Sunday, 31 May 2015

Coming Soon - A Swashbuckling Anthology!



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War, Rebellion, Love and Romance!
While England is ravaged by Civil War, divided loyalties abound and Victory is not always as imagined. With a king beheaded, a king in exile, and a Lord Protector ruling the land, the future looks certain for many and fraught with danger for others. ‘Tis true to say, characters have shaped their own destinies: but at what price, and what price must be paid for the future?


The Countess Spy – Anita Seymour
Oliver Cromwell is triumphant and the king is dead,
But Elizabeth, Lady Tollemache will never give up on the Royalist
Cause and pledges her loyalty to the exiled King.
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The Price of Convictions – Anna Belfrage
Mathew Graham has the choice between staying in Scotland and
Risking death, or leaving his homeland and breaking his heart.
Not the easiest of choices...
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The Chambermaid – Andrea Zuvich
“I am as you find me. The wheel of fortune has turned,
And Vauxhall Manor’s rightful heir has returned.”
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The King’s Courier – Francine Howarth
“Breeches do not maketh man, any more than skirts maketh woman.”

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Secrets of a Princess – Kelli Klampe
“They will take you even if they know the cost will be their very life.”

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Goblin Damn’d – Susan Ruth
“I fear this gentleman does not understand the jeopardy he is in.
One cannot simply walk into Woodhall and hold guns to people’s heads.” 
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Si tu Dois Partir – M. J. Logue
Russell thought he would never be worthy of the only woman
he’d ever wanted: Thomazine thought he was an idiot...

Friday, 21 November 2014

Ride the TITLE WAVE into the 17th century



 

 


There’s a vast crowd of enthusiasts reading and discussing everything medieval and renaissance. But time didn’t stop with Elizabeth Tudor’s death in 1603. Are you looking for the rest of the story?
 
King James, his son King Charles I, and grandsons Charles II and James II kept the drama level high and dangerous in the seventeenth century. Their marriages and lovers, births and deaths, political intrigues, religious conflicts, witch hunts, and wars marked the beginning of our modern period. Their aristocrats and politicians, tradesmen, midwives, ministers, writers, musicians, scientists, and artists changed the world.  
 
Have you noticed that it’s the gift-giving season?  Why not knock out your whole gift list right now with these suggestions? Some people find it convenient to buy books for all their siblings, or as appreciation gifts for their children’s teachers. You might give paperback books to some in the family, or use the Kindle-gift option. Some books are stand-alone, some are part of a series.
 
This is a list of authors who have the 17th century covered, from Shakespeare and midwife forensic investigators to barber surgeons, Charles II’s mistresses, men and women who founded American democracy, servants and highway robbers, people who gave their lives for their principles or just because they were falsely accused as witches. In these books you’ll find sumptuous gowns and high society, educated women, poverty, prostitutes, and massacres, childbirth and plague, castles and manors, cathedrals and meetinghouses—even a vampire.
 
Our ninth or tenth great-grandparents knew these people—or were these people. (Well, probably not the vampire—but everyone else!) Discover what their lives were like, and how their lives formed who you are. Many of the book characters from the 17th century are based on facts, events, and real people. The authors, in addition to their literary skills, have spent months and years in research to get the 17th century world “just right,” so you’ll get your history veggies in a delicious brownie.
Ride the wave of the time-space continuum into the 17th century with these award-winning and highly-rated authors. The images you see are a small sample of what's available from this talented group! Click the highlighted author’s name to open a new tab.
 




Anna Belfrage Time-slip (then and now) love and war.
 
Jo Ann Butler — From England to New England: survival, love, and a dynasty
 
Susanna Calkins — Murder mysteries set in 1665 London.

 


 

Francine Howarth — ECW -  Restoration Heroines, swashbuckling romances
 



 
Juliet Haines Mofford — True crime of New England, pirates, Salem witch trials
 
 
 
Mary Novik — John Donne and daughter
 
 
Donald Michael Platt Spanish Inquisition cloak and dagger.
 
 
Katherine PymLondon in the 1660s.
 
 
 
Diane Rapaport — Colonial New England true crime.
 
 
 
Peni Jo Renner Salem witch trials.
 
 
Christy K Robinson — British founders of American democracy and rights.
 
 
Anita Seymour  Royalists and rebels in English Civil War
 
 
 
Mary Sharratt — Witches (healers) of Pendle Hill, 1612
 
 
 
Alison Stuart — Time-slip war romance, ghosts.
 
 
Deborah Swift — Servant girls running for lives, highwaywoman.
 
 
 
Ann Swinfen — Farmers fighting to keep land, chronicles of Portuguese physician.
 
 
Sam Thomas — Midwife solves murders in city of York
 
 
 
Suzy WittenSalem witch trials.
 
 
Andrea Zuvich — Vampire in Stuart reign, Duke of Monmouth and mistress.
 
 
 
 Elizabeth Kales French Huguenot survival of Inquisition
 
 


Judith James — Rakes and rogues of the Restoration.

 
 
 



 Marci Jefferson — Royal Stuarts in Restoration England.
 
 




Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Masqueraders Collaborative Project!




There is great interest for a Collaborative Project - namely promotion of authors and their list of books via an anthology.
 
Authors have already signed up!
 
The project is for authors of Georgian & Regency short stories, novellas and novels. The anthology will be compiled from short stories & novellas. 
 
UK & Commonwealth authors are particularly welcome, and we do at present have a US gentleman  in our midst!     
 
For more information email me.
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Avoidance of plagiarism!


Avoidance of plagiarism - Literary snobbery aside - the conscious Vs the subconscious when penning historical novels.
 
I dare any author of historical novels to deny they have read books and historical accounts of their chosen period before they began painting pictures with words and thus conveying a story intended to delight readers. No matter what we read, whether it's a fiction novel, a biography or indeed historical records etc., we glean and thus we gain knowledge. As authors our imaginations can run rife and our subconscious will log details whilst the conscious mind is distracted by all manner of things.
 
 
However, when we finally settle to the task of writing our novel the "subconscious" jogs the "conscious" and then, as we consider the opening sequence, is it merely our imagination taking hold or is it a memory of something we read, some aspect having struck us as unusual, brilliant or beautiful?
 
Casting omnipotent godlike perspective aside, take Novels with simple dialogue as the opening to a book.
 
a) Sometimes the reader is most definitely eavesdropping (as though standing near) as characters reveal elements about themselves and their surroundings: the latter drip fed to the reader through the eyes of the characters, and the sequence is all action from start to finish.
 
b) Now consider the "narrative" approach to the same scene with the same dialogue whilst the author/narrator describes the surroundings, character features and dress, and the conversation is just that a conversation and every nuance of character action is fed from the narrator's viewpoint.
 
 
Who would you say tends toward the former (show) and who the latter (tell) of the great novelists who depict whatever era?