Category Archives: Women in historical fiction

Four years ago today…..

Four years ago today I self-published my novel, A Love Most Dangerous.   It was an unusual venture for me who had, up until then, written books about the Norman Conquest, the Crusades and the adventures of the Artful Dodger. … Continue reading

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Mandy Hager – Where I Write

This week, I’m delighted to feature a guest blog from the award winning novelist Mandy Hager. She has written a number of novels for young adults, and a marvel of a book about a boy, a girl and a whale. … Continue reading

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The Palaces of Henry VIII and François I

Kings and lord knew the value of art. Medieval monarchs had spent vast amounts supporting the church, giving away huge swathes of land, endowing religious orders and, most spectacularly of all, helping pay for the construction and embellishment of churches … Continue reading

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My new novel #SampleSunday #Historical

Phew, it’s been a long journey but my new novel about Alfred the Great will shortly be available on Amazon Kindle. I’ve posted two extracts on the blog already. Here’s another. The war-band were standing quietly now on the northern … Continue reading

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A Dance of Smiles and Falsehoods. #SampleSunday #HistNov

Here’s the opening of the sequel to A Love Most Dangerous. Chapter 1 What is Love? 7 December 1539 ‘For goodness sake stop that awful noise.’ Sissy looked up at me in alarm. ‘I was only humming, Alice. It was … Continue reading

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Dates

Dates are figuring large in my mind. I don’t mean the Medjool Date I’ve just eaten, delicious though it was. And I’m not talking about the holiday season, though I know that there are very few shopping days left until … Continue reading

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A Love Most Dangerous reduced in price in UK Kindle Discount Deal

Between Friday 4 July and Sunday 6 July ‘A Love Most Dangerous’ is reduced in price from £2.45 to 99p on Kindle from Amazon.co.uk. Take a look and tell your friends. Here is the link to the book. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Most-Dangerous-Martin-Lake-ebook/dp/B00IUAQPDI/ref=la_B004Z13HPA_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404236529&sr=1-2 You … Continue reading

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Alice and the King #HistNov #SampleSunday

Susan Dunster and Mary Zouche were already in the dining room when we arrived. ‘Are you hungry?’ I asked with an attempt to sound stern at the fact that they had entered before me. ‘Starving hungry,’ Susan said, not noticing … Continue reading

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Alice Petherton. The opening of the next novel. #histnov #writing

Here is the opening of my new Alice Petherton novel.   ‘For goodness sake stop that awful caterwauling,’ I said. Sissy looked up at me in alarm. ‘I was only humming, Alice. It was a little song.’ ‘Well it’s a … Continue reading

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Rhythm

Two words I always struggle to spell correctly are yacht and rhythm.  It took me three attempts to write rhythm correctly and I gave up on yacht and used the spell checker.  (I’ve had to do it a second time … Continue reading

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