So, yesterday I woke up to two gold medals and a shortlist. Today, I woke up to winner, HFC 2022 Book of the Year. It’s been a very sloppy morning of joyful tears and disbelief. Thank you, HFC, for the amazing honour; Dee Marley and the HFC gang who do so much for authors year round. Thank you Jenny Toney Quinlan for editing and cover design, Amy Wilson Maroney and Cryssa Bazos for being my writing buddies; and thank you to the amazing community of authors, bloggers, readers, friends, family and historical fiction fans around the world who’ve cheered me on. Thank you Friends of Lydiard Park for supporting me and providing me unlimited time to spend at Lydiard and in the archives, discovering my ancestress’s stories. I could go on and on, but the band’s started playing, so time to move on, with so much love and gratitude!
I just woke up to the news that The Godmother’s Secret has won TWO Gold Category awards and is shortlisted for Book of the Year with the Historical Fiction Company. I think that warrants mimosas for breakfast, don’t you?!! Huge thanks to HFC for the honour, and congratulations to all the winners. Check them out – some great reads! Historical Fiction Company 2022 Book Awards
Happy and Healthy Holidays to my wonderful reader and writer community, and all the friends who have opened their libraries, homes, and hearts to me. As a small thank you, all the Lydiard Chronicles are priced at 99c / 99p Dec 24 – 31. Wishing you a wonderful new year, and see you in 2023.
Love and light!
Today I’m thrilled to feature Deborah Swift’s newest novel in her Italian Renaissance series, along with an excerpt. I loved this book! So enjoy the sneak peek, and load up your kindle for a holiday reading treat. Oh, and here’s my Five Star Review!
Well, look what just happened! I AM THRILLED to share The Godmother’s Secret has received a Chill with a Book Readers Award. This is a fabulous honour, and one I am really proud to share. This reviewer’s comment in particular made me do the happy dance!
“Ms St John has very skilfully taken a controversial and speculative subject and given it plausibility. A very worthy addition to the debate about what happened to the Princes in the Tower. One of the best I’ve read, definitely an equal to Sharon K. Penman’s Sunne In Splendour.” 💃
Today, a special treat – an excerpt from Anna Belfrage’s fabulous historical fiction novel Her Castilian Heart. I read and reviewed this excellent book a few weeks ago, and I’m thrilled to welcome Anna back to share her wonderful writing as part of the Coffee Pot Book Club Blog Tour. Enjoy, and load up your kindle for some immersive holiday reading as Anna takes us back to medieval Europe and the magical world of Noor and Robert.
I‘m thrilled to welcome Helen Hollick to my blog today. I’m a huge fan of both her historical fiction and her cosy mystery novels, and I’m delighted to be a port of call for her latest phenomenal release, Gallows Wake. Join Helen as she picks an excerpt and whisks us away with the irresistible Jesamiah Acorne on the Sea Witch!
Read my Five Star Review “Sheer Magic”
Read the Gallows Wake Spotlight and Excerpt