Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sinful Folk by Ned Hayes

02_Sinful Folk

Publication Date: January 22, 2014

Campanile Press

Formats: eBook, Hardcover, Audiobook

Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery/Medieval

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A tragic loss. A desperate journey. A mother seeks the truth.

In December of 1377, four children were burned to death in a house fire. Villagers traveled hundreds of miles across England to demand justice for their children’s deaths.

Sinful Folk is the story of this terrible mid-winter journey as seen by Mear, a former nun who has lived for a decade disguised as a mute man, raising her son quietly in this isolated village. For years, she has concealed herself and all her history. But on this journey, she will find the strength to redeem the promise of her past. Mear begins her journey in terror and heartache, and ends in triumph and transcendence.

The remarkable new novel by Ned Hayes, illustrated by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Nikki McClure, Sinful Folk illuminates the medieval era with profound insight and compassion.

My Review;
Four Stars
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review
Wow! I had no idea what I was getting into with this book. Once I started reading it, I was engrossed with the story, the characters, the plot, the writing.  There were so many twists and turns that I was on the edge of my seat.  Mear was a fascinating character, she stayed with me.  She haunted me, my heart broke for her,  the injustices she suffered infuriated me.  She is one of those characters that stays long after the story is over. I loved this book, spent many late nights reading it waiting to figure out what happened to these children. Tremendous story and book!

Praise for Sinful Folk

In December of 1377, five children are burned in a suspicious house fire. Awash in paranoia and prejudice, the fathers suspect it is the work of Jews and set out to seek justice from the king, loading the charred bodies of their boys onto a cart. Unbeknownst to them, among them is a woman, Mear, who has been hiding out in the town for the past 10 years posing as a mute man. It is a treacherous journey, for their rations are spare and the weather is brutal. And always, they are haunted by the question, Why were their boys in Benedict the weaver’s house, and who would do this to them? Mear, ever resourceful, not only watches for clues to unravel the mystery but also provides invaluable aid in finding their way, for she has traveled this way before and is the only literate one among them. The reason for her false identity is slowly revealed as the villagers are chased by bandits and must overcome numerous obstacles, hunger and fear among them. Brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed, Hayes’ novel is woven through with a deep knowledge of medieval history, all conveyed in mesmerizing prose. At the center of the novel is Mear, a brave and heartbreaking character whose story of triumph over adversity is a joy to read. --Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist *Starred Review*

"A pilgrim tale worthy of Chaucer, evocative, compelling and peopled with unforgettable characters artfully delivered by a master storyteller." - Brenda Rickman Vantrease, bestselling author of The Illuminator and The Mercy Seller

"Brilliant, insightful, unflinching and wise. This spellbinding mystery will keep readers turning pages until the last sentence. Remarkable." - Ella March Chase, bestselling author of The Virgin Queen's Daughter and Three Maids for a Crown

"Suspenseful, page-turning mystery of a mother pursuing the truth... Every reader will come to love the brave and intrepid Mear, a most memorable character in a most memorable story." - Jim Heynen, award-winning author of The Fall of Alice K.

"Sinful Folk is a work of art. Miriam's story is a raw and brutal and passionate tale, but her story touches the reader because it's a timeless story - a wonderful portrayal of medieval life. Highly recommended." - Kathryn Le Veque, bestselling author of The Dark Lord and The Warrior Poet

"A suspenseful and mesmerizing tale full of rich and vital characters. Ned Hayes crafts a narrative that shows a devotion to craft in each word." - Renée Miller, editor of On Fiction and author of In the Bones

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Booknote Interview with Ned Hayes

About the Author03_Ned Hayes Credit Linda Marus 2012

Ned Hayes is the author of the Amazon best-selling historical novel SINFUL FOLK. He is also the author of Coeur d'Alene Waters, a noir mystery set in the Pacific Northwest. He is now at work on a new novel, Garden of Earthly Delights, also set in the Middle Ages.

Ned Hayes is a candidate for an MFA from the Rainier Writer’s Workshop, and holds graduate degrees in English and Theology from Western Washington University and Seattle University.

Born in China, he grew up bi-lingually, speaking both Mandarin and English. He now lives in Olympia, Washington with his wife and two children.

For more information please visit and You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Booklikes, YouTube, Google+, and Goodreads.

Sinful Folk Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 20

Review at Flashlight Commentary

Tuesday, October 21

Review at Historical Novel Review

Wednesday, October 22

Spotlight at What is That Book About

Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Thursday, October 23

Review at History From a Woman's Perspective

Guest Post at Books and Benches

Monday, October 27

Review at Just One More Chapter

Spotlight & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection

Tuesday, October 28

Interview at Layered Pages

Wednesday, October 29

Review at Back Porchervations

Thursday, October 30

Interview at Back Porchervations

Friday, October 31

Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict

Monday, November 3

Interview at Triclinium

Spotlight at Boom Baby Reviews

Tuesday, November 4

Spotlight at Historical Tapestry

Wednesday, November 5

Review at Deal Sharing Aunt

Thursday, November 6

Review at bookramblings

Saturday, November 8

Review at Book Nerd

Monday, November 10

Review at Book Babe

Tuesday, November 11

Review at Impressions in Ink

Review & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Friday, November 14

Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Tuesday, November 18

Review at CelticLady's Reviews

Review & Giveaway at Beth's Book Reviews

Wednesday, November 19

Review at Books in the Burbs

Review at Bookworm Babblings

Thursday, November 20

Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Friday, November 21

Review at Library Educated

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