Karen Maitland Endorsement — Sinful Folk

    What a New Year’s gift! I just received the following note from bestselling author Karen Maitland (author of The Owl Killers & Company of Liars).   Wow… this might really happen, my friends!   If you do need a quote from me for readers, which I am sure you don’t given the excellent endorsements you already have and which the novel richly deserves perhaps you could use the following   “An exquisitely written historical thriller that chillingly evokes the fear and cruelty of medieval England in the dark years after the Black Death. Told by a brave and charismatic narrator who will twist your heart-strings with her story from the first page to final startling revelation. An amazing novel based on a truly fascinating,...

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Reading and Writing in the Winter

   I’m reviewing some of my favorite wintertide comfort books for the holidays…. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper was one of my childhood pleasures in reading fantasy. It was dark, horrific, enthralling and otherworldly. Also, very English, which is what Christmas time should be, in my heart of hearts. What’s most interesting about the The Dark is Rising is that as I’ve re-read it as an adult, the glory of what Cooper accomplished here grows. It is fundamentally a fantasy novel about a boy who discovers that he is a reincarnated “Old One” and that he has a role to play in a centuries-long battle between the Light and the Dark. Ok, so far so good…. and in the hands of a lesser writer, this would be a trite piece of...

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Marvel 1602 — Gaiman’s masterwork in superhero time travel

(got this for Christmas) (a couple spoilers inline here) Neil Gaiman’s Marvel 1602 re-creates the Marvel universe as it might have been if it wasn’t born in 1950s America, but instead in Elizabethan England. I found 1602 to embody all the pleasurable characteristics of a good graphic novel — as Gaiman writes in his afterward, it was designed to be the perfect “comic book” to read on a long summer day, and really lose yourself in an alternate world. I’m a big Dr. Strange fan, and it was also nice to see his occultic powers front and center in the story — featured alongside Nick Fury, as only Gaiman could do him justice. One of the greatest pleasures of the book is that uncanny and exciting moment of recognition when you...

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New Historical Novel: Pre-Order for 2014

“Suspenseful, page-turning mystery of a mother pursuing the truth…” “Riveting tale by a master storyteller.”    Now SINFUL FOLK is available for pre-order in Print and E-book! Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sinful-folk-ned-hayes/1117673414?ean=9780985239305 Amazon (Print & Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/Sinful-Folk-Novel-Middle-Ages/dp/0985239301/ Nook (B&N): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sinful-folk-ned-hayes/1117652759?ean=2940148998839  Elliot Bay Bookstore: http://www.elliottbaybook.com/ebook/9780985239312  Itasca Books (In Print – for all your Indie Book needs): http://www.itascabooks.com/sinful-folk.html Please like &...

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Endorsement of forthcoming novel SINFUL FOLK by Ella March Chase

   Endorsement of forthcoming novel SINFUL FOLK by Ella March Chase: “Brilliant, insightful, unflinching and wise. Master storyteller Ned Hayes has created a fascinating tale of a woman who finds her voice in a brutal world determined to silence her. Mear’s quest on behalf of her child will capture your heart. She demands truth after an unspeakable loss. She wins justice for innocents. Her courageous choices in the face of evil will offer redemption, even to those dismissed as Sinful Folk. This spellbinding mystery will keep readers turning pages until the last sentence. Remarkable.”   –Ella March Chase, bestselling author of The Virgin Queen’s Daughter and Three Maids for a Crown Please like &...

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