02 October 2019

Month in Review - September 2019

Can you believe it's almost Halloween? Where did the time go? I guess I better start stocking up on Halloween candy. But before I get sidetracked by my fresh cup of pumpkin spice latte, it's time to recap last month. So now, without further ado, here's the list of the most popular blog posts for September 2019, chosen by you, the readers:

Book Cover Reveal: EXCERPTS FROM THE IMPERIAL DIARY - A Country Girl Empress Novel

I am so excited to reveal the cover of my upcoming historical fiction novel: EXCERPTS FROM THE IMPERIAL DIARY - A Country Girl Empress Novel. To make it a little more interesting, I decided to turn it into a game. Below, you will find two images of the new book cover, but there's a difference. Can you spot it? If so, go ahead and comment that you found it. Spoiler alert! Some of you might be too excited to keep the answer to yourself, and that's alright. So, if you don't want to risk seeing a spoiler, then you might want to avoid reading the comments at first, and don't forget to read on to get the inside scoop...

Empress Elisabeth of Austria, The Animal Lover

Over the last few weeks, I've received several inquiries to write at least one article about some lesser-known facts about the main character of my Country Girl Empress series, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of Hungary. Since I share the trait of being an animal lover with the late Empress, I thought it only fitting to start with this little known fact...

A Writers' Adversaries

As writers, we face many hardships, such as rejection, criticism, lack of time, writer's block...just to name a few. But of them all there's one, in particular, that seems to sneak up on us often unnoticed, and we don't realize we're battling it until it squeezes the creativity out of us. That adversary is called exhaustion. It can happen to the best of us, and it occurs in a variety of ways. Perhaps we lost joy in the writing process altogether, or we've run out of fresh ideas. Maybe the act of juggling our writer's life with all our other obligations has become too much to bear...

Sometimes I think that I take my love for the characters in my books a little too far. A couple of days ago I had such a craving for Gugelhupf (a yeast-based Bundt cake, which often contains raisins) that I decided to bake an Emperor's Gugelhupf just like my grandmother used to make...

Why I Love to Write and Read Historical Fiction

Someone recently asked me during a dinner party why I decided to write historical fiction. I had, after all, up until just a couple of years ago, written nothing but non-fiction. What is it about historical fiction? What makes it so charming? And what ensures its continuing popularity? I will gladly admit that I’ve always been a bit of a history buff and enjoy researching different eras and cultures.  But my love of this genre goes well beyond that...

Thank you for reading my blog! Please feel free to come by often to catch up on my latest endeavours and Happy Reading!

Piper is the author of several non-fiction books, and recently added four historical fiction novels to her ever-expanding collection of published writings, In the Shadow of Her Majesty , The Country Girl EmpressA Life in the Shadow of the Crown, and The Perpetual Traveler. When she isn't busy typing on her computer, she can be found chasing after her furry children or holding on tightly to a good cup of coffee. Follow her on LinkedInFacebook, and Goodreads.
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