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Patricia Bracewell

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Patricia Bracewell grew up in Los Angeles where her love of stories led to college degrees in Literature, a career as a high school English teacher, and a yearning to write. A lifelong fascination with the history of Britain and a chance, on-line reference to an unfamiliar English queen led to years of research, a summer course in Anglo-Saxon history at Cambridge University, and the penning of her debut novel Shadow on the Crown. The book was hailed as a magnificent work of historical fiction by England’s Daily Mail and an enthralling debut by Publishers Weekly. The second novel in this trilogy about Emma of Normandy, The Price of Blood, is now available in hardcover, e-book & audiobook formats.

Patricia lives with her husband in Oakland
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Patricia Bracewell Hi Susan. Apologies for not responding sooner. I didn't see your question until just now. This is not the same time period as Ragnar Lothbrok and King…moreHi Susan. Apologies for not responding sooner. I didn't see your question until just now. This is not the same time period as Ragnar Lothbrok and King Ecbert. (Aethelred II named all his sons after earlier kings, so that's why the names are the same.) The King Ecbert in the Vikings t.v. show ruled as king of Wessex from 802-839. He was the grandfather of King Alfred the Great. My novels don't begin until 1002. As for the Uhtred who we all know and love from Bernard Cornwell's books, he was an ancestor of the Uhtred who appears in my books, and of course he is contemporary with Alfred the Great who ruled from 871-899. So, lots of generations in between Cornwell's Uhtred and mine. I hope this information helps.(less)
Patricia Bracewell Hi Nicole. I found an agent very quickly, but placing the novel with a publisher took two years, much to our surprise. After over a year of rejections…moreHi Nicole. I found an agent very quickly, but placing the novel with a publisher took two years, much to our surprise. After over a year of rejections that were full of compliments for the book, but concerns that the time period was too tough a sell I made some revisions, following my agent's advice: a new opening, a new title, a greater sense of threat. The basic story did not change at all. Meantime, Game of Thrones appeared on HBO, and suddenly the publishing landscape changed. So many factors go into the acquisition of a book - and many of them have nothing to do with the book itself. My advice? Persistence. There are more and more authors writing about pre-Conquest England: Hollick, Cornwell, James Aitcheson, Justin Hill, Nicola Griffith, V.M. Whitworth. The History Channel's The Vikings series is heading into its third season and Cornwell's Saxon Tales will hit the airwaves in 2015. The vikings and the Anglo-Saxons are making some headway in our culture, and publishers are bound to take notice. Write the best book you can write, and then hope that luck and timing work in your favor. Meantime, work like heck on your next book. Persistence!(less)
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Shadow on the Crown
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On 5 May in the year 1010, a great battle was fought between the Anglo-Saxons and the Danes at a place in East Anglia called Ringmere. In the fall of 2012, as part of the research for my novel The … Read More
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Frenchman's Creek by Daphne du Maurier
Frenchman's Creek
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This is a historical romance written in the forties before the standard genre restrictions had been set. In fact, it is a book that goes against the tide of most romantic fiction, for the wealthy, spoiled, coddled woman in this book revels in far sim ...more
Patricia Bracewell said "yes" to attending Authors on the Move
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description: Sacramento Public Library Foundation Banquet & Fundraiser. An evening of literary delight with 45 distinguished California authors. Keynote Speaker: Daniel Handler.
The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell
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The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell
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Cornwell's previous novel, THE PAGAN LORD, ended on a brilliantly written cliff hanger. He's followed that up with a just-as-brilliant opening for THE EMPTY THRONE. When it comes to darned fine story-telling, nobody does it better.

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Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive! by Laurie McAndish King
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The very first time that I met Laurie McAndish King she regaled me with a story of how she'd been nearly kidnapped in Tunisia, and I listened to her, mouth agape in horror. That story appears in this book (At a Crossroads.) The subtitle of her book i ...more
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"This is the most amazing historical fiction I have read in a very long time. brilliant and beautiful. Wonderful characters , stunning settings and a powerful story. This book restored my interested in historical fiction. "
" Hi Susan. No, I have not read C.J. Sansom, but I will make a note to do so because I love historical mysteries. As for Gladstone's, it would not be ne ...more "
Ragnarok by A.S. Byatt
Ragnarok
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I’ve quite enjoyed reading the other reviews here of Byatt’s RAGNAROK, some of them so eloquent and thoughtful that I’m abashed at my own audacity to even attempt one. Nevertheless…

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“As Norman bride and English queen she would walk a fine line between the interests of two rulers -- her brother and her lord. Both men would demand her fealty. One, at least, would exact a heavy price if she were to prove disloyal.”
Patricia Bracewell, Shadow on the Crown

“His vision blurred to haze, the sounds of feasting stilled, and from every dark corner, shadows streamed toward him until they reached the dais and formed a pulsing darkness before him. From its murky heart, his dead brother's face, eyes glowing and malignant, stared into his.”
Patricia Bracewell, Shadow on the Crown

“He was hounded by the shade of his brother, demanding terribly the price of blood... William of Malmesbury, the History of the English Kings.”
Patricia Bracewell, The Price of Blood

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“As Norman bride and English queen she would walk a fine line between the interests of two rulers -- her brother and her lord. Both men would demand her fealty. One, at least, would exact a heavy price if she were to prove disloyal.”
Patricia Bracewell, Shadow on the Crown

“His vision blurred to haze, the sounds of feasting stilled, and from every dark corner, shadows streamed toward him until they reached the dais and formed a pulsing darkness before him. From its murky heart, his dead brother's face, eyes glowing and malignant, stared into his.”
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“He was hounded by the shade of his brother, demanding terribly the price of blood... William of Malmesbury, the History of the English Kings.”
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