Delve into the past – with timeless historical fiction!

This week’s featured genre on Crooked Cat Books is historical fiction. And we have some cracking adventures to share with you!

Crooked Cat has a wonderful collection of historical adventures and fantasy. Three of these are showcased this week. First up is Nancy Jardine‘s lush romantic adventure, The Beltane Choice; then we have Maggie Secara‘s fantastic(al) time-travel mystery, The Dragon Ring; and finally Mark Patton‘s gripping An Accidental King, set in Roman Britain.

Whilst we post three buy links, you can find all books also in paperback and in a range of online retailers.


Here they are:

Nancy Jardine‘s romantic adventure, The Beltane Choice (#1 in the Celtic Fervour Series), is set in the Celtic north-east of Britain. As the Romans advance further north, the Celtic tribes are forced to stop squabbling amongst themselves. Can a fragile peace hold? 

AD 71.Beltane

Banished from the nemeton, becoming a priestess is no longer the future for Nara, a princess of the Selgovae tribe. Now charged with choosing a suitable mate before Beltane, her plan is thwarted by Lorcan, an enemy Brigante prince, who captures her and takes her to his hill fort. Despite their tribes fighting each other, Nara feels drawn to her captor, but time runs out for her secret quest.

As armies of the Roman Empire march relentlessly northwards, Lorcan intends to use Nara as a marriage bargain, knowing all Celtic tribes must unite to be strong enough to repel imminent Roman attack. Nara’s father, Callan, agrees to a marriage alliance between Selgovae and Brigante, but has impossible stipulations. Lorcan is torn between loyalty to his tribe and growing love for Nara.

When danger and death arrive in the form of the mighty Roman forces, will Nara be able to choose her Beltane lover?

The Beltane Choice tells a tale of war and love in Celtic Britain.

Discover what Nara and Lorcan have to do to hold the peace and keep the Romance at bay: Amazon UK, Amazon com or Smashwords.


The Dragon Ring, the first in the Harper Errant Series by Maggie Secara, is currently at #42 in the Amazon US Folklore charts! “A perfect escape from reality.” Allow yourself to be whisked away to the Viking era in Essex and Shakespeare’s England! 

Reality TV host Ben Harper has a problem: he owes the king of Faerie a favor. So now he Dragon Ring, The - Maggie Secara
has to track down the three parts of a Viking arm-ring, and return them to their place in time. This takes him through the wolf-haunted forests of Viking Age Wessex, the rowdy back streets of Shakespeare’s London, and a derelict Georgian country house. Partnered with caustic, shape-changing Raven and guided by a slightly wacky goblin diary, Ben must rediscover his own gifts while facing his doubts and the queen of Faerie’s minions, who will do anything to stop him.

The Dragon Ring, the first in the Harper Errant series, is a time travelling epic adventure which takes you to Old England, and beyond.

Start your faerie adventure now on Amazon UK, Amazon com and Smashwords!


Mark Patton‘s An Accidental King, an excellent account of Roman Britain, has been called “colourful, exciting, and unpredictable” by the Historical Novel Society Review. High praise, well-deserved.

79 AD.AnAccidentalKing

As he approaches the end of his life, Tiberius Claudius Cogidubnus, the native-born but loyally pro-Roman client king of Britain, looks back on the thirty-six years of his reign.

He recalls how, as a young man, he was seduced by the grandeur of Rome and the beauty of the written word; how he was befriended by the Emperor Claudius, and by the Roman General, Vespasian, later to rule as Emperor himself.

He remembers the difficulties he encountered whilst trying to mediate between the British aristocracy and Roman officials who were often cruel and frequently corrupt.

Most significantly he reflects on the Boudiccan revolt of 60/61 AD, which he tried to prevent, and in the course of which Britain was almost lost to Rome.
Roman Britain. One man. His fate.

Don’t miss this excellent read: Amazon UK, Amazon com or Smashwords.


Crooked Cat Books is the perfect place for you to discover this week how our authors researched their stories. Heaven for history buffs. Come on over!


About Stephanie Patterson

I'm a writer, editor and publisher. I have gained extensive experience in critiquing and editing manuscripts over the last twelve years – including seven years as an independent publisher – and with a number of independent authors.
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