Dear Readers, welcome!
I have to admit to feeling very chuffed that THE GOLDEN WIDOWS (see more below) has just won Third Prize in The Society of Women Writers (NSW) Fiction Award 2016. But you might be thinking: well, it was not first prize, so? However, for a novel that had no Australian content and was about two young widows in the Wars of the Roses, it was a lovely honour to be in the final so thank you very much, SWW!
TROUBADOUR will be out in April. It’s at the line-edit stage with the copy editor at the moment. The cover is now approved and the moment I get the final version, I’ll put it up.
The Georgette Heyer Day in Sydney was great fun and thank you to Susannah Fullerton and her team for their hard work in making it such a success. I would never have imagined when I was a teenager and bought REGENCY BUCK from W.H.Smith’s in the high street with my pocket money that one day I’d be giving a talk on that very book in Sydney on the other side of the world. This novel was not only Georgette Heyer’s first Regency novel and created a genre that has inspired hundreds of novelists and created profitable lines for many major publishers but also its structure presents an archetypal romance novel.
The workshop on creating strong heroines for the Romance Writers Annual Conference seems to have gone well and thank you to everyone who came along. The weather in Glenelg, SA, was cold and very-very-very windy and Jaye Ford and I could feel the icy air round our calves as we gave the presentation. Thank you to RWA and ARRA for their great effort in making it a most enjoyable weekend.
Thank you so much.
LATEST EBOOKS FROM PAN MACMILLAN
Plantagenet Society of Australia
About 15 years ago, six of us started a history society dedicated to the Plantagenet era (Henry II—Richard III). We meet six times a year and our invited speakers are experts from many fields.
We now have a FaceBook Page and you can find videos of the talks we’ve enjoyed this year from guest speakers Professor Carole Cusack , Professor Jonathon Wooding and yours truly.
The Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/PlantagenetSocietyofAustralia1154/
Plantagenet Society of Australia
Our speaker in November is Susan Shaw, who grew up in Yorkshire, and she will be giving a talk on ‘Medieval York’. The January get-together is always our discussion meeting and the topic for 2017 is ‘Medieval Crime’.
THE GOLDEN WIDOWS is available in both print and digital format. It’s the story of two real life widows on opposing sides during the Wars of the Roses. The Yorkist widow is Kate Neville, the sister of Warwick the Kingmaker. The Lancastrian widow is a certain Lady Grey!!! A woman about to change history!
To read an extract, head on over to PUBLICATIONS
The mass paperback edition of MISTRESS TO THE CROWN, about King Edward IV's favourite, known to history as Mistress Jane Shore, is now available in bookstores or from Mira.
For a real life 'Game of Thrones', Isolde’s other recent novel THE DEVIL IN ERMINE, the events of 1483, told by Richard III’s cousin, Harry, Duke of Buckingham, can be bought as print-on-demand or an e-book from Amazon.
For more information about all Isolde’s books, please have a look at the PUBLICATIONS page.
If you are an aspiring writer, you may find the various checklists in the HELP FOR WRITERS section of this website worth having a look through before you send off your manuscript to an agent or a publisher.