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Rhys Bowen - WHERE THE SKY BEGINS

Rhys Bowen - WHERE THE SKY BEGINS

August 10, 2022

In Rhys Bowen’s latest historical novel, WHERE THE SKY BEGINS, London during WWII is seen through the eyes of Josie Banks, and East Ender, a plain-spoken East Ender in a bad marriage, with no job, and one talent: making a decent cuppa. 

Evacuated to the English countryside, Josie ends up on the estate of the aristocratic: Miss Harcourt, a reluctant host to the survivors of the Blitz. 

Awed as she is by the magnificent landscape, Josie convinces Miss Harcourt to let her open a humble tea shop on the estate, seeing it as a chance for evacuees and villagers to begin again and possibly thrive. 

When Josie meets Mike Johnson, a handsome Canadian pilot stationed at a neighboring bomber base, a growing intimacy brings her an inner peace she’s never felt before. 

Then Stan returns from the war.

Now a threat looms larger than anyone imagined. And a dangerous secret is about to upend Josie’s life again. Her newfound courage will be tested if she is to emerge, like a survivor, triumphant.

Rhys and I discuss how and when this story came to her, the research that took her into one of England’s most devastating wars, and why she loves to pivot in and out of writing mysteries—all great stuff from this prolific writer.

You'll find WHERE THE SKY BEGINS on Amazon, or you can get it from your local bookstore now.

Liza Nash Taylor - IN ALL GOOD FAITH

Liza Nash Taylor - IN ALL GOOD FAITH

August 13, 2021

In Liza Nash Taylor’s latest historical novel, IN ALL GOOD FAITH the lives of two women—May Marshall and Dorrit Sykes—intersect in the Great Depression: The era’s economic hardships turn both their lives turned upside down in heartbreaking ways. How they survive makes it worth revisiting one of the most tumultuous periods of the 20th Century America.

I talk to Liza about her research into bank failures, hobo life, and Hoovervilles. We also discuss how knitting kept her sane through the Covid lockdown, as well as how it inspired a future book. Liza and I also talk about why we must keep reinventing ourselves: something her heroines did not just to survive, but to thrive.

Author Provocateur Interviews: Sabrina York

Author Provocateur Interviews: Sabrina York

April 20, 2018

Award-winning New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sabrina York, is known for her steamy romances. She writes about a fantasy you may have, be it hot SEALs, steamy cowboys, kilted warriors and naughty dukes. And her heroes find their match in her slightly snarky heroines.

Sabrina’s latest historical novel, WHAT A HIGHLANDER’S GOT TO DO, has an English viscount posing as a stable boy and stealing the heart a wild Scottish lass. Her most recent novel is THE VIRIDIAN CONVICT,  is the third novel in her BLUE DOMINION SCI FI action-adventure series. Sabrina and I talked about her process in writing in these two very different genres, and the emotional and humorous threads that run through all of her books.

Author Provocateur Interviews: Rose Lerner

Author Provocateur Interviews: Rose Lerner

April 20, 2018

Rose Lerner writes Regency Romances and Historical romances based in the Revolutionary War period. The steely determination of her heroes and heroines to make their way in the world is what sets her 4-novel Lively St. Lemeston series apart from other regencies. But her latest novel, which is part of an American historical anthology, Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances, is delighting readers on both sides of the pond.

Author Provocateur Interviews: Janna MacGregor

Author Provocateur Interviews: Janna MacGregor

April 20, 2018

If there's one thing that Janna MacGregor knows, it's history. And, as a lawyer, her capacity for research has allowed her to uncover the stories of real people who serve as the heroes and heroines of her Regency novels.

Author Provocateur Interviews: E. Elizabeth Watson

Author Provocateur Interviews: E. Elizabeth Watson

April 20, 2018

While getting her masters in archaeology, E. Elizabeth Watson fell in love with the history and lore of Northern England. We discussed how it inspired her Scottish Medieval romances.

Author Provocateur Interviews: Alanna Lucas

Author Provocateur Interviews: Alanna Lucas

April 20, 2018

If you love regencies, Alanna's are swoon-worthy. Her historic research is not only impeccable, she also gives herself unique criteria, which readers relish.

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