Spyderwort Press

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Spyderwort Press publishes quality historical fiction in both paper and digital forms and is located in Albany, NY.

Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) is a plant with cute three-petaled blue flowers and a cool-sounding name. It seeds itself like crazy and is very tenacious once it’s rooted itself. We hope our books will spread as fast and stay around as long as spiderwort does!

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Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders: A Writer’s (& Editor’s) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, & Myths [Third Edition]
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,220. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2015 by Spyderwort Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » History » History of things
NEW expanded 3rd edition. A detailed guide to the factual mistakes that writers of historical fiction often make—and how to avoid them. From medieval knights smoking cigars to characters crossing streets that wouldn’t exist for another 2000 years, historical novelist Alleyn exposes and explains the often hilarious, always painful goofs that turn up most frequently in fiction set in the past.
A Tale Of Two Cities: A Reader's Companion
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 221,590. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2014 by Spyderwort Press. Categories: Nonfiction » History » European, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
You’re reading A TALE OF TWO CITIES for the first time—or the fifth time. But what are gaols, bumpers, farmer-generals, and tocsins? Did those starving French mean baguettes when they wanted bread? Alleyn's "Reader’s Companion" has over 780 notes about things, people, places, and events mentioned in the text, plus bonus material, to enhance a classic historical novel published 150 years ago.
The Executioner's Heir: A Novel of Eighteenth-Century France
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,720. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2013 by Spyderwort Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
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Charles Sanson, like all executioners in 1760s France, is a pariah; the hangman’s son must become one himself, for society’s doors are closed to him. Charles tries to live like an ordinary man and forget the horrors he witnesses, but at last he cannot reconcile the law’s brutal demands with his conscience, in this true story of a pair of tragic, converging lives just before the French Revolution.
The Grist Mill Secret
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,010. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2013 by Spyderwort Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / United States / Colonial & Revolutionary Periods
In 1773, in a hidden cellar below the lonely mill where Tabby lives, is a gunshop where Father makes muskets for the Minute Men. But when an English family, suspected by all to be loyalist spies, builds a country house nearby, Tabby is torn between patriotism and friendship with the new neighbors. Can she remain friends with Alice and Jack and still keep the vital secret of the grist mill?
Deborah Remembers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,470. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2013 by Spyderwort Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / United States / Colonial & Revolutionary Periods, Fiction » Children’s books » Dolls
Deborah, a very special doll, was created 300 years ago in New England: She can remember a terrible Indian massacre, the old Puritan settlements, the Revolutionary War and the Underground Railroad. Deborah Remembers was based on many real local events and personalities from the history of Westfield, Massachusetts. Her long, rich, often poignant story will captivate you and touch your heart.
Hannah's Hessian
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,680. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2013 by Spyderwort Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / United States / Colonial & Revolutionary Periods
Little Hannah has plenty to worry about in the spring of 1775—war, smallpox, storing enough food and firewood to last through the New England winters—and also school. But worst of all are the terrifying Hessians, soldiers hired to fight the American patriot army. And when Hessian prisoners pass through their own village, Hannah’s greatest fear seems to be coming true—or does it?


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  • Yes, I Like Kids; No, I Don't Want Any on July 10, 2013

    Bravo and "I agree" to every single word. I'm fortunately not one of those who's ever been pressured to have kids, having been happily single all my life. And since I'd much rather be writing than changing diapers, my mom is just as happy to have books for grandchildren. "Selfish" is the people who keep on shoving out kids into a world that is far too overpopulated already.