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The Royle Deception

By Gerry Sammon As a debut novel, I am amazingly proud of The Royle Deception, my action thriller newly published by Endeavour. It’s a work of fiction, based on various historical facts and events, although the conclusions are entirely mine. Reading it, I don’t know anyone who would imagine it had taken around twenty years…
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Horses of the Middle Ages

By LJ Shea When I began the research for my medieval mystery novel, The Ravens’ Augury, it was inevitable that companion animals would feature significantly in the storyline. I have loved animals for as long as I can remember. When I first envisaged Faucher, the imposing yet gentle black horse ridden by the protagonist Wat…
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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 6

In the background of ‘Ulick’s Daughter’ stands the small, misshapen figure of her father’s heir – Hubert George de Burgh-Canning, the 15th Earl of Clanricarde. Born in Russia, Hubert  grew up in the shadow of his elder brother, Lord Dunkellin, Ulick Canning de Burgh.   Doted on by his father, the younger Ulick had a distinguished…
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Five Parks, by Ross McGuinness

‘Keep writing…’ It’s the only instruction given to Suzanne, my novel’s protagonist, by her mystery captor, but it’s also the mantra that swirled around my head until I’d finished Five Parks. As a debut author, it’s tempting to see the attraction of being locked alone in a dark room with only the light of a…
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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 5

By Joy Martin Ulick de Burgh, the 14th Earl of Clanricarde in County Galway, had a second title and, as Baron Somerhill, an automatic seat in the British House of Lords in the early 19th century.   His marriage to the Honourable Harriet Canning, daughter of the British Prime Minister, George Canning, added to his prestige,…
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Susan E. Willis gets caught up in the suspense of her new novel, The Girl In The Dark

Following its launch last week, Susan E. Willis talks about creating suspense in her new novel… The Girl In The Dark, is my first novel in contemporary romantic suspense and I’ve loved writing this story which is set in Durham City. The storyline is not a who done it thriller but, a psychological page-turner. I…
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How I Wrote My First Novel, ‘Blood Will Be Born’

By Gary Donnelly Part 1: ‘GONE FISHING’ For me, stories begin with images more often than not. Sometimes they’re grainy, but more often visceral and clear. Blood Will Be Born started in this way and was written on and off between 2014 and 2016. But the vision that fathered the novel can be found further…
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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 4

By Joy Martin In A WRONG TO SWEETEN and its sequel, A HERITAGE OF WRONG, the life of Milliora O’Brien is undermined by murder.   Yet she feels more threatened by the customs and beliefs of the countryside than by human fear and hatred. She is a woman from the town.   When nine figures wearing straw…
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Outrageous Behaviour

By Graham Brack You can blame ice hockey. There isn’t any where I live in Cornwall, so when my wife and I booked a winter break in Prague, we made a deal. I’d go with her to the ballet, if she would come with me to the ice hockey. So, one afternoon we took the…
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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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