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text 2017-08-07 21:53
Plantagenet Embers Kindle Box Set

Remember helping me with this cover? Well, it's finally here! This project, which I thought would be simple since it involved books I had already written, turned out to be almost too much for my level of tech savvy. Still, it is here in time to be taken to the beach this summer! Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen!


Source: myBook.to/PlantagenetEmbers
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text 2017-06-21 14:40
Who Was Margarett Keymes?

Was she an unknown daughter of Cecily of York? Did Katherine Gordon mean to show her everlasting belief in her first husband when she mentioned her in her will? I'm not sure. What do you think?


A look at a little historical mystery on my blog today.

Source: samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2017/06/who-was-margarett-keymes.html
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text 2017-05-03 12:45
Not My White Princess

Yeah, I went there....


New on the blog today: Not My White Princess




Source: samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2017/05/not-my-white-princess.html
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text 2017-05-02 16:07
The Colour of Cold Blood by Toni Mount
The Colour of Cold Blood: The Third Sebastian Foxley Medieval Murder Mystery (Sebastian Foxley Medieval Mystery Series) (Volume 3) - Toni Mount

I just love so much about this series and this book in particular that I'm not sure where to start. I suppose the best place to begin is with Sebastian Foxley himself, the title character and, I'm guessing, many readers' reason for picking up this book. Sweet, naive Sebastian is easy to love . . . unless you are his wife, Emily. The romance between these two that flourished so effortlessly in the previous installments has fallen a bit flat after a year of marriage. Instead of being endearing, Seb's habits of getting lost in his work and being willing to sacrifice whatever is necessary to help others begins to get on Emily's nerves.

Part of me doesn't blame her. When Sebastian seems to see every one else's needs but Emily's, I felt some sympathy for her. However, she takes things a bit far and does some things that I can't believe Sebastian immediately forgives her for.

Of course, that is Sebastian's nature. He forgives people, he cares for people, and he just wants everyone to be happy. Maintaining a happy household is a challenge with Emily and Jude in the same home. Jude's character has gone through a great evolution from the lighthearted ladies' man to a man with demons that he tries to drown in ale. Emily has little patience for this, but Seb is on a mission to save his brother....again.

This novel is more complex than the previous ones in the series with different relationships changing, a mystery unfolding, and the religious schisms of the day beginning to have their effect upon the Foxley household. The author does an excellent job of demonstrating the differences between the traditional Catholics and the reformist Known Men, placing both good and bad men and motives on both sides. This clash gives Sebastian his greatest challenge and makes me wonder how he will handle the continuing shifts in religion in the city he loves.

Late 15th century London is painted before the reader's eyes when reading this series. The food they ate, how much work it took to prepare, what people read, what it was like to walk down the street, what a woman was forced to do to survive if she was left homeless.....so many facets of everyday life make this book more than a typical historical mystery. In Colour of Cold Blood, the reader is invited to step back in time and walk through the chaotic streets of medieval London at Sebastian's side.

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text 2017-04-27 14:54
A Day in the Life of Elizabeth of York

Elizabeth of York is featured for this month at the excellent website Tudor Times. I am honored to be a guest with an article describing the daily habits and activities of England's first queen. So, what did everyday life look like for the real white princess?


Source: tudortimes.co.uk/guest-articles/a-day-in-the-life-of-elizabeth-of-york
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