Reading 2017: The Importance of Covers (Book Blogger Group Chat)

I am so pleased to present this joint interview blog, Readers Voice: The Importance of Covers, which appeared early this year on Discovering Diamonds, author Helen Hollick's brilliant blog highlighting the best of historical fiction in the form of reviews and other features. I was so pleased to join with three other bloggers as we …

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950: 1066 Remembered, Interview: Glynn Holloway

Nearly a thousand years ago today—951, to be exact—a battle took place at Stamford Bridge at East Riding of Yorkshire, between the English King Harold Godwinson and Norwegian Harald Hardrada. Though the Norwegian was aided by the English king's brother Tostig, the victory went to Harold. Icelandic historian, mythologist, poet and politician Snorri Sturluson writes …

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Book Review: The Darkness (Tales From a Revolution: Maine)

Tales From a Revolution: Maine The Darkness by Lars D.H. Hedbor Update: Drawing referenced below will be held December 16 (see link here) Comment below or at Facebook link located here to get your name in the drawing! Note: Lars Hedbor will donate all proceeds for The Wind in the month of September to hurricane relief. …

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Poetry in Bloom: “The Lady of Shalott”

Today we start our New Year’s resolution a mite early with a series-in-development, one that gives us a space here at Before the Second Sleep to advance more deeply into the realm of poetry, territory we’ve not had much previous occasion to explore. Given our love of poetry and the enormous opportunities one has as …

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Audio Book Excerpt: Timing, Extracts B & C (Richard Abbott)

Excerpts from Timing, Book 2 in the Far from the Spaceports series by Richard Abbott Today I'm pleased to present to readers what's next up in our series featuring author Richard Abbott, whose space jaunts have so delighted me—and many others. Of course, I’d previously reviewed Abbott’s debut sci-fi novel, Far from the Spaceports, followed up …

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