Release of ‘A Dangerous Affair’ by Rubina Ramesh – Exciting News for Fans of British Raj Romance

 

A Dangerous Affair  


A Historical Novel By Author Rubina Ramesh

 


What’s this Novel all About? 


Charu…She’s a young girl of twenty who leads a protected life. But in 1947, when India is at the brink of getting her independence, who could remain innocent to death and loss? Charu is not spared either. Anger bubbles inside her, and she vows to avenge her loss. But to do so, she has to cross the path of Dev.

Dev…He is the privileged son of the zamindar. He enjoys his life of privilege and has a Casanova image. But his good looks and charming smile hide some deep secrets. Will he be able to bare his heart to a young girl who was much beneath his status?

They meet, and they clash. Falling in love is their destiny. But will the same destiny send Charu to her death? Or will Dev be able to save her on time?

 

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Author Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She’s the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles, she’s lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH, two human kids and one dog, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about that of a writer.

 

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The Valley of the Kings by Terrance Coffey – TBC Review

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In the year 1355 BCE, the land of Egypt was the superpower of the known world. King Tut’s father, Akenaten, the so-called ‘heretic pharaoh,’ and his wife, Queen Nefertiti, are on the verge of catapulting Egypt into a revolution that will forever divide its people and rip the most powerful empire on the earth from its foundation.

Inspired by the actual Hittite and Amarna letters of 14th century BCE, ‘Valley of the Kings: The 18th Dynasty’ is an epic novel of intrigue, passion, and betrayal, resurrecting the thrilling story of a singular leader whose beliefs were both visionary and disastrous.

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Review By Maria Perry Mohan  Valley of the Kings by Terrance Coffey

Land of the Pharaohs

Egypt. A modern-day Arab nation.  But above all, a land of awe and wonder, shrouded in the mists of time. A Biblical land, where Abraham walked and Pharaoh coveted Abraham’s wife for himself. The land where the Hebrews lived in exile and slavery before Moses marched them away. The place where the infant Yeshua and his birth parents found refuge. Until they had to return to their destiny in Israel.

Storyteller’s Magic

Nurtured by the Nile and rich in the glorious heritage of its past, Egypt continues to fascinate. I read Valley of the Kings’ by Terrance Coffey as if entranced. Having lost my reading speed sometime back, I’m delighted to report that I seem to have recovered it. This is storyteller’s magic, I tell you. There are too many diversions in my life for this to occur for nothing.

Demolishing Myths

Coffey demolishes some myths. shattering the image of King Tutankhamun as a weak, sickly boy. The depiction of Queen Ty is masterful. Ty was a conniving commoner who inveigled her way into the Egyptian royal family. Pharaohs generally married only princesses. They were usually succeeded by sons-in-law.  How horrifying that sweet’ Nefertiti, a loving wife and mother,  endangered her co-wife. as cunning Queen Ty did. All in the cause of keeping the upper hand.

Tiny Faults

There were a few little things which jarred. Pharaoh Teppy? Sorry,  I’d have preferred Tepi. Actually, the king’s name was Amenhotep IV.  Before becoming Akhenaten, of course. And Princess Senpaten? Wasn’t it always Ankhsenpaaten? In fairness, most readers looking for a good story would prefer the author’s suggestion for the name. For which I salute him.

Tragic Royal Family

The Amarna Royal family of Egypt’s 18th dynasty was a tragic one. Coffey retells the story with skill. He attempts to fill in the gaps in the story, for which one has to admire him. I recommend this for readers who enjoy stories of political intrigue.  Those who love Egyptology and magic with a touch of fantasy and journeys back in time would also enjoy this.

So What’s The Verdict?

Verdict?  A great story, well told. Don’t miss it. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Terrance Coffey is a bestselling author, screenwriter, songwriter and composer with a predilection for Egyptian history. He has written numerous short stories, screenplays, television pilots, and even Coca-Cola music jingles. His debut novel “VALLEY OF THE KINGS: The 18th Dynasty” is the first of a trilogy and a #1 Amazon bestseller.

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#1 Amazon Bestseller!
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2017 International Book Awards FINALIST
2016 International Pacific Book Award WINNER Best Historical Fiction
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Review – 1857 Dust of Ages – The Forgotten Tale by Vandana Shanker

This has to be the first review on MBB in a very long time and it was well worth the wait. Anyone who likes Indian historical fiction is going to adore this beautiful read.

Maria Perry Mohan’s Review of 1857 Dust of AgesVolume I –  A Forgotten Tale by Vandana Shankar


As historical fiction goes, this is first class. We’re literally getting glimpses of a fascinating story as seen through the eyes of today. Can it really be that an Indian royal family gave their daughter in marriage to a British Army officer?  Some say it could be impossible, but has the truth been covered up? And why?

Those glances back in time show teasing glimpses of a royal family at a crossroads. The queen’s consternation when a male hair has not been born and her greedy sister-in-law, the one who has a son, eyes up the kingdom. Would such a queen mother be good for a kingdom? Probably not.

The princess’s character comes through as a girl who has been born to lead her kingdom. The 19th century produced one of the greatest British monarchs of all time, a queen regnant whose husband was a mere consort. So why couldn’t an Indian state? This intriguing flashback of Indian royal history left me hungry for more. I’m very glad to learn it’s part of a series. 


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1857. The rebellion erupts in India. Despite its attempts to stay aloof, NAVGARH, a small town near Delhi, is drawn into the conflagration. And at its heart are Princess Meera and Captain Richard Smith, with their strange alliance made for the throne of Navgarh.

2016, Shiv Sahai, a young Indian art historian and Ruth Aiken, a British scholar discover an excerpt from the journal of an anonymous British soldier, searching for his wife in the chaos of 1857 Delhi. As they begin investigating the scandal, they become aware of the vague rumours that are told in the bylanes of Navgarh – about a princess who married a British soldier to save her kingdom.

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Delhi-born Vandana Shanker is the author of the series 1857 Dust of Ages, a historical fiction set in the year of the great uprising in India. A PhD from IIT Delhi, Vandana is passionate about history, storytelling and art. Apart from writing, she teaches literature and creative writing in Malaysia. She has also taught in Universities in India and Vietnam. She currently lives in Kuala Lumpur with her family and wants to travel the world. 

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Today, MBB welcomes back author Ella Carey, who’s talking about her new release, THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE. Ella Carey is the author of that beautifully crafted novel THE PARIS TIME CAPSULE, which I enjoyed some time back.
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Ella,  please share a short bio with us.
I am an Australian writer. My debut novel was Paris Time Capsule and my second novel, The House by the Lake was released on March 29th, 2016 with Lake Union Publishing. I have degrees in Arts and in Music and I write full time. Other than that, my teenagers keep me incredibly busy! I love to read, walk and travel when I can- and I love spending time with my friends. One day, I will take up art classes, resume my French, and start playing the piano again, but for now, I am simply flat out!
What inspires your writing?

That is such a good question- I could say that everything inspires story ideas, but really, I’d have to say that for me it’s travel, stories that people tell me and history that definitely gets me going. If I have an instinctive reaction to something, then often, I’m hooked and a story idea starts to develop. Stories choose me, not the other way around!  
What made you press on with this writing project when things were difficult? Because they must have been, sometimes.
Yes, you have difficult times while writing any book. Challenges come up- life gets in the way! But, the answer to what kept me going was my characters, and the belief that I had in this story. Once you become invested in characters, they really become dear to you. If letting them go out into the world once they are published is like putting your children on a train- then stopping writing about them would be like abandoning them completely. So, I just pushed on. 
Please sum up your plot in a tweet sized sentence
Anna Young is shocked when her grandfather reveals that she is part of a German aristocratic family who lost everything during the second world war. It is his ardent wish that she return there to retrieve a precious item he was forced to leave behind in 1940.
Future plans?
My third novel will be released with Lake Union in the US and on Amazon worldwide in October 2016, and Harlequin Australia will be releasing an Australian and New Zealand, print version of Paris Time Capsule in September 2016. I’m editing book three right now, and working hard on book four. Thank you so much for having me Maria!
THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE

 Anna is content with her well-ordered life in San Francisco. But her world is turned upside down when her beloved grandfather, Max, reveals a startling secret: Anna is part of an aristocratic family who lost everything during World War II. What’s more, Max was forced to leave behind a precious item over seventy years ago in their estate in old Prussia. It’s now his ardent wish that Anna retrieves it.
Anna burns with questions as she heads for Germany: What memento could be so important to her grandfather? And why did he keep their history hidden? As she searches for answers, she finds herself drawn to Wil, a man who may hold the key to unlock the mystery. Together they discover that her family’s secrets are linked with an abandoned apartment in Paris, and these secrets go deeper than she ever imagined.

Alternating between 1930s Europe and the present, The House by the Lake illuminates the destiny of a family caught in the tumult of history.

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Eliza Redgold, author of ‘Naked"


This blog post comes to us from Eliza Redgold, author, academic and unashamed romantic. Her new novel Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva is released by St Martin’s Press on Bastille Day (July 14 2015).

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What inspires you to write?
I’m a character driven writer. I was inspired by the heroine of my story and went on a wild ride telling her tale!
The legend goes that Lady Godiva rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. You may have seen her portrait, even if adorning a box of Belgian chocolates. She begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay.
Lady Godiva (or chocolate!) must have been in the back of my mind when I was doing some research on the word lady in my academic life. Over time, the word has had a bad rap, but it made a 21st century comeback. With my academic hat on, as Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd, I wrote an opinion piece about the word lady making a comeback for The Age newspaper (I loved the graphic they created for this article) and in Women and Language journal I explored why the lady’s back and what her future may be.
Following the lady then led me in all kinds of wonderful directions. The legend of Lady Godiva grabbed me and didn’t let go until I had written a version of Godiva’s story, from her point of view, with a twist in the tale.
Tell us about your writing process.
Music is one of my main ‘muses’ (excuse the pun!)
I was listening to these ‘ladylike’ songs a lot before Lady Godiva’s story came to mind:
Lady Marmalade (the version from Moulin Rouge with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Pink and Mya)
Lady (a ballad by Lionel Richie sung by country troubadour Kenny Rogers)
The Lady is a Tramp (who can resist this duet by the incomparable first lady of song Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra? Or try Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s fab version!)
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I sure do! It’s embarrassing to say ‘I hear voices’ but I’m one of those writers who hear dialogue very clearly. It happens especially when I’m trying to sleep. I get funny looks on airplanes when I’m scribbling notes in the dark!
I also got a strong sense of Leofric’s point of view listening to the song Wild Horses
It’s so evocative.
I read Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf aloud too, to get a sense of story-telling rhythm for the book.
What advice would you give other writers?
Listen to the muse!
What is your favourite genre to read? Is it different to what you write?
I love historical fiction. It has always been my favourite.
I am also a fan of romance. Romance has been called ‘the first form of feminism’ and I’m proud to write in that genre.



Tell us about your book…
We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don’t know her true story. We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva’s ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for ‘peeping Tom’) and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax.
Naked is an original version of Godiva’s tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.

ELIZA REDGOLD is an author, academic and unashamed romantic. She writes historical fiction (St Martin’s Press) and romance (Harlequin).

“NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva” will be released internationally by St Martin’s Press New York in July 2015. Her ‘Romance your Senses’ series of contemporary romances are published by Harlequin (MIRA) Australia and Escape Publishing. They include Black Diamonds, Hide and Seek and Wild Flower (2015 release). Eliza is also contracted to Harlequin Historical (London) for two upcoming Victorian historical romances. Look out for them! She is represented by Joelle Delbourgo Associates US.

Eliza Redgold is based upon the old, Gaelic meaning of her name, Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. English folklore has it that if you help a fairy, you will be rewarded with red gold. She has presented academic papers on women and romance and is a contributor to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. As a non-fiction author she is co-author of Body Talk: a Power Guide for Girls and Stay-at-Home Mothers: Dialogues and Debates. She was born in Irvine, Scotland on Marymass Day and currently lives in Australia.

By day a mild-mannered university lecturer with a PhD, by night she is a wild-mannered writer of historical fiction and romances. “Writing makes me braver. It has inspired adventures (and misadventures!) in travel, nature, art, literature and even gastronomy. I hope my books will inspire you too! They’re for people who love a good story, but want to discover new things. They also feature adventurous heroines who are prepared to take risks in life and love. Though in life and in love, of course, things never go quite as planned …”

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NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva
We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don’t know her true story.

We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry,Naked is an original version of Godiva’s tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.
covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva’s ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for ‘peeping Tom’) and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax.

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EVEN IN DARKNESS by Barbara Stark Nemon With a GIVEAWAY

Today, MBB welcomes Barbara Stark Nemon, who has written a historical novel, EVEN IN DARKNESS, set in the Second World War.  She’s on a blog tour right now to tell readers what the book is all about.  GIVEAWAY ALERT!   Barbara Stark Nemon has very kindly agreed to give a free copy of the book away to one lucky reader who leaves a comment on this post.

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   What inspired you to write Even in Darkness?
   Even in Darkness is based on the life of my great aunt, who alone among her siblings did not escape Germany during the Holocaust. Her story of survival—the courage and strength she had to remake herself and her life in the face of unspeakable loss—has been an inspiration to me throughout my adult life. Hers is a beautiful story and having come to know it in depth I wanted to share it and create a legacy for her.

  You researched the book thoroughly. Did you know from the beginning how extensive your research would become?   
   Yes and no. I’ve known since one of the visits I made to my great aunt in Germany many years ago, that I wanted to write her story, so I started interviewing her (she was already over 90 years old) and the priest, who is the other main character in this story. I also interviewed my parents and grandparents. I already knew a lot about my grandfather and great aunt’s family from Sunday nights around the dinner table. Then my aunt died, and the priest sent me all her personal papers, including over 50 letters that her son had written to her during and after the war from Palestine, where he had been sent at the age of 12. Those letters deepened and changed what I understood about all their lives in a way I couldn’t have predicted. 

   Where did you begin your research and where did it lead you? 
   I traveled to Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and to Israel to trace all the histories and see all the places I learned about in my grandfather’s stories and later, in the trove of personal papers my great aunt left to me. I was able to interview even more people related to this story, walk the streets, photograph the homes, take trains over the same routes to the concentration camp, look out over the hills surrounding the kibbutz where all my characters lived out their lives.  In archives and museums I learned details of births, deaths, marriages, businesses, deportations, displacements, escapes and emigrations. All this knowledge fed my imagination for the parts of the story I didn’t and couldn’t know.

   Why did you decide to write a novel rather than a biography or memoir?
   The simple answer is, there were too many missing pieces in the story. I didn’t know all the facts, but felt I understood from the point of view of the characters. It was a way to use all the compelling reality of the family story with the immediacy that fiction allows us to maintain. In the first year that I worked on the book, I participated in a wonderful workshop with the author Elizabeth Kostova. I had recently come back from a research/interview trip to Germany with much new information. We worked the story out both ways: as a memoir and as a novel. In the end, I realized I wanted to write a novel, this novel.

   Were there any unexpected obstacles you encountered when you began writing Even in Darkness?
I thought I could work full time, finish raising three boys, do volunteer work and write a novel. I had no idea how much I would love the research and the writing, and how much I wanted to devote ALL my time to it!

EVEN IN DARKNESS

The story begins when Kläre’s only concern is her marriage to Jakob Kohler. But, as Germany erupts into WWI, Kläre must learn to navigate the dangerous place her home has become and then protect her growing family. By 1939, the Nazis have assumed power, and Kläre is trapped in Germany by loyalty to her war-injured husband and aging mother. She arranges escape for her sons, but is then deported to the concentration camp Theresienstadt. Walking the razor edge of death daily, Kläre uses her position as a massage therapist to the commandant to survive and assist other internees. Meanwhile, her children meet danger and desperation in their new lives in Palestine and England. Ansel’s connection to Kläre comes after the loss of his mother and time in an orphanage, and continues through his university studies during the Nazi years, and a harrowing military experience on the Russian front. In the most unlikely circumstances, Kläre and Ansel not only survive, but find renewed meaning in a life with each other. Their relationship transcends the boundaries of generation, religion, and societal expectation, bearing witness to the way in which love, as redemption for pain and suffering, enters our lives in unexpected ways.  

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Meet Anya Richards, Historical Fiction Author

MBB is happy to welcome Anya Richards, historical author, to the blog.  Her new release is a great read and I really enjoyed it, as I love historical fiction.  Anya Richards is currently on a blogging tour with Romance Book Haven to celebrate her new release.

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How do you come up with the ideas for new stories?

Inspiration can come from almost anywhere. I’m terribly curious and love delving into subjects I don’t know much or anything about, and often a small nugget of information will jump out at me, leading to a ‘what if?’ moment. I’ve also had characters jump, almost fully formed, into my head (which can be a little freaky!). It’s a matter, I think, of staying open to the muse and letting the ideas flow.

Does writer’s block ever happen to you?
Unfortunately, yes. I sometimes find ‘real’ life interferes with my ability to get the words out.

How do you/would you cope if/when it strikes?
I just step back (which can be scary if you have a deadline) and try to get the problems sorted out, then ease back into it. I’ve learned not to flay myself over it, or it just lingers

Of all the stories you’ve written, what’s your favourite?
Holy cats! That’s like asking a mother which is her favorite child! I will say that, although all my stories have a special place in my heart, the very first novel I ever finished might just be my favorite. It’s never been published, but it holds that place because completing it let me know I actually could write an entire book and also because my father read it and liked it very much (it wasn’t erotic, in case you’re wondering LOL!) and that meant a lot to me


Do you live in your character’s world while you write?

Very much so. When the story is flowing I’m living and breathing with the characters, wanting to get into their heads, wanting to understand them and see where that new knowledge will take us all. Any book I can’t ‘inhabit’ with my characters gets put aside. That tells me there’s something missing and either I’ll figure out what it is and press on, or it’ll never get finished.




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His seductive rhythm calls to the passionate soul hiding within…
Jane Rollins is anything but plain, but to keep her position as housekeeper to a wealthy family, she is content to hide her beauty behind a dull façade. This deception has become second-nature to her—until dance master Sergio Fontini waltzes into her life.


While the other inhabitants of the house see him as a foreigner and beneath their notice, Jane sees strength, barely leashed power, and an aura of iron control—an irresistible, arousing combination.

Sergio sees through Jane’s disguise to the woman beneath, and the desires in her veiled gaze call to him like the utterly irresistible strains of a beautiful symphony. The circumstances couldn’t be worse, for seducing her will endanger both their livelihoods. 

Yet there are lessons he cannot resist teaching her, steps of a dance that crescendos to her final surrender…
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A deliciously seductive Italian unmasks a supposedly respectable Victorian woman and leads her into a lust-filled pas de deux.

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A Journey into Regency England with Petronela Ungureanu

Petronela Ungureanu is a fantasy writer and a journalist living in a picturesque part of poetic Romania. She takes great pleasure in simple things like walking barefoot in the grass, or reading Jane Austen in front of a good fire, surrounded by her numerous purring cats. When the time feels right, she mysteriously withdraws in her favorite corner where she concocts fantastical stories about elves, fairies, gnomes and other wondrous creatures. Here’s her new release, A LOT OF PRIDE AND SOME PREJUDICE, a Regency romance with a touch of mystery. 

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A LOT OF PRIDE AND SOME PREJUDICE

On the verge of losing her home and her position in society, Miss Portia Thorpe is fighting all her battles with her very heart. When Lord Salisbury is offering his friendship and support, she develops a most unsuitable inclination towards him. Surrounded by uncertainty and some very strange events, Portia must face the future where her estate, Valhalla, lost at poker by her father, gets a new mysterious owner. Will she manage to find her place in the new order of things? Will she acceptan unexpected marriage proposal, just to save her home? With some pride, a little prejudice and all the courage in the world, she will eventually find a solution.

REVIEW

This charming novella reads like fan fiction for Jane Austen, but at the same time, it has Petronela’s magical touch. There’s always a little mystery and magic in the background, if not in the foreground, when the work of Petronela Ungureanu is involved. It certainly doesn’t read like a novel written by a person who is not a native English speaker. I recommend it for fans of mystery, suspense and Regency romance. An exquisite piece of Regency fiction.





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Helen Carey Talks About Her Novels.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome novelist Helen Carey to my blog today.  Helen is the author of both contemporary and historical fiction and having read only the blurbs of her books until now, I’m anxious to start reading.  They seem to be really intriguing stories with great characters.  Helen gave some really individual answers to my usual set of questions.



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What inspires you to write, Helen?
I love the whole process of writing. I love puzzles too and for me writing a novel is like embarking on a big puzzle, or a three dimensional game of chess. I also love a good story and I will only start a new novel if  I am sure I have a really compelling story to tell. The characters are obviously key to that too. They don’t have to be all good but they do have to be interesting. If they entertain me then I feel more confident they 
will entertain my readers!

Do you have a regular target of words per day or do you prefer to write when the muse strikes?
I’m not sure about the muse! It only seems to strike me when I am already well into a writing session. And then I can’t stop (normally I am in full flow just when we are about to go out to supper or to the pictures!) So I have learnt just to sit down every day and get on with it. I start off by correcting my previous day’s writing and then move on to new territory. I am writing the fourth novel in my wartime Lavender Road series at the moment which has involved quite a lot of research. I spent several months doing that before I started writing but inevitably there are still details I need to check as I go along. I also have quite a lot of other commitments in that we run a small organic farm, I have an art studio, and we also care for my 89 year old mother. I decided that a target of 1000 words a day is do-able and so far so good!

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I am a plotter. I need to know where my novel so going so that I can layer in the clues, the motivations and the real history (for my wartime novels). I like to write tightly plotted novels where everything intertwines, so that the decisions one character makes impacts on the other characters. The only way to do that successfully is to work out the key scenes and turning points in advance. That’s not to say I know every detail before I start writing, but I have a definite framework, a theme and a final scene that I keep in mind and work towards. I work out what needs to happen in each chapter before I start writing it and then let the writing process and that wonderful thing ‘creativity’ take over. So perhaps you could say I am a plotter for the ‘what’ and ‘when’ and a pantser for the ‘how’!

Can you give me a tweet sized summary of your latest release?
My latest release was SLICK DEALS – when young oil trader Ella Crossley stumbles into a kidnap situation she discovers that the only people she can really trust are a group of eco warriors and that her only chance to prevent an oil disaster is to put her own life on the line. 

What’s next for you?
My next novel will be LONDON CALLING. It is 1943 and London is suffering under the strain of the Second World War. All the residents of Lavender Road are struggling to cope in their different ways. Young nurse Molly Coogan is battling with a job she hates and longs to escape both it and the guilty secret that plagues her. But it’s a case of ‘beware what you wish for’ because soon she finds herself embroiled in an adventure far more dangerous and challenging than anything she had ever imagined.

SLICK DEALS

An exciting romantic suspense novel by the author of the bestselling Lavender Road series. 

Ella Crossley is an up and coming young oil trader and she loves her London city-girl lifestyle. So when her boss’s son is kidnapped in Monaco she doesn’t want to get involved. She certainly doesn’t want to get involved with the irritatingly cool, American environmentalist Nick Jardine, the boy’s uncle. Unfortunately, for the sake of her career, she doesn’t have much choice. But as the action moves to London and then to West Wales and an attempt is made on her life, she finds that the only people she can really trust are a group of tepee dwelling eco warriors. And as she and Nick Jardine get closer to finding the truth about the kidnapping so it becomes imperative for the kidnappers to stop them. Permanently. 


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LAVENDER ROAD

Opening in September 1939 at the beginning of the Second World War, Lavender Road follows the lives of a number of women who live in one South London street through the first year of hostilities.

Lavender Road boasts a pub, two rows of terraced working class homes, and overlooking the common at the top end of the road, two big houses, one owned by the local brewer and the other by the glamorous eccentric Mrs D’Arcy Billière. Everyone in the road suspects that their courage will be tested and that the war will change their lives. Mostly they are right …

This compelling novel creates a rich tapestry of life which depicts in all its vivid detail the story of London at War.

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Novelist Helen Carey is best known for her bestselling World War Two novels Lavender Road, Some Sunny Day and On a Wing and a Prayer, all published by Orion and now republished as eBooks. Her latest novel, Slick Deals, an exciting eco thriller set in London, Wales and Monaco is proving equally popular as is her light romance, The Art of Loving. She also writes travel articles, short stories and the occasional film script. She has worked for a literary agency and as a reader for several publishers and 
teaches creative writing at several Universities. Helen is also a prize winning artist. She and her husband live on a small coastal farm in Pembrokeshire where they recently converted an old goat shed into an art studio. Her next novel London Calling will be released next year.

To A Viking’s Liking – Historical Romance Author Gina Conkle with a Giveaway.

Gina Conkle is a lover of history, books and romance, which makes the perfect recipe for historical romance writer. Her passion for castles and old places (the older and moldier the better!) means interesting family vacations. Good thing her husband and two sons share similar passions, except for romance…that’s where she gets the eye roll. When not visiting fascinating places, she can be found in southern California delving into the latest adventures of organic gardening and serving as chief taxi driver. Gina has an interesting guest post to share with us today about Viking omance.  As I’m from Dublin myself, which was originally a Viking city, I’m fascinated.

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A Geek Girl’s Guide to Viking Men


Time travel works in books. Romance novels in particular. From the comfort of your favorite reading spot, you mix with all kinds of people from all kinds of time periods. Today’s millionaires, billionaires, and moguls that populate contemporary romance are yesterday’s warriors, lords, and kings.

Or in the case of case of Vikings: house karls, landsmen, and jarls.

And in our modern times, if a woman wants to better understand relationships and men, she gets a book, reads the latest magazine, or chats with a friend. Right? With the exception of a few centuries time, men are still the same.

So, if you did find that mystical portal that took you back to the Viking Age, how would you understand the Norse male? Here’s a few things to consider:

1) The Protector
Axe and shield made everyday weapons for Vikings — battle tools for the common warrior. You’d also see bows and arrows, spears, and hammers. What about swords? The elite warriors who could afford such a costly weapon had a sword. But, Viking swords were unique, and some considered, mystical. Scientists now understand that Vikings brought back metal ore and the latest technology from the orient. Viking swords curiously had little “slag” in the iron. Slag is the impure material that in modern processes gets “cooked out” of the metal. The result? Less sword breakage. A good thing to avoid when in battle. Basically, a Viking with a sword could be counted on as “protector.”

2) The “Move”

We tend to think of Vikings as Neaderthal-ish…grab a woman and have his way with her. Yet, the Sagas show how befuddled they could be when it came to women. They were just as communication-challenged as the modern man when it came to the softer side of life. 

That’s why I love when I run across “The Move” as I call it in the Sagas. One way for a Viking male to show interest in a woman was to lay his head in her lap. 

Imagine a gathering in someone’s longhouse, lots of ale and food. A woman sits down on a bench, and a Viking stretches across that bench, resting his head in her lap. This is the ultimate trust to make himself so vulnerable to her. Often, personal grooming would take place (such as combing his hair and as they got to know each other, she washed his hair). Not the typical picture that comes to mind when you think of Viking men, right?

3) Your Independence

That’s right. This part’s about you. To be the best partner to a man, a woman needs to be strong in who she is. One interesting facet of Viking culture was the strong female. The Sagas tell tales of shield maidens who battled alongside the men. Viking women also had the freedom to divorce. You read about that from time to time in Viking history. One thing you won’t read about in the Sagas is the coy damsel in distress.

Nordic women didn’t have time for playing the helpless victim. Perhaps that’s the best guide? Be the best woman you can be.

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NORSE JEWEL

A stolen woman of rare qualities…

Seized by marauders and taken to the icy northlands by the wolf-eyed Viking warrior, Helena will do whatever it takes to earn her freedom and return to France.

A mighty Viking Chieftain…

Betrayal has turned Hakan’s heart to ice, but the spirited Frankish maid warms him in a way he’s never known. The spell she weaves leaves them both breathless, but can he keep his promise to return her home even if it means he’ll lose his precious jewel forever?

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