October 27, 2014

Ned Hayes' Sinful Folk - Spotlight and {Giveaway}

Publication Date: January 22, 2014
Campanile Press
Formats: eBook, Hardcover, Audiobook
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery/Medieval

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A tragic loss. A desperate journey. A mother seeks the truth.

In December of 1377, four children were burned to death in a house fire. Villagers traveled hundreds of miles across England to demand justice for their children’s deaths.

Sinful Folk is the story of this terrible mid-winter journey as seen by Mear, a former nun who has lived for a decade disguised as a mute man, raising her son quietly in this isolated village. For years, she has concealed herself and all her history. But on this journey, she will find the strength to redeem the promise of her past. Mear begins her journey in terror and heartache, and ends in triumph and transcendence.

The remarkable new novel by Ned Hayes, illustrated by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Nikki McClure, Sinful Folk illuminates the medieval era with profound insight and compassion.

Praise for Sinful Folk
In December of 1377, five children are burned in a suspicious house fire. Awash in paranoia and prejudice, the fathers suspect it is the work of Jews and set out to seek justice from the king, loading the charred bodies of their boys onto a cart. Unbeknownst to them, among them is a woman, Mear, who has been hiding out in the town for the past 10 years posing as a mute man. It is a treacherous journey, for their rations are spare and the weather is brutal. And always, they are haunted by the question, Why were their boys in Benedict the weaver’s house, and who would do this to them? Mear, ever resourceful, not only watches for clues to unravel the mystery but also provides invaluable aid in finding their way, for she has traveled this way before and is the only literate one among them. The reason for her false identity is slowly revealed as the villagers are chased by bandits and must overcome numerous obstacles, hunger and fear among them. Brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed, Hayes’ novel is woven through with a deep knowledge of medieval history, all conveyed in mesmerizing prose. At the center of the novel is Mear, a brave and heartbreaking character whose story of triumph over adversity is a joy to read. –Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist *Starred Review*

“A pilgrim tale worthy of Chaucer, evocative, compelling and peopled with unforgettable characters artfully delivered by a master storyteller.” – Brenda Rickman Vantrease, bestselling author of The Illuminator and The Mercy Seller

“Brilliant, insightful, unflinching and wise. This spellbinding mystery will keep readers turning pages until the last sentence. Remarkable.” – Ella March Chase, bestselling author of The Virgin Queen’s Daughter and Three Maids for a Crown

“Suspenseful, page-turning mystery of a mother pursuing the truth… Every reader will come to love the brave and intrepid Mear, a most memorable character in a most memorable story.” – Jim Heynen, award-winning author of The Fall of Alice K.

“Sinful Folk is a work of art. Miriam’s story is a raw and brutal and passionate tale, but her story touches the reader because it’s a timeless story – a wonderful portrayal of medieval life. Highly recommended.” – Kathryn Le Veque, bestselling author of The Dark Lord and The Warrior Poet

“A suspenseful and mesmerizing tale full of rich and vital characters. Ned Hayes crafts a narrative that shows a devotion to craft in each word.” – RenĂ©e Miller, editor of On Fiction and author of In the Bones

Booknote Interview with Ned Hayes

About the Author
Ned Hayes is the author of the Amazon best-selling historical novel SINFUL FOLK. He is also the author of Coeur d’Alene Waters, a noir mystery set in the Pacific Northwest. He is now at work on a new novel, Garden of Earthly Delights, also set in the Middle Ages.

Ned Hayes is a candidate for an MFA from the Rainier Writer’s Workshop, and holds graduate degrees in English and Theology from Western Washington University and Seattle University.

Born in China, he grew up bi-lingually, speaking both Mandarin and English. He now lives in Olympia, Washington with his wife and two children.

For more information please visit www.sinfulfolk.com and www.nednotes.com. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter,Pinterest, Booklikes, YouTube, Google+, and Goodreads.

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  1. My mind is drawing a blank. I think Pope Joan happened in Medieval times. I also like Jean Plaidy's old Historical Fiction novels about this period. I've also read a couple of novels by Philippa Gregory. I've read two or three mysteries by Ellis Peters. I really like the Ellis Peters' mysteries because they involve the church and monks. I'm about to start The Heretic by Henry Vyner-Brooks. It takes place 1536. It's published by Lion Fiction.

  2. Medieval times is a favorite era. I loved Edith Pargeter's Heaven Tree trilogy, and the Welsh trilogy by Sharon Kay Penman, also Katherine by Anya Seton. Great novels!

  3. I do enjoy reading medieval stories I can't think of anything but The Sword in the Stone (a novel by T. H. White) & Knights of the Round Table.. I would enjoy reading your book!

  4. Heck of a good question. The Tales of Robin Hood would be set in that period and they were favorites as a kid. I also enjoyed The Canterbury Tales in college. How am I doin'?

  5. Loved The Pillars of the Earth.

  6. A triple knot. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. I remember loving THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING and THE MISTS OF AVALON, both of which I read as a tween. I'm also a fan of THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH and Sharon Kay Penman's HERE BE DRAGONS.

  8. I am torn between Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman or The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick.

  9. Baudolino by Umberto Eco. It is set in 12th century Italy.

  10. To Be Queen by Christy English...it's about Eleanor of Aquitaine...love books about her life! There are tons and tons more...but that was one of my faves.

  11. I am going back to my first real histfict novel... Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.


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