National Geographic’s ‘More Bad Days in History’ Will Make You Count Your Blessings [REVIEW]

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Although he may have loathed to admit it, but not even Napoleon always had a good day. (Photo courtesy Canva)

It seems like all of us have had more than our fair share of bad days ever since the pandemic began in 2020. But consider yourself fortunate, you could be the guy who skipped over recruiting Michael Jordan to your basketball team. Or you could have gone to a resort for your health only to contract festering boils on your backside. (You won’t believe who this happened to!) Then again, you could have been the royal who drowned because of a law forbidding anyone ever touching you for any reason. (Insert eye roll emoji here.) Wonder where I’m getting all these delicious little factoids? You’ll find these and many more in Michael Farquhar’s new book, More Bad Days in History: The Delightfully Dismal Day-by-Day Saga of Ignominy, Idiocy, and Incompetence Continues.

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THE CORONATION: An Interview with Justin Newland

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Justin Newland (Photo provided courtesy Justin Newland)

Russia hasn’t always been at odds with America. 260 years ago, the nation faced off with Prussia instead. Yet despite Russia’s immense power, a brave few were bold enough to stand up to them. In Justin Newland’s novel, The Coronation, you’ll encounter these unforgettable figures in a novel that blends history and philosophy in a truly unique literary experience. We hope you enjoy our interview with the author. —J&H

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

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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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THE COPPER ROAD: Seven Questions for Richard Buxton [INTERVIEW]

Richard Buxton reimagines the Civil War in his series, Shire’s Union. (Photo courtesy Canva/Ocoee Publishing/Richard Buxton)

Gone with the Wind. Gods and Generals. Cold Mountain. North and South. There is no shortage of novels about the Civil War. But few capture our imagination like Richard Buxton, one of England’s rising literary stars. With the release of the second volume in his Shire’s Union series, The Copper Road, we sit down with the author to discover why he’s so fascinated with American history and how it compares to events that are taking place today. Enjoy the interview! —J&H

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