Ring Out the Old, Ring In the New

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for your companionship this past year. I enjoy sharing with you my fascination with the writing life and all things medieval.

I thought it would be fun to share with you some highlights from the year end summary WordPress puts together for bloggers.

A Writer’s Retreat was viewed 5900 times in 2013!

The busiest day was 12 December, with 111 views–the most popular post that day was Julie Chappell’s The Perilous Passage of the Book of Margery Kempe, though for the year it came in at #5, just behind Jennifer Deane’s Beguine Communities and Medieval History: An Unexpected Treasure?. Considering that both were posted in December, I’d say such posts are a hit. Which is great news, because I enjoy them as well.

What were the three most viewed posts? #1, Lincoln Green and Robin Hood (July 2010); #2 Richard I’s Heart Analyzed (February 2013), and The 11th Owen Archer (February 2012).

Top commenter is Sandy Neal (thanks, Sandy!), followed by Chris Nickson, Jennifer Deane, Chris (from Yorkshire), and Bob Newman, for the top 5. Thank you for participating–I love engaging with you.

Coming up is a Q&A with Ellie Woodacre to celebrate the publication of Queenship in the Mediterranean. And Chris Nickson and I are kicking around an idea for a Shop Talk “conversation” about writing historical crime.

This coming year will see the US publication of Emma’s novel of Joan of Kent, A Triple Knot (29 July)! And Candace really is focusing on the 11th Owen Archer now, A Rumor of Wolves.

Warmest wishes for a New Year filled with wonder (and books)!

Candace and Emma

5 Comments on “Ring Out the Old, Ring In the New

  1. Happy New Year Emma and may your pen fly through the long awaited New Owen Archer pages.

    I have loved that series ever since I read the first one, The Apothecary Rose – and as I am ageing fast, I so-o-o want to read the next one. You have a true gift for making the characters come alive and the history of the times feel so real.

    Thanks for sharing your gift.


    • Your note feels like a benediction on my work, Alison. Thank you!


  2. Thank you again, Candace and Emma, for allowing me to be part of this amazing blog. I am delighted to have contributed to the guest postings that you so generously include! Best on the next, wonderful Owen Archer! Cheers and Happy New Year! Julie


  3. Candace,
    Seeing your schedule I decided I need to get my fill of Owen and Lucy by starting from the first yet again. This will be my third time through, but I hesitate to pick up that little pocketbook copy of “The Apothecary Rose”, as it is the only one of the series that I do not have either a hardback or 6″x9″ trade paper version. Could you steer me in the direction of a more desirable copy of this book? It would be much appreciated.


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