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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: February 22-28, 2018

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in Weekly Promotional Announcement | 0 comments

Once a week the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative posts the books in our catalog that are newly free, discounted, or published. If you want to make sure you get notified in a timely matter, please subscribe to our blog.   Short Term Freebies and Discounts:   Death by Disputation by Anna Castle Thomas Clarady is recruited to spy on a group of radical Puritans at Cambridge University. Francis Bacon is his spymaster; his tutor in both tradecraft and religious politics. Their commission gets off to a deadly start when Tom finds his...

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The Language of History: How Much Is Enough? by Peg Herring

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in 16th Century England, Featured Book, Historical Tidbits | 0 comments

The great thing about language is that it changes. The bad thing about language is that it changes. Most of us hardly notice our syntax and vocabulary until someone calls attention to it. A snicker, a raised brow, or an impassioned plea can force us to consider how we say what we say. Historical fiction writers face centuries of linguistic change, so they must attempt to capture the flavor of the time without driving readers crazy with thees and forsooths. It isn’t easy because… (See opening paragraph). While it’s fun to use the unusual...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: February 15-21, 2018

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Weekly Promotional Announcement | 0 comments

Once a week the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative posts the books in our catalog that are newly free, discounted, or published. If you want to make sure you get notified in a timely matter, please subscribe to our blog.   Short Term Freebies and Discounts:   Bloody Lessons by M. Louisa Locke In Bloody Lessons, it’s the winter of 1880, and the teachers of San Francisco are under attack: their salaries slashed and their competency and morals questioned in a series of poison pen letters. Annie Fuller, the reluctant clairvoyant,...

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Working Women and Latchkey Kids in WWII America by M. Ruth Myers

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in 20th Century US, Featured Book, Historical Tidbits, World War Two | 0 comments

Mothers working in factories to support America’s war effort while their children roamed the streets at night provides a minor plot thread and a stroke of historical color in Dames Fight Harder, the sixth Maggie Sullivan mystery. It’s grounded firmly in the reality of 1940s Dayton, Ohio, where the detective series is set, and of the nation in general. The Dayton War Manpower Committee made a multi-pronged effort to recruit women workers. In his book Home Sweet Home Front: Dayton During World War II, local historian Curt Dalton shows one of...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: February 8-14, 2018

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in Weekly Promotional Announcement | 0 comments

Once a week the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative posts the books in our catalog that are newly free, discounted, or published. If you want to make sure you get notified in a timely matter, please subscribe to our blog.   Short Term Freebies and Discounts:   Dames Fight Harder by M. Ruth Myers Murder at a construction site draws Ohio private investigator Maggie Sullivan into a case that makes cops mistrust her and friends doubt her. The suspect, Rachel Minsky, is Maggie’s closest friend – and all signs point to Rachel’s guilt....

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: February 1-7, 2018

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Weekly Promotional Announcement | 0 comments

Once a week the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative posts the books in our catalog that are newly free, discounted, or published. If you want to make sure you get notified in a timely matter, please subscribe to our blog.   Short Term Freebies and Discounts:   Moriarty Takes His Medicine by Anna Castle Professor & Mrs. Moriarty tackle a case too ticklish for Sherlock Holmes to handle on his own… James and Angelina Moriarty are settling into their new marriage and their fashionable new home — or trying to. But James has too little...

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The Reign of King Stephen by Sarah Woodbury

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Featured Book, Historical Tidbits, Medieval Great Britain | 0 comments

My Gareth & Gwen Medieval Mysteries are set during King Stephen’s reign, a time full of turmoil because of the conflict between him and King Henry’s daughter, Maud (Matilda).  Both claimed the throne of England and tore the country apart trying to get it.  Maud was supported by her half-brother, Robert of Gloucester, who couldn’t claim the throne himself because he was illegitimate.  Otherwise, he was the richest and most powerful man in England behind Stephen. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle has a very lengthy entry on the time of King...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: January 25-31, 2018

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in Weekly Promotional Announcement | Comments Off on HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: January 25-31, 2018

Once a week the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative posts the books in our catalog that are newly free, discounted, or published. If you want to make sure you get notified in a timely matter, please subscribe to our blog.   Short Term Freebies and Discounts:   Moriarty Meets His Match by Anna Castle Professor James Moriarty has but one desire left in his shattered life: to prevent the man who ruined him from harming anyone else. Then he meets amber-eyed Angelina Gould and his world turns upside down. At an exhibition of new...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: January 18-24,2018

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Weekly Promotional Announcement | Comments Off on HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: January 18-24,2018

Once a week the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative posts the books in our catalog that are newly free, discounted, or published. If you want to make sure you get notified in a timely matter, please subscribe to our blog.   Short Term Freebies and Discounts:   Rubies of the Viper (new edition) by Martha Marks AD 53 — Strong-willed, impetuous, and naive, Theodosia Varro inherits the family estate after her brother is murdered on the streets of Rome. With no preparation, she goes from poverty and isolation to great wealth and a...

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A Few Words about Language and Time by Anna Castle

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Historical Tidbits | 7 comments

Every few months, a newcomer posts a query to the Historical Novel Society’s Facebook page asking about language and historical fiction. Typically, the poster wants to know how “historically accurate” each writer tries to be. Being a linguist, I find these discussions impossible to comprehend. Learning a past version of your native language would be like learning a foreign language you could never hear. You might master the grammatical rules — fairly easily, if your variety comes along after, say, mid-seventeenth...

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