Buried Treasure by Gilli Allan @gilliallan @rararesources #indieauthor #archaeologicalfiction #historicalfiction


Buried Treasure

Buried Treasure written and self-published by Gilli Allan is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07SN5NWJ2

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SN5NWJ2

Buried Treasure

Their backgrounds could hardly be further apart, their expectations in life more different. And there is nothing in the first meeting between the conference planner and the university lecturer which suggests they should expect or even want to connect again. But they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. Both have unresolved issues from the past which have marked them; both have an archaeological puzzle they want to solve. Their stories intertwine and they discover together that treasure isn’t always what it seems.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Gilli Allan’s latest novel: Buried Treasure.  Buried Treasure was my first introduction to the works of Gilli Allan and I appreciated all the research she had undergone with this story as I became fascinated with the tale of long-lost archaeological finds.

I have to admit I did find the story a little slow at first and it did take me a little while to warm to both our leading lady, Jane and our leading man, Theo.  I think this was because the author had to show the vulnerability of these characters and to a time in their respective lives that were a little dark and controlling.  I couldn’t comprehend why anyone would let their lives be so manipulated but when your minds have been lost with a young love and lust logic sorts of goes out the window.  As a reader we needed to hear about the characters history as this is what has made them who they are now.

Jane is an events organiser and whilst visiting prospective sites for a future conference she comes across Dr Theo Tyler a university lecturer specialising in Archaeology.  Their first introductions doesn’t bode well for a forthcoming friendship but fate keeps bringing the unlikely pair together.  For Jane and Theo, although from different backgrounds and different careers, they have a shared vulnerability from their respective pasts.  Jane also has a family interest with buried treasure which interests not only Theo but another fellow in the field.

Theo’s current project is to investigate the archaeological worth of a piece of land that is due for development, he needs to find enough evidence to put through a portfolio to back up objections against the developers.  When Jane and Theo’s lives keep interconnecting with each other she finds herself having a vested interest in Theo’s project likewise Theo begins to express curiosity in a puzzle in Jane’s family.

The more I invested time in this story the more I became fascinated and I felt compelled by both Jane’s puzzle and also of Theo’s archaeological project.   I am so pleased I took a chance on a new author as by the end of this novel I really enjoyed it.  I will certainly check out Gilli Allan’s back catalogue.

About the Author

Buried Author PhotoGilli Allan began to write in childhood – a hobby pursued throughout her teenage. Writing was only abandoned when she left home, and real life supplanted the fiction.

After a few false starts she worked longest and most happily as a commercial artist, and only began writing again when she became a mother.

Living in Gloucestershire with her husband Geoff, Gilli is still a keen artist. She draws and paints and has now moved into book illustration.

Currently published by Accent Press, each of her books, TORN, LIFE CLASS and FLY or FALL has won a ‘Chill with a Book’ award.

Following in the family tradition, her son, historian Thomas Williams, is also a writer. His most recent work, published by William Collins, is ‘Viking Britain’.

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The Nanny at Number 43 by Nicola Cassidy @ladynicci @PoolbegBooks @annecater #blogtour #bookexcerpt #TheNannyatNo43


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The Nanny at Number 43 written by Nicola Cassidy, publisher Poolbeg Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2G5kMdp

Book Blurb
Wanted, a respectable woman to care for a motherless child.
When William D. Thomas’s wife dies in childbirth, he places an advertisement in his local newspaper seeking a nanny for his newborn child.
He is thankful when an experienced nanny arrives at 43 Laurence Street and takes over from his frazzled housekeeper Mrs McHugh.
Mrs McHugh confides in her bedridden friend Betty, who has a bird’s-eye view of all the happenings on Laurence Street, that the Nanny is not all she seems. Betty begins her own investigation into the mysterious woman.
When the bodies of twin babies are discovered buried in a back garden, by a family who have moved from their tenement home into a country cottage, a police investigation begins.
But it is Betty who holds the key to discovering who the Nanny really is … and the reason she came to 43 Laurence Street.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Nicola Cassidy’s latest novel: The Nanny at Number 43.  I have the pleasure of sharing an excerpt with you all:

Slowly, she counted the numbers, looking at each door as she passed.
She walked by a house painted pale blue and came back to read the black iron numbers on the door: 43.
She was early. The door was grimy. Two low windows were set in the facade, white windowsills turned grey. It wasn’t the most attractive house. She could see up ahead that there much finer buildings, with railings and steps and basements. Her gloved finger lingered on the button doorbell. Changing her mind, she lifted the large knocker, knocked three times and stood back.
No answer. She waited for another few moments. Impatiently, she tapped her boot on the pavement, curling her lip slightly, thinking. She lifted the knocker again and was about to try another rap when she saw the curtain twitching at the front.
Within seconds, the front door swung open, a frazzled woman holding it, hissing, “You’ve wakened her! Can’t you read?”
She pointed to a small white card pinned below the knocker, printed in capitals, emphasising the commands.
“I’m here about the advertisement. About the baby.”
“Oh,” said the woman, her face softening. “Oh, of course. Come in.”
She crossed the limestone step and stood in the hallway. It was tiled in tiny small squares, a patterned mosaic in beiges and browns. The woman led her into the front room where the white net curtains blocked the light from the street.
“I’m Mrs. McHugh, the housekeeper,’ she said. ‘Please, take a seat.”
The room had a high ceiling and two low Queen Anne velvet couches. She sat down, perching her behind on the edge of the couch, looking round her when the woman left the room. Two vases of decaying flowers stood on the hearth. Their scent filled the room, an acrid smell. A cabinet filled with china and ornaments was placed near the door, the surface covered in dust. In the corner near the fireplace was a small writing bureau, in the same colour wood as the cabinet. Its lid was open, papers stuffed in the pockets, newspapers, pens, ink and string piled up in a mess. Everything needed a good clean. She expected there hadn’t been time.
Minutes passed. She kept her posture, not allowing herself to sag. She could hear movement upstairs, but still no one came to attend to her.
A cry rang out. A newborn cry. It hung in the air, sharp, painful.
After some time, she got up from the couch and walked around, her heeled boots digging into the light-blue wool rug. It was pretty, a soft pink rose woven into it. Black streaks nestled in the fibres.
The door opened behind her and she turned to find a man standing there. He was tall, his face thin, his shock of black hair wetted and smoothed on his head. He looked dishevelled and tired.
“Good morning,” he said, his voice low. He had a large black moustache, a small gap between it and his sideburns. “I’m sorry for the wait. Do sit down.”
She returned to her seat and perched gently, leaning forward, keeping her chin up.
“I’m sorry for your loss,” she said.
He sat down, pulling his trousers up slightly to allow his long legs to bend.
“Yes,” he said. “A terrible loss.” He paused, no emotion showing on his face.
“Can you tell me about yourself … Miss …?”
“Miss Murphy,” she said. “Margaret Murphy. Well, I’m from Dublin. The south side. Rathmines. I worked as a governess for the past three years. They’re gone to boarding school now. Lovely girls. I was sad to leave. Before that I was with another family in Dublin. And before that I worked in Wicklow.”
“And babies?” said Mr. Thomas, “What experience do you have with babies?”
“Oh, I adore babies,” she said. “My family in Wicklow had a wee one who I was very attached to. The baby is three weeks old, sir?”
“Four,” he said. “She’s four weeks now.”
“And how is she doing?”
He paused. “Not very well, to be honest,” he said. “She is crying. Hunger, I think. Mrs. McHugh tries her best, but she cries day and night.”
“Ah,” she said. “That can happen with the bottle, you know.”
“Can it?” he said.
“I have a lot of experience with bottle-feeding. My family in Wicklow decided on the same thing, not to go with a wet nurse, so I am well used to making up bottles. It causes extra wind in the child, you see, so you need to give gripe water, something to ease the poor little mite. Yes, I have plenty of experience with that.”
He looked relieved. “Well, that’s good then. And references, have you brought any?”
She picked up her case and put it on the couch, clicking open the locks. She sifted through the papers inside and produced her references, one stamped with a wax seal.
She rose and handed them to him.
“Yes,” he said quietly to himself as he studied them. “Very good.”

Well I hope the excerpt has whet your appetite for more, the story sounds very intriguing and mysterious.


Nicola Cassidy is a writer and blogger from Co. Louth, Ireland.
She started her writing career early, entering short story competitions as a child and became an avid reader.
Encouraged by her English teachers, she chose to study journalism at Dublin City University and while working in political PR and marketing, studied a series of advanced creative writing courses at the Irish Writers’ Centre.
Later she set up a lifestyle and literary blog http://www.ladynicci.com/, which was shortlisted in the Ireland Blog Awards in 2015 and 2016 and finalist in 2017 and 2018.
She signed with Trace Literary Agency in 2016.
December Girl is Nicola’s debut historical fiction novel and is set in the mystical and ancient Boyne Valley, Co. Meath, famed for its stone age passage tombs. Elements of the story are inspired by true events.
Her second novel The Nanny at Number 43 is published by Poolbeg Press.

She lives with her husband and two young daughters in Termonfeckin, Co. Louth.
Follow her at http://www.ladynicci.com/, on Twitter @ladynicci or http://www.facebook.com/ladynicciblog.

Taking Heart by Rowena Summers #bookreview #familysaga #historicalfiction @agorabooksldn


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Taking Heart written by Rowena Summers, publisher Agora Books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also part of the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2J3hNUN

Book Blurb

But at least we still have each other. As long as we still have the family, we’ll be all right.

Imogen and her sisters are fighting to save their childhood home and remain in Bristol. Their father has announced the sale of the family business and everything is about to change.

But when a terrible tragedy tears the family apart, the Caldwell girls must forge their own paths in life. And with the Second World War looming over England, their lives begin to change more drastically than they could have imagined.

Through love and heartbreak, fear and loss, can the Caldwell girls make it out unscathed? Or will they be swept up in the chaos of the changing times?

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Taking Heart is the first book in a four part series titled The Caldwell Girls.  The Caldwell Girls are three sisters growing up in a village near Bristol, there’s an anxious air all around with the constant talk of war beckoning.  The girls, along with their two brothers, lives were fairly privileged until their father announced financial ruin with the family run shop.  This sadly wasn’t the only bad news to hit the family and when tragedy strikes the children’s lives were to change irrevocably.  Dreams were changed, hearts were broken and independence beckoned.  A family at crisis were slowly making their mark in their lives in directions that surprised them all.

With the rumblings of war talks ever present life felt like it was precious and especially the young and in love who wished to grab any happiness they could before the inevitable.

Taking Heart is a lovely, gently family saga were formalities of the heart were entertained.  The author’s style of writing flowed well and fitted with the era in question.  Reading the novel felt like a trip down memory lane walking through a typical English country village waking up to the sound of birdsong and children’s laughter that would soon be replaced by the echo’s of the machinations of war.

Taking Heart was first published back in 2000 and Agora Books have recently republished the novel, with a brand new cover.  Sadly the author passed away in 2011 but I’m delighted to hear that her stories are reaching out to new readers and her fiction is bringing history to life.  I look forward to continuing the journey of The Caldwell Girls with more stories to come later this year.

About the Author

Jean Saunders was a British writer of romance novels from 1974 to 2010. She wrote under her married and maiden name, which was Innes, and also under the pseudonyms Rowena Summers, Sally Blake, and Rachel Moore.

After the publication of her first novel, Jean began a career as a magazine writer and published around 600 short stories. In the 1970s she started to publish gothic romance novels under her own name, and in the 1980s she created the pseudonym Rowena Summers to write historical romances, her most popular works. In 1991 her novel The Bannister Girls was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of Year award.

She lived in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, where she wrote full-time.

To learn more about The Caldwell Girls series please visit the publisher’s website:  https://www.agorabooks.co/our-favourite-historical-fiction-series/


In Alexa’s Shoes by Rochelle Alexandra #InAlexasShoes @roshellie28 @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours #bookreview


In Alexa's Shoes

In Alexa’s Shoes written by Rochelle Alexandra, publisher Author Academy Elite, is available NOW in ebook format and is due out in hardcover and paperback format on the 25th June 2019.

To buy links

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alexas-Shoes-Rochelle-Alexandra-ebook/dp/B07SVR7H36/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=B07SVR7H36&qid=1560244696&s=gateway&sr=8-1
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Alexas-Shoes-Rochelle-Alexandra-ebook/dp/B07SVR7H36/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=In+Alexa%27s+Shoes&qid=1560244667&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Book Blurb
In Alexa’s Shoes – a dramatic, uplifting true story of a teenage girl overcoming great odds to survive. A historical novel that beckons the reader to follow in the footsteps of a real-life individual one step at a time. Based on the true story of the author’s grandmother.

In the autumn of 1940, thirteen-year-old Alexa’s happy life is ripped from her as she, her mother, and many of the locals are rounded up by the Nazis in Poland. Loaded into trucks, they are transported to an unknown destination. Terror and uncertainty become the new normal. Life is a continuous nightmare as she is selected by the Gestapo officer’s wife, destined to become little more than their slave.

Separated from everyone she loves Alexa relies on her Christian faith, inner strength and courage, to endure through her long nightmare. Her story takes her on a treacherous journey across war-ravaged Europe in search of her family and the life she once knew. Despite living through unimaginable hardships and life-threatening danger, Alexa feels that someone or something seems to be looking out for her. Years later, she finds out that not all was as it seemed, as hidden secrets from this dark period in history are revealed to her.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Rochelle Alexandra’s debut novel: In Alexa’s Shoes.

Alexa was just one of the millions of casualties of war. This story is of a young girl stepping out to buy a much loved for pair of shoes when on that day her life was to change irrevocably. What we read of Alexa’s life from hereon is shocking, distressing at times but you are riveted to the story of one young girl’s plight of survival. A young girl that never lost her faith and never gave up hope.

In Alexa’s Shoes is a chilling, remarkable story that evoked many emotions within me. It’s hard to comprehend that all that happened to Alexa was real and that she was also not alone, she was one of many that had had their life wrenched away from them. Until the end of the war Alexa’s life was controlled by the Nazi rule of Hitler’s campaign.

Rochelle Alexandra is the granddaughter to Alexa and as a young girl she would sit transfixed listening to her grandmother’s (Babcia) tales. Tales that were so vivid you could picture them as clear as a movie on a big screen. In Alexa’s Shoes should be read by all and it should be immortalised as a movie.

It’s such a remarkable, shocking and almost unbelievable story but sadly conflict at any time is not to be believed until you walk in the shoes of one that is directly involved.

About the Author
Rochelle AlexandraRochelle Alexandra was born in Glasgow, Scotland where she grew up, then moved to New York to live when she was eighteen. She had an early love for writing poetry, winning a National Scottish competition and later had a few poems published in the USA. She’s a talented artist and photographer with a real love for children, horse riding and travel. Her favourite jobs were in advertising, working for a newspaper, a photographer’s assistant and private chef. She ran her own freelance art business painting portraits, murals, abstracts and commissions.

She never set out to be a writer, but after hearing her Polish grandmother’s gripping true life history during WWII first hand, she made a promise to her gran that she would write her story in book form. Sadly her grandmother Alexa passed away aged 92, just two months before the novel ‘In Alexa’s Shoes’ about her life was due to be published. Little did Rochelle know that she’d love the writing process so much and now has several future novels planned.

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Those Who Are Loved by Victoria Hislop @VicHislop @headlinepg @annecater #blogtour #bookreview #HistFic


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Those Who Are Loved written by Victoria Hislop, publisher Headline Review, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and hardcover format.  The hardcover is available to purchase from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.

To buy link (Waterstones): https://bit.ly/2QIzpr7

Book Blurb

Athens 1941. After decades of political uncertainty, Greece is polarised between Right- and Left-wing views when the Germans invade.
Fifteen-year-old Themis comes from a family divided by these political differences. The Nazi occupation deepens the fault-lines between those she loves just as it reduces Greece to destitution. She watches friends die in the ensuing famine and is moved to commit acts of resistance.
In the civil war that follows the end of the occupation, Themis joins the Communist army, where she experiences the extremes of love and hatred and the paradoxes presented by a war in which Greek fights Greek.
Eventually imprisoned on the infamous islands of exile, Makronisos and then Trikeri, Themis encounters another prisoner whose life will entwine with her own in ways neither can foresee. And finds she must weigh her principles against her desire to escape and live.
As she looks back on her life, Themis realises how tightly the personal and political can become entangled. While some wounds heal, others deepen.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Victoria Hislop’s latest novel: Those Who Are Loved.  This is my first introduction to Victoria Hislop’s work and it was a privilege and pleasure to experience her writing for the first time.

Victoria Hislop has written a frank, honest story about one young woman’s life growing up in Greece during a time of civil unrest which also coincided with the WWII conflict.  Themis was a young girl when life in her beloved Athens became very surreal, what the Greeks knew and loved of their heritage and culture was to be shattered as a political uprising was brewing.  With four siblings in one small apartment, all with differing views of their own caused much family friction.  To keep harmony at home Themis was to start clandestine apartments to honour and upheld her own beliefs.  However, danger was soon brought to their homeland and survival was to become a desperate game.

Themis had to make a difficult decision regarding her involvement with her political beliefs and whatever step she would take next would be the catalyst for her future.

Victoria Hislop’s writing was very authentic and she wasn’t afraid to reveal the true, barbaric nature of the civil atrocities.  I wasn’t aware of this momentous historical event in Greece’s past and it was quite shocking at times to read.  The author has brought to life the history of a country filled with so much unrest.  Those Who Are Loved is also a poignant family saga depicting life and how conflict divided the loyalties of not just one household but many across the country.  I was equally fascinated and appalled by what the Greeks had to endure.  A story of bravery filled with a strong sense of belief, courage and optimism.

About the Author

Victoria Hislop Author PictureInspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony, Victoria Hislop wrote The Island in 2005. It became an international bestseller and a 26-part Greek TV series. She was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards and is now an ambassador for Lepra. The Island has sold over 1.2million copies in the UK and more than 5 million worldwide.

Her affection for the Mediterranean then took her to Spain, which inspired her second bestseller The Return, and she returned to Greece to tell the turbulent tale of Thessaloniki in The Thread, shortlisted for a British Book Award and confirming her reputation as an inspirational storyteller. It was followed by her much-admired Greece-set short story collection, The Last Dance and Other Stories. The Sunrise, a Sunday Times Number One bestseller about the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, was published to widespread acclaim in 2014. Victoria’s most recent book, Cartes Postales from Greece was a Sunday Times Number One bestseller and one of the Top Ten biggest selling paperbacks of 2017. Her novels have sold 10 million copies worldwide.

Website: http://www.victoriahislop.com

Twitter: @VicHislop

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The Duke and the Imposter (The French Orphan Book 5) by Michael Stolle @MichaelStolle16 @Bookollective #blogtour #authorinterview #HistFic


The Duke and the ImposterThe Duke and the Imposter written and self-published by Michael Stolle is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2Y26BfH

Book Blurb

It’s a beautiful day in the seventeenth century. Pierre, Marquis de Beauvoir, Duke of Hertford and his small family arrive for a picnic on the banks of the River Loire in the grounds of his castle of Montrésor. It is a garden Eden – beautiful and peaceful. But fate strikes and, taken by surprise, the lunch party is ambushed.
Pierre is found later by his faithful valet, barely clinging to life, but his wife and only son have vanished without a trace. Beyond consolation, Pierre is convinced that his family has been annihilated. Luckily his friends François and Armand rush to the castle from Paris to his aid – and to investigate.
The quest leads to the coast of France and then on to the shores of England, a country torn apart by old loyalties to the Stuart king and the rise of the new Puritan gentry.
As the friends come closer and closer to the viper’s nest they must find out the truth, and track down the mastermind behind the ambush, who is prepared to stop at nothing until he has taken Pierre’s place and styled himself the next Duke of Hertford. A man not known to take prisoners. Soon Pierre and his friends are not only fighting against an enemy who’s ruthless and vile, they’re racing against time, the biggest enemy of all.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Michael Stolle’s latest novel: The Duke and the Imposter.  The Duke and the Imposter is book five in The French Orphan series.

I’d like to welcome the author, Michael Stolle, to my blog and I have a few questions regarding his work I’d like to share:

1. What intrigues you about writing fiction set in the 17th century?

I wish I could give an elaborate and concise explanation. In fact I devoured hundreds of history books – fiction and non-fiction – but varying from the Assyrian empire to the recent European history. I had no true preference.

I always loved the 17th century, the progress of science and philosophy freed people from old patterns, the Vatican lost its iron grip on politics and people’s minds in many countries, creating new political powers and alliances. Every author loves a dose of suspense and chaos

One day, I was frustrated as I was reading a historical novel – and all appeared fake and wrong to me. The leading character didn’t fit – the plot was supposed to be playing in medieval times – but nothing matched, it was a piece of cheap romance just written hastily for effect.

I thought, I can do this better – and suddenly the characters of Pierre and Armand materialized and as the Cardinal Richelieu had always fascinated me, I chose his period. It was as if these characters had always been there, just waiting for me to start writing. Weird…

2. The Duke and the Imposter is book five in The French Orphan series; as a new reader coming into the series at this point can you give a brief summary of the story to far?

That question is a challenge as a lot happened…

The leading character Pierre de Beauvoir is an orphan, raised in a French monastery school. Here he discovers with the help of his friend Armand that in fact he’s the heir to two big fortunes: his father was a French Marquis, his mother inherited the title of the Duchy of Hertford. But the Prime Minister of France (the infamous Cardinal Richelieu) and his French cousin Henri try to get hold of him as they want the fortune that comes with both titles. Pierre’s life is constantly in danger and this hunt goes on for almost two years and spans from France to England and culminates in Venice where the final encounter with his foe Henri takes place. As the boy becomes a young adult Pierre falls in love and marries – whilst his friend Armand is constantly falling in love, he just can’t help it.

In the end it’s friendship that prevails and will save Pierre.

I’ve been criticized because the story has a happy ending, but that’s what I wanted it to be. There’s enough heart-wrenching drama in the bookstores, no need for me to add another one.

I totally agree with you about happy endings and we need more of these 🙂

3. Are there any other historical eras that intrigue you?

I’m reading the series Vespasian from Robert Fabbri at the moment and the Imperial Rome is a truly fascinating era. But I wouldn’t dare start writing a novel at this stage as the required level of detail of Roman daily life would be quite a challenge.

I also like Georgette Heyer’s Regency novels, I think she’s been underrated as an author, I adore her dry sense of humour. The Grand Sophy is my favourite. I love the depiction of Regency life, I guess many Jane Austen fans will agree.

4. I am fascinated how fiction can bring history to life. Do you undertake lots of research prior to starting a book?

I have the advantage that I have read lots of books and that I travelled extensively, so I could describe most locations as I had seen and visited them. But I drilled down and checked historical facts, visited museums and studied old maps to be as accurate as possible. The Metropolitan Museum in New York is a treasure, I learnt a lot there. Wikipedia is a blessing as well, it saves hours and days of browsing archives. I had to learn that men wore breeches and not pants. Many authors walk into the trap and mention windows in coaches but those have been invented later, in the 17th century they only had blinds. Being precise on these kinds of details is important for me.

5. What’s next, do you have a work in progress?

I may write a story focusing on Pierre’s best friend Armand, but I haven’t made up my mind yet.

Thanks for the opportunity of being part of your blog tour!

Thank you Michael Stolle for the insightful answers and for joining me on the tour.

About the Author

Born and educated in Europe, Michael has always been intrigued by the historical setting and the fact that what makes us human was as true in the 17th century as it is now.
He has been reading and writing about history for longer than he cares to recall…

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MichaelStolle16

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4319310.Michael_Stolle

The Stars in the Night by Clare Rhoden @ClareER @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #WWIfiction #HistFic #giveaway


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The Stars in the Night written by Clare Rhoden, publisher Odyssey Books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy links: https://amzn.to/2DwD71S



Book Blurb

Harry Fletcher is a confident young man, sure that he will marry Nora, no matter what their families say. He will always protect Eddie, the boy his father saved from the gutters of Port Adelaide.
Only the War to End All Wars might get in the way of Harry’s plans…
From the beaches of Semaphore to the shores of Gallipoli, the mud of Flanders to the red dust of inland South Australia, this is a story of love, brotherhood, and resilience.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Clare Rhoden’s latest novel: The Stars in the Night.  Firstly, I’d like to say I love the play on words for the title, you have to read the book to understand what I mean.

The Stars in the Night was such an insightful historical timeslip novel that deeply moved me.  The author Clare Rhoden’s words of life living within the stench, the noise and the darkness of war felt very real to me.  I could sense the urgency, the fear, the brothers in arms camaraderie but I could also feel the sudden rush of love for the letters from home and also for the simple things in life that we take for granted.

This is a story that starts off in Australia in the 1970’s when Kate is helping her Grandfather Harry clear out her late Grandmother Nora’s personal belongings following her death.  Discovering a pile of letters written by Harry to Nora during his conscription and also a notebook written by her late Great Uncle the author then takes us back in time to 1917 to when Harry and his brother Eddie joined up.

The story continues following the days that led to weeks, months and years following the war from Australia to Egypt to Europe and Passchendaele and France.

This is a fictional story based on real life facts of the true horrors of war but it is also a story of love and of loss.  The loss of comrades and also of the loss of life as it was before war ravaged countries and lives.

The Stars in the Night is a story that was hauntingly beautiful but so tragic at times.  It was a story that fascinated me and evoked many emotions.  I appreciate how authors research historical moments in time and bring them to life with fiction.

About the Author

Stars in the Night - ClareRhodenClare Rhoden writes historical fiction, sci-fi and fantasy (check her titles at Odyssey Books http://odysseybooks.com.au/). Clare lives in Melbourne Australia with her husband Bill, their super-intelligent poodle-cross Aeryn, a huge and charming parliament of visiting magpies, and a very demanding/addictive garden space.
Clare completed her PhD in Australian WWI literature at the University of Melbourne in 2011, and a Masters of Creative Writing in 2008, in which she investigated the history of her grandparents who emigrated for Europe to Port Adelaide in January 1914. The Stars in the Night is the result of her research.

Social Media Links
Website: https://clarerhoden.com/
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Instagram: @clarerhodenauthor
Twitter: @ClareER

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