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Blog Award

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With many thanks to the lovely Maggi Andersen for nominating me for this Blog Award
For those I nominate in turn - I promise not to ask you to compile seven formerly unknown things about you and your mother-in-law. Nor shall I ask you to reveal to the world your most embarrassing moment - This one is easy and invites you to visit a list of wonderful writing and author blogs you may never have seen before.

Rules: Post the logo on your blog Thank the person who nominated you Choose 10-12 other ladies who blog, as your nominees Post the links to the nominees' blogs and notify themon their blog Here are my nominees in alphabetical order
Celia Joy Anderson Rebecca Bradley
Petrea Burchard
India Drummond
Hazel Gaynor
Wendy Laharnar
Jane Lovering Terri Nixon
Margaret Evans Porter
Laura Purcell
Alison Stuart
Lisa Yarde

Where Are All The Good Books?

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During a recent conversation with an author friend, she said her publisher is 'having difficulties with distribution', i.e. they are unable to get her new title into High Street bookstores. This seems to be a prevalent problem with authors who have secured print publishing deals whose book doesn't go anywhere because it's only available online.

I used to love spending time in bookshops and knew exactly where to find the titles that appealed to me,  the historical fiction section was located in its own alcove with a conveniently placed armchair - In the larger ones I could even buy a cup of coffee and happily browse - Bliss

I visited a major bookshop this week, one of the two large chains which have survived the publishing revolution. The historical fiction, contemporary fiction, so-called 'womens' books' teen, paranormal, chic lit and crime novels are all lumped together under 'Fiction A-Z'  Locating titles likely to appeal to me became a chore in …

Anyone With Me On The White Queen?

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As a rule, I avoid TV dramas taken from historical novels as the author, and then the producers tend to mess around with the facts too much for me - The Tudors being a case in point. Maybe it's because a scene might linger in my memory and I'll take it for truth instead of an invention of the scriptwriter for dramatic purposes.

I didn't intend to watch The White Queen, mentally writing it off as another of the same, but after the first episode, I have to admit I am hooked.

Perhaps I am blogging this because there have been so many detractors on FB amongst the writing fraternity who have declared it as giving a completely incorrect view of the late fifteenth century - even down to
lambasting the use of a zipper on a dress by history purists - well don't forget the cameras filming the whole thing!


History aside, and there is plenty of accurate history in amongst the dramatic scenes, taking the series as a fact-based drama, I think it's quite impressive.  The charac…

Book Launch-Maid of Oaklands Manor

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I am delighted to feature a novel being launched today which I am reading at the moment - and loving it! Terri Nixon's debut novel published by Piatkus gives Downton Abbey a run for it's money, and as she explains on her blog, she thought of it first so Julian Fellowes must be following her!
I have also reviewed it at The HistoricalNovel Review Blogtoday as well 


Blurb: 
1912: A chance meeting between scullery maid Lizzy Parker and heiress Evie Creswell leads to more than an enduring friendship, and a new job for Lizzy; it draws her into a world of privilege and intrigue, and delivers her into the loving arms of a killer.
When Lizzy meets Jack Carlisle, a charismatic friend of the Creswell family, she finds herself drawn to him despite the rumour that he had been involved in the death of Evie's father. She senses her feelings are reciprocated, but as she finds herself pulled deeper into the dangerous world Jack inhabits she must decide if he can be trusted with the lif…

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