Feeling lucky? Penguin Random House has put up a sweepstake to win copies of THE UNTOLD STORY, and also THE GOD OF LOST WORDS from A.J. Hackwith. I’m afraid it’s US residents only, but entry’s between October 4th – 17th, so if you’re interested, check it out at:


Things are okay here otherwise; the weather’s turned cold, but then again it is October, and I’m getting on with writing SCARLET. I was fascinated to discover that a term which was actually used during the French revolution was “sanguinocrates” (“aristocrats of blood”) – admittedly used in referring to the Jacobins who acquiesced in the September 1792 massacres, but I’m not going to turn down a good word like that when it’s dropped in my lap.

Take care and stay safe, all.

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