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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 | 1 comment

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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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 8/21-27/2014

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Weekly Promotional Announcement | 2 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: M. Ruth Myers is giving away her new Maggie Sullivan short story, A Barefoot Stiff through 8/26 Short Term: Karen Perkins, Dead Reckoning, Free on Kindle 8/21-22 V. R. Christensen, Cry of the Peacock, Free on Kindle 8/22-24 M. Louisa Locke, Uneasy Spirits: A Victorian San...

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Pocahontas and the origins of Tidewater by Libbie Hawker

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Colonial America, Featured Book, Historical Research | 2 comments

I first got the idea to write a novel about Pocahontas years ago, while I was working in a bookstore where I found a biography about the famous Native American “princess.” Curious, and thinking this would be a familiar and unchallenging story, I started reading the biography on my lunch break. I very quickly realized that the true history of this woman’s life was nothing like the myth that had made her live on through the centuries. The idea that historical truth can be so dramatically different from the stories we think we know has been in...

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HISTORICAL FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 8/14-20/2014

Posted by on Aug 14, 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: Libbie Hawker, Tidewater: A Novel of Pocahontas and the Jamestown Colony is Free on Kindle 8/12-14 Karen Perkins, Cursed: A Yorshire Ghost Short Story, Free on Kindle 8/17 Long Term: Cheri Lasota, Artemis Rising, Free on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and Kobo, Sarah Woodbury, The...

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Religious Diversity in America During the Revolution by Suzanne Adair

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in 18th Century U.S., Historical Research, Historical Tidbits | 6 comments

For two centuries, a number of historically inaccurate legends and myths have circulated about certain aspects of the American War of Independence. I have debunked some of them in my award-winning crime fiction series set during the American Revolution, the latest book being A Hostage to Heritage. One myth worth examining for 21st-century Americans proclaims that the civilian population during the Revolution was made of zealous Protestants. You can see an example of the myth in the historically incorrect movie “The Patriot” with...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 8/7-13/2014

Posted by on Aug 7, 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: J. L. Oakley’s Tree Soldier will be giving away a copy of the new audio book –comment on her blog 8/7-9 Short Term: Karen Perkins, Look Sharpe!: A Caribbean Pirate Adventure (Valkyrie Series Book 3), Free on Kindle 8/9-10 Libbie Hawker, Tidewater: A Novel of...

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The necessity of lies in historical fiction by Lisa Yarde

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Featured Book, Historical Research, Muslim Societies | 3 comments

There are many reasons why I love writing about historical figures in historical fiction. Chief among them is the chance to create scenes based on guesswork, an explanation of why people who shaped the past might have taken a particular action. Usually, the justification I offer is a lie. History gave me the greatest gifts any writer can obtain as I outlined my newest novel, Sultana: The Bride Price. The historical events were dramatic, revolving around a marriage of convenience between the children of two royal brothers, one of whom had...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 7/31-8/6/2014

Posted by on Jul 31, 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: Libi Astaire, Two Many Coins: An Ezra Melamed Mystery is Free on Kindle 7/31 Karen Perkins, Thores-Cross, Free in selected bookstores 7/27-31 Long Term: Cheri Lasota, Artemis Rising, Free on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and Kobo, Susanne...

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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 | Comments Off

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 | 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 (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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