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Release day: And Then Mine Enemy

26 December 2016

Today is the official release of And Then Mine Enemy by Alison Stuart (book 1, Feathers in the Wind) (ebook, Oportet Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

and-then-mine-enemyA family ripped apart in a country divided by war …

England 1642: Hardened mercenary, Adam Coulter returns to England sickened by violence, seeking only peace, but he finds England on the brink of civil war. He has seen first-hand what that will mean for every man, woman and child and wants no part of it.

King or Parliament? Neutrality is not an option and Adam can only be true to his conscience, not the dictates of his family.

Having escaped a loveless marriage, Perdita Gray has found much needed sanctuary and the love of a good man, but her fragile world begins to crumble as Adam Coulter bursts into her life. This stranger brings not only the reality of war to her doorstep but reignites an old family feud, threatening everything and everyone she holds dear.

As the war and family tensions collide around them, Adam and Perdita are torn between old loyalties and a growing attraction that must be resisted.

Alison dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

Readers of my previous books will know that I have a passion (actually, a PASSION) for the period of the English Civil War (1642-1660). And Then Mine Enemy is the first in a two-book series and is probably my most ambitious project to date, as I set out to cover the entire three years from 1642-1645 (from the beginning of the war itself to its end) from the point of view of one family. Of course it was a family divided long before the war began … but inevitably there are those who side with the king and those with parliament, with the ongoing tension of what should happen where those divided loyalties meet on the battlefield itself. So, a big story to tell, which is why it is two books (the Feathers in the Wind series). And Then Mine Enemy is the first book and it will be followed by Now My Sworn Friend toward the middle of next year. Definitely one for readers who like a good dose of historical fiction with their romance. And for those who worry about these things, I would describe it as PG (only P because of the battle scenes!) And if you are wondering where the peculiar titles come from? They are quotes from Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, chosen because the heroine’s name, Perdita, is a character in that play and much of the action takes place in or near Stratford Upon Avon.

You can find out more about this book at Alison’s website or buy it from Amazon.

All ARRA members who leave a comment on this post will go in the draw to win a copy of the book. The giveaway will close on 9 January 2017. (Update: The winner of the giveaway was Jet.) Alison is also running a Rafflecopter contest for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card. Enter by clicking here.

  1. Yvonne bartlett permalink
    29 December 2016 4:43 pm

    Congratulations on your release day Alison. Sounds like a great read with reluctant lovers in a war torn homeland.

  2. 28 December 2016 1:03 pm

    What an interesting storyline! Can’t wait to read this!

  3. 27 December 2016 6:12 pm

    Congratulations on the release of your novel. For some reason I find myself drawn to the Civil War and the Tudor era too. Maybe because my cottage – when I lived in the UK – was Tudor and much of the Civil War and Witch Finder General action took place in the surrounding villages. My cottage roof had witches charms hidden in corners and when we exposed an inglenook fireplace, we found similar charms.
    Friends also discovered a priest hole behind the chimney and gold coins from the Civil War era, where, no doubt, a royalist was hidden.
    All great fodder for my novel in progress.

    • 29 December 2016 2:07 pm

      Hi Pamela. How fascinating! I have done some blog posts on Matthew Hopkins – these days he would probably be locked up as a serial killer!
      Nothing like a good priest hole (I use the priest holes in Harvington Hall in By the Sword). So many stories. How can you not help but love this period???
      Good luck with the NIP!

  4. lynette williams permalink
    26 December 2016 9:22 am

    congratulations on the release Alison—I have been waiting to read this book —LynW

  5. 26 December 2016 9:22 am

    Thank you, ARRA friends 🙂

  6. Helen permalink
    26 December 2016 9:16 am

    Woohoo Happy release day Alison I am reading this one now and loving it 🙂

    Have Fun

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