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Severed Knot : Ingenio – Sugar in 17th Century Barbados

Congratulations to Cryssa Bazos on the release of her romantic thriller, Severed Knot. The novel is set mostly on a...
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Recent reads and reviews of Historical Fiction

The Doubtful Diaries of Wicked Mistress Yale by David Ebsworth 'For is that not the secret of life? To keep...
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The appeal of the 17th Century to a novelist by Jemahl Evans

Today I'm pleased to welcome Jemahl Evans  to my blog to tell us why he's chosen to write three novels...
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The Fascinating Facts about Smugglers by @HelenHollick

I'm delighted to welcome Helen Hollick to the blog today to tell us a little about her new book. Helen...
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Building Blocks of Historical Fiction – no.1 Balance

  Each historical novel is different, and each requires attention to the balance of the book, depending on whether it...
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How a cemetery in Bodmin, Cornwall inspired the idea for a Time Travel novel

I'm delighted to introduce Diane Scott Lewis to talk about her new book, Beyond the Fall, and the visit that...
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The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau

The Blue is a novel which wears its research lightly and moves at a cracking pace. Genevieve Planche is a...
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The East India Company – The Palace of Lost Dreams

I'm delighted to welcome historical novelist Charlotte Betts today, to tell us the history of the East India Company. My...
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Secrets of Historical Fiction versus Non-Fiction by Annie Whitehead

I'm delighted to welcome Annie Whitehead to my blog today. Annie is both a historical novelist and a historian, and...
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Shades of Historical Fiction – finding the right tone

The website Writers Write gives us 155 words to describe a writer's tone.  There are probably many more than this,...
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Author update Summer 2018

My blog has been somewhat neglected for the last couple of months because I have become involved in two exciting...
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Historical Fiction – The Ending is in the Beginning

How many of you have found a book has been ruined by its ending? Me too. Turns out that in...
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Of Camels and Napoleon – Burke and The Bedouin

My guest today is Tom Williams When Deborah suggested I write about an object associated with Burke and the Bedouin...
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In praise of the omnivorous reader

I have always been a voracious reader. I read anything and everything, and don't care about genre as long as...
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The Silsden Hoard: West Yorkshire’s Mysterious Treasure

by Katherine Clements   One coin marks the first to go A second bodes the fall The third will seal...
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Fort Howe, protection during the American War of Independence.

I know I have many readers from Canada, so today  I welcome Diane Parkinson to share her research for her...
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Historical Fiction 10 Editing Tips: No 10 Feigning Accuracy

I've had a reader take me to task – rightly – over an incorrect detail of clothing worn by the...
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Riding with the gauchos – Burke in the Land of Silver

I'm delighted to welcome Tom Williams to my blog today, to tell us all about riding with the gauchos, and...
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The Dressmaker’s Secret – puts the history into historical romance

If you are after a well-written historical romance, then this could be the book for you. Set in Regency Italy and...
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Who remembers Shorthand?

Pepys wrote his famous diary in shorthand, and I wanted to try to get a feel for the way it...
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