History People: Nancy Jardine and the Celtic Fervour series

I’m delighted to welcome fellow Ocelot Press author, Nancy Jardine, to the blog today. She published a new book this week in her gripping and thoroughly researched Celtic Fervour series, set in Roman Britain. I’ll let Nancy tell you about it. Thank you for inviting me today, Vanessa, to share a little about Beathan TheContinue reading “History People: Nancy Jardine and the Celtic Fervour series”

Meet the Ocelots this Week!

Originally posted on Ocelot Press:
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,…

Overture Cover Reveal

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 periodContinue reading “Overture Cover Reveal”

Introducing Ocelot Press

Ocelot Press has been going for a couple of months, but now we have a shiny new website, so I can announce it officially and you can find out more about our authors and our books. We already have a number of titles published under the imprint. What is Ocelot Press? It’s a group ofContinue reading “Introducing Ocelot Press”

History People: Kate Braithwaite, Writing Historical Crime

I’m delighted to welcome today an author who is very much a writer after my own heart. Kate Braithwaite likes to write novels that take real historical events as their starting point and have an unsolved mystery at the centre. This has taken her from Louis XIV’s France to Charles II’s England – and thenContinue reading “History People: Kate Braithwaite, Writing Historical Crime”

History People: Nancy Jardine and Real Historical Figures

A big welcome to Nancy Jardine, a great author and a specialist on Roman Britain. She raises a familiar dilemma for historical novelists: how do you get plausibly into the mind of someone who lived two thousand years ago? What sort of guesswork do you have to do? And what contemporary sources can you relyContinue reading “History People: Nancy Jardine and Real Historical Figures”

History People:  Sue Barnard, Writing the Book You Want to Read

It’s always a pleasure to welcome my friend and fellow author Sue Barnard onto the blog. She tells us how the advice to “write the book you want to read” led her into historical fiction. I’ve had a sneak peek at Sue’s latest book, Heathcliff (more about it below), and so I know you’re inContinue reading “History People:  Sue Barnard, Writing the Book You Want to Read”

Post-Christmas Sale of Kindle Books

If you have a new Kindle or some Amazon gift vouchers or want to stock up your old Kindle to see you through those long winter evenings, now is your chance to buy some e-books at bargain prices. My publisher, Crooked Cat, has a sale of Kindle books on from today (27th December) until 29thContinue reading “Post-Christmas Sale of Kindle Books”

History People: Alison Morton, a Self-Confessed Roman Nut

Have you ever asked yourself, “What if…?” What if Harold hadn’t lost at Hastings, what if Richard III hadn’t been killed on Bosworth Field, what if Hitler had been a better military strategist? Today, I’m thrilled to welcome an author who asked herself the “what if” question and came up with a terrific series ofContinue reading “History People: Alison Morton, a Self-Confessed Roman Nut”

History People: Nicola Slade, History and Mysteries

It’s a great pleasure to welcome Nicola Slade to the blog today, especially as she has also written a “The House At…” novel! The House at Ladywell was published a couple of days ago and combines historical and romantic fiction. Nicola is a prolific author whose previous books have mostly been historical mysteries. Let’s findContinue reading “History People: Nicola Slade, History and Mysteries”