Tuesday 22 December 2015

English Historical Fiction Authors: A sparrow's flight through King Edwin's great hall at Gefrin

Today I have a post on the English Historical Fiction Authors blog. In this blog post, I talk about Bede and his famous description of the sparrow's flight through a hall in winter, King Edwin's hall at Gefrin - that features in The Serpent Sword - and the inexorable passage of time.

Check it out here: A sparrow's flight through King Edwin's great hall at Gefrin

Sunday 20 December 2015

More interviews and award news!

A couple of interviews with me have been posted on other blogs recently, so if you want to read more about me, the writing, the history of the Bernicia Chronicles and what is coming up next for Beobrand, check out these interviews with other historical fiction authors:

With L.A. Smith:

With Annie Whitehead:

In other news, the full long list for the Historical Novel Society 2016 Indie Award has been posted. The Serpent Sword is there amidst great novels. The short list will be posted on 1st January, so fingers crossed!

Wednesday 16 December 2015

Another great review of The Cross and the Curse

As part of the build up to the release of The Cross and the Curse in January, I have been sending out advance review copies to bloggers and reviewers. One such review has gone up on David's Book Blurg, a great site for punchy reviews of mainly historical fiction and fantasy novels, with a few other genres thrown in for good measure.

David has rated it 5 out of 5 and says the following:
"This is by far the best sequel I’ve read to date"
"Harffy clearly knows what a reader wants and gives it to them"

Read the full review.

Pre-order The Cross and the Curse.

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Being compared to the great Bernard Cornwell is not such a bad place to be!

In the last couple of days, I have featured on the websites of two talented historical fiction authors.

First, I wrote a guest post for Samantha Wilcoxson's blog on what it's like to be compared to the great author, Bernard Cornwell.

Second, Stephanie Churchill has written a great piece about THE SERPENT SWORD and THE CROSS AND THE CURSE  and my writing in general, where she also compares me (favourably!) to the historical fiction master himself!

Meanwhile, THE SERPENT SWORD is currently on special offer in the US and UK - only 0.99 for a limited time only!

Buy it here: getbook.at/TheSerpentSword

And THE CROSS AND THE CURSE is available for pre-order. (Release date 22nd January 2016)

Finally, if you're looking for a present for someone special, you can order a signed paperback of either book from www.matthewharffy.com.