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Post by Richard W. Wise » Wed September 16th, 2009, 8:49 pm

Hi all,

I am a newby here. I have just finished my second book, first historical novel. My first book is titled: Secrets Of The Gem Trade, The Connoisseur's Guide To Precious Gemstones. http://www.secretsofthegemtrade.com. The book has sold and continues to sell very well. I have always loved reading history and historical novels and though it was tedious, I truly enjoyed writing The French Blue http://www.thefrenchblue.com. Favorite authors at this time are Sharon Kay Penman, Alan Furst and Wilbur Smith.

I am a goldsmith/gemologist/gem dealer by trade though I have written extensively on gem related topics in the jewelry trade publications. So, I guess you could say I have evolved from gem journalist to novelist.

The French Blue is set in the 17th Century and is a mostly true if embellished account of the exploits of Jean Baptiste Tavernier. Tavernier was arguably the world's most famous and accomplished a gem merchant. He was also a prodigious traveler; He made six voyages to India and Persia between 1630-1668. At the end of his last voyage he sold a magnificent 112 carat blue diamond along with 1,000 other diamonds to Louis XIV. His total sale was worth about 300 kilos of gold.

Hopefully I will have an opportunity to exchange views with some of you and I expect, get some good tips to add to my reading list.

Richard W. Wise
Author: The French Blue

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Post by Tanzanite » Thu September 17th, 2009, 2:44 am

Welcome. I think your book sounds interesting. I'll add it to my "Weekly Wishlist" post on my blog tomorrow.

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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu September 17th, 2009, 2:58 am

Hello, Richard. The French Blue does sound interesting. I enjoy books that are written about the people surrounding the royalty, the ones who really made history, especially when taken as a group.

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Currently reading: Jonkvrouw - Jean-Claude Van Ryckeghem
Interest in HF: I love history
Favourite HF book: Can't pin that down to only 1 :-)
Preferred HF: Medieval, Tudor and Ancient Egyptian
Location: Ghent, Belgium

Post by Carine » Thu September 17th, 2009, 8:27 am

Hello Richard, welcome here !

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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Thu September 17th, 2009, 8:51 am

Welcome, Richard. Your book does sound very interesting.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Post by Misfit » Thu September 17th, 2009, 9:33 am

Hi Richard, welcome aboard.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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Post by Carla » Thu September 17th, 2009, 12:09 pm

Hello and welcome!
PATHS OF EXILE - love, war, honour and betrayal in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria
Editor's Choice, Historical Novels Review, August 2009
Now available as e-book on Amazon Kindleand in Kindle, Epub (Nook, Sony Reader), Palm and other formats on Smashwords
Website: http://www.carlanayland.org
Blog: http://carlanayland.blogspot.com

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Post by zsigandr » Thu September 17th, 2009, 2:24 pm

Hello and welcome Richard! Your novel sounds like something I would read. Enjoy your time here.

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Thu September 17th, 2009, 3:10 pm

Welcome and best of luck with your novel.

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Post by LoveHistory » Thu September 17th, 2009, 3:59 pm

Welcome and congratulations. Your novel sounds fascinating!

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