Tuesday, October 6, 2015


 Enjoy this BLOG HOP
Dreamed up and Organized by the indefatigable


Helen Hollick is the prolific author of historical books about Medieval England
as well as rollicking sea stories.
(More about her below)
Thank you, Helen.

Ten of us historical fiction writers will be 


Week Four - 26th October:

Ladies of the Storm...And stormy these ladies are indeed.
In Helen Hollick's Sea Witch Voyages, her lovable rogue-pirate Jesamiah "finds it difficult to keep his breeches buttoned."
Read more about it here:

More stormy sea stories are on the blog of Anna Belfrage

and Linda Collison's Barbados Bound.
See here how she gets her lady out of a scrap:

Week Three - 20th October:


(King Arthur’s women -- 
and, are they different

from the usual romantic descriptions!)

Paired with
Alison Morton

Week Two - 13th October:  
(Women of 1066) with 

Week One:
 6th October:  Helen_Hollick (Queen Emma) with
                     Pat  Bracewell and me...(below)

My contribution is:
Princess Nefret
Khamsin, The Devil Wind of The Nile
(Book 1 - Legends of the Winged Scarab)

     Princess Nefret, King Aha’s Royal Daughter and Heiress, was still so young, but her eternal soul was already old for it was a reawakened Ba.
This essence, having lived through paradise and cataclysms, was destined yet to live through many other storms for it was a sinner’s soul which had still not found atonement on this earth.
     She is just a girl, precocious and full of mischief. But for her first sixteen years, King Aha all but ignores his lively daughter leaving her upbringing mostly to Amma, her nurse-maid from the day she was born to her dying mother.
     Her education is guided by Ramose, the munificent High Priest of Ptah, a powerful force among the temples along the Nile. Still there are rumors from those who wish him toppled.
     ”Why, in a world of dark looks, do his eyes blaze like the daytime sky?” And Nefret’s own blue gaze adds fodder to the gristmills of suspicion.
     Storm clouds gather over Nefret’s head as the gentle dew of the girl's awakening into a woman brings dark shadows when her forbidden love for the young surgeon priest Tasar drives her to unspeakable deeds. Not even Ramose dares to save her from this trespass against the laws of Ma’at.
     Young Tasar must grapple with his conscience over the innocence he blemished so heedlessly. He has to choose between his priestly calling or whether he should flee from his ancient land with the young princess he has come to cherish.
     A fledgling khamsin grows into adolescence over the desolate sandy expanses of the great desert. When at last the Devil Wind’s hot fury is spent, all life among the dunes seems to have vanished - or has it?

Five thousand years later,
Nefret's golden death mask
is exhibited at the Cairo Museum.

Will this old soul, this sinner's Ba,
be reawakened to brave as yet another storm?
Find out in
Sirocco, Storm over Land and Sea (2),
After the Cataclysm (3)and
The Crystal Curse (4).
Look for Book 5 later this Fall.

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During this hopping about with our Shining Ladies some wear hooped skirts while others have donned a toga, a pleated linen sheath, or even swashbuckling pirates' boots.

On this, our first Tuesday, I am partnered with
Helen Hollick and Patricia Bracewell.
Both are shining their light on Emma of Normandy - from different viewpoints.

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Helen Hollick

    Helen lives on a thirteen-acre farm in Devon, England. Born in London, Helen wrote pony stories as a teenager, moved to science-fiction and fantasy, and then discovered historical fiction.
    Published for over twenty years with her Arthurian Trilogy, and the 1066 era, she became a ‘USA Today’ bestseller with Forever Queen. She also writes the Sea Witch Voyages, pirate-based fantasy adventures.
    As a supporter of Indie Authors she is Managing Editor for the Historical Novel Society Indie Reviews, and inaugurated the HNS Indie Award.

Helen’s view of Emma… 

A woman married at the age of thirteen to a man she despised; when he died the only way to survive and retain her status was to marry the man who had been her enemy.

Forever Queen (US Edition Title) 
A Hollow Crown (UK Edition Title) 

More fascinating insight on Helen's own Blog:
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 On to

Patricia Bracewell,  and her EMMA.

Patricia taught high school English before pursuing a writing career. The Price of Blood, is the second book in her trilogy about the 11th century queen of England, Emma of Normandy. Her first book, Shadow on the Crown, has been published in the UK, Australia, Italy, Germany, Russia and Brazil as well as in the U.S and Canada. She continues to travel extensively for research, and in the fall of 2014 she served as Writer-in-Residence at Gladstone’s Library, Wales. She is currently at work on the final novel of her Emma of Normandy trilogy. She lives in Oakland, California.


Meet Patricia's Emma

The Price of Blood 

    Emma of Normandy lived in an age ruled by the sword – an age when even women’s hearts had to be forged from steel.
    Warrior’s daughter, bride of kings, mother and peace-weaver, she was England’s only twice-crowned queen whose strength of spirit would bind the wounds of a shattered kingdom.

Find out more on Pat's own Blog
PatriciaBracewell - ShiningLightOnOurLadies

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For the next three October Tuesdays, more Shining Ladies!
For one, the man she most despises is the man who owns her heart.
For another, a district nurse must cope with the tragedies of World War II,
and another faces the horrors and tragedies of the American Civil War.

I can't wait to read about all of our Shining Ladies.
 Come back and join us!


The Full Shining Light Tour - Check it Out!

  6th October:  Helen_Hollick (Queen Emma) with Pat  Bracewell and 
Inge H. Borg

13th October:  Helen_Hollick (Women of 1066) with Elizabeth Revill
Diana Wilder and Regina Jeffers

20th October:  Helen_Hollick (King Arthur’s women) paired with
Alison Morton and Sophie Perinot

27th October:  Helen_Hollick - the Sea Witch women with
Anna Belfrage and Linda Collison

If you are liable to forget, just bookmark this blog
and come back to check for the Tuesday dates and our The Shining Ladies.


  1. What a wonderful thing this blog hop is! Having studied early medieval English history for my degree, I was familiar with Emma of Normandy and always harboured a dream of one day writing her story. Helen and Pat beat me to it! (I wrote about another fascinating woman, Aethelflaed Lady of the Mercians in my To Be a Queen.) But how wonderful that their blog pieces about Emma have led me here, to discover Princess Nefret, and to add more books to my 'must read' list!

    1. Annie, I am so happy to be part of this "hopping about." While I should be sticking my nose back into my WIP, I too am adding to my 'must read' list; these novels are too enticing.
      More fascinating ladies to be highlighted on he following three Tuesdays (just keep following Helen Hollick's blog for the links).

  2. Love expanding my knowledge. Nefret was an exceptional character.

    1. Thanks, Regina. Yes, we do love our ladies, don't we--even if they have to grow up fast in their dangerous world.

  3. The concept of reincarnation is always intriguing! Nice to have met Nefret

    1. Ah, you found me out...
      Thanks for visiting, Anna.
      I look forward to visiting your Lady on the 27th.

  4. Fasinating character and history -- I am so intrigued by your story and glad to have discovered you and Nefret. The golden mask is both beautiful and chilling! I imagine you have years of research behind the setting and storyline.

    1. Hi, Linda. You are right. I started the research for Khamsin when there was no Internet...for every book I read on Ancient Egypt, there was another one superseding my hard-learned "facts." Poor little Nefret, having to grow up so fast in her dangerous world; not that her modern successor, Naunet (named for a mythical Red Sea goddess), has it any easier in all the sequels.
      I look forward to meeting your Shining Lady on the 27th. And I agree: What a marvelous idea. My hat off to Helen Hollick for taking us all on.

  5. Weaver of tales, observer of players on the stage of life... Your stories are always delicious, Inge!