Lisa J. Yarde

Biography

Lisa J. Yarde writes fiction inspired by the Middle Ages in Europe. She is the author of two historical novels set in medieval England and Normandy, On Falcon’s Wings, featuring a star-crossed romance between Norman and Saxon lovers before the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and The Burning Candle, based on the life of one of the first countesses of Leicester and Surrey, Isabel de Vermandois. Lisa has also written four novels in a six-part series set in Moorish Spain, Sultana, Sultana’s Legacy, Sultana: Two Sisters, Sultana: The Bride Price, and Sultana: The Pomegranate Tree, where rivalries and ambitions threaten the fragile bonds between members of the last Muslim dynasty to rule in Europe. Her short story, The Legend Rises, chronicles the Welsh princess Gwenllian of Gwynedd's valiant fight against twelfth-century English invaders and is available now.

Born in Barbados, Lisa currently lives in New York City. She is also an avid blogger and moderates at Unusual Historicals. She is also a contributor at Historical Novel Reviews and History and Women. Her personal blog is The Brooklyn Scribbler.

Learn more about Lisa and her writing at the website www.lisajyarde.com. Follow her on Twitter or become a Facebook fan. For information on upcoming releases and freebies from Lisa, join her mailing list at http://eepurl.com/un8on.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Barbados and part of my love of history stems from childhood, where I grew up surrounded by relics of Barbadian history. A love of historical fiction was born.
When did you first start writing?
I started in junior high school with short stories of knights and damsels in distress. I have always had a fertile imagination, coupled with a passion for history, so writing historical fiction seemed a natural choice. When I started studying medieval times, the realization grew that the period was more fraught with danger, superstition and great discoveries. World building is very important to me. My favorite books usually leave me completely immersed in a setting and time, an element I strive for in my stories.
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Sultana: The Pomegranate Tree (A Novel of Moorish Spain)
Series: Sultana, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 177,560. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
In fifteenth-century Moorish Spain, Aisha, the descendant of the Sultans of Granada endures a life imperiled by dynastic warfare, loss, and cruel fate.
Sultana: The Bride Price (A Novel of Moorish Spain)
Series: Sultana, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 157,260. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
In fourteenth-century Moorish Spain, a marriage of convenience for the sake of peace leads to disaster in the medieval kingdom of Granada.
Sultana: Two Sisters (A Novel of Moorish Spain)
Series: Sultana, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 176,840. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
In fourteenth-century Spain, former friends vie for a man's heart and the future of his kingdom. Both women are captives sold into the harem of Sultan Yusuf I of Moorish Granada.The clash between former friends is inevitable.
The Burning Candle: A Medieval Novel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 122,350. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
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Love is for women who have choices. She has none. In eleventh-century France on the eve of the First Crusade, Isabel de Vermandois becomes the wife of a man old enough to be her father. He is Robert de Beaumont, Comte de Meulan. A hero of the Norman victory at Hastings and loyal counselor to successive English kings, Robert is not all Isabel had expected.
Sultana's Legacy: A Novel of Moorish Spain
Series: Sultana, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 118,910. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
In thirteenth-century Moorish Spain, the Sultanate of Granada faces a bleak future, as a tyrant seizes control. Fatima, the daughter of a Sultan, and her devoted husband Faraj have enjoyed years of peace and prosperity. Now, a power-hungry madman claims the throne. He murders almost everyone Fatima holds dear. Fatima must preserve the legacy of her forefathers at all costs.
Long Way Home - A Novella
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,900. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Taka Chang has never played by anyone else’s rules, including those of her wealthy parents. Her supermodel looks, coupled with a foul mouth and fierce attitude, often intimidate most people. Kevin Iwasaki has the keys to success, with his privileged background and a bright future ahead of him. The pride of his billionaire parents, he has high expectations of everyone in his circle.
Sultana: A Novel of Moorish Spain
Series: Sultana, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,760. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
In thirteenth-century Moorish Spain, the realm of Granada is in crisis. The union of Fatima, granddaughter of the Sultan of Granada, with the Sultan’s nephew Faraj has fractured the nation. A bitter civil war escalates and endangers both Fatima and Faraj’s lives.
On Falcon's Wings
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,020. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
When Avicia, a Norman noblewoman, makes a careless but costly mistake with a prized falcon, the brutal punishment nearly claims her life. Her Saxon lover, Edric of Newington, witnesses her ordeal but cannot share her fate. Another destiny awaits him in England, and the prospect of a loveless marriage. Swept away in the arms of another, Avicia ente

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  • Khamsin, The Devil Wind of The Nile on Nov. 10, 2012

    Inge H. Borg’s Khamsin, The Devil Wind of the Nile is a sprawling tale set in ancient Egypt before the epoch of pyramid building began. The heart of the conflict lies between two men, prince-turned-priest Ramose and Ebu al-Saqqara, the ambitious vizier to King Aha. Each knows powerful secrets that could destabilize the regime. As the novel opens, a clash between Egypt and its neighbors looms. General Ali el-Barum receives word of a gold mine along the disputed border. Barum sends a message to his superior Grand General Makari, via the royal archer Pase. The chief priest Rahetep also learns of the same rich source and dispatches his aide, Tasar to another venerated high priest, Badar. Both couriers accomplish their goal, but their varied paths lead to fateful meetings and intended consequences. The vizier al-Saqqara intercepts Pase, who reaches the capital half-dead. Tasar’s arrival offers a rare glimpse into Aha’s royal household through the heiress Nefret, the king’s headstrong, beautiful daughter. Ramose watches over the young princess, orphaned by her mother in childbirth and by an easily manipulated king. On the pretext of initiating Nefret into her future position, Ramose prepares to confront enemies outside and within Egypt, while al-Saqqara attempts to secure his future. A slew of advisors, retainers and servants, each with their own loyalties and weaknesses, have roles to play in the two men’s schemes. In his dual position as vizier and royal quartermaster, the chief minister al-Saqqara’s wants to rule Egypt in Aha’s place. He can dare claim an unwilling Nefret to secure his tenuous hold or extend his influence over her malleable brother and rival, Dubar. Ramose intends to protect the willful Nefret from herself and the vizier’s aims. The intricate maneuvers between the Ramose and al-Saqqara, as each tries to outwit the other, are engrossing. The novel’s other great strength lies is in the details of Egyptian life. The author shows great skill in portraying an ancient time. Every description feels authentic and transports readers to the period. While to her credit, the author provided detailed personalities and full backgrounds for each figure, at times the large cast of characters slowed the pace and generated some distracting POV switches.