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Here we are again. Another year is coming to an end, and once again I am looking back.
2017 has been the most extraordinary
For me, it has been a year of awards.
I thought, when I had finished writing The Du Lac Devil (Book 2 of The Du Lac Chronicles), that it could be something special, but I wasn't expecting this...
Readers' Favorite Finalist 2017
IAN Book Of The Year Award Finalist
Golden Quill Award Winner 2017
Chill with a Book Readers' Award
BooksGoSocial Readers Choice Award
I have just found out that The Du
Lac Devil has also been awarded a Discovered Diamond Award. Very
Not to be left out. The Du Lac
Chronicles has also been awarded a Discovered Diamond Award this year as well.
Research. Research. Research.
I have spent many hours researching the fabulous Dark Ages this year. I decided that I really need to go to Cornwall, for research purposes of course — that is what I told my husband anyway. I had an absolute fabulous time. I love Cornwall.
The Hurlers ~ Bodmin Moor
I published The Du Lac Princess
(Book 3 of The Du Lac Chronicles) back in October, and it went straight into
number one in its genre and got that coveted orange bestselling badge from Amazon, and it kept it for two days! I was
very emotional when I saw that.
I can't express how thankful I am to
all my lovely readers who are on this incredible journey with me.Your support has meant so much over the last
few years. You are the best! Thank you!
In other news, this blog has
continued to grow, and I am astounded by how many pages read I have each day.
Thank you to everyone who supports this blog, and I hope in the coming year,
you will continue to enjoy it. I have some wonderful and very talented authors lined up for next year.It is going to be fabulous. Make sure you come back often and check it out.
Back at home, we had the excitement
of a new puppy. I am a little bit biased, but I do think he is the best dog in
We named him Aramis, after
the Musketeer. We have our very own Muskehound!
Like the Musketeer Aramis, our Aramis is overflowing with love. He loves everybody, apart from the vet. He
doesn't like her. He did, but then he got an ear infection, and now he is not so
keen.Putting that aside, Aramis is such a
happy little fellow who follows me around everywhere. I call him my little shadow. He is actually lying on my feet as I type.
My daughter asked me if we can have an Athos, Porthos, and D'Artagnan as well, but I think one Springer Spaniel is enough... For now!
So what are my plans for next year?
I am currently writing Book 4 of The
Du Lac Chronicles, and I am loving where it is going at the moment. Merton du
Lac is fighting me for creative control, as he always does! Some things never
change. There may be one or two surprises — my lips are sealed and I am not telling. I have yet to give this book a name, but I am sure I will come up with something sooner or later. I am hoping to publish it sometime in the latter half of 2018, it really depends if Merton behaves himself!
All that is left for me to say is I
hope you have a wonderful new year and a prosperous and peaceful 2018.
The murder of the
Princes in the Tower is the most famous cold case in British history.
Traditionally considered victims of a ruthless uncle, there are other suspects
too often and too easily discounted.
There may be no definitive answer, but by delving into the context of their
disappearance and the characters of the suspects
Matthew Lewis examines the motives and opportunities afresh as well as asking a
crucial but often overlooked question: what if there was no murder? What if
Edward V and his brother Richard, Duke of York survived their uncle’s reign and
even that of their brother-in-law Henry VII? There are glimpses of their
possible survival and compelling evidence to give weight to those glimpses, which is considered alongside the
possibility of their deaths to provide a rounded and complete assessment of the
most fascinating mystery in history.
lack of direct action from Margaret’s pretender does not mean that concern in
England was not reaching a thinly veiled peak. On
20 July 1493, Henry VII wrote a letter recorded in Ellis’s Original Letters Vol
I to Sir Gilbert Talbot and expressly blamed Margaret for instigating the
problems he now faced and tried to dismiss her prince as a ‘boy’, but it also
ordered Talbot to be ‘ready to come upon a day’s warning for to do us service
of war’ against the threatened invasion of ‘certain aliens, captains of strange
nations’. It was all very well for Henry to call this pretender
a mere ‘boy’, but Richard, Duke of York would have been nineteen years old by
this point, an age at which his father was leading armies and devouring
enemies, not only at the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross but at the cataclysmic
Battle of Towton, the largest battle fought on English soil, which Edward IV
won to cement his own position on the throne. Henry would have been
all too aware of this so his flippant disregard can only have been a blustering
Ellis’s Original Letters
offers further illumination of the concern Henry felt, but needed
desperately to hide. This document is a set of instructions given to Clarenceux
King of Arms for an embassy to Charles VIII in France. The current holder of
the office of Clarenceux King of Arms on 10 August 1494, when these papers were
signed by Henry VII at Sheen Palace, was Roger Machado, who had been appointed
to the role on 24 January that year. Roger
Machado was of Portuguese extraction, which may be important to the tale, and
had served Edward IV as Leicester Herald and appears, during the early part of
1485, to have undertaken several journeys on behalf of Thomas Grey, Marquis of
Dorset, which may have been in relation to Henry Tudor, then in exile and
planning his attack, or might equally have related to one or more of Thomas’s
half-brothers, the Princes in the Tower, in hiding abroad.
this instance, Henry VII’s instructions remain in full. The first part of the
instructions order Machado to let Charles
VIII know that his emissary, Messire George le Grec, had been afflicted by gout
on his way to England but that Charles’ messages had been received from an
esquire, Thomyn le Fevre, who had travelled in le Grec’s stead. Henry wished
Charles to know that he had received the news that an embassy from Charles to
Maximilian had returned to Paris with confirmation that the Holy Roman Emperor
meant to do all in his power to assist Margaret’s pretender and that Maximilian
had travelled to Flanders to help champion that cause.
Charles appears to have sent Henry an offer of assistance, despite his own
efforts to raise an army to assault Naples. France would lay the fleets of
Brittany and Normandy at Henry’s disposal on the sole condition that he met the
costs of running them whilst they served
him and Charles, in line with his agreement at the Peace of Étaples, had
ordered that none of his subjects should join or aid the pretender’s efforts.
Henry thanked Charles for this offer, but
said that he would not need to avail himself of it because the ‘garçon’ was of
so little importance that Henry was not at all concerned by him. This, of
course, was not true, as the king’s letter to Gilbert Talbot attests. Henry,
though, needed to maintain a calm appearance above the surface as his legs beat
furiously below the water, against a strengthening tide.
Lewis was born and grew up in the West Midlands. Having obtained a law degree,
he currently lives in the beautiful Shropshire countryside with his wife and
children. History and writing have always been a passion of Matthew's, with particular interest in the Wars of the Roses
period. His first novel, Loyalty, was born of the joining of those passions.
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The Coffee Pot Award for the Historical Fantasy Book of the Year 2017
Child of the Kindred:
The Rinefield Chronicles Book #2
Enter the realm of Rinefield, where love, danger, adventure and romance awaits you. Their world is changing and a new era has begun. Princess Laurel finds her kingdom of Gwenlais, torn and shattered from a bloody siege. Her people now looking to her, to help them rise above the ruin and misery inflicted upon their once peaceful and sheltered realm. Laurel and her beloved Prince Caleb, must find a way to unite their kingdoms, as never before. The enemy from a distant land makes a bold and savage attempt, to thwart the unity of the two kingdoms of Gwenlais and Heathwin. The odds have never been greater against the realms or the two lovers that hold the kingdoms together. Will their people and their love survive all they have lost? Will new life rise from above the ruins?