Wednesday, 18 January 2023

The Coffee Pot Book Club Blog Tour presents: His Castilian Hawk by Anna Belfrage – Audiobook Book Blast

Book Title: His Castilian Hawk

Series: The Castilian Saga

Author: Anna Belfrage

Narrator: Greg Patmore

Publication Date: Audio version, November 3, 2022

Publisher: Timelight Press

Page Length: Audio book

Genre: Historical Fiction, Medieval Historical Romance

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His Castilian Hawk

By Anna Belfrage

Narrated by Greg Patmore

For bastard-born Robert FitzStephan, being given Eleanor d’Outremer in marriage is an honour. For Eleanor, this forced wedding is anything but a fairy tale. 

Robert FitzStephan has served Edward Longshanks loyally since the age of twelve. Now he is riding with his king to once and for all bring Wales under English control. 

Eleanor d’Outremer—Noor to family—lost her Castilian mother as a child and is left entirely alone when her father and brother are killed. When ordered to wed the unknown Robert FitzStephan, she has no choice but to comply. 

Two strangers in a marriage bed is not easy. Things are further complicated by Noor’s blood-ties to the Welsh princes and by covetous Edith who has warmed Robert’s bed for years. 

Robert’s new wife may be young and innocent, but he is soon to discover that not only is she spirited and proud, she is also brave. Because when Wales lies gasping and Edward I exacts terrible justice on the last prince and his children, Noor is determined to save at least one member of the House of Aberffraw from the English king.

Will years of ingrained service have Robert standing with his king or will he follow his heart and protect his wife, his beautiful and fierce Castilian hawk?

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Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with two absorbing interests: history and writing. Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England.

Anna has also published The Wanderer, a fast-paced contemporary romantic suspense trilogy with paranormal and time-slip ingredients.

Her Castilian Heart is the third in her “Castilian” series, a stand-alone sequel to her September 2020 release, His Castilian Hawk. Set against the complications of Edward I’s invasion of Wales, His Castilian Hawk is a story of loyalty, integrity—and love. In the second instalment, The Castilian Pomegranate, we travel with the protagonists to the complex political world of medieval Spain. This latest release finds our protagonists back in England—not necessarily any safer than the wilds of Spain!

Anna has also authored The Whirlpools of Time in which she returns to the world of time travel. Join Duncan and the somewhat reluctant time-traveller Erin on their adventures through the Scottish Highlands just as the first Jacobite rebellion is about to explode! 

All of Anna’s books have been awarded the IndieBRAG Medallion, she has several Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choices, and one of her books won the HNS Indie Award in 2015. She is also the proud recipient of various Reader’s Favorite medals as well as having won various Gold, Silver and Bronze Coffee Pot Book Club awards.

Find out more about Anna, her books and enjoy her eclectic historical blog on her website,  

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Monday, 9 January 2023

The Coffee Pot Blog Tours present: The Captain's Woman by Holly Bush

Book Title: The Captain’s Woman

Series: The Thompsons of Locust Street

Author: Holly Bush

Publication Date: 1/10/23

Publisher: Holly Bush Books

Page Length: 218

Genre: Historical Romance

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The Captain’s Woman 

by Holly Bush

Meet the Thompsons of Locust Street, an unconventional family taking Philadelphia high society by storm…

 1870 ~ Muireall Thompson has taken her duties seriously since her parents died on the family’s crossing from Scotland to America in 1854. As the eldest sibling, their death made her responsible for her family and left little time for a life of her own. But now her brothers and sisters are adults; even the youngest is nearly ready to face the world on his own. What will she do when she is alone, other than care for an elderly aunt and volunteer at the Sisters of Charity orphanage? Has the chance for a husband and children of her own passed her by?

 Widower Anthony Marcus, formerly a captain in the Union Army, is a man scraping the bottom of his dignity and hanging on to his honor by the barest thread. Reduced to doing odd jobs to keep a roof over his dear daughter Ann’s head, he often leaves her with the Sisters of Charity while he is out seeking steady work with a decent salary that will allow him to move from their single-room living quarters.

 After an initial meeting that finds Muireall and Anthony at odds, a tentative friendship forms as they bond over their mutual affection for Ann. As friendship leads to passion, can a wealthy spinster and a poor soldier overcome their differences in station to forge a future together? Just as Muireall finds the courage to reach for her own happiness, Anthony’s past rises up between them and an old enemy reemerges to bring the Thompson family down once and for all. Will the divide between them be insurmountable, or can they put aside pride and doubt for a love worth fighting for?

The Captain’s Woman – Excerpt

“Just a casual meal,” Anthony said after a few moments. “I feel as though I’ve walked into a Chestnut Hill mansion.”

“Lucinda’s family is quite wealthy. That does not mean she, or my brother James, cannot host a pleasant meal for friends and family.”

“No, it does not.”

“I get the feeling you are angry with me,” she said. 

He glanced at her finally. “I promised myself I would not discuss it with you at a party hosted by your family, of which I’m a guest.”

A waiter came up to them carrying a tray of wine and champagne. He looked at Mr. Marcus. “If wine is not to your liking, sir, I can get you a whiskey or bourbon.”

“Wine will be fine, thank you,” he said and turned to her. “Miss Thompson?”

She took a glass of wine from the tray, as did he, and the waiter moved on. 

“You look very beautiful tonight, Miss Thompson. Very beautiful.”

Muireall didn’t breathe for a moment, didn’t move, and only after a minute had passed did she meet his eyes. It had been a long time. It had been . . . never. She’d never had a man look at her with admiration the way the Mr. Marcus was doing now. 

“Thank you,” she finally whispered. She realized then that they’d stepped closer to each other, too close for a public setting such as this but also exactly where she wished to be standing. He glanced away then, as though he realized their nearness too, and took a step back.

“The green suits you better than what you wear to the orphanage.”

She smiled. “If this is your attempt at a flirt, then you are rusty, Mr. Marcus.”

He glanced at her, stern at first, and then his lips pulled to one side in a half grin. “I suppose you’re right.”

She looked up and saw Elspeth and Alexander walking toward them. The men shook hands, and they chatted about everyday things. She imagined Elspeth, kind and perceptive Elspeth, sensed that Mr. Marcus may be overwhelmed with the company and the setting. Although she was certain that he’d been reared and educated in a proper home, she thought his natural courtesies may have been stretched to the limit by his recent near poverty. It wasn’t long until Lucinda joined them, her father, Henri Vermeal, beside her. 

“You are a vision, Miss Thompson,” he said and kissed her hand. “It has been far too long since we have seen each other.”

“Thank you, Henri. Allow me to introduce Mr. Anthony Marcus to you. Mr. Marcus, Mr. Henri Vermeal is Lucinda’s father.”

“Mr. Marcus was recently a captain in the Union army, Father,” Lucinda said. 

“A captain? Who were you with, Marcus?” Henri asked in the brusque manner they were all accustomed to.

“The Forty-Second out of New York.”

“You’ve been out two years or more, then.”

Mr. Marcus shook his head. “I stayed on at headquarters. There were still records to maintain and some to make public. Inventories and whatnot.”

“And you had a hand in that, Marcus?”

“I did.”

Muireall watched the two men, as did Lucinda. There was some underlying masculine current that she was not privy to. Mr. Marcus held himself as if in a military parade, and Henri, although canny with his observations, was assessing him openly. 

“Where are Kirsty and Albert, Lucinda?” Muireall asked.

“An important function at the college that Albert had to attend. There is a rumor that he may be named head of his department, and Kirsty felt it wise to support him in all the social settings.”

“Kirsty says she has made several friends among the faculty wives and some of the female professors from the Philadelphia Female College.”

“Kirsty hobnobbing with professors,” Elspeth said. “It defies logic. She is much more suited to talk business with Henri.”

The women laughed and turned when Henri spoke.

“Come along, then, Marcus. You too, Pendergast. We will withdraw to the library, where my son-in-law keeps—I mean hides—the good whiskey.” He turned and walked toward the door of the room, clearly certain that whomever he’d designated would follow without question. 

“Enjoy.” Lucinda smiled. 

Mr. Marcus glanced at her with a raised brow. Muireall took the wineglass from his hand as he walked away. “What is that about?”

“I have no idea,” Elspeth said. “Do you, Lucinda?”

“Father is always interested in the stories military men will share. He much admires them, although he would never say that outright.”

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Thursday, 15 December 2022

The Coffee Pot Book Club presents: Son of Anger (Ormstunga Saga, Book 1) By Donovan Cook

Book Title: Son of Anger

Series: Ormstunga Saga

Author: Donovan Cook

Publication Date: 12 Nov 2020

Publisher: Self-Published

Page Length: 347 pages

Genre: Viking Historical Fiction

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Son of Anger

(The Ormstunga Saga, Book 1)

By Donovan Cook

Ulf is like a storm, slowly building up its power, he grows more dangerous with each passing moment. And like all storms, he will eventually break. When he does, he will destroy everything in his path.

Ulf is one of a long line of famous Norse warriors. His ancestor Tyr was no ordinary man, but the Norse God of War. Ulf, however, knows nothing about being a warrior.

Everything changes when a stranger arrives on Ulf’s small farm in Vikenfjord. The only family he’s ever known are slaughtered and the one reminder of his father is stolen -- Ulf’s father’s sword, Ormstunga. Ulf’s destiny is decided.

Are the gods punishing him? All Ulf knows is that he has to avenge his family. He sets off on an adventure that will take him across oceans, into the eye of danger, on a quest to reclaim his family’s honour.

The gods are roused. One warrior can answer to them. The Son of Anger.

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Donovan Cook was born in South Africa but raised in England, and currently works as an English tutor. He is the author of the Ormstunga Saga, which includes his debut novel Son of Anger and the follow up, Raid of the Wolves. His novels come from his fascination with the Viking world and Norse Mythology and he hopes that you will enjoy exploring this world as much as he did writing about it. 

When Donovan is not teaching or writing, he can be found reading, watching rugby, or working on DIY projects. Being born in South Africa, he is a massive Springboks fan and rarely misses a match.

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Monday, 12 December 2022

The Coffee Pot Blog Tour presents: Minotaur's Lair by Luciana Cavallaro

Minotaur’s Lair Series:

Servant of the Gods Book 3

Luciana Cavallaro

Publication Date: December 13th 2022

Publisher: Mythos Publications

Page Length:396

Genre:Historical Fantasy Fiction, Action/Adventure

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The Minotaur stirs. Evan is drugged to forget the gods’ quest.

Evan and his companions are entrapped by the Amazon Queen Antioche and her warriors.

Memories and allegiances are tested. The Dark Master’s victorious revenge over the gods is

almost complete. The plight of the High Priestess is precarious, her health ailing, and unable

to rescue her brother and fellow Atlanteans.

The last sacred relic, secreted in the lair of the Minotaur, must be recovered or the Dark

Master’s succession plans of a new god are complete. The mystical lands of Krete, the final

stage of Evan’s journey, are within his grasp. He must succeed so his father, Zeus, fulfills his

promise. Then there is Queen Antioche, and the precious gifts she presents him.

Will Evan return home, and what will become of his future?

Minotaur’s Lairis the third and final book in the action packed Servant of the Gods historical fiction

series. If you enjoy well researched landscapes, historic characters, excitement, mythical creatures and

 unique settings, then you’ll love Luciana Cavallaro’s heroic odyssey.

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Author Bio: Luciana Cavallaro

Award winning author of The Labyrinthine Journey Nominated

 for book awards in the Action/Adventure and Historical Fiction

 genres •Drove her first car at the age of three

Luciana Cavallaro’s alter ego is a high school teacher where she

 plugs away educating teenagers the merits of reading and

 ancient history. She often looks for a brick wall to bang

her head when faced with disinterested looks from her students.

 She’s also a historical fantasy and thriller/suspense author, who

 creates fast-paced, action-packed series for her readers.

Born and raised in Western Australia, residing in Perth, Luciana

 loves to travel and since getting her passport at the ripe old age of twenty-four has toured parts of

 Europe, a legacy of her Italian heritage. She enjoys being active, going out with friends, reading and

 tries to grow her own vegetables. She dreams of travelling again and visiting the ancient sites that

 inspired her stories, that is when she’s not spending time being an unofficial stunt person and

knocking herself out in the process.

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Sunday, 4 December 2022

The Coffee Pot Book club Blog Tour presents: The Fortune Keeper By Deborah Swift

Book Title: The Fortune Keeper

Series: Italian Renaissance Series

Author: Deborah Swift

Publication Date: 24th November 2022

Publisher: Quire Books

Page Length: 412 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction 

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The Fortune Keeper


Deborah Swift

Count your nights by stars, not shadows ~ Italian Proverb

Winter in Renaissance Venice

Mia Caiozzi is determined to discover her destiny by studying the science of astronomy. But her stepmother Giulia forbids her to engage in this occupation, fearing it will lead her into danger. The ideas of Galileo are banned by the Inquisition, so Mia must study in secret.

Giulia's real name is Giulia Tofana, renowned for her poison Aqua Tofana, and she is in hiding from the Duke de Verdi's family who are intent on revenge for the death of their brother. Giulia insists Mia should live quietly out of public view. If not, it could threaten them all. But Mia doesn't understand this, and rebels against Giulia, determined to go her own way.

When the two secret lives collide, it has far-reaching and fatal consequences that will change Mia's life forever.

Set amongst opulent palazzos and shimmering canals, The Fortune Keeper is the third novel of adventure and romance based on the life and legend of Giulia Tofana, the famous poisoner.

'Her characters are so real they linger in the mind long after the book is back on the shelf' - Historical Novel Society

NB:This is the third in a series but can stand alone as it features a new protagonist. Other two books are available if reviewers want them.

Trigger warnings: Murder and violence in keeping with the era.

EXTRACT From Chapter 1

Venice - November 1643

Mia unhooked the clasp and swung her cloak off, hanging it on the back of a chair. ‘Here, signor. The new Torah, properly bound at last,’ she placed the book before him like an offering.

‘Ah!’ Signor Bravaggio picked up the top volume and lifted it towards his nose. ‘There’s nothing I like more than the smell of new books. Especially Jewish books!’ He inhaled deeply then turned the book in his hand, weighed it, sniffed it again, then smoothed the surface of the embossing with his thumb. ‘Beautiful. Your father has done another exceptional job with the binding. I hate to see these go, but my client is getting impatient, and won’t wait.’

Bravaggio examined the other volumes and then unlocked the iron bound coffer that lived in the kneehole under the desk. She paced around the room examining it for anything new, but turned at the rattle of coins. 

He dropped a jute bag on the table before her. ‘Same as we agreed,’ he said. ‘Be careful carrying that amount around the streets.’ He withdrew a sheaf of unbound paper from the coffer and flapped it at her. ‘The Trickster of Seville by a monk, Tirso de Molina,’ he said.  ‘A play in Spanish, but the translation is with it. Tell Herr Weber it’s to be set in print and then bound in red calfskin like the others. And here; the new HaggadĂ , the rite written in everyday Italian.’ He handed her a slim wooden-bound volume. ‘Space for pictures too, if Herr Weber can find someone brave or foolish enough to carve them.’

‘Not a chance. But Fabio will love binding this HaggadĂ  as much as the play. He reads them all, you know, before he makes the covers. He’s never been in a synagogue but he’s the best-educated Jew in the ghetto.’ 

Bravaggio laughed. ‘He knows a good idea when he sees one, your father.’

‘I worry he doesn’t go to Mass though; it might raise questions with the Inquisition.’

‘Don’t even speak of the name. Fabio’s always been his own man; he’ll be all right. It’s Weber’s good fortune he took him on, or Weber’d have no print business at all. But here, something else that will interest you.’ He smiled and passed over a hand-copied manuscript. She read the frontispiece and saw it was by Girolamo Cardano — an astrological commentary.

She looked up, to see Bravaggio’s amused eyes.

‘Is this what I think it is?’

He laughed; a dry, parched sound. ‘The one that dares to include a horoscope of Jesus the Galileean? Yes. Cardano lost his professorship over it.’

‘You’d trust me with this?’

‘As long as you’re careful. It’s not for binding, just for reading. And I want it back when I return. ’ He tapped his nose. ‘Like the others, it’s on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum. If anyone catches you with it, the Inquisitors will want to know. But knowing your interest in the heavens, I know you’ll be careful.’

‘I wish you’d reconsider and take me as a student, teach me what you know, signor.’

‘I’ve told you, I’m too old for teaching now. And you know it’s not possible. Fabio says that your mother doesn’t hold with anything that even whiffs of a dispute with the church.’

Mia put everything into her calico shoulder bag, along with the money. ‘Yes, these days Giulia forbids nearly everything.’ She sighed. ‘It makes things hard. But there’s nowhere else I can go. Only the convent. She frowns every time I get out my charts. When shall I tell Fabio these others must be finished?’

‘For when I return. I’ll be gone a month, but you understand it’s not for my benefit, but for the benefit of my Armenian client, and those awaiting the new thoughts from Madrid. But to some, it’s heresy. So be careful.’

‘So what’s new? Everything you give me is heresy. You’d have no business without it.’

Bravaggio chuckled, and wagged his finger at her. ‘Why do you think I wear gloves? To keep the stink of it off my hands.’

She grinned at him. They understood each other. He knew she loved coming here, to his library, full of shelved books from floor to ceiling, and the drawers full of old parchments from antiquity and the fresh printings of new ideas, like new shoots coming up from the earth. Only to him could she explain her restless mind, and her obsession with the stars and the night sky.

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Deborah Swift is a USA TODAY bestselling author who is passionate about the past. Deborah used to be a costume designer for the BBC, before becoming a writer. Now she lives in an old English school house in a village full of 17th Century houses, near the glorious Lake District. She divides her time between writing and teaching. After taking a Masters Degree in Creative Writing, she enjoys mentoring aspiring novelists and has an award-winning historical fiction blog at her website 

Deborah loves to write about how extraordinary events in history have transformed the lives of ordinary people, and how the events of the past can live on in her books and still resonate today. 

Recent books include The Poison Keeper, about the Renaissance poisoner Giulia Tofana, which was a winner of the Wishing Shelf Readers Award, and a Coffee Pot Book Club Gold Medal, and The Cipher Room set in WW2 and due for publication by Harper Collins next Spring.

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Thursday, 10 November 2022

The continuing adventures of Jesamiah Acorne in Gallows Wake by Helen Hollick !

I am delighted to welcome Helen Hollick and Jesamiah Acorne to the blog today. Take it away, guys!

Welcome aboard the Sea Witch – swashbuckling adventure in the Golden Age of Piracy!

A new Sea Witch Nautical Adventure has recently been  launched!


The Sixth Voyage of Captain Jesamiah Acorne

By Helen Hollick

Where the Past haunts the future... 

Damage to her mast means Sea Witch has to be repaired, but the nearest shipyard is at Gibraltar. Unfortunately for Captain Jesamiah Acorne, several men he does not want to meet are also there, among them, Captain Edward Vernon of the Royal Navy, who would rather see Jesamiah hang.

Then there is the spy, Richie Tearle, and manipulative Ascham Doone who has dubious plans of his own. Plans that involve Jesamiah, who, beyond unravelling the puzzle of a dead person who may not be dead, has a priority concern regarding the wellbeing of his pregnant wife, the white witch, Tiola.

Forced to sail to England without Jesamiah, Tiola must keep herself and others close to her safe, but memories of the past, and the shadow of the gallows haunt her. Dreams disturb her, like a discordant lament at a wake. 

But is this the past calling, or the future?

From the first review of Gallows Wake:

“Hollick’s writing is crisp and clear, and her ear for dialogue and ability to reveal character in a few brief sentences is enviable. While several of the characters in Gallows Wake have returned from previous books, I felt no need to have read those books to understand them. The paranormal side of the story—Tiola is a white witch, with powers of precognition and more, and one of the characters is not quite human—blends with the story beautifully, handled so matter-of-factly. This is simply Jesamiah’s reality, and he accepts it, as does the reader.” 

Author Marian L. Thorpe.


August 1719 – Gibraltar

“Rot? How could there be rot? Master John Benson, back at Appledore several months ago, checked and repaired everything needing checking and repairing.” Captain Jesamiah Acorne stood, legs spread, arms folded, chin tucked to his chest, his leather three-corner hat pulled well forward over his eyes against the glare of Gibraltar’s late afternoon summer sun. He was seething with frustrated anger and failing to keep his annoyance under control.

“Benson? I do not know him. Good chap, is he? And where is Appledore when it’s at home? Never heard of it.” The master shipwright, an English Kentish gentleman by his accent, pulled the stub of a worn graphite pencil from behind his ear and scribbled a few more calculations on the wedge of crumpled paper he held in his hand. Frowned myopically at what he’d written, then said: “It will take us several weeks to find and fit a new mainmast.”

Jesamiah swallowed down a bellow of outrage.

“You can have rot and not know it, Cap’n,” Chippy Harrison said, looking as grim-faced as Jesamiah.

“You’re my ship’s carpenter. You should have known about it,” came the unjustified response.

The answering retort was as tart. “I told you about it as soon as I did know. ’Tis not easy to spot when rot’s starting to take hold at the mast partners or the hounds supporting the crosstrees. There were no sign of anything back in Devon. Benson, as good as he is, would not have found it. Nor would I. As I recall, I advised you to look further, but you were in a hurry to sail.”

“All right, I get the gist,” Jesamiah answered, muttered churlishly, “You still should have seen it.” He knew, as well as anyone, that discovering rot, especially where it was well hidden, was nigh on impossible even to an experienced eye. Plus, he had indeed said no to further investigation; Chippy was right, so the blame, in the end, was his own. However, knowing facts did not help ease the frustration or annoyance.

The shipwright sniffed loudly and, tucking the pencil stub back behind his ear, announced, “From our first quick look, it has not too badly taken hold, but bad enough. We will know more when we strip her down. We will need to strike the t’gallants and topmasts and all the yards, rigging and such, then pull the mast and put a new one in.” He sniffed again and squinted at his rough notes and calculations. “A lot of work. Could easily eat up four, five, maybe six weeks if we have trouble getting a replacement mast.”

“Six weeks!” Jesamiah spluttered. “I can’t wait around here for six weeks! Ain’t you got a suitable mast in that warehouse of yours over there?”

“I might have. I will not know until I look.”

“Well go and look, then!”

The shipwright, refusing to match Jesamiah’s foul temper – the situation was nothing new to him – scratched at the stubbled whiskers on his chin. “I cannot be doing that, Captain, not until the morrow. A few hours ago, I might have had a chance for a quick rummage, but,” he withdrew a gentleman’s gold watch from his waistcoat pocket, squinted at it, “I am about to lock up for the night. My wife will have my guts for her stocking garters if I arrive home late for supper.”

Jesamiah swallowed a few choice words about wives and what they could do with their garters, stockings and suppers. Said instead, “A few hours ago I was clearing my hold ready for your inspection.” Added, “What’s it going to cost?” 

The shipwright looked again, more solemnly, at the scribblings on the top sheet of his notes. Made a few adjustments. “This is only a rough tally. I will get a more accurate estimate to you tomorrow morning.” He made another adjustment and showed the result to Jesamiah, who whistled incredulously.

“’Struth! And they call honest seamen pirates! For that much,” he said, thrusting his face closer to the shipwright’s, “I expect the work to be done in no more than three weeks.”

“I’ll do my best, Captain, but we have several frigates in harbour; any Royal Navy vessels requiring my attention will take precedence.”

The thought, blow the bloody Navy, ran through Jesamiah’s mind, but judiciously he only said, “Help him look for a mast first thing tomorrow, Chippy.” He nodded a curt dismissal to both his ship’s carpenter and the Gibraltar shipwright, turned on his heel, thrust his hands deep into the pockets of his old buckram coat and strode away, not trusting himself to glance along the wharf towards where his beloved Sea Witch was moored.


SEA WITCH   Voyage one

PIRATE CODE  Voyage two

BRING IT CLOSE  Voyage three


ON THE ACCOUNT  Voyage five

WHEN THE MERMAID SINGS  A prequel to the series

(short-read novella) 

And just published...

GALLOWS WAKE voyage six


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Where you will find the entire series waiting at anchor in your nearest Amazon harbour – do come aboard and share Jesamiah’s derring-do nautical adventures!

(available Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and in paperback) 

Or order a paperback copy from your local bookstore!


First accepted for traditional publication in 1993, Helen became a USA Today Bestseller with her historical novel, The Forever Queen (titled A Hollow Crown in the UK) with the sequel, Harold the King (US: I Am The Chosen King) being novels that explore the events that led to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Her Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy is a fifth-century version of the Arthurian legend, and she writes a nautical adventure/fantasy series, The Sea Witch Voyages. She is now also branching out into the quick read novella, 'Cosy Mystery' genre with her Jan Christopher Murder Mysteries, set in the 1970s, with the first in the series, A Mirror Murder incorporating her, often hilarious, memories of working as a library assistant.

Her non-fiction books are Pirates: Truth and Tales and Life of A Smuggler. She lives with her family in an eighteenth-century farmhouse in North Devon and occasionally gets time to write...

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Wednesday, 9 November 2022

The Coffee Pot Blog Tours present: Julia Ibbotson: A Shape on the Air: Dr DuLac Series Book #1


Book Title:  A Shape on the Air

Series:  Dr DuLac series #1 (The Dragon Tree #2; The Rune Stone #3)

Author:  Julia Ibbotson

Publication Date: January 2022 (previously published by Lume Books July 2017)

Publisher:  Self-published on Amazon KDP

Page Length: 220

Genre: historical romance (timeslip mystery)

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A Shape on the Air 

by Julia Ibbotson

A haunting Anglo-Saxon time-slip of mystery and romance

Can echoes of the past threaten the present? They are 1500 years apart, but can they reach out to each other across the centuries? One woman faces a traumatic truth in the present day. The other is forced to marry the man she hates as the 'dark ages' unfold.

How can Dr Viv DuLac, medievalist and academic, unlock the secrets of the past? Traumatised by betrayal, she slips into 499 AD and into the body of Lady Vivianne, who is also battling treachery. Viv must uncover the mystery of the key that she unwittingly brings back with her to the present day, as echoes of the past resonate through time. But little does Viv realise just how much both their lives across the centuries will become so intertwined. And in the end, how can they help each other across the ages without changing the course of history?

For fans of Barbara Erskine, Pamela Hartshorne, Susanna Kearsley, Christina Courtenay.

Praise for A Shape on the Air:

“In the best Barbara Erskine tradition …I would highly recommend this novel” - Historical Novel Society

“Amazing …a really great book …I just couldn’t put it down” - Hazel Morgan

“Well-rounded characters and a wealth of historical research make this a real page-turner” - Amazon review

“Enthralling” - Amazon review

“Julia does an incredible job of setting up the idea of time-shift so that it’s believable and makes sense” - Amazon review

“Viv/Lady Vivianne … lovely identifiable heroine in both time periods … I love her strength and vulnerability. And Rory/Roland is simply gorgeous!” - Melissa Morgan

“gripping … a very real sense of threat and danger, an enthralling mystery … a wholly convincing romance, across both timelines” - Anne Williams

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Julia Ibbotson is fascinated by the medieval world and the concept of resonances across time. She sees her author brand as a historical fiction writer of romantic mysteries that are character-driven, well-paced, evocative of time and place, well-researched and uplifting page-turners. Her current series focuses on early medieval dual-time/time-slip mysteries. 

Julia read English at Keele University, England, specialising in medieval language/ literature/ history, and has a PhD in socio-linguistics. After a turbulent time in Ghana, West Africa, she became a school teacher, then a university academic and researcher. 

Her break as an author came soon after she joined the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme in 2015, with a three-book deal from Lume Books for a trilogy (Drumbeats) set in Ghana in the 1960s. She has also indie-published three other books, including A Shape on the Air, an Anglo-Saxon timeslip mystery, and its two sequels The Dragon Tree and The Rune Stone. Her latest, Daughter of Mercia, is the first of a new series of Anglo-Saxon dual time mystery/romances where echoes of the past resonate across the centuries. 

Her books will appeal to fans of Barbara Erskine, Pamela Hartshorne, Susanna Kearsley, and Christina Courtenay. Her readers say: ‘compelling character-driven novels’, ‘a skilled story-teller’, ‘evocative and well-paced storylines’, ‘incredible writing style’, ‘intricately written’, ‘absorbing and captivating’, and ‘an absolute gem of a trilogy’.

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