Thursday, 24 December 2015

Spotlight and Giveaway #FranceBt #BlogTour

Many thanks to Emma @wordsandpace for hosting a fabulous virtual tour to celebrate the launch of Blood Rose Angel #14thcentury #historical #romance @TriskeleBooks.

Spotlight feature and last chance to enter giveaway here.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Monday, 21 December 2015

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Day 3 #FranceBT #BlogTour

Enter #giveaway: to win Blood Rose Angel #medieval #bubonicplague novel @TriskeleBooks #atimeandaplace.

Many thanks to Veronica @libriamorimiei 
for hosting today's Blog Tour post.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Day 2 #‎BlogTour‬ of Blood Rose Angel:

Enter ‪#‎giveaway‬ to win ‪#BlackDeath‬ ‪#‎novel.

Many thanks to book reviewer and blogger, Magdalena for hosting today's post at It's a Mad Mad World.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Virtual Blog Tour for Blood Rose Angel

This week, France Book Tours is hosting Blood Rose Angel on a virtual blog tour.

Visit the blog for daily postings of reviews and giveaways.

Day 1 (14th Dec, 2015) : Interview and Giveaway on I'd Rather Be Reading

Friday, 11 December 2015

The lovely @MsBessieBell reads an extract from #TriskeleBooks #atimeandaplace Blood Rose Angel

Many thanks to the talented Jessica Bell for doing such a great job of reading an extract of Blood Rose Angel at our recent Triskele Books launch party in London. Listen here.

And here, talking to Triskele colleague, Catriona Troth about The Bone Angel series.

For more photos and information about the event, click here.

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Celebrating #14thcentury #BlackDeath in #Lyon

Candles on my windowsill

Every year the city of Lyon celebrates la Fête des Lumières - an international light festival to celebrate the end of the black plague in this region of France.

But given the recent tragic events in Paris, the Mayor of Lyon, Gérard Collomb announced that the 2015 Fête des Lumières would be postponed till December, 2016.

Candles in front of the Hôtel de Ville

 However, this high-profile international light show was, last night, transformed into a vigil for the victims of the terrible Paris attacks. The people of Lyon lit up the city by placing candles on their windowsills, which was the tradition many years ago when I first moved to France, before the Light Festival grew into a huge international event.

Downtown Lyon

Only one work of art, by Daniel Knipper, was installed on the banks of the Saône River, to pay tribute to the victims, with a scrolling list of their names: Lyon’s Homage to Paris attack victims.

For more information on Lyon's annual light festival click here.

Given that my third book in The Bone Angel trilogy, Blood Rose Angel, deals with Black Death, I became particularly interested in the bubonic plague in the Lyonnais region. 

Read my guest posts about the plague and how its disappearance is celebrated on the blog: Writing the Renaissance and in the FREE magazine: The GoodLife France.

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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Back Porch Writer Live Radio Show

 First time on live radio and not even too nerve-wracking!!

Many thanks to Kori Miller for interviewing me on The Back Porch Writer, radio show for writers, about writers.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Triskele's Big Day

 It was after midnight last night when I finally straggled home with a sore throat and a heavy head, but it was worth it!

 Happy to report that our annual Triskele Books launch event in London at The English Restaurant was a blast.

Many thanks to our 50 guests who came along to help us celebrate the release of this year's 4 novels:
False Lights by Gillian Hamer, Human Rites by JJ Marsh, The Better of Two Men by JD Smith, Blood Rose Angel by lil ole me.

And not forgetting the post launch treat: A Bailey's Hot Chocolate!

Friday, 20 November 2015

New Books in Historical Fiction Interview

Many thanks to C.P Lesley of New Books in Historical Fiction for interviewing me. If you are interested in hearing about the writing of Blood Rose Angel, listen here.

For a chance to win one of five copies of Blood Rose Angel, enter the current Goodreads giveaway here.

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

#Beaujolais Nouveau Day #France

Thursday 19th November, 2015

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked in France on the third Thursday in November. Every year, millions of bottles of fresh, fruity Beaujolais wine are uncorked to celebrate the new vintage.

Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the grapes have been harvested. Parties are held all over the country, and even abroad, to celebrate the first wine of the new season.

Banners across France proclaim “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!”

French villages in the region, restaurants, bars and cellars get into the spirit of things with tastings, fireworks, music and festivals. And after the tragic events in Paris recently, any fête seems especially poignant.

Where will you be celebrating tonight?

If you happen to be in the area, some places to party:

Monday, 16 November 2015

Spirit of Lost Angels on Sale

An exciting weekend for me, as Book 3 in The Bone Angel trilogy, Blood Rose Angel, was finally released. To celebrate the occasion book 1, Spirit of Lost Angel, is reduced to 99p/99c HERE at all e-retailers.

Click to Tweet: Spirit of Lost Angels, French #histfic is on sale for only 99c/p! Don’t miss out – #atimeandaplace #triskelebooks

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Has the #14thcentury #BlackDeath returned?

With the recent release of my latest novel, Blood Rose Angel, I was quite shocked to learn that a teenage girl in Oregon has been infected by bubonic plague from a flea bite during a hunting trip.

Bubonic plague is thought to be the cause of the 14th century "Black Death" that killed an estimated 50 million people. Most of us think of it as a disease of the past, but although rare, it is apparently still very much present, particularly in wildlife.

A plague extract from Blood Rose Angel...

... Morgane and I set off along the woodland road, the grass in the fields so parched there was barely anything for the beasts to graze on, and those that hadn’t perished from the pestilence were little more than skin and bone. The farmers must be counting down the days till they could drive their stock to the hay meadows.
But as we rode past the crop fields, there wasn’t a single farmer or labourer in sight. How sad not to see the usual rows of men and women moving their scythes across the golden grain-field strips. How unsettling not to hear their banter and shouts. How terrible to see the plentiful harvest lying wasted.
‘Why aren’t they harvesting the winter corn?’ Morgane asked.
All I could do was shake my head as we rode on through that dank, airless heat, the silence broken by the caw of a crow, the bark of a dog, the lonely bray of a donkey. In one pasture, all the cows and sheep lay dead. I gasped at the shock and the stench; at the dark cloud of vultures gorging––uncurbed and fearless––on the corpses. Both of us gagged as we skirted the maggot-riddled body of an ox.
‘Oh, Maman it’s awful.’
‘Yes, poppet, all too awful.’
Beyond the corpse, we came across a group of farmers drinking ale in the shade of an oak tree. ‘Why aren’t you harvesting your grain?’ I asked, halting Merlinette.
‘What’s the point?’ one said. ‘We could all be dead tomorrow … or today. Or in an hour.’
‘But we’ll never survive this winter, with no harvest.’
‘We might all be dead by this winter,’ he said, ‘so why waste time and energy on the harvest?’