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.

Meet the Ocelots this Week!

We can’t believe it’s already 18 months since Ocelot Press went live. Over the next few weeks we’ll be celebrating with a series of blog posts and character interviews and there’ll be a chance to buy some of our e-books for discounted prices. So definitely watch this space.

For starters, this coming week, each of us will take over the Ocelot blog for a day to bring you information on the background, setting and salient facts of one of our books. You’ll get an insider’s view of the story behind the book – and each of them makes fascinating reading.

Continue reading “Meet the Ocelots this Week!”

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!

Two Ocelot Press Titles Shortlisted for Book of the Month

We’re delighted, and very excited, to announce that the Discovering Diamonds review site has shortlisted not one, but two, Ocelot Press titles for its October Book of the Month: The Last Plantagenet? by Jennifer C. Wilson and The Ghostly Father, by Sue Barnard.  Continue reading “Two Ocelot Press Titles Shortlisted for Book of the Month”

The Last Plantagenet? Joins Ocelot Press

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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. 

Ocelot Press author Jennifer C. Wilson writes: The Last Plantagenet? is moving home, and joining Ocelot Press in time to celebrate its first birthday!

The ebook was my first foray into self-publishing, released on 2nd October 2017, to celebrate the birthday of my leading man, Richard III. It was an interesting six months or so before that, getting the manuscript in order, choosing the cover-art, and tackling Amazon, and it’s been an even more interesting year since. Learning the ropes of self-publishing has been fascinating, and I’ve had support from some wonderful people.

And now I’m excited to be bringing The Last Plantagenet? to the new house of Ocelot Press.

In The Last Plantagenet?, we meet Kate, a modern, history-loving girl, who finds herself thrown back in time to 1485 during a thunderstorm at a historical re-enactment. Once in the historical Nottingham Castle, she finds herself dealing with the challenges of the medieval court, and wondering whether she’ll ever find her way back home again.

The skeleton of the story, in terms of the historical background, is based on where we know King Richard was in the final hundred days of his reign, so having that to work with made the process of plotting easier in a way, even though I somehow failed at counting the number of mornings days should have, with one key day having Kate wake up far too many times… Once that was sorted though, I really enjoyed working on the project, both in terms of the content and the format, the short novella, of ~20,000 words.

Selected reviews

‘Absolutely fabulous escapism for every girl who dreamed of meeting her prince.’  Michelle Ryles, book blogger.

‘A well-written touch of forbidden romance – and a great ending.’ Being Anne, book blogger

Find out more about Jennifer and her books on our Authors page.

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