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The Cross and the Dragon made a couple more visits on the blogosphere in recent days—a review at The Queen’s Quill and an interview at Random Bits of Fascination.

Andrea Connell, host of The Queen’s Quill, says: “Simply put, I enjoyed this book. The reasons? Engaging narrative. Steady pace. Strong, living characters. Evocative sense of place and time.  A comforting return to the world of chivalry and morality, with defined heroes and villains.  Obvious careful attention to research and detail. A touch of the spiritual.”

For three years, Andrea was in the managing editor for the Historical Novel Society’s Indie reviews and has since moved to a position as reviews editor for the print magazine, working with small presses and university presses. She does this one top of family responsibilities and a full-time day job as nonfiction manuscript editor for the Marine Corps historical center.

Andrea’s reviews are thorough and honest. Visit The Queen’s Quill to read her full review of The Cross and the Dragon.

Maria Grace is the host of Random Bits of Fascination. In additions to interviews, she supports other writers by listing interesting posts about history each Thursday and publicizing promotions each Friday.

Grace’s name might be familiar to you. She wrote the excellent post about how laundry was done in the 18th and early 19th centuries. After reading her post, I was never more grateful for my front-loader.

Grace is an author Regency era fiction, including the Given Good Principles series, prequels to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. She also asks very good questions. Here a sampling:

  • What did you do with your earliest efforts? Did anyone read them? Did you still have them?
  • What do you enjoy most in the writing process? What parts of it do you really dislike?
  • Historical fiction takes a lot of research. What is the most memorable or interesting thing you’ve learned along the way?

Visit Maria Grace’s blog to find out the answers.