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A.L. Lester

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A. L. Lester likes to read. Her favourite books are post-apocalyptic dystopian romances full of suspense, but a cornflake packet will do there's nothing else available. The gender of the characters she likes to read (and write) is pretty irrelevant so long as they are strong, interesting people on a journey of some kind.

She has a chaotic family life and small children, and she has become the person in the village who looks after the random animals people find in the road. She is interested in permaculture gardening and anything to do with books, reading, technology and history. She lives in a small village in rural Somerset and is seriously allergic to both rabbits and Minecraft.

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A.L. Lester Without a doubt, Francis Crawford and Philippa Somerville from Dorothy Dunnett's 'Checkmate' series. Their relationship covers six (fat) books and a…moreWithout a doubt, Francis Crawford and Philippa Somerville from Dorothy Dunnett's 'Checkmate' series. Their relationship covers six (fat) books and a decade, from when he is twenty-two and she is twelve. Writing that down sounds extremely creepy and inappropriate, but actually, no romance actually happens until a good deal later.

Because of the long story arc, their characters and those of the people around them are fully fleshed out. Dunnett uses their characters to explore sixteenth centure Europe, the Ottoman Empire and Russia under Ivan the Terrible. As a historian - a proto-historian when I first discovered the series at the age of about fifteen - I find her attention to historical detail and the political twists and turns of the plot fascinating.

The driving force behind the novels is Francis Crawford of Lymond, the second son of a Scottish noble family who is accused of treason at the start of the first book. Philippa hates him because she misinterprets something that she witnesses during his attempts to prove his innocence. Over the next five books, she grows up - and so does he. I think if I had a fictional alter ego, Philippa Somerville would be it.

An honourable mention must also go to Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, created by Dorothy L. Sayer. They are so awfully AWFULLY 1920s British Upper Class. Well, he is. She is middle class, one of the first women to hold a degree from Oxford University (like Sayers herself) and has disgraced herself in the eyes of society by living with a man outside of marriage.

Further honorable mentions also to Silas and Damien by K. J. Charles.

I think I like my couples educated and snippy, basically. Possibly a bit up themselves if you met them in real life. I could analyse what that says about me. But let's not.
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release day! The Flowers of Time

Today is the book-birthday of The Flowers of Time! You can find the buy-link and read all about the book here…there’s an excerpt and a clip of me reading it. Plus, to celebrate the launch I am off on a blog-tour over the next ten days. You can see the schedule below and the things … Continue reading "release day! The Flowers of Time" Read more of this blog post »
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This book has been a long time coming. I first started mulling the idea of writing about plant-collectors a couple of years ago when I read a newspaper article about Europeans stomping round the world in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries ...more
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The first in the Owl series. Owl is an archaeologist-thief in a world where magic is real and digging up ancient artifacts can get you killed. Obviously the authorities suppress all this knowledge from the general public. Owl doesn’t do supernatural ...more
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Intricate historical detail about the Boxer uprising from Naomi Aoki in this gay romance set at the end of the nineteenth century in Singapore and China. Alfred falls in love with a Chinese soldier he meets in the public gardens. The tension in their ...more
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This is the final book in the Nightshades trilogy which is a vampire power-struggle-cum-straight-romance with the FBI thrown in for good measure. Vampires have been hidden from humanity until very recently. Hector is still trying to manipulate both ...more
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Set just post-WW2 Hither Page features a shell-shocked country doctor and a spy who need to team up to solve a murder. Of course, they fall in love in the process. There is beautifully realized historical detail with vulnerable and emotionally ...more
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I went looking for Tournament of Shadows because I met S. A. Meade at an Author Thing a couple of months ago. Published in 2014, this ticks all my ‘historical detail’ boxes. Set in the mid-nineteenth century in what is now Uzbekistan, it follows two ...more
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