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Before Downton Abbey by John B. Campbell

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in 20th Century England, Featured Book, Historical Fiction Influences, World War One | 1 comment

Before Downton Abbey premiered on television, I had an interest in the era between the world wars and the Golden Age just prior. I knew I wanted to somehow dramatize the social impacts of the Great War. I began writing fiction in the mid 1990s. Downton Abbey has since kindled a large audience ready for tales told against an early twentieth century backdrop. I am hopeful that my work will be well-received. What particularly interested me as a writer was the shocking turn of events. Prior to 1914, as we know, people in general were feeling...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 11/20-26/2014

Posted by on Nov 20, 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! SPECIAL NOTICE: J. L. Oakley, has one of the first books chosen to be part of the new Kindle Scout program–where readers get to help choose what books Amazon will publish. Check out the The Jossing Affair a novel of suspense in WWII Norway. JUST 5 MORE DAYS TO NOMINATE! FREEBIES Short...

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The Value of Education – East Asian versus Western thought by Lloyd Lofthouse

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in China, Historical Tidbits | 0 comments

To understand the Chinese mind, we should start with Confucius (552 – 479 BC), who is arguably the most influencial person in Chinese history and by extension the rest of East Asia: Korea, Japan, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia—thanks to China being a regional super power for more than two thousand years, while its merchants helped spread Chinese cultural influence and thought to the other East Asian countries they traded with. An important Confucian influence on Chinese society and the rest of East Asia was his focus on education and...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 11/13-19/2014

Posted by on Nov 13, 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! SPECIAL NOTICE: J. L. Oakley, has one of the first books chosen to be part of the new Kindle Scout program–where readers get to help choose what books Amazon will publish. Check out the The Jossing Affair a novel of suspense in WWII Norway. FREEBIES Long Term: Sarah Woodbury, The...

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The Defeat of Wales (1282) by Sarah Woodbury

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Featured Book, Medieval Great Britain | 3 comments

After the Treaty of Aberconwy in 1277 AD, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd was reduced to lordship over a small area of land in Gwynedd, mostly west of the Conwy River.  Over the course of the 1282 war, he took back much of what he’d lost.  He was killed, however, on 11 December 1282, and all of Wales ultimately fell the forces of Edward I.  The map at right shows: Green:  Gwynedd, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd’s principality Blue:  Territories of Dafydd ap Gruffydd Pink:  Territories ceded forever to the English Crown This defeat of the native Welsh...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 11/6-12/2014

Posted by on Nov 6, 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! SPECIAL NOTICE: J. L. Oakley, has one of the first books chosen to be part of the new Kindle Scout program–where readers get to help choose what books Amazon will publish. Check out the The Jossing Affair a novel of suspense in WWII Norway. FREEBIES Long Term: Sarah Woodbury, The...

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Honored in the breach: sumptuary laws by Anna Castle

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in 16th Century England, Historical Research, Historical Tidbits, Japan | Comments Off

Sumptuary laws are way for the upper classes to restrict the symbols of their wealth and power. In rigidly stratified societies, knowing a person’s social status is essential; sumptuary laws allow this vital fact to be determined at a glance. And persons aspiring to be taken for greater than they are have a handy list to take to their tailor! Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, is displaying a silk velvet cap with a gold band. His suit is silk with many tiny slashings. His hose are both slashed and wide, stuffed probably with horsehair....

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 10/30-11/5/2014

Posted by on Oct 30, 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! SPECIAL NOTICE: J. L. Oakley, has one of the first books chosen to be part of the new Kindle Scout program–where readers get to help choose what books Amazon will publish. Check out the The Jossing Affair a novel of suspense in WWII Norway. FREEBIES Short Term: V. R. Christensen, Of...

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Spare the Rod – Spoil the Wife The Outrageous History of Wife Beating by Mirella Sichirollo Patzer

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Featured Book, Historical Research, Historical Tidbits | Comments Off

Did you know that it wasn’t until recent history, the 20th century, that it became unlawful for husbands to beat their wives? Domestic violence has been a harsh reality for women for thousands of years. In my latest novel, The Novice, the underlying theme is domestic violence. I wanted to demonstrate the cycle of violence. If a woman in medieval times could free herself from the cycle of abuse, today’s women can choose to do the same. What follows is a historical timeline of domestic violence through the centuries.   735 B.C. In Rome,...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 10/23-29/2014

Posted by on Oct 23, 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: Suzanne Adair, The Blacksmith’s Daughter: A Mystery of the American Revolution,  99 cents on US Kindle 10/24-26 Long Term: Sarah Woodbury, The Daughter of Time, Free in all ebookstores Sarah Woodbury, The Good Knight, Free in all ebookstores DISCOUNTED Long Term:...

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