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Napoleonic Days


NEWS                                  

24 April 2019



TIME TRAVELLING


For the first time since the beginning of the Ties of Blood series in 2008 there will be no new book this year. Plans are in place for more novels (Egypt, back to the Peninsula, South America and more) but at present Peter is busy with a new project - and a whole new cast of characters and fascinating historical figures - set in the early Victorian period.
More news soon!
 


NAPOLEONIC DAYS A HIT!

Third Year for Unique Event

What a great weekend we had this year in Bingham (Sat/Sun 2/3 March). The talks, exhibitions and displays were all magnificent. We had over two hundred visitors and the local hotel was fully booked weeks before. The programme for the event is still available to view on the Napoleonic Days button, bottom left, so you can get an idea of the impressive range of subjects which were covered.

It was tremendous to have Christa Hook as artist in residence for this yerar's Napoleonic Days weekend. You can find out more about her wonderful military paintings at christahook.co.uk

RUMOUR GREATLY EXAGERRATED!

The wargame staged by the excellent  NG13 Wargamers at this year's Napoleonic Days was based on an episode taken from the Ties of Blood novel "The Hardest Fight".  The figures and, particularly, the village were magnificent. The only poor note was struck when the wargamers informed Peter they had blown up Tom Herryck. It's only a game, however, and the author can assure readers that Tom is alive and well and looking forward to starring in future titles.



GREAT STORIES FROM THE GREAT WAR

There have been many moving ceremonies and excellent articles written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day a few months back. The poetry from the period is astonishingly poignant but there is also plenty of excellent fiction dealing with the war. Peter has added a number of recommendations for First World War related novels to the You Might Also Like page.


DERBYSHIRE DELIGHT


Peter has given talks in some interesting buildings - courthouse, castle, barn, drill hall, gunpowder mill, ballroom, chapel, guildhall, museum etc - but not so far a stable. He put that right last October, when he offered old favourite, "Love & War, Sherry & Tripe" to a packed house at the Devonshire Dome, Buxton.  This building was no humble horse box but an extraordinary octagonal structure built to house 120 animals belonging to the Duke of Devonshire in the 1780s. It later became a hospital and is now a part of the University of Derby's Buxton campus. It remains a stunning building. It was a great night!


THE POWER OF THIRTEEN


On the heels of the ten novels, there is a book of short stories now out. Titled "A Dozen Bakers" the tales fill in one or two gaps in the Ties of Blood canon and give more back story to some favourite characters, as well as highlighting several interesting and lesser known historical episodes. So, if you are intrigued by Sir John Moore's adventures in Sweden, how the British won the Battle of the Nations, Lord Cochrane, Nelson at Cadiz or perhaps Lord Wellington's counterfeiting racket, this is the book for you!


ON THE SAME PAGE

Peter has put an author page on Facebook. click this link Facebook Page

Hope you like it!


TAKE, READ AND ENJOY!

The latest novel is  "TAKE, BURN OR DESTROY" which features our heroes taking part in fact-based adventures in Cape Town, Buenos Aires and Copenghagen, 1805 - 07. This book is Ties of Blood:10, but is a prequel so you could think of it as the new number 1! See button left for more information. Kindle version also out now.


FRESH GLORY

Revised versions of first five novels in the series, "ALONE WITH GLORY", "THE COLOUR OF BLOOD"  "A DIFFERENT KIND OF WAR", "THE HARDEST FIGHT" and "THE BLAST OF WAR" are now available on Kindle - with one or two typos put right and a few minor enhancements. Each of these new editions also include details of the rest of the series. "EVEN TO THE KNIFE" follows soon.
Click here for more.


YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

There is a new page (see button, bottom left) where Peter lists novels which inspire him or are written in a similar genre to his own. So, once you've run through the Ties of Blood series here are some new ideas for you! There are well over twenty titles now, classics old and new!



FOOD FOR THOUGHT

There is a lot of interest in the food and drink mentioned in the books, so Bicorn has added a FOOD page (see button left). The dishes mentioned have all been tested in the kitchens at Bicorn Towers. New recipes just added!


FROM TRIPE TO TALKING
BALLS


Peter's introductory talk about the period, "Love & War, Sherry & Tripe", has been warmly received all over the country (last airings, Stamford Georgian Festival and Buxton's Devonshire Dome). He has also crafted different talks for specific events or anniversaries.
There is a talk ("Balls, Belles and Bugles") around the Waterloo story and "Fact or Fiction" focuses on the historical novelist's challenge in telling the tale. A social history talk, "The Home Front" had its debut before the discerning audience at the East Midlands Napoleonic Days in 2018 and new for 2019 is "The Senior Service".


To arrange a talk: peter.youds@btinternet.com



E - by gum!

There are currently ten Ties of Blood novels in print, plus the new short stories. All the titles are now also available on Kindle via Amazon.
Click here for details. 



WHO'S WHO?

Recent books "A BATTLE LOST AND WON" and "THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT" continue to describe the adventures of the large list of characters which peoples the Ties of Blood series. One or two readers have commented that they sometimes struggle to remember the relationships of members of the two principal families, so Peter has included a note at the beginning of each novel to remind you of their background.

SIGN OF THE TIMES 

Peter is happy to sign your copy of the book/s. If you order online you can ask for a dedication when you visit the Buy the Book page. First editions of all titles are still available at time of writing.




© Peter Youds 2018