Chapter One ‘Of all the pirates I’ve heard and seen The basest and the bloodiest is Captain Green’ *** My Country men who do intend on Pirrating to go, Be sure what e’re ye may pretend The certain end is wo, I know’t to sad Experience .The better may I tell, I thought my self … More Pre-release sneak peek of ‘Revenge: England and Scotland, rivalry and retribution’.
It’s 1705 and Scotland is on its knees. For years, the country’s Company of Scotland has been denied access to the profitable trade routes to the East Indies by the rival English East India Company. Piracy is rife across the ocean trade routes, the slave trade is at its height, England is keen to avoid … More The most ignominious act of treachery in Scottish history.
March is Women’s History Month, and as a writer of historical fiction – stories that feature strong women – I can’t let it pass unmentioned. You might ask why women should have a month dedicated to their history; after all, everyone’s history is important if we’re to understand our present, but I shall attempt to … More Women’s History Month
As writers, we are encouraged not to use cliches, but these phrases started out somewhere in the dim and distant past and had a real meaning, so as a writer of historical fiction, I ask myself ‘was it a cliche at the time about which I am writing?’, and perhaps more importantly, will the reader … More When is a cliche not a cliche?
It all began when I saw a TV report about the Black Country Living Museum and the women chainmaker’s strike of 1910, when they fought the chain masters for a living wage and paved the way for a National Minimum Wage – the phrase The White Slaves of England piqued my interest. That children from … More The trilogy I didn’t intend to write.
Treat yourself, ladies. You deserve it. Fancy a binge read? Love a love story? Here are some for you at bargain prices. Take a look at http://mybook.to/FTCGtrilogy the series page to immerse yourself in Jem and Ella’s epic tale which is set in England and Australia in the 1840s. When Jem is transported, Ella determines … More It’s Mothers’ Day in USA.
Holocaust Memorial Day marks the liberation, on January 27th 1945, of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death camp in Poland, by the Russian 60th Army. While most people have heard of Auschwitz and the horror perpetrated there, many would reasonably believe that liberation put an end to the inmates suffering, that they were rescued and returned to … More The March of Death – Holocaust Memorial Day
It’s impossible, when researching a woman’s role in historical fiction, not to be appalled by the inequalities, abuse, and lack of rights women suffered in previous centuries. It’s equally impossible not to be inspired by those women who fought for what we take for granted today – the right to an education, to own property, … More Strong women – woman power!
The Chainmakers’ Daughter is a finalist in the historical fiction genre of the Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards 2020. Here’s Rosie, sporting her shiny new badge. Better still, the sequel, The Chainmaker’s Wife, which follows Rosie and Jack’s fortunes and misfortunes through strikes, suffrage protests, and the Great War will be released … More Thrilled to announce…
As Remembrance Days go, 2020 is a bit strange. The purpose of the day, however, hasn’t changed. In fact, this year, as we struggle with the restrictions and uncertainties placed on us by the global war against Covid-19, it’s even more relevant to reflect on the fears and uncertainties thrust on people by two world … More Last Day to get this Free for Armistice 2020