Special Giveaway: Traitor’s Knot

To celebrate the release of my debut novel, Traitor’s Knot, I’m offering 6 chances to win a paperback copy of the book! Here’s how you can enter: Pop on over to the English Historical Fiction Authors Blog (EHFA) and enter a comment with your contact details for a chance to win one paperback copy. The Giveaway starts on Monday July 3rd and runs until midnight Pacific Time on Sunday July 9, 2017. Click here to enter. Enter the Goodreads Giveaway for one of 5 paperback copies! This giveaway runs from July 5th to August 5, 2017. Here’s how to enter. Goodreads…

The Loyal Comptons

The following article was originally written for the English Historical Fiction Authors blog and published February 2015. If you enjoy English history and haven’t visited the blog, check out the EHFA site here. The English Civil War was a time of divided loyalties, where brother fought against brother and neighbours faced each other on a bloody field. But there was one Royalist family that was united in their staunch loyalty to the King: The Comptons. The Comptons had estates in Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire, and Compton Wynyates, in Warwickshire. Spencer Compton was the 2nd Earl of Northampton, born in 1601 and educated at Cambridge. In 1622,…

The Fifth Monarchists

Given the talk about government policies and reform that is currently gripping the U.S, I thought it timely to repost an article about England’s Parliamentary struggles following the English Civil War. The following article was originally written for the English Historical Fiction Authors blog and published January 2015. If you enjoy English history and haven’t visited the blog, check out the EHFA site here. It was not all daffodils and roses for the new Commonwealth following the English Civil War. The tide that had carried Parliament to victory, surging them forward with the promise of a new society, became stagnant. Though…

The Royalist Highwayman

Today marks the anniversary of the capture of Captain James Hind, infamous 17th century highwayman. Captain Hind served as the initial inspiration for my highwayman, in as far as he was a staunch royalist who became famous for targeting Roundheads. There was a great deal written about him around the time of his capture and years after his death. Most was fiction, though all of it was highly entertaining. This article was originally written for the English Historical Fiction Authors (EHFA) and appeared on the blog a year ago. I thought it a fitting tribute to repost it here on this day….