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Meet Author Laura Libricz #RRBC

I’d like to thank Brenda B. Taylor for hosting me today!

Historical Heartbeats

Welcome to Day 2 of my #RRBC “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour. I’d like to thank my host and the RRBC for this great honor. Today I’d like to talk more specifically about writing historical fiction. History is my passion right now and I’d like to share some of the sources I use when I research.

Now, judging by the images and the books that are popular today, can you imagine how someone 400 years from now will view our society? How will they reconstruct our day in age based on the records we leave behind? That is, if they can even access our information.

What impressions will they have of our culture?

I take this into consideration as I research and write my 17th century historical novels. I have a good idea of what the time period looked like from paintings like those from the Dutch Golden Age. Objects…

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Thursday – A Little Personal – The #RRBC Writer’s Conference and Book Expo

via: John W. Howell’s Fiction Favorites

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Beginning today (at 7:00 am Central Time) through Saturday Rave Reviews Book Club is hosting it’s annual Writer’s Conference and Book Expo. Please use this link to check it out. There are events for the public as well as members of the club. This link will take you to the Welcome Page where you can get an overview of what is included.

See this star?


That means that I will be there hosting an Author booth with my books and also along with John Fioravantiand Gwen Planohave a session you might like titled “Writing in the Senior Season.

So don’t delay. Go see what’s going on.

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BlogTalkRadio Interview Sat. 11-26 #RRBC

Join me on Saturday, November 26, 2016 for the Tag Team 245 radio interview on Rave Waves BlogTalkRadio!

Welcome to RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S BlogTalkRadio production of RAVE WAVES “TAG TEAM 2*4*5,” where Co-Hosts BILL WARD and JOHN W. HOWELL, are joined by new members AMIE O’BRIEN, LAURA LIBRICZ, BOB KERN, and COREY KNUTSEN. Join us as we become better acquainted with some of the newest additions to our RRBC family, and their books.

Follow this link:

Rave Waves BlogTalkRadio

The show will be live 12.00 CT, that’s 1 pm EST, 6 pm in England and 7 pm in Germany. You can join in with questions and comments via Twitter using the #RRBCTagTeam245 hashtag. See you there!



Love Below Stairs: Rembrandt and His Maids #MondayBlogs

Today I’m over at Jessica Cale’s DirtySexyHistory talking about masters and their maids. Have a look!

Dirty, Sexy History

rembrandt_harmensz-_van_rijn_016 Bathsheba at Her Bath. Rembrandt (1653)

Tales of masters involved with their maids have as much allure today as they did in history. In the news, we read sordid tales of Hollywood stars romantically involved with their personnel and the scandal reports of shameless household help preying on vulnerable celebrities. But what makes these relationships so intriguingly immoral? Is it the element of adultery because many of the employers are married? Or is having a relationship in the workplace what makes this arrangement taboo?

Analyses of the behavioral patterns between employers and employees fill volumes of psychology books. A certain power imbalance arises when two people enter into a vocational relationship. The employer has the upper hand, holding not only the threat of termination over the employee’s head but also holding the purse strings. One could say, the employer holds an employee’s very existence in his hands. As with any…

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The Winter King, The Queen of Hearts, and the Thirty Years War

Thanks to Cryssa Bazos for letting me join her on her blog!

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I have the pleasure of welcoming historical fiction author, Laura Libricz, whose novels take place in 17th century Germany. On June 10th, she is re-releasing The Master and the Maid, the first novel of her Heaven’s Pond trilogy.

Today, Laura introduces us to the Thirty Years War, that took place in the beginning of the 17th century in Central Europe. The events of the Thirty Years War had a profound effect on European and English History; many of the later English Civil War leaders received their training during this time.

But in the beginning, there was the Winter King and the Queen of HeartsTake it away, Laura!

1613. Religious strife is reaching a crescendo in Europe. The Protestant Union, the alliance of German states, is in place to defend the lands and interests of the union’s members. The Catholic League, formed by Maximillian, the Hapsburg…

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The Master and the Maid by @LauraLibricz #FridayReads #BookReview #ASMSG

POTL: All Things Books, Reading and Publishing


Title: The Master and the Maid

Author: Laura Libricz

Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance

Book Blurb:

She’s lost her work, her home and her freedom. Now, harboring a mysterious newborn, she could lose her life.

In 17th Century Germany on the brink of the Thirty Years War, 24-year-old Katarina is traded to the patrician Sebald Tucher by her fiancé Willi Prutt in order to pay his debts. En route to her forced relocation to the Tucher country estate, Katarina is met by a crazed archer, Hans-Wolfgang, carrying a baby under his cloak. He tells her an incredible story of how his beloved was executed by a Jesuit priest for witchcraft right after the birth and makes Katarina—at sword point—swear on her life to protect the child. But protecting the child puts Katarina at risk. She could fall in disfavor with her master. She could be hunted by the zealots who…

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I Survived NaNoWriMo


…and lived to tell about it.

by Laura Libricz

Thundering hooves speed away. Shouts fade.

Or is that the sound of roaring flames? 

The intense heat of the fire burns my cheek,

Nose stings from the smoke.  

Clothes cold and soaked, I open my eyes. 

I lie at the base of a tree in the mud;

Weak, can’t lift my heavy, humming head. 

Early August morning. The sun should be rising soon, 

But not through those billowing black fumes. 

I’ve taken a severe blow to the shoulder. 

He kneels next to me, his tired face partially lit by the burning barn.

The main house is on fire, too. 

He examines my wound. It’s not that bad, he tells me.

Help me, give me a drink.

Troops had rolled over the North Hill in the middle of the night. 

Mounted Croatian soldiers rode down into the hollow

Where the farm lays exposed and vulnerable.  

Many came. 

Crabatten, they call them, they wear red sashes.

Hard to judge their numbers by the pounding of drums,

Snorting, screeching horses. 

They fight for the Catholics, they say.

Ununited Germany a fine stage for battle.

Luther assured us that no Hell Fire awaits us

Because here it is, on Earth, stinging my nose.

No walls separate the farm from its attackers, like the big cities. 

Everything went so fast,

They settled on us, they were gone, they left nothing whole this time.

I squint at the heap of smashed furniture ablaze in the farmyard. 

 The riders flew through the paddocks, with torches,

And lit the buildings on fire. 

As if a rushing wind carried their campaign

And our animals away.

I ran behind a shed that wasn’t burning, a soldier came up behind me. 

Sliced me down with his sword. 

I crawled out of the way. 

I never thought it would come to this.

No, that’s not true—I knew it would come to this. 

I’m surprised we held out this long.

My daughter. A tear.

Help me, give me a drink.

He sniffs the bottle.

If the war doesn’t kill you, this stuff will.

He crouches like a cat poised to flee.

My daughter. Where is she? A tear.

Soldiers savor young girls.

They’ve unburdened us of our possessions,

Relieved the barren fields of trampled fruits,

Are saving us from our heathen ways.

We pay,

We are grateful,

And our wicked souls rejoice.