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The folks over at Free Kindle Books and Tips are featuring Chosen today, Chosenwhich is the first book of the Guardians of the Word epic fantasy series, so here’s a shout out to them and the support they give authors of all stripes. It’s a fantastic service for readers who may want to check out a new writer. If you do use the service, please share, and as always, if you like a book you get for free, leave a review. That is the best way to give back to an author who is just starting out (and buying the next book in the series 😉 ).

 

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Rewriting history with Sarah Woodbury

Sarah Woodbury is an accomplished and prolific author. On her Amazon author page, the list hits 14 books with her name on them and she has 4 kids on top of all that writing! I’m not sure how she does it. Without further ado, Sarah takes on how to put a little fantasy into Historical Fiction.

Writing Fantasy into Historical Fiction 

Wales … snow covered mountains, deep lakes, hundreds of miles of coastline, and a long and brutal history of rebellion and conquest.

I love history and reading about history, but real history often ends badly for the heroes.  Consequently, when a story involves a main character who dies an unpleasant and premature death, it can be difficult to craft a tale that is an enjoyable read.  This is particularly true of books set in medieval Wales.

One of the most compelling stories ever told is the tale of King Arthur, in all of its permutations and manifestations.  Arthur, whether a real person or not, was conceived in Wales, and played a key role in holding back the Saxon conquest of Britain.

My novel of King Arthur, Cold My Heart, begins with a vision of Arthur’s death at the hands of Modred and asks—what if?   What if King Arthur survived to rule and pass his kingdom onto a worthy successor?  That sounds like a more fun story to me than the typical French version where everyone dies in the end.  It also is more in keeping with the genuinely Welsh tales in which Arthur survives Camlann.  And who should know that better than the Welsh?

Similarly, as with the death of Arthur, few endings have had a greater impact on the progress—or lack thereof—of a country than the death in 1282 of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the last Prince of Wales.

With his death, Edward I of England set about eliminating Welsh language, culture, and history to the best of his ability, even to the point of expunging any mention of the Welsh royal court from public documents.  He took the crown, the piece of the true cross, and even the title, Prince of Wales, which from then on would be bestowed on the eldest son of the King of England.

My After Cilmeri series takes the ambush and murder of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, throws in some time travel, and also asks what if?  What if he survived?  And what might happen to the two teenagers who save him?

 

Orson Welles once said, “If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”

My problem is that I don’t want the story to stop where it does—with the death of the hero.  The history and death of these great Welsh heroes are tales that desperately needed someone to rewrite them.  Or at least I thought so.

And so I did.

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Thanks Sarah, for stopping by for the Indie Writers Unite Blog Tour! Here’s where you can find all things Sarah Woodbury.

Web page:  http://www.sarahwoodbury.com/

Twitter code is:  http://twitter.com/#!/SarahWoodbury

On Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/sarahwoodburybooks

Links to Sarah’s books:

Amazon and Amazon UK
Smashwords

Barnes and Noble

Apple

 

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A story for the Holidays

Benny and the Bank Robber 2: Doctor Dad is a Children’s/YA Historical adventures, second in a series. It includes a Christmas ending about the cost of trying to convince family and friends that Jesus came to Earth with nothing to be the Prince of Peace.

The following is a brief excerpt from the book:

That night Benny took one more look through his footlocker. Suddenly he noticed a slip of paper tucked into his winter boots. He pulled it out and opened it.

“The box is the key. Use it to unlock the door to the cat.” At the end was a symbol Benny recognized as the Greek letter Omega. Jason and Joseph were both in the room when Benny found the note. Joseph watched every move Benny made when he found the note, though he tried clumsily not to show it. Jason read the note over Benny’s shoulder. Like lightning, Jason leaped across the room and slammed Joseph down on the floor. He grabbed his throat and Joseph squawked. He was a much bigger boy than Jason, but he was not at all strong and could not get the furious boy off of him.

“You’re the one who stole it!” Jason snarled. “I knew it all the time. We want it back right now!”

“Make him get off of me, or you’ll be sorry!” Joseph squealed to Benny.

“Let him up, Jason,” Benny ordered. “Joseph, I guess you don’t want to be expelled, do you? I just want my cougar skin back. I don’t want any trouble.”

“You can’t prove I had anything to do with that note or your — cougar skin,” Joseph said with an oath. “That’s not my writing. One of the searchers could have put that in there. But the truth is, I don’t have the blasted thing. I don’t even know for sure where it is. You’re just going to have to do what they say, or you’ll start getting the pretty kitty back a piece a day. That I can tell you. You can tell me now what’s in the box. Then they’ll let you know what they want next.”

Link to the rest here:

http://www.amazon.com/Benny-Bank-Robber-Doctor-ebook/dp/B0063XACS8

For more information about the Author: http://elkjerkyforthesoul.wordpress.com

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