‘The Earl in Black Armor’ is a Master Class in Irish History [REVIEW]

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Two spies fight to save their way of life in Nancy Blanton’s The Earl in Black Armor. (Photo by Canva)

Star-crossed lovers. Secret spies. An enigmatic man with a treacherous agenda. History and intrigue collide across the lush Irish landscape in Nancy Blanton’s brilliant new historical novel, The Earl in Black Armor.  Read more of this post

Escape to ‘The Summer Country’ in Lauren Willig’s Epic New Novel [REVIEW]

An exotic locale holds the key to an English woman’s future in The Summer Country. (Photo by Canva)

A vicar’s daughter. A surprise inheritance. Hidden family secrets. When one young woman gets the chance to forge her own destiny, will she be able to defy convention and build a life in an exotic land? Find out in Lauren Willig’s intoxicating new novel, The Summer Country.

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Seven Questions with Author Samantha Grosser [INTERVIEW]

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Besotted with Shakespeare since childhood, writing about the world’s most famous bard comes naturally for novelist Samantha Grosser. (Photo courtesy Samantha Grosser, Facebook)

After writing several period pieces surrounding World War II and the translation of the King James Bible, novelist Samantha Grosser turns her attention to England’s most infamous playwright, William Shakespeare. In her latest novel, she crafts a story around the play Macbeth and the raffish world within the Globe Theater. In this exclusive interview, I am delighted to discover that Sam is as fascinating as her subject matter. —JRW Read more of this post

‘The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl’ [EXCERPT]

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An adventurer and a writer learn a lesson in love in Victoria Alexander’s third Lady Travelers novel. (Photo by Ylanite Koppens on Pexels.com)

You could call me a sucker for romantic comedy. I know, I know, it’s not the manliest thing to admit to, but there it is. And few writers can knock it out of the park like Victoria Alexander. She has a knack for throwing men and women together who are looking for anything but love, pitting them against a wild adventure, and spinning hilarious banter between everyone involved. The result is comic genius along the lines of Romancing the Stone, except placed in a historical setting. Read the following excerpt from Alexander’s latest novel, The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl, and you’ll see what I mean. Enjoy! —J.R. 
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Some Friendships Are Stronger Than War, Just Ask ‘Bess and Frima’ [REVIEW]

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Theirs is a friendship that would endure politics, marriage, and even war. (Photo courtesy Julie Metz)

Two girls on the cusp of womanhood. Two lives irrevocably intertwined. In the face of World War II, each must make decisions that will shape their destinies and alter the course of their lives forever. But which dreams will they pursue and will fate ultimately tear them apart? Find out in Alice Rosenthal’s new historical novel, Bess and Frima, a coming-of-age story about friendship, family, and daring to be different. Read more of this post