Mary Anne Yarde Author Interview

Mary Anne Yarde Author Interview


It is my pleasure to introduce Mary Anne Yarde, an English novelist and historian. She is the award-winning author of the International Best Selling Series — The Du Lac Chronicles. Set in the period after the fall of King Arthur, the series takes you on a journey through Dark Age Briton and Brittany. It is is based on both legends and historical fact. The Arthurian legends are some of my favorite reads.

Mary Anne graciously accepted my invitation to interview.  Below is her biography, responses to my interview questions, and ways you can contact her. Click on book covers to purchase at Amazon.


Mary Anne Yarde is the multi award-winning author of the International Bestselling series, The Du Lac Chronicles.

Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury–the fabled Isle of Avalon–was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.

Du Lac Chronicles Book 1

Interview Mary Anne Yarde

Would you provide an overview of the newest books that you have released this year?

The Du Lac Princess (Book 3 of The Du Lac Chronicles)

War is coming they said. But now it is here…

The Knights Code of Chivalry, which High King Arthur and Lancelot du Lac wrote, has been thrown on the rubbish heap. It is every man for himself. But amongst the chaos, there is one woman who refuses to bow down to tyrants. Lady Amandine du Lac was mistakenly left behind by her kin during the uprising against King Budic du Lac. Now she faces a life of scorn and ridicule because she so happened to be on the losing side. But Amandine has an inner strength that even she was unaware of. No matter what they do to her, no matter what they say, she will remain loyal to her kin and to the man she loved with her whole heart.

Du Lac Princess Book 3

What inspired you to write the Du Lac Chronicles which take you on a journey through Dark Age Briton and Brittany after the death of King Arthur?

As a child, I adored the legends of King Arthur and his Knights. I grew up near Glastonbury, England, where the story of King Arthur is woven into the very land itself. Many times I have witnessed Glastonbury Tor rise from the Fata Morgana — the mist — and every time I see it I am enthralled. It is so easy to believe the stories of Arthur when set against such a backdrop.

After Arthur’s tragic death the story comes to a sudden halt. No more is heard of Arthur’s famous knights, and all we are left with is a whispered promise, that when Briton is in peril, Arthur and his Knights will ride again. I always thought this was a terrible way to end the story. What an anti-climax. I wanted to write a story about what happened after Arthur’s death, and my series explores this.

How much research was involved in writing your books? How did you go ABOUT researching the legends associated with King Arthur and the aftermath of his death?

The history of a historical Arthur is not written in stone but is, instead, engraved in folklore, and that brings its own set of challenges. It is very much like chasing a phantom or going on a treasure hunt with no map and only rumours to help you!

I have dedicated almost twenty years researching Arthurian legends.  I have visited many of the locations in which Arthur’s story is set in. I have so many books on Arthur and his Knights that I have a whole bookcase dedicated to the topic. I find his story absolutely fascinating. Is it an obsession? Probably!

I am also a historian. I actually tutor modern history, but my favourite era by far is the Dark Ages. My books are set in Dark Age Britain, Brittany, and France. I have dedicated more hours than I dare to count researching the Dark Ages in these three countries and it is still an ongoing progress. There is always something new to learn! I think I spend more time researching than I do writing.

Do you have a favorite character from any of the books in The Du Lac Chronicles? Explain why.

That is quite a difficult question to answer. I adore all my characters. But I think if push came to shove I would have to say, Merton du Lac. Merton is a wonderfully complex character, and as a writer he really challenges me.

How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?

All the time! Sometimes it feels that I am not so much writing a book but going along for the ride.

Have you received reactions/feedback to your work that has surprised you? In what way?

My biggest surprise was when my books started to be compared to George R. R. Martin’s, Game of Thrones by reviewers. To be compared to an author like Mr Martin is very humbling.

Do you have any other books planned?  If so, would you give an overview of what the book(s) are about?

 I am currently working on Book 4 of The Du Lac Chronicles. This book continues with the story.

If you could have one skill that you don’t currently have, what would it be?

I would love to be able to draw and paint. But, that is never going to happen!

What makes you laugh?

 My husband. He makes me laugh all the time.

What simple pleasure makes you smile?

Dairy-free chocolate cookies!!

You can contact Mary Anne Yarde as follows:







Amazon Author Page

Other Books by Mary Anne Yarde:

DuLac Devil: Book 2


The Pitchfork Rebellion


►Greek Mythology: “Pandora and Helen of Troy” / “Collaboration with Carolee Croft”🍎.-

The following post is a reblog from one of my favorite sites that discusses Greek Mythology and its implications for modern day. The 11/30/2017 post by Aquileana is entitled “Pandora and Helen of Troy” / “Collaboration with Carolee Croft”

It is a fascinating overview of Pandora and Helen of Troy, females who fit into Ancient Greek mythology’s patriarchal prejudices against women in their culture.

The myths spring from the cultural anxieties about female beauty and female sexuality, centered on the figure of the Parthenos – the girl at marriageable age, a figure who must cross from the world of childhood in her father’s house to the house of her husband. Both Pandora and Helen of Troy cause tremendous damage, even to people beyond their immediate surroundings.

La Audacia de Aquiles

►Greek Mythology: Pandora and Helen of Troy, Misogynistic Stereotypes” /

“Collaboration with Carolee Croft”🍎:

“Pandora” by John William Waterhouse. 1896.


“With the curse, comes a blessing. Zeus wanted to punish humanity by creating you, the first woman, and by giving you that box filled with curses such as illness, war, and poverty. But if you look inside the box, one thing remains. It is hope”… (“After the Evil Spirits are Unleashed”. Carolee Croft).-

⇒♦ Introduction and Sketch of this post:

Greece is widely known as the birthplace of democracy, freedom of speech and thought, and egalitarian life. But in ancient Greece, women had no political or social rights. In Ancient Greece, males hold primary power and predominate in roles of political leadership, political and social privileges and authority. This, in practice came along with prejudices against women, belittling of women, and their exclusion, and Misogyny in many ways. 

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Book Signing Colorado Author Linnea Tanner Barnes and Noble

Book Signing Author Linnea Tanner Barnes & Noble


Barnes and Noble Storefront

Support Colorado Authors on December 13th
Book Signing Colorado Authors Throughout Day

Award-Winning Author Linnea Tanner signing copies of Apollo’s Raven between 2-3 pm.

Date:              Wednesday, December 13th
Hours:            9 am to 10 pm

Address:         960 S Colorado Blvd., Glendale, CO 80246


Barnes & Noble is donating a percentage to support Authors in Colorado and the new Colorado Authors of Fame that will launch next year.

Author Schedule for Book Signing:

Time Author Genre Title
10-11 Kathy Schultz Political Thriller The Bystander
11-12 Susan Planck Adventure Memoir Piping Hot
12-1 Georgann Hall Military Memoir Parachuting for Gold in Old Mexico
1-2 Mara Purl Women’s Fiction Where the Heart Lives; What the Heart Knows
2-3 Linnea Tanner Historical Fiction


Apollo’s Raven
3-4 Laurel Becker Juvenile Tales from Beaver Pond
4-5 Connie Pshigoda Women’s Health The Wise Woman’s Almanac
5-6 Lisa Reinicke Children’s Arnold the Cute Little Pig; Wings and Feet; Bart’s Escape; David’s Christmas Wish
6-7 Natli VanDerWerken Juvenile Red Dragon’s Keep


Judith Briles – Writing | Publishing –  AuthorYOU
How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders; Bloopers & Boo-Boos; Snappy Sassy Salty; The Crowdfunding Guide for Authors & Writers

John Maling – Juvenile –The Alphabet Menagerie
Inspiration | Poetry – Have You Ever Held a Mountain

Hope to see you on Wednesday, December 13th. Thank you for your support!

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Apollo’s Raven Linnea Tanner Updates

Updates Apollo’s Raven Linnea Tanner

Website Revamp

Be sure to visit my new website which as been revamped to correct persistent issues with the previous website design and host server. The overall appearance of this website is similar to the previous one, but the functionality should be improved. Most of the glitches in the cut over to the new website should now be resolved, but feel free to contact me if you encounter any problems.

Hopefully, with the website issues now resolved, I’ll be posting more frequently regarding updates to the Apollo’s Raven Series and other books underway, research to support my writing, author interviews, and book reviews.

Empire’s Anvil Book Cover Revealed

I’m excited to reveal the cover of Book 2, Empire’s Anvil, in the Apollo’s Raven series targeted for release in summer 2018. I’ll be providing excerpts on this site and Bublish.

Empire’s Anvil continues the epic Celtic tale of forbidden love, magical adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia. War looms over 24 AD Britannia where rival tribal kings are fighting each other for power. The Romans threaten to invade to settle the rulers’ political differences.  The decision made by the Celtic Warrior Princess Catrin to alter the future results in dire consequences. Her Roman lover, Marcellus, seriously wounds her father in an ambush at the prisoner exchange. Consequently, Catrin is accused of treason for aiding Marcellus. The curse transcribed on the dagger again alters and threatens the fates of Catrin and her people.

To redeem herself, Catrin must prove her loyalty to her father. She spins a plot to draw Marcellus into a political web of deception so he can help her sister escape the Roman encampment. Yet, when Catrin reunites with Marcellus, she must face her greatest challenger that could destroy her freedom, humanity, and life.

Facebook Event Dec 10th

On December 10th, there will be a Let It Snow Read Event sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. I’ll be participating in the event from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Join the fun and meet Colorado authors. Click on below for more information.

E-Book Distribution and Giveaway

The e-book of Apollo’s Raven is currently only available through Amazon so I can take advantage of their Select program for special price promotions. For the holiday season, the e-book of Apollo’s Raven will be offered free on December 14-16th.

Order Signed Hard Cover

You can now purchase a signed, hard cover book of Apollo’s Raven at a reduced price of $17 + free shipping in the USA.  To purchase through Paypal, click on below.


Happy Holiday Season

Thank you for your continued support. Best wishes for a happy holiday season!


Vortigern’s Rule: The Treachery of the Long Knives

The following is a NOVEMBER 15, 2017 post by ZTEVETEVANS
Vortigern’s Rule: The Treachery of the Long Knives. The is about the
legendary event of the Saxons’ ambush on the unsuspecting British King Vortigern and his chieftains by the Saxon mercenary leader Hengist in the 5th century at a banquet. The event led up to the legend of Merlin and King Arthur.

Under the influence!


By Noel Sylvestre (1847-1915) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Treachery and Betrayal

The Treachery of the Long Knives was a legendary event that was allegedly inflicted upon the unsuspecting British King Vortigern and his chieftains by the Saxon mercenary leader Hengist in the 5th century.  It was seen as a supreme act of treachery and betrayal by the Britons and is mentioned in the 6th-century work Historia Brittonum attributed to Nennius.   Later Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century in his work Historia Regum Britanniae (The History of the Kings of Britain) presents a slightly different version.  The work presented here is drawn from both versions.

Hengist and Horsa

The legend tells how after Vortigern had usurped the crown of Britain he turned to the Saxons led by the brothers Hengist and Horsa for help in fighting the Picts and Gaels who were ravaging his kingdom. The Saxons proved…

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Lindsay Townsend Author Interview

Lindsay Townsend Author Interview


It is my pleasure to introduce Lindsay Townsend, an English author from Yorkshire. I had the privilege of reviewing her historical romance, Dark Maiden, for the Historical Novel Society. When I first started reading this story, I had no idea of how much I would enjoy reading a tale set in plague-stricken England in 1350. Not only did I enjoy the romantic elements in the story, I also learned about the chaos and superstitions that arose as a result of the plague. The humor sprinkled throughout the story ultimately made this an entertaining read from beginning to end. The novel was selected as the Editor’s Choice in the Historical Newsletter HNR Issue 82 (November 2017).

I enjoyed learning more about Lindsay in her interview below.


Lindsay Townsend lives in Yorkshire, England, where she was born. Lindsay started writing stories at an early age. Always a voracious reader, she took a degree in medieval history and worked in a library for a while, then began to write full-time after marriage.

She is fascinated by the medieval and ancient world, especially medieval Britain. When not writing or researching her books, she enjoys walking, reading, cooking, music, going out with friends and long languid baths with scented candles (and perhaps chocolate).

Interview Lindsay Townsend             

Would you provide an overview of newest books that you have released this year?

I have written and released several medieval historical romances this year including my full length novel, Dark Maiden, published by Prairie Rose, and a sensual romance novella, The Virgin, the Knight and the Dragon, part of my Medieval Creatures series with Siren-Bookstrand. I’ve also reissued A Knight’s Vow, now self-published for Kindle. I’ve also self-published a sweet medieval novella, Plain Harry. For Christmas I’m part of the One Yuletide Knight anthology, with my novella, Sir Constantine and the Changeling.

What inspired you to write the historical romance, Dark Maiden, about a black female exorcist in plague-infested England?

I’ve always been fascinated by ghost stories and authors such as MR James. I studied medieval history at University and reading about the Black Death (or Great Pestilence) and its massive, shattering impact on society stayed with me. This was a time when “normal” customs and morals were almost destroyed in some areas of Europe, as shown by accounts by contemporary writers such as Boccaccio. Reading Philip Ziegler’s vivid history of this time in his book The Black Death,  I was struck by a passage concerning Ralf of Shrewsbury, the medieval bishop of Bath and Wells. In 1349, when the pestilence was spreading through England, devastating society,  Ralf wrote a letter to his priests and in it he explained “you should …persuade all men…that if they are on the point of death and can not secure the services of a priest, then they should make confession to each other…or, if no man is present, then even to a woman.”

That phrase “even to a woman” got me thinking and the germ of a story began to form. It was shaped further by reading of the appearance of strange cults, such as the Flagellants, and the belief throughout Europe that this killer disease presaged the end of times. The dead and dying clearly dominated people’s minds during this period, as seen by the appearance of skeletal avatars of death in manuscripts and in church paintings and tombs.

The dead and dying and ghosts and a hero to help them. A different hero, one outside the usual customs of the time. Considering these factors, Yolande came into my mind, emerging almost complete from a dream. I knew the medieval church revered the black saint Maurice. I knew from archaeology and historical sources that England has always been multi-cultural, with a rich blend of races. I wanted to celebrate that heritage in my story.

How much research was involved in writing your books? How did you go ABOUT researching the various evil entities for Dark Maiden?

It really depends on the story I’m creating. I love telling stories, so to me that’s always the most important, then come the characters within the tale, then the research so the world of the story is real to readers. I look at primary sources, such as contemporary accounts, plus the art, music, food, fashions of the period I’m writing about. I also read folk stories and sometimes base my fiction on retelling of such tales. So I re-worked the story of Beauty and the Beast into my medieval novel The Snow Bride and the story of Sleeping Beauty into my fable A Christmas Sleeping Beauty. For Dark Maiden I read books  on Medieval Magic, (especially Kieckhefer’s Magic in the Middle Ages), Medieval Graffiti, The Medieval Underworld by McCall, Jusserand’s English Wayfaring Life in the Middle Ages, and the encyclopedia Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. The Medieval Underworld by McCall covered beliefs concerning ghosts and magic during the fourteenth century and how people could deal with revenants and other spiritual threats. Google and Wikipedia are also superb sources, with many articles.

Is there any story of a sub-character who the female exorcist, Yolande, meets in Dark Maiden that is your favorite? Explain why.

I have a real soft spot for Geraint, the foil and hero to Yolande. He’s a tumbler and juggler, a light-fingered Welshman who always has her back. I like the way he’s a commoner, not a noble, and the way he doesn’t back down. I wanted a tumbler hero ever since learning the old legend of the Virgin Mary and the Tumbler—the version I was told by my mother was that the tumbler had no Christmas gift to present to the statue of the Virgin except for his juggling, but his “gift” and skill pleased her the most.

I also enjoyed introducing Theodore in the third part of Dark Maiden. He’s a little person who has been kept almost as a pet by a greedy noble, has escaped and is determined to make his own destiny henceforth—which he does, decisively. I like Theo because he is a mass of surprises and not someone to under-estimate.

How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?

Quite regularly, I think. I have a plan in my mind of each character and their cardinal virtues, fears and secrets (not their flaws since no characters are evil to themselves) and keep those key words in the front of my head as I write each scene. However, the degree to which a character reacts can surprise me. In Dark Maiden I was startled, as I wrote, just how angry Geraint was against the medieval church and churchmen. I was surprised how patient Yolande remained in dealing with intolerance.

Have you received reactions/feedback to your work that has surprised you? In what way?

I am always grateful for feedback to my stories, especially when I feel a reader has understood and appreciated what I have attempted to show in my work. Harsh reviews are upsetting, particularly if I feel they are unjustified. I recently had a review on a light romantic suspense, A Secret Treasure, set in late 1930s Rhodes where a particular reader complained I had not gone into sufficient detail about the Italian occupation of the Greek island. Since my story was a sweet romance, I felt this was a little unfair.

What are three things you think we can all do to make the world a better place?

  • Be kind to everyone and give to charities.
  • Don’t waste resources.  Don’t shop till you drop—what’s the point?
  • Try always to put yourself in the shoes of others.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

My ruby and diamond engagement ring from my husband.

What are the most important traits you look for in a friend?

Kindness. Empathy. Laughter.

If you could have one skill that you don’t currently have, what would it be?

To tumble and do back flips. I sometimes spot football players doing back flips during a celebration after scoring a goal and I always envy them that.

What might we be surprised to learn about you?

I’m utterly useless at ball games where the ball is head height or higher. My instinct is to duck, not catch.

What makes you laugh?

Buster Keaton movies. The timing and skill of those scenes, contrasted with his marble-solid face, always makes me laugh.

What simple pleasure makes you smile?

Seeing a baby, a rainbow, a new flower, hearing birdsong or music, smelling deep red roses or wild garlic.

You can contact Lindsay Townsend as follows:

Twitter: @lindsayromantic

Other Books by Lindsay Townsend

For information on all of Lindsay Townsend’s books, check out Amazon Lindsey Townsend Author Page





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Award Winning Apollo’s Raven Giveaways

Award Winning Apollo’s Raven Giveaways

Book Awards

Exciting news! I am pleased to announce that Apollo’s Raven has been awarded the “Official Selection” in the Historical Fiction category of the 2017 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards.

2017 Official Selection New Apple Award


As indicated previously, Apollo’s Raven has also been recognized as a Bronze Medal Winner in the 2017 Global Ebook Awards for Fantasy / Historical.

2017 Bronze Medal Global Ebook Awards


Below are some excerpts of reviews for Apollo’s Raven:

Apollo’s Raven is a historical fantasy with strong elements of romance, political intrigue, and magic. Many surprising twists enrich the historically-drawn plot. Points of view shift between different characters effectively, heightening the tension from one moment to the next. I love the scenes contrasting the cultures of Celtic Britannia and Rome, during which Tanner’s research really shines.”Historical Novel Society

“The requisite fantasy elements of magic and mystery abound…Tanner also does an admirable job weaving in the politics and mythology of a bygone people. A complex and promising start to a new fantasy series.” —Kirkus Reviews

To celebrate these awards and recognition, I am pleased to offer the following GIVEAWAYS highlighted below to my fabulous supporters!

Amazon Giveaway

For a limited time from November 7 through November 8, you’ll be able to download the e-book of Apollo’s Raven free on Kindle. Get it now at Amazon.

Great Kindle Giveaway

Beginning tomorrow on November 8th and running through November 30th, you will have a chance to win the Great Kindle Giveaway that will be preloaded with eight free novels from participating authors, including myself.

For more information on how to enter, click on below:

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More to come on other GIVEAWAYS for the holiday season! 

As always, I greatly appreciate everyone’s support.

Best wishes,
Linnea Tanner