Murder & Mayhem: Helen Hollick and Alison Morton strike out on a new genre @HelenHollick @alison_morton #thriller #mystery

I’ve mused at times what I would be writing if not historical fiction and the answer depends on my mood (or what other genre I’m reading at the moment. Today, I am pleased to host two acclaimed historical fiction authors who have asked themselves this very question and done something about it. Helen Hollick has a long history with historical fiction, with her work ranging from the age of King Arthur, to the Anglo Saxon era and through to the Golden Age of Piracy. She has recently released a new cosy mystery set in the 1970’s. Well, actually, this borderline…

Gratitude in an ungracious year

In a challenging year of tragedy and uncertainty, I want to end 2020 by reflecting on the blessings that have come, for which I’m grateful. The opportunity to spend more quality time with my immediate family. I have adult sons and life is usually busy with everyone running off to their own activities. This year, we’ve been forced (literally) to spend more time with one another. During this time, we’ve grown closer together and communication has improved. Double points to us for not sliding the other way and voting someone off the Bazos island. Getting a new pet. We’ve been pet-less…

Scoping out Warwick Castle for a Heist #Anthology #HistoricalFiction @HistFictioneers

In “Honour of Thieves”, one of the stories in the historical anthology Betrayed, highwayman James Hart plans a heist and has to break into Warwick Castle. During the English Civil War, the castle served as a Parliamentarian garrison, so it’s imperative that James doesn’t get caught. He’s a staunch Royalist with a price on his head. I love heist movies like The Italian Job and Ocean’s Eleven. They’re like a clever puzzle where you don’t see the full picture until the last piece is snapped into place. A proper heist involves meticulous planning and requires the ability to find vulnerabilities…

Introducing BETRAYAL – Historical Fiction Anthology #histfic @HistFictioneers

I’m very excited to announce the launch of Betrayal, a historical fiction anthology that I have the honour of being a part of with my story “Honour of Thieves”. Spanning eras from post-Roman Britain to the present day, the stories in Betrayal bring to life both legendary moments of deceit as well as imagined episodes of treachery. You’ll encounter highwaymen, knights, pirates, soldiers and even ordinary people, caught up in extraordinary circumstances. Collectively, these stories illustrate multiple facets of betrayal. Under the banner of Historical Fictioneers, the authors of Betrayal include myself, Judith Arnopp, Anna Belfrage, Derek Birks, Helen Hollick, Amy Maroney,…

An Anthology of Authors with Helen Hollick #anthology #althist @HelenHollick

I have the very great pleasure to turn my blog over to Helen Hollick for her Stepping Back into Saxon England book tour stop. Helen is here to talk about anthologies, which are the hottest thing in publishing these days. Her work spans from the Arthur Pendragon era, through the Norman invasion to the Golden Age of Piracy. Today, she’ll be drawing from her experience with the #althist anthology 1066 Turned Upside Down to give us the inside scoop on anthologies–as well as give you a little spoiler. Read on! An Anthology of Authors, by Helen Hollick Would ‘An Anthology…