Thursday, 26 May 2022

Book Review - Angels and Bandits by Brodie Curtis #HistoricalFiction #WWII #BlogTour @BrodieCurtis4 @maryanneyarde




Angels and Bandits
By Brodie Curtis


Publication Date: 15th May 2022. Publisher: Westy Vistas. Page Length: 357 Pages. Genre: Historical Fiction.

The Battle of Britain rages and two young RAF pilots from very different stations in life must somehow find common ground—and stay alive.


On the eve of World War II, working-class Eddy Beane is a flight instructor in London. He successfully completes dangerous espionage missions for Air Commodore Keith Park and takes on society-girl June Stephenson as a student. Her ex-fiancΓ©, Dudley Thane, is also a flyer, but upper-class and Cambridge-educated. When the German Luftwaffe attacks England in 1940, Eddy and Dudley end up serving in the same Spitfire squadron. Aerial combat is intense, and both men show their skills and courage, but can they set aside jealousy and class differences to become fighting brothers for the defence of Britain? 


Book Rating:

πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š⭐ = A book in a million

πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š = I could not put this book down. I Highly Recommend it.

πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š = A really great read.

πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š = It was enjoyable.

πŸ“šπŸ“š = It was okay.

πŸ“š = Um...! πŸ˜•

My Review
Angels and Bandits
πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š⭐ = A book in a million



There are some books that you don’t want to end because you know you’ll miss the characters once it is over. This book is one of those. 

It only takes one taste of flight for Eddy to get hooked. He went up as a passenger, but as soon as the plane touched back down, he knew he had to go back up, as a pilot. His training, and subsequent business he creates, flying back and forth to deliver parcels and the like, lead to an involvement with the RAF – he is asked to fly over enemy territory, and take pictures of their planes, as proof that the planes exist. With the Second World War about to start, it is imperative that the RAF can get the funding to build more fighter planes.

As the book progresses, Eddy finds himself inside a Spitfire, flying off with a squadron to protect Britain. It was truly fascinating to read about the RAF, especially from a pilot’s point of view. I have never read a book from the perspective of an RAF pilot before, and I learnt so much about not only how the RAF worked to maintain control of Britain’s airspaces, but also about how planes work, and how difficult it can be to fly one. 

At times, I was reminded of the film Top Gun, and I think this book would make an absolutely wonderful film. I would love to watch it on the big screen. In the meantime, though, I suppose I will have to settle for reading this book over and over, for I missed reading it as soon as I finished.

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Brodie Curtis

Raised in the Midwest, Brodie Curtis was educated as a lawyer and left the corporate world to embrace life in Colorado with his wife and two sons. 

Curtis is the author of THE FOUR BELLS, a novel of The Great War, which is the product of extensive historical research, including long walks through the fields of Flanders, where much of the book's action is set. His second novel, ANGELS AND BANDITS, takes his protagonists into The Battle of Britain. Curtis is currently working on a novel set on a Mississippi Riverboat prior to the Civil War.

A lover of history, particularly American history and the World Wars, Curtis reviews historical fiction for the Historical Novels Review and more than 100 of his published reviews and short takes on historical novels can be found on his website: brodiecurtis.com.  

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Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Look who is in the SPOTLIGHT - The Mesilla (The Two Valleys Saga, Book 1) by Mary Armstrong #WesternHistoricalFiction #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub @authornotarthur @maryanneyarde




The Mesilla
(The Two Valleys Saga, Book 1)
By Mary Armstrong


Publication Date: 22nd April 2021. Publisher: Enchanted Writing Company. Page Length: 391 Pages. Genre: Western Historical Fiction.

At 14 years old, Jesus ‘Chuy’ Perez Contreras Verazzi Messi is too small and frail to work the land on the family farm near the Rio Bravo in Mexico. The local padre’s tutoring reveals Jesus’s unending curiosity and fertile mind. Noted Las Cruces, New Mexico attorney, and politician Colonel Albert Jennings Fountain, agrees to take his nephew under his wing. Jesus ‘reads law’ with his uncle and shares adventures and adversity with the Fountain family and other historic Mesilla and Tularosa Valley citizens. His coming-of-age story will take you into the wild southwest, a brewing range war, a territory struggling toward statehood, courtroom dramas, and the adventures and adversities of a boy’s quest for manhood. 

*A fictional memoir by Jesus about the ten years leading to the notorious and unsolved Fountain murders.



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Mary Armstrong

Mary lives in the heart of one of the ‘Two Valleys’ in Las Cruces New Mexico, with her husband Norman ‘Skip’ Bailey, Jr. and their Cavachon child-dog, Java. In 2017 she wrote the one-act play, “It is Blood,” which was selected for a performance by the Las Cruces Community Theatre. Whereas the Two Valleys series is a prequel to the notorious and unsolved murders of Albert J. Fountain and his eight-year-old son, “It is Blood,” is a sequel to those events. 

After winning an award for her debut historic fiction novel “The Mesilla,” Mary has decided to focus on that genre — at least for the foreseeable future. Her writing is fast-moving, thought-provoking and with just enough wordsmithing to satisfy your artistic hankerings. While her writing has literary merit, she strives to capture the moment — the time and the place — and help you live in that moment.

Before releasing her debut novel, Mary dabbled in creative writing, including a weekly column in the Las Cruces Sun News. Since retiring from a diverse career in various planning and design fields, she has devoted herself more fully to her writing, being a good spouse, serving her dog Java, and slipping away to the golf course when left unchained to the desk. 


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Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Look who is in the SPOTLIGHT - Unlike Any Other by Edward Londergan #HistoricalFiction #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub @edlondergan @maryanneyarde



Unlike Any Other
By Edward Londergan


Publication Date: 1st March, 2022. Publisher: White River Press. Page Length: 270 Pages. Genre: Historical Fiction

The Story of An 18th Century Woman from A Prominent New England Family Who Went from A Life of Privilege to The Gallows


Bathsheba Spooner was the daughter of Timothy Ruggles, a general in the French and Indian War, president of the Stamp Act Congress, Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, and a leading loyalist in Massachusetts during the Revolutionary War; the epitome of upper class.


Like her father, Bathsheba was smart, strong-willed, and a staunch British loyalist. Forced to marry a man she did not love, Bathsheba withstood her husband’s abuse for years until a young Continental soldier entered her life. But when this well-heeled mother of three small children discovered she was pregnant with the soldier’s child, her thoughts quickly turned to murder.


Based on a true story, the events that follow Bathsheba’s life, her decisions, and her ultimate demise will show readers that Bathsheba Spooner was, in fact, Unlike Any Other . . .



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Ed Londergan is the author of the award-winning books The Devils’ Elbow and The Long Journey Home. Having researched American history for many years, he is a frequent speaker with a focus on colonial Massachusetts. A graduate of Holy Cross, he lives in Warren, Massachusetts. 


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Thursday, 5 May 2022

Read an #excerpt from Strung by ⟅Roske #HistoricalFantasy #roskechronicler #BlogTour @RoskeChronicler @maryanneyarde

 



Strung
By R̫o̮s̫k͚e̫


Publication Date: 22nd February 2022. Publisher: Conceptual Chronicler of Time. Page Length: 422 Pages. Genre: Literary, Historical Science-Fantasy Romance.

Few in the world of Iodesh believe the Faye are more than legend—until an unwanted suitor captures one as Lady Lysbeth Haywood's bride price.

Presented with the Faye, Lysbeth is torn between her excitement to learn more about the legendary people, her dread at the possibility of a forced engagement, and her battle of attrition with Avon society.

It's worth the struggle, for as layers of the Faye's extraordinary mysteries are peeled away, their revelations—and Lysbeth's own role in them—reach farther than she ever thought possible.



Excerpt

OVERTURE: Adagio 
(aka Chapter 1 | The Faye Arrives)


Servants assemble on the front terrace as the Ladies proceed to the Grand Chamber. The extravagant marble hall is a central intersection to Lindenholt's equally extravagant entryway, Grand Drawing Room, and Grand Dining Hall. Ornate frescoes on the vaulted ceiling peer over the floor's polished, crystalline veins. Clerestory windows cast warm, westerly light on the railing of a second story mezzanine. Behind the gathered Ladies, a series of ornate columns guard the Grand Stair at the room's end.

"Moment of truth." Isaac frowns, sauntering to the group from his den.

"Yes." Lysbeth's throat constricts as Mr. Tenson, Lindenholt's head butler, takes up his position at the seam of two mahogany doors. She squeezes Elane's hand and straightens, finding courage in well-stacked vertebrae.

They wait.

A muffled hum swells from the terrace. Mr. Tenson clutches brass at his hips and peeps through the door's sliding window. His back stiffens; he clears his throat. Carved mahogany swings wide, pulling sharpened murmurs into the room on a puff of cool air.

"Announcing The Right Honorable, The Earl of Dorsit... and guest," he declares, following the door's swivel to the Chamber's inner walls.

Dorsit, a man of fair build and looks—and upon whose features pretension finds permanent accommodation—stands alert in the entryway as mahogany knocks against marble. Beyond him, curious glints of light move into the vestibule's shade and dull. Lysbeth's squint reverses course. They're horns. Thin, silver, and affixed by some means to the head of a taller person behind the Earl.

"Your esteemed Lordship. My Ladies," Dorsit simpers, removing his hat to perform an exaggerated bow. A gasp emits from the greeting party. Dorsit's bow has revealed the figure at his back.

Thin tubes of silver alloy run over a lithe torso. Beginning at either temple, two jet-black, fishtail plaits lead to an exceptionally long ponytail decorated with thin chain. Diagonally above each ear are not one, but three horns stacked in a gentle downward arc. Though a silver mask covers the lower face, large eyes, fine brows, and the beginnings of a tall nose give the impression of great beauty.

Gina pulls a smelling-salt pouch from her bliaut-bodice and tilts against Marium for a huff. In turn, Marium tilts on Elane, who releases her cousin's slackened hand to shoulder her friend's daze.

Lysbeth takes in as many details as possible, drawing a sharp breath as her gaze climbs. The eyes. They'd been aimed at the vestibule's ceiling, now they look into the Chamber. Their striking shade of green—or is it blue? —leaps from the landscape of black, sterling, and tan that comprise the face they inhabit. The rattling in her chest threatens to topple her carefully constructed spine. Dorsit had written truthfully.

Arising from his bow, the Earl blocks the stranger again. "I hope the evening finds you well, Lady Lysbeth."

"Indeed, thank you, Sir," she manages a steady voice, "though we've been quite anxious for your arrival."

"M'yeees? How delightful." Dorsit purses his lips and swallows. "Eh, before I present the Faye specimen, allow me to allay any fears of ferality. My men addressed him as Evyn and assured me he's a docile sort, though I'm afraid his appearance may shock the sensibilities of one so delicate and virginal as you, My Lady."

"We're all equally shocked by the magnitude of your good fortune in this endeavor, I'm sure," Lysbeth responds in fruitcake: dry, but with enough scattered moisture to be given the benefit of the doubt.

Dorsit puffs and moves to the side. Fully visible now, the room eagerly regards the Faye again.

He touches the doorframe with long, graceful fingers as he steps into the Chamber. Willowy, tall-waisted, and extremely lean, hems of musculature tailor his body. An elegant filigree  of resplendent silver—which leaves little to the imagination—journeys across his physique, hiding at times beneath thin plates along the inner and outer planes of his appendages. A rectangle of snake-chain hangs like a loincloth from his hips. Above it, a narrow path of panels climbs the center of his abdomen. Eight lines of silver wrap around his torso and converge under a slightly convex, diamond-shaped cover against his heart.

Lysbeth's gaze skitters across him. As she reaches his face again, she finds he's looking at her, too.


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R̫o̮s̫k͚e̫

 R̫o̮s̫k͚e̫ is Strung's diegetic author and illustrator. Its real-world counterpart began building the world of Strung at age 12 to disassociate from budding bisexuality and physical disabilities—and eventually traded adversity's escapism for inspiration.



Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Read my #BookReview of The Alcoholic Mercenary by Phil Hughes #HistoricalFiction #Crime @Phil_Hughes_Nov @maryanneyarde



The Alcoholic Mercenary
By Phil Hughes


Publication Date: 30th April 2022. Publisher: PerchedCrowPress. Page Length: 350 Pages. Genre: Historical Crime

They said, “See Naples and then die!”

Rachel had thought it was to do with the natural beauty of the place. A misconception she soon lost after climbing down from the C130 troop carrier. The suspicious death of her predecessor, followed by the murder of a sailor, and an enforced liaison with a chauvinistic and probably corrupt cop saw to that.

“See Naples and then die!”

Some said the saying was anonymous. Some attributed it to Goethe. Still, others said it was Lord Byron, or maybe Keats. When the young brother of a mercenary hitman became her main suspect, Rachel leant towards Keats. Didn’t the poet die here? Somewhere near, for sure. Probably coined the phrase on his deathbed.
And then, the cherry on the top of her ice cream soda, she could smell grappa on the breath of the mercenary when she interviewed him. The only thing worse than a violent man: a violent man who drinks.

The only thing worse than a violent man who drinks: a violent man who drinks and considers himself Rachel’s enemy.


Book Rating:

πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š⭐ = A book in a million

πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š = I could not put this book down. I Highly Recommend it.

πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š = A really great read.

πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š = It was enjoyable.

πŸ“šπŸ“š = It was okay.

πŸ“š = Um...! πŸ˜•


Book Review

The Alcoholic Mercenary

πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š = I could not put this book down. I Highly Recommend it.

The historical mystery genre is one that I always enjoy, so I was very much looking forward to reading The Alcoholic Mercenary by Phil Hughes. The blurb of this novel was very convincing and I suspected that as soon as I started to read I would soon become swept up in the story. I am very rarely wrong, and once again I was right. This novel is everything that a historical mystery should be.

Special Agent Welsh's job is not made easy. It is the late 1970s and misogyny is seemingly unrelenting at work, and her husband cannot contain his jealousy when she is promoted. On top of this she wants to find out exactly what happened to her predecessor, but every time she broaches the subject a metaphorical door is slammed in her face. Rachel is a very strong and determined woman (you would have to be to carry on with the way she is treated), yet she also came across as very real. She silently seethes at her treatment and yet hides it behind a mask of indifference. She does not suffer fools gladly and she always has an inkling of when she is being played. I really enjoyed reading about Rachel. She is one of those characters that you can really get behind.

Nicola Di Cuma "Boccone" was a character that really helped to keep this story moving forward. Boccone's brother, Beni, is in prison but the danger comes from his brother's boss, a crime lord that thinks Berni has broken the code, and even a prison will not keep him safe from recompression. If his boss wants him dead he might as well dig a grave. Boccone understands the danger he is in and he wants to make sure his brother remains safe. And so, he enters a tangled web of lies, ambition, and murder and he becomes embroiled in the criminal gangs. I found Boccone endlessly fascinating, the choices he makes and the problems he faced made this book a truly gripping read. I am really looking forward to reading more books by this very talented author.

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Phil Hughes


Although educated in Classical Studies, Phil is the author of several historical crime novels. Having spent many years living in the Mafia infested hinterlands of Naples, Phil bases his novels on his experiences while living there. Much of what he includes in his stories is based on real events witnessed first-hand.

 

Having retired from writing and editing technical documentation for a living, Phil now lives in Wexford with his partner and their border terriers, Ruby, Maisy, and the new addition Ted. He writes full time and where better to do it than in the Sunny South East of Ireland.


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Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Read an #excerpt from The Missionary by Rowena Kinread #HistoricalFiction #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub @RowenaKinread @maryanneyarde




The Missionary
By Rowena Kinread


Publication Date: 28th April 2021. Publisher: Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers. Page Length: 357 Pages. Genre: Historical Fiction

Patricius, a young man of Britannia, is taken from his home and family when Gaelic pirates attack his village. On his arrival in Ireland, he is sold as a slave to the cruel underking of the Dalriada tribe in the north. Six years later, Patricius manages to escape. His journey takes him through France to Ravenna in Italy. His subsequent plans to return to Britannia are side-tracked when he finds himself accompanying several monks to the island monastery on Lerinus. His devotion to his faith, honed during his captivity, grows as he studies with the monks.Haunted by visions of the Gaels begging him to return to Ireland and share the word of God with them, Patricius gains support from Rome and his friends to return to the land of his captivity. His arrival is bitterly opposed by the druids, who have held power over the Irish kings for many years, and he and his companions must combat the druids to succeed in their God-given mission.

Excerpt

Patricius noticed a group of four young men travelling together. They had tonsures and wore the coarse brown habits of monks. They were so thin that their shoulder blades stuck out prominently under their clothes. They carried nothing with them. The sky was sapphire and the sun shone brightly, making Patricius blink. It was only the middle of February but already the wayside was full of heavily scented yellow tree blossoms. Suddenly one of the monks collapsed. Someone shouted and the travellers stopped. The man was carried to some shade under a tree and given some water.

“He’ll be all right soon,” one of his fellow monks maintained. “It’s just a dizzy spell. He’ll be fine in an hour or so.”

“I’m sorry, but we cannot wait for him,” the leader of the caravan stated. “We must continue, but if you wait until tomorrow, another group will be coming, and you can join them.” 

“Yes, of course. You must continue. We shall rest until tomorrow.”

“Will you be all right alone?” Patricius asked. “Have you food, water and blankets? I cannot see your bags.”

“We’ll be fine, don’t worry. We have travelled far but have nearly reached our destination. We don’t need food.”

Patricius saw blood around the man’s gums. “No. You don’t look well. I’ll stay with you; I have enough for all of us.” Patricius then spoke to the other travellers. “Continue,” he said to them. “I shall stay here with these four men.”

Whilst the caravan disappeared in the distance, Patricius started gathering wild sage. He gave the four monks some leaves to chew on and then put the rest in a pot with some water. He made a small fire to boil the water. Unpacking his bags, he pulled out a blanket to make the monk, who had fainted, more comfortable. 

“Make him drink more water,” he told one of the men. “One sip at a time. Drink yourselves, also. Here is some bread. Chew it slowly. Your stomachs are not used to food; you have fasted for too long. Your gums are bleeding. The sage will help. Soon the sage tea will also be ready.”

“Thank you. You are a good man. Are you a medicus?”

“Oh goodness, no! I lived in Hibernia for six years and worked as a shepherd. The man who taught me, Daithi, often had toothache. He used to chew sage leaves and drink sage tea. He said that the druids had told him to do so, and that it helped. So I hope it will stop your gums bleeding. When the tea is ready, don’t swallow it immediately, but swill it around in your mouths first.”

The sun went down; the sky was streaked indigo and grey. The monks shivered. Patricius gathered more wood for the fire, and they sat down around it. 

“You said you had journeyed far. Where do you come from?” Patricius asked.

“We’ve come from Achaia and are going to the island of Lerinus. It’s not much further now.”

“Lerinus? I’ve never heard of it. Where is it?”

“It’s just a small island, off the coast from Canua.”

“Why do you want to go there?”

“We want to join Honoratus who has founded a monastery there.”

“Oh, that’s interesting. Tell me more. Who is Honoratus?”

“Well, he’s the son of a Roman consul and was born in the north of Gaul. He and his brother converted to Christianity. They embarked on a journey to visit the holy places of Palestina and the laurae of Syria and Aegyptus. But his brother died, and Honoratus had to return. He came here, to the south of Francia. In FrΓ©jus, Honoratus was ordained priest by the bishop, Leontius. Honoratus wanted to live a simple life, as a hermit in solitude, and Leontius persuaded him to take up his abode on the island of Lerinus. It was in his diocese. Many Christians, priests and theologians, heard about the island and have followed Honoratus there. He’s been there two years now and it is already known as a religious centre.”

“What about the people who already lived there, did they have to leave?”

“Oh, no! The island was uninhabited. Nobody wanted to live there. It was infested by snakes. You couldn’t put your foot on the ground without treading on one.” 

“Ugh, that’s horrible! Did Honoratus get rid of the snakes?”

“I expect so, but it is not important to us. We want to live the austere life he is teaching and study Christian beliefs.”

“I believe in God. There are many questions I have. Maybe Honoratus can help me. May I come with you?”

“Honoratus turns nobody away, but it is not a luxury, everyone must work.” 

“Of course. I’m used to manual work, that doesn’t bother me.”

In the night it started to rain, extinguishing the fire.

“I think we should start moving,” Patricius said. “We should go to the next tavern and shelter.”

“But isn’t it too dangerous to travel alone?” one of the monks asked.

Patricius studied the four thin, bedraggled men with no bags. They were in a truly sorry state.

“If thieves see us on the road, I think they’ll wait for more worthwhile victims.” Patricius smiled. He held out his hand to help a monk up from the ground. The monk’s bones were so thin that Patricius was scared to grip him tightly lest the bone crumble beneath his fingers. Their feet and shins looked like those of skeletons. They set off along the road. Moving kept them warmer, and after just seven miles they reached a tavern. Patricius held the door open for the monks but they didn’t want to enter.

“You go in, we’ll wait outside.”

“Either we all go in, or none of us.” Patricius replied. “Come on, we’ll get some breakfast. Don’t worry, I’ll pay.”

“It’s not that…” the monks dithered.

“For goodness sake, come in now!” Patricius ordered. “It’s all very well fasting, but you look as if you’ll drop dead any second now. I thought you wanted to go to Lerinus.”

The monks entered the tavern and they all sat down at a table. The innkeeper brought them hot soup, bread, wine and water. It was a humble meal but they warmed up inside and their clothes dried. The monks thanked Patricius and one of them tried to explain their hesitancy.

“We are ascetics. It is our way of life to forego sensual pleasures, in order to pursue spiritual goals. We renounce material possessions and fast to meditate upon religious matters.” 

“That’s all very well,” Patricius answered, “but our bodies need food and water to live. Without these basic needs you will die. Wouldn’t it be better to live and support people who need help?” As Patricius spoke, an idea started forming in his mind. An idea how to spend the rest of his life: helping people less fortunate than himself and spreading the word of Christianity.

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Rowena Kinread grew up in Ripon, Yorkshire. After leaving school she started working for Lufthansa in Stuttgart. There she met her future husband whom she married in Ripon. After raising 3 children, she began working as a secretary in a private physiotherapy practice. At the same time, she started writing non-fiction books and magazine articles. Retirement finally brought the financial security to start writing full length fiction. A keen interest in history and her own family ancestry inspired her debut novel “The Missionary”, the dramatic story about the life of St.Patrick.  A second book “The Scots of Dalriada” will be published this year. Ms. Kinread says that she welcomed retirement and all its wonderful opportunities to launch a third career.


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Thursday, 28 April 2022

Look who is in the SPOTLIGHT - Beheld: Godiva's Story by Christopher M. Cevasco #HistoricalFiction #AngloSaxons #BlogTour @cevasco_m @maryanneyarde

 



Beheld: Godiva's Story

By Christopher M. Cevasco


Publication Date: 10th April 2022. Publisher: Lethe Press. Page Length: 242 Pages. Genre: Historical Fiction / Psychological Thriller

A darkly twisted psychological thriller exploring the legend of Lady Godiva’s naked ride.

Having survived a grave illness to become one of 11th-century England’s wealthiest landowners, Godgyfu of Coventry (Lady Godiva) remains forever grateful to the town whose patron saint worked such miracles. She vows to rebuild Coventry’s abbey and better the lives of its townsfolk. But the wider kingdom is descending into political turmoil, and her husband, Earl Leofric, starts to break under the strain. Godgyfu finds her own plans unravelling the moment she meets Thomas, a Benedictine novice with perverse secret desires. Three lives become dangerously entangled in a shocking web of ambition, voyeuristic lust, and horrid obsession. Can Godgyfu escape the monk’s menacing wiles and Leofric’s betrayals to secure her future in a changing kingdom? Perhaps, but first she faces a dark test of wills leading her perilously closer to a legendary ride...


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Christopher M. Cevasco



Christopher M. Cevasco was born in New Jersey and spent a memorable decade in Brooklyn, New York, but he feels most at home in medieval England, Normandy, Norway, and Green-land. A lifelong passion for history and fiction led him to earn degrees in Medieval Studies and English and later to embark upon a writing career that merges these two loves. 

Chris was the founding editor of the award-winning Paradox: The Magazine of Historical and Speculative Fiction from 2003 to 2009. His own short stories appear in such venues as Black Static, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Distant Echoes (Corazon Books, UK), and the Prime Books anthologies Shades of Blue and Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War and Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages. 

A long-time member of the Historical Novel Society, Chris currently serves on the society's North American conference board as registration chair for the upcoming 2023 conference in San Antonio, Texas. 

Chris lives with his wife and their two children in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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Book Review - Angels and Bandits by Brodie Curtis #HistoricalFiction #WWII #BlogTour @BrodieCurtis4 @maryanneyarde

Angels and Bandits By Brodie Curtis Publication Date: 15th May 2022.  Publisher: Westy Vistas. Page Length: 357 Pages. Genre: Historical Fic...