Today’s post is a little different. I’m very happy to share with you a guest post from author Andrew Joyce. Andrew shares with us what it takes to properly research writing a book and the facts he needed to produce his latest book, Yellow Hair.
Over to you Andrew…
My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. I would like to thank Rachel for allowing me to be here today to promote my latest, Yellow Hair, which documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890. Every death, murder, battle, and outrage I write about actually took place. The historical figures that play a role in my fact-based tale of fiction were real people and I use their real names. Yellow Hair is an epic tale of adventure, family, love, and hate that spans most of the 19th century.
Through no fault of his own, a young man is thrust into a new culture just at the time that culture is undergoing massive changes. It is losing its identity, its lands, and its dignity. He not only adapts, he perseveres and, over time, becomes a leader—and on occasion, the hand of vengeance against those who would destroy his adopted people.
Now that the commercial is out of the way, we can get down to what I really came here to talk about: the research that goes into writing an historical novel or an action/adventure novel that uses an historical event as a backdrop.
Here is another installment of items for my Christmas Wish List. You can pop back and read my other wish lists here for a coffee machine and a subscription box. But on this list are items for the home.
I’m a homely person and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I love the comfort and style of things around my home. I know some people think they are dust catchers but not me. It’s a home to be lived in and have lots of pretty things around.
My Wish List
I love to shop sales. I rarely buy things at full price I can’t bare to! Maybe that’s the money-saving fiend in me. One of my favourite online websites to browse is Love the Sales. Not only do they cover the latest fashion go-to retailers but also home, garden, electronics and more.
I’m very pleased to be on the Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures – Tinsel Town book tour. Tinsel Town is written by Natalie Page and illustrated by Chris Rivers Nuttall. It’s a fantastic children’s book in the Zak and Jen Astronomical Adventures series. Which started with The Petal Planet.
As you know we are huge book lovers. I’m sharing that love for books with baby girl. She might not yet understand what they are about but at 9 months old she love’s to turn the pages when we read together.
Best friends Zak and Jen love exploring space using their magic umbrellas. This time, they find a Christmas themed planet, but there is one thing missing, the inhabitants! Join the characters as they make some festive friends, and realise how important it is to appreciate every day. Tinsel Town is written for children over five years old, however younger children will also enjoy the rhythm of the story and its festive theme.
The “freeconomy” in Britain is thriving, with many adults saving roughly £1,200 each year by using vouchers for money off, freebies, special deals and more.
A study by Halifax Home Insurance showed how the downturn in the economy has taken our nation of people who are smart about looking for bargains, with about a fifth of the people who were quizzed noting that they will rarely buy things that are full price. The top targets for discounts will be deals that you can find on meals, with more than half saving on fast food, restaurants and takeaways, with flights and holidays trailing very closely.
Contrary to a lot of the national stereotypes, about 12% of adults will admit that they haggle to be sure that the price is just right, with about one percent saying that they are actually too embarrassed to utilize discounts. The survey further claims that taking a good deal has turned into more of a social activity, with about 44% of people that are sharing their discounts with friends.
When you think of gardens, you probably imagine them at their best in spring and summer. However, a true gardener can appreciate the beauty of a garden all year. A garden can be just as stunning in autumn or winter, even if you aren’t lucky enough to get snow. If you love your garden, you should be able to enjoy it all the time. Even if you don’t want to be outside all the time, you can still appreciate it from the kitchen window. There are lots of moves you can make to create an all-weather garden. Come rain or shine, or even snow, you can get out and take pleasure in the fresh air, the plants, and the birds and other animals.
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Build a Conservatory or Winter Garden
You don’t always have to enjoy your garden from outside. Observing it from the warmth of indoors is a great idea too. With a conservatory, orangery or winter garden, you can get a brilliant view of your garden. At the same time, you can set up a comfortable seating area and make sure it’s warm. It can be just as much fun in the summer when you can open the doors and enjoy the sunshine. If you’re planning on reconfiguring your garden, start thinking about a conservatory first. You’ll need to consider how much space you have and how you’re going to rework the rest of the garden.
Do you love to shop online?
Now that Christmas is only a few weeks away it’s time to start thing about your Christmas shopping. That’s if you like to be organised. I know people that are completely last minute shoppers and wonder why there is nothing left that they want! I do have a Women’s and Babie’s & Kid’s gift guides for the slightly different gifts if you are a bit stuck on ideas.
I’m a super organised person, or at least I like to think so, so I’ve been thinking about Christmas presents for a while now. With it being baby girl’s first Christmas I’m super excited!