9 February 2019

Browsing The Blogs

Twitter: #DDRevsBrowsingBlogs
some suggested Browsing!

made in 1938 blogathon banner

"The year 1938 was an interesting one in America. The nation started to ease out of the Great Depression around the time President Franklin D. Roosevelt began implementing his New Deal initiatives in 1933 and by the end of the decade, financially, things were looking up for many Americans. At the same time as American were starting to get their feet back on the ground, tensions were mounting in Europe with the rise of the Nazi party that would explode into World War II in 1939." 

Gnarled Bones And Other Stories

"Every movie lately seems to come out with “The Making of ...” clips. Well, here is a little insight into The Making of my historical novel of Ancient Egypt (3080 BC).

How much research should (or must) a writer do on his or her chosen era? My answer: A lot. Next, how much “real history” should be incorporated into a novel. I say, a lot less than the writer gleaned through research. After all, it’s fiction. But when citing historical facts, they do need to be, well, factual. And that's when it gets tricky ...

Sheila Williams  : The Lost Town...

Today’s tale, an extract from my book 'Close to the Edge - Tales from the Holderness Coast'  is of the 13th/14th century lost town of Ravenser Odd, now lying under the North Sea, off the Humber estuary in East Yorkshire.

By and large they were a bad lot in Ravenser Odd:
The town of Ravenser Odd was an extremely famous borough, devoted to merchandise with many fisheries and the most abundantly provided with ships and burgesses of all the boroughs of that coast. But yet, by all its wicked deeds and especially wrong-doings on the sea, and by its evil actions and predations, it provoked the vengeance of God upon itself beyond measure.”

Susan Grossey : Sam's On The Shortlist!

What a day!  I have received notification that “Faith, Hope and Trickery” has been shortlisted for the inaugural Selfies Award, which I entered back in December.  It’s one of eight books in the running and the winner will be announced at the London Book Fair on 12 March 2019.  I had already booked my ticket for that day, as I’ve never been to the LBF before (I want to walk around with “Author” on my ID badge), and I wanted to support the Selfies even if I was not personally involved.  But now I will be – great excitement!


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Have you got an interesting article 
or maybe a book announcement, 
or some exciting news about your writing 
that you posted on your personal blog?

Want to share the link to it 
here, on our 
Browsing The Blogs spot?
  • I will share a maximum of four posts per weekend (not including the 15th of the month if it falls on a weekend)
  • must be historical related (e.g historical fiction, historical article etc)
  • what you send I'll post - I'll not go searching for anything
in return for the free advertising...
  • please share these weekend 'advert' pages where and when you can on social media
send me (Helen) :
  • your [author] name
  • the URL link you want me to post
  • an image to go with it (Jpeg or gif)
  • a short snippet of what the article (or whatever) is about (i.e the first paragraph from your article) 
  • If you are an author: ONE book cover image (or a compilation image of all your books)
send to author@helenhollick.net


  1. Thanks, Helen, for including the "Making of Khamsin" and my often painstaking Hist. Fic. research into Ancient Egypt in your fascinating blog tours.

  2. Thanks so much for featuring my blog post, Helen!!!



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