Photograph of Elizabeth
More pictures from The Bleeding Land trailer shoot
by Elizabeth on Feb 29, 2012 at 10:10 am
Categories: Historical Fiction

Here are a few more pictures from our day spent with Giles Kristian filming the book trailer for The Bleeding Land, the first in an epic new English Civil War trilogy. @GilesKristian #thebleedingland

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Photograph of Elizabeth
The Bleeding Land book trailer shoot
by Elizabeth on Feb 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm
Categories: Film News , Gallery , Latest News

Last weekend we were lucky enough to attend the filming for The Bleeding Land book trailer, the first novel in an epic new English Civil War trilogy by Giles Kristian.

The shoot took place in Ashby de la Launde just outside of Lincoln in the middle of the stunning grounds of the Grade II listed Ashby Hall. We spent a full day on set with Director Phil Stevens (who also directed trailers for Giles’ fabulous Raven Viking trilogy) and his amazing crew and learnt how to how to make fake blood and fire a Matchlock Musket amongst other things, the latter being much harder than it looks! Re-enactors were out in force demonstrating their staggering knowledge of this period in history and the attention to detail on their uniforms and actions was outstanding.

The camera used to film on the day was none other than the same one used for The Hobbit and Valhalla Rising so we are understandably incredibly exited to see the final trailer; it’s going to be marvelous.

For more information, visit Giles’ facebook page:

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Win a Copy of The Queen’s Secret!
by Lynsey on Feb 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm
Categories: Featured

Today is the day the sumptuous Tudor novel The Queen’s Secret by Victoria Lamb hits the shelves! The Queen’ s Secret tells the tale of Elizabeth Tudor’s summer progress in the year 1575 and of her troubled relationship with the Earl of Leicester.

Victoria Lamb will be signing copies of her new book at Waterstones in Coventry on 18th February at 11am.

And if that wasn’t enough we’ll be going back in time to the scene of the crime and hosting Victoria’s book launch at Kenilworth Castle!! Come along on the 1st March to The Stables at Kenilworth, enjoy a glass of wine and listen to Victoria tell you all the fascinating details about Elizabeth at Kenilworth.


Spies, lies and adultery: Elizabeth I at Kenilworth
Join  author Victoria Lamb for this entertaining talk and the launch of her new book
At The Stables,
Kenilworth Castle,
Castle Green, Kenilworth, CV8 1NE

on Thursday 1st March from 7pm

Refreshments will be provided
For more information
please call: 01926 855784
Tickets are free from Kenilworth Books


If you would like to win a copy of this fabulous book, we have three to giveaway!  Just answer the following question in the comments box below:

       Q. In what year is The Queen’s Secret set?

Good Luck!

A gripping historical novel set in Tudor England during the reign of Elizabeth I.


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Photograph of Lynsey
Pauline Quirke Signing Tour!
by Lynsey on Feb 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm
Categories: Events , Latest News

Pauline Quirke has been on our TV screens for forty-two years and is a hugely talented actress. This year she reunites with the cast of Birds of a Feather to tour the country performing their brand new stage show. Pauline has had a busy year and her memoir Where Have I Gone? which chronicles that year is published on 1st March.

We are pleased to announce the first few dates of Pauline Quirke’s signing tour. Head down to one of the bookshops listed below to meet Pauline!

Get your Mother the perfect Mother’s Day present and drop in to see Pauline, get a book signed and meet one of the friendliest actresses on the planet!


Friday 9th March
WHSmith Cardiff  12.30pm
83/85 Queen Street, Cardiff    CF10 2NX

Friday 16th March
WHSmith Southend on Sea, 12.30pm
207 High Street, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 1LN

Friday 6th April
WHSmith Hanley, 12:30pm
213 The Potteries Shopping Centre, Market Square, Hanley
Stoke on Trent ST1 1PS

Friday 27th April
WHSmith Blackpool, 12.30pm
12/16 Bank Hey Street, Blackpool  FY1 4RT

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Photograph of Elizabeth
The Bleeding Land trailer shoot
by Elizabeth on Feb 10, 2012 at 10:10 am

Calling all historical fiction fans and bloggers alike!

On Sunday 19th February,  Giles Kristian will be shooting the trailer for  The Bleeding Land, his epic new English Civil War hardback due out in April.

We would love a blogger to come along with us  to observe the  whole process so if you would like to meet and interview Giles, the film crew and have a wonderful day out in Lincoln,  get in touch!

Elizabeth Swain / / @EKSwain

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