It’s time for another Historical Writers’ Forum Blog Hop! Did you catch my post on Richard III, back in July? This time, we’re talking about our favourite historical characters, and why we’re drawn to them. As you can see, on the 11th, Lynn Bryant told us about Sir Edward Codrington, and next up, on the … More Historical Writers’ Forum Blog Hop – Mary Queen of Scots
An email from the Royal Collection Trust last week told me that it’s 275 years this month, since Bonnie Prince Charlie held court at Holyrood Palace for six weeks during his ill-fated 1745 campaign. If you follow this blog, you’ll know I love my Scottish history, and have attended some great events up in Edinburgh, … More A Jacobean Anniversary
Happy 2nd October! For those who pay attention to these things (and to me), you’ll know this is a very special day for Ricardians – the 567th birthday of Richard III. For the last couple of years, I’ve tried to do something to mark the occasion, but this year, I’m managing to surpass myself. After … More Remembering (and celebrating) Richard III
Well, I suppose that’s the best place for ghosts – at least it’s where we would expect them to be. Or not. Despite being somebody who writes a LOT about spirits (see my recent A to Z posts), and is convinced one of them broke her necklace two years ago, they aren’t something I’m overly … More A ghostly encounter in the graveyard…
Before encountering Richard III in my historical readings, Mary, Queen of Scots was my absolute heroine. Still is, really. And, as with Richard in the following years, I have started and abandoned so many attempts at writing about her, her life and times. She’s a fascinating character from history, far too easily pigeon-holed because of … More Kindred Spirits A-Z: Mary, Queen of Scots
Do you ever have that feeling when you walk into a room, a building, or even a secluded spot of a garden, and cannot help thinking about who has been there before you? I’ve always loved the notion of walking in the footsteps of my historical heroes and heroines, and even the odd villain, so … More Kindred Spirits A-Z: Location, location, location!
Edinburgh. One of my favourite cities, and full of historical gems of almost every era in Scotland’s past. For me, the stand-out character has always been Mary Queen of Scots. Granted, she was guilty of some terrible moments of poor judgement, especially when it came to her choice of husbands, but as a central role … More Kindred Spirits A-Z: Edinburgh
Today on the blog, I’m delighted to be hosting friend and fellow Cat J.V. Baptie, and sharing a taster of her new release, The Departed, available now, including on Kindle Unlimited. And don’t just take my word for how good it is, the wonderful ‘Dr Noir’, aka Dr Jacky Collins, says: “Baptie’s writing sets the pulse racing … More Spotlight: J.V. Baptie, The Departed
As of the 31st January 2019, there will be four Kindred Spirits novels in existence, alongside two Kindred Spirits Shorts published in charity anthologies, and another Short on the Discovering Diamonds blog, as part of the Christmas 2018 project. Not bad for an idea which began as an appalling poem, is it? This is not … More Kindred Spirits: The story so far…
Happy Thursday everyone! To help celebrate the upcoming launch of Kindred Spirits: Westminster Abbey (tomorrow!), here’s your chance to pick up the second in the series, from June 2017, Kindred Spirits: Royal Mile, for absolutely nothing! Ever wondered what the ghost of Mary, Queen of Scots is up to these days? Where in Edinburgh she … More Special Offer!