New Release | The Du Lac Curse | Mary Anne Yarde

Congratulations to Mary Anne Yarde on the exciting release of Book 5 of the Du Lac Chronicles! Today, while Mary Anne is racing around the blogosphere launching her new book, we have a treat of an excerpt. And next week, a terrific interview and Author Chat about her fascinating Du Lac series.

The Du Lac Curse: Book 5 of The Du Lac Chronicles
God against Gods. King against King. Brother against Brother.
Mordred Pendragon had once said that the sons of Lancelot would eventually destroy each other, it seemed he was right all along.
Garren du Lac knew what the burning pyres meant in his brother’s kingdom — invasion. But who would dare to challenge King Alden of Cerniw for his throne? Only one man was daring enough, arrogant enough, to attempt such a feat — Budic du Lac, their eldest half-brother.
While Merton du Lac struggles to come to terms with the magnitude of Budic’s crime, there is another threat, one that is as ancient as it is powerful. But with the death toll rising and his men deserting who will take up the banner and fight in his name?
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Please enjoy this excerpt:

“My mind is not troubled,” Garren insisted.
“Of course not. You are a du Lac. The world can throw anything at you, and you will survive it. You are more like your father than you know.”
“I always found it strange when people who had never met my father, compared us.”
“Lancelot’s reputation always went before him. Alden knew you went to Wessex,” Santo stated, changing the subject. “He knew you met with Cerdic. He knew that the two of you chartered a boat to Brittany.”
“And I have a good reason for that, but it is not what you think…”
The door opened, and Chesten walked in with a steaming bowl of pottage in one hand and a spoon in the other.
“I thought ee might be ’ungry,” Chesten said, handing the bowl to Santo.
“Thank you, Chesten. That was very thoughtful of you.”
“Everyone, apart from me husband, knows that I be a thoughtful person. Well, I…” she smiled. “I’ll leave ee two to it. Looks like yer got a lot of talking to do. Call if yer der need me.”
“Thank you,” Santo said again.
Both men waited until Chesten had shut the door firmly behind her.
“Tell me what happened,” Garren pleaded. “I need to know.”
Santo sat down on the floor and dipped the spoon into the pottage. Garren watched as the healer raised the spoon to his mouth and sampled the best that this God-forsaken tavern had to offer.
“I had heard it said that when Lucifer was thrown to earth from Heaven, a third of God’s angels went with him. I never held much faith in that statement. Stars. Angels. The Bible can be interpreted any way if it serves your purpose, I suppose.” Santo sighed deeply.
“What has this got to do with—”
“Alden was betrayed by his knights,” Santo stated almost matter-of-factly.
“He was what?” Garren gasped the question for he had not been expecting Santo’s words. “Rozen said it was Josephine.”
“The child is right. I don’t know what she did. Or what she promised the knights. But they forsook Alden without a second thought. I would like to say that I saw through that woman from the first moment I met her, but I too fell for her story. We all did.”
“Merton didn’t. He didn’t,” Garren stated with anger — not at Merton but himself.
“Merton is always one step ahead of everybody else, but I think even Merton was blind to this. The wine was poisoned. Alden…” Santo frowned as he dipped his spoon back into the bowl. “Josephine set fire to the Queen’s Hall, and during the confusion, I managed to slip away unnoticed.”
“You left my brother—”

About Mary Anne Yarde
Mary Anne Yarde is the multi award-winning author of the International Bestselling Series — The Du Lac Chronicles. Set a generation after the fall of King Arthur, The Du Lac Chronicles takes you on a journey through Dark Age Britain and Brittany, where you will meet new friends and terrifying foes. Based on legends and historical fact, The Du Lac Chronicles is a series not to be missed.
Born in Bath, England, Mary Anne Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury — the fabled Isle of Avalon — was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.
Connect with Mary Anne:
Website: https://www.coffeepotbookclub.com/
Blog: https://maryanneyarde.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/maryanneyarde
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maryanneyarde/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

 

Back to the Future | Alison Norton’s Roma Nova series in Author Chats

Today on Author Chats, I’m thrilled to welcome Alison Norton, who writes the fabulous Alternative History Roma Nova series. Her books feature modern Praetorian heroines – “intelligent adventure thrillers with heart.” Alison’s inspiration is put down to her deep love of Roman history, six years’ military service, a masters’ in history and an over-vivid imagination. She blogs, reads, cultivates a Roman herb garden and drinks wine in France with her husband. Join me to find out more — and why she likes to provoke her readers.
http://www.elizabethjstjohn.com/updates/back-to-the-future-alison-nortons-roma-nova-series-in-author-chats/

Visit Lydiard House and Park | Virtual Scenic Tour

I was supposed to be at Lydiard these coming weeks, so it’s really hard not to miss the arrival of spring and the beautiful bluebell woods. Instead, I go there in my imagination (which is really good for my next writing project!) and visit the Friends of Lydiard Website, where I can take a virtual tour of the house and grounds. Scroll down on the home page to activate the video, or take a stroll through “Lydiard Outdoors” and enjoy the swans and their cygnets.

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Hot Romance and Family Sagas | Anna Belfrage on Author Chats

Anna Belfrage is a talented prolific author, moving effortlessly between historical fiction, historical romance, suspense and hot romance. Her voice is unmistakable and her novels are unputdownable. Join me on Author Chats as she talks about her special places, why dragons played a role on her honeymoon, and what didn’t make it into her latest release.
http://www.elizabethjstjohn.com/guest-authors/anna-belfrage-time-traveller/

The Lady of the Tower #1 Best Seller in Australia and Canada


This week The Lady of the Tower powerhoused into the #1 Bestseller categories on Amazon and Kobo in Australia and Canada, thanks to a Bookbub promotion in those countries. After four years out in publication, I am so delighted that new readers are still discovering the story of Lucy St.John and the rest of my 17th Century family. I took a bit of a break from writing the past four months, and I must admit the excitement generated a sudden urge to revisit them all, so I started a new Counterpoint novel this week. More details as the draft comes together! Today, however, a huge thank you to everyone who has participated in the success of The Lydiard Chronicles, and Lucy’s topping the charts.
Amazon: https://geni.us/MyBookLOTT
Everyone else: https://books2read.com/u/b6kgzJ

 

Fascinating new release featured on Author Chats

Drema Drudge’s powerful first novel Victorine not only gives this determined and gifted artist back to us but also recreates an era of important transition into the modern world. Join Drema on Author Chats, where she reveals why Thomas Hardy’s Dorset countryside is so influential, the research that revealed “the real” Victorine Meurent, and the secrets she has hidden in her novel.

Drema Drudge | New Release: Victorine

Women’s History Month | 17th Century Healers: Lucy Apsley & Johanna St.John

Delighted to be with Gillian Polack on her blog today, with an article about Lucy Apsley’s role in the Tower of London – not only as the Keeper’s Wife, but as the woman responsible for the health and wellbeing of the prisoners.

“…Sir Walter Raleigh and Mr. Ruthven being prisoners in the Tower, and addicting themselves to chemistry, she (Lucy St.John Apsley) suffered them to make their rare experiments at her cost, partly to comfort and divert the poor prisoners, and partly to gain the knowledge of their experiments, and the medicines to help such poor people as were not able to seek physicians. By these means she acquired a great deal of skill, which was very profitable to many all her life. She was not only to these, but to all the other prisoners that came into the Tower, as a mother. All the time she dwelt in the Tower, if any were sick she made them broths and restoratives with her own hands, visited and took care of them, and provided them all necessaries; if any were afflicted she comforted them, so that they felt not the inconvenience of a prison who were in that place.”

Lucy Hutchinson, Biographical Fragment
Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson

Women’s History Month guest, Elizabeth St. John

Annie Whitehead Talks Anglo-Saxon in Author Chats

Today I’m excited to chat with Annie Whitehead, whose fiction and non-fiction work on Anglo Saxon England is inspiring in its depth of research and compelling stories. I was fortunate enough to recently read an Advance Review Copy of her latest work, Women of Power in Anglo-Saxon England, and I was absolutely enthralled. Join us as we talk about the challenges of researching the dark ages, why The Mill on the Floss is so important to her, and what picture she keeps on her desk to inspire her writing.

http://www.elizabethjstjohn.com/guest-authors/annie-whitehead-author-and-historian/