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C. P. Lesley

Bookworm, writer, radio host—I blog about history, fiction, and publishing in the Internet Age. You can find the full blog on my website. This space is for books.

A Certain Age: A Novel - Beatriz Williams The Wicked City - Beatriz Williams

Book post at “The Roaring Twenties.”

More Winter Reading

And for those still looking for books to go under that Christmas tree (or whatever other winter holiday symbol you care to adopt), here are my suggestions of “Books for the Fireside,” including this one, published just today.


The Bookseller's Tale - Ann Swinfen

It's the winter holidays. The first snow has just appeared outside my window. What's better than a blazing fire, hot cocoa, a snuggly cat or two, and a good book? For some suggestions for titles along those roads less traveled, including Ann Swinfen's new Oxford Medieval Mystery series, see the December 2016 "Books We Loved" post from Five Directions Press.

The Invasion of the Tearling - Erika Johansen The Fate of the Tearling - Erika Johansen

This week's post, "Future Past, and Past Future," looks at the Tearling series as a whole.

The Devious Debutante (Love In New Orleans Series Book 3) - Ursula LeCoeur

This week's blog post explores themes from my New Books in Historical Fiction interview with Ursula LeCoeur, about this book and its predecessors.

The Past: A Novel - Tessa Hadley

More recommendations for that bulging TBR list: Five Directions Press's monthly roundup of "Books We Loved."

The Pearl and the Carnelian - Annabel Fielding

Interview with Annabel Fielding is this week's blog post. A maid and her mistress find each other amid the swirling right-wing politics of Britain between the wars. A new and different—if not always perfectly edited—take on the Mosley scandal and the rise of fascism in Europe.

New holiday romance

Just realized how long it's been since I posted to this site. Sorry about that!


Five Directions Press, the publishing coop that I co-founded, has just released a sparkling new contemporary romance, A Holiday Wish, first in the Silver Bells series. You can find out all about it on my blog post this week, including endorsements and links to excerpts. But here's just a taste. If you love a funny, ultimately lighthearted romance that focuses more on character than on bodies, this one's for you.


All True Not a Lie in It - Alix Hawley

On point of view, present/past, and why historical novelists may want to shake it up a bit: "History in Present Tense."

More summer reading recommendations from me and my fellow authors at Five Directions Press: Books We Loved, Aug. 2016. One example pasted in below.


Black Run - Antonio Manzini Adam's Rib: A Rocco Schiavone Mystery (Rocco Schiavone Mysteries) - Antonio Manzini

Tired of those 98-degree days? Take a literary trip to the Italian Alps in the company of the hard-boiled, not to say truculent detective Rocco Schiavone in this week's blog post.

The Swan Princess (Legends of the Five Directions) (Volume 3) - C. P. Lesley

Interview with me, conducted by fellow author Joan Schweighardt. If you've ever wondered how I came to write an entire series based in 1530s Russia, of all places—never mind how I came to write fiction—this is your chance to find out for free. Just click on the link.

A new release by Five Directions Press and an interview with last week's featured author are the subject of this week's blog post. Love that cover!


Can't believe I forgot to post this one here—and where is the gorgeous cover picture? http://blog.cplesley.com/2016/07/cooking-in-klondike.html



Book review post on Bridgette R. Alexander's YA mystery, Southern Gothic, with news about The Golden Lynx, the soon-to-close Summer of History contest, and a lovely book review site in the UK.


Interview with Hana Samek Norton (whose beautiful cover is below) at New Books in Historical Fiction.