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July Fireworks

July Fireworks

July began with a bit of a bang for me. On the 3rd of July I was lucky enough to be given a review for Isabella of Angouleme, The Tangled Queen, Part 2 on Helen Hollick’s site, Discovering Diamonds. https://discoveringdiamonds.blogspot.com/ Her...

Book Covers and Why They Matter

Book Covers and Why They Matter

You can’t judge a book by its cover You can’t judge a book by its cover is something we have all heard said. A phrase that has the meaning that very often an outward appearance does not give the true picture of a person, telling you not to be...

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries This month I went to London and saw these splendid galleries, up high in the triforium of Westminster Abbey. You cross Poets’ Corner and there is a new tower installed into the tight space of Poets’ Corner...

Writers and Cats

Writers and Cats

Colette the French writer, the author of Gigi, very much liked cats. As she said, ‘There are no ordinary cats.’ And indeed there are not, and we may find as Colette did, that ‘My cat does not talk as respectfully to me as I do to her.’  One...

Sibling Rivalry – Medieval Period

Here is something that gives factual background to Isabella Of Angouleme: The Tangled Queen. It explains the rivalry that existed and how slowly the relationship changed after centuries of war. It was a delight to write and be back in the 13th...