The New Hampshire Writer's Project has nominated The Hour of Parade for outstanding work of fiction in the 12th New Hampshire Literary Awards. Okay, it's a small state, but we have a great literary tradition, and it's an honor to be among the other nominees. Thank you. Here's a link to their FB page:
"Lovely, passionate, haunting, explosive, plush and vibrant, The Hour of Parade is a tale and a study to be seen as well as read, to drink in with the senses and to re-visit with the richest of classics."
I'm really humbled by what she's written. This is the kind of review authors dream about—because it's so thoughtfully done. Thank you. I am honored.
Stephanie Hopkins and IndieBrag have just posted a short piece of mine on the Layered Pages site. It concerns how I think about writing characters in an early nineteenth-century setting. Many thanks, Stephanie. It's always a pleasure and I appreciate it.
A work of fiction cannot be held to the same standards of truth as non-fiction; by its nature, it is largely “made-up.” However, a quality of plausibility is necessary to convince the reader that the fiction is at least rooted in a common reality.
The Hour of Parade is a work of fiction. The major characters in Parade are not based on real people as characters in the genre of historical fiction may be but are portrayed in real historic settings, in particular the aftermath of the battle of Auste...
Awesome Indies Books has approved Hour for their site and written a nice review entitled "Beautiful Prose."
"We meet soldiers on opposite sides of a battle with an elegant grace that only that time period (and someone who researched it thoroughly) could provide to a novel...it harkens back to those classic novels, like Tolstoy, who present the reader with a story that has depth, and approaches description at a much higher level than many novels of the modern day."