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John Ruskin's Disasterous Love Life - Octavia Randolph

Sent January 27th 2015

Unlucky at Love John Ruskin was one of the 19th century's greatest and most influential thinkers. His opinions on art, architecture, social and economic justice reverberated throughout the Victorian world. Figures such as Proust, Tolstoy, and Gandhi revered him. Yet Ruskin's life was also blighted by his disastrous romantic choices. In "Unlucky at Love", my new blog piece on the excellent English Historical Fiction Author's Blog you'll learn about Ruskin's heartbreakingly unrequited love for Adele Domecq; ...

Perfect for the Book Group: Smart New Novel from Octavia

Sent December 5th 2014

*//* */Books Make The Best Holiday Gifts!/* Dear Friends and Readers My new novel, /Light, Descending/, was just published in Paperback, Kindle and Nook versions. It is a tale of art and obsession, the story of the brilliant yet tormented John Ruskin, one of the 19th century's greatest and most influential personalities. Why is he worth reading about today? He championed the revered English painter Turner, protected and promoted the young Pre-Raphaelites, and condemned (and was sued by) the fiery Whistler. He wed a b...

Here is your Free 9th Century Cookery Book(let)! - Octavia Randolph

Sent October 24th 2014

Venison Pie. Lavender Scented Pudding. Roasted Fish with Green Sauce. Honey Cakes! Enjoy ten delicious, easy, and authentic recipes from the 9th century in The Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let), yours free in two different PDF formats, one for your laptop or tablet, and one that prints up into an actual booklet. Enhanced with charming medieval woodcuts and fascinating titbits about early cooking, the Cookery Book(let) makes delightful reading and even better eating. It's all my gift to you, and I hope you enjoy it....

Paperbacks! The Circle of Ceridwen Saga - Octavia Randolph

Sent September 12th 2014

At last. The four volume Circle of Ceridwen Saga is out in paperback. They are big. They are (I think) beautiful. They are here because many readers asked for them, for which I thank you. The books are available now on Amazon.com, and feature additional discounts for Amazon Prime members. All four volumes are in the Amazon MatchBook program, in which the Kindle version will be only $1.99 (regularly $4.99) when purchased with the paperback. That offer will be found on the right side of the Amazon page for each book....

Venison Pie and Honey Cakes: Yummy 9th Century Recipes (honest!) - Octavia Randolph

Sent August 24th 2014

http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/venison-pie-and-honey-cakes.html People in novels need to eat - just like the rest of us - so we'd might as well provide them with delicious, seasonal, era-appropriate fare. Join me for Venison Pie and Honey Cakes on the excellent English Historical Fiction Authors blog and walk away with some yummy recipes. And: I'm happy to announce Ride: A Novella, my re-telling of the story of Lady Godiva, available now and FREE to Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime members! Octa...

Amazon Bestselling List: The Circle of Ceridwen Saga - Octavia Randolph

Sent June 26th 2014

All four volumes of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga are on Amazon.com's Top Twenty "Women's Adventure" Best Sellers List! Thank you dear readers for making it so. Thank you for reading, for telling your friends, for leaving reviews. You make the Circle expand! This month's essay on the excellent English Historical Fiction Authors blog is about Gotland, the treasure-laden Baltic Sea island where newly-released Book Four, The Hall of Tyr is set. The astonishing Spillings Hoard, 148 pounds of silver coins and jewel...

Book Four of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga - Octavia Randolph

Sent June 20th 2014

Happy Summer Solstice! /The Hall of Tyr, Book Four of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga/, has just been released. /The Hall of Tyr: /It is a new day. Dawn finds Ceridwen and Sidroc beginning their lives together on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland. It is a place of peace and beauty. But someone is searching for them... To celebrate /The Hall of Tyr/, all the books have new covers. See them here. *Thank you for placing **/The Circle of Ceridwen/** in Amazon.com's Top Ten in Women's Adventure** for five months running!* And f...

Early English Architecture & The Three Little Pigs - Octavia Randolph

Sent May 25th 2014

http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com We all know that the little piggy who built with brick was the one the big bad wolf didn't eat. So let's learn how the Early English kept the wolf from their doors by building in stone. Join me on the excellent English Historical Fiction Authors blog and take a look at the latest architectural fashions and building techniques, circa year 450 to 1066. You'll laugh at your neighbours' straw efforts...! wes thu hal (be whole and hearty, in Old English) Octavia http://www.octavia...

Hearth and Home: Early English Architecture - Octavia Randolph

Sent April 25th 2014

http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com Planning some home improvements? Need fresh ideas on how to make your home unique? Then join me on the excellent English Historical Fiction Authors blog and take a look at the latest architectural fashions and building techniques, circa year 450 to 1066. I bet anything you'll look forward to making your own wattle and daub addition to that family room. wes thu hal (be whole and hearty, in Old English) Octavia http://www.octavia.net - Historic Adventure: The Circle of Ceridwen...

Anglo-Saxon Fashion - Octavia Randolph

Sent March 24th 2014

http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com Are Spring thoughts turning to fashion? Ever wonder what was /en vogue /for the well-dressed man and woman in Anglo-Saxon England? Then you might enjoy this month's essay on the excellent English Historical Fiction Blog, wherein we take a look at both the Mentionables and Unmentionables donned by Kings, Lords, Ladies, Saints, and less exulted folk as well. I hope you enjoy. For a list of Octavia's complete essays on the English Historical Fiction Blog, click here. Enjoy yo...

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