New publisher, who dis?

What a busy few months its been – and because of that I’ve been super quiet here on the blog. But there’a very good reasons behind both the busy and the quiet.

First of all, I’ve been working on my next book. This journey began a while back but now I am super thrilled to announce that it will be published by the amazing team at Pen & Sword books, and that I will be working with the for the foreseeable future! So I’ve been working my little socks off getting the manuscript edits done ready to be sent back – there’s still a ways to go and a few little rewrites here and there, but it’s going to be so worth it when the time comes to hold the finished product in my hands. I’ve seen the first cover design as well and let me tell you – it’s STUNNING!

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I’ve also been preparing for the talk that I gave this past Saturday on the Borgia family at the Winchester Heritage Open Days. This was my most well attended talk to date and, despite the nerves at the start, it went really really well. For those of you who want to catch up on it, I live streamed it over on the facebook page.

I’m also going to be looking at redesigning the website over the next few weeks and months so do keep an eye out for that. But until then, it’s time to bury myself in edits. Keep an eye on here and the various social media for any more historical shenanigans – I tend to update there with things first rather than here.

Much love to you all

-Sam

2016 – Yearly Wrapup

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It’s that time again. And what a year it’s been. When 2016 started, I must admit, things were a bit crap in my every day life. I was out of work and struggling to find anything decent that I would enjoy and that would pay the  bills. The book I’d started working on had been shelved and if I’m honest, I shied away from proper blogging here as well.

But then everything changed. In February I finally got myself a job that not only do I enjoy but is stable. After months of temporary jobs mixed in with periods of no work whatsoever, it was nice to have a bit of stability back in my life. As such, I picked my book up again and made contact with the fabulous guys at MadeGlobal. Their interest in my brief history of Cesare Borgia gave me the drive and inspiration to get the book finished.

Said book was published in October 2016. Cesare Borgia In A Nutshell has to be my  biggest achievement of this year and I am so so grateful for everyone’s support in my completing this project. A massive thank you to MadeGlobal for giving me the chance to publish with them and a massive thank you to each and every one of you for buying my book.

This year I’ve made many new friends, reconnected with friends that I had lost touch with and visited some amazing places. In July, over my 28th birthday, my partner and I headed off to Paris. It was a fantastic trip, ruined by a bout of food poisoning thanks to the hotel’s dodgy food, but we got to see some amazing landmarks. Versailles was definitely my highlight of the trip and somewhere I will be visiting again.

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In September I went to London for MadeGlobal’s “An Evening With The Authors” which was truly a wonderful experience. A morning spent at the Tower of London was followed by an evening at UCL’s “The Venue” where our group of authors – some from as far away as Australia! – got to meet the public, talk about our books and getting published and even sign a few books. I’ll admit, I got a little over excited with the first book I signed for someone. It was such a surreal experience!!

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Now as this year draws to a close, it has been a tough end to the year with so many deaths. I was talking with my partner the other night after we heard the news about Carrie Fisher, and we said that it was as if our childhood was now over. So many celebrities who have passed away this year were the legends of our childhood and now, those chapters have finally closed. I truly hope they all rest in peace, and send thoughts to their family and friends at such a difficult time.

There’s lots to look forward to in 2017, though! I’m working on my second book – those who follow me on twitter will know all about it and my woes of referencing – and I’m planning a trip to Florence for both research purposes and a holiday. A much needed getaway. I’ve also started a third book, but at the moment that’s really only in the planning stages with a very basic introduction written.

2017 is going to be an amazing year. Thank you to each and every one of my readers for sticking with me – you’re all fantastic. I’ll raise a glass of Prosecco to you later on this evening.

Happy New Year, everyone!