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Helen Hollick

I Am the Chosen King

In 1066, with the old King Edward dying, England falls vulnerable to the winds of ​​fate- and the stubborn will of these two powerful men. In this beautifully crafted tale, Helen Hollick sets aside the propaganda of the Norman Conquest and brings to life the English version of the story of the last Saxon King, revealing his tender love, determination, and proud loyalty, all shattered by the unforgiving needs of a Kingdom. Forced to give up his wife and risk his life for England, the chosen King led his army into the great Battle of Hastings in October 1066 with all the honor and dignity that history remembers of its fallen heroes.                                      

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A Hollow Crown

Aged only thirteen, Emma, daughter of the Duke of Normandy, is married in a strategic alliance to King Aethelred of England. Inept and arrogant, Aethelred the Unready is loathed by his young wife, whom he punishes for his many failings as a ruler. Their first son, Edward, is born through an act of violence that is little more than rape. 

England is invaded by the Viking King Swein Forkbeard and his son Cnut. After a bitter struggle, Aethelred loses his kingdom and his wife. Emma, now dowager queen, holds London against the invader Cnut. When he demands she surrender or suffer the consequences, Emma stakes everything on a dangerous gamble, but troubles and tragedy still await the indomitable queen as she struggles for power and for survival in a violent male world...

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The Forever Queen

"What kind of woman becomes the wife of two kings, and the mother of two more?"

Saxon England, 1002. Not only is AEthelred a failure as King, but his young bride, Emma of Normandy, soon discovers he is even worse as a husband. When the Danish Vikings, led by Swein Forkbeard and his son, Cnut, cause a maelstrom of chaos, Emma, as Queen, must take control if the Kingdom-and her crown-are to be salvaged. Smarter than history remembers, and stronger than the foreign invaders who threaten England's shores, Emma risks everything on a gamble that could either fulfill her ambitions and dreams or destroy her completely.

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Pirates: Truth and Tale

It was a harsh life for those who went ‘on the account’, constantly overshadowed by the threat of death – through violence, illness, shipwreck, or the hangman’s noose. The lure of gold, the excitement of the chase and the freedom that life aboard a pirate ship offered were judged by some to be worth the risk. Helen Hollick explores both the fiction and fact of the Golden Age of piracy, and there are some surprises in store for those who think they know their Barbary Corsair from their boucanier. Everyone has heard of Captain Morgan, but who recognises the name of the aristocratic Frenchman Daniel Montbars? He killed so many Spaniards he was known as ‘The Exterminator’.

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About Helen Hollick

Helen lives on a thirteen-acre farm in Devon. Born in London, Helen wrote pony stories as a teenager, moved to science-fiction and fantasy, and then discovered historical fiction.

Published for over twenty years with her Arthurian Trilogy, and the 1066 era she became a ‘USA Today’ bestseller with her novel about Queen Emma 'The Forever Queen' (UK title 'A Hollow Crown'.)

She also writes the 'Sea Witch Voyages', pirate-based nautical adventures with a touch of fantasy and has a book about pirates in fact and fiction published by Amberley Publications.

Helen is also the founder of Discovering Diamonds, a review blog for historical fiction.

She can be found at http://www.helenhollick.net 

To contact Helen go to http://www.helenhollick.net/contact.html

She can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HelenHollick?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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Sea Witch (book 1)

The first voyage of Captain Jesamiah Acorne, pirate, scoundrel and charming rogue, from acclaimed historical fiction author Helen Hollick. A meticulously researched, full-blooded adventure full of heart-stopping action, evil villains, treasure and romance. 

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Pirate Code (book 2)

The second voyage of Captain Jesamiah Acorne, pirate, scoundrel and charming rogue, from highly acclaimed historical fiction author Helen Hollick. A meticulously researched, full-blooded adventure full of heart-stopping action, evil villains, treasure and romance. 

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Bring It Close (book 3)

The third voyage of Captain Jesamiah Acorne, pirate, scoundrel and charming rogue. A meticulously researched, full-blooded adventure full of heart-stopping action, evil villains, treasure and romance. "Helen Hollick's 'Sea Witch Voyages' have it all... ripping adventures on the historical high seas." (Suzanne McLeod, author).

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Ripples in the Sand (book 4)

Approaching England's North Devon Coast Captain Jesamiah Acorne is worried. A Royal Navy frigate is trailing in his wake and Sea Witch has a hidden cache of brandy and indigo aboard. His instinct is to hoist full sail and flee, but he cannot attract attention, for his wife, Tiola, is ill and getting worse. She says the sea is affecting her, but Jesamiah has never seen seasickness like this before - is it something worse; something to do with her being a white witch perhaps? Like an approaching storm, his worries get deeper, darker and more sinister. 

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On The Account (book 5)

Captain Jesamiah Acorne is in trouble. Again. Arrested for treason and smuggling, believing his beloved ship, Sea Witch, lies wrecked on England’s North Devon coast, his only hope of escaping the noose is for someone to quash the charges. That someone turns out to be his ex-lover – but there’s a price to pay. He needs to find a boy who has disappeared, and a valuable casket that more than one person wants to get their hands on. When people start getting murdered and Barbary pirates kidnap his wife, Tiola, his priorities rapidly change – but who is lying about what? Is returning to piracy a wise idea? Is Tiola having an affair with her mysterious Night-Walker ‘friend’? Meanwhile, Tiola has her own battle to fight – keeping herself and Jesamiah alive!

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Harold The King

The story of the Battle of Hastings, by the acclaimed author of 'A Hollow Crown' (Arrow/Random House). Two men. One Kingdom. One Crown. This is the story of the men and women involved in the tide of events that led to a battlefield near Hastings in 1066. Endorsed by Bernard Cornwell, Sharon Penman and Elizabeth Chadwick.

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The Kingmaking

Book One of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy. The Arthurian legend retold by USA Today bestselling historical fiction author Helen Hollick. Arthur - the boy who became a King... who became a legend. 450 AD, and Britain is in chaos. Arthur, the next Pendragon, is to serve a hard apprenticeship before he can take his rightful place as King.

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Pendragon's Banner

Book Two of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy. Arthur - the boy who became a King, who became a legend. 462 AD, and Arthur is king. But the battles are not over. Passion, love and hatred run side-by-side in this evocative and powerful Arthurian legend retold by USA Today bestselling historical fiction author Helen Hollick.

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Shadow of the King

Book Three of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy. Arthur - the boy who became a King, who became a legend. 500 AD, and Britain is at peace. But when King Arthur is missing, presumed dead, the vultures descend, vying for his throne. Chaos threatens in this evocative and powerful Arthurian legend retold by USA Today bestselling historical fiction author Helen Hollick.

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Discovering The Diamond

Everyone can write a book. Not everyone can write a readable book. Writing is the easy bit. Most of the work is in the planning (the thinking), in the structure (the plot), and in turning the first draft into an enjoyable, top quality novel. With the rise in popularity of self-publishing, more 'indie' books are appearing on Internet bookstores, but how you go about publishing your novel is largely a question of what you hope to achieve and how much, both in terms of time and money, you are prepared to invest.

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