Getting Medieval

Sunny Frazier 5Returning guest blogger Sunny Frazier, whose first novel in the Christy Bristol Astrology Mysteries, Fools Rush In, received the Best Novel Award from Public Safety Writers Association, reveals a shocking truth—she’s going through a change in reading taste.

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The Tudors, the Borgias, the White Queen, Game of Thrones, Reign. Is it my imagination or are we turning back the clock and embracing 800-year-old stories?

I remember going through my Tudor period in high school. This was before the Six Wives of Henry VIII came on TV. There were also plays-to-movies: Anne of a Thousand Days, Becket, Lion in the Winter.

I gave up all historical fiction for the mystery genre. But lately, I’m burned out. I’ve read enough mysteries over the last three decades to the point where I know whodunit, howdunit, whydunit. I write mysteries, yet lately I’ve been lured to the dark (age) side.

Blame it on Philippa Gregory. Her series of books about queens we really didn’t know much about, or their sisters, shot up the best seller list. Oh, there were women authors writing about the royal families well before Philippa hit the bookshelves. Jean Plaidy ruled, Allison Weir did both fiction and non-fiction. But, it was “The Other Boleyn Girl” that captured modern day imaginations.

Why this fascination for early European history? I think it’s because female writers are putting the women behind the throne front and center. We aren’t hearing history from the male perspective. Battles, politics, beheadings—BORING. No, we want to read how strong women held things together while their men suited up and went off to war. How they took care of the kingdom and men they were forced to marry.

You can easily spot the books. The covers usually show a woman in sumptuous dress but from the back or with the head cut off (not literally). They are often mistaken for historical romances, another genre altogether. There’s usually a castle in the background. Those are now the books I gravitate toward.

Fools Rush In 2Consider it “history lite.” The info is well researched and notated. The sources are indisputable. I don’t care about that. I want to read about the food these people ate, the clothes the women wore, their cosmetics, how they managed households. I love how they manipulated men and fought like harridans to get their sons on the throne.

I’m not alone. My friend Gayle introduced me to Shelfari where there are other historical fiction aficionados. I love adding books to my cyber shelf and checking out the shelves of others for new reads. I trade books with my friend Peny; we have a book club of just two. I scour used bookstores and library sales for books on my growing list. It’s a scavenger hunt because I’ve discovered readers in this genre hold tight to their books. My list is broken down by libraries and I order books to be sent to Lemoore.

The other day one of the librarians asked if I was researching to write a historical mystery. I got to thinking: astrology was pretty important in olden times. I’m working on an idea to have my astrologer, Christy Bristol, delve into history for her own enlightenment.

I’m still Buried Under Books, but it’s a new genre of old history.

Cover Reveal: Something Wicked by Angela Campbell

Something Wicked

Title: Something Wicked
Series: The Psychic Detectives Series #2
Author: Angela Campbell
Published by: Harper Impulse
Publication date: October 31st 2013
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
Can be read as a stand-alone

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Goodreads

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Synopsis:

Psychic medium Alexandra King is sick of being pestered by her boss’s dead
mother demanding help to reunite her two estranged sons. Determined to get
some peace and quiet again, Alexandra follows a lead in finding the younger
Collins brother to Charleston, South Carolina, where she immediately meets the
hottest man she’s ever laid eyes on and finds herself a willing participant
in seduction. Of course, her one-night-stand turns out to be none
other than Dylan Collins — her boss’s younger brother and a homicide
detective who believes psychics are a complete waste of time.

All Dylan wants is a few hours of pleasure to take his mind off of the case
haunting him. A serial killer is stalking the streets of The Holy City — a killer
who calls himself The Grim Reaper. When the woman he’d just spent the
night with turns up and offers her services as a psychic consultant on the case,
his ardor quickly cools. Last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a con artist.

It doesn’t take long for Dylan to realize Alexandra is the real deal – and the killer’s
next target. Dylan’s protective instincts battle his reluctance to get too involved
with a woman he isn’t sure he can trust. As they get closer to finding the killer,
they also grow closer to one another, but will Alexandra’s secret agenda destroy
their chance at happiness — if the killer doesn’t strike first?

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About the Author

Angela CampbellAuthor Angela Campbell is an overachiever with a soft spot for men who dress funny. Superman, Charlie Chaplin, Dracula, Doctor Who, Elvis – those are her kind of heroes. An eclectic reader who loves almost every genre, Angela read her first romance novel at 16 and immediately endeavored to write one, too. Many offbeat attempts (and a couple of decades) later, she published her first novel through Carina Press. Her new romantic suspense series is being published by Harper Impulse. With every story she pens, Angela aims to build in a paranormal element to a contemporary and recognizable world with characters who find love in oftentimes humorous and extraordinary situations.

A mild-mannered reporter with almost 15 years experience as a general assignment reporter, features editor and graphic designer, Angela has also worked as a production assistant in TV and film. Learn more about her books at www.angelacampbellonline.com.

Author links:

Website  //  Facebook  //  Twitter  //  Goodreads

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