News Archive 2017

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28th December : Discovering Diamonds Historical Fiction Review Blog - our Avalon Graphics Cover of the Year awards go to... click here to find out!

25th December :

21st December - final round up for December!
Don't forget to visit our series of Diamond Tales on the Discovering Diamonds review blog - if you haven't seen our selection of fabulous short stories by a variety of fabulous auhors... well you've missed out on some excellent entertainment! Start HERE

7th December - Thank you to everyone who voted for North Devon, our Chittlehamholt Community Shop and Ron Thorne...

4th December - to celebrate my pirate's fictional birthday today, Diamond Tales today features that charmer of a rogue, Jesamiah Acorne, in an excerpt from Bring It Close... except I've re-written the scene from a different character's point of view. Enjoy!

3rd December - starting today a series of short stories or excerpts all with the theme of Diamonds and written by a variety of fabulous authors Diamond Tales! Visit every day until 23rd December for an entertaining interlude to your day!

30th November - Cover and Book of the Month Revealed on Discovering Diamonds 

11th November : Our way of remembering the several million horses who died in WWI...

1st November : Like the man says.... buy a book! (or the snowman gets it...)

Amazon Author Page
31st October : I'm delighted!

27th October : very well done to Cathy Helms of for receiving the Runner Up award for the cover of 1066 Turned Upside Down!

24th October: On my blog - a recycled tribute to Carole Blake: she wrote an article about one of her passions... dolls houses!

22nd October: Thoroughly delighted!  I've received a 'Yes' to the following:
"Were the characters strong and engaging? Was the book well written? Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next? Was the ending satisfying? Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story?"

20th October: last few days! only $1.99 Special Offer for US Kindle The story of Emma - Queen of 11th Century Saxon England (a USA Today Bestseller!) 

14th October (1066) That fateful day when the REAL Game Of Thrones happened:  

or if you fancy some alternative stories try 1066 Turned Upside Down

10th October: I take a look at Superstitions at Sea - scratch a stay and no whistling!

9th October: FREE GIVEAWAY for a short while only - epub editions (for ipad or iphone) of When the Mermaid Sings - mail me via the contact form above to get the code!

5th October: I will be South Molton Library from 6pm  to talk about 1066 and Harold The King. All welcome - unless you're a Norman! (no arrows allowed.)

19th September : To be Released 29th Sept how Jesamiah Acorne became a Pirate... a Novella Ebook Watch This Space for pre-order copies  

19th September : For Talk Like A Pirate Day - a few handy phrases and I explore who might have been the real Capt Johnson - the author of the History of Pirates...

15th September : On Discovering Diamonds, a Thank You to Sharon Kay Penman

12th September : Embarrassing Book Signings with my guest Loretta Livingstone

5th September : Mermaids and Pirates - announcing the next Jesamiah Acorne adventure!

25th August : I finally managed to get the write-up for my recent wonderful cruise written - click here to read it (and see some lovely photos)

22nd August : The Three Houdinis - or AWOL up the lane... 

17th August : embarrassed but honoured: a guest post about me, surreptitiously written by a couple of lovely friends while I was on vacation. click here

16th August : well I'm back! I had a wonderful holiday cruise down the Rhine, and I will do a write-up as soon as I get a chance (so much backlog to catch up on). Meanwhile, here's a photo of moi and fellow companion Cathy Helms enjoying a German version of Irish Coffee at Rudesheim.

29th July 2017  I'm off gadding about with some friends - cruising along the Rhine from Basal to Amsterdam. Meanwhile, for your enjoyment and entertainment, (with no expense spared) there are lots of interesting posts scheduled on my blog and on Discovering Diamonds for the next fourteen days. Normal mayhem will be resumed when I get back!

11th July 2017 Guests Revisiting: a series of recycled posts from guests who dropped by my blog back in 2011/2012 Today: Cathy Helms of Avalon Graphics

8th July 2017 5* Review: #SeaWitch 'Jesamiah is a lovable rogue, in the tradition of that other well known pirate Jack Sparrow' 

4th JULY 2017 Tuesday Talk Celebrating   with a few memories of 2015

The Kings Arms
Williamsburg, Virginia
3rd July  Please vote for the covers of your choice and support Indie Writers

26th June 2017 : My Journal - a sort of ongoing memoir 

20th June 2017 : On the Blog - The Nice Thing About Research - a Trip to Nassau

19th June 2017 : Thank you to Taw River Show Jumping & Oakfield Showing for the wonderful horse show at Coxleigh Barton Equestrian Centre yesterday to raise funds for the Exmoor Pony Centre. Thank you to our fantastic judges, stewards, helpers,  the photographer, the catering van, all our sponsors and to the competitors  ... the day was a bit hot but I think we all had a good day!
Me and the Reserve Reserve Exmoor Pony Champion!

Thank you to our judges and stewards!
(photos courtesy Gilly Davidson & Barnstaple Equestrian Supplie
14th June 2017 : TWO covers nominated for a Finalist Award -  Indie Brag has nominated Sea Witch (no voting yet - I'll tell you when...)

and 1066 Turned Upside Down for the RONE cover finalistt

well done to designer Cathy Helms!

13th June 2017 Tuesday Talk: my guest Cryssa Bazos talks about a Highwayman (the pirates of the road) and her wonderful new novel

6th June 2017 My Blog Guest: 'Writing fiction - well, how hard can it be?' by Sheila Williams

1st June 2017 Jesamiah Acorne follow the adventure ... in Italian!

MAY 2017

29th May 2017 
Remember those typo molehills - I take a look at how (through deliberate nastiness) they became typo mountains

23rd May 2017
My Tuesday Talk Blog Guest : New author David Barker talks about 'The Fame Game' and his debut novel. 

22nd May 2017
On the Amberley Press Blog 
I talk about writing Pirates: Truth and Tales (and note before anyone spots it: the publisher changed the title at the last minute from Truth and Tale to Truth and Tales - hence the discrepancy.

 21st May 2017
Giveaway Winner: I offered new subscribers to my newsletter a chance to win a copy of my recent Pirates Truth & Tales. And the winner was (drum roll) Alexis Johnson. I'll be e-mailing you Alexis.

Tuesday Talk 16th May 2017
My guest today, Melissa Addey, talks about her research and the background to her novel:
"The novel centres around a real woman in China in the 1760s. When the Emperor of China conquered her homeland of Turkestan (now known as Xinjiang), he summoned a local Muslim woman to the Forbidden City to become his concubine.  It seems she was a favourite, being given gifts and promoted before being buried with all due honours on her death many years later. But many legends grew up around her."
Read More:
Finding the Real People Between the Pages of History

13th May 2017  
Discovering Diamonds: Book Choice of the Month 

9th May 2017 (the first entry for this news archive)
Those Troublesome Typos! 'I'd rather readers and reviewers laughed WITH me not AT me!" #RedFace - yes but I'm also the victim of a charlatan 'reviewer' who targets authors to boost his business.  Now ALLi has exposed him - but it doesn't help the typos in my book, alas.
Read the full article HERE


More of Interest
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