Tuesday, 11 May 2021

We are so excited to be taking The Usurper King (The Plantagenet Legacy, Book 3) by Mercedes Rochelle #HistoricalFiction #Plantagenet #HenryIV #BlogTour @authorRochelle

 



The Usurper King
(The Plantagenet Legacy, Book 3)
By Mercedes Rochelle



May 11th – July 13th 2021

Publication Date: 5th April 2021
Publisher: Sergeant Press
Page Length: 308 Pages
Genre: Historical Fictio
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From Outlaw to Usurper, Henry Bolingbroke fought one rebellion after another.

First, he led his own uprising. Gathering support the day he returned from exile, Henry marched across the country and vanquished the forsaken Richard II. Little did he realize that his problems were only just beginning. How does a usurper prove his legitimacy? What to do with the deposed king? Only three months after he took the crown, Henry IV had to face a rebellion led by Richard's disgruntled favorites. Worse yet, he was harassed by rumors of Richard's return to claim the throne. His own supporters were turning against him. How to control the overweening Percies, who were already demanding more than he could give? What to do with the rebellious Welsh? After only three years, the horrific Battle of Shrewsbury nearly cost him the throne—and his life. It didn't take long for Henry to discover that that having the kingship was much less rewarding than striving for it.


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Mercedes Rochelle is an ardent lover of medieval history, and has channeled this interest into fiction writing. Her first four books cover eleventh-century Britain and events surrounding the Norman Conquest of England. The next series is called The Plantagenet Legacy about the struggles and abdication of Richard II, leading to the troubled reigns of the Lancastrian Kings. She also writes a blog: HistoricalBritainBlog.com to explore the history behind the story. Born in St. Louis, MO, she received by BA in Literature at the Univ. of Missouri St.Louis in 1979 then moved to New York in 1982 while in her mid-20s to “see the world”. The search hasn’t ended! Today she lives in Sergeantsville, NJ with her husband in a log home they had built themselves.

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Welcome to Day 9 of the blog tour for Forsaking All Other by Catherine Meyrick #HistoricalFiction #HistoricalRomance #BlogTour @cameyrick1

 

16th March – 18th May 2021

Publication Date: 16th March 2018
Publisher: Courante Publishing
Page Length: 308 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Romance

England, 1585.

Bess Stoughton, waiting woman to the well-connected Lady Allingbourne, has discovered that her father is arranging for her to marry an elderly neighbour. Normally obedient Bess rebels and wrests from her father a year's grace to find a husband more to her liking.

Edmund Wyard, a taciturn and scarred veteran of England’s campaign in Ireland, is attempting to ignore the pressure from his family to find a suitable wife as he prepares to join the Earl of Leicester’s army in the Netherlands.

Although Bess and Edmund are drawn to each other, they are aware that they can have nothing more than friendship. Bess knows that Edmund’s wealth and family connections place him beyond her reach. And Edmund, with his well-honed sense of duty, has never considered that he could follow his own wishes.

With England on the brink of war and fear of Catholic plots extending even into Lady Allingbourne’s household, time is running out for both of them.

Love is no game for women. The price is far too high.

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Monday, 10 May 2021

Welcome to Day 8 of the blog tour for Pied Piper by Keith Stuart #HistoricalFiction #WW2 #BlogTour @len_maynard

 




March 22nd – May 24th 2021

Publication Date: 1st March 2021
Publisher: LMP- Len Maynard Publishing
Page Length: 176 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction / WWII

In September 1939 the British Government launched Operation Pied Piper. To protect them from the perils of German bombing raids, in three days millions of city children were evacuated - separated from their parents.

This story tells of two families: one whose children leave London and the other which takes them in. We share the ups and downs of their lives, their dramas and tragedies, their stoicism and their optimism. But. unlike many other stories and images about this time, this one unfolds mainly through the eyes of Tom, the father whose children set off, to who knew where, with just a small case and gas mask to see them on their way.


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We are so excited to be taking The Shadows of Versailles (An Affair of the Poisons Book One) by Cathie Dunn on tour! #HistoricalFiction #HistoricalMystery #Versailles #BlogTour @cathiedunn

 


The Shadows of Versailles

(An Affair of the Poisons Book One)

By Cathie Dunn



May 10th – May 21st 2021

Publication Date: November 20th, 2020
Publisher: Ocelot Press
Page Length: 251 (ebook) / 277 (pb)
Genre: historical fiction / mystery

Dazzled by Versailles. Broken by tragedy. Consumed by revenge.

When Fleur de La Fontaine attends the court of King Louis XIV for the first time, she is soon besotted with handsome courtier, Philippe de Mortain. She dreams of married life away from her uncaring mother, but Philippe keeps a secret from her.

Nine months later, after the boy she has given birth to in a convent is whisked away, she flees to Paris where she mends gowns in the brothel of Madame Claudette, a woman who helps ‘fallen’ girls back on their feet.

Jacques de Montagnac investigates a spate of abducted children when his path crosses Fleur’s. He searches for her son, but the trail leads to a dead end – and a dreadful realisation.

Her boy’s suspected fate too much to bear, Fleur decides to avenge him. She visits the famous midwife, La Voisin, but it’s not the woman’s skills in childbirth that Fleur seeks.

La Voisin dabbles in poisons.

Will Fleur see her plan through? Or can she save herself from a tragic fate?

Delve into The Shadows of Versailles and enter the sinister world of potions, poisoners and black masses during the Affairs of the Poisons, a real event that stunned the court of the Sun King!


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Cathie Dunn writes historical fiction, mystery, and romance.

Cathie has been writing for over twenty years. She studied Creative Writing, with a focus on novel writing, which she now teaches in the south of France. She loves researching for her novels, delving into history books, and visiting castles and historic sites.

Her stories have garnered awards and praise from reviewers and readers for their authentic description of the past.

Cathie is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Alliance of Independent Authors.

After nearly two decades in Scotland, she now lives in the historic city of Carcassonne in the south of France with her husband, two cats and a rescue dog. 

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Welcome to Day #9 of the blog tour or The Importance of Pawns by Keira Morgan #HistoricalFiction #BlogTour @KJMMexico

 


March 25th – May 17th 2021

Publication Date: 10th March 2021
Publisher: French Historical Fiction/ Fiction de la renaissance Française
Page Length: 380 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

Based on historical events and characters in sixteenth-century France, this timeless tale pits envy, power and intrigue against loyalty and the strength of women’s friendships. 

The French court dazzles on the surface, but beneath its glitter, danger lurks for the three women trapped in its web. The story begins as Queen Anne lies dying and King Louis’s health is in declines. Their two daughters, Claude and young Renée, heiresses to the rich duchy of Brittany, become pawns in the games of power. 

Countess Louise d’Angoulême is named guardian to both girls. For years she has envied the dying Queen Anne, the girls’ mother. Because of her family’s dire financial problems, she schemes to marry wealthy Claude to her son. This unexpected guardianship presents a golden opportunity, but only if she can remove their protectress Baronne Michelle, who loves the princesses and safeguards their interests. 

As political tensions rise, the futures of Princess Renée and Baronne hang in the balance, threatened by Countess Louise’s hidden plots. Timid Claude, although fearful of her mother-in-law, must untangle the treacherous intrigues Countess Louise is weaving. Claude and her friends encounter one roadblock after another as they contrive to outflank the wily countess. Their goal is to protect young Princess Renée. 

In the end, faced with frightening consequences, will Claude find the courage to defend those she loves?


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Friday, 7 May 2021

Have a sneak-peek between the covers of GL Robinson's fabulous #RegencyRomance - The Lord and The Red Headed Hornet #HistoricalRomance @gl_robinson

 



The Lord and The Red Headed Hornet

By GL Robinson



Publication Date: 13 February 2021
Publisher: Independently Published
Page Length: 231 Pages
Genre: Regency Romance


Amelia and Aurelius are orphaned twins. She's a bossy, fiery red-head. Her handsome brother wants to join the army and fight against Napoleon. But she wants him to become a diplomat. She talks her way into a man's job - as secretary to an aristocrat - hoping he will provide the contacts. But when her boss disappears and her brother joins the army anyway, can the red-headed hornet save them both?




But the gentleman was addressing her. He tipped his hat with his cane and gave her a slight bow.

"Edward Woodbridge, Ma'am, at your service."

If her view of him had instantly assured her of his claim to fashion, his of her did just the opposite. He saw in front of him a woman of above average height, dressed very plainly in a navy-blue pelisse and matching but rather uncompromising bonnet.  In fact, bonnet was not really the word, he decided. It was a very plain hat, with neither feather nor flower to relieve its dullness. However, some lucky impulse had persuaded the wearer to turn up the brim across the front, and it was this that saved it. For the turned-up brim revealed the wayward curls of what was obviously a mass of fiery red hair and a pair of nut-brown eyes, eyes that were now regarding him very candidly. 

"Amelia Moreton," said the owner of the eyes, moving her reticule and the newspaper into her left hand in order to extend to him the right. He took it and held it for a moment.

"How may I be of service?" asked Mr. Woodbridge, asking himself why on earth he did so.   Why didn't he simply leave this female to her business and go on with his own? "You're too susceptible to a pair of brown eyes, my boy," he said sternly to himself.  But it was too late.

"Oh, do you think you could?" said Miss Moreton, looking at him earnestly. "I'm looking for the home of the Earl of Ailesbury. Do you happen to know where it is?" She looked down the row of stately townhomes of Albemarle Street that lay before her. 

 Mr. Woodbridge cursed silently.  Now he was sure he should have gone on his way. But he answered politely, "Why yes, it is number 23.  Just down here on the right. But I'm afraid you will find the Earl from home."

"Do you know him then?" asked Miss Moreton even more earnestly. " I'm hoping to see him. Is he nice?"

"I do know him well, as a matter of fact," he replied.  "As to whether he is nice, it's not really for me to say, though I find him very nice indeed. You see, I am he."

"You!" said Miss Moreton in evident disbelief. "But I thought him a much older man!"

"Perhaps you mean my father.  If so, I'm sorry to inform you he died four years ago."

Miss Moreton ignored this sad loss to the Earl's family.  "Anyway, you said your name was Woodbridge. Edward Woodbridge. "

"It is. I'm Edward Woodbridge, Earl of Ailesbury, third Baron of Mayne. Perhaps you see why I prefer to simplify it. May I ask why you are looking for me?"

"It's the job, you see," said Miss Moreton, who seemed to have reconciled herself to both his name and his age. "I want to see him… you, I mean,  in answer to the advertisement for the job."  When he still looked puzzled, she added, "The job of secretary to his… your lordship."

Light dawned on the gentleman in front of her. "But the job of secretary is for a man!"

"It doesn't say that here.  Look! It only says His Lordship the Earl of Ailesbury seeks a secretary.  The candidate must be well organized and accustomed to working independently. And it gives the address and today's date.  There is no mention of gender. I am well organized and I prefer to work independently.  If you'd wanted a man, you should have said so." Miss Moreton sounded increasingly indignant.  "Anyway, even though I'm not a man, I'm sure I can do it just as well as one. Probably better."

His lordship looked at her for a moment then burst out laughing. "It was my present secretary who wrote the notice for the Times, not I. He is leaving almost immediately for a diplomatic post abroad and I daresay he was a little distrait when he composed it.  And I imagine he never considered the possibility of a woman applying for the job. No more did I.  But you're right.  Why not? You can probably do it as well or better than he." He reached inside his jacket, took out a pocket book, withdrew a card, scribbled a note on it and gave it to her. "Here, he's in the house now.  Take this to him and tell him I said to engage you." He tipped his cane to his hat and gave a slight bow.  " Good day to you, Miss Moreton. No doubt I shall see you again before long."  

He walked jauntily down the street, leaving her standing in astonishment behind him. 


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I'm a product of a convent boarding school in the south of England in the 1950's and early 60's. You can probably guess I received an old-fashioned education. I learned a great deal about the humanities and practically nothing in the sciences. The only science I remember is the ditty: Miss Cummings (our teacher) was a scientist, alas she is no more, for what she took for H2O (water) was H2SO4 (sulphuric acid). Not bad, eh? Words to live by.

I met my American husband while working in Brussels, then moved with him to Bonn. My first child was born in Brussels and then I had twins in Germany. I never heard the word “Push!” in English!  I've lived in the USA for over 40 years.  I'm a retired French professor and have seven grandchildren and the same husband I started with. 

We’re getting ready to move from upstate New York (a lovely, rural and CHEAP area) to Boston, where two of our kids live. They think we should be near them in our old age(!) But the house prices are four times as much.  If I tell you our financial plan is dependent on winning the lottery, you can see why I need to sell A LOT of books!

My writing journey began in July 2018 when my sister, Francine, who I was very close to in spite of living continents apart, died from cancer. When we were in the boarding school all those years ago we used to giggle at Georgette Heyer’s books under the covers after lights-out. The day after her funeral I woke up with a Regency Romance story whole and entire in my head. Having never written fiction before (my previous writings tended to be on such fascinating subjects as the use of the subjunctive in subordinate clauses), in two months I wrote what turned out to be my House of Hale Trilogy. I know she inspired me. I’ve been writing ever since and now have 9 books (soon to be 10) on Amazon. All my books are dedicated to her.  She sits on my shoulder as I write.

People ask why I self-publish, and I suppose really it’s because of my age. Initially, I went the usual query route but waited ages but got no traction (why do I always think of dirt bikes when I write that?). I’m in my 70’s and thought if that carried on I could be dead before anything happened, so I decided to self-publish! I'm so glad I did. It was a bit of a learning process but I love the control you have over your books and unless you're a famous author I believe you earn more. 

When I’m asked what I read I’m often a bit ashamed to admit I don’t read many novels in my genre, except for Georgette Heyer (still!), who I can quote from memory! But I should give a shout-out to Regency writers Audrey Harrison, who was a mentor for me in the beginning, and Jenny Hambly. They are both good writers and good people!

My recent reads have been A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, which I think you’d classify as serious literary fiction, but I’ve also enjoyed The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman.  

I do like books with a little humour! My own are quite funny, I think!

If there’s one book I think everyone should read it’s To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.  The messages about prejudice, both racial and against the handicapped, are more needed now than ever.

My next book, The Lord and the Cat’s Meow, is coming out on 22 May. It stars a cat called Horace. Originally I had planned it for 2022, which is the 200th anniversary of the world’s first Animal Rights Act in England in 1822, but I liked it so much, I couldn’t bear to wait! I’ve never owned a cat but Horace really spoke to me!

I’ve just finished a split time-line novel, beginning in Paris in 1793 and ending in London in 1815. It's a new departure for me, and I enjoyed writing it! It’s called the Lord and the Unwilling Mistress. It will be out towards the end of the year.

And so, dear Reader, I ask you, why do you read? Is it to escape, just to relax or for information? Or for some other reason entirely? How could I help you achieve your goals in my writing? I’d love to hear from you. My readers are an enormous help to me, choosing book covers -  I had a horrible one for The Cat’s Meow till a reader set me straight! -  and titles. The title of the first of my Trilogy The Earl and the Mud-Covered Maiden was chosen by my readers. Please contact me via my website, where you can also get a free short story and listen to the first chapters of all my novels, plus see pix of me and my sister and grandchildren.

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Thursday, 6 May 2021

Welcome to Day 8 of the blog tour for Embers by Josephine Greenland #Excerpt #YoungAdult #BlogTour @greenland_jm




 Embers 
By Josephine Greenland




March 18th - May 20th 2021

Publication Date: 4th March 2021
Publisher: Unbound
Page Length: 336 Pages
Genre: Young Adult / Crime / Mystery


Two siblings, one crime. One long-buried secret. 
  
17-year-old Ellen never wanted a holiday. What is there to do in a mining town in the northernmost corner of the country, with no one but her brother Simon – a boy with Asperger’s and obsessed with detective stories – for company? 
  
Nothing, until they stumble upon a horrifying crime scene that brings them into a generations-long conflict between the townspeople and the native Sami. When the police dismiss Simon’s findings, he decides to track down the perpetrator himself. Ellen reluctantly helps, drawn in by a link between the crime and the siblings’ own past. What started off as a tedious holiday soon escalates into a dangerous journey through hatred, lies and self-discovery that makes Ellen question not only the relationship to her parents, but also her own identity.

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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Welcome to Day 8 of the blog tour for A Matter of Conscience: Henry VIII, The Aragon Years by Judith Arnopp #HistoricalFiction #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub @JudithArnopp



17th March – 19th May 2021


Publication Date: February 2021

Publisher: Feed a Read

Page Length: 335 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


‘A king must have sons: strong, healthy sons to rule after him.’


On the unexpected death of Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, his brother, Henry, becomes heir to the throne of England. The intensive education that follows offers Henry a model for future excellence; a model that he is doomed to fail.


On his accession, he chooses his brother’s widow, Catalina of Aragon, to be his queen. Together they plan to reinstate the glory of days of old and fill the royal nursery with boys. 

But when their first-born son dies at just a few months old, and subsequent babies are born dead or perish in the womb, the king’s golden dreams are tarnished.


Christendom mocks the virile prince. Catalina’s fertile years are ending yet all he has is one useless living daughter, and a baseborn son.


He needs a solution but stubborn to the end, Catalina refuses to step aside.


As their relationship founders, his eye is caught by a woman newly arrived from the French court. Her name is Anne Boleyn.


A Matter of Conscience: the Aragon Years offers a unique first-person account of the ‘monster’ we love to hate and reveals a man on the edge; an amiable man made dangerous by his own impossible expectation.


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We are so excited to be taking The Assassins By Alan Bardos (Audiobook narrated by Jack Bennett) on tour! #HistoricalFiciton #Thriller #BlogTour #audiobook

 


The Assassins

By Alan Bardos

Audiobook narrated by Jack Bennett



May 5th - July 7th 2021

Publication Date: (current edition) 15th February 2021
Publisher: Sharpe Books
Page Length: 376 Pages
Genre: Historical Thriller

1914.

Tensions are reaching boiling point in Europe and the threat of war is imminent. 

Johnny Swift, a young and brash diplomatic clerk employed by the British embassy is sent to infiltrate the ‘Young Bosnians’, a group of idealistic conspirators planning to murder Franz Ferdinand. The heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in a bid to liberate their country from the monarchy’s grip.

Swift has been having an affair with his employer’s wife, Lady Elizabeth Smyth. Sir George Smyth dispatches the agent on the dangerous mission, believing that it will be the last he will see of his young rival.

The agent manages to infiltrate the Young Bosnian conspirators’ cell, helped by Lazlo Breitner, a Hungarian Civil Servant.

However, Swift soon realises that he may be in over his head. His gambling debts and taste for beautiful women prove the least of his problems as he struggles to survive on his wits in the increasingly complex - and perilous - world of politics and espionage.

Desperate to advance himself and with the lives of a royal couple unexpectedly in his hands, Swift tries to avert catastrophe.

Praise for Assassins

‘A cracking read, highly recommended’ - Roger A Price 

‘Written with polished panache, it kept me gripped from the first to last. Five stars from me!’ - A.A. Chaudhuri

‘Part historical fiction, part thriller and part love story, this is a compelling and entertaining read’ - Gary Haynes



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Alan Bardos is a graduate of the MA in TV Script Writing at De Montfort University, he also has a degree in Politics and History from Brunel University. Writing historical fiction combines the first great love of his life, making up stories, with the second, researching historical events and characters. Alan currently live in Oxfordshire with his wife… the other great love of his life.

Despite the amount of material that has been written about the twentieth century there is still a great deal of mystery and debate surrounding many of its events, which Alan explores in his historical fiction series using a certain amount of artistic license to fill in the gaps, while remaining historically accurate. The series will chronicle the first half of the twentieth century from the perspective of Johnny Swift, a disgraced and degenerate diplomat and soldier; starting with the pivotal event of the twentieth century, the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, in ‘The Assassins’.

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Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Welcome to Day 8 of the blog tour for Forsaking All Other by Catherine Meyrick #HistoricalFiction #HistoricalRomance #BlogTour @cameyrick1




 16th March – 18th May 2021

Publication Date: 16th March 2018
Publisher: Courante Publishing
Page Length: 308 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Romance

England, 1585.

Bess Stoughton, waiting woman to the well-connected Lady Allingbourne, has discovered that her father is arranging for her to marry an elderly neighbour. Normally obedient Bess rebels and wrests from her father a year's grace to find a husband more to her liking.

Edmund Wyard, a taciturn and scarred veteran of England’s campaign in Ireland, is attempting to ignore the pressure from his family to find a suitable wife as he prepares to join the Earl of Leicester’s army in the Netherlands.

Although Bess and Edmund are drawn to each other, they are aware that they can have nothing more than friendship. Bess knows that Edmund’s wealth and family connections place him beyond her reach. And Edmund, with his well-honed sense of duty, has never considered that he could follow his own wishes.

With England on the brink of war and fear of Catholic plots extending even into Lady Allingbourne’s household, time is running out for both of them.

Love is no game for women. The price is far too high.

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