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Spotlight: The Corsican Widow by Vanessa Couchman

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My good author friend and fellow Ocelot Press writer, Vanessa Couchman, has an offer for readers who love historical fiction set in beautiful places. Her novel, The Corsican Widow, is set on the island of Corsica. I thought it might be a treat for followers of My Place...

Well worth a read!

The Corsican Widow reduced to 99p on Amazon Kindle for a short time only
Ocelot Press author Vanessa Couchman’s historical novel The Corsican Widowis taking part in an Amazon Countdown deal, starting on Friday 16thNovember. Normally priced at £2.99/$3.99, the book will be reduced to 99p/99¢ on Friday and Saturday, rising by increments to the full price on Monday 19thNovember.
The novel is the latest in the Tales of Corsica series, stories inspired by and set in the same house on the enchanting island of Corsica.
The Corsican Widow is a sweeping tale of love, injustice and vengeance, set in the 18th century. Valeria Peretti must marry a much older man whom she doesn’t know and is later sentenced for a cr…

New Release: Agricola's Bane by Nancy Jardine

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Today, I welcome back my good author friend, Scottish writer of historical adventure, Nancy Jardine.  

Nancy is celebrating the release of the fourth instalment, Agricola's Bane, in her wonderful Celtic Fervour Series set in northern Britannia under Roman occupation. If you haven’t read her stories yet, I can highly recommend them. Full of drama, adventure and romance, she weaves in local and regional history, which make her books even more enjoyable. 

Many congratulations on your new release, Nancy! Over to you...

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Hello Cathie, it’s excellent to be visiting your blog again. I’m especially excited because I can share news about a brand new addition to my list of novels.
Agricola’s Banethe fourth book in my highly acclaimed Celtic Fervour Series, published with Ocelot Pressis now available to pre-order on Amazon! (EBook launch 15th November 2018; Paperback launch event at a local Heritage Centre 22nd November.)

For readers of the series, Book 4 continues the tales of the Celtic G…

My Place: Discover Amesbury with Janet P. Reedman

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Today, I welcome historical fiction author Janet P. Reedman to My Place. She tells us a little about a town called Amesbury, in beautiful Wiltshire, England, close to the impressive site that is Stonehenge. An ancient place, there is much to discover. 

Over to Janet!
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Amesbury, in Wiltshire, is not the most beautiful English town or the one with the most ancient buildings. However, its history goes back into the mists of time, and it has a claim on the title of oldest permanently occupies settlement in the British Isles, with the first inhabitants living and feasting during the Mesolithic. It is the nearest town to Stonehenge, and also the burial place of a medieval Queen and a princess who had a claim on the English crown…. The main areas of interest fall on High Street and Church Street. Starting on the old High Street, you immediately notice a large white inn with a sign that reads ‘The George.’ What you see today dates from the 1500’s-1600’s, when a timber-framed building was const…

Dark Deceit sequel: return to medieval Normandy

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It has been a long time coming, I know. But finally – finally! – I’m about to get started on the sequel to Dark Deceit. And I can’t wait to get stuck in and meet my characters again.


It will be set a few years after DD, beginning in Normandy, where Geoffrey and Alleyne have settled into his family home, but also taking us to other exciting places, and not just England!

So, as expected, it requires much historical research into the movements of my characters – Geoffrey in particular! As the struggle for the throne continues in England, his presence is also required elsewhere by his liege lord. Again, he must choose which path to follow, whilst not forgetting to keep an eye on Will who still keeps hold of Alleyne’s manor. Poor Geoffrey can’t be in all places at all times, can he?

As NaNoWriMo is approaching, I’ve begun to plot their movements, but writing the basic first draft will be my task during November, and I’m determined to reach the magical 50,000 word mark.

Of course, I’ll also …

Halloween Ebook Sale!

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Halloween Greetings to you all!

My publisher,Crooked Cat, is having an ebook sale on Amazon over Halloween, where readers can grab some fabulous Kindle titles for just 99p / 99c! No better way to spend crisp autumn evenings indoors than reading a good book or two.


Apart from my own historical mystery romance, Dark Deceit, you can discover my fellow Cats (as we're all called) and their books. We have romantic fiction, thrillers, cosy crime, historical novels, a few clever non-fiction themes, so there's something for everyone. 


If you don't know any of the Cats, simply go to your Amazon store and type in ’Crooked Cat’ – and our titles should appear. 

In the meantime, I've also reduced Highland Arms to 99p / 99c. You can find me and all my titles here




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Dark Deceit

Murder. Betrayal. Hope.

On his return from battle at Lincoln, Geoffrey de Mortagne, under-sheriff of Gloucester and spy for the Empress Matilda, assists a dying knight caught in an ambush. Promising to look after t…