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Winterfell: The Story Behind the Name

In George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, the Stark family—descended from the ancient Kings of Winter—rules from its northern fastness of Winterfell. That name, WINTERFELL, conjures up images of both WINTER and SNOWFALL, appropriate for … Read More

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Emma of Normandy Through Time

Emma, a gem more splendid through the splendors of her merits… So begins the epigram written late in the 11th century by Godfrey, prior of Winchester, commemorating Emma, Queen of England. Queen Emma died on 6 March, 1052, and was … Read More

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A Story in Three Parts

My current work in progress is the third book of a trilogy about the 11th century queen of England, Emma of Normandy. Why write a trilogy, you may wonder. Why not put the entire story into one book? Maybe, you … Read More

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The Last Kingdom, Episode 1

BBC America’s new series THE LAST KINGDOM is based on The Saxon Tales a series of novels by the brilliant and prolific Bernard Cornwell. I have been a fan of Mr. Cornwell’s books for many years, so I was excited … Read More

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Guest Interview with Historical Mystery Novelist Candace Robb

Historical novelist and mystery writer Candace Robb is in the spotlight today as she celebrates the re-issue of her Owen Archer mysteries in brand new editions from Diversion Books, on sale today as e-books and next month as trade paperbacks. … Read More

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HNS Conference 2015

The 2015 Historical Novel Society Conference took place in Denver this past weekend, and I want to record a few memories before I surge back into the 11th century. Writers’ conferences are all about connecting and engaging with other writers, … Read More

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Authors on the Move 2015

Last Saturday night I had the very great pleasure of attending, for the second time, the Sacramento Public Library Foundation fundraiser event, AUTHORS ON THE MOVE. Our keynote speaker was Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket and he was joined by … Read More

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#BookadayUK 17: Future Classic

Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain, set during America’s Civil War, is one of the most brilliant, moving novels that I have ever read. Anyone who has seen the film may know the story, but the film does not convey the beauty … Read More

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#BookadayUK 14: An Old Favourite

As this is now #BookadayUK, please note the British spelling of favourite in my title. In fact, there is only one book by Austen which would not make it into this ‘old favourite’ category. That would be Mansfield Park, due … Read More

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#Bookaday for June 11: Secondhand Bookshop Gem

I recently purchased Pope Joan by Lawrence Durrell. I don’t know if it’s a gem because I haven’t read it yet. It was a surprise to see this on the bookstore shelf, though, because I had no idea that Durrell … Read More

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