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Two double acts!

As long as there have been stories there have been pairings of characters – Holmes and Watson, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, Wooster and Jeeves – the list goes on and on. In both my two new books – Pasha, the latest in the Kydd series and The Silk Tree, a standalone historical set in […]

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So where am I now…?

Being an author with quite a few published books under my belt can sometimes be a bit of a strain on the old grey matter when a reader corners me at a book signing or talk and asks about a specific incident in a book I wrote five or ten years ago. They may have […]

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Re-readers: around the buoy again!

As I travel around various events for the launch of Pasha I’ve been struck – and humbled – by the number of readers who tell me they’ve read the earlier titles in the Kydd series all over again in anticipation of the new book (sometimes more than twice). This is a large investment in terms […]

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It’s Pasha Publication Day!!

Today Pasha is officially launched in the UK; publication in the US and other countries follows. In a few minutes, Kathy and I will be heading off with Hodder Southwest Regional Sales Executive Julia Benson for a busy day visiting bookstores around the region. As always, on Launch Day evening, the Stockwins will be cracking […]

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PASHA Extra

Pasha is the fifteenth title in the Kydd series. Captain Kydd finds himself in a critical sphere of interest: the Dardanelles and I think I can guarantee a few surprises in this book… Constantinople – or should I say Istanbul – is one of the world’s genuine iconic locations. It is surpassingly beautiful and has […]

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Caribbee: A return to turquoise seas

A regular feature looking back on each of the Kydd titles – with story background, research highlights, writing challenges and more. And thank you for all your kind comments on the post about my thirteenth book, Betrayal. The fourteenth book in the series is Caribbee which sees Kydd and Renzi back in the torquoise seas […]

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BETRAYAL: the tide turns

A regular feature looking back on each of the Kydd titles – with story background, research highlights, writing challenges and more. And thank you for all your kind comments on the post about my previous book, Conquest. The thirteenth book in the Kydd series is Betrayal, a book I enjoyed writing because it was dealing […]

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CONQUEST: the Race to Empire Begins!

A regular feature looking back on each of the Kydd titles – with story background, research highlights, writing challenges and more. And thank you for all your kind comments on the post about my eleventh book, Victory. The twelfth book in the series is Conquest. Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar removed the spectre of […]

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A Peek at PASHA

Here’s what three advance reviewers of Pasha have said: What a read! This is a very mature novel, with various storylines woven expertly into the history. All I can say is WOW!! So many twists and turns. So many questions answered. So many things set to rights, and then it’s all a whole new set […]

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VICTORY: Kydd at Trafalgar

A regular feature looking back on each of the Kydd titles – with story background, research highlights, writing challenges and more. And thank you for all your kind comments on the post about my tenth book, Invasion. The eleventh book in the Kydd series is Victory, which climaxes in Kydd’s involvement in Trafalgar, one of […]

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