It’s nearly time for the next release from Jennifer C. Wilson – a historical romance, The Raided Heart, set in the world of the border reivers.
Excitingly, The Raided Heart has already received its first review, along with a coveted Coffee Pot Book Club Award. You can read the full review here, on Mary Anne Yarde’s blog, but we couldn’t resist sharing some snippets, as well as the beautiful award graphic the novel has been awarded…
“Will. Oh, Will. How I adored the hero of this story. It is all so terribly romantic, and Will is just fabulous. I was utterly captivated by Will. He is a marvellous example of what a historical romance hero should be.”
“If you are looking for your next tender historical romance, then look no further than The Raided Heart (Historic Hearts, #1) by Jennifer C. Wilson. I, for one, cannot wait to read the second book in what promises to be a fantastic series.”
If that tempts you in, don’t forget to join in the Virtual Launch, on Facebook, on the 15th November!
Hi everyone, and happy Tuesday! I’m thrilled to be the first of the Ocelots taking over the blog today, ahead of our upcoming Blog Hop. Soon, you’ll be able to meet the lovely Tom, from The Last Plantagenet?, but I thought I should set the scene first, and tell you a little bit about the background to the book…
First, here’s the blurb, to whet your appetite:
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 life at the Ricardian court? Even more importantly, how will she cope when she catches the eye of the king himself?
Find out in this ‘giddily romantic’ romp, set just prior to the Battle of Bosworth.
In TLP (let’s go with the shortened version for the rest of the post!), Kate is doing what Kate loves best, wandering around a castle, taking in the sights and sounds of a re-enactment, when everything goes black, and suddenly, she’s in 1485, and at the court of Richard III, who genuinely was in Nottingham in July of that year, as he was preparing himself for the expected arrival of Henry Tudor. We all know how that one ends, so let’s not dwell.
Finding herself in the kitchens of the castle, Kate is immediately yelled at to collect refreshments and bring them to the great hall. Who is doing the shouting? Tom, one of Richard’s trusted servants, who has been with the king for years. Although the story belongs to Kate and Richard, Tom is instrumental in helping Kate find her feet in her new, and frankly bewildering, surroundings.
I think the story needed Tom, in order to make sense of some things, as well as being a friend to Kate. Much as I’m sure most historical fiction readers and writers have fantasised about travelling back in time to their favourite era, and meeting the people they admire, the practicalities would certainly not always be easy. I know I ‘think’ I would love to live in a medieval castle, but really, have you tried hurrying down a spiral staircase in jeans and trainers, let alone in a flowing gown? And with no central heating? No thank you, I fear…
Kate does experience these things, and plenty more, and I thoroughly enjoyed writing about her adventures, just as much as I hope you enjoy reading about them! And I’m looking forward to you getting to meet Tom more too.
I’m really excited to share with you the cover of The Raided Heart – and I would love to know what you think! I’ve already shared the opening paragraph with you, and so now, here’s the blurb:
Meg Mathers, the headstrong youngest sibling of a reiving family on the English-Scottish border, is determined to remain at her childhood home, caring for the land and village she’s grown up with. When an accident brings her a broken ankle and six weeks in the resentful company of ambitious and angry young reiver Will, attraction starts to build. Both begin to realise they might have met their match, and the love of their lives, but 15th century border living is not that simple, as Meg soon finds herself betrothed to the weakling son of a tyrannical neighbour, Alexander Gray. When tragedy strikes, can Meg and Will find their way back…
It’s always an exciting thing to announce a new release, and this week, Jennifer C. Wilson’s timeslip romance has made its debut in paperback! And as you can see, the proof copy was even approved by the book’s leading man, Richard III…
There’s something particularly exciting about seeing your workshops on a poster in the local library!
Last month, we had a fun session on “getting started” on the novel journey, and next month, on Saturday 6th April 2019, we’re going to be looking at all things “casting”, i.e. getting those pesky characters right, and onto the page!
Whether you’re writing heroic heroes or villainous, well, villains, they all need to be rounded, well thought-out, and identifiable as individuals. After all, there’s nothing worse than reading a piece of fiction and simply not being able to tell anyone apart, or finding everyone dull and unengaging.
Well, come along to my next workshop, and we’ll start tackling these things. We’ll talk about descriptions, dialogue, and creating believable characters who really help enhance those story ideas you have bubbling away.
No experience is necessary, and it doesn’t matter what sort of writing you enjoy…