5 Star Guest Post - Mark Noce

Release Date: August 23, 2016
I am thrilled to welcome author of Between Two Fires, Mark Noce, to my blog.

Firstly, I would like to congratulate Mark on writing a superb novel that takes the reader into the world of Branwen, daughter of King Vortigen, ruler of the Kingdom of Dyfed, Wales.

The story grabbed my attention from the first page to the very last word. Mark intricately weaves in historical fact, placing the reader directly in the midst of medieval Wales, without detracting from the exquisite story, filled with emotion: war, personal vendettas, love, jealousy, hope, belief,  and the journey of Branwen – from childhood to womanhood.

The characterization is excellent, the plot is sound and due to twists and turns in the story, all of which were unpredictable, I could not stop reading. The story is captivating and powerful  and Mark’s writing style is one of an expert story-teller. I can't tell you how much I wanted to love this book. I don't usually read historical fiction due to the overabundance of historical fact that a reader usually has to plough through. But Mark Noce has created the perfect balance which has renewed my faith in this genre and I can't wait to read more of his work.

I cannot praise this novel enough and highly recommend it. Thank you, Mark! 

Synopsis of Between Two Fires

Saxon barbarians threaten to destroy medieval Wales. Lady Branwen becomes Wales’ last hope to unite their divided kingdoms when her father betroths her to a powerful Welsh warlord, the Hammer King.

But this fledgling alliance is fraught with enemies from within and without as Branwen herself becomes the target of assassinations and courtly intrigue. A young woman in a world of fierce warriors, she seeks to assert her own authority and preserve Wales against the barbarians. But when she falls for a young hedge knight named Artagan her world threatens to tear itself apart. Caught between her duty to her people and her love of a man she cannot have, Branwen must choose whether to preserve her royal marriage or to follow her heart. Somehow she must save her people and remain true to herself, before Saxon invaders and a mysterious traitor try to destroy her.

Bio

Mark Noce writes historical fiction with a passion, and eagerly reads everything from fantasy to literature. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he’s an avid traveler and backpacker, particularly in Europe and North America. He earned his BA and MA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he also met his beautiful wife. By day, he works as a Technical Writer, having spent much of his career at places like Google and Facebook. In addition to writing novels, he also writes short fiction online. When not reading or writing, he’s probably listening to U2, sailing his dad’s boat, or gardening with his family.

His debut novel, Between Two Fires, is being published by Thomas Dunne Books (an imprint of St. Martin's Press and Macmillan). It is the first in a series of historical fiction novels set in medieval Wales.

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Others also loved Between Two Fires

“A spirited ride through a turbulent slice of Welsh history!” – Paula Brackston, NYT Bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter

“A fast-paced read that has a wonderfully visual style and some memorable characters. Mark Noce combines Welsh history with a touch of folkloric magic in this promising debut novel. Lady Branwen is a strong and engaging narrator and the turbulent setting of early medieval Wales makes a fine backdrop for an action-packed story.” – Juliet Marillier, Bestselling author of Daughter of the Forest and Wolfskin


 


 

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    1. I was dragged in - so much so, my hubby and I went to Wales yesterday :) It's not far from where we are at the moment (in Saxon land :))

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  2. Thanks, Nicola! Your kind words mean a lot:)

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  3. It sounds like a brilliant read - every third book I read is historical. Thank you for the heads up :-) xx

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    1. Thank you, Teresa :) I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  4. Congrats to Mark! This story sounds awesome. I love the Wales setting.

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    1. Thanks Chrys. The Wales setting was fascinating.

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  5. Grats Mark! Sounds like a great book. And thanks for the review, Nicola. I love seeing the perspective of other readers.

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    1. It's an honest review from my perspective and I'm quite particular as to what I like :) I really loved Mark's story.

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  6. You've got me putting in the To Be Read pile, and right near the top, too.

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  7. Sounds like a great book. Congrats, Mark.

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    1. It's a gem. I'm ordering several copies as Christmas presents :)

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  8. Congrats Mark. Have been seeing this book online.

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  9. Mark is everywhere. I'm definitely curious about this book. It looks like an awesome read.

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    1. I liked it so much, I wanted to move into Aranrhod with Branwen. A nice little teaching job would suffice :)

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  10. Thanks everyone! I truly appreciate the support:)

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  11. Hi Nicola and Mark - as you say Mark has spread his word out there ... and many bloggers have given Mark the thumbs up. I love the premise of mid Wales in Saxon times ...

    What fun Nicola you were able to visit Wales and see Mark's Aranrhod lands ... cheers to you both - Hilary

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    1. Thank you for your support, Hilary. Luckily, the Welsh lands were free of battles and we could just soak up the lush scenery :)

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  12. That's an absolutely beautiful cover. Good luck with it.

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    1. It is a beautiful cover and it really suits the story. Thank you for popping over, Kathleen.

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    2. Thanks, Kathleen! So glad you like it:)

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  13. It's a while since I read anything historical - having read Mark's interview, this might be the one.

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  14. It's an exciting story. Congrats, Mark.

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  15. This is a wonderful review, Nicola. The story sounds fascinating. I love good writing, too. It's so much easier to become part of the story. Congratulations, Mark!

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  16. Great review! I was lucky enough to win a copy of the book and I loved it. :)

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    1. We are the lucky ones :) Thanks for popping by, Christine.

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  17. This sounds like an interesting novel. Thank you for sharing, Nicola. I was born and brought up in mid-Wales so 'Between Two Fires' has to go on my TBR list.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, Jan. Thank you for commenting.

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  18. I have been seeing Mark's book everywhere, and the temptation to add it to my unread pile (which is huge) is getting stronger and stronger.

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  19. Definitely sounds like a great read. Congrats, Mark.

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    1. It is, Quanie. Thanks so much for poppng by to comment :)

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    2. Thank you so much, Quanie:)

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  20. Sounds like a great read, and I love that cover.

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    1. It's a well created cover and so fitting of the story.

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  21. I'm not much for romance books, but your description of the book is certainly intriguing.

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  22. Congrats to Mark!
    I've seen his book all over BlogLand in the past week. It sounds like a great story!

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  23. I loved his book too. Very much. So happy it's finally out in the world!

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