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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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The Giveaway is open internationally and is a paperback copy of The Handfasted Wife. You can enter the drawing HERE.

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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

This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada

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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.

G.K. is giving away two paperbacks in USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.


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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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Stephen is giving away three copies within the United States.

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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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M. M. Bennetts is giving away an ecopy 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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Richard Denham is giving away one paperback (UK only) or an eBook (internationally) for one winner.


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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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Ruth is giving away an ecopy of The Matchmakers to an international winner.


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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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Ruth is giving away an ecopy of The 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.

Available at the pubisher's website.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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Pride and Persistence
Jeanna Ellsworth

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

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


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May 1812
M.M. Bennetts

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

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

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

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

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


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The Only Blue Door
by Joan Fallon

Available in paperback and as an ebook

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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Drawn to Perfection
Victoria Owens

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

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

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

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

Victoria Owens won the 2009 Jane Austen Short Story Award.

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Lest Camelot Fall
Danny Adams

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

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

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

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


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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