Coming Apart by Karen Heenan

Coming Apart by Karen Heenan

Hi everyone, this week no the blog, I’m reviewing Coming Apart by Karen Heenan. I actually read this book in October/November, but I wasn’t really blogging much then. However, I did read some amazing books last year (check out this blog post for my top 8 books of 2022!). So I thought I’d do a few blog review posts over the coming months. The Blurb Here’s the blurb to give you a flavour of the book: Ava has always been poor,

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The Boy from the Snow’s 5 year Anniversary!

The Boy from the Snow’s 5 year Anniversary!

Hi everyone, today is the 5 year anniversary since The Boy from the Snow was first published! All the way back in August 2016, I thought I might try to get my book published. While researching options, I came across Olympia Publishers, a small press who seemed particularly interested in new and unknown authors. I remember hitting ‘send’ on their online form, thinking that I’d never know unless I tried. I wasn’t expecting to hear anything back, but first they wanted

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Why write historical fiction?

Why write historical fiction?

Hi everyone, this week on the blog I’m talking about why so many writers and readers love historical fiction. What makes it such a popular genre? Why do writers love writing it? Last Friday, it was my turn to host #FriSalon, a weekly chat where we discuss writing topics. (I really recommend it, both for the great chats and the wonderful community. Fridays 4pm GMT/11am ET). On Friday we chatted through this very question – so I thought I’d do a

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The Concept of Monarchy in Stories

The Concept of Monarchy in Stories

This week on the blog, I’m talking about the concept of monarchy in our stories. You can probably guess what has prompted my thinking on this! As a Brit, the last few days have been quite different as we mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and Charles III acceding the throne. I’m very aware of contentious views on social media, but however you feel about the monarchy, it is a historic moment for the UK. The end of one monarch,

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The Healer’s Secret by Helen Pryke

The Healer’s Secret by Helen Pryke

Hi everyone, this week on the blog I’m reviewing The Healer’s Secret by Helen Pryke. Before I give you my review, here’s the blurb to give you a flavour. The Blurb In this series opener, history, secrets, and a second chance await a troubled English woman in her family’s Italian villa. Jennifer’s life isn’t going as she planned. Fired from her job and on the brink of divorce, her only salvation lies at the bottom of a wine bottle. When her mother

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Lady, in Waiting by Karen Heenan

Lady, in Waiting by Karen Heenan

This week on the blog, I’m reviewing ‘Lady, in Waiting’ by Karen Heenan. This is a relatively recent release. It’s also the third in Heenan’s amazing Tudor Court series, following ‘Songbird’ and ‘A Wider World’. You can find my thoughts below, but here’s a blurb to give you a flavour: The Blurb She serves the queen. Her husband serves the court.How can they be so far apart? Margaery Preston is newly married to a man she barely knows. Proposing to Robin

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The Veiled Wolf 3rd Book Birthday

The Veiled Wolf 3rd Book Birthday

This week on the blog, I thought I’d let celebrate The Veiled Wolf turning three! The last three years have flown by! I’m fondly remembering the launch party I had a couple of days after publication and a cake my friend Helen made to celebrate the book coming out. Book Sale I only discovered this by chance today, but Amazon have put The Veiled Wolf and The Boy from the Snow on sale on paperback in the UK. Thanks Amazon! Currently,

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Widow’s Lace by Lelita Baldock

Widow’s Lace by Lelita Baldock

This week on the blog, I’m reviewing Widow’s Lace by Lelita Baldock. It’s been a while since my last book review! I’m so excited to tell you about this wonderful novel. You may remember me mentioning Baldock before from me reading her other fantastic book, Where The Gulls Fall Silent. It was one of my top 10 favourite indie reads of 2021. You can also check out a recent interview I had with the author on my blog. I didn’t realise

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April Camp NaNoWriMo 2022

April Camp NaNoWriMo 2022

April Camp NaNoWriMo has landed! Or rather, it landed on the 1st April (I’m a bit late to the party). Writers partake in a virtual retreat, a more flexible version of the November event. Writers can choose their own goals rather than the common goal of wanting to hit 50k words in a month during November. (More info about April Camp NaNoWriMo can be found here.) I’m away later on in April, so I thought I’d do a ‘mini’ goal for

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Author Interview with Lelita Baldock

Author Interview with Lelita Baldock

Hi everyone, I’m excited to have an author interview on my blog this week! Allow me to introduce to you author Lelita Baldock. Her wonderful novel ‘Where The Gulls Fall Silent’ was one of my top 10 indie books I read last year. Her other books are firmly on my TBR. So without further ado, let’s get into the interview! 1. Introduce yourself! Tell us who you are, where you are in the world and what you like to write. LB:

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