They say that in order to be a good writer, you need to be an avid reader. I don’t know who they are, but I do believe this to be true.

However, there are times when the reader is in conflict with the writer. Like right now. As much pleasure as I take in writing new posts and material for you, dear reader, to enjoy, I would rather be reading The Beggar King, by Oliver Pötzsch. It is the third in the Hangman’s Daughter series. I accidentally came across the first book about a year ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. But because the subsequent books had to be translated from their original German, it was a while before I got the second book, The Dark Monk. Now, as I start the third book, I find I do not want to put it down. I love the characters, the time period and the fact that it’s historically-based: the author is a descendant of the titular hangman. All interesting stuff. I find myself wanting to share it with everyone.

Except my family doesn’t give a hoot about the books or the topic, so I’m sharing it with you. I hope to find more time to finish the book up this weekend, so I can prepare my outline for Judah and Tamar and begin posting the story on January 21. I do believe I finally found an image for the cover, but am waiting on permission. All-in-all, I’m happy to be writing, but believe me, I’m making this a quick post so I can return to The Beggar King.

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