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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.

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.


The Girl from The Savoy: A Novel - Hazel Gaynor

Q&A with Hazel Gaynor in this week's post, "Dancing at the Savoy."

And After the Fire - Lauren Belfer

This week's blog post looks at questions raised by Lauren Belfer's new novel and includes a link to my free podcast interview with her, where we discuss the issues in more depth.

Tristan and Iseult - J.D.   Smith

New Books We Loved post, including The Girl at the Savoy, The Day after Death, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, and Big Little Lies—as well as a spotlight on JD Smith—on the Five Directions Press newsletter page.

The Forgotten Flapper: A Novel of Olive Thomas - Laini Giles The Boston Girl: A Novel - Anita Diamant Rare Objects: A Novel - Kathleen Tessaro

Are the 1910s–1930s making a comeback? See this week's post, “The Fog of War.”