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J. S. Dunn resided in Ireland during the past decade, and from there pursued a keen interest in early Bronze Age culture along the Atlantic coasts of Spain, France, Wales, and Ireland. Numerous archaeologists and experts vetted the details of BENDING THE BOYNE.

BENDING THE BOYNE is a debut novel and won the Next Generation Indie Award for historical fiction, 2011. Finalist, ForeWord Book Of The Year Award (historical fiction, 2012).

Recent author appearances: iBAM! November 2012 (USA); History Festival Of Ireland, June 2013 (Ireland); Historical Novel Society, June 2013 (USA). Contributor to Unusual Historicals blog,

See also GASLIGHT, historical fiction shorts collection from Chamberton Press(October 20...more

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Lovely writing style, but almost over the top. Add to that heavy fantasy elements which overwhelm the plot and the characters in Parts II and III, and this novel derails. By the end, it no longer seems historical fiction but a writing exercise.

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4.5, and an enviable work, better than the debut which I also loved.

With a deft touch, never wordy or maudlin, Buchanan evokes late 19th century Paris. The sights and smells of a bygone Paris recognizable today were there also: bread baking, strong...more
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"Hard to believe she once co-authored a tale with Barry Cunliffe.

I have decided to write "The Nasal Mists Of Avalon" myself. It is long overdue.
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