Historical Novels, Author Events – February 2014

The following list of Historical Novel Author Events is provided courtesy of the Historical Novel Society


4 February
Janet Oakley gives a talk on Hiking Clubs and CCCs and how they shaped recreation in the North Cascades; 7:30 – 8:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, Bellingham WA.

5 February
Petrea Burchard joins the Brown Bags & Books book club at Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse in Flintridge, CA, at 1:00pm, to discuss her novel, 
Camelot & Vine.

8 February
Janet Oakley gives a talk on Hiking Clubs and CCCs and how they shaped recreation in the North Cascades; 1:00 – 2:30pm at the Blaine Library, Blaine WA.

12th February 
Margaret Skea speaking about /reading from Turn of the Tide at Heiton Village, Scottish Borders United Kingdom

February 17 – 24
The Bellingham One-Act Theatre (BOAT) Festival is back! Enjoy a healthy slate of plays, many of which are original works being staged for the first time. .Tree Soldier: A Reader’s Theater. will be staged at 9:00 pm each evening.  Pass tickets are $10:00



Historical Novels, Author Events – October 2013

The following list of Historical Novel Author Events is courtesy of the Historical Novel Society


8th October:
Alana White, “The Sign of the Weeping Virgin,”
Green Hills Branch Nashville Public Library, 6:30-7:30p. Nashville, TN.

11-19th October:
Sharman Burson Ramsey; Nashville Festival of the Book.

12th October:
Alana White, “The Sign of the Weeping Virgin,” and Alison Atlee, “The Typewriter Girl,”
Southern Festival of Books, 11a-NOON, Nashville, TN. Legislative Plaza.  (SFOB dates are Oct. 11-13.)

12th October:
Blog tour stop at Fly High for Castles, Customs & Kings

12th October:
JL Oakley, CCCs in the Washington talk/book signing for Tree Soldier, Burien library 2-3 PM

12 October:
10am-4pm EDT – Books by the Banks Festival, Duke Energy Center, Cincinnati, OH – Many Authors including Anna Lee Huber

12 October:
Peni Jo Renner book signing for “Puritan Witch” 
Book Warehouse of Gettysburg, 1863 Gettysburg Village Drive, Gettysburg, PA, US, Noon-5pm EDT

17 October:
Publication of Alison Morton‘s alternate history thriller, ‘PERFIDITAS”, the sequel to ‘INCEPTIO”.

24 October:
Susan McDuffie, talk and book signing for “The Study of Murder”

24 October:
Peni Jo Renner book signing/presentation for “Puritan Witch”
Smithsburg Library, 66 West Water St., Smithsburg, MD, 6pm EDT

25 October:
Release of “Elly Hays” by Lori Crane. (The third in the Okatibbee Creek Series.)
Kim Headlee talk & book signing of “Dawnflight, Morning’s Journey, and Liberty” (writing as Kimberly Iverson)
Rising Star 22, Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV, 7 p.m. to midnight ET.

26 October:
Kim Headlee panel appearance & book signing of “Dawnflight, Morning’s Journey, and Liberty” (writing as Kimberly Iverson)
Rising Star 22, Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV, 10 a.m. to midnight ET.

29 October:
Event on Facebook for the launch of “Morning’s Journey” (The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles, vol. 2, sequel to Dawnflight) by Kim Headlee, 12 noon to 4 p.m. ET.
Kickoff of the blog tour for “Morning’s Journey”. Everyone invited!

30 October:
Peni Jo Renner presentation/book signing for “Puritan Witch”
153 Academy Road North Andover, MA 01845 7:30 EDT


Review: Poisoned Waters ~ Ermisenda Alvarez

Book-Cover-Poisoned-WatersHelen Gardener is murdered on a trans-Atlantic cruise. The Diamond Royale sails from Southampton to New York with her murderer aboard. Set in the 1950s, Poisoned Waters follows the stories of seven unfortunate characters and how they are affected by her death. Was it merely an accident? Mr Phillips, the owner of the ship, and sponsor of the cruise, rules with an iron fist, in search of something or someone.

Lies spiral out of control as the suspects try to survive the final days on board. Conflicted by their sense of morals, greed, and lust, they realise what kind of people they really are. Who will rise? Who will fall? Who was Helen’s murderer

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The characters in this book are written in such a way as to make them become more realistic and this compels the reader want to find out more about them; however,  as their true emotions and personal agendas surface  you find yourself shying away from them.  In developing the characters in this manner, the Author has provided an additional dimension to this book, and turns it into something more than a murder mystery, it is this extra aspect that will keep you wanting to read on.  The use of some of the characters native languages really contributed to the overall makeup of them, and helped them become more alive.  There is a great deal of character swapping in this book, but not enough that the reader would become confused and lose track of what was going on.

Set on a 1950’s cruise ship, the Author takes us there with ease, managing to instil the feelings of an era that was still reeling from the horrors of war.  Skillfully the Author manages to bring out the rules, prejudices and class society boundaries that were prevalent at this time, without sounding preachy or judgemental about some of the points of view expressed,  Obviously a lot of research in the 1950’s, and the cruise lines in particular, was carried out when writing this novel and it shows in the descriptions of the ship. However this novel is about more than murder and the mystery that surrounds it; it is about the dark, unspoken side of human nature, and the questioning of that nature when temptation rears its ugly head.  Like many of the readers of this novel, I like to have faith in humanity, but know deep down that it is flawed in an irreparable way; the Author is well aware of this too, and manages to convey this through their writing.

The fun part of reading this book for me was the impression I got that I was reading a round of the board game Cluedo (Clue).  Just when I thought I had figured it all out and was about to make my call, there came a twist that had me wondering all over again.  This is a nicely paced little book, with lots of these twists and turns that brings you to a very surprising conclusion.

I would recommend it to all lovers of the mystery/murder/thriller genre, and even lovers of the board game might find this an enjoyable read.

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This post has been part of the Poisoned Waters Blog Tour. Poisoned Waters is a thrilling mystery set on a trans-Atlantic cruise where a murderer walks amongst passengers.