THE LAST KING: Seven Questions for M.J. Porter [INTERVIEW]

Viking sword and armor
They may have been violent, but M.J. Porter shows that the Vikings weren’t what you may expect. (Photo courtesy Canva)

I love a great historical novel, particularly if it is equally immersive and winds up teaching me something new. M.J. Porter’s The Last King does just that. It transports us back to a part of early English history you may not be that familiar with, when Viking violence spread throughout the land. And while reading this story fueled my imagination, it also brought up some burning questions. We hope you enjoy this exclusive interview with the author. —J&H

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A KNIGHT AND A SPY 1410: Nine Questions for Simon Fairfax [INTERVIEW]

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Simon Fairfax embellishes history in A Knight and a Spy 1410. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Intrepid spies, valiant knights, and the fair maidens who win their hearts. There are good reasons we romanticize the Medieval period and are captivated by its pageantry. Somehow, even now, the legends of iconic royals tease our imaginations and lure us back to their own era, centuries before any of us ever walked the Earth. It takes a deft writer to capture these stories on paper, to resurrect faded characters and bring old world history to vivid life. Yet that is exactly what author Simon Fairfax has done with his new series and its debut novel, A Knight and a Spy 1410. That’s why we were delighted to catch up with Simon and learn some of the stories behind the story in this insightful interview. Enjoy! —J&H

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Justin Newland Rewrites History in ‘The Coronation’ [BOOK BLAST]

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Did an eagle change the course of history? (Photo courtesy Canva)

There are some authors who deposit their characters in the midst of history, showing how their lives parallel historic events. Then there are authors like Justin Newland who bend history to their will and use fantastic elements to show us what could have been. If you enjoy the latter, you won’t want to miss The Coronation, a tale about war, fortune, and family honor. Enjoy!—J&H

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Mitchell James Kaplan’s ‘Into the Unbounded Night’ Transports Readers to Ancient Rome [BOOK BLAST]

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(Photo courtesy Regal House Publishing)

We love a big, juicy, historical saga, particularly when it brings a particular time period to vivid life like few have before. That’s the case with Mitchell James Kaplan’s Into the Unbounded Night, a novel that has been praised as “brilliant” (Burton Book Review), “haunting” (Wayward Reader), and as “an outstanding piece that… creates a compelling, realistic story hard to put down” (Midwest Book Review). We hope you try this engrossing tale of first century Rome. Be sure to let us know what you think! —J&H

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HIS CASTILIAN HAWK: Seven Questions for Anna Belfrage [INTERVIEW]

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In His Castilian Hawk, a man must choose between duty and love. (Photo courtesy Canva)

There is something about the medieval era that captures our imaginations like few time periods in history do. Mythic in scope, it is little wonder we are swept away on the tides of these tales filled with vengeful royals, epic battles, and sweeping romance. Anna Belfrage writes these sagas better than most, and her latest, His Castilian Hawk, is the first of a brand new series. We hope you enjoy this exclusive interview with the author! —Jathan & Heather

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