31st August

san sebastianSan Sebastian nowOn 22nd August 1813 the second siege of the highly fortified port of San Sebastian began. In a week of attacks repulsed by the French garrison 3,770 British and Portuguese and 850 French soldiers were killed or wounded. The final assault, on the 31st August, succeeded. Wellington’s forces had taken the town but it was not an honourable victory.
Fuelled by looted drink a week long rampage of the town began. British officers did nothing to stop the orgy of rape and massacre, nor did they prevent the town being completely destroyed by fire.
On 31st August 1967, 21 year old Carl Witherby (at the beginning of his career as an historian) ended the summer he had spent hitch-hiking around the battlefields of the Peninsular wars on the beach of San Sebastian.
His thoughts were of those who had fought so hard and died so horribly 154 years before. But they were also of Susannah. It was her 21st birthday. He loved her but they could never be together. He had been told she was his sister.
31st August, in various years, is an important date in The Last Dance, in Walking Alone and in Runaways, the three books which make up The Iniquities Trilogy.
Professor Carl Witherby (in 2014) features again in A Set of Lies.


Non Napoleonic Projects

3 book coversAll the excitement around the publication of A Set of Lies is dying down (though sales continue apace) and there is time to look at other projects, unrelated to Napoleon Bonaparte.
I have to spend some more time re-jigging my first three books (The Last Dance, Walking Alone and Runaways) into one volume. Hopefully this will be done by Christmas…..
And there is also the next new book.
In Her Parents’ Daughter a murder was committed in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight in the last week of August 2014. We know, from the first chapter, that the woman charged with this murder of a policeman was innocent despite her being arrested with the ‘smoking gun’ still in her hands. What we don’t know until the end of the book is who stitched her up and why.
Unfortunately it seems that another murder is about to be committed in this small but busy ferry town on the north west coast of the Isle of Wight. This time it is not a public event and there are no witnesses. Again we will be led to believe that the man suspected of the murder is innocent, and again we will have to read the book (currently under the working title of Acorns on the Pier) to find out
a. whether he did it
b. if he did why would he?
c. if he didn’t who did?
d. is there any link to the murder that took place in 2014? And, most importantly:
e. if there is what, and who, might that connection be?

Social Media

3 book coversI’m finally getting to grips with Social Media. On Facebook there is the main Carolyn McCrae bit – but I have now created pages for A Set of Lies, Her Parents’ Daughter, Highly Unsuitable Girl and The Iniquities Trilogy (The Last Dance, Walking Alone and Runaways).
Keep an eye on this (if you do Facebook) as there will be up to date information on the availability of the books and other activities.

Also you can find me on Twitter. @Carolyn_McCrae is the book/authoring side of things while @iowauthor is mainly concerned with The Archers and some other (usually radio or television based) commentary.