I am happy to welcome to the show today, the amazing husband and wife team of Verity Bright, the authors of “A Lesson in Murder” now available at Amazon, Bookouture, and on The Historical Fiction Company bookshop.
I am thrilled to welcome Bookouture’s Meghan Masterson to the show today as she talks about her new release “The Paris Wife”!
You can hear all about it on the podcast and on a corresponding blog post at The Historical Fiction Company blog here: https://www.thehistoricalfictionpress.com/blog
I am happy to welcome V. E. H. Masters to the show today presenting her book “The Castilians”!
Runner-up, SAW Barbara Hammond Trophy
Local lad Will is among them, fighting for the Protestant cause. His treasonous activities place his family in grave danger, forcing his sister Bethia into an unwelcome alliance. As the long siege unravels, Bethia and Will struggle over where their loyalties lie and the choices they each must make — whether to save their family, or stay true to their beliefs and follow their hearts
This debut novel closely follows the historical events of the siege of St Andrews Castle, and its dramatic re-taking.
‘A clever blend of fact and fiction…gripping action, drama galore, and a dash of romance.’ Margaret Skea
I am pleased to welcome to the show today, Owen Pataki, the historical fiction bestselling author of “Seachers in Winter: a Novel of Napoleon’s Empire”
“Owen Pataki’s second novel emerges from the rubble of the French Revolution into the legendary conquests of Napoleon. Readers will love the richly drawn characters and evocative settings in this story that pits the values of humanity against those lusting after power and greed.” —Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of Gates of Fire
Welcome to the podcast today Alfred Nichols, the author of “Lost Love’s Return” –
A heart-wrenching story of two lovers, torn apart by war, and their boundless journey back to one another.
Now available at Amazon:
Check out the new episode with scientist-turned-author, Juliane Weber, author of “Under the Emerald Sky”
Her novel is available at Amazon and at The Historical Fiction Company bookshop.
Check out the new episode with historical fiction author, Mally Becker” and her Revolutionary War novel, “The Turncoat’s Widow”
Now available on Amazon or at The Historical Fiction Company bookshop
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5-star HFP “Highly Recommended” Medal
There are moments when, as a reader, you know the second a book impacts you. And when that impact comes at the very beginning, well, you know you are about to take an exquisite journey. I have felt this many times throughout the years and when it happens, the books become dear to me, and a must-have for my own personal library. This is one of those times.
Reading the blurb, one might think this is just another retelling of the infamous story of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, but I am here to say that this book transcends anything I have read to date on this popular subject. When you read lines such as: “…The king’s eyes fly open and his eyeballs swivel from side to side, his disintegrating ego peering as if through the slits in a mummer’s mask.” or “Henry and I are the most powerful couple in all of England and yet, in the face of death, we are powerless,” you are compelled to soak in every last detail. And last, I have to share this… “It is a dead sort of day, the type of day where the sky is white, and there is not even the hint of a breeze. Clouds muffle the horizon and I want to push them away, thrust back the oppression and the fear, and revel for one more day beneath blue skies, feel the wind on my cheeks, the scent of Hever in the air. Instead I am here, in my palatial prison, with no future, no next week to look forward to, perhaps not even a tomorrow.”
Oh, there are so many many more for you to enjoy on this heavenly journey of words. This is just a small sampling.
The immense beauty of Judith Arnopp’s selection of words and phrases is a lesson on how to write a historical novel. She takes what we already know of Anne and Henry to another level, a rare personal glimpse into their personalities, their fears, their hopes, and their love that turned England upside-down in terms of religion. In this book, Anne draws a reader’s sympathy, as she is portrayed as a young naïve girl thrust down a path that ultimately brings her ruin. The delicate way the author shows Anne’s love for her family home, Hever Castle, and the simplicities of that ‘other life’, the life before Henry, fleshes out her character and makes her tremendously relatable; as does the bond she shares with her brother, George, that is taken completely out of context by those wishing to destroy her.
The Kiss of the Concubine is now among my ‘go-to’ books that I will read again and again. Even this review does not do it justice. Simply put… get this book. It is stunning. A must-read!!