Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Common Knights of Jerusalem #SampleSunday #histnov

I am busy editing my new novel which is set in the days following the fall of the Frankish Kingdom of Jerusalem to Saladin.  So, I thought I’d post the first few pages for today’s sample. CHAPTER 1 THE ARMY … Continue reading

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Talking with Simon Toyne

Today I’m delighted to be talking with the thriller writer Simon Toyne, author of the Sanctus Trilogy. Martin: When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?  Was there a specific event that made you decide? Simon: … Continue reading

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The Norman Attack on London Bridge. #SampleSunday #histnov

The newly acclaimed young King Edgar has disobeyed orders to stay in safety and been caught up in the battle to defend London Bridge.    For the first time I had room to draw my sword.  I turned and looked … Continue reading

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#TheReadersVoice An invitation to readers

I have featured a series of talks with fellow writers on this blog.  The series continues with Simon Toyne, N. Gemini Sasson, MC Scott, Harvey Black and Ben Kane.  And there are many others to follow. Now I think it’s … Continue reading

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A new cover for ‘Artful.’

Today I decided to change the cover of my novel ‘Artful.’ It’s a shame because I liked the cover but I knew that I could improve on it. The old cover was too busy and did not immediately capture the … Continue reading

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Replacing GCSE’s with ‘more rigorous exams.’

I’m indebted to my friend and colleague Geoff Petty for the following.  I suggest it as one of the questions on Michael Gove’s ‘new style’ exam. Please read the following extract from Jabberwocky and answer the questions using a quill … Continue reading

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The Lost King: Resistance. #SampleSunday #histnov

This sample is from the first chapter of The Lost King: Resistance.  It tells of how the Norman army, fresh from victory at Hastings, launched an attack upon London. Rallying to the cause of Edgar who had just been acclaimed … Continue reading

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