The Eisenhower Chronicles by M. B. Zucker

Today I’m delighted to be sharing an excerpt from M. B. Zuckers’ recently released novel The Eisenhower Chronicles as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. “Gentlemen, the President!” Cutler’s Boston Brahmin accent cut through the air. The entire National Security Council stood as Ike entered the Cabinet Room. “Be … Continue reading The Eisenhower Chronicles by M. B. Zucker

Book Review – From the Drop of Heaven by Juliette Godot

From the Drop of Heaven by Juliette Godot is an engrossing and unsettling story set in the Salm region of France in the late 16th century. It begins against the background of the ascendancy of Calvinists in Geneva and the St Bartholomew’s Day massacre in Paris setting the scene for the dissentions, religious rivalries and … Continue reading Book Review – From the Drop of Heaven by Juliette Godot

My Reading – July 2022

An Independent Heart by Elizabeth Grant Snow melted on the horses' necks and tangled their manes with glistening icicles. My Brother Jack by George Johnson My brother Jack does not come into the story straight away. Nobody ever does, of course, because a person doesn’t begin to exist without parents and an environment and legendary … Continue reading My Reading – July 2022

Book Review – An Independent Heart by Elizabeth Grant

An Independent Heart by Elizabeth Grant begins in at the very end of January 1814 with Captain Justin Sumners arriving in a wintery England after serving five years in Spain during the Peninsular War, including seven recent months spent as a captive. He is the second son of Lord Hawksfield but, with his elder brother’s … Continue reading Book Review – An Independent Heart by Elizabeth Grant

The King’s Inquisitor by Tonya Ulynn Brown

Today I’m delighted to be sharing an excerpt from Tonya Ulynn Brown’s newly released novel The King’s Inquisitor as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. The King’s Inquisitor is the second book on Tonya’s Stuart Monarch’s series and is set in Scotland in the early 1590s during the North … Continue reading The King’s Inquisitor by Tonya Ulynn Brown

Cragside: A 1930s Murder Mystery by M J Porter

Today I'm delighted to be sharing an excerpt of M. J. Porter's recent novel, Cragside: A 1930s Murder Mystery, as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. “Ah, Lady Merryweather.” The voice of Detective Inspector Aldcroft is uncertain, far from the confident man I was forced to speak to yesterday. … Continue reading Cragside: A 1930s Murder Mystery by M J Porter

The Girl from Bologna by Siobhan Daiko

Today I’m delighted to be sharing an excerpt from Siobhan Daiko’s newly released novel The Girl from Bologna as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. The Girl from Bologna is part of Siobhan’s series Girls from the Italian Resistance. I went to visit Rebecca the afternoon after my parents … Continue reading The Girl from Bologna by Siobhan Daiko

‘No pen can write, no tongue can tell the aching’ – Transported convicts, love tokens and tattoos

Ships in the Thames by Samuel Atkins c.1790Courtesy of the National Library of Australia This article was first published in the February 2022 edition of Historical Times a free interactive digital magazine issued every month full of news, reviews, offers and articles from a wide range of historical authors and experts, well known and not so. If … Continue reading ‘No pen can write, no tongue can tell the aching’ – Transported convicts, love tokens and tattoos