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My Place: Discover historic Corsica with Vanessa Couchman

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Today, I welcome back my author friend, Vanessa Couchman, whose wonderful stories take you to rural France, in particular to the beautiful rugged Mediterranean island of Corsica. Reading her novels makes me want to visit, and I will, one day. 

So, for now, escape this rainy autumn day to your summer destination – to Nonza on Corsica! 
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Nonza, Corsica: Inspiration by Chance
Sometimes you feel your footsteps are steered in a certain direction. We discovered the captivating Mediterranean island of Corsica in 2003. With its majestic, mountainous scenery and its clear blue waters and miles of beaches, it’s a wonderful place to spend a holiday.  But I soon found that Corsica is much more than just a holiday location. It also has a fascinating history and culture, stemming from its strategic position in the Mediterranean and its island customs. The island has been invaded and occupied countless times over thousands of years. Intermittent but disorganised rebellions failed to dislodge its conqu…

Meet Jennifer C. Wilson and The Last Plantagenet

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Today, as we’re nearing the 566th birthday of Richard III, made infamous by a certain Bard and various Tudor chroniclers, I have another treat in store for those who remain staunchly on Richard’s side. 

Jennifer C. Wilson’s romantic time-slip novella, The Last Plantagenet?, is a beautiful read, set days before the battle of Bosworth where Richard was killed. It’s the kind of ’alternative history’ story that romance authors are so brilliant at writing. I read it when Jennifer first released it, and we’re now delighted that she’s joining our small author cooperative, Ocelot Press. A warm welcome to Jennifer!

So, if you love reading about Richard, discover one of the many ’what ifs’ that abound... 

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The Last Plantagenet?
The fireplace hadn’t looked like a time-portal. 
All Kate had wanted was a fun, relaxing day out, watching the knights jousting at Nottingham Castle. What she ended up with was something quite different.  Transported in a heartbeat from 2011 to 1485, how will Kate handle li…

My Place: Middleham – on the trail of Richard III

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Today, I'm delighted to welcome author Alex Marchant, author of The Order of the White Boar and The King's Man.

As a fan of Richard III, I found Alex's article on Middleham Castle and its surrounding area very interesting. I'm sure you will, too. :-) 

Over to Alex...
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Middleham, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire The name ‘Middleham’ likely means one thing and one thing only to most people. There is of course its racing connection – Middleham is the ‘Newmarket of the North’, with some fifteen racing stables in and around this large Yorkshire Dales village – but to anyone with an interest in history, especially of the medieval period, the fact that it was the primary home to the future King Richard III will always overshadow that.
Middleham Castle has been a brooding presence in the area for more than 800 years. The remains of an early earth-and-timber castle can just be discerned on the slope of the hill to the south, but that was abandoned in favour of the grand stone-built ke…

My Place: walking in The Bard's footsteps in Stratford

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Today, I have another fascinating place to show you: historical fiction author D.K. Marley follows Shakespeare's trail in Stratford-upon-Avon! I've not been there, so I was intrigued.

So without much further ado, here's what she has to say...


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Stratford-upon-Avon

I held my breath as the train pulled up the station in Stratford-upon-Avon. I looked out the window and my eye fixed on the sign above the station door. No mistaking, I was here, about to walk in the footsteps of Shakespeare. I am sure I looked the ordinary tourist-type with wide eyes looking around every tree and brushing my fingertips through bushes as I walked up toward the town center from the train, almost as if anticipating meeting the very man himself. Which was fine with me and I freely admit to the giddy swirling in my stomach, especially as I reached the streets where Shakespeare might have actually walked. Well, where he did walk!
My first thoughts – I wanted to stand right there for a moment and not say …

My Place: Rediscover Wuthering Heights with Sue Barnard

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Today, we have a special treat in store for you at My Place: Wuthering Heights, the dark, weather-beaten setting for Emily Brontë’s classic novel of the same name. My author friend Sue Barnard has recently published a beautiful novel, Heathcliff – The Unanswered Questions Finally Answered?, in which she explores the years of young Heathcliff’s absence from Wuthering Heights, and his subsequent return. Well worth a read!

So off to Wuthering Heights we go. Over to Sue...

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WITHERING TOPS?
“Wuthering Heights is the name of Mr Heathcliff’s dwelling, ‘Wuthering’ being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather. Pure, bracing ventilation they must have up there at all times, indeed; one may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge, by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end of the house; and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun.  …