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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 9/18-24/2014

Posted by on Sep 18, 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 Long Term: Cheri Lasota, Artemis Rising, Free on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and Kobo, Sarah Woodbury, The Daughter of Time, Free in all ebookstores Sarah Woodbury, The Good Knight, Free in all ebookstores DISCOUNTED Short Term: Loretta Proctor, Dying Phoenix, 99 cents as a Kindle...

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The Series Protagonist by I. J. Parker

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Featured Book, Japan | 0 comments

I began the Akitada series in the mid-eighties. Progress was extremely slow. I was still teaching full-time and would be for another fifteen years. Besides, I had never written fiction before, let alone a mystery, let alone one set in eleventh-century Japan. But Robert Van Gulik had done the same thing for China and, thus inspired, I persisted. As I worked on my protagonist over the years, several interesting things happened. First off, I realized that I did not want a Sherlock Holmes type, a remote character with a super-human intelligence,...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 9/11-17/2014

Posted by on Sep 11, 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: Rebecca Lochlann, The Year-god’s Daughter: A Saga of Ancient Greece, Free on Kindle 9/15 Long Term: Cheri Lasota, Artemis Rising, Free on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and Kobo, Sarah Woodbury, The Daughter of Time, Free in all ebookstores Sarah Woodbury, The Good...

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Do we really miss the old Victorian days? by Loretta Proctor

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in 19th England, Historical Research, Historical Tidbits | 0 comments

It’s so easy to get from one place to another in this century, isn’t it? We have the motor car to take us almost anywhere by road, we can use trains (if they run on time) to take us to cities not only here in Britain, but over most developed countries. No need to think about anything other than catching the train, heaving luggage on the rack then settling back in comfort with our iPads, looking dreamily out of windows at the passing scenery. Most amazing of all, we have aeroplanes to transport us right up into the sky over miles and miles of...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 9/4-10/2014

Posted by on Sep 4, 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: M. Louisa Locke, Victorian San Francisco Stories Free on Kindle 9/5-7 Long Term: Cheri Lasota, Artemis Rising, Free on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and Kobo, Sarah Woodbury, The Daughter of Time, Free in all ebookstores Sarah Woodbury, The Good Knight, Free in all ebookstores...

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How to get published in Elizabethan England by Anna Castle

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in 16th Century England, Featured Book, Historical Tidbits | Comments Off

First, find a patron; the bigger, the better. A powerful patron might reward you with a handsome gift, possibly money, maybe even room and board in a country manor during the plague season. He or she — women, like Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, were also important patrons of the arts — might protect you if your work is found objectionable by anyone. Just name the patron to whom you aspire in your dedication and hope they pick up on it. Francis Bacon, never afraid to reach for the heights, dedicated his Advancement of...

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HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, AND NEW PUBLICATIONS: 8/28-9/3/2014

Posted by on Aug 28, 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 Long Term: Cheri Lasota, Artemis Rising, Free on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and Kobo, Sarah Woodbury, The Daughter of Time, Free in all ebookstores Sarah Woodbury, The Good Knight, Free in all ebookstores DISCOUNTED Short Term: Loretta Proctor, The Long Shadow, 99 cents as a Kindle...

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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 | 3 comments

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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