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Cinderella or Scarlett O'Hara?

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As a reader, do you have to fall in love with the female main character of a novel from the first page? Or can you have a woman who is self centered, ambitious and even arrogant, who treads on people's toes, and is determined to get her own way, yet still enjoy the novel?

Do you hope she will find a kinder way to deal with people, or that somewhere along the way she's going to get what you feel she deserves?

Do you admire her cunning methods to get what she wants, using whatever weapons she has, or are you more sympathetic to the kind-hearted miss who is abused by everyone but is still kind to stray kittens and gets the rewards at the end by luck rather than judgement and scheming?

The heroine of my latest book, Royalist Rebel, was definitely a Scarlett. She was also a real woman in a time where if she hadn't devised a plan, the conflicting factions would have destroyed her, her family and her whole future.

Elizabeth refused to give in, played both sides of the game, dine…

Author Interview - Laura Purcell

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I have Laura Purcell on my blog today who writes about the misunderstood, neglected and sometimes abused ladies of the Hanoverian court.   Laura has recently secured a contract with Myrmidion Books for her novel Queen of Bedlam about Queen Charlotte and the daughters of George III which comes out in June.


1.  Welcome Laura, what is it about the Georgians that makes their stories so compelling for you as an author?
Quite frankly, the Georgian stories are too good to be lost in the mists of time! It amazes me that we know so much about the Tudors and Victorians, but often bypass the years in-between. The Georgian period was instrumental in forming the world as we know it today. However, most novels either concentrate on Regency romance, the French Revolution, or Nelson’s navy. We hear little of the English monarchy, struggling to accept the new limitations to their power.

But even if the era wasn’t fascinating, I’d feel compelled to write about the queens and princesses I have come to l…
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LAUNCH DAY FOR ALISON STUART'S LATEST CIVIL WAR ROMANCE
My Review is on the Historical Novel Review Blog at: HNR Blog
PUBLISHER'S BLURB

As the English Civil War divides England and tears families apart, Kinton Lacey castle is one of the brave few loyal to the roundhead cause.

With her father away, Deliverance Felton will do whatever it takes to defend her family home against the royalist forces ranged against it. She can shoot and wield a sword as well as any man and anything she needs to know about siege warfare she has learned from a book...but no book can prepare her for what is to come.

Captain Luke Collyer, soldier of fortune and a man with his own reasons for loyalty to the parliamentary cause, is sent to relieve the castle. Everything he knows about siege warfare in general and women in particular he has learned from experience, but when it comes to Deliverance Felton has he met his match?

Deliverance will not give up her command lightly and Luke will have to face a challeng…

And This Month's Winner Is......

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As someone who rarely, if ever wins anything, I'm chuffed to announce the Romance Reviews Magazine has voted Royalist Rebel the Winners of their  best historical reads for Mainstream Historical Novels for January 2014

With especial thanks to Suzy and to Francine Howarth, who wrote this lovely review.


Although I am far from a fan of first-person narrative, I do love the period of the English Civil Wars. Therefore, I decided to lay aside the fact Royalist Rebel is written wholly from the viewpoint of Mistress Elizabeth Murray. I’m glad I did because Ms Seymour paints a vivid picture of life at Ham House. Given that Elizabeth’s earlier (un-chronicled) life is the author’s creation it blends well with known facts of the young woman’s rise from relatively modest beginnings to that of wealth and title. It’s a well-researched book in terms of the political scores and all credit to the author for a thoroughly enjoyable read.

I like the way Elizabeth Murray’s story begins with hig…

Historical Novel Society Short Story Competition

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The Historical Novel Society seeks to support writers of new historical fiction by the HNS International Awards – a series of competitions for previously unpublished short stories and novels. 2014 Award, For an Outstanding Short Story
An International Award, with a prize of $2,000  for an outstanding historical short story.  Entries must be between 1,000 and 5,000 words.  The deadline for submissions is 1st April 2014. For an idea of the quality of story they are looking for, here  is the first HNS anthology,

The Beggar at the Gate

There is an entry fee of $15 per story
($5 for members of the HNS) Enter the Competition Here Competition Rules Join the Historical Novel Society The 2014 HNS London Conference

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