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Spinning a Tale – writing and weaving

The language of story is peppered with references to the craft of spinning. We 'spin a yarn', and 'weave' a...
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Savaged Lands by Lana Kortchik #WWII

The plight of the people of Kiev in WWII was a subject that I knew very little about, so this...
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Just Out - Entertaining Mr Pepys, the last of my trilogy of women featuring in Pepys Diary - each has...
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Forgetting Tabitha by Julie Dewey

  Thank you for having me on your fabulous blog, Royalty Free Fiction!  I am delighted to be here. I...
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The mystery of the disappearing author #ebooks #kindle

I was talking to a friend at Christmas who says he hardly ever remembers an author's name these days because...
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We’ll Meet Again by Hilary Green

  There have been a slew of new releases set during WWII to coincide with the various anniversaries and landmark...
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Divided Empire by Brian Kitchen

  Brian Kitchen talks about Divided Empire  I first became fascinated with the Roman period of British history when I was...
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Books to invest in for Christmas Reading – mulled wine optional.

Excellent murder mystery with larger than life characters and a tone in which you can tell the author is enjoying...
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70th Anniversary of Brief Encounter

This year marks 70 years since Brief Encounter was made in 1945. It was one of my mother's favourite films,...
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The Betrothed Sister – 11th century epic

I have read all of Carol McGrath's Hastings Trilogy, and have been entranced by this little-known period of English history....
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New Anthology of Historical Essays

My post at English Historical fiction Authors this month is on the plunder of Basing House in the English Civil...
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The Smoke of her Burning by M C Logue

The Smoke of her Burning  Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to introduce you to one Captain - Colonel, now -...
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Interview with Victoria Delderfield, author of The Secret Mother

I first met Vicky on the MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster, and loved the premise of this book, which...
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The Ghosts of Markyate Manor – a hermit, an heiress, a highwayman

The name Markyate is derived from the Old English words mearc and geat and means 'the gate at the boundary',...
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Murder on the Minneapolis by Anita Davison

    Murder on the Minneapolis - the Flora Maguire Mysteries by Anita Davison I often read how most writers,...
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Female Mystics in Fiction

I have just finished 'Illuminations' by Mary Sharrat, about Hildegard von Bingen. A reader might be surprised that there could...
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Rembrandt’s Mirror by Kim Devereux

I was offered a review copy of 'Rembrandt's Mirror' by Kim Devereux, and was so fascinated I asked Kim for...
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Fetch Nurse Connie by Jean Fullerton

As I'm a blogger, I received a copy of 'Fetch Nurse Connie'  from the publisher in return for an honest...
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UK Independent Publishers – a ‘do they add value?’ check

  I meet regularly with other novelists to critique our works in progress, drink tea, and discuss the various merits...
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Editing Historical Fiction, my way

I am in the middle of edits for two of my books, one a young adult novel and one a...
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