Thursday, August 5, 2021

Spotlight on Nancy Northcott, author of The Steel Rose (The Boar King’s Honor Trilogy, Book 2)


The Boar King’s Honor Trilogy

 A wizard’s misplaced trust
A king wrongly blamed for murder
A bloodline cursed until they clear the king’s name

Book 2: The Steel Rose
Amelia Mainwaring, a magically Gifted seer, is desperate to rescue the souls of her dead father and brother, who are trapped in a shadowy, wraith-filled land between life and death as the latest victims of their family curse. Lifting the curse requires clearing the name of King Richard III, who was wrongly accused of his nephews’ murder because of a mistake made by Amelia’s ancestor.
In London to seek help from a wizard scholar, Julian Winfield, Amelia has disturbing visions that warn of Napoleon Bonaparte’s escape from Elba and renewed war in Europe. A magical artifact fuels growing French support for Bonaparte. Can Amelia and Julian recover the artifact and deprive him of its power in time to avert the coming battles?
Their quest takes them from the crowded ballrooms of the London Season to the bloody field of Waterloo, demanding all of their courage, guile, and magical skill.  Can they recover the artifact and stop Bonaparte? Or will all their hopes, along with Amanda’s father and brother, be doomed as a battle-weary Europe is once again engulfed in the flames of war?
The Steel Rose is the second book in the time-traveling, history-spanning fantasy series The Boar King’s Honor, from Nancy Northcott (Outcast Station, The Herald of Day).

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Nancy Northcott

Fun Things

(Stuff you may or may not already know!)


Hi, Mary Ann, and thanks for having me!

My five fun things:

I love words. I was the captain of my college debate team and had a great time arguing when the only thing on the line was a trophy. I delight in wordplay and crossword puzzles.


In high school, I was in the marching band. I enjoyed the way all our different parts came together in a big, melodious sound, and I found it satisfying to march my assigned route as part of the pattern on the football field. (This is not my high school band. I took this photo at a college game our family attended.)


I worked part time in a comic book shop for a year. I’ve been a comic book fan since grade school. I don’t know whether my love of action-adventure drew me to comic books or comic books spurred me to love action-adventure. Or maybe it was just the comics’ bright colors and caped heroes that called to me! I don’t suppose it matters. Either way, I’ve had a lot of fun in fandom.


Castles are my jam. I was once able to visit both Raby Castle, childhood home of Cecily Neville and Richard, Duke of York, and Barnard Castle in the same day!  I’ve visited Ludlow twice. Our imaginary castle in the Caynham Castle holiday romance anthologies shares a lot with Ludlow, though we drew on other castles and adapted the result for our stories in the first volume, Christmas at Caynham Castle. Below is a photo of the outer bailey at Ludlow. 

 I’m a Ricardian. For anyone not familiar with the term, that means I think Richard III was not nearly so bad as he’s been painted. Too many people mistake Shakespeare for a historian and forget he, y’know, made things up for a living! My Ricardian sentiments did a lot to shape the plot of the Boar King’s Honor trilogy. They’re also reflected in the title, seeing as Richard III used a white boar as his emblem. Below is a photo of one of my favorite castles, Middleham, sometime home of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, before he became Richard III.

This was fun to put together! Thanks again for having me, Mary Ann.

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Nancy Northcott

Nancy Northcotts childhood ambition was to grow up and become Wonder Woman. Around fourth grade, she realized it was too late to acquire Amazon genes, but she still loved comic books, science fiction, fantasy, history, and romance. She combines the emotion and high stakes, and sometimes the magic, she loves in the books she writes.

She has written freelance articles and taught at the college level.  Her most popular course was on science fiction, fantasy, and society.  She has also given presentations on the Wars of the Roses and Richard III to university classes studying Shakespeares play about Richard III. Reviewers have described her books as melding fantasy, romance, and suspense. Library Journal gave her debut novel, Renegade, a starred review, calling it genre fiction at its best.

In addition to the historical fantasy Boar Kings Honor trilogy, Nancy writes the Light Mage Wars paranormal romances, the Arachnid Files romantic suspense novellas, and the Lethal Webs romantic spy adventures. With Jeanne Adams, she cowrites the Outcast Station science fiction mysteries.

Married since 1987, Nancy and her husband have one son, a bossy dog, and a house full of books.

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