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The Banana Wars by David Gaughran

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Featured Book, Historical Research, South America | 2 comments

Events in Latin America have always hit the headlines in the US but its history isn’t particularly well known. Even when a figure grips the national consciousness for an extended period, they are subsequently forgotten. Lee Christmas was a star of the Sunday supplements from the start of the 20th century until the outbreak of World War I, but few recall him today. And he was the most memorable out of all the hired guns toppling Central American governments. I knew straight away that I wanted to write a novel about this extraordinary man and...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 9/25-10/1/2014

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Weekly Promotional Announcement | 0 comments

Once a week the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative posts the books in our catalog that are free, discounted, or newly published. If you want to make sure you get notified in a timely matter, please subscribe to our blog (see bottom of page)  Thanks! FREEBIES Short Term: V. R. Christensen, Sixteen Seasons-a collection of short, sometimes strange stories Free on Kindle  9/26-28 Long Term: Cheri Lasota, Artemis Rising, Free on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and Kobo, Sarah Woodbury, The Daughter of Time, Free in all ebookstores Sarah Woodbury, The...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 9/18-24/2014

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Weekly Promotional Announcement | 0 comments

Once a week the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative posts the books in our catalog that are free, discounted, or newly published. If you want to make sure you get notified in a timely matter, please subscribe to our blog (see bottom of page)  Thanks! FREEBIES Long Term: Cheri Lasota, Artemis Rising, Free on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and Kobo, Sarah Woodbury, The Daughter of Time, Free in all ebookstores Sarah Woodbury, The Good Knight, Free in all ebookstores DISCOUNTED Short Term: Loretta Proctor, Dying Phoenix, 99 cents as a Kindle...

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The Series Protagonist by I. J. Parker

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Featured Book, Japan | Comments Off

I began the Akitada series in the mid-eighties. Progress was extremely slow. I was still teaching full-time and would be for another fifteen years. Besides, I had never written fiction before, let alone a mystery, let alone one set in eleventh-century Japan. But Robert Van Gulik had done the same thing for China and, thus inspired, I persisted. As I worked on my protagonist over the years, several interesting things happened. First off, I realized that I did not want a Sherlock Holmes type, a remote character with a super-human intelligence,...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 9/11-17/2014

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Weekly Promotional Announcement | Comments Off

Once a week the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative posts the books in our catalog that are free, discounted, or newly published. If you want to make sure you get notified in a timely matter, please subscribe to our blog (see bottom of page)  Thanks! FREEBIES Short Term: Rebecca Lochlann, The Year-god’s Daughter: A Saga of Ancient Greece, Free on Kindle 9/15 Long Term: Cheri Lasota, Artemis Rising, Free on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and Kobo, Sarah Woodbury, The Daughter of Time, Free in all ebookstores Sarah Woodbury, The Good...

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Do we really miss the old Victorian days? by Loretta Proctor

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in 19th England, Historical Research, Historical Tidbits | Comments Off

It’s so easy to get from one place to another in this century, isn’t it? We have the motor car to take us almost anywhere by road, we can use trains (if they run on time) to take us to cities not only here in Britain, but over most developed countries. No need to think about anything other than catching the train, heaving luggage on the rack then settling back in comfort with our iPads, looking dreamily out of windows at the passing scenery. Most amazing of all, we have aeroplanes to transport us right up into the sky over miles and miles of...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 9/4-10/2014

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Weekly Promotional Announcement | Comments Off

Once a week the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative posts the books in our catalog that are free, discounted, or newly published. If you want to make sure you get notified in a timely matter, please subscribe to our blog (see bottom of page)  Thanks! FREEBIES Short Term: M. Louisa Locke, Victorian San Francisco Stories Free on Kindle 9/5-7 Long Term: Cheri Lasota, Artemis Rising, Free on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and Kobo, Sarah Woodbury, The Daughter of Time, Free in all ebookstores Sarah Woodbury, The Good Knight, Free in all ebookstores...

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How to get published in Elizabethan England by Anna Castle

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in 16th Century England, Featured Book, Historical Tidbits | Comments Off

First, find a patron; the bigger, the better. A powerful patron might reward you with a handsome gift, possibly money, maybe even room and board in a country manor during the plague season. He or she — women, like Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, were also important patrons of the arts — might protect you if your work is found objectionable by anyone. Just name the patron to whom you aspire in your dedication and hope they pick up on it. Francis Bacon, never afraid to reach for the heights, dedicated his Advancement of...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 8/28-9/3/2014

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Weekly Promotional Announcement | Comments Off

Once a week the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative posts the books in our catalog that are free, discounted, or newly published. If you want to make sure you get notified in a timely matter, please subscribe to our blog (see bottom of page)  Thanks! FREEBIES Long Term: Cheri Lasota, Artemis Rising, Free on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and Kobo, Sarah Woodbury, The Daughter of Time, Free in all ebookstores Sarah Woodbury, The Good Knight, Free in all ebookstores DISCOUNTED Short Term: Loretta Proctor, The Long Shadow, 99 cents as a Kindle...

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What Do Readers of Historicals Want? by Peg Herring

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in 16th Century England, Historical Research | 3 comments

Get any group of historical novelists together and you’ll hear discussions of research. We read and read and read about the era we plan to write about. We try to sort out the real from the assumed, the misinformed, and the unconcerned writings that have gone before. (Shakespeare, for example, is good for Tudor-era detail but often way off in terms of truth about historical characters. With good reason, but still.) There are sometimes disagreements among authors, and I for one contend that some things are impossible to get right. Since we...

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