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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 5/14-20/2015

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Uncategorized, 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.  FREEBIES Short Term: JJ Toner, Zugswang (a short story) is Free on Smashwords Long Term: Susanne Alleyn, Cavalier of the Apocalypse (Aristide Ravel Mysteries) Free on Smashwords I. J. Parker Roshoman Gate (Akitada Mystery Book 2) Free on Kindle, Kobo, iTunes Libbie Hawker, The Sekhmet Bed (The She-King Book...

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Would a Medieval Prince have had an Office? by Sarah Woodbury

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Historical Research, Historical Tidbits, Medieval Great Britain | 1 comment

A reader asked me this the other day, and I thought it worth a post because we think of ‘offices’ as being a modern invention, with computers and fax machines and secretaries. And yet, a medieval prince or king–any ruler, from a sheriff to a thane for that matter–must have had a place for conducting business.  Where were papers kept? Where did he upbraid his inferiors for shoddy work? England in particular has been known for its government system of record keeping back to the Middle Ages. Where did the king keep all that? I chose to use the...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 5/7-13/2015

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Weekly Promotional Announcement | Comments Off on HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 5/7-13/2015

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.  FREEBIES Short Term: JJ Toner, Zugswang (a short story) is Free on Smashwords Long Term: I. J. Parker Roshoman Gate (Akitada Mystery Book 2) Free on Kindle, Kobo, iTunes Libbie Hawker, The Sekhmet Bed (The She-King Book 1) Free in all ebookstores M. Louisa Locke, Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco...

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Knight of Betrayal: A Yorkshire Ghost Story by Karen Perkins

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Featured Book, Historical Research, Medieval Great Britain | Comments Off on Knight of Betrayal: A Yorkshire Ghost Story by Karen Perkins

Although a great deal is written about the assassination of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, in 1170, barely anything is written about his murderers. It is accepted fact that they were headstrong and bloodthirsty – and very drunk – knights who mistook a temper tantrum for a kill order from their king, but is that what really happened? After the murder, the knights – Morville, FitzUrse, Tracy and Brett – fled to Yorkshire, hiding out in Knaresborough Castle. The legend says that they were hated and lived in disgrace, that even the...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 4/23-29/2015

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Weekly Promotional Announcement | Comments Off on HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 4/23-29/2015

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.  FREEBIES Short Term: J. L Oakley, Timber Rose, is Free on Kindle 4/25-26 M. Ruth Myers,  Don’t Dare a Dame (Maggie Sullivan Mysteries) is Free in all ebookstores thru 4/30 JJ Toner, Zugswang (a short story) is Free on Smashwords Long Term: I. J. Parker Roshoman Gate (Akitada Mystery Book 2) Free on...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 4/16-22/2015

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Weekly Promotional Announcement | Comments Off on HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 4/16-22/2015

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.  FREEBIES Short Term: V. R. Christensen, Sixteen Seasons-a collection of short, sometimes strange, stories is Free on Kindle 4/17-18 M. Ruth Myers,  Don’t Dare a Dame (Maggie Sullivan Mysteries) is Free in all ebookstores thru 4/30 JJ Toner, Zugswang (a short story) is Free on Smashwords Long Term: I. J....

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 4/9-15/2015

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Weekly Promotional Announcement | Comments Off on HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 4/9-15/2015

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.  FREEBIES Short Term: JJ Toner, Zugswang (a short story) is Free on Smashwords Long Term: I. J. Parker Roshoman Gate (Akitada Mystery Book 2) Free on Kobo, iTunes Libbie Hawker, The Sekhmet Bed (The She-King Book 1) Free in all ebookstores M. Louisa Locke, Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco...

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Spirit Catcher by Steve Bartholomew

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in 19th Century U.S., Featured Book, Historical Tidbits | 1 comment

My latest book, Spirit Catcher, has just come out and is available on line. I’ve been asked to say a few words about it, but first I’m going to mention Singapore. As I write this Singapore is in the news due to the recent death of its modern founder, or inventor, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Mr. Lee took what had been a backwater of the British Empire and turned it into a modern industrial trading nation, an actual city-state with its own military and one of the most important economies on Earth. With practically no natural resources of its...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 4/2-8/2015

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Weekly Promotional Announcement | Comments Off on HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 4/2-8/2015

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.  FREEBIES Short Term: Steven Bartholomew, Faro: A Tale of Old San Francisco (a short story), Free  Kindle 4/1-5 Long Term: Libbie Hawker, The Sekhmet Bed (The She-King Book 1) Free in all ebookstores M. Louisa Locke, Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery, Free in all ebookstores N. Gemini Sasson, The...

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Writing in the past: the tools of our trade by Anna Castle

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in 16th Century England, Historical Research, Historical Tidbits | 7 comments

Writing has been invented more than once on our small planet. The Olmecs of MesoAmerica were writing histories in stone by 900 BCE. Chinese characters, probably an independent invention, date from 1200 BCE. The ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia were writing more than mere accounting records in 3200 BCE. Our writing system derives from Sumerian cuneiforms. The ones we still have were made by pressing a shaped stylus into wet clay, baked to preserve the text — a most effective method of preservation! The Greeks and Romans adapted Sumerian...

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