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Initial post: 26 Oct 2011 20:01:43 BDT
Susanna says:
Catching the Eagle (Regency Reivers Series)

Hi there Historical Fiction Lovers,

I'm sorry for the shameless plug but I thought some of you may be interested to know about my debut novel, 'Catching the Eagle.'

Based on the true story of how my husband's 4 x great-grandfather was controversially convicted of Northumberland's biggest robbery in 1809, 'Catching the Eagle' is the story of a trial which devastated a family and divided a community.

I hope that you enjoy it.
Karen Charlton

Posted on 1 Jan 2012 22:24:50 GMT
`FIRE ON THE HILL' is a great read, and based on a true story

Posted on 2 Jan 2012 06:26:31 GMT
Susanna says:
I'll look out for it, Gasterbooks - sounds great. :)

Posted on 4 Jan 2012 12:48:27 GMT
Hi Karen, I'll certainly put your book on my 'to buy' list. I'm so interested because like my novel, The Harpist of Madrid, it's a novel based on fact. In my case the fact is that Juan Hidalgo was a harpist in the court of King Philip IV of Spain. He must have known Velazquez and many playwrights who also worked there. There is quite a nice review also on Amazon, if anyone is interested! Regards, Gordon

Posted on 4 Jan 2012 14:22:32 GMT
Nicola Mills says:
Delighted to see that the third Murray of Letho book has just come out! It's Service of the Heir, by Lexie Conyngham. These are seriously well-researched and dark but witty detective fiction set in Scotland in the early 1800s. The first two are in Fife (one in St. Andrews, home of golf!) but this one's moved to Edinburgh so if you like that whole Old Town New Town vibe in Ian Rankin but move it back a couple of centuries this looks good. I'm off to dive into it!

Posted on 4 Jan 2012 14:34:58 GMT
Susanna says:
Sounds like my kind of novel, Nicola. My second novel (nearly finished) is a Regency whodunnit set slightly further south in rural Northumberland.

Are the Lexie Conyngham novels based on true crimes?

Karen Charlton

Posted on 8 Jan 2012 10:16:21 GMT
Brian says:
Hello folks. Shameless plug coming up! For those of you who have enjoyed Jane Austen's novels, you may be interested to know that around the Regency period there was a much rougher and wilder world to the west of Bath, in Wales. My "Angel Mountain" novels (seven so far, and another coming soon) have now sold 65,000 copies in total, and sales of the first one, "On Angel Mountain", are now over 25,000. So somebody out there obviously enjoys them. On Angel Mountain (Vol 1 of the Angel Mountain Saga) All of the books in the series are about the life and times of Mistress Martha Morgan, a feisty, passionate and very imperfect heroine who is mistress of a small and struggling estate on the flank of a mountain called Carningli. The stories are all told in Martha's own words, in a diary format. She can't resist getting involved in all sorts of noble causes, and this leads her inevitably into deep trouble, from which her angels (her family, servants and friends) have to rescue her, over and again. Try the first volume, and see how you get on! Enjoy!

Posted on 17 Jan 2012 10:10:27 GMT
If you want a gothic novel of historical fiction - get But a Walking Shadow set in Victorian England at the time of the Crimean War. Shameless plug but it has been well received so far

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2012 19:45:18 GMT
This sounds great, I will download a copy. I've also been inspired by someone a little further north, Thomas Muir, a radical lawyer working in Glasgow and Edinburgh who set up the Society for the Friends of the People and was subsequently attacked by the government for his legal activities. The Democrat

Posted on 25 Jan 2012 21:33:16 GMT
Folks, if you're interested in a historical novel based closely on fact, you may enjoy my debut novel, The Democrat. Thanks for reading.

The Democrat

When the radical lawyer, Thomas Muir, discovers his innocent clients are being transported as state policy, he strives to give them a voice in the political arena.

But, revealing the establishment to be corrupt and immoral leaves his own freedoms under attack and with his soul mate - an exiled client - he's forced into a perilous ocean odyssey...

...from Bordeaux to Botany Bay, Vancouver to Vera Cruz and from Cuba to Cadiz... in short, from Edinburgh to the ends of the earth, all the way, pursued by the British Government, its navy and their allies.

The Democrat is a gripping historical thriller and a fast paced global adventure about an enlightened individual who dares to imagine a better world for future generations.

Muir doesn't attack the constitution; he's its greatest advocate. He doesn't break the law; the law breaks around him. What he does is defend democracy, and for that he's willing to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous governance.

This is the true story of a man who, though condemned to languish in the recesses of a dungeon, and doomed to ascend the scaffold, challenges those fates and attempts to reclaim his rights after fighting for everyone else's.

Written and researched during Arab struggles for democracy and the West's disappointment with their own politics, this is a historical novel for our time.

Posted on 25 Jan 2012 21:43:03 GMT
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Posted on 27 Jan 2012 13:42:00 GMT
Just a reminder to any new people on here: I am the Historical Novel Society's UK review editor for self published / indie published historical fiction. If you would like to submit your novel for review here are the submission guidelines.
(books in the US & worldwide & e-books also accepted - but I only take UK published novels)

details of the Lonon 2012 HNS Conference

Posted on 27 Jan 2012 14:54:21 GMT
Catherine says:
Follow the Dove
Interested in the history of the northern Islands? Read Follow the Dove, also available as an ebook. Although this is fiction, the way of life is authentic.

Posted on 26 Feb 2012 09:25:53 GMT
sweenie says:
A Wistful Eye - The Tragedy of a Titanic Shipwright

This book is set in 1910 - 22 and is an enjoyable read. Based on the true story of the author's grandad who was one of the men who built Titanic, it is a sad story, quite detailed, and the characters are well drawn. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2012 10:56:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Feb 2012 11:02:02 GMT
Martin Lake says:
It sounds great, Karen. Good luck with it.

Martin Lake

The Lost King: Resistance
Wasteland (The Lost King)
For King and Country

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2012 11:40:05 GMT
Thank you for your kind comments Sweeney. It was actually about my great grandfather, so perhaps I'm not quite as old as folks might think! He was one of the caulkers who helped construct Titanic's hull, and also worked on the Olympic, Laurentic and other White Star Line ships. As you saw from the story, he had his own personal tragedy, which was eclipsed by that of the doomed ship and her 1,500 lost souls. You might like my next novel, due out later this year, Running With Crows, which is also based on a true story, of an RIC constable, a Black & Tan, during the Irish War of Independence.

DJ Kelly
Author: 'A Wistful Eye - The Tragedy of a Titanic Shipwright'

Posted on 27 Feb 2012 17:36:11 GMT
Cathrine Byrne, downloaded Follow the Dove, last week.Looks good.

Posted on 10 May 2012 12:58:05 BDT
The Cat & The Nightingale Saga is a docu drama based on the diaries and conversations with Ted and Brenda Burge during WW2. Ted fought in Calais in May 1940, was captured and spent the rest of the war in POW camps in Poland. Brenda, his fancee, was a nurse in London throughout the Blitz and the rest of the war and waited for him. There are 4 volumes available at the moment with good reviews and 5*****.A Week In May 1940 (The Cat & The Nightingale Saga)

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 12:18:00 BDT
andudi says:
Hi there,

I have written an historical fiction book. My brother, Mayi Ngwala and I, Allain Ngwala, both 44TH NAACP Image Awards Nominee - Outstanding Literary Work for Debut Author and our book has been reviewed by "The Historical Novel Society". Hope you will enjoy reading it !!

For further details about us and the book (SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK - CONGO: SPIRIT OF DARKNESS), please visit our book official website where you can purchase the novel - or

Posted on 18 Jun 2013 16:44:46 BDT
Good for you, Karen Charlton. My novel, BELLÊME The Norman Warrior, is also based on a true historical character, Robert de Bellême. Our source material is basically from 12th century chroniclers who were very biased against him, reflecting the views of the reigning monarch. In my novel, I have tried to do justice to, Robert and redress the balance ...but of course I leave that to the reader.

Posted on 18 Jun 2013 23:31:07 BDT
Hi there,
I've got two historical fiction novels out there. Both are based on the Spartans and the Peloponnesian wars and deal with a host of actual historical characters and events.


The Myth of Sparta (The chronicles of Sparta)
The Return of the Spartans (The Chronicles of Sparta)

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2013 18:43:11 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2013 19:50:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jun 2013 19:51:57 BDT
It all comes down to whether enough people downvote the promotional post, or report it to Amazon, Alison. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have people who scour the forums looking for this sort of thing.

You're right - you aren't supposed to self-promote outside the MOA. I know it seems unfair, that yours were deleted and there are others which haven't been. But you can rest assured that without self-promoting, you will have (a) a cleaner conscience, and (b) people will have a much more positive impression of you than they do of the self-promoters.

ETA: (I should add that the promotional post that you replied to in asking the question was posted before the rule came in; so, technically, one shouldn't really complain. The post, two above yours, however, is definitely in violation with Amazon's TOS, and should be removed.)

Posted on 26 Jun 2013 10:34:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jun 2013 10:40:54 BDT
I'm unable to find your latest post Alison, so perhaps they have deleted it. I received an e mail however quoting your post! I love a good hanging story and will look up your book on Goodreads. It sounds great. 'The Hanging of Margaret Dickson' wasn't it?
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