Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Leaves on the Wind

Leaves on the Wind is coming out in a new English e-book edition in April 2014 with the original US cover...
It is set in England and Cyprus in 1099, at the time of the First Crusade.

The blurb:

Loving the Enemy...
After Judith Coverdale saw her family's estate razed to the ground by Normans, she vowed to avenge her family's honor. She donned a boy's disguise and joined a band of outlaws, led by her brother, to terrorize the invaders.
When disaster struck, Judith found herself in the strong arms of the great warrior Rannulf de Mandeville. What she soon realized was that Rannulf was the brother of the murdering Norman who'd stolen her lands.
Time and time again, Rannulf proved his devotion to her and taught her lessons in survival, but would she ever accept his love? 

Text copyright © 1990 by Carol Townend
Cover Art Copyright  © 1990 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A. Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited. All rights reserved.

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Leaves on the Wind has also been reissued by Cora in Germany as an e-book. It's German title is  In den Handen der Normannen.  Here's the new e-book cover...

It was originally published in the UK in 1990.  The previous German print edition was a duo with Elizabeth Henshall's, Verrat des Herzens
This is the cover of the print edition:

And because the changes in cover fashions are interesting, this is the original German cover (from 1991):

And this is the other German edition, (I think it's 1993). 

Monday, 20 September 2010

Don't let the plot get in the way of the story...

The Mills & Boon search for New Voices goes on!   Here is a link to a page with great writing tips and interviews with some of the editors...
Romance is not, top tips

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Toll-gate Reconstruction

Above is an early nineteenth century toll cottage.   It is one of the Weald & Downland reconstructed buildings and there is a little more about it at eHarlequin today:
I am going to try and get the picture of the toll charges to show here.  (It wouldn't show on eharlequin because I can't downsize the photo, due to my email not working!)

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Harlequin Historicals Author blog launched!

The new blog for the Harlequin Historical line has gone live.   Yesterday Deborah Hale posted and today Louise Allen is talking about elopement!  Here's the link: Authors' Blog for Harlequin Historicals

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Charlecote Park

These pictures were taken at the week-end when my husband and I escaped London for a walk near Charlecote Park.    The weather was VERY changeable, at one moment pouring rain, and the next blazing sunshine.  We got thoroughly soaked.   Twice.   Below is a picture of the gatehouse.   The Lucy family (they came over with William the Conqueror) have owned the land since 1247.    The gatehouse is not medieval though, like the main house, it's Tudor.

This is the garden (more of a terrace, really) overlooking the River Avon.     I love the patterns the little box borders make with their heart-shaped infils of bright flowers.

And, since I am currrently interested in bread ovens, here is one in the main house.   (Not medieval!)   And below that is a picture of an old cooking range, I am not sure of the date of the range, but it looks Victorian. 

We saw lots of fallow deer in the park on our walk and naturally, they weren't the least bothered by the rain.   Most of the time they were too far away for any picture to come out properly but I was able to take this final one because there was a small stream between us and the deer.  They knew they were safe.    There is a story about William Shakespeare poaching deer from this park, but I don't think it's reliable...