William Burton McCormick at ThrillerFest

William Burton McCormick, author of the historical novel Lenin’s Harem will be one of six members of the writers’ panel “MEDIEVEAL, VICTORIAN OR ICE AGE? Bringing History Alive” during Thrillerfest XII on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The fifty-minute discussion begins at 3:20 P.M with panel members revealing their techniques for researching and writing accurate and engrossing historical fiction that keeps readers turning pages. Audience participation is encouraged. Thrillerfest is the world’s largest conference for thriller enthusiasts with authors such as Lee Child, Karin Slaughter, Lisa Gardner, Steve Berry and Heather Graham in attendance. McCormick lived four years in Latvia and Russia to research and write Lenin’s Harem, meeting with historians, museum curators, and sifting through eye-witness accounts of the events depicted in the book. The novel follows the life of an aristocrat who tries to keep himself and his family safe […]

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A Shape on the Air by Julia Ibbotson

Julia Ibbotson discusses the themes and inspirations behind her new book, A Shape on the Air.  Why do we experience that feeling of ‘deja vu’? How come we sometimes feel that an old house still bears the imprints of past inhabitants? I’m not talking about ‘ghosts’ or anything specific or corporeal, but what I have called in my latest novel  ‘shapes on the air’. The idea for A Shape on the Air had been brewing in my mind for a long time. I had been reading about, and mulling over,  the notion of time slip and especially the concept of ‘worm-holes’ and the Einstein-Bridge theory of portals into other dimensions of time and space, in effect quantum mechanics. It sounds fanciful and Dr Who-ish, and oddly I’m not a great fan of fantasy, but I felt that this was in fact a more ‘logical’ (in some ways!) and scientific explanation of […]

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HRF Keating’s Undiscovered Novel

Sheila Mitchell, on behalf of the HRF Keating Estate, tell us about his newly discovered novel and the estate’s pleasure with Endeavour Ink’s plans to publish the novel for the first time.  Endeavour will always be associated with intrepid Arctic exploration and maverick Oxford cops but now the publishing house of that name is also making history. It is, with great courage, embarked on flying in the face of modern trends. Having conquered the digital world with their eBook list they are daring to revitalize the print world. With a list of established names to launch this ’endeavour’ they are giving authors new hope.

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Endeavour Ink signs Beryl Kingston’s new novel

Endeavour Ink is delighted to announce that we will be publishing Everybody’s Somebody by Beryl Kingston.  Beryl Kingston is a prolific bestselling author. Her first book was published in 1985 and was an instant bestseller. Her novels include family sagas Hearts and Farthings and its sequel Kisses and Ha’pennies, contemporary fiction such as Laura’s Way and Maggie’s Boy and historical novels like the upcoming Everybody’s Somebody.  The novel tells the story of the life of Rosie Goodison, born at the beginning of the twentieth-century, through WW1 and WW2, the social upheavals of Suffragism and the rise of Fascism, and her life as a mother and a woman in this tumultuous time. It’s a tough life, but she’s had to grow up young and learn to become a survivor.

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Something To Be Brave For by Priscilla Bennett

I was born and raised in a loving family in South Boston. Both my parents needed to work to support their four daughters. My mother was an operating room nurse, and my father had his own plumbing business. He used to joke that they were doing the same thing—rewiring the plumbing—only from a different perspective. “Laughter is the best medicine,” my mother would say, and often it filled our rooms and never was a voice raised. They respected each other. “Whatever your mother says goes. She knows best,” and every Friday night after work, he brought home a dozen red roses for her and arranged them in a cut glass vase before all of us sat down at the table for dinner. I was the eldest, and from an early age, I wanted to be a nurse just like my mother. “There’s no nobler profession,” she would say in between […]

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The launch of Endeavour Ink

On the evening of March 15th Endeavour Press officially launched its new print division, Endeavour Ink, with a party at Waterstone’s Piccadilly. Endeavour Ink is the latest chapter on the story of Endeavour Press. Our aim is to publish a select number of books, in print and ebook, by bestselling authors, writing both fiction and non-fiction. We have already commissioned a number of projects from new authors and writers on the Endeavour Press list: J D Davies and Richard Woodman will be writing a Tudor naval series and a book on William Marshall respectively; Alison Joseph will be writing a new crime series; David Boyle will be writing a thriller set around Bletchley Park; Michael Arnold will be writing a series of historical novels about Thomas Becket; Sarah Gristwood, Michael Jecks and Imogen Robertson will be writing historical novels.  We are also delighted to announce that we have signed two never-before-published novels from acclaimed authors, […]

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No Ordinary Killing and The Boer War by Jeff Dawson

A few years ago I lived on a street called Ladysmith Road. It joined another one called Kimberley, both thoroughfares of solid, red-brick terracing. Show me any British suburb, built around 1900, and I will give you roads called Ladysmith and Kimberley, Mafeking too — named after towns besieged, then jubilantly relieved, during the Boer War of 1899-1902. There’s evidence enough that the Boer War was deeply etched into late-Victorian/early-Edwardian society. The reminders live on elsewhere — in those steep “Kop” ends at football grounds; in the good old Boy Scouts, set up by a general (Baden-Powell) to inspire and improve army recruiting. At the war’s peak, a staggering half a million men — half a million — had flooded into South Africa from around the Empire, the then-biggest military expedition in history. It was the Vietnam War of its day, in which the might of the world’s pre-eminent Superpower […]

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