Interview with Derek Birks

Nice interview with Derek Birks…author of Feud.

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Today I’m interviewing Derek Birks, author of “Feud,” a novel of the War of Roses. “Feud” is the compelling story of Ned Elder, his sisters and the girl he loves. As the civil war rages across a snow-covered battlefield, they fight for survival and the bitter feud is played out to its bloody conclusion.

1.Why did you choose the Wars of Roses?

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Steven A McKay: The Wolf and the Raven (Review)

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My second book, The Wolf and the Raven will be released on April 7th, get your pre-order in now and come meet me at the London Book Fair between April 8-10!I was born in 1977, near Glasgow in Scotland. I live in Old Kilpatrick with my wife and two young children. After obtaining my Bachelor of Arts degree I decided to follow my life-long ambition and write a novel.

Historical fiction is my favourite genre, but I also enjoy old science-fiction and some fantasy.

Bernard Cornwell’s King Arthur series was my biggest influence in writing “Wolf’s Head”, but I’ve also really enjoyed recent books by guys like Ben Kane, Glyn Iliffe, Douglas Jackson and Simon Scarrow.

I play lead/acoustic guitars (and occasional bass) in a heavy metal band when we can find the time to meet up.

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In the aftermath of a violent rebellion Robin Hood…

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A Love Most Dangerous

Another wonderful story from Martin.

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Early in April 2013 I sat at the computer wondering what to write. I had just finished the first draft of ‘Blood of Ironside’ and put it away for a rest before I started on the second draft.

I thought I might write a short story. I put my fingers on the keyboard and wrote this:

To be a servant at the court of King Henry is to live with your heart in your mouth. This is so whether you are young or old, male or female. I am young and I am female. So the danger to me is considerable. The danger is the more acute because I am pretty and the Queen is in the last month of her confinement.

I sat back bemused. Who was talking? I knew when the period was, more or less. But I was writing from the point of view of a girl…

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Douglas Jackson’s Sword of Rome

A marvelous review..can’t wait to read it.

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It is criminal that it’s taken me so long to read ‘Sword of Rome’. Particularly given that Doug Jackson’s books are some of the literary highlights of my year. However, events conspired to keep it from me. What that meant was that during that dark and miserable time following New Year, at least I had a book to read which I was confident would be a belter!

I was so right. The Valerius Verrens series is one of the strongest historical series on sale at the moment of ANY era, let alone just the Roman. The first book (Hero of Rome) was one of the best I have ever read, and certainly concerned one of the most tense and memorable scenes of any novel. The sequel (Defender) was a strong contender and surprisingly successful, given the dark content and the controversial subject matter. Then along came book 3 (Avenger) and…

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My Q&A with author Glyn Iliffe for the HNS

Interview with Author Steven A. McKay

Love the book…very good interview…

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Stephanie: Steven A. McKay is a writer from Old Kilpatrick, near Glasgow in Scotland, heavily influenced by the likes of Bernard Cornwell, Doug Jackson, Anthony Riches, and Robert Low et al.

His first book, Wolf’s Head, is set in medieval England and is a fast-paced, violent retelling of the Robin Hood legends. His take on the theme is quite different to anything that’s been done before. It is available NOW on Kindle as well as paperbacks from Amazon.

The second book in the trilogy is coming along and should be available not too long after Wolf’s Head…

Hello Steven! Welcome and thank you for chatting with me today. So tell me about your book, Wolf’s head. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about your story.

Steven: Hi Stephanie, thanks for having me on your page! Wolf’s Head is my reinterpretation of the Robin Hood legend, but rather different from other…

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Hannibal’s back

Another fine review from Simon Turney

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I’ve been a fan of Ben Kane’s books since the Forgotton Legion, and when last year I read Hannibal: Enemy of Rome, it shot up into my top Historical Fiction reads and came out as clear top of Ben’s books. Given the fact that my love of Rome tends towards the Principate era and that I’ve never really concentrated on the early Republic, it surprised me how much it gripped me. And then Ben disappeared off for a while to write his Spartacus series. Don’t get me wrong: the Spartacus books were excellent books and I thoroughly enjoyed them, but when Hannibal was my fave, it made me twitch having to wait so long for a second in the series.

And finally, as time allowed, I managed to get stuck into Fields of Blood.

Taking up where the first book finished, with Carthaginian forces firmly ensconced in Italy and threatening…

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Eagle’s Vengeance

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The Eagle's Vengeance Empire VI

As well as reading this excellent book – which is released TODAY by the way – I have had the opportunity to pose a few interesting questions of the author. So without further ado, here is my review, followed by a nice little Q&A with the man himself.

REVIEW

Anyone who’s kept up with my reviews over the past few years will already know how much I enjoy Anthony Riches’ books. He is among the leaders in the field of Historical Fiction in my humble opinion, and never ceases to thrill and entertain me with his work. And when the next in the Empire series appears in Coming soon lists, my reading pile gets reordered appropriately.

The Eagle’s Vengeance has some tough acts to follow. I would say that the first three of the series were very much on a par with one another, and told a story in a…

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The Eagle’s Vengeance (Empire VI) by Anthony Riches

Need to catch up..have only read the first 3 books 🙂

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Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 368
Year: 2013, Pb 2014
Buy: Hardback, Kindle, Paperback
Source: Review copy

The Eagle's Vengeance by Anthony RichesReview
Anthony Riches’ Empire series is without doubt one of the most exhilarating and heart thumping of all Roman series being published at the moment and one of its many attractions is that there is no sign of it taking a rest. This month, the sixth Empire novel is published, The Eagle’s Vengeance, and in it we see Marcus Valerius Aquila and his cohort of Tungrians return to the place where we first met them – Hadrian’s Wall.

The Eagle’s Vengeance would stand alone if you asked it to but as with most series I would recommend that you read the books in order, beginning with Wounds of Honour. You are at risk of discovering some of Aquila’s previous story if you read on.

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