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Misfortune of Song is on pre-order!

Misfortune of Song, book five in The Druid’s Brooch Series, is now on pre-order, as of today! Release date is set for April 4, 2018.   Even a soldier cannot fight young love.   In 12th century Ireland, all Maelan

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Brigid’s Day

Flashes of reluctant color pepper her white veil A long, somnolent stretch Heralds the coming of spring’s life The crack of an icicle, The tentative chirp of a sparrow Slush and crunch and drip Is music to my ears.  

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Sally Wilde | A blog about writing medieval crime fiction

Source: Sally Wilde | A blog about writing medieval crime fiction

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Read me, I’m Scottish! Robert Burns Day Sale!

The lovely folks at Tirgearr Publishing are having a sale in honor of Robert Burns Day, January 25th!   For that day, several Scotland-related titles will be on sale, including my own Scotland guide. for just $2.99, down from the

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Irish-American Witchcraft: Winter Court Wisdom

We are moving into what is usually the coldest part of winter in my area, and I find myself contemplating the wisdom I have learned from the darker Fey. Source: Irish-American Witchcraft: Winter Court Wisdom

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Release Day for Misfortune of Vision!

Today is release day for Misfortune of Vision by Christy Nicholas Book #4 in The Druid’s Brooch Series Historical fantasy set in 12th century Ireland ~ Prophecy can be dangerous ~ In 12th century Ireland, Orlagh has been Seer to

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Happy Solstice!

Ah, December. The ringing of jingle bells until you want to smash the little buggers whenever they appear, the mad dash for holiday gifts, the dreaded anticipation of hordes of relatives appearing at your doorstep. And yet, it is a

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10 Beautiful Images from the Book of Kells – Medievalists.net

The Book of Kells is thought to be the work of a number of unknown genius-artists living in the monastery of Iona around the year 800. Source: 10 Beautiful Images from the Book of Kells – Medievalists.net

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Lady of the Two Lands by Elizabeth Delisi

Lady of the Two Lands by Elizabeth Delisi One minute, Hattie Williams is in a museum, sketching a gold necklace that belonged to Hatshepsut, first female Pharaoh of Egypt; and the next, she’s lying in a room too archaic to

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22 Celtic Winter Solstice Customs & Traditions

Fáilte ort féin, a ghrian nan tráth, ‘S tu siubhal ard nan speur; Do cheumaibh treun air sgéith nan ard, ‘S tu máthair áigh nan reul. Thu laighe síos an cuan na díth Gun díobhail is […] Source: 22 Celtic

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The History Girls: IF IT’S CHRISTMAS IT MUST BE CHINON… the festive season itinerary for Henry II

Source: The History Girls: IF IT’S CHRISTMAS IT MUST BE CHINON… the festive season itinerary for Henry II

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Why Are There Carvings of Women Flashing Their Genitals on Churches Across Europe? | Ancient Origins

The last place one would expect to see an image of a woman flashing her genitals is a church wall, but across Europe, most notably Ireland and Britain, there are dozens of them. Most are old women demonstrating rather exaggerated

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“Cunning Folk”: Witchcraft, Healing and Superstition | Pen and Pension

“Cunning Folk”: Witchcraft, Healing and SuperstitionPosted on November 29, 2017 by William Savage“Wise Woman”(CC) MidnightblueowlIt’s easy to forget that “Cunning Folk” had been a normal part of society from the Middle Ages and continued right through until the start of the

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Unleash your inner Viking!

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2017/11/27/icelandic-portrait-studio-unleash-inner-viking/   At Gudmann Thor’s workplace in Reykjavik, clients rage towards him with a massive Viking sword. Every day.

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Editorial review for Legacy of Truth

A great new editorial review from San Francisco Review of Books!   “Richly detailed and well written, Legacy of Truth is a treat for fans of historical fiction.” “If they made history in school this interesting, everyone would pass with flying colors!”

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Misfortune of Vision is on pre-order!

Misfortune of Vision book #4 in The Druid’s Brooch Series is on pre-order! While this is book 4 in the series, each novel works as a stand-alone. This is the first book in the middle trilogy, set in 12th century

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Call of the Morrigú is a Discovered Diamond!

A lovely new 5-star review of Call of the Morrigú by Kristen McQuinn at Discovering Diamonds  … This was, simply put, a remarkably fun read. Author Christy Nicholas weaves in mythology and history smoothly throughout the narrative. Readers are given glimpses

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Misfortune of Time – first draft DONE!

I pushed hard this weekend and got my first draft of Misfortune of Time DONE!   Misfortune of Time is #6 in The Druid’s Brooch Series. Books #1-3 are published, and #4 is due out January 2018. Book #5 is

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Great new HNR review for Call of the Morrigú

A great new review by Thomas Howley of Call of the Morrigú is now live on the Historical Novel Society webpage! It’s 1798, a particularly tense time in always rebellious English-occupied Ireland. However, the troubles haven’t yet reached the country

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Being realistic in historical fiction | Alison Morton Author

An excellent article on realism in historical fiction.   My guest today is Antoine Vanner is author of the Dawlish Chronicles, naval fiction set in the 1870s and 1880s. His latest novel, Britannia’s Gamble, was published last month (October 2017). Royal

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