Wednesday, September 16, 2009

An "enchanting" contest

Ms. Lucy, over at the marvelously informative Enchanted by Josephine blog (, is holding a cyber raffle today for Carolly Erickson's nonfiction title, Royal Panoply.

Yeah, I write that stuff, too -- but one can never have enough research books; plus it's always interesting to learn the perspectives of other authors on some of the same ground I cover, but if there wasn't so much interest in these enduring (and occasionally endearing) royals, there wouldn't be so many books on them!

So I say, keep it coming, readers! Once you've read the fictional versions of some of the lives of the royals, and of their friends and lovers, take a nip over to the nonfiction aisle of your local (or cyber) bookstore and pick up a book like Ms. Erickson's -- or mine -- I particularly recommend ROYAL AFFAIRS, A Lusty Romp Through the Extramarital Adventures that Rocked the British Monarchy.

My second nonfiction title, NOTORIOUS ROYAL MARRIAGES: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny, and Desire (NAL, January 5, 2010) is available for pre-order, just a click or two away at all major online bookstores.

Or, if you've first familiarized yourself with the facts, I encourage you to saunter over to the historical fiction section for the highly imagined (and frequently imaginative) versions.

Compare and contrast.

I promise there won't be a quiz at the end of the period. ;)


Lucy said...

Hi! Thanks so much for the mention:) I think you're absolutely right... After whetting your appetite in non-fiction, a good fix of non-fiction is exactly what's needed- and your books are fabulously perfect for just that with just the right blend of historical accuracy and creativity. Thanks!!

Leslie Carroll said...

Thank you, Lucy!

It's funny, people sometimes ask me whether it was hard to start writing historical nonfiction after writing historical fiction. And I like to say that at first it was really hard because of course with the nonfiction, I couldn't make things up!

But as you know, even with my historical fiction I strive for accuracy because I think I owe it to the reader.

Unknown said...

I like to switch off after reading one or two fiction books, read a non fiction - just to mix it up a bit. It's a different type of reading and sometimes you need that to not burn out on a genre.