Thursday 31 March 2022

Check out Barbara Erskine's fabulous novel — The Dream Weavers #Historical #mustread @Barbaraerskine


The Dream Weavers

By Barbara Erskine 

Publication Date: 15th April 2021
Publisher: HarperCollins 
Page Length: 507 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction / Historical Romance

The Sunday Times bestselling author returns with a thrilling tale of lost love, betrayal and secrets that have lain buried over a thousand years…

Mercia, 788 AD

In the grand Saxon halls of Mercia, King Offa rules with cold ambition. His youngest daughter Eadburh is destined for an arranged marriage, but with reckless spirit her heart is taken by a Welsh prince, a man she can never be matched with and who is quickly and cruelly taken from her.

Eadburh inherited her father’s ruthless ways but it’s the gifts passed down from her mother that are far more dangerous. She is determined to carve her own place in the world, yet her path could cause war.

Offa’s Dyke, 2021

In a cottage hidden amongst the misty Welsh hills of Offa’s Dyke, Bea Dalloway is called to help Simon Armstrong, who is searching for peace. Instead he finds himself disturbed by unsettling noises and visions.

It isn’t long before Bea is also swept up by haunting dreams. The past is whispering to them, calling out for the truth to be told at last.  And as dreams and reality weave closer together, Bea and Simon must be strong to resist the pull of the past – and its desire for revenge…

‘Warmth, depth, mystery, magic and the supernatural … such a beautiful book!’ 

Bestselling author Santa Montefiore

‘A dazzling roller-coaster of a book that will thrill, enchant and intrigue those who love history and the supernatural’ 

Bestselling author Alison Weir


Barbara Erskine
(born 10 August 1944) is an English novelist. She was born in Nottingham in 1944. Her father was World War II Battle of Britain flying ace Squadron Leader Nigel Rose.

Erskine has a degree in medieval Scottish history from Edinburgh University and divides her time between Hay-on-Wye and North Essex.

Erskine is the author of a number of bestselling novels and collections of short stories dealing with both history and the supernatural. Lady of Hay, her first novel, has sold over three million copies worldwide since its first publication in 1986.

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Wednesday 30 March 2022

Audio Blog Tour: The Girl from Oto (The Miramonde Series, Book 1) by Amy Maroney #Renaissance #WomenArtists #HistoricalMystery #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub @wilaroney

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The Girl from Oto 
(The Miramonde Series, Book 1)
By Amy Maroney
Narrated by Meg Price

July 11th – 15th 2022

Publication Date: 20th September 2016
Publisher: Artelan Press
Page Length: 524 Pages
Audio Length: 15 hours 23 minutes
Narrator: Meg Price
Genre: Historical Mystery

A Renaissance-era woman artist and an American scholar. Linked by a 500-year-old mystery…

The secrets of the past are irresistible—and treacherous.

1500: Born during a time wracked by war and plague, Renaissance-era artist Mira grows up in a Pyrenees convent believing she is an orphan. When tragedy strikes, Mira learns the devastating truth about her own origins. But does she have the strength to face those who would destroy her?

2015: Centuries later, art scholar Zari unearths traces of a mysterious young woman named Mira in two 16th-century portraits. Obsessed, Zari tracks Mira through the great cities of Europe to the pilgrim’s route of Camino de Santiago—and is stunned by what she finds. Will her discovery be enough to bring Mira’s story to life?

A powerful story and an intriguing mystery, The Girl from Oto is an unforgettable novel of obsession, passion, and human resilience.

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Amy Maroney lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family, and spent many years as a writer and editor of nonfiction before turning her hand to historical fiction. When she's not diving down research rabbit holes, she enjoys hiking, dancing, traveling, and reading. Amy is the author of the Miramonde Series, a trilogy about a Renaissance-era female artist and the modern-day scholar on her trail. Amy's new series, Sea and Stone Chronicles, features ordinary people seeking their fortunes under the rule of the medieval Knights Hospitaller in Rhodes, Greece. To receive a free prequel novella to the Miramonde Series, join Amy Maroney’s readers' group at

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Have a sneak-peek between the covers of Meredith Allard's fabulous #NewRelease – The Duchess of Idaho #HistoricalFiction #TimeTravelFantasy

The Duchess of Idaho
Meredith Allard

Publication Date: 29th March 2022
Publisher: Copperfield Press
Page Length: 340 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Time-Travel Fantasy

How would you survive with one life in the past and another in the present?

Grace Wentworth knows two things about her parents, James and Sarah—one, they are deeply in love, and two, they have a secret they will share with no one. Grace senses that she is a part of that secret, but she is not sure how and James and Sarah are less than forthcoming.

A budding historian, Grace is drawn to her grandmother’s house near Boise, Idaho where she learns about her mother’s family for the first time. In Idaho Grace must deal with her own secret—vivid dreams about a 2000-mile journey on the Oregon Trail alongside a handsome, friendly pioneer named Matthew Cooper. With the help of Olivia Phillips, a dear family friend and the most powerful of witches, Grace must make a decision that will alter her family forever.

Part historical fiction, part time-travel fantasy, The Duchess of Idaho is a story for anyone who believes that the bonds of true love will never be broken. 

“James? What is it?”

“Are you sure Grace is all right?”

“She’s not alone on the moon. She’s in Idaho with my mother. I know my mother isn’t the easiest person in the world to get along with, but I believed Grace when she said she’s beginning to like Annabelle and she’s enjoying her time there.”

“But why is Annabelle showing this interest in Grace now?”

“She’s always asked questions about Grace, wanting to know about her, her interests, wondering if she might like Idaho.”

“Then why didn’t she ever come to see her?”

“I don’t know. But to be fair, we didn’t go to see her either. Once she questioned me about why we named her Grace.”

“Did you tell her?”

“Of course not. Can you imagine what someone as logical and straight-forward as Annabelle would do with a story like that? But she asked Grace to visit her and I’m glad. Annabelle and I will never be close, but maybe she and Grace can be.” Sarah brushed a stray lock of gold from her husband’s eyes. “My mother has a lot of interests that she and I never shared. I enjoyed horseback riding when I was a kid, and I learned how to cook and garden from her. I’ve never enjoyed baking as much as she does, and sewing and quilting were never my thing. Maybe she’s hoping she can leave some of that knowledge with Grace. That’s what it sounds like anyway.”

“Perhaps. But there’s something about this that doesn’t feel right to me.”

“You sound like Olivia.”

James leaned back and rested his head against the chair. Sarah reached for him, and he reached back. 

“James, we promised each other a long time ago that we would always be honest with each other. Something else is bothering you. I can see it. You should know by now that you can’t hide anything from me.”

“I’m sure I’m just being paranoid. After everything we’ve been through, worries still pop out at me from nowhere. It’s as if I can’t trust in our joy. As if I’m waiting for something terrible to happen. I think that’s it, Sarah. That’s what I’m looking for—something bad to happen. We’ve experienced so many tragedies before.”

“We’ve had smooth sailing for a long time now, my love.” Sarah smiled as she brushed more gold from James’ face, his hair as stubborn as the rest of him, and she settled his glasses on his nose. “I think we’ve been through the worst of it.”

“But that’s just it. We can’t know for certain.”

“Of course not. No one can. But Johnny is doing well, and Grace is doing well. We’re doing well, aren’t we?” 

“Of course we are. You are my life, Sarah. But I’m worried about Grace. It’s this feeling I’ve had. Like we’re going to lose her. Again.”

Sarah pressed her finger to James’ lips. “Don’t say that. Please. We went through so much when we lost her the first time. We nearly lost her the second time too.”

“I lost the both of you, and I had to live with that void for oh so very long.”

“But we’re all here now, all happy. And you have to remember one important thing. Grace isn’t ours to keep, James. Neither is Johnny. They never have been. You know how they say children don’t belong to their parents. Their parents get to keep them awhile, help them find their way in the world, but then they have to let them go.” Sarah touched her husband’s cheek, and he slid his hand over hers. “Grace is a young woman and we have to let her go. That doesn’t mean we’ll lose her like we did the first time. It just means things will be different. But we’ve been through a lot of different together, haven’t we? And we’ve survived it all.”

“Yes, we have.”

“And whatever this is, we’ll survive it too.”

Sarah pressed her head into her husband’s chest and exhaled, because everything seemed surmountable with her dear and loving husband’s arms around her. When she looked into his deep blue eyes she saw that he was still struggling, the mist hovering beneath under his eyelids. 

James sighed. “I can’t believe how our children have grown, Sarah. Grace is starting graduate school and Johnny is traipsing around Europe.” He pulled Sarah closer. “But watching them grow into fine young adults with you by my side is the greatest joy I’ve ever known. I’m so thankful to Olivia for helping us. For the way she continues to help us.” 

Sarah sat back so she could see into James’ face. “What is it that Olivia says? Everything always turns out right in the end. If it’s not right, it’s not the end. And haven’t things always worked out for us in the long run?”

“Sometimes the very long run.” James walked toward the window, still seeking some unnamed clue in the  darkness. Finally, he said, “What if Grace discovers the truth? About us? About her? I think she suspects something.”

“She’s suspected something for some time now.” Sarah stood beside James. “I think we should tell her.”

“I don’t see what good can come from that.”

“You don’t want her to find out accidentally, do you? She’ll never forgive us if she doesn’t find out from us. We probably should have told her long ago.”

James managed a weak smile. “It never gets easier, does it?”

“No, not that. But this.” She took James’ hand and brought it to her cheek. “This is worth everything we’ve had to go through to get to this moment. But I still think we should tell Grace the truth.”

“The truth is we are her parents who love her very much.”

“And that won’t change when she learns about our past.”

“If you think it’s best. But Sarah?”


“The thought of it terrifies me.” 

“I know. But it has to be done. She needs to know.”

“You’re right, of course,” James said.

Sarah smiled. “I usually am.”

Meredith Allard is the author of the bestselling paranormal historical Loving Husband Series. Her sweet Victorian romance, When It Rained at Hembry Castle, was named a best historical novel by IndieReader. Her first nonfiction book, Painting the Past: A Guide for Writing Historical Fiction, was named a #1 new release in Authorship and Creativity Self-Help on Amazon. Meredith is also the founder and executive editor of The Copperfield Review, a journal for readers and writers of 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. Visit Meredith online at

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Tuesday 29 March 2022

Join me in conversation with #HistoricalFiction author, Iain Maitland #Interview @iainmaitland @SharpeBooks

The Wickham Market Murder 
(Bloomfield & Palmer Book 1)
By Iain Maitland 

Publication Date: 15 February 2022
Publisher: Sharpe Books
Page Length: 140 Pages
Genre: Murder Mystery / Historical Fiction

Suffolk, 1907.

Wickham Market’s local constable William Palmer spends his days yearning to solve a significant case so he can earn his detective's badge.

But Palmer is torn, because he is also in love with the school mistress Alice Kemp who doesn’t want to leave the village.

One night, the night of a dramatic storm, there is a murder. A housemaid - Evelyn Maud Roberts - is found stabbed to death at the local vicarage.

Palmer has his chance to make a name for himself.

The local doctor declares that Evelyn was six months pregnant.

And the vicar’s daughter, Charlotte Mellor, names three men who may have reason to commit murder; Walter Fisk, soon-to-be-master at the workhouse; Albert Nunn, the postman; Frederick Hawes, the slow-witted village boy in love with Evelyn.

Palmer investigates. But he only has so much time before Inspector Bloomfield - the veteran detective from Suffolk Police - arrives from Ipswich to take over the case.

And before the killer strikes again.

Mary Anne: Congratulations on your recently published novel, The Wickham Market Murder (Bloomfield & Palmer Book 1). Could you tell us a little about your new book and what inspired you to set your murder mystery at the beginning of the 20th century?

Iain: It’s an Edwardian murder mystery novella, set in Suffolk in 1907, featuring two detectives, Bloomfield and Palmer. A housemaid is murdered during a great storm and Bloomfield and Palmer have to solve the crime before the killer strikes again. It’s Agatha Christie-ish.  

I’ve always loved Edwardian era TV, books and films – early Upstairs, Downstairs and The Duchess Of Duke Street, as examples. I wanted to set a story in the early part of the 20th Century where I could write a whodunnit without having to think about DNA, CCTV cameras and mobile phones.      

Mary Anne: When researching this era, did you come upon any unexpected surprises?

Iain: I’d expected the village of Wickham Market, north of Ipswich, to have been a quiet and isolated place. It wasn’t. Lots of shops, postal deliveries and busy, busy, busy! I imagined there might be one pub – there were seven.  All in all, a thriving village.          

Mary Anne: Why do you think this period in history is still really popular with readers?

Iain: I think for many people it still has an innocence and simplicity to it. That’s the perception of it anyway. I’m not sure I’d want to have lived in those times though. Life was hard. Men were off fighting wars – The Boer Wars. Many women faced a life of servitude. And the workhouse was always there, waiting …

Mary Anne: What do you think is the most challenging aspect of writing Historical Fiction during this era?

Iain: Trying to get both the broad brush and the minutiae of life right without getting too hung up about it. I wanted to write a rattling good yarn and show I’d done my research properly -  reading books, looking at old photos, visiting and being shown round by a local historian - but without labouring that know-how . 


Mary Anne: Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?

Iain: Well, they all do really in their own ways. William Palmer is the young local bobby who wants to solve a major crime and become a detective.  He has the enthusiasms of youth. John Bloomfield is the battled-scarred, middle-aged detective from Ipswich who wants to follow ‘the 20th century policing methods from London’.  He’s an older man, a little out of time.  

My favourite is Alice Kemp, William’s sweetheart, the local school teacher and, according to William, ‘the very model of a modern woman’. In 1907, the country stands on the brink of so many changes; the suffragette movement, a World War etc. I’m looking forward to seeing how Alice develops in the next two novellas, The Southwold Murders and The Cobbold Point Murder, and what happens to her after that. 

Anyone out and about in the village of Wickham Market in Suffolk on the night of 17 November 1907 would have to have had a good reason. 

For it was the night of what was known locally, at least until the body was discovered the next morning, as ‘The Night of The Great Storm’. Lightning. Thunder. Torrential rain. On and on.

Whoever it was hiding amongst the trees and bushes close to the local vicarage had a good reason to be out and about. A compelling reason to be there. To commit murder. 

The murderer – the murderer-to-be as they had never killed anyone before – had it all worked out in their head. They knew who they were going to murder. This was not going to be a random killing of some pretty young woman who caught their eye. Nor the first of a series of murders like Jack The Ripper’s some twenty years before. Not unless, of course, they were somehow uncovered and had to kill again to silence a witness; or witnesses. 

They knew why they were killing their victim - their victim-to-be. They had thought about it before and for a while on and off. Wishing their victim dead. Hoping somehow that fate – perhaps even God – would intervene and some tragedy would befall them; falling down the stairs and breaking their neck with a sharp cra-ack. Not dying immediately but laying there in pain and knowing that death would be a blessed relief when it eventually came.

But nothing like that had happened and so they planned the murder. Knowing that a murder is never easy to commit. And that the plotting of it is hard. The when and the where and the how – all the doings of it – almost impossible to predict with certainty. Unless the murderer knows the victim’s routine, where they might be at a certain time, when they might be alone. How the murder can be committed. The victim certainly dead. And the murderer getting away and escaping justice forever.

And yet this, tonight, was a spur of the moment decision – to murder now. Something close to it anyway. A perfect set of circumstances coming together by chance.  

To be carried out under cover of darkness. With nobody here in the Great Storm. Other than the murderer and the victim. 

The murderer knew exactly what they were going to do – and how they were going to commit the murder.

They just had to crouch here a while, amongst the trees and bushes in woodland by the path to the vicarage, sheltering from the endless rain, with water running through their hair and trickling down their neck and inside of their clothes. The rain was so loud, so deafening, that they could not hear anything else, a poacher or a game-keeper out there in the nearby woods. Nor what they were waiting to hear – footsteps on the path, a sneeze or a cough. 

And so they waited in the blackness, the vicarage lit up by a flash of lightning. A forbidding presence from a ghost story by M.R. James. And, less than a minute later, a deep rumble of thunder from afar. And again, another flash of lightning and another rumbling of thunder. This time, less than a minute between them. The storm was getting closer and reaching its peak.

They turned suddenly, spooked by a noise, a movement, something just behind them out of the corner of their eye. Expecting to see the game-keeper there, his gun pointing towards them. “What the hell are you doing here?” But there was no-one and nothing there. And they turned back and looked at what they had on the ground in front of them by their feet. A carving knife. A roll of twine. A heavy cloth.

Taken by surprise, their victim would turn, the cloth pushed into their mouth and down their throat so they could not make a noise.            

The roll of twine wrapped around their neck, pulled tighter and tighter, until they fell dead at the murderer’s feet. 

The knife, there if needed, to stab the victim, to cut their throat; whatever had to be done to kill them. 

Another flash of lightning. The murderer – there was now no going back – looked up to see a blurred figure through the rain. A young housemaid running towards the vicarage. Her coat, something anyway, held high above her head to protect herself, as best she could, from the relentless rain. She stumbled as she got to the house, startled by the thunder now so close, and fell to the ground.

And the murderer, seizing their opportunity, was up on their feet, just grabbing the knife in their haste, glancing this way and that to make sure no-one was there to see them. And they were out of the trees and running across towards the path. But the housemaid, unknowing, was back on her feet too and moving towards the steps leading to the basement quarters. She was down the steps and into the vicarage before the murderer could catch up with her. 

The murderer looked all around and then walked slowly down the steps. Stared through the window into the basement – the hallway to one side, the kitchen the other. There was no-one in either, not at this time of night, other than the housemaid who was hanging up her coat, her back to the window. She made a little turn and did a kind of dance to shake the rain off her hair and shoulders. Then looked up as the back door was opened.

“Oh.” She said in surprise. “What do you …” And that was all she said, as she saw the knife glinting in front of her. 

And looked down as it plunged into her chest. The first time. The second time. And the third. 

Then she was on the floor. And at some time between the fourth and the eleventh blow, Evelyn Maud Roberts, the housemaid of the Reverend Thomas Mellor and his wife Mrs Ivy Mellor, died.

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Iain Maitland is the author of four psych thrillers, The Girl Downstairs (2021), The Scribbler (2020), Mr Todd’s Reckoning (2019) and Sweet William (2017). Mr Todd’s Reckoning is coming to the big screen in 2023.

Iain is also the author of two memoirs, Dear Michael, Love Dad (Hodder, 2016), a book of letters written to his eldest son who experienced depression and anorexia, and (co-authored with Michael) Out Of The Madhouse (Jessica Kingsley, 2018). 

He is also an Ambassador for Stem4, the teenage mental health charity. He talks regularly about mental health issues in schools and colleges and workplaces. 

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Monday 28 March 2022

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Check out Ellen Read's fabulous novel — The Feathered Nest (The Thornton Mysteries, Book 4) #HistoricalFiction #HistoricalRomance #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub @ellenreadauthor

The Feathered Nest
(The Thornton Mysteries, Book 4)
By Ellen Read

Publication Date: 14th March 2022
Publisher: Crimson Cloak Publishing
Page Length: 372 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction / Cosy Murder Mystery 

Murder comes to Norfolk Island, but is the killer after Alexandra Archer’s Tahitian black pearl or a lost illustration of the rare Green Parrot?

The Thorntons, along with a small team of people, mount an expedition to Norfolk Island, a small island in the South Pacific, to study the Green Parrot and set up research programmes to help protect it and other endangered birds.

As a birthday surprise, Alexandra’s father tells her she is to be the official photographer for the expedition. Her father gives her a black pearl brooch that Alexandra’s great-grandfather had bought off a merchant in Hong Kong in the 1850s. The pearls are Tahitian black pearls.

Before they depart Melbourne, they learn that Norfolk Island has had its first murder. It sends ripples of unease through Alexandra. She hoped she could escape murder on this small island paradise.

Alexandra is astonished to learn that the main inhabitants of Norfolk Island are descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian wives. Once on the island, she wonders if this is why her Tahitian black pearl brooch causes such interest.

A chain of events is set in motion, commencing with a threat on the life of one of their expedition members, followed by intrigue surrounding bird smuggling and a lost illustration of the Green Parrot. Then two of their team are murdered.

 Alexandra is determined to find the answers and nearly loses her life in the process.

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Ellen Read is the author of The Dragon Sleeps, The Inca’s Curse and The Amber Trap—historical murder mystery romance novels.

Ellen was born in Queensland, Australia. 

She loves to read fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. She particularly loves history and stories of ancient myths and legends. Authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, and Victoria Holt, the latter of whom wrote gothic mystery/romances, have influenced her own work.

Other interests include photography, painting, music and musical theatre, and dance. Ellen was a ballroom dancing teacher for many years and has also worked in Performing Arts administration. 

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