Category Archives: Historical fantasy

BVC Announces Aura of Magic by Patricia Rice

Aura of Magic by Patricia Rice

Brighid Darrow, Countess of Carstairs, has endured years of a loveless marriage in order to aid her friends and the people of Northridge. Yet once she is widowed, the village shuns her with accusations of witchcraft–vilifying her unique gift of reading auras. Released from past restraints, Bridey rebelliously embraces her dream of establishing a forbidden school for midwives.

Having spent his life being all that is proper in hopes of earning a title in return for services to the crown, Aaron Pascoe-Ives, illegitimate son of a marquess, is ordered to Northridge to save the royal mines from rioters. Any hope of aid from the beautiful but aloof countess is dashed when his incorrigible twins endanger their young lives by following him, mystifyingly insisting that Countess of Carstairs is their new mother.

Bridey and Pascoe face ghosts, assassins, and riots–but nothing as perilous as the irresistible attraction between them. With hard-fought goals at risk, they must make the ultimate choice between achieving dreams–or losing each other. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Marissa Doyle

Marissa Doyle

Writer Marissa Doyle joins Book View Cafe. Her first 2017 interview is at their blog. Continue reading

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My Muse is Heading For Palm Springs The Winter

We all have those days when you stare at the computer screen for hours and anything you try to type looks like Old High Marsian. My muse is on walkabout. Mental exhaustion I tell myself when this happens. Too many … Continue reading

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BVC Announces In London’s Shadow by Marie Brennan

In London's Shadow by Marie Brennan

For centuries a faerie court has hidden itself beneath London: a place of shadows and intrigue, where the city’s immortal inhabitants can watch and manipulate the mortals above. Through two royal dynasties, through rebellions and plots, through war and plague and fire, the Onyx Court endures. Continue reading

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Dipping into the Grimoire: Elderberry Cordial

Elderberries still on the bush

The hero of my fantasy series Night Calls is Alfreda Sorensson, a young practitioner on her way to being a full blown wizard. It’s the season for her elderberry cordial, so I thought I’d share her recipe with you. Continue reading

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Plot, counterplot and the uniqueness of story

  You hear all kinds of numbers for the plot lines available to authors — 27, 10, 7, 3, 2, 1. Personally, I believe that there are two basic plotlines, or possibly only one he “Someone leaves town/A stranger comes … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Bundleset #01

BVC Bundleset

Four BVC authors offer bundles of their most popular novels. Continue reading

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Magic, Mayhem, and Steampunk: An Interview with Julia Verne St. John

I’m delighted to have Julia Verne St. John as my special guest. She’s the author of The Transference Engine, a steampunk novel of magic and machines set in an alternate 1830s London, just out from DAW Books. Here’s the skinny … Continue reading

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The Ghosts that Talk

Ghosts in history first rose to my notice with Jaime Lee Moyer’s atmospheric, tense series beginning with Delia’s Shadow , set in San Francisco toward the end of World War I. This period coincides with the height of the Spiritualism … Continue reading

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Overview of Judith Tarr’s Work on Strange Horizons

Judith Tarr with Albert Einstein

Over on Strange Horizons, author and historian Kari Sperring has a great piece on all the things that make Judith Tarr’s historical fantasy so worthwhile. Here’s an excerpt: This is history with its eyes open, complex, realistic, difficult, uncomfortable, powerful, … Continue reading

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