Friday, 31 August 2018
I sandwiched this novella in between current non- fiction and my next fiction that I know is going to take me longer to read. I find that's a successful relaxing technique when the in-between book is easily read, but well-written!
The Adonis Touch by Rosemary Gemmell
This was a really nice, quick and well-written read. Just the ticket for a late summer read when the night's are drawing in.
The idea of the gods and goddesses of Greece /Cyprus still being around in contemporary times is an interesting one. I might have to go back to Cyprus again to check that out since my one and only visit was a good number of years ago. Though maybe the fact that I'm still happily married would nullify a visit to meet Adonis anyway? (Errr, Nope- I'd go just for curiosity's sake!)
Was the relationship between Mike and Katie going to come to fruition anyway without the nudge from Adonis and Aphrodite? That is a big question the reader must ask themselves. When it's love coming around a second time it makes for a different kind of read. Mike's a truly patient guy but Katie seems, at times, a bit too tentative for me but hey! - When singled out by the god and goddess of love then a certain inevitability must surely follow.
I'm now only 6 books behind schedule on my Goodreads challenge but I'm not trying to cheat by squeezing in some novellas- it just so happens that some have been on my kindle for a few months now and it's time for them to have a turn.
|series image - Dunkeld Cathedaral|
|courtesy of Mary Anne Yarde|
|King Arthur by Ruben Eyno|
courtesy of Mary Anne Yarde
|courtesy of Mary Anne Yarde|
My books are not just set in Britain, but France as well, so I needed to have a good understanding of what was happening in both of these countries in the 5th / 6th Century to keep the history real in the telling. Before we look at any of these countries, we need to look at the powerhouse of the world at this time, and that was the
|Clovis I - courtesy of Mary Anne Yarde|
|King Arthur by |
Charles Ernest Butler -
|Carnac- courtesy of Mary Anne Yarde|
Yarde grew up in the southwest of
Thank you for coming today, Mary Anne, and for sharing such a wonderful post for my series. My best wishes with your latest addition to the Du Lac Chronicles! I'm convinced it'll be a fascinating read (It's just as well that a virtual shelf on a kindle can be ever expanding ;-) )
Thursday, 30 August 2018
Wednesday, 29 August 2018
My first two books, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar centred much of their activity around the quirky and mystical town of
Yes, Costa del Churros refers to the Costa del Sol, here in the gigantic
Brits abroad Belinda, Julia, Laura and
Cue Carmen Maria Abril de la Fuente Ferrera, the town's flamboyant flamenco teacher! But can she really be the answer to their prayers?
One thing's for sure: the
Not per se!
Well, she was a joy to write.
Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny
Monday, 27 August 2018
I am so glad I made the effort, and forked out the expense for the residential stay, because it was a fabulous weekend, jam packed with really interesting talks and additional events.
|with John Jackson|
I'm now home having listened to a variety of talks which covered both traditional publishing information and self-publishing. I loved the talks given by Ben Kane and by Kevin Ashman, though I could be said to be biased since they both have written Ancient Roman novels.
I also liked the information given by two different types of printers who offer self- publishing packages - Ingram Spark and Troubador Publishing. Each representative brought their own bias but I learned something new from both of them which should make it easier if and when I branch out from Createspace for my paperback printing.
The after dinner session on Friday 'Dressing History in film and TV' was entertaining as we had the privilege of seeing some genuine and ancient costumes demonstrated by Graham Hunter who has been involved in the costuming of prestigious projects like Outlander and Game of Thrones.
|The paperbacks but I've even more new ones on my kindle!|
It's time for me to get on now with more new writing and no more procrastination.
Thursday, 23 August 2018
|Gnaeus Iulius Agricola-|
Bath (Victorian representation)
from an early lithograph
|Recent statue-Frejus, France |
Sunday, 19 August 2018
The following occur in reverse order from my reading- purely because it's the easiest way to catch up!
Jane : A retelling by Lark Watson 4 stars
I’ve read a few retellings lately and most have been fairly engrossing. The varying strands of the original tale are well incorporated into contemporary life in this one. An enjoyable read.
The Reluctant Duchess by Francine Howarth 4 stars
I enjoyed the author’s portrayal of this Regency hero who is just a little bit different from what we expect of the typical Regency male. Liliana seems a bit slow off the mark at first, but she’s young with plenty of time for her feelings and, indeed, her intentions to mature. An entertaining read.
A Perfect Bride by Ginny Sterling 4 stars
This was a gently developing romance set in extremely turbulent times. The plight of the native population during their re-settlement (not always the word used) to another state was a harrowing process though I think the author portrayed some of those horrors that must have been a daily, and very deadly, reality. The lines blur between being the enemy and a tentative friend. I’m sure it wasn’t a simple thing to avoid carrying out the harshest of orders for the soldiers involved, and neither was it easy to be accepted by the displaced tribes as being helpful and genuinely sympathetic.
This was a fairly concise summary of the early history of the Ancient Romans in Britain. If you know very little of the invasions of the Romans, and only want a broad overview, then you’ll find this a readable and informative book, without too much fine detail. I've now read so many books on Roman invasions of Britannia so for me this was a recap, though there were a couple of instances where I learned something not read before.
Since I've read 23 books in my challenge of reading 50 by the end of 2018, it means I've missed adding a couple on here.
Friday, 17 August 2018
|Series image- Dunkeld Cathedral|
where guest authors are invited to share a post with us about the historical background to their writing. The series continues with excellent contributions which I'm thoroughly enjoying, taking us to various parts of the globe and today, we're back to Scotland.
For this entry, I'm delighted to welcome Margaret Skea, a writer I met at the end of last year for the first time. Margaret's novel writing is excellent, well-recommended and I'm looking forward to reading her latest book in the series. In addition to the usual never ending task list for launching and promoting a new novel, Margaret's also an organiser for this year's Historical Novel Society Conference that's being held in Cumbernauld near Glasgow, Scotland. The conference kicks off one week from now, so Margaret's day is full of conference business and I really appreciate her taking the time to write her excellent blog post for today.
|James IV of Scotland - Wikimedia Commons|
|Sword of James IV - Public Domain|
|The infant Mary, Queen of Scotland|
Click HERE to go to Margaret's Amazon author page
Margaret's latest novel, Book 3 in The Munro Scottish Saga is available from Amazon HERE
I confess that when I was a brand new primary teacher in a Central Region school named Westquarter, my headteacher Charles Stewart (honestly that was his name) really set me a huge challenge.
I had a Primary 6 class of almost 40 pupils and he told me he intended to 'drop in' every week to listen to me delivering a Scottish history lesson. He was a man ahead of his time, in many ways, and it was only later I truly appreciated his desire to ensure the kids at his school learned something of their heritage. At that time (1975), the history books available taught mainly 'British History' which wasn't written from a Scottish perspective, and it was only with his guidance that I had some material that was a little more attuned to the Scottish slant. I loved teaching those lessons and appreciated his constant interruptions because they were an excellent learning curve for me!
Sadly, I have poor recall of the eras of James IV, V and VI, and tend to have jumbled facts churning around on the tip of my tongue. Your excellent post has helped put some of them back into place, Margaret - again many thanks!