I have finally published Rule!, my second historical book, and have also re-edited, revised and re-published A Perfect Plan. They’re both available as e-books through Apple iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords. They’re also available in hard copy through Amazon Kindle Books. To find them, search Carolyn Osborne Rule! or Carolyn Osborne A Perfect Plan.
While A Perfect Plan is a shorter book which tells one — I think very nice — story, Rule! is more comprehensive, telling nine stories. These are true accounts of vivid people, told from their own points of view or that of someone involved with them. Some of these people, such as Eleanor of Aquitaine, were famous, and others weren’t, but each was in some way tied to the rise, fall, or continuation of an empire.
The stories of Rule! are historically accurate and many are deeply dramatic. They range in setting from Charlemagne’s Frankish kingdom in the Ninth Century to Britannia’s rule over a quarter of the world in the Nineteenth. The stories include two sieges (in Ireland and in India), a shipwreck, two very different insurrections, some tragedy and a considerable amount of joy.
My goal in writing the Helena’s Stories series is to offer perspectives that are personally involving as well as historically valid. Each story is followed by information about its background and historical setting and is end-noted with annotations and references. I hope you’ll enjoy these tales, just as I have enjoyed researching and writing them.
It’s well accepted now that notable historical characters of the middle ages such as Charlemagne or Eleanor of Aquitaine are the common ancestors of most of us who have some western European family origins. Even if you have no ties to the Davies or Atkinson families, where these stories originate, when reading about them you may very well be reading about your own ancestors. Either way, they are personal peeks into vivid times.
Rule! is the second book of the series, Helena’s Stories. It follows A Perfect Plan, a tender coming of age story that romanticized the love and marriage of Catherine Nelson and George Matcham in England in the 1780s.
Always keep on reading!
It’s been much too long since I posted here. Christmas has passed, then January, then the inevitable flu, and then Valentine’s Day. I’m still working on Rule!, but am nearly done. What a project this has become!
I got the story-telling component done on time by December’s end, but then hit a snag. Two of my beta readers, bless them, who read for content and continuity, gave me an additional assignment. They sent back notes that they like the stories (thank heavens!) but want to know more about the historical setting or family situation behind each story. I like that idea too, so have written/am writing an information intro for each tale. Now, those of us with “‘satiable curtiosity” (like Kipling’s “The Elephant’s Child,” O best beloved) – we who like to know more about causes and outcomes – can do so, and those of us who just feel like reading good stories can get right to it. It’s taken a while, but I think the additions will be worth it.
I’m framing out and writing the last info page this weekend. Then there are the final edits to make, and off the book goes for uploading and sending to print. It’s exciting and is getting very real.
Rule! consists of nine stories from our family history, set in the British empire or Europe between 783 and 1896. Each recounts a documented event viewed from a personal perspective. The only fiction in the stories is the interpretation needed to turn historical facts into human experiences.
Keep watching the skies – Rule! will appear very soon.
The Local Author Extravaganza was terrific! We had about 30 authors there who gave great talks about their work, and lots of friendly visitors. The writing community in the asrea of Virginia centering on Culpeper area is clearly blooming. Thank you to the Culpeper Library for a wonderful event!
On Saturday, October 29th from 1-4:00 pm, at the Culpeper Library, a group of local authors will assemble and you are invited! Admission is free. This event, sponsored by the Culpeper Library, will have door prizes, more than 20 authors to talk with, books available to buy (and get signed!), and brief presentations by authors about whatever it is we talk about. I’m going to spend about 3 minutes a little bit after 3:30 with a few thoughts on developing personal perspectives of history, which I love to do. Other writers will have other things to say. This is a casual, enjoyable event. Come, join the fun!
I have just written a ghost story for Halloween. It’s called “Delia,” and you’ll find it in my Wrandom Writing page (go to the Menu spot on the heading of this page, tap it and tap on Wrandom Writing). I had such a good time writing “Delia” and hope you’ll enjoy meeting her!
Friday, Sept. 30, 6–8 p.m. Family Life Center First Baptist Church 39 Alexandria Pike, Warrenton Fauquier County Public Library is pleased to present a local author fair — Great Writers, Right Here. This event will bring together a wide range of talented local authors under one roof. Please drop in, meet the writers and discuss their works. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Door prize drawings will be held every 30 minutes. Great Writers, Right Here is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Fauquier Library.
We had such fun going to Winchester at the end of August! We met very nice folks and loved seeing the beautiful Old Town. The Book Gallery (you can see it on the right, front of the photo) is a wonderful, friendly store. It was a great day!