Book Depository!

I've just been alerted to the fact that you can, in fact, pre-order the Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women right now on the Book Depository (which has free shipping!) It says the release date is July 30th, 2020 while I believe it will be available through Amazon on the July 14th, 2020, but if you don't mind waiting a week.. well, free shipping is great! It's also the special pre-order price as well!


If you're coming to the Abbey Medieval Festival 2020, I will have books with me if you'd like to collect in person. I might organise some kind of pre-order myself there in case I don't have many with me and someone misses out! I really have no clue how many to bring to Abbey. This is all very new and exciting!

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Those penis-picking nuns.

I'm excited to say that permissions have come through for the penis-picking nuns, the nun actually having sex, our beloved bearded woman and the woman throwing her baby into a toilet.  The winged penis badge. Gosh, this all sounds a bit salacious. There are other really nice pictures too, like that guy enthusiastically holding up an eel. 

Giggling, educating and horrifying. 

I hope I won't have to sacrifice any of these for the word count or having to make the text really small. I'm aware that a lot of avid readers eyesight deteriorates a little over time lie mine, so a good font and size and readability is important to me.

#medievalwomen #verysecretsexlife #naughtynuns #medievalbook #authorthings #newrelease #nonfiction #books #newrelease2020


Numbers game

Well, it seems that the book a little longer than the publisher was hoping for, but that's what happens when you give me a pen and ask me about my favourite subject!  Apparently, I have a lot to say about it! 

Who knew?

(Actually, every who knows me knew. Everyone. I just don't shut up about it.)

In other news, Beta testers say there's nothing to leave out.


The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women is a good read

Just spend a few moments filling out my details on Amazon and Goodreads for The Very Secret Sex Lives Of Medieval Women and I am thrilled to discover that I have an ISBN13: 9781642503074 and that the publisher's description of the book was already on Goodreads, which is a website for book reviews!  

And here it is! The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women on Goodreads!

I'm pretty excited! If you've read a copy and you liked it, why not leave a little review for me? Spread the word. I'm a first time author and no one knows what to expect. 

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Pictures are now the bane of my life. Seeking permissions from libraries in other languages and paying for the right to use them in a foreign language is slightly terrifying. Thank goodness for online translating as not all websites have a "translate to English" button. it's slow to do it that way, but a gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do.

I seriously want to use those penis-picking nuns in my book.

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Signed, sealed and delivered

80 000 words and it's final, Everything including endnotes, illustration explanations and captions and indexes. Still have fingers crossed that I can get a foreword by an amazing lady author who works for the BBC... I don't know her personally and she's a friend of a friend, but maybe?

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Feedback just in from a lovely person who is a pre-reader for me. She is a medieval author herself, so she was able to helpfully spot a few things I need to amend. She will write a review for the book, but I just wanted to share her initial response after reading the draft copy...

" It is quite compelling and hilariously funny. I have been chuckling out loud and my husband says he thinks he ought to read it if it's such a tonic! God Forbid! LOL"

The big question is.. do we let the husbands read it if it's secret? Of course we do! They deserve every opportunity to go "ewwwwwwww" and "nooooo waaaaay" as much as the rest of us! 

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Libraries Are Amazing!

I know a lot of people at the online chat help on some websites, but a bit shout out the the gals who helped me out tonight from the John Rylands Library in England who answered my questions. The part of the image search was down, but they are helpfully passing on my requests to the right people in the right place who will email me with what I need to know.

Librarians rock.


Now! With Pictures!

I really wasn't going to have pictures in the book. I thought wrangling all the copyrights and permissions was just going to be too expensive and too hard for me to sort with no help at all, but it looks like I will have a bunch of great images as well!

Because I've needed to look for some new ones which are reproducible without breaking the bank, I have discovered new pictures which have been pretty cool, I must say!

Stay tuned, sexy secret ladies! 


Book Release Date!

I'm extremely excited to announce that Mango Publishing and I have a book release date! 

14 July, 2020!

Okay, that's a really long way away, but as far as timing goes, it's perfect! Re-enactment season here in Australia and the same week as the Abbey Medieval Festival and U3A Winterschool which means in very practical terms that everyone who has asked for a signed copy will be able to swing past if you're going to Abbey and pick one up which will save you postage.

And it's Summer release reading in America where my Mango people are.

Why the wait, I hear to say? After much thought, it's been decided that we will include pictures in the book, so this means rounding up all the permissions for manuscripts and waiting for those takes time, not to mention seeing if I can afford them OR doing some nifty line drawings. Either way, that's going to take a short while, then everyone goes on holidays over Xmas, and then the physical printing and all of the behind the scenes things need to happen. Many of these are done, of course. The book itself is finished and with the publishing team and a lot of the promo stuff is ready to roll.  

I'm feeling impatient myself, but I can see how it's a good release date. There will be a pre-release ordering available and when I know that date, I'll let you know!

I'll be posting less on facebook for a while until we get closer to July 2020 but I'll still be updating here with how things are progressing as they happen!

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