Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Rebel PuritAn: Resurrecting Pettaquamscutt ~ Author Jo Ann Butler

If you love novels about the puritans and the New World colonists then you'll love Jo Ann Butler's Rebel PuritAn series!

Rebel PuritAn: Resurrecting Pettaquamscutt:

As I work on The Golden Shore , the final volume in my Rebel Puritan trilogy, my focus is shifting from Herodias Long) Gardner’s home in Newport, Rhode Island to the western shore of Narragansett Bay. That was New England’s frontier in the 1650’s. The Narragansetts, Niantics, and Nipmucs still controlled western Rhode Island. Beyond them lay Mohegan and Abenaki territory. Still further off were the Mohawks, both respected and feared for their warlike nature.

The view from Pettaquamscutt Rock
Pettaquamscutt Rock was a notable landmark on the western side of Narragansett Bay for Native Americans. The name is loosely translated as ‘the round rock,’ and is well deserved. A bald knob of gray granite, studded with quartz and feldspar crystals, crowns a ridge which towers nearly 200’ above the Narrow River.

Narragansett country
That waterway was known as the Pettaquamscutt River in 1638, when William Coddington and Roger Williams met below the Rock with Canonicus and Miantonomi. The chief Narragansett sachems signed a deed giving Aquidneck Island to the Englishmen, in trade for forty-five fathoms of white wampum, twenty hoes, and ten coats. Considering that Aquidneck Island is now known as Rhode Island, and the finest mansions in Newport are found there, the English settlers got a bargain.....

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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

One Lovely Blog Award!



I was nominated by fellow writer Judith Arnopp for the One Lovely Blog Award.
The award recognizes newer or up-and-coming bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a “lovely” manner, giving them recognition and helping them reach more viewers.
In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines. I have these guidelines listed below.

The Rules for accepting the Award(s):

    1. Thank and link back to the awesome person who nominated you.
    2. Add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post and/or blog.
    3. Share 7 things about yourself.
    4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on their blogs to let them know.

So, first, thank you Judith Arnopp for this wonderful compliment and opportunity. I love your blog and am sure others will too. 

Now then, seven things about me....

1) I am a 1/2th scale dolls' house miniaturist. What's one of those, I hear you cry!
I am a collector, maker, doer, crafter, painter, fixer, sculptor, etc. of all things to do with the wonderful hobby of doll's houses.

(This is not a photo of my house, this is from Janet Granger, showing her fabulous 1/12th scale needlepoint. )

2) One of the most wonderful things I've ever seen, which I am certain sparked my miniaturist hobby is going to Windsor Castle and seeing Queen Mary's own dolls' house. I remember as a child I was particularly surprised to see the King and Queen had separate bedrooms! ;-)

3) I once played the caterpillar in our school production of Alice in Wonderland. The costume was incredibly uncomfortable and I could hardly walk. I needed help to get up onto the toadstool! I didn't smoke any drugs! ;-) 

4) When I was in the Brownies (Yes, I was a Brownie, so this once counts as two facts, right?), we had a fancy dress party and costume competition. My dad spent ages in the garage making my costume. I went as a Rubix Cube and WON!

5) I am addicted to Marmite. I sometimes cannot help myself. The best thing to do is to avoid buying bread so I can't make toast...which is almost impossible, isn't it?

6) My first car was a silver Mazda 323 saloon. It was the best car I ever had. I wish I still have it even though I love my Toyota! (There, two more facts in one ;-) ) This photo looks EXACTLY like mine, except it isn't, mine was actually a C registration, so it was newer than this Y reg. 

7) I am currently putting the finishing touches to my sixth novel - Wickham, which is the third novel in my Pride & Prejudice Continues series. It's available for pre-order here.

And finally, 15 bloggers and their blogs that deserve the same kind of recognition.

Ginger Myrick, historical fiction author. 
Sharon Lathan, author making happily ever after come true.
Lauren Royal, Author, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of ten historical romance novels.
Christina Jones, award-winning writer of romantic comedy novels.
Francine Howarth, author of historical fiction novels and novellas. 
Linda Boulanger, wonderful cover artist and novelist.
Miranda Stork,  author, unicorn breeder, and lover of the paranormal.
Erin Davies, late night, under the covers with a flashlight book reviewer. 
Catherine DePasquale, author of contemporary catholic fiction.
Kelli Rae Kampe, author, historian, mom.
Elizabeth Bailey, author and tip-giver.
D. W. Wilkin, small publisher and historical fiction author.
Amy Rose Bennet, historical romance author.
Maria Grace, historical fiction author and historian.
Mary Middleton, romance writer.

I hope  you enjoy these wonderful  blogs as much as I do.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Cover Reveal - Wickham!

I am so happy to announce that not only is the pre-order for Wickham up and running through Amazon, but that we have a super, wonderful cover too!
Isn't it great?
I love the three characters on the front.  Can you guess who they are? ;-)
Pre-order now and your kindle version will be sent to you on the day of release! 
(1st December)
Book 3 of my award-winning, best-selling Pride & Prejudice Continues series - WICKHAM
Wickham believes life is cruel to him until he comes face-to-face with an irresistible pair of dark brown glinting eyes and falls in love.
He is bored with his wife, Lydia, and his lot in life. She drives him as mad as a hornet’s nest, and he does not give her the attention and respect she demands.
They both yearn for change.
When Wickham leaves England to fight against Napoléon’s army in France, they both get their chance.
However, what they want is dangerous, foolhardy, and could wind up killing Wickham and ruining Lydia’s reputation forever.
Lydia’s wicked neglect of their infant son in favour of her own desires and need for attention could lead her into very hot water.
Wickham’s desire for the Frenchwoman he yearns for could be his complete undoing.