Cathie Dunn’s Dark Deceit joins Ocelot Press

We’re thrilled to share that Cathie Dunn‘s bestselling novel, Dark Deceit, is now available through Ocelot Press.

In a gripping combination of murder mystery, historical setting, and romance, Dark Deceit takes you to medieval England and Normandy in the era that became known as ’the Anarchy’ – the civil war waging for two decades between King Stephen, the usurper, and the Empress Matilda, rightful heir to the English throne.

Cathie is currently working on the long-awaited sequel.

 

A tale of danger, betrayal and love in medieval England & Normandy

On his return from battle at Lincoln, Geoffrey de Mortagne, undersheriff of Gloucester and spy for the Empress Matilda, assists a dying knight who had been ambushed. Promising to look after the welfare of the knight’s only daughter, Geoffrey stays at her manor, investigating the murder. Keen to join the Empress on her progress through England, he is torn between his oath and his duty.

Left to defend herself and her manor following her father’s murder, Alleyne de Bellac reluctantly accepts Geoffrey’s support. But as she doesn’t trust the taciturn stranger, she asks Will d’Arques, an old friend of her father’s, for help. But loyalties change, and she is no longer able to tell truth from lie. Her life in danger and her inheritance at stake, Alleyne must decide which man to trust.

Discover England and Normandy divided by a brutal civil war, where vows are broken as men switch allegiances between two sides.

Dark Deceit is the first in The Anarchy Trilogy. The second instalment will be released in 2020.

The Kindle version is now available on Amazon, with the paperback version to follow shortly.  Enjoy the read!

After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks By Nancy Jardine Blog Tour with Review & Giveaway (Win x1 signed paperback of After Whorl: Double Cloaks to one UK winner; X1 kindle copy worldwide)

Another stunning 5 * review for After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks!

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After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks

By Nancy Jardine

About the Book:

AD 73 Northern Roman Britain


Brennus of Garrigill—Bran—monitors Roman activity across Brigantia. Stability prevails till AD 78 when Agricola, Governor of Britannia, orders complete conquest of all barbarians. Brennus heads north, seeking the Caledon who will lead the northern tribes against Rome.
Ineda treks northwards with her master, Tribune Valerius – supplies officer for Agricola’s Britannia campaigns. At Pinnata Castra, she escapes and seeks fellow Brigantes congregating for battle in the north.


The Legions of the Roman Empire and the Caledon allies clash at BeinnnaCiche in AD 84, but where are Brennus and Ineda?

The adventures of the Garrigill Clan continue…




Christie’s Review

 5 STARS

This is another well-researched and thrilling historical novel written by Nancy Jardine!

The book begins not long after the last book ended. Brennus is now back with his family…

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Cathie Dunn’s eagerly awaited ‘Love Lost in Time’ launches today!

Ocelot author Cathie Dunn’s latest novel is out today and is available in ebook and paperback formats from Amazon.

This dual timeline historical romance is set in the present-day Languedoc region in southern France and in its predecessor, Septimania, in the 8th century. Cathie lives in that area of France and has been able to do a lot of research in situ. Read on for more details of the story.

A tale of love, death and redemption…

AD 2018
Languedoc, south-west France

Madeleine Winters must live in her late mother’s old stone house in south-west France for one hear before she can claim her inheritance – and sell it! Reluctantly leaving her life in England, she begins to renovate the house. But she’s not prepared for all the discoveries…

Is it her imagination when she hears a woman’s voice? Or when the ground shakes?

When ancient human bones belonging to a female are found beneath the kitchen floor, the mystery deepens. How did the woman end up buried, without a sarcophagus and all alone, in that particular spot in the Cabardès hills?

And why were her bones broken?

AD 777
Septimania, on the western coast of the Mediterranean Sea

17-year-old Nanthild attends Charlemagne’s court with her father, where she is introduced to Bellon of Carcassonne. Unimpressed by the blustering young warrior, Nanthild is shocked when Charlemagne and her father arrange their wedding as a gesture of ensuring Bellon’s support in the king’s conquest of the volatile southern region of Septimania.

Despite his Visigoth origins, Bellon is installed as Count of Carcassonne, and he soon has to face challenges to Frankish rule that often keep him away from home – and his family.

Bellon’s absences make it easy for Nanthild to keep her calling as a healer and wise-woman from him, and she continues to visit those in need of her help.

But dangers lurk on her journey…

Readers of Kate Mosse and Barbara Erskine might enjoy the story of Love Lost in Time.

Jennifer C. Wilson’s ‘The Raided Heart’ launches today!

Today is an exciting day for us here at Ocelot Press, since we’re adding another wonderful title to our stable of historical fiction reads. The Raided Heart, Jennifer C. Wilson’s 15th-century historical romance, set in the Scottish Borders, is published today. It’s available on Amazon Kindle and in paperback.

Read on to get a glimpse of the story:

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Book Blog Tour Rewards!

This post is by Nancy Jardine

In September 2019, I booked the services of a Book Blog Tour organiser for the first time, any previous tours for launches of my novels having been organised myself. Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources came highly recommended and I am delighted with what she has achieved.

The tours I’ve booked include potential reviews, though these can never be guaranteed because the bloggers and not paid for any services rendered. The bloggers give up their own time and effort which I greatly appreciate – whether it’s a simple promo post, an author interview, an author guest post or a promo and review. I’m absolutely delighted to have had 21 bloggers do some kind of feature, a whopping 12 of them having done a review for Book 1 The Beltane Choice (Sept 2019) and 12 reviews also garnered for Book 2 After Whorl: Bran Reborn. These reviews have not all come from the same bloggers, though many of the 12 wanted to read further into the series.

The comments on the reviews are so varied which is fabulous because it gives me as the author an insight into which aspects have appealed to particular readers and why. This helps for creating future novels.

Here are some of the comments from the November After Whorl: Bran Reborn reviews:

  1. “The narrative is bursting with facts and the author’s attention to detail is admirable. All this, wrapped around an intriguing narrative with fascinating characters.”
  2. “I am really enjoying reading about a new era of British History. There is a lot of detail is being put into the progress of the Roman invasion and what is being done by the early Celtic tribes to try to repel them! I haven’t read anything like it before, so I am looking forward to seeing how the rest of the series pans out!”
  3. The events, plot twists, world-building … Everything was awesome as the first book if not more.
  4. “I’ve already said it in my review of the first book and I will say it again Nancy Jardine Writing style is different; her words are amazing and you should read her books.”
  5. “As with the first book, the author gives readers a map with locations in the book and a list of characters which helps understand the book and the timeline better. I always love the historical context she includes at the end of the book. It really put things in perspective for me. I will anxiously be awaiting the next book to see where Jardine takes us next.”

Tours have been organised for Books 3 & 4 and the bloggers and readers can look forward to these in December 2019 and January 2020. I’ll be keen to see what my new ‘fans’ think of the rest of the series.

Don’t forget to look out for the newest Ocelot Press novels that are launching this November 2019. They are fabulous stories!
Wishing you very Happy Reading.

Click HERE to buy After Whorl Bran Reborn – http://viewbook.at/heritis

The Raided Heart – One week until launch, and an early review…

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…

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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!

Meet the Ocelots – An interview with Bran from Bran Reborn

The Ocelot Press blog hop continues! Today Jennifer C. Wilson interviews the rather wonderful Bran from Nancy Jardine’s Bran Reborn.

Jennifer C. Wilson

Have you been following the Ocelot Press Blog Hop? Last week, Tom got to have his say, over on Sue Barnard’s blog, and today, right here, I get to interview Brennus, from Bran Reborn, by Nancy Jardine, which I recently reviewed as part of Nancy’s blog tour. 

Looking forward to hearing from you, Bran… 

After Whorl Bran Reborn - Nancy JardineWhat did you think when Lorcan arrived at Garrigill with Nara, and when he announced his grand plan?

That’s an interesting question! Like the rest of my fellow warriors at Garrigill any female newcomer arouses some interest and I confess I found Nara to be a lust worthy woman. I had no knowledge of her background, apart from her being an enemy Selgovae, but there was a huge amount of curiosity due to my brother Lorcan having the audacity in bringing her into our Brigante hillfort. The Selgovae have been our traditional enemies for time…

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