Sunday, September 22, 2013

Second Anniversary Celebration of English Historical Fiction Authors!

by Debra Brown

We've stepped down into true-life fairy tale scenes.
Today is the 2nd anniversary of this blog, September 23rd, 2013. We want to thank all of you, our dear readers, for being with us.

It has been a second very interesting year. We've had some excellent new authors join us, and we've really enjoyed their posts. We've read about the poetry of Mary, Queen of Scots, met Mendoza the Jew, an English Heavyweight Champion, and sought after the body parts of saints from all over the world.

Our most popular posts from this year (Sept. 23, 2012 - Sept. 22, 2013) based on the number of hits have been 1) The Real Identities Behind the Books we Love, by Karen V. Wasylowski, 2) Samuel Leech's Account of War at Sea, by Wanda Luce, 3) Seven Surprising Facts About Anne of Cleves, by Nancy Bilyeau, and 4) 'Let the Cat Out of the Bag...' by Jonathan Hopkins.

We've looked out over the incredible British Isles.
I could write ad nauseum here about us and our projects, but we decided this year that we would enjoy actually chatting with you, our readers. (Although it is a Monday, you do get a coffee break...) We will be on Twitter throughout the day to say hello at #EHFAChat. Please, please join us!

(For those who do not know how to participate in a Twitter chat, simply type #EHFAChat into the Twitter search bar. It will take you to a page where the chat is going on. To join in, add #EHFAChat to your tweets. You can direct a comment to one person by using their @Name, or just talk to the group as a whole. If you forget to add #EHFAChat, your tweet will not show up on that page.)

We are thrilled to announce the immediate release of our new book, Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors. It is an anthology of some of the wonderful posts from our first year, Sept. 23rd, 2011- Sept. 23rd, 2012.

Reviewers have said, "It's an amusing trot through British history and excellent bedtime reading." "I opened the book expecting to find something akin to a conference proceedings without 'trained' experts. Instead I found a new appreciation for the meticulous research and knowledge of the genre's authors." And "Fans of historical fiction and England will find the book rich in supplemental information to complement their reading with an introduction to authors of works they might enjoy."

Amazon US - Kindle
Amazon UK - Kindle

The above links are only for the Kindle version, but that will change as the books are linked together. The print version is available at a special price at this writing at:

Amazon US - Print
Amazon UK - Print

The book will also be available at other online stores within days.

We are offering a print copy of the book in a drawing to a winner in the US, Canada, or UK, and an electronic copy to an international winner. You can comment on this post to enter the drawing. Please be sure to leave your contact information.

We've been stopped by beauty and antiquity.
Then please follow us via the links below to visit various castles at the blogs of some of the authors. Many of the authors are offering a castle-related gift or a historical fiction book. It is a day for EHFA fun--thanks for joining us!

Pictures of Haddon Hall courtesy of Cassandra Grafton.



  1. Congratulations everyone! Two years and still going strong. I've learned so much from the posts and enjoy the critical thinking that goes on about historic events along with some of the fun and unusual facts.

  2. Congratulations - I really love your blog and look forward every day to see what is being discussed.

    keep up the good work !!

  3. Excellent work Debbie and congratulations. You've brought such interesting and varied posts into the light over the past two years. History Lives:-)

  4. I was just at Haddon Hall recently, lovely place!

  5. Happy anniversary! I really love reading the articles and I learn so much. Keep up the great work!
    smhparent at hotmail dot com

  6. Congratulations - having studied English History at school and university I love learning more

    meikleblog at gmail dot com

  7. Happy Anniversary - and looking forward to virtual visiting all these wonderful posts about castles!

  8. Looking forward to reading the book and you know from my comments I love your blog!

  9. Life having intervened and not able to post in the blog hop, am going to enjoy reading and sharing all the posts (when I can get my computer to play ball - linky thing not working for me at present.)

  10. Congratulations on the anniversary and the book - which I definitely recommend!

  11. Happy Anniversary. Love the site. The book sounds fabulous. Such a wonderful concept. I look forward to reading it. Thank you for the giveaway.

  12. Happy Anniversary. Love the site. The book sounds fabulous. Such a wonderful concept. I look forward to reading it. Thank you for the giveaway.

  13. I so enjoy the posts here and look forward to many more. Thanks for the chance to win

  14. I love reading the posts on this blog!! I always come away with a little more knowledge Happy Anniversary for your blog...I would love to read this fascinating new book! I have always been fascinated by castles for as long as I can remember. Thank you for the opportunity!!

  15. Happy Anniversary! You do such a good job with your blogs. I always enjoy them. Thank you, msdotgeneralleeatgmaildptcom

  16. Happy Anniversary! You do such a good job with your blogs. I always enjoy them. Thank you, msdotgeneralleeatgmaildptcom

  17. Congratulations! I have so enjoyed reading the daily postings for this blog and look forward to yet another great year with you.

    K. P. Vorenberg

  18. Happy Anniversary! Thank you so much for two wonderful years of amazing, interesting posts. I look forward to reading many more years with you.

    tmrtini at gmail dot com

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  20. Happy Anniversary! How utterly fascinating...
    Jennifer Fohlbrook
    charmed1j AT yahoo DOT com

  21. Thank you all for your kind words and well-wishes! It makes it all so worth the effort to hear these things.

    The giveaway will run for a week, through next Sunday, so you can continue to enter the drawing.

  22. I would love to have this book! Sounds fascinating! Happy Anniversary!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  23. I have just found your blog and I'm looking forward to having a good read through. I'm a recent history convert after years reading science and I only wish I had found this love earlier. sam

  24. Love your blog and can't wait to read your book!

  25. I just love this blog. Love historical fiction and history and never get enough.

  26. Hallo, Hallo! :)

    I discovered your blog awhile ago, but time gets away from me, and I haven't had the proper chance to drop back as regularly as I would prefer! I did link to you on my blog, so that I could find you easily as much as pass the word around about how lovely of a blog it is that you maintain! I saw a bookaway for this book on *Passages to the Past*, and decided to click over to your blog! I was quite happy to see that I could participate in the bookaway here, and love that I can continue to show my support!! :)

    I love how you've turned your blog into a printed resource!! That is quite a smashing idea by far!

    Thank you for offering this bookaway

  27. Excited to have found your site. The book sounds fascinating and might prove useful to Marshall in his writing.

    Tracey Best

  28. Sorry for the delayed response! Congratulations on the book release and thank you for choosing to use some of my rather amateur photos from Haddon Hall! Hope to be more active going forward now family issues are sorted!

  29. Thank you all so much for visiting the blog as you can- I love that we have had nearly 1/4 million visitors! You make our work worthwhile.

    The winners of the giveaway will soon be announced on our Giveaway page. Thank you all!

  30. I just found your blog. As a devoted anglophile and bibliophile I think I might have found heaven......thank you
    Jessica Flinders
    1532 Mary Place
    Rohnert Park CA 94928


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