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In 2019 I decided that I wanted to develop my writing in two parallel directions. The underlying desire was to continue writing my 'pure' historical novels about the Anglo-Saxon period but at the same time link that period to the twenty-first century. My first venture in that respect was Angenga, which has enjoyed excellent reviews. Encouraged, I launched into my concept of a paranormal investigator, Jake Conley. Happily, my first book Elfrid's Hole has been released by New Chapter Publishers. I'd describe it as an Anglo-Saxon ghost story. The publishers have put Book 2 Red Horse Vale on pre-publication sale (publicaion January 2020) and are scheduling Book 3 Memory of a Falcon for future publication, whilst I'm happily working on Book 4. Jake Conley and I are by now inseparable friends. But I'm also working on a straight historical novel about Earl Godwine - the fadscinating father of King Harold who died in the Battle of Hastings.
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Saints and Sinners
Saints and Sinners is in e-bookand paperback version – I would like to give my readers a little background to the book, hopefully without spoilers. The idea arose from my desire to write a book about the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Lindsey, my home county being Lincolnshire. Unfortunately, facts are few and far between about this marsh-infested region in the Dark Ages. In fact, its history couldn’t be ‘darker’ although the archaeological finds at Little Carlton of recent times (partial subject of my work in progress – my eighth Anglo-Saxon novel) are giving a deeper insight into the area’s history. one bright light in the Anglo-Saxon history of Lindsey was Saint Guthlac – co-protagonist of Saints and Sinners and founder of Crowland Abbey. If you would like to find out more about this remarkable man please see this You Tube video:
remarkable that a loose-living, bloodthirsty nobleman-warrior should become a saint! as for his friend and companion Aethelbald, well, he just made do by continuing in his dubious ways and becoming King. So you see, these erstwhile friends took very separate ways to the undoubted immortality of their memory. I hope you will grab a copy of Saints and sinners after its release by Endeavour Media of London on NOVEMBER 23 2018.