My dear author friend Char Newcomb’s lastest historical fiction novel revisits the legend of Robin Hood — with a whole new twist. Char’s brilliant research and wonderful prose has enthralled me for years, and her newest book is no different! Enjoy an excerpt and be prepared to enter a vivid medieval world of intrigue and excitement.
On The Lydiard Archives this month we delve deep into Lydiard Park’s archaeology with a Special Collection devoted to excavations and findings over the past fifty years. The earliest archaeological investigations at Lydiard Park took place in 1972, when Swindon Archaeological Society, with the help of RAF divers, discovered a lakeside structure containing a quantity of material relating to the 17th and 18th centuries.
Later, extensive explorations were undertaken in 2004 by Wessex Archaeology. Wessex were commissioned to make a series of targeted excavations to help inform The Lydiard Park Project, a major landscape restoration programme completed in 2007. With the involvement of over 1000 local volunteers, they led excavations in the Walled Garden and many other areas including drives, avenues and paths, the park pale and ha-ha, lakes and church field. Exciting discoveries included a well in the walled garden, a rare plunge pool by the lake, lost areas of the ruinous dam wall and Roman villa material. We’ve shared many of the finds and reports on The Lydiard Archives.
I’ve loved I.M. Foster’s historical fiction (written under the name of Andrea Matthews) since her fist book, Thunder on the Moor, published. We were writing buddies early on in our careers, and I know first hand how much amazing research and creativity goes into her work. I’m delighted to welcome her to the blog today with her latest novel – an Edwardian cozy mystery. Enjoy an Excerpt
I’m thrilled to host Griffin Brady on my website today. We met quite a few years ago (!) at a Historical Novel Society North American Conference and spent a wonderful evening at dinner passionately discussing writing our first novels. Now, Griffin is an award-winning author with a brilliant historical saga under her belt, as well as a pretty fabulous romance series under the name of GK Brady. Just goes to show — believe in your dreams, and attend the HNS Conferences! Welcome, Griffin, and so happy to showcase your wonderful writing.
I was so excited when Tantor Media contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in them publishing an Audio Book of The Godmother’s Secret…and even more thrilled when they agreed to me reading aloud, and worldwide representation! SO…coming to an audiobook store near you on June 27th, me, reading The Godmother’s Secret. Here’s a snippet to have a listen!
The Godmother’s Secret: Sample Audio