Last week, I had the joy of meeting up with hundreds of other historical fiction writers at the Historical Novel Society North America Conference. Suffice it to say, it was FANTASTIC! I will try to write down some of my most memorable takeaways in a later post this summer.
What's really amazing is that I wound up getting to meet two authors in person that I've only known online. Both of them have been so supportive and kind when it comes to my own work. Thus, it was a pleasure finally being able to exchange hugs, sit together at meals, and take selfies.
I've mentioned this before, but there is such a cohesive bond between authors. We are all aware of the struggles and difficulties of navigating through an industry where there's a true "glut" of materials. It's hard to get "noticed"; even harder to maintain an edge once you've found it.
I feel so blessed to have made the contacts that I do have, and I sincerely hope that I can be the encouragement to some other writers out there that others have been to me. One of the ways I'm trying to do that is by sharing other authors' work here on my blog. Sometimes, a book might spur your curiosity, and if it does, then it helps an author make a sale. It's even more valuable if you follow up after reading the book and leave a review--not just a rating but a REVIEW. Even if it's just a few words.
This week, I have a returning guest: J.R. Tomlin, who has been busy writing on an early Medieval Scotland series. I'm thrilled to have J.R. back and hope that you will take a look at her work and see if it intrigues you.
READ ON, everyone!
All About the Book
Young Archibald, the Black Douglas's bastard son, returns from exile to a Scotland ravaged by war. The war-hardened Knight of Liddesdale will teach him what he must learn. And with danger on every side, he must learn to sleep with one eye open and a claymore in his hand because even their closest ally may betray them...
All About J.R. Tomlin
J R Tomlin is the author of twenty historical novels.
Her historical novels are mainly set in Scotland. You can trace her love of that nation to the stories of Robert the Bruce and the Black Douglas that her grandmother read her when she was small and to her hillwalking through the Scottish Cairngorms where the granite mountains have a gorgeous red glow under the setting sun.
In addition to having lived in Scotland, she has traveled in the US, mainland Europe and the Pacific Rim. She now lives in Oregon.
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