger, Mist of Midnight will leave you breathless.

“Infusing her story with mystery, tension, and emotion, Byrd strikes a fine balance between the darkness of a Gothic mystery and the sweetness of a captivating love story.” (Publishers Weekly)

Please visit Sandra's website for related blogs and other giveaway opportunities.  You can enter this drawing HERE.

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Patrick's Journey
Roy Humphreys

Patrick’s Journey is an historical fiction novel based on the real life history of one of Australia’s early convict settlers. It could be described as simply an entertaining “romance/adventure” novel, but the story goes deeper than that. The “Journey” in the story is twofold, there is the physical journey from one mode of existence in Ireland to a completely different one in Australia and the emotional/spiritual journey that accompanies such drastic changes in Patrick’s world.

Patrick Rourke is a 17 year old Irishman in the year of 1790. Like many young men he is patriotic, adventurous and headstrong. He also feels assured of a bright future with his sweetheart Catherine. Patrick’s world comes crashing down around him when he becomes a pawn in the political aspirations of the United Irishmen under Wolfe Tone. He finds himself in prison sentenced to transportation to the penal colony of New South Wales and begins a downward spiral into rage and depression.

Patrick’s saviour comes in the form of Father Michael O’Court, the chaplain of the prison ship Boddington. Over time Patrick is guided out of his depression and is able to accept the vastly different directions that his life’s journey has taken. He also finds an unlikely mentor in one Preston Balfour, a British Army officer who was originally his target for assassination, but who ultimately provides him with the means of restoring his life in a new land.

Patrick’s life is complete when tragic circumstances eventually lead to him being reunited with Catherine for a new life in a new land. He comes to realise that the most important journey we travel is not measured in miles but by our changes within.

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Roy is giving away a Kindle copy. You can enter the drawing HERE.


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The Oracles of Troy
Glyn Iliffe

When the greatest warriors of Greece have fallen, only the cunning and determination of one man can bring victory. The Trojan War has been raging for ten years when a series of oracles appears, utterances from the gods that must be fulfilled if Troy is to be defeated. Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks, knows that only one man has the courage and intelligence to complete the tasks set by the Olympians: Odysseus, king of Ithaca.

From an island haunted by a vengeful madman to a forsaken tomb and its deadly guardian, from the palace of a hostile king to the sacred heart of Troy itself, Odysseus and his friend Eperitus must follow the trail toward the greatest deception of all time. The Trojan horse.

"The world of this novel appears as many scholars see that of Homer: a rich melange of different eras … It has suspense, treachery and bone-crunching action … It will leave fans of the genre eagerly awaiting the rest of the series."
Harry Sidebottom, author of the bestselling Warrior of Rome series

"Iliffe is a talented storyteller."
Times Literary Supplement

"A ripping swords-and-sandals treatment of The Iliad"
The Telegraph

"A thrilling adventure full of bloody battles, vibrant characters and the heart-stopping romance that makes ancient Greece so universally appealing. Dazzling drama on a grand scale"
Lancashire Evening Post

"A must read for those who enjoy good old epic battles, chilling death scenes and the extravagance of ancient Greece."
Lifestyle Magazine

"The reader does not need to be a classicist by any means to enjoy this epic and stirring tale. It makes a great novel and would be an even better film."
Historical Novels Review

"Another gripping and thrilling tale from the new demi-god of the genre, one which fans will relish getting stuck into."
The Catholic Herald

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The White Queen of Middleham
Lesley J. Nickell

For Anne Neville, a timid and delicate child ignored by her mother, patronised by her elder sister and bullied by her formidable father Warwick the Kingmaker, her childhood friend Richard Plantagenet becomes a source of strength throughout her life. As she moves abruptly from castle to castle, and from England to France, with Warwick's changing fortunes in the turbulent Wars of the Roses, Anne is a pawn in the dangerous games of political intrigue that she struggles to understand. The third son of the ambitious Duke of York, later King Richard III, is a hero in the eyes of the shy and bewildered Anne, and the key to her understanding of the great events happening around her. Their love, almost wrecked by the feud of York and Lancaster, culminates in great happiness and the last Plantagenet reign in England.

In spite of her early passion for the 17th century, Lesley’s first three novels and a work of non-fiction were about the 15th century. Her story of Anne Neville was the second of five historical novels that she wrote, and the only one of her books that was published before her death.

The White Queen was its original title when it was published by The Bodley Head in 1978, 32 years before Philippa Gregory borrowed the title for her recent novel about the other White Queen, Elizabeth Woodville. Gregory also wrote a book about Anne Neville (The Kingmaker’s Daughter), though her vision of Anne was very different. So to avoid confusion, Lesley’s novel has been re-edited and republished with a slightly changed title - The White Queen of Middleham – because, for Anne and Richard Plantagenet, Middleham Castle was home.

This book was runner-up in the first-ever Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize in 1978 and was published in hard-back and paper-back: the only book published by the time of her death.

Lesley wrote three novels set in the 15th century, the trilogy “Sprigs of Broom”: Sons of York about Edward IV’s young sons and his (imaginary) mistress. What did happen to the Princes in the Tower?

The White Queen about Anne Neville, Richard III’s wife. What was Anne, of whom history tells us so little, really like? Was Richard a bloody tyrant and wicked uncle?

Perkin about the Pretender Perkin Warbeck. Who was he - a son of Edward IV?

Perkin and Sons of York are due to be published in late 2015.

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1914 First Blood
John Hughes-Wilson

Meet T.O.M. Gunn, a young infantry lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters, just back on leave from India as Europe catches ablaze in the chaotic summer of 1914. The British Expeditionary Force is off to France and Gunn is determined to join the war before it’s over. He joins a hastily formed mixed battalion of reservists, regular and territorial soldiers to find themselves pitchforked into the mayhem of the Battles of the Marne, the Aisne and then the drawn out agony of Ypres as the high hopes of summer sink into the frozen trenches of the winter of 1914. But by the time of the Christmas Truce with the Germans, Thaddeus Gunn and his men begin to realise that this is going to be a long war – and they will be lucky to survive.

John Hughes-Wilson retired from a prominent army career to become one of Britain’s leading military historians, as well as a successful novelist. A former Colonel on NATO’s International Political Staff in Brussels, his military posts included Head of Policy and Senior British Intelligence Officer, SHAPE, and posts with Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and Special Forces. His factual books include the best-selling Military Intelligence Blunders; Blindfold and Alone published by Constable & Robinson, (described by the Guardian as “the definitive book on the WW1 executions”); and A Brief History of the Cold War.  The Puppet Masters, a history of intelligence, published by Phoenix was shortlisted for the Westminster Gold Medal. An American Coup d’Etat – Who Really Killed JFK? was published in 2013 by John Blake Publishing.

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Mereo Books is giving away a print copy of 1914 First Blood to an international winner. Please comment HERE to enter the drawing.


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La Contessa and The Marquis
by Lindsay Downs

When Bianca Maria Ledford Goretti, La Contessa de Massa, flees back to her homeland and the safety of her godmother, The Duchess of Gorham, little does she realize who’s arms she lands in. Lord Rainer Cross, Marquis of Hathaway, is a well-known and dangerous rakehell within the ton. Little does he suspect his godmother has set him up to halt his skirt chasing days. Over time the reason for Bianca’s return comes to light which has Rainer deeply concerned. Not sure who he can trust Rainer turns to has several of his more interesting staff. He has them use their talents to ferret out the truth. Everything get more complicated when they learn a friend might not be who he claims to be. Not sure who to trust, except Rainer and the duchess, Bianca learns several startling facts which could protect her from harm. Once everything is revealed the duchess steps in with a surprise, something neither could have ever seen coming.

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The Embroiderer
Kathryn Gauci

Set against the mosques and minarets of Asia Minor and the ruins of ancient Athens, The Embroiderer is a gripping saga of love and loss, hope and despair, and of the extraordinary courage of women in the face of adversity.

1822: During one of the bloodiest massacres of The Greek War of Independence, a child is born to a woman of legendary beauty in the Byzantine monastery of Nea Moni on the Greek island of Chios. The subsequent decades of bitter struggle between Greeks and Turks simmer to a head when the Greek army
invades Turkey in 1919. During this time, Dimitra Lamartine arrives in Smyrna and gains fame and fortune as an embroiderer to the elite of Ottoman society. However it is her granddaughter, Sophia, who takes the business to great heights only to see their world come crashing down with the outbreak of The Balkan Wars, 1912-13. With the Turkish Secret Police watching her every move, Sophia’s life spirals out of control resulting in the deaths of those most close to her. In the spring of 1922, Sophia leaves Constantinople for Smyrna but is forced to flee six months later when Mustafa Kemal’s Nationalists deal the Greek army a humiliating defeat. As Smyrna burns out of control, Sophia leaves Turkey with two of her children and a suitcase full of memories, including her grandmother’s memoirs, to begin a new life in Athens. When the Italians and Germans occupy Greece in WWII, Sophia draws on her past experience and joins the resistance, but the memory of a dire prophecy once told to her grandmother about a girl with flaming red hair begins to haunt her with devastating

1972: Eleni Stephenson is called to the bedside of her dying aunt in Athens. In a story that rips her world apart, Eleni discovers the chilling truth behind her family’s dark past plunging her into the shadowy world of political intrigue, secret societies and espionage where families and friends are torn apart and where a belief in superstition simmers just below the surface.

Kathryn is giving away a print copy to a winner in the USA, Canada, Europe or Australia. You can sign up to enter the giveaway HERE.


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The Other Shakespeare
Lea Rachel

Judith is talented, creative, and driven to accomplish great things. But, alas, she has one “shortcoming” that stands in her way—she’s a woman.

Set in sixteenth-century England, The Other Shakespeare tells the tale of Judith Shakespeare, older sister to the famous William, as she struggles to develop her talent and gain acceptance in a world that won’t recognize her because of her gender. Consistently denied her independence, she’s forced to engage in extreme measures to get what she wants out of life—and to make difficult decisions that will shock and surprise you.

Written in the vein of character transplant novels like Grendel, Ahab’s Wife, and What Happened to Anna K, Lea Rachel’s novel brings new life to a character that first appeared in another publication. Judith Shakespeare was originally introduced in acclaimed author Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece A Room of One’s Own—and now Judith’s full story is told in this speculative piece, which answers the ultimate question, “What if Shakespeare had been born a woman?”

A must-read for Woolf and Shakespeare fans alike, The Other Shakespeare combines history, social issues, and drama in a compelling story that will thoroughly entertain and enlighten.

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Lea is giving away a copy of The Other Shakespeare within the US. You can enter the drawing HERE.

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England, 1176. King Henry II has imprisoned his rebellious Queen for attempting to overthrow him. But with her conspirators still at large and a failed assassination attempt on his beautiful mistress, Rosamund Clifford, the King must take action to preserve his reign.

Desperate, Henry turns to the only man he trusts: a man whose skills have saved him once before. Sir Benedict Palmer answers the call, mistakenly believing that his family will remain safe while he attends to his King.

As Palmer races to secure the throne for the King, neither man senses the hand of a brilliant schemer, a mystery figure loyal to Henry’s traitorous Queen who will stop at nothing to see the King defeated.

The Blood of the Fifth Knight is an intricate medieval murder mystery and a worthy follow-on to E.M. Powell’s acclaimed historical thriller The Fifth Knight.

To celebrate the publication of The Blood of the Fifth Knight on 01.01.2015, E.M. Powell is offering a signed paperback copy. Entries are open worldwide. To enter, please leave a comment HERE.

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by Lauren Gilbert
Control and authority… two words that did NOT apply to women like Catherine.  After her father sold her into a sham marriage, Catherine unexpectedly found herself in charge of her own life. After years of living alone and isolated in the country, she was the sole heir to an ancient estate, a title, and wealth beyond her wildest dreams.  Suddenly, she was discovered by relations of whom she had never heard but who were more than willing to help her with her inheritance, and she became engulfed in responsibilities for which she was not prepared.  After years of isolation, she now had the means and the opportunity to do what she wanted.  But what did she want?   A man?  Between her father and her late husband, inviting another man into her life did not appear that attractive an option, until she made the acquaintance of more than one eligible gentleman.  What else could she do with her life?  Rediscovering old friends and finding new ones, Catherine discovers herself.  A novel of choice and change, manners and growth, HEYERWOOD: A Novel follows a woman’s coming into her own as she learns to navigate Society alone and manage unexpected power.

Available in print and e-formats through Amazon, Barnes & Nobel and other outlets.

This giveaway is open from Monday 12/22/2014 until midnight Sunday 12/28/2014.

About the author: An avid reader, Lauren Gilbert has always dreamed of writing books, and has written all her life. She enjoys non-fiction (especially history) and fiction alike.  Lauren is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and has delivered presentations for chapter meetings, as well as a break-out session at the 2011 JASNA Annual General Meeting.  HEYERWOOD: A Novel is her first novel. A RATIONAL ATTACHMENT (working title) is due out later this winter.  Lauren lives in Florida with her husband.

This week, Lauren Gilbert is giving away a signed, paperback copy of HEYERWOOD: A Novel to each of two winners: one in Canada and one in the US.  To enter the drawing,  please go HERE.


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A Courtship for Cecilia
Ruth J. Hartman

Cecilia Fletcher yearns for true love with the man of her heart. A life of her own away from her demanding mother would be an added benefit. But in order to do that, Cecilia must live a lie, making it necessary to use a false name in order to hide a family secret. Barrington Radcliff was betrayed by a woman who he thought loved him. Because of that, trust is hard to willingly give. When he meets pretty Cecilia Fleming, his heart wants to give her a chance. Something about her doesn’t ring true, but Barrington allows love to overrule his good judgment.

Can Cecilia and Barrington get past their hurt and secrets long enough to find true love?

Is the chance for love worth the risk of a broken heart?

Ruth is giving away a copy of the First in the series, Love Birds of Regent's Park. You can enter the contest HERE.


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by M.K. Tod

In 1914 Paris, half the city expects war while the other half scoffs at the possibility. Helene Noisette’s father believes war is imminent. Convinced Germany will head straight for Paris, he sends his family to Beaufort, a small village in northern France. But when war erupts a few months later, the German army invades neutral Belgium, sweeping south towards Paris. And by the end of September, Beaufort is less than twenty miles from the front. During the years that follow, with the rumbling of guns ever present in the distance, three generations of women come together to cope with deprivation, fear and the dreadful impacts of war.

In 1917, Helene falls in love with a young Canadian soldier wounded in the battle of Vimy Ridge. But war has a way of separating lovers and families, of twisting promises and dashing hopes, and of turning the naïve and innocent into the jaded and war-weary. As the months pass, Helene is forced to reconcile dreams for the future with harsh reality.

Lies Told in Silence examines love and loss, duty and sacrifice, and the unexpected consequences of lies.

M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE is set in WWI France and is available in paperback from Amazon and in e-book formats from Amazon NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. Mary can be contacted on  FacebookTwitter and Goodreads.

She is giving away a choice of ebook or print copy. You can enter the drawing HERE.


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 The Arrow of Sherwood by Lauren Johnson
It is in many ways a novel about class war... Full of historical detail, this retelling of an old story puts new flesh on familiar bones.’ –Historical Novel Society

1193. A crusader returns to his home in Nottinghamshire, to find the land divided. England is torn between the land-owning Norman lords and their English subjects, the country crippled by years of taxation and the long absence of its king. The 
crusader's name is Robin of Locksley.
Following a youth spent with lowborn friends Robin is determined to settle into the role his father wanted for him: a lord dispensing justice to the county. But a false rumour of his death in the East has 
stolen Robin's lands from him, and the justice meted out by his fellow lords hardly seems to deserve the name. Even the marriage arranged for Robin – to the Sheriff’s daughter Marian, as unwilling to marry him as he was to wed her – has been granted to another man.
Against this backdrop of murky politics, conflicting allegiances and violence Robin must decide whether to keep to his oath to his father and be a good lord, or help his old common-born friends and prove himself a good man…

Praise for The Arrow of Sherwood:
 ‘Told with a richness of detail which makes the period come alive.’ –Daily Info
‘Kept my attention and interest with every turn of the page. Read it and enjoy!’ – The World Wide Robin Hood Society
Awarded 5 Crosses and the Golden Hammer and Anvil Shield: ‘A very impressive debut novel which surprises and thoroughly entertains.’ – Sir Read-a-lot

Lauren is giving away a signed hardback of The Arrow of Sherwood (UK or USA). You can enter the giveaway drawing by leaving a comment HERE. Good luck!

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Julian Stockwin

Pasha is the latest title in the Kydd Series. Set in the Age of Fighting Sail, the series traces one man’s journey from pressed man to admiral. Pasha is set in a new and daring sphere of interest: the Dardanelles, where Napoleon’s advances threaten British control of the trade route to the riches of India.

Julian Stockwin is giving away two copies of PASHA. The contest is open worldwide. Please comment HERE to enter the drawing.


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Agnes Sorel: Mistress of Beauty
HRH Princess Michael of Kent

From HRH Princess Michael of Kent, bestselling author of The Queen of Four Kingdoms, comes the extraordinary second volume in the Anjou trilogy. Yolande, the Queen of Four Kingdoms is dead. Agnes Sorel, beautiful, innocent, twenty years old, had arrived a year earlier with the court of Yolande's son, Rene D'Anjou, and remained with his mother at her request, knowing how much the King of France, her dissolute son-in-law Charles VII, would need wise guidance. As a trusted confidant of Yolande, Agnes captivates everyone she meets, and in her role as a demoiselle to Rene's wife, Isabelle of Lorraine, Agnes finds herself firmly ensconced in the royal court. Soon though, whispers at court regarding Charles's burgeoning feelings for her begin to grow, and despite her best efforts to resist, Agnes is alarmed to discover that she too is in love. Plagued by guilt but unable to deny her feelings for the King, Agnes is forced to choose between her love for Charles, and her duty to herself

...Praise for The Queen of Four Kingdoms:
"Meticulously researched and powerfully evoked." Philippa Gregory
"Takes the reader to the heart of this glamorous, dangerous world, and holds them spellbound. I loved it." Julian Fellowes
"Riveting ...spellbinding." Mail on Sunday
"A page-turning blend of epic battles, betrayal, seduction and heroism." Hello

Her Highness is giving away a copy of Agnes Sorel: Mistress of Beauty to a winner within the US. You can enter the giveaway drawing HERE.

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By Deborah Swift 

A novel of moonlight and muskets, and a maid with a mission! Based on the life and legend of the highwaywoman Lady Katherine Fanshawe, the story is told by her deaf maid Abigail. Part One of The Highway Trilogy. Suitable for adults and young adults 14+

The adventure, intrigue, suspicion, and covert operations in this book really propel this book forward...Swift brings layers of historical and imaginative detail to her stories and I highly recommend as a light read for any adult and for teenagers interested into foraying into historical fiction.' Hook of a Book Blog

Shadow on the Highway is an awesome work of YA historical fiction. I sometimes shy away from YA because it feels really immature but this book did not have that feel at all. It is definitely my new favorite Deborah Swift book! So Many Books So Little Time 

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Turn of the Tide
Margaret Skea

Old rivalries…new friendships…dangerous decisions. 
Set in 16th Century Scotland Munro owes allegiance to the Cunninghames and to the Earl of Glencairn. Trapped in the 150-year-old feud between the Cunninghames and the Montgomeries, he escapes the bloody aftermath of an ambush, but he cannot escape the disdain of the wife he sought to protect, or his own internal conflict. He battles with his conscience and with divided loyalties – to age-old obligations, to his wife and children, and, most dangerous of all, to a growing friendship with the rival Montgomerie clan. Intervening to diffuse a quarrel that flares between a Cunninghame cousin and Hugh Montgomerie, he succeeds only in antagonizing William, the arrogant and vicious Cunninghame heir. And antagonizing William is a dangerous game to play…

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The Viceroy 1243 to 1253
Montfort The Founder of Parliament
Katherine Ashe

Battles, intrigue, treason and revenge. When Simon breaks all law and custom, refusing the proper heirs and letting the people of Blaye elect their lord, he makes deadly enemies and feeds a conspiracy against him.

Free for Kindle on Monday, Nov. 3 only: Treachery, betrayal, treason and Bordeaux wine mix as Simon de Montfort learns how to conquer a country -- the lessons he'll put to use in 1258 to seize England and found Parliament. Montfort the Viceroy, 1243 to 1253 by Katherine Ashe.

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The Fifth Knight by E.M. Powell

"Powell does a masterful job. Highly recommended." Historical Novels Review

England, 1170. To escape a lifetime of poverty, mercenary Sir Benedict Palmer agrees to one final, lucrative job: help King Henry II’s knights seize the traitor Archbishop Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.

But what begins as a clandestine arrest ends in cold-blooded murder. And when Fitzurse, the knights’ ringleader, kidnaps Theodosia, a beautiful young nun who witnessed the crime, Palmer can sit silently by no longer. For not only is Theodosia’s virtue at stake, so too is the secret she unknowingly carries—a secret he knows Fitzurse will torture out of her.

Now Palmer and Theodosia are on the run, strangers from different worlds forced to rely only on each other as they race to uncover the hidden motive behind Becket’s grisly murder—and the shocking truth that could destroy a kingdom.

The Fifth Knight is a #1 bestselling historical thriller on Amazon in the US and the UK. To find out more, go to

You can enter to win a signed paperback copy by leaving a comment HERE. Giveaway entries eligible from any country. Entries close November 2nd 2014. Best of luck!

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The Kraals of Ulundi
by David Ebsworth

1879 - the British army has suffered one of the worst defeats in its history at the hands of the Zulu King Cetshwayo. Now the British seek revenge and a second invasion of Zululand is about to take place. Within the Zulu regiments charged with repelling the assault is Shaba kaNdabuko − driven by ambition to share the glory of battle, to bring honour and cattle to his family. Meanwhile, new British soldiers are shipped out to replace those lost in the military disasters, and among them is Lieutenant Jahleel Carey, likewise also hoping that adventure will bring him a change of fortune. But there are also always those on the sidelines of conflict, profiteers like renegade trader William McTeague. Three men, three women, will be brought together by one of the Zulu War's strangest episodes, and their destinies will be changed forever.

David is giving away a copy of the book. Please leave a comment HERE to enter the drawing.


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A beautiful hawk tamer enslaved by Vikings.

Ragnar Ulfsson must find his king a concubine. His solution is Isolde, captured while climbing the sea cliffs for falcons. Enslaved in his own way, Ragnar has few qualms about binding another to his lord for the greater good. After all, it is an honor to share the bed of a king.

Isolde does not view slavery so complacently. Like a hawk caged, she is frantic to escape. The king’s hall is a bubbling stew of political intrigue and Isolde is an essential ingredient in the mix. Her only hope is Ragnar, who captured her but also promises to free her—eventually. But there is something strange about this dark Viking, oddly withdrawn and controlled, and their growing bond will lead her into greater danger still.

For Ragnar doesn’t touch women. For good reason.

Venetia is giving away an ecopy of A Hawk Enslaved. You can enter to win HERE.


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Past Encounters by Davina Blake

From the moment Rhoda Middleton opens one of her husband’s letters and finds it is from another woman, she is convinced he is having an affair. But when Rhoda tracks her down, she discovers the mysterious woman is not his lover after all, but the wife of his best friend, Archie Foster.

There is only one problem - Rhoda has never even heard of Archie Foster.

Devastated by this betrayal of trust, Rhoda tries to find out how and why her husband, Peter, has kept this friendship hidden for so long. Her search leads her back to 1945, but as she gradually uncovers Peter’s wartime secrets she must wrestle with painful memories of her own. For if they are ever to understand each other, Rhoda too must escape the ghosts of the past.

Taking us on a journey from the atmospheric filming of 'Brief Encounter', to the extraordinary Great March of prisoners of war through snow-bound Germany, this is a novel of friendship, hope, and how in the end, it is the small things that enable love to survive.

Includes discussion points for reading groups

Davina Blake also writes 17th century historicals under the pen-name Deborah Swift.

'a historical read with a real heart' Eliza Graham, author of Restitution

You can enter to receive a free paperback copy (US or UK) or a free PDF or kindle file (international) by going HERE to leave a comment between October 6 and midnight October 12.

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The Unexpected Earl, by Philippa Jane Keyworth

"I do not appreciate the direction of this conversation."

"You do not appreciate most of what I say, let alone my presence."

Six years after being jilted without a word of explanation, Julia Rotherham finds Lucius Wolversley standing before her once again--unexpected, unannounced, unwelcome. With her heart still hurting and, more importantly, her pride, Julia must chaperone her younger sister, fend off fortune hunters, orchestrate a fake engagement, and halt an elopement--all whilst keeping the man who jilted her at arm's length. But what Julia doesn't know is that this time, the Earl has no intention of disappearing, and this time, he has more than an explanation to offer....

You can enter to receive a free paperback copy (US or UK) or a free PDF (international) by going HERE to leave a comment between September 29 and midnight October 5.

"A whirlwind of excitement...comedy, and love gone wrong!" --InD'Tale Magazine

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The Ashes of Heaven’s Pillar by Kim Rendfeld 

772 AD: Charlemagne’s battles in Saxony have left Leova with nothing but her two children, Deorlaf and Sunwynn. Her beloved husband died in combat. Her faith lies shattered in the ashes of the Irminsul, the Pillar of Heaven. The relatives obligated to defend her and her family instead sell them into slavery.

In Francia, Leova is resolved to protect her son and daughter, even if it means sacrificing her own honor. Her determination only grows stronger as Sunwynn blossoms into a beautiful young woman attracting the lust of a cruel master and Deorlaf becomes a headstrong man willing to brave starvation and demons to free his family. Yet Leova’s most difficult dilemma comes in the form of a Frankish friend, Hugh. He saves Deorlaf from a fanatical Saxon and is Sunwynn’s champion - but he is the warrior who slew Leova’s husband.

Set against a backdrop of historic events, including the destruction of the Irminsul, The Ashes of Heaven’s Pillar explores faith, friendship, and justice. This companion to Kim Rendfeld’s acclaimed The Cross and the Dragon tells the story of an ordinary family in extraordinary circumstances.

Publish August 28, 2014, by Fireship Press, The Ashes of Heaven’s Pillar is available at Amazon (U.S., U.K., Canada, and other countries), Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other book sellers. You can also read the first chapter and learn more about Kim at

You can enter to receive a free e-book by commenting HERE between September 22 and midnight September 28.

Advance Reviews

"Carolingian Europe comes alive in Kim Rendfeld’s sweeping story of family and hope, set against the Saxon Wars. Her transportive and triumphant novel immerses us in an eighth century world that feels both mystical and starkly real." - Jessica Brockmole, author of Letters from Skye

"A captivating historical filled with rich detail, compelling characters, and a well-paced plot that keeps the pages turning to its very satisfying end. A true delight for fans of historical fiction. I couldn't put it down." - Susan Spann, author of the Shinobi Mysteries

"The Ashes of Heaven's Pillar is refreshingly set in a less familiar medieval period – soon after Charlemagne has conquered a portion of today’s Germany and its people. The characters are refreshing also, common folk instead of the lords and ladies who are the usual inhabitants of historical novels, and how they adjust to their new condition is fascinating. Altogether, this book was absorbing from start to finish." – Roberta Gellis, author of The Roselynde Chronicles

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The Trojan War threatens Troy’s allies and the Greek supply raids spread. A young healing priestess, designated as future queen, must defend her city against both divine anger and invading Greeks. She finds strength in visions of a handsome warrior god. Will that be enough when the half-immortal Achilles attacks? Hand of Fire, a tale of resilience and hope, blends history and legend in the untold story of Achilles’s famous captive, Briseis.

Judith Starkston writes historical fiction and mysteries set in Troy and the Hittite Empire. Ms. Starkston is a classicist (B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz, M.A. Cornell University) who taught high school English, Latin and humanities. She and her husband have two grown children and live in Arizona with their golden retriever Socrates. Hand of Fire is her debut novel.

Find an excerpt, Q&A, book reviews, ancient recipes, historical background as well as on-going information about the historical fiction community on Starkston’s website

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Advance Praise:

In Hand of Fire, Starkston's careful research brings ancient Greece and Troy to life with passion and grace. This haunting and insightful novel makes you ache for a mortal woman, Briseis, in love with a half-god, Achilles, as she fights to make her own destiny in a world of capricious gods and warriors. I devoured this page-turning escape from the modern world!" -- Rebecca Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author ofThe World Beneath

“Suspenseful, tragic, surprising and sexy” –Nancy Bilyeau, author of The Crown and The Chalice

In Hand of Fire, Judith Starkston frees Briseis from the actions of Achilles and Agamemnon and gives her the power to become the heroine of her own story. … Starkston does a lovely job of bringing the characters to life, and her descriptions of the religious rites, the scenery of Mount Ida, and life as a woman of privilege in the ancient world put me firmly in the story. The love story between Briseis and Achilles is well-rendered, as are Briseis’ relationships with her father and brothers, her nurse, and the other women in the city and in the camp. A wonderful new take on a timeless story. –Historical Novels Review

"Briseis steps out from the handful of lines she gets in Homer's epic, and fearlessly tells her own story as healer, war prize, and partner to the famous Achilles--here a godlike hero who manages to be all too human. Recommended!"–Kate Quinn, author of Empress of the Seven Hills

“In her portrayal of Briseis, Judith Starkston has cast a bright light on one of the Iliad's most intriguing sub-plots. With her fast-paced story, three-dimensional characters, and fascinating cultural details, Starkston has given historical fiction fans a tale to remember.” –Priscilla Royal, author of Covenant with Hell and 9 other Prioress Eleanor mysteries

“Starkston breathes new life into an age-old tale in this masterful retelling of the Iliad. The reader experiences the terror, bravery and heartbreak of Briseis who now takes center stage in one of the most famous love triangles of all time.” Elisabeth Storrs, author of The Wedding Shroud and The Golden Dice

“Absolutely loved the book. Couldn’t put it down. Wonderful writing. And, I see no errors whatsoever as regards the history.” –Professor Eric Cline, Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, George Washington University

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What a Rake Wants - The Spies of Mayfair Series, Book #3
by Maggi Andersen

King George sends his private investigator, an Irishman, Kieran Flynn, Lord Montsimon, on a mission, the reason for which is unclear. Is it a plot against the Crown? Or something entirely unrelated? Flynn's inquiries lead him to the widow, Lady Althea Brookwood. Known amongst the ton as a rake, Flynn is rarely turned down by a lady, and when Althea refuses not just him but many other men, he becomes intrigued. After her neighbor, Sir Harold Crowthorne informs Althea that he means to take her country property, Owltree Cottage, by fair means or foul, she must search for help. The first man she turns to is promptly murdered and the second lies to her. That leaves Flynn, Lord Montsimon, a man she has been studiously avoiding. But Montsimon is decidedly unhelpful, and more than a little mysterious. Her only option is to seduce him. Althea has little confidence that she will succeed, especially as before her husband was killed in a duel, he often told her she was quite hopeless at intimacy. When a spy is murdered, Flynn wonders just what Althea knows and what her involvement might be with the man the king wants Flynn to investigate.

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Maggi Andersen will be giving away an ecopy. Leave a comment HERE to enter.


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Darling of Kings
by P. J. Womack

I’m delighted to offer a signed print copy of my new novel, Darling of Kings.

This novel, published in the 400th anniversary year of the fateful first meeting of King James I and George Villiers, First Duke of Buckingham, explores the complex relationships between the first two Stuart kings, their powerful favourite and the politics of the early 17th century.

From a minor gentry background and possessing little but good looks and charm, George Villiers is pushed forward at the decadent court of James I in the hope that he will catch the King’s eye and topple the current favourite, Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset. The King is immediately captivated by the handsome young man and lavishes wealth and titles upon him and his family, culminating in his being created Duke of Buckingham. Building an intricate network of patronage and influence, Buckingham’s power and domination of the King results in several attempts to depose him, as the Duke becomes the most hated man in England.

Although initially the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, detests his father’s favourite, he too is soon in thrall to the charismatic and all-powerful Buckingham; an obsessive and consuming devotion which will ultimately lead to confrontation with Parliament, war, and tragedy.

"Darling of Kings is a brilliant historical novel charting the meteoric rise and fall of one of the legendary characters of British history."
Andrea Elizabeth Zuvich,
17th Century Historian and Historical Fiction Writer

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THE LEGACY OF THE QUEEN OF SCOTS SERIES by Linda Root are tales based on events commencing with the surrender of the Queen of Scots and her imprisonment at Loch Leven for a period of eleven months from summer 1567 to the Spring of 1568 when she fled to England after her defeat at Langside.

The first book evolves from an actual  rumor that rather than miscarrying twins while at the Loch, she actually gave live birth to a daughter, as reported in a history written by Prince Labanoff.  The novel takes place in Scotland and France and its co-protagonists are Renee de Guise, aunt of the Queen of Scots, abbess at Saint Pierre les Dames, and her protege, the mysterious nun Marguerite de Kircaldie, known as La Belle Ecossaise. It is a tale of mystery, violence, faith and action entitled  The Midwife's Secret: The Mystery of the Hidden Princess.

Next in the series is the stand alone sequel The Other Daughter, a robust tale of Daisy (Marguerite) Kirkcaldy, the illegitimate daughter of Kirkcaldy of Grange, her quest to uncover the identity of the other Marguerite Kirkcaldy, and her romance with another colorful bastard, Will Hepburn, son of Marie Stuart's third and final husband.

Next, 1603:The Queen's Revenge brings Daisy and Sister Marguerite together as Daisy and Will travel to the Netherlands to thwart a plot to usurp James VI before Elizabeth Tudor dies, leaving him heir to the English throne.  This giveaway is for all three e-books or a paperback copy of 1603: The Queen's Revenge.   To enter the drawing, Comment HERE.


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The Viceroy 1243 to 1253 
Montfort The Founder of Parliament
Katherine Ashe 

Battles, intrigue, treason and revenge. When Simon breaks all law and custom, refusing the proper heirs and letting the people of Blaye elect their lord, he makes deadly enemies and feeds a conspiracy against him.

Montfort The Viceroy is free for Amazon Kindle from Monday, August 11 through Wednesday, August 13.

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Remember the Past  
by Maria Grace

Elizabeth Bennet’s father, Admiral Thomas Bennet, assures his daughters that his retirement from His Majesty’s Navy will be the start of a new life for them all. Little does he know his family's battles have only just begun.

Well-connected and in possession of a good fortune, their entry into society should have been a triumph.  However, their long-awaited first season in London proves a disaster, and the resulting scandal sends the Bennets fleeing to the wilds of Derbyshire.

Widower Fitzwilliam Darcy, the master of Pemberley, wants for nothing, most especially not a wife. From the moment the Bennets arrive in Derbyshire, Darcy’s neatly ordered life turns upside down. His sons beg to keep company with their new playmates, the young Bennet twins. His mother-in-law sets her cap for Admiral Bennet. Worst of all, Darcy cannot get his mind off a certain bewitching Miss Elizabeth Bennet, but she has sworn never to let another gentleman near her heart.

Darcy’s best efforts to befriend and assist the Bennet family go horribly awry, alienating first Miss Elizabeth, then her father, and finally endangering what both men hold most dear. Can the two men Elizabeth loves most set aside their pride to prevent catastrophe for their families and win the love they seek?

Available on Amazon, Nook and Kobo.

Maria Grace will be giving away an ebook copy. Click here and leave a comment to enter.


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In the Shadow of Tyranny  
A Novel of Ancient Rome
Chris Westcott

When the Emperor Nero causes the death of his parents, Gaius sees his future dreams and aspirations brutally shattered. Unexpectedly thrown a lifeline by Vespasian, his father’s closest friend and a celebrated military leader, an offer of a role in the campaign for Judea, finds him playing a pivotal role in the epic battle for Jerusalem.

Summoned back to Rome by Domitian, the new Emperor and his lifelong friend, Gaius finds his friend a changed man, a man capable of cold-blooded murder, and Gaius is swiftly dispatched to distant Britannia with orders for the island’s legendary governor, Agricola.

Forming a mutual respect with Agricola, Gaius embarks on a campaign that will end in triumph and terror, as with the opportunity to expand the Empire within their grasp, Gaius will find himself facing a choice on which the lives of his family and the fate of an Empire will hang.

In the Shadow of Tyranny is free on Amazon internationally from July 28 through 30. After that date, Chris will provide an ecopy for anyone who leaves a comment and contact information HERE.

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The Abduction of Anne O’Donel
by Paul B McNulty

A beautiful heiress, a villainous lawyer, a scandalous abduction that shocks the country. The Abduction of Anne O’Donel tells the story of a young heiress who refuses to marry the elderly Timothy Brecknock whom her father has chosen for her. Frustrated by her lack of interest, Brecknock abducts Anne to a remote island on Lough Conn hoping to win her heart with stories of romance, politics, Evangelicalism and alchemy. Believing that her secret betrothed, Jasper Martin, will find her, Anne plays a dangerous game as the story concludes with a murder, a famous trial and a wedding.

The Abduction of Anne O’Donel is the second in a series of historical novels based on real Competition. Three of its minor characters, Sibella Cottle, Sir Harry Lynch-Blosse and Ned
Holian, will be familiar to readers of my first novel, Spellbound by Sibella.

The Abduction of Anne O’Donel is available as an e-book on Club Lighthouse,
Canada and as both a print book and e-book on Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Paul is giving away an ebook. Please comment HERE to enter the drawing.


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Jane Jackson

Santo Innis is developing a revolutionary new engine to counter the lethal effects of high-pressure steam. His backer is Richard Vaughan, heir to Frederick Tregarron, owner of Gillyvean estate.

Following the tragic deaths of his wife and baby son, Richard immersed himself in work. But his world is turned upside down by the unexpected arrival at Gillyvean of Melanie Tregarron, a talented artist and Frederick’s illegitimate youngest daughter.

Desperate to prove the viability of his invention, Santo persuades Richard to let him fit one at Gillyvean’s brewhouse.

But when Bronnen Jewell - worried about her mother's suffering at her father's hands - arrives to brew the harvest beer she's horrified, fearing loss of the income on which she depends.

As the lives of these four become entwined, a shocking revelation shatters Bronnen’s world; desperate for money Santo makes a choice that costs him everything; Melanie fears she will never be free of her past; and Richard has to face his deepest fear.


Jane is giving away up to five iTunes copies of Crosscurrents. You can enter the drawing HERE.


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Harold loves Elditha, his beautiful Handfasted wife for many years, and she loves him back. It is Christmas 1065. When King Edward dies Elditha's husband is elected king. To her horror she is set aside for a marriage that will unite north and south against a Norman threat. But the Conqueror sweeps over the English Channel, burns their lands and destroys King Harold. Can Elditha protect her family from the Conqueror's wrath? The Handfasted Wife is the first novel in a Trilogy titled Daughters of Hastings. The Swan-Daughter, the second, will be published on 18th September 2014 as an e book and in December 2014 as a paperback.

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Giveaway! I'm delighted to offer a signed copy of my new novel, The Queen's Exiles.

"Riveting Tudor drama in the bestselling vein of Philippa Gregory" - USA Today

1572. Europe is in turmoil. A vengeful faction of exiled English Catholics is scattered about the Continent, plotting to overthrow Queen Elizabeth and install her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, on the throne. And in the Netherlands the streets are red with the blood of those who dare to oppose the brutal Spanish occupation. But amid the unrest, one resourceful young woman has made a lucrative enterprise…

Scottish-born Fenella Doorn salvages crippled vessels. It is on one of these ships that she meets wealthy Baron Adam Thornleigh. Secretly drawn to him, Fenella can’t refuse when Adam enlists her to join him in war-torn Brussels to help find his traitorous wife, Frances—and the children she’s taken from him.

But Adam and Fenella will put their lives in peril as they attempt to rescue his young ones, defend the Crown, and restore the peace that few can remember.

"A heart-stopping thriller" - RT Book Reviews

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1066: What Fates Impose
G.K. Holloway

King William then utters the following words to the room:
I appoint no one as my heir to the Crown of England, but leave it to the disposal of the Eternal Creator, whose I am and who orders all things. For I did not attain that high honour by hereditary right, but wrested it from the perjured King Harold in a desperate bloody battle.

England is in crisis. King Edward has no heir and promises never to produce one. There are no obvious successors available to replace him, but quite a few claimants are eager to take the crown. While power struggles break out between the various factions at court, enemies abroad plot to make England their own. There are raids across the borders with Wales and Scotland.

Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex, is seen by many as the one man who can bring stability to the kingdom. He has powerful friends and two women who love him, but he has enemies who will stop at nothing to gain power. As 1066 begins, England heads for an uncertain future. It seems even the heavens are against Harold.

Intelligent and courageous, can Harold forge his own destiny or does he have to bow to what fates impose? This book is well researched and shows a passion for this period of time... A really really good read. Goodreads review
Packed with historical detail you really get a sense of the time period and setting. LibraryThing review
An engrossing read... A very enjoyable book Cheryl M-Ms Book Blog

G.K. HOLLOWAY has always been interested in history, politics and literature. A biography on King Harold II inspired him to write a novel based on the events of the time. Now he s done it, he is proud of his achievement especially as he is dyslexic.

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Sniper's Honor
Stephen Hunter

In this tour de force—part historical thriller, part modern adventure—from the New York Times bestselling author of I, Sniper, Bob Lee Swagger, a retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant, uncovers why WWII’s greatest sniper was erased from history…and why her disappearance still matters today.

Stephen Hunter has written seventeen novels. The retired chief film critic for The Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism.

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Of Honest Fame
M. M. Bennetts

Gambler, gaoler, soldier, sailor, smuggler, spyman, traitor, thief
A battle of wits against the brutal forces of Napoleon’s tyranny over Europe.

On a summer night in 1812, a boy sets fire to a house in Paris before escaping over the rooftops. Carrying vital intelligence about Napoleon’s Russian campaign, he heads for England. But landing in Kent, he is beaten almost to death.

The Foreign Secretary, Lord Castlereagh, is desperate for the boy’s information. He is even more desperate, however, to track down the boy’s assailant – a sadistic French agent who knows far too much about Castlereagh’s intelligence network.

Captain George Shuster is a veteran of the Peninsula, an aide-de-camp to Wellington, now recalled from the continent and struggling to adjust to civilian life. Thomas Jesuadon is a dissolute, living on the fringes of society, but with an unrivalled knowledge of the seamy underside of the capital. Setting out to trace the boy’s attacker, they journey from the slums of London to the Scottish coast, following a trail of havoc, betrayal, official incompetence and murder. It takes an unlikely encounter with a frightened young woman to give them the breakthrough that will turn the hunter into the hunted.

Meanwhile, the boy travels the breadth of Europe in the wake of the Grande Armée, witnessing at first hand the ruination they leave behind and the awful price of Napoleon’s ambition.

This companion to M.M. Bennetts’s brilliant debut, May 1812, is a gripping account of deception, daring and determination, of intelligence and guile pitted against brutality. Bennetts brings to vivid life the harrowing devastation wrought on the civilian populations of Europe by Napoleon’s men, and the grit, courage and tenacity of those who stood against them.

Please read Nancy Bilyeau's review of Of Honest Fame.

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Britannia: Part I: The Wall
Richard Denham and M J Trow

367 AD is one of the critical dates in British history; Roman Britain stood on the brink of chaos, but the date means little to most people now. Time has erased the memory and it is only rarely mentioned in historical books. "The Britannia Series: I - The Wall" introduces the reader to this tumultuous age and we share the adventure, confusion and bewilderment of our heroes, four common soldiers stationed at Hadrian's Wall. We find them caught up in the madness of the beginning of a chain of events which would eventually lead to the fall of Roman Britain and the beginning of the Dark Ages.

The story opens in 367 AD and four soldiers, Justinus, Paternus, Leocadius and Vitalis are out hunting for food supplies at an outpost of Hadrian's Wall when the Wall itself is attacked.
The four find their fort destroyed and its garrison killed; and Paternus cannot find his wife and son.

As they run south to Eboracum, they realize that this is no ordinary border raid. Ranged against the Romans at the edge of the world are four different peoples and they have banded together under a mysterious leader who wears a silver mask and uses the name Valentinus - man of Valentia, the turbulent area north of the Wall.

Faced with questions they are hard-pressed to answer, Leocadius blurts out a story that makes the men Heroes of the Wall. Their lives change not only when Valentinus begins his lethal sweep across Britannia but as soon as Leo's lie is out in the world, growing and changing as it goes.

Will the Wall be rebuilt and the power of Rome re-established? And will our four Heroes reach the end of their journey?

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The Matchmakers
Ruth J. Hartman

Jessie Selkirk has a mission — to take care of every stray cat she finds. They are her life, her sole reason for being. But when Baldwin Rutledge steps into her barn looking for a cat, she develops a whole new interest. One in which she must continually remind herself there is no future. No. Best to hope for nothing beyond friendship and spare herself a broken heart.

Baldwin Rutledge is desperate to stop his aunt from trying to find him a wife. So he decides to distract her by procuring a second cat for her. His plan is working beautifully, until he meets pretty Jessie Selkirk. Now marriage is the only thing he thinks about. He’d like to be more than acquaintances, but convincing her of that might take some doing.

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The Unwanted Earl
by Ruth J. Hartman

Amelia Talbot has been issued a death sentence. At least it feels that way. The thought of marrying a man old enough to be her grandfather sends her into a panic. So much so that she sets off on a desperate search to find another man to marry her—quickly.

Conrad Croome, the Fifth Earl of Lofton, knows all too well that blackmail isn’t the way to form a marriage. How ironic that one Amelia Talbot uses a Croome family secret he’d thought long buried to force him to marry her.

Is Conrad doomed to a life of marriage based on an exposed secret, or could Amelia learn to love an unwanted earl?

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Michelle Shine

The year is 1863
Paris is imbued with the spirit of revolution.
A group of rogue painters,
later to become known as the Impressionists,
revolt against the ideals of the art establishment.
One of them, Dr Paul Gachet,
Is also inspired to update the world of medicine,
with homeopathy.

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Michelle Shine lives in London, England. For twenty years she ran a successful homeopathic practice. She is the author of What About the Potency? A homeopathic textbook now in its third edition and The Subtle Art of Healing, a novella which was longlisted for the Cinnamon Press Novella Award in 2007. Her short stories have appeared in Grey Sparrow, Liar’s League, Epiphany, and several collections. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck University.

Michelle is giving away two print copies of Mesmerised shipping within the UK and two Kindle copies internationally.


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St. Louis' Knight
Helena P. Schrader

A crusader in search of faith --
A lame lady in search of revenge --
And a King who would be saint.

St. Louis' Knight takes you to the Holy Land in the 13th century, and a world filled with knights, nobles, prophets -- and assassins.

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Helena is giving away an ecopy of St. Louis' Knight to an international winner. You can enter the giveaway HERE.


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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.

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  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. :))

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

  3. This does look great!


  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!

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

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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"!

  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)

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

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

  10. If it is International I want participate :)

  11. Debbie, You invited me to post my Giveaway here in the comments section (at least, I hope this is the right one!). I am doing a 100 eBooks Giveaway of my Biographical Historical Novel, Reluctant Queen: The Story of Mary Rose Tudor, the Defiant Little Sister of Infamous English King Henry VIII. The Giveaway started on 30 June 2014 and lasts for one week. Here's the link:

    Geraldine Evans

  12. Love the sound of this Book...