Susan

Another Paperback Historical Fiction Treasure

This beauty will soon be in my hands, God and Amazon willing, but I thought I’d leave it with you for the Easter holiday to feast your eyes upon (better than an Easter ham). It’s called Ride East! Ride West! by Anne Powers and is set during the Hundred Years’ War, evidently a time when …

Another Paperback Historical Fiction Treasure Read More »

Philip Lindsay’s "Royal Scandal"

I finished Royal Scandal today, the priceless cover of which I posted on my previous blog (“The most reckless love in the wickedest court in history!” we are promised). Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending upon your perspective), the novel doesn’t live up to its sensational cover. Originally published in 1933 with the clunky title of Here …

Philip Lindsay’s "Royal Scandal" Read More »

I Become a Full-Time Historical Fiction Writer

I’m still reeling from the news that I hit it big in the North Carolina State Lottery. Now, of course, I will be able to achieve my longtime goal of writing full-time, not to mention having an office with real walls to do so in. While I’m waiting for the contractors to show up to …

I Become a Full-Time Historical Fiction Writer Read More »

Nonhistorical and Historical Characters: Should They Mingle?

Finished reading Katherine Howard, a 1969 novel by Jessica Smith, yesterday. Like the other historical novels I’ve read about this foolish but intriguing young queen, it was somewhat disappointing, though I admittedly didn’t have huge hopes for it. Though the author often commented that Katherine was a featherhead, she didn’t come up with any motivation …

Nonhistorical and Historical Characters: Should They Mingle? Read More »

Jean Plaidy, Mary Queen of Scots, and a Message to Promote Marital Harmony

I finished Jean Plaidy’s Royal Road to Fotheringay today. This is the second novel about Mary Queen of Scots I’ve read, the first being Margaret George’s. I didn’t finish George’s book. I’m not sure why. It’s not that I disliked what I did read of it; in fact, I rather liked the scene where the …

Jean Plaidy, Mary Queen of Scots, and a Message to Promote Marital Harmony Read More »

In Which I Soundly Administer Myself a Good Pat on the Back

C’mon, I don’t often get the chance to do this! I’m delighted to announce that The Traitor’s Wife: A Novel of the Reign of Edward II (that’s my baby), has been named one of 15 finalists in the Historical Fiction category of ForeWord Magazine‘s 2005 Book of the Year Awards. The awards were established to …

In Which I Soundly Administer Myself a Good Pat on the Back Read More »

Scroll to Top