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Posted on December 20, 2015 at 9:00am 3 Comments 4 Likes
In light of all the terrific Christmas-flavored postings lately, I've been prompted to share an excerpt from my historical novel "The Lockwoods of Clonakilty," a scene based on a little adventure my own family had a few…Continue
Posted on December 3, 2015 at 8:00pm 1 Comment 5 Likes
My historical novel "Lieutenant and Mrs. Lockwood" is based on an actual Irish family, and I've had people ask about their story. The Lockwoods' story turns out better than that of the Fortescues, but I think I have…Continue
Posted on October 25, 2015 at 9:30am 1 Comment 2 Likes
I am usually hesitant to read a book unless I know a bit about it. Assuming many of you have a similar habit, I post here a few lines from the first chapter of The Lockwoods of Clonakilty. One of the major themes in the…Continue
Posted on October 10, 2015 at 8:00am 5 Comments 5 Likes
Dhia dhuit, all,
Now that all the final editing is done (including one version in which the title town was spelled 'Conakilty'...argg) my novel "The Lockwoods of Clonakilty" is available through Amazon or any bookstore's online ordering.
I'll be working with TheWildGeese.Irish to share some of the content, and…Continue
"Lieutenant James Lockwood’s wound was mortal. That, at least, was the opinion of the Assistant Surgeon who extracted the musket ball from the lieutenant’s chest at Waterloo. It was the opinion, too, of the Belgian surgeon who briefly tended the lieutenant two days later, in a cow shed where Lockwood lay in agony with twenty other wounded and dying Allied officers. It was certainly the opinion of the surgeons at the Divisional Hospital in Brussels, and then of the Army Surgeons at Kilmainham Hospital in Dublin.
It was not, however, Lieutenant Lockwood’s opinion. He had promised his wife that he would come home to her, and he had done so."
Praise for The Lockwoods of Clonakilty:
“A sweeping historical drama that follows the return of a seriously wounded Waterloo veteran to his family in an Ireland seething with rebellion. As the family struggles to heal his failing body they are threatened by a mysterious madman from his past who could destroy their way of life.” Robert Burnham, Editor The Napoleon Series.
“Bois has accomplished a rare feat, in having written a sequel better than the first book. He demonstrates his attention to detail and meticulous research that we, the readers, have come to take for granted. He is a true storyteller, making you feel as if you are part of the story. You will devour this book faster than his first, and have you begging for a third. Bois proves he is here to stay.” Brad Luebbert, Colonel, US Army
Born in Chicago and raised in Kansas City, Mark Bois is of Belgian and Irish ancestry. It is perhaps natural, then, that he would develop a fascination with the First Battalion of the 27th Foot, an Irish regiment, at the Battle of Waterloo. He would eventually return to school to earn a Master’s degree in history, writing his thesis on the Inniskilling Regiment in 1815.
Amongst the dusty rosters and letters in the British National Archives, and then in the artifacts and records of the Inniskilling Regimental Museum, he found what he needed to write his thesis, but he also discovered the fascinating personal stories that provided the basis for Lieutenant and Mrs. Lockwood. Many actual experiences of the men and officers of the 27th Foot were pulled from those sources to be used in the novel.
Like Lt. Lockwood, Mark is the father of five, and has been happily married to their exceptional mother for more than thirty years. When not working, writing, or reading, he trains for indoor rowing regattas, where he enjoys only moderate success. He also builds furniture and remodels his house, though he is increasingly devoted to weekend naps.
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