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Website to watch: HISTORICAL TAPESTRY


Historical Tapestry is composed of a group of readers who love historical fiction, and are actively engaged in helping historical novelists promote their books. Though they reserve the right to refuse requests for reviews, they do review historical novels, offer guest posts on their blogs, do interviews and host giveaways. Authors wishing to write a guest post can either write about the books they love to read (in the Books of a Lifetime column) or they can talk about what they love (in the Why I Love column), be it fictional personages, historical time-periods, locations or books.

The best recommendation I can give for my site is that I had a terrible time dragging myself away from it while I was trying to complete this blog. This is a real find for authors, as not only do you have help in promoting your book, but you have the pleasure of sharing the stage with such luminaries as Elizabeth Chadwick and C. W. Gortner.

–Cynthia Haggard writes historical novels.  She has two completed manuscripts that will be published in the coming year. THWARTED QUEEN  is a portrait of a woman trapped by power, a marriage undone by betrayal, and a King brought down by fear.FAMILY SPLINTERS is  a novel about identity, forbidden love and family secrets. For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories. (c) 2011. All rights reserved.

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Historical Novel Blogs

When I rummaged around the internet recently, looking for interesting blogs, I came upon three.

History and Women is a quirky blog full of odd tidbits about women’s history with wonderful photographs used as illustration.  It is run by Mirella Patzer, Nan Hawthorne and Greta Marlow.  I do not know Greta Marlow, but Mirella Patzer and Nan Hawthorne are regular contributors to discussion on the Historical Novel Society’s listserv.

Historical Romance UK is full of news about new historical novels, including one that features Margaret Dashwood, the youngest sister in Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility. The only problem with this blog is that you have to do a lot of scrolling, as the “excerpts” are really extremely long…. I mean thousands of words long.  Good for a cold winter night when you have nothing better to do and there is only rubbish to watch on the telly.

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Reading the Past offers pithy book reviews (one paragraph long) of various historical novels that are on Sarah Johnson’s bookshelf. To judge from the quantity of her reviews, Sarah is a voracious reader, and her website is a treat for those of us who like to find not-so-well-known gems of historical novels.

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