Would you believe that I'm a fickle reader? Yeah, probably. I'm often crowing about historical accuracy. It's kind of my thing. So it surprised me when I was overcome with a desire to read The Dead Queen's Club, as I'm generally not a fan of alternative/revisionist history. But if you think DQC is either of … Continue reading Book Review: The Dead Queen’s Club
I have a very special treat today! Loretta Goldberg has stopped by the blog to talk about her debut novel, The Reversible Mask. Loretta and I first met back in June of 2017 at the Historical Novel Society Conference. A call had gone out for mentors; I eagerly volunteered, and was fortunate to be paired … Continue reading An Interview with Loretta Goldberg
Three little words. When separate or combined with nearly any other words in the English language, they seem innocuous. Downright innocent, even. When you string them together, well that’s when they become the hardest words to say: I was wrong. Yes, you read that right. I was wrong. In my defense, this brilliant new biography by … Continue reading Book Review: Elizabeth’s Rival
Guess what! Guess what! Guess what! The Raven's Widow is becoming an audiobook! After nearly a year of hard work and perseverance, it's all coming together and I'm overjoyed to finally be able to share it with you! To celebrate, the folks at MadeGlobal have very generously offered up TWO audiobooks as a giveaway. All … Continue reading Big News and a Giveaway!
It's been over a week and I still can't get this book out of my head. Normally, I'm all about having the book in my hand, taking my own sweet time to leisurely enjoy the story, but when I work full-time and do my own novel writing on the side...exceptions need to be made if … Continue reading Book Review: The Miniaturist
It's quite cold today. Since it's the middle of February, that should come as no surprise to anyone, but it did to me. For the last few weeks, the weather has been unseasonably warm here in the Willamette Valley. Now, it never gets as cold here as it does in many other parts of the … Continue reading One Year Later…
On the anniversary not only of its publication, but of Jane Boleyn's death, a new review has come out for The Raven's Widow! https://anneboleynnovels.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/the-ravens-widow-by-adrienne-dillard-2017/#comment-4853
On February 9, 1542, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, was plucked from Lord John Russell's house on the Strand and taken up the river to spend her remaining days in the stone fortress known as the Tower of London. Only a few brief sentences track this movement, but nothing further exists beyond that. Where was she … Continue reading Jane Goes Back to the Tower
Let's just go ahead and admit it - in general, the Tudor age has been done to death...Henry VIII, the second monarch of the period, even more so. It seems as if every nook and cranny of this man's life has been poked and prodded from every angle. What more could there possibly be to … Continue reading Book Review: Pustules, Pestilence and Pain
Yes...Yes...YES! Oh man, I am over the moon about this new research by Dr. Kristin Bundesen and Jane Lawson. It's not often that we get new information on my beloved Catherine Carey Knollys, much less anything this exciting, so I was thrilled when Dr. Bundesen clued me in to her research. The discrepencies regarding the number … Continue reading Could Dudley Knollys have been a girl?