Promo-Love Historical Novels? This One’s for You!

Can you imagine what it must be like to be the little sister of infamous English king, Henry VIII? Remember, this is the king who went on to have six wives, two of whom he had beheaded.


Promo-Love Historical Novels? This one’s for You!

KOBO is holding a promo between 24-28 January 2019 for Australia and New Zealand. So all you Aussie and Kiwi fiction and non-fiction fans here’s your chance to grab a bargain. Over 400 pages for only $2.99!

Here’s the novel that I’ve entered:


It’s Biographical Fiction and tells the story of Henry VIII’s little sister, Mary Rose Tudor.

Here’s the blurb:


A very readable account of a fascinating woman who dared to stand up to Henry VIII and survived. It is thoroughly researched, admirably written and the author’s love of the Tudor period shines through.’ Historical Novels Review


Portrait of Mary Rose Tudor-Wikipedia


Wasn’t she gorgeous?

One not about any of the six wives! Henry had plenty of other relatives, most of whom, given his short-lived dynasty and shaky right to the crown, the always insecure Henry had executed throughout his reign in order to secure his throne.

Can you imagine what it must be like to be the little sister of infamous English king, Henry VIII? Remember, this is the king who went on to have six wives, two of whom he had beheaded.

And although the teenage Mary Rose is his favourite sister (he even named his famous ship after her), his shifting alliances and ruthless desire to have his own way, made him push the young and lovely Mary into a hateful state marriage with the ailing and ancient King Louis XII of France.

But, a reluctant Mary Rose, as strong-willed as Henry and passionately in love, for the first time, doesn’t give in easily. Before agreeing to the match, after a relentless campaign to get her to say yes, by her loving brother, Mary Rose extracts a promise from Henry. A promise she is determined he will keep.

Very easy to read, very hard to put down. This made a Mary Tudor so accessible and relatable to the reader.’ READER REVIEW

Thoroughly enjoyable.’ READER REVIEW

Geraldine Evans also writes the Rafferty & Llewellyn Mystery Series and the Casey & Catt Mystery Series.





FREE! DEAD BEFORE MORNING #1 in my 15-strong Rafferty and Llewellyn series

Just to let you know that DEAD BEFORE MORNING, the first in my 15-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn police procedural series, is now FREE! (only in the UK so far; I hope to persuade Amazon to price-match in other countries also, but no luck so far).

#1 in series
#1 in series

I expect to keep it free for the foreseeable future so you can have an introduction to my work. I f you like British procedural series that have a quirky take on family life and police work it could be worth your while to download it.

Brit DI Joe Rafferty, working-class lapsed Catholic, is cursed by coming from a family who think — if he must be a copper — he might at least have the decency to be a bent one.

FREE #1 in series:


And, if you like Tudor Biographical Historical Fiction, don’t forget that Reluctant Queen: The story of Mary Rose Tudor, the Defiant Little Sister of Infamous English king, Henry VIII, is a Goodreads Giveaway until 30 April 2014, with the chance to win one of ten copies of the pb edition.

‘A very readable account of a fascinating woman who dared to stand up to Henry VIII and survived. It is thoroughly researched, admirably written and the author’s love of the Tudor period shines through.’


Here’s the link to the Goodreads Giveaway page for the book:

I’ve just returned from a week’s holiday in Venice. Beautiful place, but oh, those endless steps over the canals! My weary, couch potato legs proved unable for the challenge (an inability not improved when I decided to put myself on a starvation diet for the duration after checking out the restaurant prices). I had to keep taking a rest on the bottom steps and hope some great, gallumphing, fellow tourist didn’t stand on me!

RELUCTANT QUEEN: Price reduction plus new cover for the amazon ebook

I’ve today reduced the price of my biographical historical, Reluctant Queen, by $1 / 77p (though, as usual, amazon has altered the price upwards! Why do they do that?!). It’s meant to be $4.99, down from $5.99, but on the book page it’s showing as priced at $5.14 / £3.09. wish I knew how to persuade them to leave my prices alone (unless they decide to lower them and bear the price hit themselves!).

Any opinions on the two covers?

Previous Cover






Latest Cover


I was interested in trying out the green and white Tudor colours on the cover. I’m pretty pleased with the effect.




Reluctant Queen is currently on Amazon UK’s Biographical Historical Novels Best Seller list at #29.

The pb (due out 1 May 2014) is a Goodreads Giveaway that ends on 30 April 2014 with ten copies up for grabs! Here’s the Goodreads link:

Amazon ebook links:



Goodreads Giveaway! Reluctant Queen: The Story of Mary Rose Tudor, Little Sister to Henry VIII

Enter my Goodreads Giveaway and be in with a chance of winning one of  ten pb copies of mReluctantQueenPODCOVEERFINALCROPPED FRONT ONLYy historical novel, Reluctant Queen. Ends 30 April 2014.

‘A very readable account of a fascinating woman who dared to stand up to Henry VIII and survived. It is thoroughly researched, admirably written and the author’s love of the Tudor period shines through.’ HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIE

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY Got to be in it to win it!

Ten copies of the paperback edition of my Tudor Historical Novel, RELUCTANT QUEEN: The Story of Mary Rose Tudor, the Defiant Little Sister of Infamous English king, Henry VIII.

Mary Rose Tudor, Henry VIII’s lovely little sister, reluctantly marries the aged and sickly Louis XII of France, a May to December state marriage, after a relentless campaign by her loving brother to get her agreement.

But Mary, deeply in love, for the first time, with champion of the lists Charles Brandon, extracted Henry’s promise that she could please herself for her second marriage.

At the French court, Mary endured the hateful embrace of her ancient husband, the ardour of Francis, the debauched, womanising heir-to-the-throne, as well as the hatred of Louise of Savoy, mother to Francis, who feared her lusty son would succeed in fathering his own usurper.

With the death of Louis, and Francis’s elevation to the French throne and absolute power, her situation became desperate. Captive prey to Francis’s determined passion for her, fearful of rumours that her brother would break the promise he made to her, would Mary Rose ever be free to go to her lost love?

Paperback Publication date: 1 May 2014.

ENTER NOW! Entry open from 27 February to 30 April 2014. Here’s the link to the giveaway page:


My historical novel, RELUCTANT QUEEN, has hit the UK’s No 1 Best Seller list in CATEGORY FICTION > RELIGIOUS & SPIRITUAL > HISTORICAL


 Product details

     Format: Kindle Edition

    File Size: 620 KB

    Print Length: 314 pages

    Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

    Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.

    Language: English

    ASIN: B0054SDUPA

    Text-to-Speech: Enabled


    Not Enabled

    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

    Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

        #1 in Books > Fiction > Religious & Inspirational > Historical

        #3 in Books > History > Britain & Ireland > British Heads of State > Henry VII

        #7 in Books > Religion & Spirituality > Spiritual Literature & Fiction






My historical novel, Reluctant Queen, about Henry VIII’s little sister, Mary Rose, is being featured on Tuesday 3 December 2013 at The Fussy Librarian, a new website that offers personalized ebook recommendations.

The Fussy Librarian

You choose from 40 genres and indicate preferences about content (ie, with regards to profanity/sex/violence). If you prefer not to receive notifications about certain kinds of books, you can block them, and then the computers work their magic. I think it’s a great idea!. I’ve signed up to receive their book notifications.

WhyRELUCTANT QUEEN HISTORICAL EBOOK COVER not check it out? Here’s the link:

And here are the links to amazon, etc for the actual book:

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Interview with Jack Everett and David Coles co authors of 1/1:Jihad – Britain

Here’s my interview with Jack Everett and David Coles
authors of the political Thriller 1/1:Jihad – Britain.
Why did you decide to write books in partnership and
how do you divide up the work?
David won a short story contest in a magazine who printed his name & address. I read the magazine and realised we lived 3 miles apart…Our division of labour is as follows:
A Writing Team.
David and Jack have been writing    
together for more years than they can  

remember. It started with a book with  

the working title of Chunnel BC, a
humorous tale of the Romans planning               
a tunnel beneath the English Channel
because Julius Caesar got seasick
outside of the Mediterranean. It never
even made it to the publisher but, as a
first attempt, it was good fun and cemented
a friendship which has lasted longer than
three Prime Ministers.
In the years since then, they have continued the historical theme with a serious novel concerning the disappearance of the Roman Ninth Legion in Britain, a medieval mystery and a WWII story. There have also been fantasy and science fiction novels – built on a shared admiration of Jack Vance’s work. A political thriller – 1/1:Jihad-Britain the most recent. Work in progress includes a historical fantasy and a modern-day crime/mystery novel.
All of these novels have been written as a team. After their first co-operation- which consisted of writing a chapter each during which they attempted to leave the hero in such a diabolical dilemma that much head-scratching ensued- things changed. The writing model is now one
of repeated layers. Typically, after
discussing the main sweep of the plot
for a new book, Jack will begin writing
and pass a week’s work on to David who
rewrites it, checking facts in some cases,
questioning flights of fancy in others and
adding 10% to 20% new material. Once
the initial draft is completed, it goes back
to Jack, back again to David, a process
repeated until both are satisfied and at
each stage, material is added or changed,
phrasing is amended.The model varies, of course, the main input may  come from one or the other but one rule remains paramount: if either of the team dislikes something, it gets pulled. It works for them. In this case, two people writing together generates far more than twice as much fun.

Your latest novel 1/1:Jihad – Britain  sounds interesting.  Can you please tell us what  prompted you to write the book. I’m assuming it was  9/11 and  7/7, but were there other spurs, too?

Firstly the media seemed to be full of it, terrorism seemed to be taking place on a global scale but it was becoming accepted as the norm. We asked the question – how big does an act of terrorism have to be before it makes people sit and take notice? Perhaps take united action.
What do you do to promote your books?
We ask Geraldine Evans to carry an article on her blog! Ha, Ha. And we put it on Facebook and Twitter and a video on Youtube
and Trailer Spy… (sorry, just panting) and we ask anyone that liked it if they would care to review it on Amazon.
Do you have a favourite book? If so, which is it?
Jack’s favourite: anything by Jack Vance.
David’s favourite: Tales of the Dying Earth by
Jack Vance. This writer, now sadly retired due to blindness, writes like poetry and you get as fond of the anti-hero as you do of the hero.
Why did you decide to write in several genres (Young adult fantasy, adult fantasy, historical, science fiction and thrillers)?
We are always trying to find what goes down best with the readers – the jury is still out. Also you never get fed up with your characters because they are always fresh and new.
Do either of you have other creative talents?
Jack is an award winning  wood turner David writes computer programs (does it for fun!)
 Is there one book that you wish you had written and  why?
Jack: Huckleberry Finn 
David – see favourite  books. If I’d been able to write that, I’d have  mastered prose as poetry and the art of making you smile while I did it.  
A lot of authors seem to start out as short story writers did you? And if so, what kind of stories have you  written?
Jack: Novel length all the way I never seem capable of telling a story in less than 60,000 words and even then I prefer 100,000+.
David: I have a selection of shorts still awaiting recognition, I think I’ve had about 4 published in my lifetime so I guess they’re not all that good.
Tell us about your typical writing day.
Jack: I am an early riser and like nothing more than to get a thousand words down before 7-30, after breakfast I can write until lunch but I leave the afternoons mainly for chores.
David: My wife gets up and goes to work, for me – breakfast at crack of 9am, fire up the laptop and get creative with the keyboard, write-up some of Jack’s work, re-write his or mine and that takes me through to making dinner for the Missus. Maybe a little more after dinner if the muse is still active. There are those other days too, for both of us, writing pieces for the promotion web-sites, following blogs and and keeping the personal web-sites up to date.
 What are you working on now? Or is it a case of having to promote your
Jihad book and not having time to write at present?
Jack’s doing the  heavy promotion along with finishing off a crime
thriller involving MI5, MI6 and an ex employee and David’s been
working on the final version of an historic fantasy… watch out for the title: Postponing Armageddon
Jack and David’s books can be seen and purchased post free at or or from and even more at A video for their most recent book 1/1:Jihad:Britain can be seen on YouTube by visiting and this book is also available from Amazon.

Coming Soon! The authors of 1/1: JIHAD – BRITAIN

 Early in December I will be interviewing co-authors Jack Everett and David Coles about their political thriller 1/1: Jihad – Britain.

Versatile writers, together they have tried their hands at young adult fantasy, adult fantasy, science fiction, historicals and thrillers.

I am very much looking forward to interviewing them and learning more about both them and their work.

Until December…