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The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham by Tony Riches

I spent two years researching the tumultuous life of Lady Eleanor Cobham, Duchess of Gloucester. There are many accounts which sensationalise the events of her imprisonment and state important details incorrectly, most notably that Eleanor died at Peel Castle. It is well documented that her final two years were spent in peace and prayer at…
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Jack and Jill Went Downhill by R J Gould

I write ‘Romance’. In case you haven’t noticed, there aren’t that many males writing (nor for that matter, reading) this genre. I didn’t set out to be a romantic fiction author, I just got placed there because I explore relationships, particularly second-chance ones. I use humour to describe my protagonists’ tragi-heroic journeys in search of…
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Russian Magic: A Journey to Seek the Soul of Russia, by Cherry Gilchrist

If I choose just one key symbol from the rich panoply of Russian myth, it is the Firebird. She is the magical bird of light and inspiration. The Firebird appears in a blaze of light in fairy tales, appearing from the darkness of night to dazzle the human world. Not only is the Firebird a…
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Munich 10 by Lewis Orde

I enjoy reading two kinds of novels in particular: family sagas and thrillers. Ergo, when I began writing books in the late 1970s, I chose as my field – you guessed it – family sagas and thrillers. Admittedly, the sagas far outnumber the thrillers (eight to four, I think, at the last count) but each…
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Who Ordered the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand? by Alan Bardos

There are two basic schools of thought about the origins of the plot to assassinate Franz Ferdinand. The first is that it was ordered by Colonel ‘Apis’ Dimitrijevic, the head of Serbian Intelligence, to stop Austro-Hungarian interference in the Balkans and allow Serbian expansion. The assassination was organised by his deputy Major Vojislav Tankosic; who…
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On Writing Savage by Tim Madge

My novels derive from any number of sources. The genesis of Savage was my pondering over a simple question: what would be the outcome for a man, in the wilderness with two female companions, realising that they wanted him dead? That was the easy part. How to get him to that point became the genesis…
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A Russet Coated Captain by Oliver Woodman

Building a military force and at war against the established order, Oliver Cromwell was aware that his best human material was not the high status noblesse, customarily bred to be skilled in arms, but men of more humble birth, in plainer clothes. Contrasting his own choice of Officers to those made on traditional grounds of breeding, he…
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Was the Assassination of Franz Ferdinand a Failure of Intelligence or a Result of Ambition? by Alan Bardos

Bosnia and Herzegovina was a hotly disputed territory in 1914. It had been annexed by the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in 1910 from the crumbling Ottoman Empire, but was also claimed by neighbouring Serbia and had a growing nationalist movement that wanted it to be part of a South Slav state. The decision to send the crown…
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Dangerous Revelations by Susan Bacoyanis

When I began writing my Linked Series of psychological thrillers, I decided they should link together in unusual ways. Gilda is the focus of my third book, Dangerous Revelations. As the title suggests, her revelations invite danger as she strives to publish damaging information about the Mafia and personal events endangering her own life and…
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The Happy Ever After by Betty Maura-Cooper

The very first piece of writing I had published was in the school magazine. It was a poem about the Royal Wedding – the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip that is, which tells you how long ago it was. During my childhood I was determined to become a journalist, as English was the…
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