Bestselling writer Kathryn Le Veque recommends SINFUL FOLK

Sinful Folk is a work of art. I found the story fascinating, approachable, and powerful. Miriam’s story is a raw and brutal and passionate tale, but her story touches the reader because it’s a timeless story – the struggles of parents, and of justice for their children. She makes it all very human regardless of the time period, and it’s a wonderful portrayal of medieval life.   Like Ken Follett or Bernard Cornwell, author Ned Hayes takes you into the Middle Ages so vividly that it’s difficult to put the story down. The novel is truly a work of artistic literature and one I highly recommend.   Brilliant — 5 out of 5 stars.   Read her full review here >>  Please like &...

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New Book Endorsement: Brenda Vantrease (Bestselling Author of THE ILLUMINATOR)

  I’m excited to announce that Brenda Vantrease, National Bestselling Author of The Illuminator and The Mercy Seller, just endorsed my forthcoming novel Sinful Folk . Here’s what Brenda Vantrease said: A pilgrim tale worthy of Chaucer, evocative,compelling and peopled with unforgettable characters artfully delivered by a master storyteller. Be warned: Dress warmly before beginning this perilous journey across a winter-blasted, medieval landscape of fire and ice. Your heart will shiver and not just from the cold. “I really, really enjoyed reading your excellent novel, Sinful Folk. I wish you much success with this wonderful book. I hope it finds the audience it deserves.” Thanks, Brenda!   Please like &...

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Review: Mistress of the Art of Death

Ariana Franklin is the master of historical suspense, and I love what she did inMISTRESS OF THE ART OF DEATH. My favorite part of the book is her mock-Chaucerian beginning, where she quickly sketches the different characters who are approaching Cambridge after their Canterbury pilgrimage, and shows a fine eye for detail, humor, and human insight.   Her protagonist — the inimitable and forthright Adelia — is an unusual character for a medieval novel, as she is a very intelligent, independent and free-going woman who is not allied with any particular church sect, any religious belief (she’s very modern in her agnosticism), or any racial or cultural identity (ie. raised Jewish/Christian, but not tied firmly to either one).   She is...

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Bill Cheng: A mad genius, possessed by the spirit of the Delta Blues

What an amazing writer Bill Cheng is — I love the way he has created a new story that is vibrant, alive, and profoundly real, yet is grounded in the strong legacy of Southern American literature.   Cheng writes like a mad genius, possessed by the spirit of the Delta Blues. In his tale of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, Cheng not only mirrors the style and voice of classic Southern writers like Cormac McCarthy, William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor, he creates his own certain and precise vernacular. A marvelous writer — a great story — and I am definitely looking forward to his next book.   (Just a side note — I love that Cheng is also proving that you don’t have to BE a particular race, color, origin or gender...

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The Ritual – A Post on Clarity and Perspective

(written as a participant in the Rainier Writing Workshop) The Ritual Adam Nevill          The Ritual by Adam Nevill is an astonishingly well-written contemporary horror novel. Good fiction always starts from the premise of “what if,” and good horror always takes that question to a darker level. What’s interesting about The Ritual is that it is so well grounded in a very basic terror – that of being lost in a dark forest – that by the time slightly more supernatural elements emerge, the reader is fully enmeshed the characters’ problems, because the forest environment is so well described and so visceral. In the small careful nuances and descriptions in his story, Nevill makes you believe utterly what is happening to his characters — both in their inner...

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