Tag Archives: Scotland

Reign of the Marionettes

Title of Book: Reign of the Marionettes
By: Sheena Macleod
Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Excerpt: CHAPTER ONE
The Cavalcade

Grey clouds formed over London, casting dark shadows across the river entrance to Whitehall Palace. In the dimming light, Elizabeth stepped through a double door, set high on the crumbling facade of the palace wall. As she weaved her way through the throng of courtiers gathering on the cobbled courtyard, their accusing faces turned towards her.

Keeping her head down, she pulled her fur-lined cloak tight against the biting air and quickened her steps. Her thoughts filled with concern for her family. At forty, she’d already spent a lifetime glancing behind her, looking for danger. A surge of fear, tinged with excitement coursed through her. Could the approaching cavalcade bring them greater freedom? She dared not even think it. All she could do now was wait and hope.

Reaching the stone balustrade, overlooking the privy stairs, Elizabeth stopped and gazed out in surprise. All along the riverbank bonfires blazed into life and flames lit up the darkening sky. It was as if half of London had come to watch the procession of gilded barges sail up the Thames. The left bank of the river had transformed into a teeming mass, and shouts of, “No papists!” rang from the milling throng.

“Meu amigo, Baroness Powis.”

A smile formed on Elizabeth’s face. She hadn’t heard Queen Catherine approach, and she turned around. Her smile faded. Since they’d last met a few days before, Catherine’s olive-tinted skin had paled, and dark shadows had formed beneath her eyes.

She curtsied. “Your Majesty.”

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Authors, Books, Genre, Historical Fiction

Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere Writing Contest

CASTLE TO CATHEDRAL TO CASHMERE WRITING CONTEST
http://ccc-heritage.co.uk/castle-to-cathedral-to-cashmere-writing-competition/

NO ENTRY FEE.

Deadline May 31, 2016.

All submissions should be made to and must adhere to the setting of Elgin, Scotland, and area during the 18th and/or 19th century. The winners will be announced at the Spirit of Moray Book Festival, 13-17 September 2016.

The entry must be a short story, in English, an original work of fiction, previously unpublished, and not more than 3,000 words. The winning entry will receive £350 and the second place £150.

Comments Off on Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere Writing Contest

Filed under Authors, Awards, Fiction, Historical Fiction

The Traveling Herding Teacher

cover-vest-front-800The Traveling Herding Teacher

By Bob Vest as told to Kathleen Freeman Kelly

 

The Traveling Herding Teacher contains the teachings of Bob Vest, a herding dog trainer in high demand, who traveled endless miles and conducted hundreds of clinics and private lessons annually. Before Bob’s passing in 2009, he traveled to Scotland to have his teachings put together as a collaboration with Kathleen Freeman Kelly. The result is a collection of herding concepts, philosophy, and instruction that represents his years of development and experience as a stockman, herding judge, and herding instructor. The Traveling Herding Teacher should provide an invaluable reference for anyone interested in herding, whether for use on the farm or ranch or in competitions, with many animals or a few, and with any breed of herding dog.bob-dog-herding teacher

 

Available at: Rowe Publishing

$35.00 (softcover)

  • 196 pages
  • Includes diagrams and some photographs
  • 0″ x 10.0″

Comments Off on The Traveling Herding Teacher

Filed under Authors, Books, Non-Fiction