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New book reviews for Spun Stories!

Everyone,

So sorry you haven’t heard from me recently. For those of you who don’t know, I took off a couple of years to do an MFA in imagesCreative Writing at Lesley University’s low-residency program. (Lesley is in Cambridge, MA). In any event, I’m nearly at the end of my time there, but this last (fourth) semester has been particularly grueling. Hence, no posts.

Now that I’ve got my second submission in, I have a window of time to put up some new reviews of books that I met in the Fall. I hope you enjoy reading them.

If all goes according to plan, I hope to graduate this June. Please keep your fingers crossed!

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A Post on Freado about Lady Cecylee:

Everyone,

CastleRabyCecyleeSigI thought you might be interested in this interview I did for FREADO about my series THWARTED QUEEN:

 

http://www.freado.com/users/31565/Cynthia/

 

Have a wonderful day!

 

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My Fifteenth Half Great-Aunt

Recently, I learned that I am related to CastleRabyCecyleeSigLady Cecylee, the heroine of my THWARTED QUEEN series. I thought I would let Her Ladyship tell you all about this discovery, in her own inimitable way:

Today I learned the most wondrous news. Did you know that my scribe and I are related to each other? Tis passing strange.

It came about because I encouraged her to learn more about her family. I mean how can you appear before folk if you know not who you are? In my day, we spent many an hour discussing the windings and twisting of our various family trees. So she began by looking back into the past, at her ancestors in the Land of Henry, which is today called America.

Did you know that they lived there for nearly three centuries, since making landfall in a leaking ship called The Mayflower? How they managed to get across that dark and wide ocean is beyond comprehension.

Then my scribe looked beyond, into the ancestors of her Mayflower ancestor (called Mary Mayflower Allerton) and discovered that her grandfather was a Sir Edward Norris. Immediately, my ears perked up for the gentleman was a knight. I must say I am not acquainted with that family. Still, twas a promising start.

I encouraged her to go back further. Would you believe it but Sir Edward’s grandfather was a gentleman named Sir Henry Norris, a friend of a queen of England. I have never heard of this queen before, but my scribe says she is most famous. Her name was Anne Boleyn. She sounds rather like that common strumpet who played upon my son’s male weakness and inserted herself on the throne of England. I always refer to her as “The Serpent”, but I am told that people nowadays refer to her as Elizabeth Woodville. It seems that my great-grandson, Henry the Eighth of that name, was displeased with his wife and her friends and had them executed on Tower Hill.

7b1a174b4cc97f16c95d7658a57ef4eb-bpfullI shall pass no judgement on his actions, as I was then cold in my grave and had been for the past forty-one years. Wishing to turn the conversation away from unfortunate channels, I urged my scribe to find out more. “Find out who his mother, grandmother and great-grandmothers were,” I remarked. “I have a notion that the ladies of that family were well-connected.”

Lo and behold, I was right. Sir Henry’s great-great-grandmother was Elizabeth Holland, a lady I had known well. For her grandfather was none other than my grandfather, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.

So what does that make my scribe in relation to me? Well, Elizabeth Holland’s mother was Lady Elizabeth Plantagenet, who was the half-sister of my mother, Lady Joan de Beaufort. That means that I am my scribe’s 15th half great-aunt. Truly I marvel at such tidings!

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Happy Thanksgiving from Norway


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Everyone,

As I mentioned before, I’m working on an MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University. I’m also staying in Oslo, Norway for this academic year as my husband won a Fulbright to be a visiting researcher at Oslo University.

For these reason, I’m going to give this blog a rest for December and most of January and hope to be back next spring with something to entertain and provoke.

I hope you all enjoy this picture taken this Fall in Lillehammer, Norway. Heather is something that’s used instead of flowers at this time of year. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

All Best Wishes,

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Today is your last chance to get your discounted copy of TWO MURDERS REAPED!

Today is the last day to get your discounted copy of TWO MURDERS REAPED as the Kindle Countdown Deal ends at 8 of the clock (Pacific Time).

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Kindle Countdown for TWO MURDERS REAPED starts today!

Lady Cecylee is pleased to announce that the fourth volume of her memoirs will be available today at a discount as part of a Kindle Countdown Deal that will commence at 8 of the clock Pacific Time. Please click on the picture below to get the link.

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Today is your last chance to get your discounted copy of THWARTED QUEEN!

Today is the last day to get your discounted copy of THWARTED QUEEN as the Kindle Countdown Deal ends at Midnight (Pacific Time).

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Kindle Countdown for THWARTED QUEEN starts today!

Lady Cecylee is pleased to announce that the third volume of her memoirs will be available today at a discount as part of a Kindle Countdown Deal that will commence at 8 of the clock Pacific Time. Please click on the picture below to get the link.

 

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Today is your last chance to get your discounted copy of ONE SEED SOWN!

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Kindle Countdown for ONE SEED SOWN starts today!

Lady Cecylee is pleased to announce that the second volume of her memoirs will be available today at a discount as part of a Kindle Countdown Deal that will commence at 8 of the clock Pacific Time. Please click on the picture below to get the link.

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