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What are you reading in February?

Posted: Thu February 1st, 2018, 11:35 pm
by MLE (Emily Cotton)
What is everybody else reading? Something fun, I hope.
My reading is pretty heavy sledding at the moment. I'm reading up for a trip to Spain next month to do some on-the-ground research.
1. Empire of the Cities: Charles V, the Comunero Revolt, and the Transformation of the Spanish System.
2. The Great Revolt in Castile: a study of the Comunero Movement of 1520-1521.
3.A reread: Juana the Mad: Sovereignty and Dynasty in Early Modern Europe.
#2 is pissing me off. It's about a century old, and the author is on the wrong side. :x
Working on a novel (in English, there are plenty in Spanish) on 'the Lioness of Castile'. And trying to get through a truly awful 1951 film on the same lady, in very rapid Castilian Spanish, La Leona de Castilla.

Re: What are you reading in February?

Posted: Sat February 3rd, 2018, 8:06 pm
by princess garnet
Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufman (NF)
Profiles several men and women of African heritage who lived in Tudor England--really interesting!

Re: What are you reading in February?

Posted: Sun February 4th, 2018, 9:54 am
by Vanessa
Blood Sisters by Jane Corry

Re: What are you reading in February?

Posted: Sun February 4th, 2018, 1:22 pm
by Susan
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Re: What are you reading in February?

Posted: Sun February 4th, 2018, 3:26 pm
by MLE (Emily Cotton)
I read that! Her best so far, IMHO.

Re: What are you reading in February?

Posted: Sun February 4th, 2018, 5:08 pm
by Madeleine
"Nightblind" by Ragnar Jonasson, Icelandic Noir.

Re: What are you reading in February?

Posted: Mon February 5th, 2018, 5:57 pm
by red805
MLE (Emily Cotton) wrote:What is everybody else reading? Something fun, I hope.
My reading is pretty heavy sledding at the moment. I'm reading up for a trip to Spain next month to do some on-the-ground research.
1. Empire of the Cities: Charles V, the Comunero Revolt, and the Transformation of the Spanish System.
2. The Great Revolt in Castile: a study of the Comunero Movement of 1520-1521.
3.A reread: Juana the Mad: Sovereignty and Dynasty in Early Modern Europe.
#2 is pissing me off. It's about a century old, and the author is on the wrong side. :x
Working on a novel (in English, there are plenty in Spanish) on 'the Lioness of Castile'. And trying to get through a truly awful 1951 film on the same lady, in very rapid Castilian Spanish, La Leona de Castilla.


Oh, I'd love to read your novel when it's out, as Spanish history is one of my interests. Do you have an expected publication date?

Re: What are you reading in February?

Posted: Mon February 5th, 2018, 6:47 pm
by MLE (Emily Cotton)
red805 wrote:Oh, I'd love to read your novel when it's out, as Spanish history is one of my interests. Do you have an expected publication date?

It usually takes me about a year to write/polish a book. And then, as I'm indie, I monkey with it as the reader comments come in.
Which is why I'm always reluctant to market--I might decide to change it again! But if you love Spain, you can try the first in this series (the one I'm currently researching is #4). It just got the IndieBrag award (a hard award to get-- 5 reader-judges have to choose it, and all must give a thumbs-up, which took 7 months from the release date of July last year. They can put in comments if they want. One said: "Most original book I have read in years! Thank you for a great read." Wish I could use that quote, but alas! the Indiebrag judges are anonymous, and part of the system is that they remain so.
Barbarossa's Barb: Heirs of Andalusia. https://www.amazon.com/Barbarossas-Barb-Andalusia-Emily-Cotton-ebook/dp/B0748TQ861/
I play a bit of a joke on the unsuspecting reader in the first chapter. Some get it right off. Some don't realize until...
Well, why spoil a good laugh.

Re: What are you reading in February?

Posted: Thu February 8th, 2018, 1:29 am
by Nefret
Just started The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory.

Re: What are you reading in February?

Posted: Sun February 11th, 2018, 12:38 pm
by Madeleine
just started "The Body in the Ice" by A J Mackenzie, the second in the Romney Marsh historical crime series, and I'm also now reading "A Death in the Dales" by Julia Chapman.