New Book – THE HOUSE OF YORK by TERRY TYLER
Firstly, thanks so much to the New Romantics Press for featuring my new book here – it is an honour indeed!
It’s a pleasure to support a fellow author, Terry, and we have learned so much about the publishing world through following yours and Rosie Amber’s blogs (to name but two). So, fire away and tell us all about your new novel – The House of York.
The House of York is a contemporary family drama, spanning the years 1993 – 2014. A bit darker than my previous novels, it features some dastardly secrets and a smattering of murderous intent, not to mention a couple of inappropriate relationships. The story centres around Lisa Grey, a widowed single mother from a fairly working class family who meets wealthy businessman Elias York. Enter stage left: the rest of his dysfunctional family 🙂
The story was inspired by the events of the Wars of the Roses, though it’s not an actual retelling of history, like Kings and Queens and Last Child (about the Lanchester family, modern day Tudors). I hasten to add that you don’t need any knowledge of history to enjoy this book, though anyone who knows a bit about the Plantagenet era will recognise the York brothers, and others.
I hadn’t intended to write a sequel, but my test readers all say that the massive twist at the end made them want to carry on reading, so I shall be starting that very soon; it’s already begun in my head, usually when I’m doing things like cooking (cue overcooked vegetables).
I’m thrilled that the book has already gained some very positive reviews, and even more delighted that several people started reading it the minute it was published – the biggest compliment a writer can have. THANK YOU!
If you live outside the UK, you can take a look at The House of York here:
New Romantics Press is really looking forward to reading and reviewing THE HOUSE OF YORK, Terry. You may not know this, but we live in Leicester and recently, Lizzie visited the Richard III exhibition. Here are a few photos to get you writing that sequel. A turbulent time in history, indeed. Good luck with this and all future projects.
Posted on November 3, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged #TuesdayBookBlog, Adrienne Vaughan, family drama, June Kearns, Leicester, Lizzie Lamb, Mags Cullingford, reviews, Richard Third, Terry Tyler, THE HOUSE OF YORK, Wars of the Roses. Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.
It’s a great book, I recommend it.
Thanks Rosie. I value your opinion.
Sounds like a fabulous read, Terry. In another life I would have been a historical novelist. I always try to bring as much history into my contemporary novels as I can.
I started this last night, Terry – and recognising all those references to villages, pubs and places in the area where I was brought up made it so real for me. I’m loving it!
Reblogged this on Lizzie Lamb and commented:
Our writer friend Terry Tyler has a new book to delight you – THE HOUSE OF YORK. check it out.
Thanks so much, Lizzie – and June and Rosie! June, as you know, I lived in Northampton for most of my life. Glad you like it! And I love the Richard III pics… Aah…. the sequel will not be following the historical theme at all, but carrying on from the end of this book, with no historical connection. Partly because what happened next was mostly Henry VII, a man who never inspired me much! You’ll see, anyway. 🙂
Yes, the monstrous Henry. Not one of my favourite historical characters I have to say. 😕
Great post (as ever), ladies! Terry, The House of York sounds fab. Good to learn about the inspiration behind the story. Looking forward to reading it. Best of luck with that sequel too 🙂 X
Thanks, Jan. It’s very intriguing premise.
Thank you Jan – if I ever get the time to start the sequel! x
Great blog Terry and I think it’s superb the way you manage to blend the past and the present so sublimely. As both June and Lizzie have said we are pretty much steeped in history here in Leicester and Richard III re-burial was thrilling and it brought the whole city together in a really enjoyable way. Really looking forward to this new one …and the follow-up sounds fascinating too! Good work.
Thanks so much for your kind words, Adrienne X
So looking forward to reading this though it’s one I want to put quality time aside for to savour 🙂 Great post everyone!
Thanks Georgia. I know what oyu mean about ‘quality time’. Reading for pleasure can easily become a forgotten art.
Oh yes, I know what you mean, Lizzie! Actually, though, I’ve got 3 reviewing commitments for Rosie (one of which I want to read a lot – Cynthia!), but then one of my favourite writers ever, Deborah Swift, send me a paperback of the only one of hers I haven’t read…. and I couldn’t resist it! Just going to bed to read some more when I’ve ‘done’ twitter.
Thanks again for this, Lizzie, it’s so much appreciated. xx
A pleasure 😘
I hope it is worthy of your so precious time, G – I know how hard it is for you to find it! x
Enjoyed reading Terry’s blog. Always interesting to learn what triggers the inspiration of fellow writers. Kings and Queens, The Last Child are already on my long TBR list, so The House of York makes one more. Think I need to go on a Readers’ Retreat.
I think we all do !!
Ha ha, thanks, Mags! What I did last year was take December and half January off writing (I’d just finished Last Child). I had a dedicated reading 6 weeks (was meant to be a month but stretched!!), and got through 25 books. I read some gems, abandoned some; it was so satisfying to to all those cross throughs on the TBR! 🙂
Great idea, Terry – I’ll certainly bear it in mind when I write ‘The End’ on my current WIP.