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Perils of the Sea by Steve Bartholomew

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in 19th Century U.S., Historical Research, Historical Tidbits | 1 comment

Elsewhere I have made some comments on the dangers and discomforts of travel by sea during the Nineteenth Century. Indeed, from a modern perspective, it seems almost incomprehensible that ordinary citizens would have taken such risks to get from one place to another. The fastest voyage on record from New York to San Francisco by way of the Horn was 89 days, by the clipper Fiying Cloud. Most sailing ships required at least three and a half months. Steamers were faster, but they did not entirely replace sailing ships until early in the...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 2/26-3/4/2015

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 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.  FREEBIES Giveaway:  M. Louisa Locke, Deadly Proof : A Victorian San Francisco Mystery (Book 4)  A Goodreads Giveaway 2/20-3/10 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...

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My inspiration for Deadly Proof by M. Louisa locke

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in 19th Century U.S., Featured Book, Historical Research | 2 comments

Authors of historical fiction get their inspiration from many sources. Sometimes it comes from a fascination with certain famous individuals (you will find plenty of books about various kings and queens and famous artists in our catalog) or specific events (wars in particular seem fertile ground for inspiration.) Sometimes the inspiration comes from that kind of “what if” question that leads an author to write about what would have happened if something in the past changed—or if you sent someone from the present back to the past. For others...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS; 2/19-25/2015

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 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.  FREEBIES 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 Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy, Book 1), Free in all ebookstores David...

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On the Use of the Word ‘Gotten’ by Sarah Woodbury

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Featured Book, Historical Tidbits, Medieval Great Britain | 2 comments

Several UK readers have wondered about the use of the word ‘gotten’ in my medieval mysteries. Since the word is not in common usage in England right now, it seems odd to them to read it at all, and a glaring ‘Americanism’ in a book set in the medieval period. At first glance, this might appear to be yet another instance of ‘two countries separated by a common language,’ but as it turns out, the history of the word ‘gotten’ is a lot more interesting than that. ‘Gotten’ is, in fact, an ancient English word that was in use in England at the time...

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How Old is San Francisco Bay? (With Addendum) by Steve Bartholomew

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in 19th Century U.S., Historical Research, Historical Tidbits | Comments Off

In the year 1597, Sir Frances Drake did not discover San Francisco Bay. He did find Drake’s Bay, a rather small cove near Point Reyes. He landed his ship for overhaul and spent more than a month exploring the neighborhood. The natives were friendly, since they yet failed to realize the scope of the disaster which Drake’s appearance meant to them. Drake spent weeks looking over the property in Marin County. He probably climbed part way up Mount Tamalpais, and may have visited Tiburon. He still couldn’t find San Francisco Bay....

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 2/5-11/2015

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 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.  FREEBIES 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 Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy, Book 1), Free in all ebookstores David...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 1/29-2/4/2015

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 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.  FREEBIES Short Term: Libi Astaire, General Well’ngone in Love (An Ezra Melamed Short Story) Free on Kindle 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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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 1/22-28/2015

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 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.  FREEBIES Short Term: Libi Astaire, General Well’ngone in Love (An Ezra Melamed Short Story) Free on Kindle 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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Giving Briseis her Voice by Judith Starkston

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Ancient Greece, Featured Book, Historical Research | 2 comments

The Trojan War threatens Troy’s allies and the Greek supply raids spread. A young healing priestess, designated as future queen, must defend her city against both divine anger and invading Greeks. She finds strength in visions of a handsome warrior god. Will that be enough when the half-immortal Achilles attacks? Hand of Fire, a tale of resilience and hope, blends history and legend in the untold story of Achilles’s famous captive, Briseis. That’s a quick introduction to my novel, Hand of Fire. But how did I ever think of writing about this...

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