Friday, 4 December 2020

Welcome to Day #5 of the blog tour for Fire and Ash Gifts of the Gods, Book 3 By Thomas J Berry #FireandAsh #HistoricalFiction #AncientGreek #CoffeePotBookClub @TBerryAuthor @BritonandDane


FIRE AND ASH

GIFTS OF THE GODS, BOOK 3

BY THOMAS J BERRY

NOVEMBER 30TH – DECEMBER 11TH 2020

PUBLICATION DATE: 10TH OCTOBER 2020
PUBLISHER: BOOKLOCKER
PAGE LENGTH: 450 PAGES
GENRE: HISTORICAL FICTION
PAGE LENGTH: 450 PAGES GENRE: HISTORICAL FICTION

Five men and women in Ancient Greece are set on a dangerous journey of self-discovery during the bitter conflict of the Peloponnesian War.
While mighty Athens struggles to rebuild after a devastating campaign abroad, the feared warriors of Sparta prepare to deliver the final blow in a decades long war. No one is safe anymore as the conflict shifts across the Aegean to the shores of wealthy Persia. Old colonies, once loyal to Athens, are eager to rebel and the Great King is willing to pay anything to regain his control over them. These coastal plains set the stage for massive battles and heartbreaking defeats. This time there will be only one true victor.
The news coming out of Sicily ripples across the cities of Ancient Greece like a thunderbolt and it is left to the poor and desperate to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. One young mother is suddenly faced with a horrible tragedy and struggles against all odds to make a new life for her family. An eager boy looking for adventure enlists in the new Athenian ranks but finds life on campaign a lot more than he bargained for. A Spartan officer in the twilight of his years struggles to adapt to a young man's army and an exiled Athenian strives to earn his way back into the graces of his beloved city. The harem girls in a Persian court meet a handsome foreigner and one risks everything for a chance at love.
As the conflict between Athens and Sparta builds to a final showdown, five men and women struggle to come to terms with their changing world. What will they find in the ashes when peace finally comes?

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Have a sneak-peek between the covers of Meredith Allard's fabulous #NewRelease – Christmas at Hembry Castle #Victorian #HistoricalRomance @MeredithAllard

 



Publication Date: 12/1/20
Publisher: Copperfield Press
Page Length: 121 pages
Genre: Victorian Historical Fiction

You are cordially invited to Christmas at Hembry Castle. 

An unlikely earl struggles with his new place. A young couple’s love is tested. What is a meddling ghost to do at Christmas? 

In the tradition of A Christmas Carol, travel back to Victorian England and enjoy a lighthearted, festive holiday celebration. 




Peering through windows is never as much fun as one thinks it will be. The ghost wanted to be on the other side of the glass. He wanted to speak soothing words to his brother. The ghost guessed that his brother was thinking of his life before he had been left with the never-ending task of being earl, dreaming of his life in Connecticut with his American wife and American daughter, of a time when he was his own man and free to do his own bidding, which, as earl, he no longer was. 

The ghost wanted to examine his brother more clearly but he didn’t dare risk being seen under any circumstances. He didn’t want his brother or his mother to collapse of a heart attack at the sight of him standing before their eyes, plain as day even in the darkness. These brief glimpses of his beloved family were all that were available to him. This would have to do. Forever, the ghost thought sadly. I cannot be with them. I cannot speak to them. I cannot help them when they need me.

I cannot help them when they need me.

The ghost pushed an inconvenient lock of chestnut hair under his hat. Despite his misgivings, he crept closer still, his eyes focused on his brother’s careworn brow. 

I cannot help them when they need me. 

And then he wondered. 

Might I help them? When they need me? 

He was nearly in his brother’s line of sight now. He watched Frederick, now seated again, his head languishing in his hands. What was causing Frederick such grief? Was there some problem that could be solved, or was it the weight of the mantle of the Earl of Staton? Yet Freddie is such a natural at this, the ghost thought. He handles everything with diligence and ease in a way I never did. It’s better that I’m on this side of the glass and he’s there. It’s better for the castle, the estate, the people who live and work here. Better for everyone. 

Except, perhaps, for Frederick.

“How might I help?” the ghost asked the sky. Even from a distance there must be something I can do. But Freddie cannot know that I’m here, that I’m heartily sorry for what I did. 

And then the ghost had a thought. He covered his mouth with his hand to stop the laughter from drawing Frederick’s attention his way. Of course! He had not done right by his family in life, but he would make up for it now. He would make amends for the havoc caused by his untimely demise. He would help them all. 

A glimmer of pink glowed along the bottom of the sky, the rain easing its dart-like pelts with the coming light. The ghost knew it was time to disappear. But it was all right. He could wait. He would bide his time until he had a plan. It was the least he could do. It would be a challenge since he could only work under the cover of the shadows. After all, ghosts do their best work when no one else can see. 




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Meredith Allard
is the author of the bestselling paranormal historical Loving Husband Trilogy. Her sweet Victorian romance, When It Rained at Hembry Castle, was named a best historical novel by IndieReader. Her other books include Christmas at Hembry Castle; Down Salem Way, the prequel to the Loving Husband Trilogy; Victory Garden, set during the women’s suffrage movement; Woman of Stones, a novella of Biblical Jerusalem; That You Are Here, a contemporary sweet romance; The Window Dresser and Other Stories; and Painting the Past: A Guide for Writing Historical Fiction. When she isn’t writing she’s teaching writing, and she has taught writing to students ages five to 75. She loves books, cats, and coffee, though not always in that order. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

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Have a sneak-peek between the covers of David Pilling's fabulous book — Robin Hood: The First Arrow #HistoricalFiction #RobinHood @RobeH2 @SharpeBooks

 



Robin Hood: The First Arrow
By David Pilling


Publication Date: 27 October 2020
Publisher: Sharpe Books
Page Length:156
Genre: Historical Fiction

1224.

The north of England has become lawless.

Rapacious and corrupt sheriffs are a force of oppression, rather than justice.

Robert Hode, a yeoman farmer, is forced to flee into the forests of Yorkshire. His only crime is to defend his home and family against Sir Gui de Gisburne, a brutal and charismatic Yorkshire knight and the sheriff's chief enforcer.

Hunted like an animal, Robert falls into the company of Hobbe of Wetherby, the most wanted man in Yorkshire – and the most dangerous.

When the sheriff orders Gisburne to kill the outlaws, Robert flees south into Barnsdale. There, he gathers a band of loyal followers around him and makes a new home in the greenwood. The fightback has begun.
Robert must become a force for justice and hope. England needs a champion.

Robin Hood will be born - and unleash his first arrow.

The first book in an enjoyable and engaging series.


David Pilling is the author of fictional and non-fictional works, including Leader of Battles, Longsword, The White Hawk, Rebellion Against Henry III: The Disinherited Montfortians 1265-74, and many more.


Praise for Robin Hood: The First Arrow

‘A swift medieval adventure that will transport the reader to fastnesses of the great royal forests as if the king's men are giving chase.’ J.A. Ironside



Excerpt


Robert’s breath came in short, painful gasps as he laboured up a steep bank and threw himself over the ridge. He skidded on his backside down the other side, tearing his cloak on the sharp rocks that protruded through the thick pelt of snow, and came to rest in the hollow at the bottom. 

He paused for a moment. Despite the cold, his skin was slick with sweat. His hands shook. His heartbeat thundered in his ears, and his teeth chattered. 

For the first time in his life, Robert was genuinely scared. Terrified, like one of the wild animals he so delighted in hunting. Now he knew how they felt when they heard the barking of his mastiffs, and felt the sharp kiss of his arrows in their flesh. 

“God help me,” he whispered.    

Prayer was his only recourse now. Prayer and flight. He had shot a man – not just any man, but a knight. 

What in the name of Christ had possessed him? If he was caught, they would hang him. If he was lucky. Every peasant boy was brought up on dire stories of what happened to those who dared lift a hand in anger against the Norman rulers of England. 

His imagination conjured up all manner of dreadful fates. He would disappear inside one of their stone towers, and be tortured with fire and foul smoke, and have his body broken inside cages full of rocks. The Normans would make him beg for death, and laugh at his pleas for mercy.

Robert wiped away his tears and despised himself. He, who had always prided himself on his strength and courage, was in reality a miserable coward. He was every bit as wretched as the cottars, the lowest rank of serf, whose short lives were spent in servitude and back-breaking labour.

No. Not a coward. A coward would not have loosed that arrow. 

He had done it almost instinctively. He had been on his way back to Linton after a successful hunt, with the carcase of the boar slung over his broad shoulders, when he witnessed the confrontation between his lord, William de Percy, and the Sheriff’s men.   

The big dark-haired knight, Sir Gui de Gisburne, had clearly been eager to start cracking the skulls of Percy’s serfs with his mace. Those serfs were Robert’s friends and neighbours, men he had known and worked alongside all his life. One of them was Thomas Hode, his uncle.    

“Gisburne,” Robert muttered. He knew of the man’s dark reputation, and had occasionally seen him ride through Linton and Wetherby. A cruel lord to the serfs on his manors. Cruel to the point of madness. As a result his lands were poorly farmed and unprofitable.   

Perhaps the arrow would kill him. It had certainly taken his eye. Putting an end to Sir Gui of Gisburne would be Robert’s one good deed in this life. 

 It was also likely to be his last if he didn’t move quickly. He had dumped the boar by the roadside when he fled, and his dogs had scattered when the Sheriff’s men came riding in pursuit. Poaching would be added to his crime of attempted or actual murder.  

He got to his feet and listened for any sound of pursuit. Even in summer, horses would struggle to make progress in these deep woods. Snow would hopelessly impede them. Robert had another advantage in that he had roamed Knaresborough Forest since he was a child, and knew it intimately. He hadn’t recognised the Sheriff’s men, and guessed that they had come from the garrison at York or further afield. 

He climbed out of the hollow, sinking up to his knees in snow, until he reached a level piece of ground. The trees were lightly scattered here, and opened onto a little glade. All was quiet and deceptively peaceful. 

The dreary howl of a wolf drifted through the trees, somewhere to the north. Robert shuddered. He hated wolves. Their lean, half-starved shadows came creeping into local villages in the depths of winter, looking to snatch the old and defenceless. He had shot dozens of them in his short life, and carpeted the rough floor of his longhouse at Linton with their grey pelts.   

He fished in the leather bag hanging from his belt. It contained four strips of dried meat, a piece of hard cheese and a lump of coarse black bread. That would have to sustain him for the journey ahead. 

Eight miles, he thought. Eight miles across rough and wooded country in the snow.    

Would he make it? He already felt weak, and his legs trembled with fatigue as well as cold and fear.   

He briefly considered stealing back to Linton or Sicklinghall, or even Wetherby, and begging for shelter. Some would hesitate to shelter a wanted felon, but his uncle would take him in. So would one or two of his closest friends. 

So would Matilda.   

His mind dwelled for a moment on Matilda. He shook his head. No time to think of her now. No time to think of anything but survival. There was only one place where his safety would be guaranteed, at least for a time. 

Robert knelt and laid his ear to the ground. He heard nothing. The Sheriff’s men were nowhere near. He imagined them floundering through the forest, cursing at being out in such rough weather.  


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David Pilling



I am a writer and researcher, addicted to history for as long as I can remember. The medieval era has always held a fascination for me, perhaps because I spent much of my childhood exploring the misted ruins of castles in Wales. I also have an interest in the Byzantine Empire, the post-Roman period in Britain and the British & Irish Civil Wars.

I am a prolific author and have written and published a number of series and stand-alone tales. These include my first published novel, Folville’s Law, which chronicled the adventures of Sir John Swale in the last days of the reign of Edward II of England. This was followed by The White Hawk series, set during the Wars of the Roses, a six-part Arthurian series, and many more. I have also co-written two high fantasy novels with my good friend, Martin Bolton.

I am currently working on a book about the Montfortian civil wars in England in the late 13th century, and hope to produce more nonfiction works in the future, as well as continuing to work on fiction.

Most of my books are available as ebooks and paperbacks, and many are in the process of being converted to audio.

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Thursday, 3 December 2020

Welcome to Day #8 of the blog tour for Anke: The Beginning by Anas Hamshari and Caroline Snodgress #HistoricalFiction #ShortStories #CoffeePotBookClub @ExoticReads @BritonandDane

 



Anke: The Beginning

By Anas Hamshari and Caroline Snodgress


October 15th – December 17th 2020

Amazon

Publication Date: September 16th 2020

Publisher: Exotic Reads

Page Length: 111 eBook / 170 paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

Living in the city of Mechelen, just south of once-prosperous Antwerp, in the aftermath of the Thirty Years’ War, Anke Verhaegen, an ambitious nineteen-year-old, is determined to make the most of her life.

When her brother Johan suggests crossing the Atlantic to New Netherland, Anke knows this is her destiny. Together, the two set about attempting to secure passage across the sea.

Before long, their plans are in motion, and hopes are high. Yet, with vengeful enemies, secrecy, and danger on the high sea waiting to be faced, will Anke really be able to secure a better life for herself?


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Welcome to Day #4 of the blog tour for Fire and Ash Gifts of the Gods, Book 3 By Thomas J Berry #FireandAsh #HistoricalFiction #AncientGreek #CoffeePotBookClub @TBerryAuthor @tonyriches

 




FIRE AND ASH

GIFTS OF THE GODS, BOOK 3

BY THOMAS J BERRY

NOVEMBER 30TH – DECEMBER 11TH 2020

PUBLICATION DATE: 10TH OCTOBER 2020
PUBLISHER: BOOKLOCKER
PAGE LENGTH: 450 PAGES
GENRE: HISTORICAL FICTION
PAGE LENGTH: 450 PAGES GENRE: HISTORICAL FICTION

Five men and women in Ancient Greece are set on a dangerous journey of self-discovery during the bitter conflict of the Peloponnesian War.
While mighty Athens struggles to rebuild after a devastating campaign abroad, the feared warriors of Sparta prepare to deliver the final blow in a decades long war. No one is safe anymore as the conflict shifts across the Aegean to the shores of wealthy Persia. Old colonies, once loyal to Athens, are eager to rebel and the Great King is willing to pay anything to regain his control over them. These coastal plains set the stage for massive battles and heartbreaking defeats. This time there will be only one true victor.
The news coming out of Sicily ripples across the cities of Ancient Greece like a thunderbolt and it is left to the poor and desperate to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. One young mother is suddenly faced with a horrible tragedy and struggles against all odds to make a new life for her family. An eager boy looking for adventure enlists in the new Athenian ranks but finds life on campaign a lot more than he bargained for. A Spartan officer in the twilight of his years struggles to adapt to a young man's army and an exiled Athenian strives to earn his way back into the graces of his beloved city. The harem girls in a Persian court meet a handsome foreigner and one risks everything for a chance at love.
As the conflict between Athens and Sparta builds to a final showdown, five men and women struggle to come to terms with their changing world. What will they find in the ashes when peace finally comes?

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