Saw this article today and thought many here might enjoy it. Researchers in western England have found the body of a 13th century knight who killed by a single sword blow to the back. They speculate he was Geoffrey Dutton a prominent local. How he received the mortal wound “that may have left him alive for several hours, yet unable to walk” is uncertain. I see a book plot in there somewhere. What do you think?
As my anniversary blog-tour continues I’ve dropped in at A Chick Who Reads to talk about a scratchy but fascinating subject—the hair-shirt and its place in medieval regimes of self-mortification. But even if you are neither a devotee of hair-shirts as Louis IX of France was nor intrigued by them as I have been since childhood there’s good reason to check out my post. Chick is hosting a giveaway, one of THREE currently on-going.
Yep at the present moment there are THREE copies of The Sister Queens up for grabs in the blog-o-sphere. Besides Chick’s giveaway (which ends on October 19th), In the Hammock Blog is running a giveaway ending October 21st and Teddy Rose at So Many Precious Books So Little Time is hosting one that ends on October 25th. So spread the word to friends who’ve been waiting to read The Sister Queens until the time is right. That moment is now and with three chances to win their copy may be free. No hair-shirt necessary to win.
Crystal at My Reading Room gave me her top rating saying, “I was honestly captivated from the very first page as I read the tale of Marguerite and Eleanor, sisters who were in competition at home and then were wed off one-by-one to Kings.” She pays me the very great compliment of putting me among her favorite historical writers (in some pretty impressive company):
The Sister Queens was more than I could have ever asked for in a book and now reigns in my top three historical fiction novels with Michelle Moran’s Cleopatra’s Daughter and Sandra Byrd’s To Die For. For me that is some great company. I will be highly recommending The Sister Queens to all of my friends, even ones who don’t read historical fiction.”
Meanwhile A Chick Who Reads gave me the lovely flowers and some kind words as well:
This is Sophie’s first novel and if it is any indication of what’s to come, well, move over Phillipa Gregory.”
I will be back at A Chick Who Reads tomorrow as a guest blogger talking about “Hair-Shirts 101”(and how often do you hear someone say that?). Hope you’ll join me.
As many of you know I was a presenting author at the recent Baltimore Book Festival. This gave me a chance to participate in a number of compelling author panels, two of which have now led to blog posts. So if you weren’t able to make it to Charm City, here’s your chance to read about the discussions you missed.
Reinventing yourself as an author? You can read my thoughts on why it is vital to find the guts to admit you want your writing to be more than a hobby at Book Pregnant where I’ve posted a discussion of “Finding the Courage to Write” based on my panel of the same name.
Fan of historical fiction? If you are a reader or writer of historical novels you may be interested in my guest post today at In the Hammock, where I consider whether Historical Fiction is Women’s Fiction—or more precisely where and why I believe the two genres intersect. This is an issue I’d never given serious thought before being assigned to the “What is Women’s Fiction” panel in Baltimore.
Please stop by either or both blogs and join the discussion!
Can you believe it? I sure can’t. This week marks SEVEN months since The Sister Queens was published. To celebrate I am treating myself to a little exotic travel—virtual travel that is. Yes, with the help of the incomparable Amy Bruno of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours I am on the road again beginning next Monday. There will be chances to win a copy of The Sister Queens, an interview, and a pair of guest posts including “Hair-shirts 101.” So please join me on my travels and we will celebrate seven months of book release madness together.
The Sister Queens Virtual Book Tour Schedule
Monday, October 8 –Review at My Reading Room; Author Guest Post & Giveaway at In the Hammock Blog
Tuesday, October 9 –Review at A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, October 11–Author Guest Post & Giveaway at A Chick Who Reads; Feature & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Friday, October 12 –Review at A Book Geek
Monday, October 15 — Review at Enchanted by Josephine
Tuesday, October 16 — Author Interview & Giveaway at Enchanted by Josephine