Monthly Archives: October 2012

Poor Knights and Princes. Part 5. #SampleSunday #HistNov

The old man turned his attention to the Englishmen once more. ‘You are pilgrims by the look of it.’  He picked up a bag and shook it.  ‘And I am by calling a money changer.’ He grinned and gestured them … Continue reading

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Talking with MC Scott. #HistNov

Today I’m delighted to be talking with MC Scott, historical author and chair of The Historical Writers’ Association.  Thanks very much for talking with me, Manda. Martin: When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?  Was … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Talks with Fellow Authors

I’ve really enjoyed talking with fellow authors over the last five months. I’m looking forward to forthcoming talks with authors.  They include MC Scott, Harvey Black, Ben Kane, Elizabeth Chadwick and Prue Batten with many others in the pipeline. If … Continue reading

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Poor Knights and Princes Part 4 #SampleSunday #HistNov

John returned to the entrance and climbed up the stairs which led to the place of the crucifixion.  With each step his heart felt more deadened, his burden of guilt more heavy. At the top of the stairs he paused, … Continue reading

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1066 and the End of a World.

In October 1066 Duke William of Normandy won the Battle of Hastings and killed King Harold.  Confident that the path to the throne was now clear he rested his army and waited for the Witan, the council of the great … Continue reading

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The Land of Vain Regret. Part 3. #histnov #SampleSunday

This is the third part of my new novel which will be available in December. Gerard and Claude-Yusuf raced into the room and headed straight for the cousins. ‘Shall we take you around Jerusalem?’ Claude-Yusuf asked.  ‘We are most excellent … Continue reading

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Talking with N. Gemini Sasson. #histnov

Today I’m talking with N. Gemini Sasson, author of The Bruce Trilogy and Isabeau. Martin: Hi Gemi, nice to see you.  Before we talk about your writing I wonder if you could tell us which authors have had the greatest … Continue reading

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Dawn. Menton

It’s 7.15 in the morning and the moon and Venus are dangling in a brightening sky.  I was awake and ready for work three quarters of an hour ago but then my computer decided to update itself and took an … Continue reading

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Part 2 of my Kingdom of Jerusalem novel #SampleSunday #Histnov

This is the second sample of my new novel which is set in the immediate aftermath of Saladin’s conquest of the city of Jerusalem.  If you’ve seen the movie ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ you’ll have a good understanding of the time … Continue reading

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A Labyrinth

I’ve been talking about mazes with a twitter friend recently. I was reminded of a time a few years agowhen  I went on a training course given by Margaret Underwood, an expert in learning styles and educational Kinesiology from New … Continue reading

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