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Hazel B. West

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I spend a good bit of my time writing historical fiction about brave men and women who have graced the pages of history, trying to bring more light to their legacies so readers of all ages will enjoy them.

My favorite things/hobbies: Writing obviously, listening to and playing Irish and Scottish folk music, practicing with all eras and types of historical weaponry, GOOD COFFEE, reading of course, dark (dark) chocolate, sketching/painting, hats and boots, collecting little old-fashioned things of all kinds, buying books, and don't forget dressing in period clothing!

My favorite kinds of books: Good adventure (sometimes with a little romance), Epic historical series, anything having to do with brotherhood or camaraderie--I'll read anything if
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Hazel B. West I don't know if I suffer so much from writer's block as just getting stuck on something that needs to be figured out before the story can be finished.…moreI don't know if I suffer so much from writer's block as just getting stuck on something that needs to be figured out before the story can be finished. Sometimes characters refuse to talk to me and sometimes I just can't figure out how to get someone out of a certain situation. When it comes to that, I might start something new, or more commonly, I turn to reading similar books. Watching tv series is also a way I deal with writer's block. Anything to inspire!(less)
Hazel B. West Pretty much everything I write is my favorite historical era, it's hard to choose, but I think in particular, I really like Celtic Britain and the…morePretty much everything I write is my favorite historical era, it's hard to choose, but I think in particular, I really like Celtic Britain and the Victorian era. The Victorian era is probably the one I would choose to live in.(less)
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On a Foreign Field: A Story...
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By Blood or By Bond
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Title/ Author: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
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Synopsis:Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

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3 chapters   —   updated Oct 22, 2012 09:19PM
Description: The first two chapters of my upcoming novel, "By Blood and By Bond" a historical drama set during the Roman times following the stories of two characters, one, Caolan, the son of a Celtic chieftain and the other , Viggo, a Roman centurion. Events throw them together under cruel circumstances and they must see if they can find in each other what they both lost: A father and a son.
Anthony Maxwell's Teaser (Mystery & Thrillers)
2 chapters   —   updated Oct 19, 2012 10:34PM
Description: My name is Anthony Maxwell. I am a Victorian gentleman, a writer, addicted to coffee, and something of a private detective. I have taken up the challenge of writing down some of my more fantastic cases to share with readers. This is only the beginning of the first of the greatest cases I ever solved...
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Description: Excerpt of "On a Foreign Field". Chapter Three: Reeve is captured on the field at the Battle of Stirling.
The Spy (History)
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Description: A girl finds a wounded British soldier and, despite the fact that her family are American Patriots, she hides him in the barn and cares for his wounds. But is Hugh really what he seems? One of my older stories I wrote for a contest.
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Description: An excerpt from the novel "Ballad of the Highwayman" by Hazel West
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“I've come to the conclusion that a man without a cause is nothing. He has nothing to look forward to, he has nothing to work toward; he is as a man lost, wandering in the darkest part of his heart to find a deeper, better purpose in his life.”
Hazel B. West, On a Foreign Field: A Story of Loyalty and Brotherhood

“When you are a soldier you do not always realize there is anything beyond the will of your commander, the will of your king. But when you're on the field of battle, when the swords clash and the colors fly above you in all their glory, there comes a time when you wonder: Why am I here? All the brilliance fades, the glory becomes meaningless; the blood spilled and comrades dead, all for nothing when you have no cause to fight for.”
Hazel B. West, On a Foreign Field: A Story of Loyalty and Brotherhood

“There will always be wars," Maggie told him.

"Yes," Reeve replied. "But there will also be brothers, sisters, comrades and lovers as well, and they are who we fight for. Our comrades--our brothers--beside us on the field; our wives and families at home. Wallace wishes for freedom. It is a gife given by God and should not be taken by men; it is the right of every man to be free and it is our duty to protect that right so that our children may know what it is to be free and not live under oppression.”
Hazel B. West, On a Foreign Field: A Story of Loyalty and Brotherhood

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“The words of the bards come down the centuries to us, warm with living breath.”
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“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ”
Michael Crichton

“When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own.”
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“Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot.”
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 3: Dream Country

“He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.”
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message 1: by Hazel

Hazel West Okay, I'll start discussion here so no one will be afraid. Feel free to comment at anytime on my profile or my blog or about any of my books and such.
Slainte, Hazel


KarenLana The Highwayman arrived today and I've read the first three chapters. Very intriguing so far and I hate to put it down but must do some work, LOL!


message 3: by Hazel

Hazel West Haha, I'm glad you are enjoying it! =D


KarenLana Ballad of the Highwayman is finally in circulation at my hometown library! Hooray! =D


message 5: by Hazel

Hazel West Thanks again, so much Karen! I'm very excited by that news =D


Daniel Ottalini Thanks for the kind words! I entered your giveaway too! Not normally my thing, but I want to start reviewing other indie writers more often!


message 7: by Hazel

Hazel West Well, that's okay ;) thanks for entering!


message 8: by Hazel

Hazel West Odd's Fish! I can't believe tomorrow is the Fourth!!!


✽Laurenj426✽ Hi Hazel! Thanks for accepting my friend request :)
So, I mostly read YA novels. I'm trying to get into more classics though also. I read basically any YA, but mostly fiction. I'll read paranormal, dystopian, contemporary, adventures and stuff like that. I like heroes and people who can stand up for themselves and aren't reliant on everyone else. I like strong willed characters.


message 10: by Hazel

Hazel West You know, I bloody hate facebook. It's even hard to create an account for a fictional character (hits head against the wall)

In other news, I just ordered the proof copy of "On a Foreign Field" Hopefully that will turn out much better!


message 11: by Hazel

Hazel West Just got me proof copy!! Looks awesome, not just have to figure out if the one annoying margin is my fault or happened in printing... grr...


message 12: by Hazel

Hazel West Soo... what's next? Gladiators or Victorian steampunk....I'll write both!!


Cassandra Giovanni Thanks for accepting my friend invite! I like connecting with other authors!


message 14: by Hazel

Hazel West As do I! Thanks for the invite, Cassandra =)


message 15: by Buffy

Buffy Thanks for friending me! It would be great to talk steampunk. :)


message 16: by B.B.

B.B. Shepherd Hi Hazel! Thanks for friending me. I look forward to conversations with you :)


message 17: by Hazel

Hazel West I don't think anyone fully appreciates my love for the Dummies series...


message 18: by Hazel

Hazel West Currently waiting for a haul of books I ordered from Powell's! So excited =)


message 20: by Hazel

Hazel West Tour for "On A Foreign Field" starts today! Go check it out!
http://hazelwest.blogspot.com


message 21: by Hazel

Hazel West I got my first five star review today from a complete stranger!! Sweet as a nut! =D
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 22: by Hazel

Hazel West Man I hate it when I don't have my laptop!!!! I hate being forced to use a Windows computer!!!


message 23: by Mara

Mara I almost fried my laptop yesterday - on accident, naturally. Had a moment of panic and was immediately glad that I had backed up my story on a Flashdrive. Thankfully, though, the computer didn't die. Phew!


message 24: by Hazel

Hazel West Ahh, that was a close one! Yes, I always try to remember to back my stuff up as soon as I'm done with it. I remember the pins and needles feeling of using my old computer and wondering whether it would lose my files, My laptop is a lot more nice to use because I don't have to worry about that too much.


message 25: by Amanda

Amanda McCrina Thanks for the group invite, Hazel!


message 26: by Hazel

Hazel West Amanda wrote: "Thanks for the group invite, Hazel!"

You're welcome, hope you enjoy =)


message 27: by Hazel

Hazel West Check out the cover reveal for "A Case of Poisons"
http://hazelwest.blogspot.com/2013/05...


message 28: by Hazel

Hazel West Went to my local bookstores to spend my birthday money today, and got some of the books I have been wanting to buy for a while =)


message 29: by B.B.

B.B. Shepherd Hazel wrote: "Went to my local bookstores to spend my birthday money today, and got some of the books I have been wanting to buy for a while =)"

Happy Birthday Hazel!


message 30: by Hazel

Hazel West B.B. wrote: "Hazel wrote: "Went to my local bookstores to spend my birthday money today, and got some of the books I have been wanting to buy for a while =)"

Happy Birthday Hazel!"


Thanks =)


message 31: by Hazel

Hazel West Happy Thanksgiving!


message 32: by B.B.

B.B. Shepherd Hazel wrote: "Happy Thanksgiving!"

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!


message 33: by Cayla

Cayla A huge congratulations on the finish and release of your new book, Wolfsblood! I'm not sure if I'll be able to pop in for the release party, but either way hats off to you! :)

Hope you have a lovely weekend!


message 34: by Hazel

Hazel West Cayla wrote: "A huge congratulations on the finish and release of your new book, Wolfsblood! I'm not sure if I'll be able to pop in for the release party, but either way hats off to you! :)

Hope you have a love..."


Thank you! Well, it will be up on the blog for a few days so you can stop by anytime :) And the giveaway will be running through July 20th, so if you want to enter there will be plenty of time to do so :)


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