Sinful Folk: Amazon Best-Seller on BookBub sale today!

Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me on this writing journey through the 17 revisions that created the new historical novel Sinful Folk.  I’m happy to tell that Sinful Folk is NOW a breakthrough best-seller on Amazon’s historical fiction, and historical mysteries and historical literary fiction lists! Right now, it’s #1 on the Historical Mystery list and #2 on the Mystery > Historical lists! Thank you to all my early readers! As a thank-you, I wanted to let you know that the price has been reduced temporarily by my publisher to $1.99 via a special BookBub promotion. Here’s the BookBub page to get the special price. And thanks again! Please like &...

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“Stunning, Suspenseful, Riveting” — Review

Wonderful 5 star review from Lori Zalewski on her book review site “Lusty Penguin.”   “Sinful Folk is a stunning, suspenseful, and a thoroughly gripping story of historical fiction by Ned Hayes. The author effectively uses actual historical events and masterfully creates a page-turning and emotion-filled journey told through the eyes of the protagonist, Mear. Along with vivid details of the time period, Hayes’s brilliant and rich narrative evokes the atmosphere, people, and history of the Middle Ages, fully immersing the reader in this story.”   “An emotional quest for justice with a downright amazing and memorable protagonist make Sinful Folk a riveting story that will haunt you long after reading the last word.”...

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Moral Gravity and Pleasure – A Post on “Comfortable” Writing

  (written as a participant in the Rainier Writing Workshop)   DIFFERENT SEASONS Stephen King   Over the holiday break this year, I picked up a book that’s been on my shelf for a long time. This was Different Seasons by Stephen King. This book is a collection of four novellas, and was his first publication that reached outside of the horror genre. The book includes the novellas Apt Pupil, The Body, The Shawshank Redemption and The Breathing Method (I had only read Shawshank Redemption before I picked up this book). I began reading the book purely for pleasure, and then I began asking myself about why precisely this book was pleasurable to me as a reader. This paper is about a few of the specific pleasures that I found King brings to a reader. I’m...

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REVIEW: “A Gift for Storytelling”

A review from I Buried My Nose in a Good Book About one chapter into **Sinful Folk** by *Ned Hayes* I came to the conclusion that it’s a darn good thing I wasn’t born and reared in 1377. I’m pretty sure that before someone could say, “Where’s the marshmallows?” I would have been burned at the stake as a witch. That seemed to be the fate of many during that time period. Never mind guilt nor innocence. That had nothing whatsoever to do with it. And if they couldn’t get you for being a witch, they’d settle for labeling you a Jew which ranked somewhere lower than mere peasants and higher than absolutely nothing. It was a scary time in which only the strong and clever survived, and that is what made this book so good. I...

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Sinful Folk — my new novel featured in Huffington Post Books

The wonderful writer Jeb Harrison just posted a great little blurb / preview of SINFUL FOLK, my new novel  in the Huffington Post Book section!      Here it is!     Tales of Hard Winters Long Ago   The writer Richard Adams, in Watership Down, said that “Many human beings say that they enjoy the winter, but what they really enjoy is feeling proof against it.” Proof in the crackle and pop of burning logs in the fireplace, a cozy blanket, thick wool socks and furry earmuffs, a full length wool overcoat and a long cashmere scarf; proof as you might feel in a soft leather onesie lined in sheep’s wool with UGG inscribed on the bottom; proof in the form of a steaming mug of creamy cocoa and a book where the characters are freezing their...

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