Wednesday, 22 June 2022

My fellow Eboracum Roman Festival Writers!


The day is almost here. Since I'll be heading down to York in about 36 hours, I'm getting the case out ready to pack up everything I think I'll need for the Eboracum Roman Festival. Not having been before, it's going to be a pure guess as to how many books are reasonable to take. Since I have a healthy stock sitting ready in my cupboards for my normal Craft Fairs, I have a bit of a dilemma. Take too few and I'll be annoyed if I could sell more. Too many? Shouldn't be such a problem since I'm now going by car. I'll be hoping for a refund on my return train ticket but whether one transpires, or not, will be for another day. 

I’m incredibly excited about joining some super-special writers who write Roman related fiction and non-fiction. The  Tempest Anderson Hall, York Museum, is the venue for the following authors, many of whom I've heard of though I've met none of them in person. I've read some of their novels already but browsing their stock will be a pleasure I look forward to! 

Assuming they can make their way to York by some means other than the trains, which are definitely on strike, I look forward to meeting these lovely people!  

Click on the link to find out more about them.

 Simon J. Turney

Ruth Downie

Roll on Friday 24th June when I set off for York with my lovely daughter who is accompanying me, keeping me right, and ensuring I don't get lost along the way! 


Monday, 13 June 2022

Eboracum beckons!

Monday Matters!

I'm delighted to announce today that my plans are gearing up for the Eboracum Roman Festival, June 25/26th 2022.  

I'm very much looking forward to being there this year with other fantastic authors who write in the Roman Era. I was first booked for the Eboracum Roman Festival in 2020 but, very disappointingly, it was cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions. 

This year of 2022, approximately 9 authors will be holding book signings, book sales and probably impromptu history lessons in part of the Yorkshire Museum. We will be ensconced in the Tempest Anderson Hall near the reenactment marquees, which sounds like an ideal location.

We hope the author enclave will be very busy during the two days of the festival. If you happen to be in York that weekend, then please do visit our area and have a natter, browse what's on offer, and get your Roman era reading all sorted for months ahead. 

The one drawback to my plans for York is that a nation-wide train strike is planned for three days straddling the Eboracum Roman Festival dates. I have train tickets (booked in early May) but it looks more and more like I will - instead - be driving down to York from Aberdeenshire. Most of the other authors will also need to change travel plans to attend the festival, as will many of the tourists who are planning to be in York that weekend. 

More details of my fellow Eboracum Festival authors to follow this week. 

Happy Reading.


Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Reviews Matter!

Wednesday greetings to you! 

Before Beltane is now well and truly launched in both paperback and eBook formats, available from Amazon and in paperback from bookstores like Barnes and Noble, Waterstones and WH Smith. Paperbacks can be ordered via other independent bookstores.

I'm delighted to announce that it already has a couple of good reviews and that is a really great start. Reviews are not easy to acquire, so I'm very very pleased when any appear. 

Here are the first 2 on Amazon - one for the eBook and one for the paperback version (identical reading). 

5 stars

"The Prequel to the Celtic Fervour Series by Nancy Jardine is a very enjoyable read which takes the reader back to the early years of the first century AD in Iron Age Britain before the full Roman invasion of Brigantia. The book gives an early sense of the Celtic people and has something for every reader of historical novels."

4 Stars  - Historical Fiction at its Best

"In this prequel to the Beltane series we are shown into the lives of Lorcan and Nara and their adventures before they meet. Once again Nancy Jardine builds a clear detailed , well researched picture of life in Britain , with tribal differences and Roman invasion. The lives of Lorcan and Nara are ruled by their positions in society, cultural and spiritual rules. A thoroughly enjoyable read."

I need to spend some time tomorrow in making some more promotional material. It's a tough job getting any reviews so it's very good that I enjoy making the promotional posters. 

Happy Reading.