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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 4/17-23/2014

Posted by on Apr 17, 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! P.S. We have added a section that lists special Giveways offered by our authors. FREEBIES Special Giveaways: J. L. Oakley’s new book Timber Rose  is part of a GoodReads Giveaway 4/8-4/25 Short Term Lisa Yarde, Sultana: A Novel of Moorish Spain is Free on Kindle 4/17-19 Long Term Susanne...

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Historical Fiction: On Location by Lisa Yarde

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Historical Research, Medieval Europe, Muslim Societies | 1 comment

While it is not necessary or always possible for authors to travel to their settings in historical fiction, I know how much a visit can enhance the realism and add perspective to any story. In writing a series set in Moorish Spain, each trip to Granada’s Alhambra has increased my understanding of how the historical figures who inhabited the site lived and died. I am still learning about the place they called home. Should you go? Of course, you do not have to go. You may not even want to make the journey, though I would guess if you are...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 4/10-16/2014

Posted by on Apr 10, 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! P.S. We have added a section that lists special Giveways offered by our authors. FREEBIES Special Giveaways: Loretta Proctor’s Dying Phoenix is part of a GoodReads Giveaway 4/4-11. Long Term Susanne Alleyn, Masquerade,  is Free on Smashwords  P. B. Ryan, Still Life with Murder (Book 1 of...

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The Significance of ‘After Cilmeri’ by Sarah Woodbury

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Featured Book, Historical Tidbits, Medieval Great Britain | 9 comments

It has been over 700 years since Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the last Prince of Wales, was ambushed and killed on a snowy hillside near the town of Cilmeri on 11 December 1282. That date is commemorated every year in Wales as the moment when the dream of Welsh independence died. I wrote the first book the After Cilmeri series, Footsteps in Time, because that event stood out to me as one of those pivotal moments in history where history holds its breath. If that moment could have been happened differently, if Llywelyn hadn’t died, the world would...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 4/3-9/2014

Posted by on Apr 3, 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! P.S. We have added a section that lists special Giveways offered by our authors. FREEBIES Special Giveaways: Loretta Proctor’s Dying Phoenix is part of a GoodReads Giveaway 4/4-11. Long Term Susanne Alleyn, Masquerade,  is Free on Smashwords  P. B. Ryan, Still Life with Murder (Book 1 of...

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BOOK REVIEWS 101 by Mirella Sichirollo Patzer

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Book Reviews | 1 comment

The importance of a book review Whether you are avid reader, a devourer of books, a casual reader, or someone who only picks up the occasional bestseller just before heading off for vacation, writing a brief book review can have a huge impact to readers and authors. From a reader’s perspective, book reviews are necessary to help us find those really great books we so dearly love to curl up with on a cold winter’s night or while sun-bathing on a summer day. If you’re browsing on Amazon or Barnes and Noble for that next great read, book reviews...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 3/27-4/2/2014

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Uncategorized, 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! P.S. We have added a section that lists special Giveways offered by our authors. FREEBIES Special Giveaways: A Book Giveway by Mirella Sichirollo Patzer of The Betrothal, sign up at her website until 3/30. Audio Book Giveaway, The Purples, email author W. K. Berger for details at...

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How a Boy from Queens Ended Up Writing a Historical Novel About Detroit by Warren Berger

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in 20th Century US, Featured Book, Historical Research | Comments Off

After many years writing feature articles for national publications such as The New York Times, The L.A. Times, and Wired, as well as several nonfiction books for Penguin, Random House, and other publishers, a few years ago I plunged into writing my first novel. I hope it’s as fun to read as it was to write. The story first came to my attention in 2001. I initially wrote it up as a screenplay, but after early interest from a film producer fell through, I decided that the material was so rich that it cried out to be a novel. Turns out writing...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 3/20-26/2014

Posted by on Mar 20, 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! P.S. We have added a section that lists special Giveways offered by our authors. FREEBIES Special Giveaways: Audio Book Giveaway, The Purples, email author W. K. Berger for details at warberger@gmail.com Audio Book Giveaway, Dandy Detects: A Victorian San Francisco Short Story, email author M....

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Eat Well and Thrive…or Not by Ann Parker

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in 19th Century U.S., Historical Research, Historical Tidbits | 3 comments

Since I write mysteries, people die and my sleuth, Leadville saloon-owner Inez Stannert, must ferret out the criminal and the crime. This latest book in my series takes Inez to Manitou Springs, a fast-rising health resort and tourist destination, where there was a whole lotta dying going on, not all of it (or even most of it) of a nefarious nature. In 1880, during the time the book takes place, Manitou was famous for its mineral waters. It also had a mild climate, wide open spaces, and beautiful scenery. It had some very high-class (for the...

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