"Devil’s Brood does an excellent job of rendering a complex series of
historical events comprehensible. Those unfamiliar with Plantagenet history
will probably want to read Time and Chance first, but this long-awaited
volume delivers all you can expect from Penman: a story so immediate and
real that you’ll feel like you’ve lived it."
--Sarah Johnson, Historical Novels Review
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is my first newsletter, but if it is half as much fun as my blogs have proven to
be, it won’t be my last. I have some news to share.
Devil’s Brood is coming out in a paperback edition this summer.
Ballantine Books is publishing it on July 28th; at the same time, they are
re-issuing the paperback editions of When Christ and His Saints Slept and
Time and Chance. I’ve always thought of them as my Henry and Eleanor
trilogy, but I’ve noticed that they are sometimes advertised as the Eleanor of
Aquitaine trilogy, which would have really vexed Henry no end! My British
publisher, Penguin, is also bringing out Devil’s Brood in paperback; the
publication date is August 6th.
I am happy to report that Ballantine has resurrected the book
tour we had to cancel last autumn due to my unexpected illness. Here is the
Wednesday, July 29th. 7:30 PM talk and signing
5871 Crossroads Center Way
Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041
2) Thursday, July 30th 7:00 PM talk and signing
Chester County Book & Music Co.
975 Paoli Pike
West Goshen Center
West Chester, PA 19380
3) Tuesday, August 4th 7:00 PM talk and signing
Books & Co.
4453 Walnut Street
Dayton, Ohio 45440
4) Wednesday, August 5th 7:00 PM talk and signing
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
I recently attended the Historical Novel Society convention
outside Chicago, and had a wonderful time. I give details on my last blog,
The Blog That
Became a Novella. Be fore-warned; it is so long that readers will be falling
by the wayside before they scroll down to the end. Future blogs will not be
Moby-Dick-sized, I promise! It was lovely to see Margaret George again, after a
number of years. She is writing a novel about Elizabeth Tudor, and I am hopeful
it will be published next year, since she told me she is working on the final
version. I also got to chat with Diana Gabaldon, whose newest book, An Echo
in the Bone, is coming out in September; of course you Outlander fans
already know that! I got to meet Michelle Moran, too, whose Cleopatra’s
Daughter will hit the stores in September. Her readers will love this one.
Surely Mark Antony’s wife Antonia deserves to be canonized, for she took in his
children by Cleopatra and raised them as her own!
Since I don’t know how many of you read
my blog, too, I
want to tell you about a fascinating panel discussion at the HNS, for the
subject matter is close to my heart. The panelists were debating the competing
needs of the historian and the novelist, which can be a fine line to walk. I
tend to be obsessive-compulsive about historical accuracy, so I was delighted
and encouraged when the panelists sang my song. In fact, Laurel Corona came up
with what ought to be the Eleventh Commandment for historical novelists: Do not
defame the dead.
you haven’t checked out
my website lately, do drop by. I’ve added to the
Research Recommendations section and have a heartfelt Mea Culpa on my
Medieval Mishaps page for a truly bizarre error that I recently discovered
in The Reckoning, in which Roger de Mortimer was telling Edward I that
longbows were more easily mastered than the crossbow; clearly gremlins were at
work here, as just the reverse is true. For anyone interested in medieval
archery, I can highly recommend Bernard Cornwell’s Agincourt. And we are adding
a new section for my books published in the U.K. Once it is up, you’ll be able
to see the British covers and order directly from Amazon.com.uk and Penguin.
I hope anyone who lives in the neighborhood will stop by for my
signings. I love having the opportunity to meet my readers, which is one
reason why I am having so much fun with my blog, for it truly is inter-active.
It is also a great place to find new writers, for we spend a lot of our time
recommending books we’ve enjoyed. I will also be interviewing some very talented
writers on my blog in coming months: Elizabeth Chadwick, Michelle Moran,
Priscilla Royal, Margaret Frazer, and C. W. Gortner.
Till my next newsletter, then, Happy July 4th, Happy Bastille
Day, and in honor of the naming of a Welsh mountain for Llywelyn and Ellen de
Montfort’s daughter, Gwenllian, Cymru am byth—Wales forever.
Sharon Kay Penman