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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 3

By Joy Martin Episode Three: Can you train a horse to kill? To find out, I asked a circus trainer.  ‘Yes,’ he said. ‘It’s possible,’ and then he told me how to do it. In A WRONG TO SWEETEN and its sequel A HERITAGE OF WRONG the groom, Tim-Pat, shows off these skills to Dermot…
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Richard Blake’s 5 Recommended Roman Historical Novels

Without sneering at it, I have no taste for military historical fiction. I will do battles in my own novels, but much prefer civilian intrigue. What I like above all, however, in historical fiction is a sense of moving in a different moral environment from our own. In all times and places, people have the…
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Laws of the Spirit

My novel Laws of the Spirit grew quite organically from my years in the legal field. Although entirely fictional, the ideas behind it were inspired by the scenes played out every day in criminal courtrooms across the country. One of the major threads of the story is that the “bad guy”—that is, the undeniably guilty…
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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 2.

Episode Two: Tip to writers: stick to what you know.   For me, it’s the houses of my Limerick childhood – dilapidated, damp and haunted.   According to official records, my grandmother’s family home, Mannister House, was demolished ‘because of problems with ghosts’.   In my great uncle’s home, Clonmacken House, where James II once sought refuge, the…
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Bloody Reckoning by Rafe McGregor

While an off-duty military investigator is trying to save his ex-girlfriend from a ruthless drug baron, he learns that there is a serial killer at work in the British Army…   My first literary love is the hardboiled detective story, so it’s no surprise that my first contemporary novel is a hardboiled military mystery set…
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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love & Envy        

Ireland in the 1880s. It wasn’t all bad.   The slums of Dublin were the worst in Europe.   In the country, evicted tenants were living alongside the roads and sometimes even in the trees. But the fortunate few, some of whom were Catholics, were enjoying a similar lifestyle to their upper middle class contemporaries in England,…
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The Devil You Know

Sophia Holloway discusses the themes and inspirations behind her latest novel, The Devil You Know.   Why do you choose to write books set in the Regency period? There is a certain decadence, a confidence, within the upper echelon of society, a bit like the decade prior to the outbreak of World War I. Britain is…
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William Burton McCormick at ThrillerFest

William Burton McCormick, author of the historical novel Lenin’s Harem will be one of six members of the writers’ panel “MEDIEVEAL, VICTORIAN OR ICE AGE? Bringing History Alive” during Thrillerfest XII on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The fifty-minute discussion begins at 3:20 P.M with panel members…
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A Shape on the Air by Julia Ibbotson

Julia Ibbotson discusses the themes and inspirations behind her new book, A Shape on the Air.  Why do we experience that feeling of ‘deja vu’? How come we sometimes feel that an old house still bears the imprints of past inhabitants? I’m not talking about ‘ghosts’ or anything specific or corporeal, but what I have called…
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HRF Keating’s Undiscovered Novel

Sheila Mitchell, on behalf of the HRF Keating Estate, tell us about his newly discovered novel and the estate’s pleasure with Endeavour Ink’s plans to publish the novel for the first time.  Endeavour will always be associated with intrepid Arctic exploration and maverick Oxford cops but now the publishing house of that name is also…
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