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Book Launch: Drake - Tudor Corsair (Elizabethan Series Book 1)


New on Amazon UK, Amazon USAmazon CA and Amazon AU1564: Devon sailor Francis Drake sets out on a journey of adventure. He learns of routes used to transport Spanish silver and gold, and risks his life in an audacious plan to steal a fortune.I’ve been planning an Elizabethan series for some time, as my aim is to tell the stories of the Tudors from Owen Tudor’s first meeting with Queen Catherine of Valois through to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.I decided to show the fascinating world of the Elizabethan court through the eyes of the queen’s favourite courtiers, starting with Francis Drake. I soon discovered almost everything I thought I knew about Drake was wrong, and have enjoyed tracking do...
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Book Launch Spotlight - Six Tudor Queens: Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen, by Alison Weir


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USAt just nineteen, Katheryn Howard is quick to trust and fall in love. She comes to court. She sings, she dances. She captures the heart of the King.Henry declares she is his rose without a thorn. But Katheryn has a past of which he knows nothing. It comes back increasingly to haunt her. For those who share her secrets are waiting in the shadows, whispering words of love... and blackmail.Acclaimed, bestselling historian Alison Weir draws on extensive research to recount one of the most tragic tales in English history - that of a lively, sweet but neglected girl, used by powerful men for their own gain.History tells us she died too soon. This mesmerising nov...
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Understanding the life of Katherine Willoughby, Duchess of Suffolk


I began exploring the life of Katherine Willoughby when writing about her first husband, Charles Brandon for my last book, Brandon – Tudor Knight. With typical panache, Brandon borrowed the money to buy the wardship of nine-year-old Katherine, who’d become Baroness Willoughby de Eresby on the death of her father – and one of the wealthiest heiresses in England.   He claimed his plan was to secure her as a bride for his son and heir, Henry, (named after the king) yet I suspect the truth was a little different. Charles Brandon’s wife, Mary Tudor, Dowager Queen of France (and the king’s sister) suffered with a debilitating ‘pain in her side’, so I believe he was making plans for the future.   W...
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Special Guest Post by Martha Begley Schade, Author of Galway Fairytales: The Merlin Woods Series


Available  from Amazon UK and Amazon USThis children’s fairytale book aims to motivate young readers to strengthen their social skills. It is best suited for children age 9 to 12 years old. With charming and educational celtic stories about relatable animal characters living in the Merlin Woods in Galway on the West Coast of Ireland, the characters all find their way through difficult topics that children have to face.Can't life be simply wonderful!  After several hard, soul-destroying years, I stumbled across a whole new aspect in life that I would never have dreamed about. It turned my life around and I would love to share this story with you: How I became a published author at 57 years of...
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Special Guest Post by Jackie Cosh, Author of The King with the Iron Belt: The life of King James IV of Scotland


New on Amazon UK and Amazon USKnown as the Renaissance king, King James IV of Scotland played a huge part in the joining of the two kingdoms of Scotland and England. Through his marriage to the English Margaret Tudor his lineage became heirs to the English crown and his great grandson eventually took the throne as King James VI of Scotland, I of England. Amateur dentist, sociologist, educational reformer….. If King James IV of Scotland was alive today his CV would be pretty impressive. Which is why, for nearly twenty years I have had a fascination with him that led me, slowly and surely, to write a book about him. The King with the Iron Belt was published in 2018, a biography of the man from...
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WOLSEY (Routledge Historical Biographies) by Glenn Richardson


New on Amazon UK and Amazon USThrough a thematic and broadly chronological approach, Wolsey offers a fascinating insight into the life and legacy of a man who was responsible for building Henry VIII’s reputation as England’s most impressive king.The book reviews Thomas Wolsey’s record as the realm’s leading Churchman, Lord Chancellor and political patron and thereby demonstrates how and why Wolsey became central to Henry’s government for 20 years. By analysing Wolsey’s role in key events such as the Field of Cloth of Gold, the study highlights how significant Wolsey was in directing and conducting England’s foreign relations as the king’s most trusted advisor. Based on up-to-date research, R...
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Blog Tour: The Last King: England: The First Viking Age (The Ninth Century Book 1) by M J Porter


New on Amazon UK and Amazon USThey sent three hundred warriors to kill one man. It wasn’t enough. Mercia lies broken but not beaten, her alliance with Wessex in tatters.I'm pleased to welcome author M J Porter to The Writing Desk:Tell us about your latest book.The Last King is set in AD874, in Mercia, and tells the story of Coelwulf and his war band as they battle against the Raiders (Vikings) following the abdication of King Burgred (King Alfred’s brother in law). It’s a relentless, blood and gore fest action story, as Coelwulf sets out to drive the Raiders from Mercia, even as they try to hunt him down to put an end to his attempts to keep Mercia independent. It’s sweary and brutal and not...
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Guest Post by Cassandra Clark, Author of Murder at Whitby Abbey (An Abbess of Meaux Mystery)


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USDespatched to Whitby Abbey to barter for a Holy Relic, Hildegard of Meaux is plunged into a baffling murder investigation in this gripping medieval mystery. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT One of the questions people always ask at writer events is:  how do you get your ideas?  A better question would be, how do you choose one idea to run with when there are so many tripping you up?I’m often stuck for an answer.  Ideas bombard the mind at all hours, aggravatingly, often in the middle of the night.  May as well ask: why do we fall in love? Love settles where it wills.  And so do ideas.I was musing on this topic as I scrubbed the porridge pan this morning and my thoughts...
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Achten Tan: Land of Dust and Bone (Tales from the Year Between Book 1) Edited by C. Vandyke


Available for pre-order from Amazon UK and Amazon USas well as SmashwordsAt the crossroads between Mieville’s New Crobuzon and M.T. Anderson’s Viriconium, on the border of Dhalgrin and D&D, just to the left of Terry Pratchet’s Disk World and Mad Max’s Fury Road … lies Achten TanTales from the Year Between is a biannual anthology that brings together some of the most talented writers from around the globe to invent an original world from scratch, then explore that world through their writing. After a week of intensive world-building, each author sets out to expand their new, fabulous universe through short-stories, flash fiction, poems,  songs, and whatever other genres their boundless imagin...
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A Different Cromwell ~ Special Guest Reviewer Linda Porter on The Puritan Princess by Miranda Malins


New on Amazon UK and Amazon USLondon, 1657: Following her father Oliver Cromwell's unprecedented ascent to become Lord Protector of the Commonwealth, Frances Cromwell has moved from her humble childhood home to the sumptuous surroundings of the palaces of Hampton Court and Whitehall. Dreaming of romance, fulfilment and a love match that must surely be found at court, 18-year-old Frances is the youngest of Cromwell's daughters. Linda Porter on The Puritan Princess by Miranda Malins Hilary Mantel has succeeded in making Thomas Cromwell, chief minister and fixer to Henry VIII, a household name, at least among readers of historical fiction. But what of the earlier Cromwell’s distant relative, Ol...
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Making Good Use of Amazon Editorial Reviews #AuthorToolboxBlogHop


 I’ve been using Amazon KDP for twelve years (it was founded in November 2007) and am still discovering new ways to use it more effectively.A good example was a post on Jane Friedman’s website about editorial reviews. The facility is a little hidden away, but it easy to use, and with a little thought can help potential book buyers. )You can see the full post here.)Editorial reviews are written by an editor or expert in the book’s genre or field. You can find them on your book’s sales page, just above the About the Author section.’Steps for adding Editorial Reviews to Amazon:Log in to Author Central.Click on the Books tab at the top of the page.Go to your Books Page.Click on the title of the ...
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Guest Interview with Martin Lundqvist, Author of The Banker and the Dragon


Available on Amazon UK, Amazon USand Amazon AU“When a new virus emerges, one man is set to change the future”.The Australian agent Jared Pond is sent to investigate the rumours of a new Chinese bioweapon, the Hei Bai virus. During his assignment, Jared meets and falls in love with the Chinese civil rights activist Eileen Lu, the enemy of the CPOC. Together, Jared and Eileen try to uncover the dark secrets of the villainous dictator Chairman Jing Xi, and his assistant Tzi Cheng. But who is Pierre Beaumont, and what is the connection between the spread of the virus, and the World Bank's CEO?I'm pleased to welcome multi-genre author Martin Lundqvist to The Writing Desk:Tell us about your latest...
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Chasing Butterflies, by Nicole Thorne


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USChasing Butterflies is a story of HopeIt’s the story of a girl who is damaged by life. A story about finding love against all odds. A story of hidden truths and painful lies.Hope is on the cusp of her fortieth birthday. She has just about got her life together. She adores her husband Ben and has her dream job as an architect.Everything changes following a devastating twist of fate. Hope’s life starts to spiral out of control, she is troubled by strange and vivid dreams that remind her of the past.In a bid to find the peace she returns to the idyllic Cornish fishing village of her childhood.Will she find the answers she is looking for or will she find the t...
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Book Launch Spotlight: Map of the Impossible (Mapwalkers Book 3) by J.F. Penn


Pre-order now. Available in ebook and print on 21 July 2020Amazon UK and Amazon USA journey through the realm of the dead.A threat that will change the world.A choice that might save everything—or end it all.As natural disasters sweep Earthside, a mutant army rises in the Borderlands, driven by the dark force behind the Shadow Cartographers. Sienna and the Mapwalker team must use the Map of the Impossible to journey through the realm of the dead and face the nightmare at its heart.But when one of their number is taken and the team begins to break apart, each Mapwalker must face their greatest challenge.Can the Mapwalker team reach the Tower of the Winds before the Shadow claims Earthside?Wil...
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Book Launch Spotlight ~ 1520: The Field of The Cloth of Gold, By Amy Licence


Available for pre-order from Amazon UK1520 explores the characters of two larger-than-life kings, whose rivalry and love-hate relations added a feisty edge to European relations in the early sixteenth century. What propelled them to meet, and how did each vie to outdo the other in feats of strength and yards of gold cloth?Everyone who was anyone in 1520 was there. But why was the flower of England’s nobility transported across the Channel, and how were they catered for? What did this temporary, fairy-tale village erected in a French field look like, feel like and smell like? This book explores not only the political dimension of their meeting and the difficult triangle they established with ...
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Book Launch Spotlight ~ Final Chance, by E.B. Roshan


New on Amazon UK and Amazon USThree months have passed since Preen learned that her husband, Rama, was captured and killed by a rival militia. Now the pieces of her shattered life are falling back into place. It's getting easier to breathe again. Preen finds herself smiling over her daughter's antics. She's engaged to her wealthy, handsome cousin, who loved her long before Rama stole her heart. Then, late one night, Rama calls. He asks Preen to come back to the dangerous city of Dor, back to the life she thought she'd left behind forever...# # #About the AuthorE.B. Roshan has enjoyed a nomadic lifestyle for several years, living in the Middle East and Asia, but is now temporarily settled in ...
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Special Guest Post By Cassandra Clark, Author of Hour of the Fox (A Brother Chandler Mystery Book 1)


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USIntroducing reluctant spy and friar-sleuth Brother Rodric Chandler in the first of a brand-new medieval mystery series.London. July, 1399. As rumours spread that his ambitious cousin, Henry Bolingbroke, has returned from exile in France, King Richard's grip on the English throne grows ever more precarious. Meanwhile, the body of a young woman is discovered at Dowgate sluice. When it's established that the dead woman was a novice from nearby Barking Abbey, the coroner calls in his friend, Brother Chandler, to investigate. Why Richard II?  The background to THE HOUR OF THE FOX, my new series, is the story of the regicide of King Richard II. I’d like to say s...
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Guest Interview with Sam Taw, Author of Pagan Rage (Tribes of Britain Book 4)


New on Amazon UK and Amazon USThree Perilous Journeys.Two Treacherous CaptivesOne Dead LeaderWise woman, Meliora blames herself. She did all she could to treat her nephew's fractured skull. How could she have known that it would leave him open to an evil spirit?His volatile mood swings and confusion leave her exhausted and upset. His raids into enemy territory risk their only chance to call a truce with their neighbours. Now her whole tribe's in danger.Can they rid him of his affliction and finally achieve a lasting peace?I'm pleased to welcome author Sam Taw to The Writing DeskTell us about your latest bookThe thing about writing pre-Roman historical fiction is that you are wholly reliant o...
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Blog Tour ~ A Thin Porridge, by Benjamin J. Gohs


New on Amazon UK and Amazon USWhen 19-year-old Abeona Browne's renowned abolitionist father Jon Browne dies in summer of 1860, devastating family secrets are revealed, and her life of privilege and naiveté in Southern Michigan becomes a frantic transatlantic search for answers—and someone she didn't even know existed.Still in mourning, Abeona sneaks aboard the ship carrying her father’s attorney Terrence Swifte and his assistant Djimon—a young man with his own secrets—on a quest to Africa to fulfil a dying wish.Along the journey, Abeona learns of her father’s tragic and terrible past through a collection of letters intended for someone he lost long ago.Passage to the Dark Continent is fraugh...
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Historical Fiction Spotlight: Melusine (The Heirs of Anarchy Book 2) by G. Lawrence


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USSummer 1128:  Matilda, once Empress of the Holy Roman Empire, daughter and heir to the King of England, has been married for the sake of politics to Geoffrey, heir to the Count of Anjou; an untested, untitled boy.Through hard years of marriage, Matilda seeks to maintain her position as heir to the thrones of England and Normandy, and to be seen as a worthy successor to her father. In this time she will encounter monsters, in herself and in others, and will face darkness, deceit and danger as each step on this path takes her closer to the crown.Melusine is Book Two in the series The Heirs of Anarchy by G. Lawrence.# # #About the AuthorGemma Lawrence is an i...
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