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Debra Brown

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Debra cut her teeth on the Bookhouse Books, which created a nagging longing to live in a land of castles and wear flowing gowns and exquisite headdresses. Though life kept her busy, she was eventually able to do so vicariously through the characters of her books.

Her first published novel, The Companion of Lady Holmeshire, is set in early Victorian England. Emma, a former servant girl, is chosen as companion to The Countess of Holmeshire and dragged along into polite society where she is sure to receive a rude reception.

Debra's work-in-progress, For the Skylark, is on the back burner but simmering slowly. She has spent more time on the development and running of a multi-author blog, English Historical Fiction Authors. The group posts a dai

by Mary K. Tod

For the past six or seven years, I’ve been fascinated with World War One. So much so that I’ve written three novels centred on that horrifying world conflict. And still it haunts me.

Initially, I concentrated on understanding my grandfather’s experience and his role in the Signal Corps but I quickly broadened the scope to include other roles, military strategy, the chain of comman... Read more of this blog post »
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“Even today, every night of the year, the Queen’s Keys are carried in great ceremony to lock up the gates of the Tower. The Chief Yeoman Warder at 9:53 meets his escort warders and they walk to the gates. They arrive at 10:00 p.m. exactly and are challenged by a sentry with a bayonet who cries loudly, “Who comes here?” The reply by the Chief is, “The Keys.” “Whose keys?” “Queen Elizabeth’s keys.” “Pass, Queen Elizabeth’s keys, and all is well.” The party passes through the Bloody Tower Archway into the fortress and halts at the Broadway Steps. At the top of the stairs, the Tower Guard presents arms and the Chief Warder raises his hat and proclaims, “God preserve Queen Elizabeth.” The sentry replies, “Amen!” Afterward, the keys are taken to the Queen’s House for safekeeping and the Last Post is sounded. This ancient ceremony was interrupted only once since the 14th century. During World War II there was an air raid on London. Bombs fell on the Victorian guardroom just as the party was coming through the Bloody Tower Archway. The noise knocked down the Chief Yeoman and one of the Warder escorts. In the Tower is a letter from the Officer of the Guard in which he apologizes to King George VI for the ceremony finishing late, as well as a reply from the King which states that the officer is not to be punished since the delay was due to enemy action.”
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“Look at a current list of the most popular tourist attractions in London and you would probably come up with a Top Ten which would include the British Museum, the Tate Modern, the National Gallery, the Natural History Museum, the London Eye, the Science Museum, the V&A, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Works, the National Maritime Museum, and the Tower of London. Throw in St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey and you have a dozen of the most popular sites”
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Sophia Hi Debbie!

I am planning to participate in the Historical Tapestry reading challenge for this year. It suddenly occurred to me that others might be interested in doing this too.

Would you mind if I posted up the reading challenge in the Historical Fiction group you run on the site here under events or under whatever you think it would be best to put it? No biggie, if you prefer that I do not.

Hope you had pleasant holidays.

message 2: by Debra

Debra Brown Hi Sophia,

Please do! That would be great. You could post it in the first section if you would like.


message 3: by Debra

Debra Brown You could mention it on our FB group, too, if you would like. I should look into getting a link on our blog.

Sophia Alright, I'll put it in the general section. I'll try to copy in the blog tag for it since it is so pretty and eye catching.

I'll encourage folks to put what level their doing and updating when they finish books so the rest of us can maybe get some good book ideas. (-; Thanks so much.

Oh, and I'll put something up on the FB page too. Good idea!

message 5: by Debra

Debra Brown Great, thanks! I am so busy, but want to get some books read, at least.

message 7: by Debra

Debra Brown Thank you! Keep warm, dry, well, and none TOO boozed! :)

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