A Special Day for Life on La Lune

Life on La Lune

Eglise Saint-Corneille in Puycelsi.. Stark on the outside…

A riot of colour inside

Puycelsi – hilltop fortress town

Today is a rather special day for us. More of that below. It’s been a rather eventful couple of weeks, which explains my erratic blogging record just now. Having taken part in a concert in the hilltop village of Puycelsi in aid of restoring the church, the following day saw the semi-destruction by fire of Notre-Dame de Paris.

A couple of days later our cat, Bella, went missing and didn’t return for 72 hours, when we were starting to give up hope. It’s almost impossible to settle to anything when that happens. Fortunately, she was unscathed, if starving, and has hopefully learned a lesson. In addition, I’ve been getting my latest novel ready for publication and attempting to stop the garden turning into a jungle.


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The Last Plantagenet? – Now available in paperback!

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…

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The Last Plantagenet?, available on Amazon here, has already been classed as a ‘Discovered Diamond,’ by the Discovering Diamonds review blog, as well as having been awarded the Coffee Pot Book Club Award, by the Myths, Legends, Books and Coffee Pots blog.

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.

If that’s tempted you in, you can read a sample of the book here!

Overture Cover Reveal

Here’s the cover for Vanessa Couchman’s latest, Overture, the first in a trilogy set in France between 1897 and 1945. And it’s now on pre-order on Amazon in Kindle format!

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I’ve reached a very exciting stage in the genesis of my latest novel, Overture. I can now reveal the cover, and the Kindle version is on pre-order on Amazon.

As ever, my designer JD Smith has come up with a great cover design, which I believe really conveys the flavour of the Belle Epoque period in France.


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Historical Fiction Cover Competition April 2019

Ocelot Press author Cathie Dunn’s latest title, A Highland Captive, is the winner in this month’s Historical Fiction Cover Competition. Congratulations, Cathie! It’s a great read, too.

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What draws you to a historical fiction book cover? 

Welcome to my monthly historical fiction cover competition. I hope you find some new books and authors for your ‘must read’ list. If a cover interests you, just click on the link to learn more about the book.

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Historical Fiction or Historical Saga?

Book 1“…combines a very human and personal story with a very believable vision of Late Iron Age society in Northern Britain.”

Ocelot Press author Nancy Jardine’s Celtic Fervour Series, set in 1st-century Roman Britain, has also been called a historical saga by some reviewers. Across the 4-book series, you can read of the adventures of Brigante warriors from the Hillfort of Garrigill. The clan members sometimes take centre stage in one novel or become background characters in another and allow new clan members to shine. As the series progresses, Ancient Roman characters also take up prime slots.

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A Novel Approach 2: One month countdown!

The second novel-writing workshop from Ocelot Jennifer C. Wilson, taking place on Saturday 6th April. Tickets are available now; read on for more information.

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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…

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Escape to the past with Cathie Dunn’s latest novel!

Let Cathie Dunn take you back to the dark days of the Scottish Wars of Independence in her new novel, A Highland Captive – a historical adventure romance set in the west of Scotland, and the second tale in Cathie’s Highland Chronicles series of standalone novels.

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