Monday, 28 September 2015

The Welsh – The Original Britons (Welsh History)

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As Simon Weston writes in the foreword to Highlights of Welsh History,
'The Welsh have always been fighters. Always seemingly caught up in some battle or other. Often against one another! But throughout history, it is this tenacity of spirit that has ensured the survival of this great people against all odds. Thankfully, not all these battles have been ones of bloodshed: there are great tales of cultural, spiritual and moral courage to be told too, as men and women of Wales have sought to defend and promote those values and virtues that have distinguished them as a breed apart over the centuries.'

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 4.2

This week the Kestrel crew are taken to the mine. To read from the beginning, go here. I picture Mike Holland as actor Tom Cruise, but taller (and younger)!
Holland (young Tom Cruse)
Intruders chapter 4 scene 3

As Gareth Davies led them to the mine, Tabitha looked him over. He was ruggedly built, a perfect specimen of the manual labour involved in mining, yet he moved with grace. On Alpha, the men were cumbersome and awkward.  She was fascinated and tried not to stare.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Welsh Pupils Deprived of Welsh History

A recent news item raised concerns that Welsh children are not being taught enough about their own history in school.

Teaching Welsh History

My own husband, born and raised in West Wales, only remembers being taught English history, and some Welsh folklore. Like mine in England, his history lessons were dull and boring, but much has improved since, with teachers using all sorts of ways to make the subject interesting. But only 10-15% of the GCSE History syllabus has content about Wales.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 4.1

This week the Kestrel arrives at Pallas to assist at the mine rescue and Captain Darrow talks to the base administrator Wil Jones. Get comfy, it’s a long one! To read from the beginning, go here. I picture Andrew Chambers as actor Chris Pine.
Chambers (Chris Pine)
Intruders chapter 4 scenes 1 & 2

Since Chambers had his own duties to take care of, Tabitha didn’t see him until they met at the airlock after landing at Pallas.  They were in the rear of the assembled crew.

Pulling the lip she’d been worrying from between her teeth, she looked up at Chambers beside her.  
‘The Captain said I could help,’ she whispered, 'but I, er, I’m not sure how useful I can be.’

‘Don’t worry,’ Chambers said quietly, offering a reassuring smile, ‘just stay alert and do as you’re told.’

‘I’m glad we don’t have to wear suits.’

‘As long as the dome is intact, they can control the atmosphere and gravity inside.  You’ll be fine.’
‘This is my first alien soil, you know.’ 

Monday, 14 September 2015

Will You Review My Books?

If you’ve been following my progress (or looked around this blog!) you’ll know I have self-published three popular history books.

3 covers

I sell a lot of print copies myself to tourists and locals, especially when I give talks. But I haven’t sold many ebooks or print books online. When people find my books, they use the reviews to guide their choice whether or not to buy – and there are very few reviews.

So my first request is to those who have already bought the books:
Will you please review the book on Amazon and anywhere else you can? Links below.

To those who haven’t bought my books:
I am giving away a free PDF copy of my books in exchange for reviews. Email me at amt(dot)tetelestai(at)gmail(dot)com with Review Copy in the subject line and say which book you want. Or ask in the comments below, but disguise your email address as I have done to prevent it being picked up by spammers. Links for reviews below.

It’s not a big task, the books are all about 10,000 words and have lovely illustrations. That’s compared to a novel with can be anything from 60,000 to over 100,000 words. And people do tell me they enjoyed them very much. I am encouraged when people who have bought and read one book come back for the others.

Links for reviews (or to buy of course!):

Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth on Amazon UK, Amazon US and Goodreads
Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John on Amazon UK, Amazon US and Goodreads
The Magna Carta Story on Amazon UK, Amazon US and Goodreads

Thank you in advance!

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 3.3

This week First Officer Mike Holland discusses the crew deployment for the mine rescue with Captain Darrow. To read from the beginning, go here. I picture Holland like actor Tom Cruise (but taller!).
Holland (young Tom Cruse)
Intruders chapter 3 scene 3

Holland came to see Darrow to discuss the initial crew assignments.

‘With no communication we don’t have the latest update, so I may have to make adjustments depending on what we find when we arrive,’ Holland said.  ‘I think we should leave someone on board Kestrel during the rescue.  If there is a saboteur, we have to protect the ship.’

Monday, 7 September 2015

How To Visit a Castle

Recently my husband found a copy of The Sutton Companion to Castles by Stephen Friar. This is an encyclopedia of every aspect of a castle and related subjects. At 344 pages, it will be a long time before I read it all, but it’s a great reference work.
Sutton Companion to Castles

In the Introduction, Stephen Friar gives very good advice on visiting a castle. It’s a good companion to the post I wrote sometime ago on Why Visit a Castle?

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Intruders: Blog the Book 3.2

This week, Captain Darrow reviews his collection of mysteries. To read from the beginning, go here. I picture Darrow like actor Michael Sheen.
Darrow (Michael Sheen)
Intruders, chapter 3 scene 2

With preparations for emergency aid underway, Darrow turned again to the mystery.  The details were sparse: The miners had reported two incidents of quartz missing from the stores.  The inventory was correct one day and out the next, with no sign of tampering.  Everyone was denying responsibility, the base had been searched and the men were angry.  They had put a guard on the stores who had foiled a third attempt, but there was no sign of the culprit.  The guard said the electronically-locked door opened on its own.  He claimed he saw a shimmering figure in the dim light, which disappeared when he shone a torch in its direction.  The mining company didn’t believe a word.  Quartz does not disappear on its own.