Friday, 25 November 2016

Historical Novel Blog Hop - Add Your Blog Url!

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No matter your chosen genre, the time for advertising books for the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere, is upon us. 'Tis a time of chill, of frozen ground, windswept drifts of snow, fires in the hearth, and mulled wine on the trivet. What better then, than a good book to hand! 

Not so for our Southern Hemisphere chums who bask in glorious sunshine, frazzle steaks on the Barbie, and take cool dips in oceans blue. Iced drinks they crave, a comfy lounger, and pray to heaven they don't forget that beach read they bought in hope of lazy hazy days way, way back in history!

So join the history coach, listen to the horses hooves clattering across the cobbles and wheels grinding forth; for the journey begins to the past, as we wend through hill and dell, over moor and mountain, thus thrills may come and go along your chosen route!   

To enter your blog hop please send your URL link to Francine:  or contact me via FB. 

And please link back to this page or add the listed links to your blog page by copy/paste. 

This is a shared venture to benefit all who participate, so please play fair...

Sorry to say I have used auto sign ups in the past, but ruthless and opportunist marketeers directed viewers to all manner of unsuitable blogs. So it's back to manual uploads. 

List 

Romance Reviews Magazine UK 


Regina Jeffers


Katherine Pym 


Elizabeth Ellen Carter


Alison Stuart


M. J. Logue


Beverley Oakley

Monday, 18 April 2016

The Interview!



Today in the hot seat is Juli D. Revezzo, revealing aspects about her self and her novel "Watchmaker's Heart". 

So a big thank you goes to Juli, for taking time out from her busy schedule to  enlighten and delight us with news of her career as an author and what inspires her writing! 
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Juli D. Revezzo writes fantasy and romantic stories filled in with elements garnered from a lifetime love affair with magic, myth, witches, wizards, and fated lovers and legend. She is the author of The Antique Magic series and the Paranormal Romance Celtic Stewards Chronicles series, steampunk historical romance WATCHMAKER'S HEART, and short stories published in ETERNAL HAUNTED SUMMER, LUNA STATION QUARTERLY, among others. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour. To learn more about this and future releases, visit her at: julidrevezzo.com



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or Twitter: @julidrevezzo



Questions:

(1) What actually inspired the writing of your novel(s)?

Ans: I think it was inspired by art, actually. I’d always enjoyed Pre-Raphaelite art, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, andDante Gabriel Rossetti and I wondered how their work would impact a young girl in the Victorian age. Well, Phoebe decided she lived in the later end of the age, but she admires them, nonetheless. The rest of the story came with her as she brought along her own art and take on the era.


(2)  Alpha or beta hero –profession/title/rank?– brief description!

Ans: I think you’d call Mortimer a beta hero. He is a watchmaker and (actually) an ex-thief. Thieving is a profession he gave up in his youth, when a generous watchmaker took him under his wing and showed him a better path.

(3)  Can you describe your heroine’s personality- title/rank?– description!

Ans: My heroine, Phoebe, is a spitfire. She is born to a man with ambitions to a higher class, which don’t jive with her own ambitions, to be an inventor. So you can imagine she and her parents butt heads now and then.

(4)  Are there secondary lead characters with important roles?

Ans: Yes, there is this one character who is the leader of the gang that is blackmailing Mortimer, but he has a double life as a gentleman. (It’s a bit of a spoiler so I don’t want to say which character I mean. J)

(5)  Where is the novel (s) set? – time-frame – country etc.

Ans: The novel is set in London in the year 1898.

(6) What is it about your chosen era/periods that you most enjoy?

Ans: I like that it was just on the cusp of our modern world, that women were finally making some strides into roles that we here in modern day, now take for granted. It gave Phoebe a little more wiggle room than, say, setting it fifty years or so earlier. Not much, but some.

(7)  Which if any of your characters do you dislike, and why?

Ans: Grunel and Sykes! They’re just real…ahem, unlikeable guys. Grunel is just a sleeze and Sykes is a stuck up punk. I wrote him and I’d like to throttle him.

(8)  Do you avoid sex scenes, gross violence or other in your works?

Ans: In Watchmaker’s Heart, there are no graphic love scenes but there are hints in the background; as to violence, there are a few, slight fisticuffs here and there in this book. But it really depends on the story. I do tend to write more closed door love scenes overall, but some of my other books have plots that revolve around fantasy wars, for instance my Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series is based on the Irish myth of the Battle of Mag Tuired, so there are various battle scenes involved and some closed door love scenes.

(9)  How would you rate your novel – historical fiction, romantic fiction, tear-jerker, emotional drama, swashbuckling adventure, or...?

Ans:WATCHMAKER’S HEART ishistorical romantic fiction with a little fantasy and a little humor, for good measure.

  Back cover blurb:

For Miss Phoebe Lockswell, fashionable London tea parties and balls aren’t her style. Instead, she prefers to tinker tirelessly with a clockwork diffuser she’s built from scratch. If only she can get the invention to work on command, she might earn her way out of an arranged marriage to a repugnant member of the House of Commons.
London watchmaker Mortimer Kidd was brought up hard in the arms of an infamous London gang. Despite the respectability he strives for now, the gang leader is blackmailing him. When Mortimer sees Phoebe’s diffuser, he thinks he’s found a way to buy himself out of trouble. The brash Phoebe manages to steal his heart, however, before he can purloin her invention.
Will Mortimer’s unsavory past catch up to him before he convinces Phoebe of his devotion? Worse, once Phoebe learns the truth, will she ever trust him again?

And Watchmaker’s Heart, of course, is available at Amazon: 


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Thank you for having me today, Francine!

Monday, 3 August 2015

Opting for Exclusivity at Amazon!

The advantage of exclusivity at Amazon!









The advantage of exclusivity at Amazon. And yes this may sound a bit like a Promo for Amazon. But that said, I do think Jeff Bezos deserves a pat on the back for giving the great unpublished a worldwide platform that never quite existed before Amazon opened its virtual doors.
 
Indeed there were small on-line presses and a lot of small niche/romance publishers had their own web sites, some with stores, but it was a hit 'n' miss market place for readers and authors alike. OK, so... there were others who first dreamed up mass market on-line e-book stores, some succeeded like Smashwords/Lulu et al, and others dreamed up e-book readers, and yes, Kindle stole the lead on good marketing. Plus Amazon's uploading facility was slick, unlike other cyber platforms, though it's fair to say one or two of the others have improved somewhat, but not all.
 
 
So why have I chosen to keep the majority of my books exclusive to Amazon? Ans: Loyalty! It gave me a second crack at getting my books to readers, some old republished editions along with new ones, and I've found Amazon staff a pleasure to contact, and have in general received a polite and charming personal footnote to e-mail correspondence, except in one case when a female member of staff was clearly having a bad day at work or was simply devoid of social graces, hence her response was curt and unhelpful. But, out of the blue, I received a follow-up e-mail from a male who had taken up my query and had run with it, and the response was great: mission accomplished!
 
So yes, despite the fact other authors complain about Amazon's bully tactics, and at how Amazon's exclusivity deals restrict other opportunities, I'm a fan of Amazon and loyalty is two-way stretch in my little book of honour against the odds, and I'm betting not one of you can claim greater sales on any of the other cyber platforms, and I'll second wager, the majority of your income is acquired via Amazon.
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Ride the TITLE WAVE into the 17th century



 

 


There’s a vast crowd of enthusiasts reading and discussing everything medieval and renaissance. But time didn’t stop with Elizabeth Tudor’s death in 1603. Are you looking for the rest of the story?
 
King James, his son King Charles I, and grandsons Charles II and James II kept the drama level high and dangerous in the seventeenth century. Their marriages and lovers, births and deaths, political intrigues, religious conflicts, witch hunts, and wars marked the beginning of our modern period. Their aristocrats and politicians, tradesmen, midwives, ministers, writers, musicians, scientists, and artists changed the world.  
 
Have you noticed that it’s the gift-giving season?  Why not knock out your whole gift list right now with these suggestions? Some people find it convenient to buy books for all their siblings, or as appreciation gifts for their children’s teachers. You might give paperback books to some in the family, or use the Kindle-gift option. Some books are stand-alone, some are part of a series.
 
This is a list of authors who have the 17th century covered, from Shakespeare and midwife forensic investigators to barber surgeons, Charles II’s mistresses, men and women who founded American democracy, servants and highway robbers, people who gave their lives for their principles or just because they were falsely accused as witches. In these books you’ll find sumptuous gowns and high society, educated women, poverty, prostitutes, and massacres, childbirth and plague, castles and manors, cathedrals and meetinghouses—even a vampire.
 
Our ninth or tenth great-grandparents knew these people—or were these people. (Well, probably not the vampire—but everyone else!) Discover what their lives were like, and how their lives formed who you are. Many of the book characters from the 17th century are based on facts, events, and real people. The authors, in addition to their literary skills, have spent months and years in research to get the 17th century world “just right,” so you’ll get your history veggies in a delicious brownie.
Ride the wave of the time-space continuum into the 17th century with these award-winning and highly-rated authors. The images you see are a small sample of what's available from this talented group! Click the highlighted author’s name to open a new tab.
 




Anna Belfrage Time-slip (then and now) love and war.
 
Jo Ann Butler — From England to New England: survival, love, and a dynasty
 
Susanna Calkins — Murder mysteries set in 1665 London.

 


 

Francine Howarth — ECW -  Restoration Heroines, swashbuckling romances
 



 
Juliet Haines Mofford — True crime of New England, pirates, Salem witch trials
 
 
 
Mary Novik — John Donne and daughter
 
 
Donald Michael Platt Spanish Inquisition cloak and dagger.
 
 
Katherine PymLondon in the 1660s.
 
 
 
Diane Rapaport — Colonial New England true crime.
 
 
 
Peni Jo Renner Salem witch trials.
 
 
Christy K Robinson — British founders of American democracy and rights.
 
 
Anita Seymour  Royalists and rebels in English Civil War
 
 
 
Mary Sharratt — Witches (healers) of Pendle Hill, 1612
 
 
 
Alison Stuart — Time-slip war romance, ghosts.
 
 
Deborah Swift — Servant girls running for lives, highwaywoman.
 
 
 
Ann Swinfen — Farmers fighting to keep land, chronicles of Portuguese physician.
 
 
Sam Thomas — Midwife solves murders in city of York
 
 
 
Suzy WittenSalem witch trials.
 
 
Andrea Zuvich — Vampire in Stuart reign, Duke of Monmouth and mistress.
 
 
 
 Elizabeth Kales French Huguenot survival of Inquisition
 
 


Judith James — Rakes and rogues of the Restoration.

 
 
 



 Marci Jefferson — Royal Stuarts in Restoration England.
 
 




Sunday, 31 August 2014

Avoidance of plagiarism!


Avoidance of plagiarism - Literary snobbery aside - the conscious Vs the subconscious when penning historical novels.
 
I dare any author of historical novels to deny they have read books and historical accounts of their chosen period before they began painting pictures with words and thus conveying a story intended to delight readers. No matter what we read, whether it's a fiction novel, a biography or indeed historical records etc., we glean and thus we gain knowledge. As authors our imaginations can run rife and our subconscious will log details whilst the conscious mind is distracted by all manner of things.
 
 
However, when we finally settle to the task of writing our novel the "subconscious" jogs the "conscious" and then, as we consider the opening sequence, is it merely our imagination taking hold or is it a memory of something we read, some aspect having struck us as unusual, brilliant or beautiful?
 
Casting omnipotent godlike perspective aside, take Novels with simple dialogue as the opening to a book.
 
a) Sometimes the reader is most definitely eavesdropping (as though standing near) as characters reveal elements about themselves and their surroundings: the latter drip fed to the reader through the eyes of the characters, and the sequence is all action from start to finish.
 
b) Now consider the "narrative" approach to the same scene with the same dialogue whilst the author/narrator describes the surroundings, character features and dress, and the conversation is just that a conversation and every nuance of character action is fed from the narrator's viewpoint.
 
 
Who would you say tends toward the former (show) and who the latter (tell) of the great novelists who depict whatever era?