Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GIVEAWAY - The Splintered Oak: A Short Story of the First Crusade

To make a long story short...The Splintered Oak: A Short Story of the First Crusade is now available on Amazon. (Keep reading to find out more about the giveaway....)

It's rather amazing how quickly the publishing process can work when only e-books are involved. Yesterday, I sent the manuscript off to my proof reader. Her kids have been spending their summer at the pool, which gives her a lot of reading time. She sped through the story and gave me her edits this morning. I made changes and then uploaded the book to Amazon around 9:30am. Shortly after lunch time, a quick search revealed that The Splintered Oak is now a published work.

This short story is a tale I really wanted to put into my First Crusade novel, Road from the West, but since that book focuses on the southern branch of the Crusade, and this story comes from the northern branch, try as I might, I couldn't jimmy it in. It works very well as a standalone short story, however, and I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

Here, without any more ado, is the cover and the blurb.

A Tale of Danger, Duplicity, Cunning, and Conviction 

Archbishop Rothard would like nothing more than to find out which of his three clerks is spying for the Holy Roman Emperor, but when a crowd of Crusaders come clamoring to kill the Jews of Mainz, he must set his own plans aside and make the difficult decision of which side to take....

I would like to give away a copy of this new release to one of my blog readers! I am offering winner's choice of a Kindle copy or a PDF if the winner is from the US, or a PDF if the winner is international.

Please comment on this post with your e-mail address to enter the giveaway. The giveaway will end Friday, July 11, at midnight PST.

Thanks for reading!


  1. congratulations! and thanks for the giveaway, I would be happy with a kindle copy. I love a lot that period. Emma ehc16e at yahoo dot com

  2. I'd love to read your work. This would be a good start. You have my email, and I hate putting it online! :)

  3. Thank you for this give-away! It sounds like a very good and interesting book - one I'd enjoy reading. :)
    Godspeculiartreasurerae (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. I'd be over the moon with a PDF. This a fascinating subject and period of history. Good luck with it.

  5. Interesting. I've not read 'Road from the West' and don't really have time for anymore books right now. Do you think you'll ever finish the second 'Chronicles of Tancred' book?

    1. I certainly hope so! :-) It's about two-thirds done and is waiting for our crazy family life to settle down so I can finish it.

    2. Ha ha, yes heard a bit about that form here...

    3. Ha, yes read something about that on here (sorry if this is the second comment, bit of a computer blip...)


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