Free Books

I’m currently running a free paperback book offer. Have a look at the choice and grab one!  Book Sirens are also inviting reviewers for the new ebook edition of my book, Conquest I: Daughter of the Last King, which is published on 1 March 2023. 

King and Lover

On this day, 887 years ago, King Henry I died after eating too many lampreys. Henry was the youngest son of William the Conqueror. He took the throne of England and Wales in 1100 after his older brother King William II (Rufus) was killed in a hunting accident in the New Forest. Henry was a…

Tonight’s History Mystery

On this November evening, around midnight, 902 years ago,  The White Ship set sail from Barfleur carrying the heir of King Henry I of England, Wales and Normandy. The Anglo-Norman empire created by William the Conqueror necessitated frequent, often annual, travel across the English sea by the ruler and many of his entourage. That night, King…

New editions coming soon

New editions of my Conquest series will be launched in spring 2023. Almodis the Peaceweaver and The Viking Hostage are on Christmas Sale at Meanda Books. Free postage and packing anywhere in the world. Almodis the Peaceweaver is the story of an 11th century female lord. The Viking Hostage tells the story of Sigrid who…

Planning a Novel 3: Sleuths Galore

I’ve been looking at other novelists’ sleuths – medieval or otherwise – as part of my current work on a series of medieval murder mysteries. The novel I am writing features a Catalan female troubadour and is set in 11thcentury Toulouse. Other sleuths I’ve been studying include Ellis Peter’s Cadfael, Donna Leon’s Brunetti, Lee Child’s…

Planning a Novel 1: Mapping and Settings

Novel planning in progress. I don’t have a lot of study wall space but what there is is starting to fill up! Above – locations and maps for the key settings and journey from medieval Toulouse, to Pallars Sobira in the Pyrenees, and the Iberian kingdom of Aragon. Moving upwards images are San Sernin in…

Reading and Writing

Last week, reading Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree to my two grandsons, age five and two weeks, made me realise why I write fiction myself. My five-year-old grandson has just started reading. It is so exciting to see him doing that after literally five years of his mum and me reading him three stories every night…

Writing a medieval murder mystery

I am on Day 7, at the end of week 1 of the NanoWriMo challenge to write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. See my earlier post on starting the challenge and a second post on my writing playlist. If I were going to write the same number of words on each of…

Joining NanoWriMo November

Since I’ve had a writer’s block for over a year, I decided to sign up to NanoWriMo November and see if this could help kick me into a place with a substantial new novel draft to work with. National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel…