Popular Historical Fiction Books – Gracie on list!

Gracie makes the popular historical fiction books list on Amazon!

I feel like I won the lotto. As many of you know I released Gracie, the first book in my historical fiction series Women and War on April 14th. I love reading popular historical fiction books and sometimes unpopular ones lol. For years I have read everything I could on WW2 to the extent my dad suggested I may be obsessed. Privately I dreamed that one day my books would be on someone else’s list of historical romances that they wanted to read and now it is coming true.

For the first time ever, Gracie broke through the top 1000 titles on Amazon.co.uk. As I write this it is currently ranking at 688 paid and number 13 in historical romance. I would of course love to reach the top 100 or even maybe number one but I am happy with what I have achieved so far. I couldn’t have done it without you, my readers, thank you.

Popular historical fiction books

Product details
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 4999 KB
Print Length: 183 pages
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #688 Paid in Kindle Store
#13 in Kindle Store > Books > Romance > Historical Romance
#25 in Kindle Store > Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Sagas
#27 in Books > Fiction > Family Sagas

Source Amazon.co.uk

Historical fiction can be difficult to write

If you read some of the reviews on popular historical fiction books, you can see that sometimes authors get it wrong. I don’t mean we make mistakes with our grammar or spelling. I mean we get facts wrong. One review I read recently corrected the author on the date a specific event took place. I would be mortified if I made that sort of mistake. (Crosses fingers in the hope I haven’t.)

I worked very hard on writing Gracie making sure I checked specific historical references. I didn’t want it to be a history lesson but at the same time I didn’t want it to be inaccurate. I love the way some readers have messaged me either through my Facebook page or via this site to tell me the book reduced them to tears. Obviously I don’t want to upset anyone permanently but to evoke such emotional responses is every writers dream.

Please write reviews if you have a spare moment.

I love reading the reviews left by readers on Amazon and/or Goodreads. (note to self to get books published on all the other sites :-)). One reviewer compared my book to those written by Annie Groves. That was a huge compliment as I am a big Annie Groves fan- she wrote many wonderful books before she died. I know it takes time to write a review but they are so powerful. Reading them helps other people make a decision on whether the book is for them or not but they also help me to get moving with writing. It can be lonely sometimes sitting here at the desk powering out thoughts and words onto the screen. Some days I find it hard to sit down and write. Those are the days I read the good reviews on my books 🙂

What’s coming next?

Well I am still writing Penny the next book in the Women and War series. It is also a historical fiction book but less focused on the romance and more on the impact of war. Penny gets up close and personal. She is actively involved in the fighting whereas Gracie was working on the sidelines. Two important but very different roles. It would be wonderful if this book is as well received as Gracie. To have two books hit the popular historical fiction books list would just be icing on the cake at this stage.

I am hoping to finish Penny up this week and get it over to my fantastic editor. She always turns things around really quickly so there should be no big delay on her side. The cover image is complete so I am really the only one holding things back. Well actually it’s Penny’s fault. She is a fiery character – should have made her have red hair not black – I keep having to rein her in as she tries to change the direction of the story, again!!

So what else do I have to say? I am not going to admit to eating two bars of chocolate and half an Easter egg today while I should have been writing.

Ok until next time

Thanks for reading


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