Meet the Ocelots: The Last Plantagenet?

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… 

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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.

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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.

Nancy Jardine’s Roman General in the Spotlight

General Gnaeus Iulius Agricola had a thankless task trying to subdue the rebellious Caledonians and gain support from his indifferent Roman emperor. He tells us all about it today in the latest Historical Writers’ Forum “Interview my Character” blog hop.

Agricola is one of the main characters in Ocelot author Nancy Jardine’s Agricola’s Bane, the fourth in her exciting Celtic Fervour series.

Book giveaway

And there’s a giveaway to go with the interview. Nancy is offering one ebook copy to a lucky winner. So go and have a look at this fascinating interview and leave a comment and you might be that winner!

Other Ocelot Press characters taking part

Marie-Thérèse Vernhes, the main character in Vanessa Couchman’s Overture, has already been interviewed in this blog hop series. You can read that interview here.

And coming up on Wednesday 17 July is the interview of Cathie Dunn’s character from Dark Deceit, Geoffrey de Mortagne. He’s a a man torn between an oath and his duty. Watch this space for the link to the interview.

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Ocelot authors take part in an “interview my character” blog hop

An exciting couple of months are in store for Ocelot Press authors Vanessa Couchman, Cathie Dunn and Nancy Jardine. They’re taking part in a blog hop organised by the Historical Writers’ Forum on Facebook.

The theme is “Interview my Character”, so the authors are letting their characters loose on other authors’ blogs! Be prepared to read about some fascinating characters from a range of eras from Roman Britain up to the 20th century. Fans of historical fiction will also discover new authors and brilliant reads.

Saturday 29th June: Vanessa Couchman’s budding opera singer Marie-Thérèse from her recently-published novel, Overture, will be interviewed on Stephanie Churchill’s blog.

Saturday 6th July: Nicky Moxey interviews Nancy Jardine’s Roman General, Gnaeus Iulius Agricola, from Agricola’s Bane, the fourth in her exciting Celtic Fervour series.

Wednesday 10th July: Sarah Dahl interviews Geoffrey de Mortagne, a man torn between an oath and his duty, from Cathie Dunn’s, Dark Deceit, published by Crooked Cat Books.

You can follow the blog hop on its dedicated Facebook page. And we’ll post links to our Ocelot characters’ interviews on the blog here as and when they are published.

So you can find out more about some of our characters, and what they really think of their authors!

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