Elizabethan London

Elizabethan London
Tyburn was an infamous execution spot west of London, used since medieval times. The Tyburn "tree" - a unique, multi-person gallows - erected in 1571 became a popular public spectacle, drawing crowds of thousands.Tyburn Tree blog is less blood-thirsty but hopefully topical, interesting and informative, if slightly bent to my personal topics of interest - books, writing, history, technology, with a smattering of politics and dash of pop culture, science and the downright strange. So "take a ride to Tyburn" and see what happens...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Red Pen of Doom (Blue actually...)

The edited version of THIEVES' CASTLE is now back in my hands!

Cracked it open for a quick glance and realized I was actually holding my breath.

This is my second book and it still seems unbelievable.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

"Our revels now are ended"

That's a wrap for my publishing IndieGoGo campaign!

Finished with 52% of my goal!

Thank you to everyone who contributed, promoted or retweeted! You are fabulous!

Next steps will be re-planning and reassessing, based on the resources available!

Sunday, December 9, 2018


Poking about the site, I discovered IndieGoGo allows campaigns to activate a one-time only extension of your campaign.

After much thought, I've decided to extend my Thieves' Castle Publishing campaign into 2019. You now have until January 2nd to contribute if interested!

Thinking of a cool gift for someone over the holidays...? Why not put them in a book?

http://igg.me/at/thievescastle …

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Seven Days...

JUST ONE WEEK LEFT in the Thieves' Castle #IndieGoGo campaign!

Help crowdfund some great historical fiction into publication!

#histfic #indieauthors #selfpublishing


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018


Day 16, just past the half-way mark for the Thieves' Castle #IndieGoGo Publishing campaign & I'm happy to announce we are at 39% of the funding goal!


Huge thanks to my supporters! It's amazing, but I've still a ways to go over the next 2 weeks (ends Dec 11) to reach my goal.

Thank you for all your help! Please tell your friends and anyone you think might be interested in becoming a patron of publishing and helping bring some new historical fiction out to the world!

Just flip them the URL:

 http://igg.me/at/thievescastle .

Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hi everyone!

As a part of my IndieGoGo campaign to raise publishing funds, I've posted a short, exclusive  preview of the first three chapters of the new book Thieves' Castle.

I hope you find it enjoyable, fun and intriguing enough to make you want to read the entire book, and to help make that possible by helping out the funding campaign!

You can find the campaign at http:igg.me/at/thievescastle

Thieve's Castle Excerpt:

Chapter the First

The man’s feet slid in the muck as he crossed the open space of the laneway, the darkness yawning moist and thick around him. He leaned against the corner post panting, his breath harsh in the silence of the street. An unsheathed dagger glinted in one hand. The man glanced around, eyes straining at the darkness.

Ivy Lane stank. The smell was a mix of urine, dung and the foul rancid stench of offal drifting down from the butcher’s yards north of Newgate Street.

The man pushed himself away from the corner and turned hastily down the lane. The night was heavy and the darkness near complete, lit only by a handful of sputtering candles hiding behind the thin panes of windows. The dim yellow light of a small lamp hung outside one fathomless doorway.
Although the lane was cobbled, the stones were greasy with the accrual of filth and the endless tread of daytime commerce. The man paused, hearing the faint echo of feet behind him, the sound uncertain.

He cursed to himself and began to move down Ivy Lane with as much speed as the darkness and the uncertain footing allowed. He held the dagger at length in front of him, as though to hold the enveloping night at bay. The sounds seemed closer....

Check out the exclusive preview at: