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"This is a story about passion, bloodshed, desire, and death: everything, in fact, that makes life worth living." --Irma la Douce


The Executioner's Heir has made it to the quarter-finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest. (Happy dance!) Here's what an Amazon Expert reviewer had to say about the first two chapters:

What is the strongest aspect of this excerpt?
"I absolutely adore the premise of the story. Telling the life of an executioner's son is a very unique angle for a story set in this time period. I love the character of Charles. He's relatable and sympathetic. The dialogue is strong, the descriptions are intense, and the pacing of the novel is perfect. I cannot wait to read more."

What aspect needs the most work?
"In all seriousness, I don't recommend anything being changed at all. I think the book is extremely well-written the way it is, and will appeal to a broad audience who enjoys general fiction or historical fiction novels. Please do not change a word of it!"

What is your overall opinion of this excerpt?
"This is a fantastic excerpt. I think the story is intriguing, and the writing itself is excellent. I think the book has the potential to be a big hit with a wide audience. Thanks for sharing! I look forward to reading the rest of it. "

Thank you, whoever you are!


A Tale of Two Cities:
A Reader's Companion

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(link at the top of the right-hand column)

An annotated edition of Charles Dickens's classic novel, with 780 footnotes and mini-essays on Georgian & Victorian England and the French Revolution.

“I was probably in college the last time I read A Tale of Two Cities, and I enjoyed it very much. This time, reading Alleyn’s wonderful annotated edition full of helpful comments and clarifications, I found the experience doubly enjoyable.” (Brian Strayer, Ph.D., Department of History, Andrews University)

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Selected Works

An annotated edition of Charles Dickens's classic novel.
A Writer’s (and Editor’s) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, and Myths
Standalone Historical Novels:
Biographical fiction about Charles-Henri Sanson, Paris's public executioner
A reimagining of Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities
The Aristide Ravel French Revolution Mysteries:
Book 1 of the Ravel Mysteries

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