Slight Obsession with Knights? A Fun Interview at Maria Grace’s Random Bits of Fascination

(From Cathy) Here is a delightful interview of our fiercely dedicated writer, Char. Yes…she has a great writer’s lair and an exciting start to Book III.

Charlene Newcomb

Novelist Maria Grace invited me by her blog today.

Obsessed with Star Wars, her costume is a Jedi Knight. Read on and find out more…”

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Review: Men of the Cross (Battle Scars, #1) by Charlene Newcomb

And the great reviews keep coming! Char just read the first draft of opening Book Three. It’s going to be a good one!

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Today I have the 21878750pleasure of sharing my review of Men of the Cross (Battle Scars, #1)
by Charlene Newcomb, a 2014 B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree

“War, political intrigue and passion… heroes… friends and lovers… and the seeds for a new Robin Hood legend await you…”

The tag line doesn’t promise too much. A historical romance with a difference, this very well researched and historically competent story illustrates events taking place between 1190 and 1193, namely parts of King Richard’s Crusade to the holy land.
It revolves around two very different knights: Henry de Grey, strong in his faith and passionate about the mission to take Jerusalem back from Saladin’s army. Stephan l’Aigle’s is more worldy a warrior.During their journey and through their adventures the two develop their attraction to each other. This includes a m/m relationship with a heat level of 2 (out of 5), which means there is some erotic content but nothing too graphic. Unlike more gratuitous…

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Of writing, Star Wars and home-coming Crusader knights

Congratulations,Char! So pleased you are getting the word out about this heartfelt and enjoyable book. We are proud to be with you in the critique group. Best of Luck!

ANNA BELFRAGE

CS me1smallToday I welcome yet another fellow writer to my blog. Char Newcomb is a Star Wars fan who writes excellent books set in medieval times – maybe not so much of a contradiction as one might think, seeing as swords play a major part in both these settings. Anyway, having recently read Char’s latest release For King and Country, I felt it appropriate to sit her down, serve her tea and cake, and throw her some questions. Plus, she has been kind enough to offer a giveaway – further details at the end of the post🙂

First of all, congratulations on your new book. Me, I am always a bit ambivalent when I publish a book – there’s a great sense of pride and achievement, but there’s also a substantial amount of separation angst. Is it the same for you?
Thank you for inviting me to chat with you…

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For King and Country official launch day!

Congratulations, Char! A day to celebrate! I raise a glass of ale (actually, wine. I would have made a better Norman.)

Charlene Newcomb

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Traitors to the crown pit Henry de Grey and his friends against dangerous enemies.

For King and Country

is now available on Amazon in print and for Kindle

Read Chapter One
Read The Review. Comment there for a chance
to win an e-copy of For King and Country.

Let me take you away to life in 12th century England.
Henry de Grey has come home a changed man.

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Political intrigue, family loyalties tested, forbidden love
sweeping battles

Enjoy a tale that offers a different look at the origins of Robin Hood.

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About For King and Country

England 1193
Civil war threatens as battle-scarred knight Henry de Grey returns from the Crusades. King Richard languishes in captivity, a prisoner of the Holy Roman Emperor. Traitors…

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Excerpt from For King and Country

Here is the opening to a rousing book…knights in love, battle in England, Count John (AKA bad brother to King Richard) and roots of Robin Hood legend. Congratulations, Char!

Charlene Newcomb

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Drums. Dear God, not the drums.

Henry de Grey shuddered and blinked against the mid-afternoon sun. Streaks of light shimmered through the trees like blades of a hundred broadswords. Stephan l’Aigle stirred beside the young knight, but then lay still, like Henry, listening. At the water’s edge, the knights’ horses perked their ears. A distant rumble sounded. Not drums, but wheels grating along the old Roman road on the far side of the River Witham.

“One wagon,” Henry muttered and exhaled sharply.

Stephan brushed Henry’s hand. His fingers lingered on an old battle scar. “Thinking of the war?”

“I am fine.” He smiled, dismissing memories of the Holy Land conjured by the play of light and sounds. “Go back to sleep.”

“Your father expects us. You said we’d not far to go.”

“Not far.” All the while he’d been on crusade Henry dreamed of coming home. He left…

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For King and Country – Giveaway on English Historical Fiction Authors

Such a pleasure to see this novel come together! Congratulations, Char!

Charlene Newcomb

king and country_smallComment on the Giveaway post on English Historical Fiction Authors blog for a chance to win a Kindle or epub version of my upcoming release For King and Country. The giveaway will be open April 18 – 24.

Double your chances by commenting on my earlier announcement!

The story:

England 1193
Civil war threatens as battle-scarred knight Henry de Grey returns from the Crusades. King Richard languishes in captivity, a prisoner of the Holy Roman Emperor. Traitors to the crown pit Henry and his friends against dangerous and unknown enemies.

Loyalties will be tested, families torn apart. Friend or foe? It is hard to tell one from the other.

The king’s brother John and his allies plot to usurp Richard’s throne. With the knights Sir Stephan and Sir Robin, Henry fights for king and country. But he must keep his feelings for Sir Stephan l’Aigle secret. Sure as arrow or…

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Giveaway – Coming May 2 – For King and Country

Fantastic, Char! Congratulations!

Charlene Newcomb

11313088_10102867963460201_8701581433964500015_oPrint proofs have arrived!
There are only a few events in life that are more awesome than seeing your book in print. I could rattle off a number and let you add a dozen of your own. But holding a copy of the book you have spent hours researching, writing, revising, editing, editing, editing, and proofing & more proofing has to be pretty high on the ‘awesome’ list for most writers. (Did I mention editing? And proofing?)

You cannot order your copy yet – these are the print proofs that must go through another round of proofing. I am working on the ebook now – proofing and fixing formatting issues – and 3 readers have received that version as ARCs (advanced review copies).

For King and Country
will be available on May 2 on Amazon

Comment for the Giveaway
To get things rolling, I am  offering a signed paperback copy. Comment here…

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Visiting with author Anna Belfrage and other news

Kudos to our Pen in Hand colleague, Charlene Newcomb!

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sex-lastjudgementthelustful388Anna Belfrage invited me to visit with her last week (on her blog, that is). We talked “Of sodomists, sex, and sin in the Middle Ages – not as clearcut as you think.” We take a look at the Church’s definitions of sexual sins and talk a bit about how we have handled gay characters in our medieval novels. Anna’s new series takes place during the reign of Edward II who was accused of having intimate relationships with his favourites. I reviewed Book I last week.

In other news…

Men of the Cross was reviewed by the Historical Novel Society:

Charlene Newcomb has woven a gripping tale, recounting the crusade without ever [being] boring or laden down with pages of political detail. The five main characters are compelling, believable and likeable. Ms Newcomb does not do gore, which is a blessing for someone who does not particularly enjoy…

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Time Triptych

Here are some poignant pieces by our fellow poet, Steve Pfister.  We hope you enjoy these views of time, our mortal yet fickle companion.

Midnight Butterfly

Wings pressed against blue moon-

Your shadow soars on shifting winds-

Your image floats in starry nights.

But- on a night like this I hate to see you go

Because I know

Soon comes the snow

And frozen wings are far too slow

To bring you back to morning light.

Why can’t we grab the hands of time

And stop the clock forever?

Because I know

Soon comes the snow

And frozen wings are far too slow.

©Pfister 10/12/2015

 

Distant Ripples

Quiet acts of kindness come as ripples from across the lake-

A mystery that can hide on foggy distant shores

And may stop your heart and mind for a brief moment

In the wonder

Of how each ripple is like the one before

And yet is gently nudging others on

To find the silent energy that moves the surface of the lake.

These ripples make a certain rhythm as they lap against the shore

If you listen closely you can hear the songs that have been written

By those ancient acts of kindness that flow from wave to wave

In search of those waiting for a touch that will hold them tight

And bind them in the distant ripples of the lake.

©Pfister 9/7/2015

 

Before I Sleep

Drifting on the oceans of my yesterdays,

I wonder why all good journeys must have an end

And why it is so hard to leave a friend

And why sometimes I smile before I sleep.

Light and night embrace for a momentary love affair

As if to teach us how to understand

The secrets of eternity as found within our dreams~

©Pfister 10/14/2015

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A Writer’s Life with B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree Charlene Newcomb

Great interview with our Pen in Hand colleague, Charlene Newcomb!

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I’d like to welcome back B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree Charlene Newcomb to talk with me about her writing. Charlene is the author of Men of the Cross, Book I of Battle Scars. A tale of war’s impact on a young knight serving Richard the Lionheart and of forbidden love, this historical adventure is set during the Third Crusade. Book II, For King and Country, will be published in 2015. Visit Charlene’s website and find her on Facebook at CharleneNewcombAuthor, and on Twitter @charnewcomb.

Why do you write?

Growing up, I was the youngest of three children. With an 11-year age difference between my brother and me, I often was on my own. As early as I can remember I had stories floating around in my head. But it wasn’t until I was well into my 30s that I seriously put pen to paper. Back then, I…

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