Action and Adventure in a Regency World.     This box set contains my three Regency novels:  Lady Alice’s Dilemma, Lord Philip’s Christmas, Miss Ridgeway’s Privateer. The first two books are linked by their characters and by some of the events. The third is a stand-alone novel, based to a small extent on fact.   Lady Alice’s Dilemma:   In the middle of her first London season, Lady Alice Sutherland is shocked to encounter her renegade brother, Philip, at Lady Roche’s ball. Masquerading under another name and heavily disguised, why has Philip suddenly returned? If his true identity is discovered, Philip could hang for attemptedRead More →

Blog Tour Honourable Lies #HistFic #BGSHF @franconnor Honourable Lies Historical Romance/Thriller By Fran Connor Book Blurb A passionate, thought-provoking tale of love and revenge set in Victorian England. Follow the progress of a poor, orphan girl elevated to High Society as a reward for saving the Queen from assassination. Her aim is to marry a rich man, regardless of love, so she will never be poor again; instead, she falls in love with a handsome, young landowner with whom she can have it all; love, security, and wealth. As fate would have it, there are obstacles to their romance: his estranged wife, an evil aristocrat,Read More →

Blog Tour ~ The Yankee Years Books 1-3 #HistFic #WW2 @DianneAscroft The Yankee Years Books 1-3 By Dianne Ascroft After the Allied troops arrived in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland during the Second World War, life in the quiet, rural county would never be the same again. The Shadow Ally June 1941: When Ruth Corey finds a letter her journalist beau, Harry Coalter, has written, revealing details of the secret construction of an American flying-boat base, she fears it could destroy America’s neutrality and land him in serious trouble. The letter must not be posted. She enlists the help of attractive Italian-American civilian contractor Frank LongRead More →

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  It is not uncommon for people to ignore the pledge as though it is irrelevant, a static noise in their techno-driven, virtual reality. Others take a more conscience approach to civil disobedience. During the nation’s anthem, Colin Kaepernick bends the knee, inspiring viral imitation. In the wake of a divisive presidential election: Supporters shout, “Make America Great Again.” The hopeful whisper, Wait and see.” Dissenters shout “Not My President.” Post inauguration, women in droves march on Washington and assemble around the nation to send a message of concern and solidarity to the 45th President of the USA.     Meanwhile the administration tweets their reality;Read More →

Book Tour ~ Before The Darkness #HistFic #BGSHF @annettecreswell Before The Darkness By Annette Creswell In pre-World War Two London, Penny works as a maternity nurse at the Royal Women’s Hospital. Happy in her work and with two really good friends and several doctor suitors, little does she realise how her life will be changed by a chance lunch-time encounter. Who is the ruggedly handsome man who helps her? And how will their lives entwine as the war clouds gather? Book Extract Read by Emma Calin Links For Purchase Amazon US Amazon UK About the author Annette Creswell is the author of Before The Darkness,Read More →

We spend so much time glorifying the past, talking about the good old days, wanting to be great again, but we have selective memory. This is but one of several disturbing videos I have viewed lately depicting man’s propensity for injustices and atrocities. Slavery, Colonialism, Standing Rock, Aleppo. We don’t seem to learn from our past, but rather keep repeating it, while deliberately and deftly removing the worst of it from the official record. If my writing is too stark, then it is a mirror of humanity, capable of love and hate, tenderness and violence, reason and irrationality. The story of us.Read More →

Writing a book takes time and grit. Publishing a book takes courage and money. Marketing a book takes all four. If you don’t want to waste your time, your grit, your courage and your money, then put forth the best product you can. Edit. Great stories exist in both traditional and indie works. A good blurb and a few pages are enough to capture my attention, but dialogue that is difficult to follow, poor grammar and typographical errors detract from the overall reading experience. Too often, I have been disappointed to find poor editing in both traditional and independently published works. While I may haveRead More →

I was reminded this week why I wrote Sedahlia. More than a story, it is a call to examine our actions versus our beliefs. Do they line up? We are quick to look at others, but how often do we look at ourselves. As you read Sedahlia, ask some probing questions. It is easy to look back at history and think that was them, that was then, but if we are honest, we have our own issues, moral dilemmas and personal biases. Look at the past as a mirror to the present. What do you see?Read More →

I love to read and write historical fiction. I like looking back at a particular moment in time and wondering how people lived and why they did the things they did. Today I paused to look forward and wonder about those who one day will look back. Every day we live, we make new history. Someday our present will be someone else’s past. They will look back on our lives with curiosity, wondering how we ever managed to live without their modern conveniences, why we valued one thing over another, why we had this law or that law and not another, what formed our moralRead More →

This weekend I saw Free State of Jones, a dramatic and thought-provoking depiction of one man’s little known contribution to the Civil War. A controversial figure even among his own kin and understandably so – to some Newton Knight is a hero and unheralded example of civil disobedience, a Robin Hood of sorts standing up for the rights of poor whites and blacks in a war and its aftermath that pitted neighbor against neighbor and fueled sentiments of personal and states rights to preserve a way of life that benefited the privileged few. To others Knight was a traitor to the South, an outlaw, aRead More →