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The Saxon Wolf is just 99p – for a limited time

For the next few days, The Saxon Wolf (Fire Born 2), is on sale on Amazon for just 99p. That’s…

Pantser division: two ways to set about writing a historical fiction novel

Someone asked the other day how I set about writing a novel, and since I have written a fair number…

Have yourself a very Viking Christmas

What’s that emerging from Santa’s sack? Is it a huge, hairy, axe-wielding, 8th-century maniac? No? Would you like it to…

The Loki Sword is just 99p – for a couple of days

If you have already read my third outing in the Fire Born series, ignore this. But Amazon have dropped the…

The dark corners of the nursery

Most people know that the children’s rhyme Ring a Ring o’ Roses is supposed to be about the Black Death…

The most enlightening books on the Dark Ages

I was recently asked by a company called Shepherd to participate in a book promo thing in which I had…

The meaning of the sword in Dark Age cultures

“The pen is mightier than the sword,” said the comedian Marty Feldman. “And considerably easier to write with.” He was…

The over-enthusiastic etymologist, #2: Berserk, Gay, Money

I’ve always loved words and as a schoolboy I wanted to become an etymologist. I had a collection of a…