All articles about Historical fiction

Character Birthday Party Giveaway – Win A Copy of the Historical Fiction Novel, Thwarted Queen

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CECYLEE Today we are starting the month with a birthday party for the main character in Thwarted Queen and hosting a book giveaway. Cecylee is the apple of her mother’s eye. The seventh daughter, she is the only one left unmarried by 1424, the year she turns nine on May 3, 1424.  Our guest is Cynthia Haggard, author of Thwarted Queen. We will be giving away a copy of Thwarted Queen on May 25. [caption id="attachment_2084" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Happy Birthday"][/caption] To become eligible to win, all you have to do is ask a question or leave a comment. One lucky reader who comments with their email address is put in a pot to win the book. To recap:   ask a question or leave a comment leave your email address optional to subscribe for email updates A winner will be picked on May 25, and be notified by

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Fission the Novel – author interview – Tom Weston

[caption id="attachment_1958" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Fission Book Tour"][/caption] Paperback Writer welcomes Tom Weston, author of the historical fiction novel Fission as he virtually tours the blogosphere in December 2011 on his fourth tour with Pump Up Your Book! About Fission Lise Meitner: a physicist who never lost her humanity First they tried to deny her. Then they tried to destroy her. But she survived to discover nuclear fission and spark the race for the atomic bomb. The clue is to be found in her headstone. No, it isn’t the physics. For, as much as I like science, the scribbling of mathematical equations on blackboards and the clicking of Geiger-counters does not make for riveting story-telling. What drew me to the Lise Meitner story is the humanity. Imagine a story of hate and greed, intrigue and danger, war and destruction, the slaughter of the innocents on a biblical scale and the collapse

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The Queen’s Gamble – author interview- Barbara Kyle

[caption id="attachment_1904" align="alignright" width="199" caption="Quenn's Gamble Book Tour"][/caption] Join Barbara Kyle, author of the historical novel, The Queen’s Gamble (Kensington Books, August 30, 2011) as she virtually tours the blogosphere in September on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book! About Barbara Kyle Barbara Kyle is the author of the Tudor-era “Thornleigh” series of novels, which have been published internationally: The Queen’s Captive, The Queen’s Lady, and The King’s Daughter, praised by Publishers Weekly as “a complex and fast-paced plot, mixing history with vibrant characters.” Her new novel, The Queen’s Gamble, will be released on 30 August 2011. Barbara previously won acclaim for her contemporary novels under pen name ‘Stephen Kyle’, including Beyond Recall (a Literary Guild Selection), After Shock and The Experiment. Over 400,000 copies of her books have been sold. Barbara has taught courses for writers at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies,

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The Paris Wife – Author Interview, Excerpt – Paula McLain

[caption id="attachment_1531" align="alignright" width="201" caption="The Paris Wife Virtual Book Tour"][/caption] Paperback Writer welcomes Paula McLain, author of the historical novel, The Paris Wife. Find out about her typical writing day and what her morning smells like? About the Author Paula McLain received an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and has been a resident of Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. She is the author of two collections of poetry, as well as a memoir, Like Family, and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride. She lives in Cleveland with her family. You can visit Paula McLain’s website to learn more about The Paris Wife at www.pariswife.com. Visit Pauls' tour page at Pump Up Your Book Purchase the book at Amazon; About The Paris Wife A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time—Paris in the twenties—and an extraordinary love affair

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The Sandalwood Tree Virtual Book Tour starring author Elle Newmark

Join Elle Newmark, author of the historical fiction novel, The Sandalwood Tree (Atria), as she virtually tours the blogosphere in March, April and May on her second virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!   [caption id="attachment_1506" align="alignright" width="132" caption="Author Elle Newmark"][/caption] About Elle Newmark Elle Newmark is an author whose books are inspired by her ravels. Her work has been published into 16 languages and she lives in the hills north of San Diego with her husband, a retired physician. She has two grown children and five grandchildren. To find out more about Elle or learn about her books visit http://ellenewmark.com Visit her tour page at Pump Up Your Book! Purchase her book at Amazon; [caption id="attachment_1505" align="alignleft" width="198" caption="The Sandalwood Tree Virtual Book Tour"][/caption] About The Sandalwood Tree From incredible storyteller and nationally bestselling author Elle Newmark comes a rich, sweeping novel that brings to life two

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Read the Excerpt

[caption id="attachment_1487" align="alignright" width="191" caption="Outlander by Diana Gabaldon"][/caption] Join Diana Gabaldon, author of the historical science-fiction adventure romance novel, Outlander, as she virtually tours the blogosphere February 14th – March 11th on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book.  Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, #1 NYT-bestselling OUTLANDER novels, described by Salon magazine as “the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting “Scrooge McDuck” comics. You can visit Diana online at www.DianaGabaldon.com Purchase Outlander at Amazon.com About Outlander Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another… In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she

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West Oversea: A Norse Saga of Mystery, Adventur and Faith – by author Lars Walker

[caption id="attachment_1286" align="alignleft" width="202" caption="click on the book cover to purchase"][/caption] Join Lars Walker, author of the Christian Norse adventure novel, West Oversea: A Norse Saga of Mystery, Adventure and Faith (Nordskog Publishing, Inc.), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in October on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book. About Lars Walker Lars (pronounced Larce) Walker is a native of Kenyon, Minnesota, and lives in Minneapolis. He has worked as a crabmeat packer in Alaska, a radio announcer, a church secretary and an administrative assistant, and is presently librarian and bookstore manager for the schools of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations in Plymouth, Minnesota. He is the author of four previously published novels, and is the editor of the journal of the Georg Sverdrup Society. Walker says, “I never believed that God gave me whatever gifts I have in order to entertain fellow Christians. I

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Chapter One Excerpt from The Confessions of Catherine De Medici by C.W. Gortner

[caption id="attachment_1080" align="alignleft" width="197" caption="Click in the cover to purchase this book"][/caption] Chapter One I was ten years old when I discovered I might be a witch. I sat sewing with my aunt Clarice, as sunlight spread across the gallery floor. Outside the window I could hear the splashing of the courtyard fountain, the cries of the vendors in the Via Larga and staccato of horse hooves on the cobblestone streets, and I thought for the hundredth time that I couldn’t stay inside another minute. “Caterina Romelo de’ Medici, can it be you’ve finished already?” I looked up. My late father’s sister Clarice de’ Medici y Strozzi regarded me from her chair. I wiped my brow with my sleeve. “It’s so hot in here,” I said. “Can’t I go outside?” She arched her eyebrow. Even before she said anything, I could have recited her words, so often had she drummed

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October Book Pick of the Month – The Lost Diary of Don Juan

Paperback Writer’s pick for the October Book of The Month is The Lost Diary of Don Juan by Douglas Carlton Abrams. As a first time author Douglas Abrams has certainly written an intriguing novel surrounding the life of Don Juan. Having heard, but never really knowing the story of Don Juan this novel leaves nothing to the imagination, from the blood dripping sword fighting, the steamy love making to so many women and the evil forces of the Inquisitioner as he tries to tame the most wanted lover, this novel keeps you on the edge of your seat. I read the 21 page excerpt at the authors website and I can assure you that you won’t be satisfied just reading the excerpt pages and you will find yourself buying the book. You can find it here www.lostdiaryofdonjuan.com. About the Book: In a time of discovery and decadence, when the gold

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Copper Fire – Author Interview – Suzanne Woods Fisher

Paperback Writer is enjoying a visit from Suzanne Woods Fisher author of the historical fiction novel Copper Fire. Suzanne is sharing with us how she came up with the idea for her book and how she develops her characters. ABOUT THE BOOK: On a summer day in 1945, Louisa Gordon receives a telegram from the International Red Cross Tracing Service. Her young cousin, Elisabeth, has just been released from Dachau a concentration camp, and Louisa is her only remaining relative. Determined to go to war-torn Germany to retrieve her cousin, Louisa is also on a mission to discover the whereabouts of Friedrich Mueller, a Nazi sympathizer who fled Copper Springs, Arizona. What Louisa never expected was to meet the man she had once loved and now hated. Hi Suzanne, Welcome to Paperback Writer Thanks for hosting me today! Will you share with us how you came up with the idea

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