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

Posted by on Apr 16, 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 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 | 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: 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

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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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 3/26-4/1/2015

Posted by on Mar 26, 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: Loretta Proctor, The Long Shadow Free on Kindle 3/26-29 Steven Bartholomew, Faro: A Tale of Old San Francisco (a short story), Free on 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...

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The Financial Side of a Medieval Priory by Priscilla Royal

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Featured Book, Medieval Great Britain | 2 comments

Most of us think medieval priories were places of prayer and contemplation, filled with men and/or women who forsook the world to devote their lives to prayers for souls in purgatory, purification of their own bodies and the intense worship of God. What we don’t realize is that none of these establishments ever survived without a leader of either gender who was skilled in business and worldly enough to successfully lure funding from all possible sources. Rome did not fund her religious houses. They were dependent on donations, gifts,...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: 3/19-25/2015

Posted by on Mar 19, 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: 3/12-18/2015

Posted by on Mar 12, 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: Annmarie Banks, Blue Damask, Free on Kindle 3/13-15. 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,...

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The Eyes Have It by Libi Astaire

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in 18th Century England, 19th England, Featured Book, Historical Tidbits | 7 comments

Powdered wigs. Hoop skirts. Pet rocks. Selfies. Fads have been with us since antiquity, and discovering the foibles of previous generations can be an amusing break from more serious historical research. But when I first sat down to write my newest historical mystery, The Moon Taker, I had no idea that a Regency-era fad was going to provide an important clue for the book’s detectives. Yet it is a snuff box decorated with an Eye Miniature that aides General Well’ngone and the Earl of Gravel Lane, two young Jewish pickpockets turned sleuths, in...

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