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Sufi Whirling and the Elysium Texts, by Annmarie Banks

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Historical Research, Historical Tidbits, Muslim Societies | 0 comments

The Books of the Dead (coming out in December), the third book in the series of the Elysium Texts (see The Hermetica of Elysium and The Necromancer’s Grimoire), takes place in the mountains of Persia.  The adventurers meet up with Sufi dervishes in the mountains in their search for followers of Zarathustra and the remnants of the disbanded Assassins.  In my research I have become fascinated with the dervishes and their hypnotic dance meditation. The Persian poet, Rumi, discovered this very Zen way of communing with the supernatural in...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 7/24-30/2014

Posted by on Jul 24, 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 Giveaways: Karen Perkins,  A Kindle Fire and 3 sets of Valkyrie Series Giveaway (last week) Short Term: I. J. Parker, The Masuda Affair (Akitada Mystery) is in a Kindle Countdown 99cents 7/25; 1.99 7/26; 2.99  7/27 3.99 7/28 Karen Perkins, Thores-Cross, Free in...

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WHY HISTORY IS A PAIN IN THE BUTT by Colin Falconer

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Featured Book, Historical Research | 4 comments

The facts are a constant thorn in the side of every author of historical fiction. HF readers hate it if you get your facts wrong so you sweat blood on research. God help you if you make a mistake. I once had a reader take me to task over a freaking tomato, so you overlook research at your peril, even one line in a 150,000 word book. Salad is particularly tricky. BUT you must also remember that you’re not an historian, you’re a novelist. My sister-in-law’s constant complaint – and she always has her nose in a book, God bless her cotton...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 7/17-23/2014

Posted by on Jul 17, 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 Giveaways: Karen Perkins,  A Kindle Fire and 3 sets of Valkyrie Series Giveaway Short Term: M. Louisa Locke, Uneasy Spirits, Free on Kindle 7/17-18 V. R. Christensen, Of Moths and Butterflies Free on Kindle 7/18-20 Karen Perkins, Ill Wind, Free on Kindle 7/20 Long Term: Cheri...

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Robin Hood (2009) review (spoilers) by Sarah Woodbury

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Historical Tidbits, Medieval Great Britain | 4 comments

Since I’m a sap for anything medieval, I knew I would probably enjoy Ridley Scott’s, Robin Hood, even if his movies are generally too violent for my taste.  I have to say that I liked the movie more than I thought I would.  He refrained from his usual slo-mo blood spray as the hero kills another man (or dies himself), for which I was grateful. In summary, the movie follows Robin from France, where he was in King Richard’s army on the way home from the Holy Land, to England, where he falls into an impersonation of the dead heir to the Locksley...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 7/10-16/2014

Posted by on Jul 10, 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 Giveaways: Karen Perkins,  A Kindle Fire and 3 sets of Valkyrie Series Giveaway Short Term: Karen Perkins, Ill Wind, Free on Kindle 7/13 Long Term: Cheri Lasota, Artemis Rising, Free on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and Kobo, Susanne Alleyn, Masquerade,  is Free on Smashwords  Sarah...

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Reality is as Bizarre as Fiction, by Donis Casey

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in 20th Century US, Featured Book | 2 comments

Hell With the Lid Blown Off  takes place in Muskogee County, Oklahoma, during the sultry summer of 1916. Storms are brewing all over; the country is teetering on the brink of World War I. Alafair Tucker fears for her children’s future as they grow up and her ability to protect them wanes–and then, a big twister cuts a swath of death and destruction around the county. No family is spared, including Alafair’s. But no one is going to mourn the loss of local bully Jubal Beldon, who had made it his business to know the ugly secrets of...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 7/3-9/2014

Posted by on Jul 3, 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 Giveaways: Karen Perkins,  A Kindle Fire and 3 sets of Valkyrie Series Giveaway Short Term: Karen Perkins, Ill Wind, Free on Kindle 7/6 Long Term: Cheri Lasota, Artemis Rising, Free on Kobo Susanne Alleyn, Masquerade,  is Free on Smashwords  Sarah Woodbury, The Daughter of...

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Historical Fiction Shorts – Glimpses into the Past by M. Louisa Locke

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Historical Research, short stories | 3 comments

I recently wrote a long post for my own blog on why I love writing short stories, and in the process I discovered that six other of the members of the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative (HFAC) have written short historical fiction as well (novellas or short stories). I am not surprised. One of my primary reasons for spinning off short stories from my Victorian San Francisco Mystery series is my desire to delve more deeply into the historical setting, a motive my fellow authors clearly share. In my full-length novels, Maids of Misfortune,...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 6/26-7/2/2014

Posted by on Jun 26, 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 Giveaways: Karen Perkins,  A Kindle Fire and 3 sets of Valkyrie Series Giveaway Short Term: M. Louisa Locke, Victorian San Francisco Stories, Free on Kindle 6/26-27 Karen Perkins, Dead Reckoning, Free on Kindle 6/29 Long Term: Cheri Lasota, Artemis Rising, Free on Kobo Susanne...

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