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THE FOUNDING is the first book in a series of thirty-four, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, that deals with the Morland family, who come from York, England. This novel starts with a marriage, when the Morland heir, Robert, is betrothed to a dower-less young girl, Eleanor Courtenay. Why would a rich family want to ally themselves to this penniless young girl? Because her dearest friend is Eleanor Beauchamp (1408-1467), a daughter of the Earl of Warwick, and recently married to Edmund Beaufort, Duke of Somerset (1406-1455).

Throughout this novel, Ms. Harrod-Eagles uses the technique of omniscient narration, which allows her to switch points of view effectively and efficiently without disturbing the reader:


Robert cleared his throat, but he could not speak. Eleanor grew more impatient, in her misery, to have done with it.

Eleanor starts off the novel at the age of eighteen as a terrified (but brave) bride, and at the end of it is a seventy-year-old monarch, who rules with a rod of iron (mixed in with some love.) THE FOUNDING encompasses the years 1434-1486, which anyone with a historical bent will realize includes all of the Wars of the Roses. The Morlands starts out on the side of the Lancastrians, because they have pledged their allegiance to the Duke of Somerset, who later becomes a great champion for the Lancastrian Queen Marguerite d’Anjou. However, Eleanor has secretly been in love with Richard, Duke of York, and thus manages to see to it that the family slips over into the Yorkist camp. This works out wonderfully well for the family when the Yorks are in the ascendant during the years 1461-1485. But the novel ends with the death of the last Yorkist king Richard III, and we are left with the cold winds of change beckoning in a new, unpleasant, un-English monarch in the shape of Henry Tudor, who becomes King Henry VII of England.  What will become of the Morlands now? We will have to read the next novel to find out. Five stars.

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Welcome to my fifth Goodreads Giveaway!


Here is another chance to win a FREE AUTOGRAPHED paperback of THE GILDED CAGE.

What would you do if your husband got locked into a struggle with the King of England? Would you lie to the Queen of England, and beg for an income of one thousand marks a year on behalf of yourself and your children? Even if you knew your husband was a traitor?

Giveaway ends tomorrow, so head on over to Goodreads to sign up! And Good Luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Gilded Cage by Cynthia Sally Haggard

The Gilded Cage

by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Giveaway ends March 28, 2012.

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THE LADY OF THE RIVERS and THWARTED QUEEN are released on the same day

On October 18, 2011, Philippa Gregory published the latest in her cousin’s war series. THE LADY OF THE RIVERS is a portrait of Jacquetta Woodville, mother of Queen Elisabeth Woodville, and mother-in-law to King Edward IV of England. A tale about a remarkable woman who has been long neglected, the novel promises to be an interesting look at the role that sorcery played in the lives of the people of the fifteenth century, just before the witch hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. To read more about Jacquetta, click here. To view the novel on Amazon, click here.

On October 18, 2011, I published my first novel, also set at the time of the Cousin’s War, more commonly known as the War of the Roses. THWARTED QUEEN is a story about another remarkable woman, a person who was almost the exact same age as Jacquetta. This person was the mother of Edward IV, and mother-in-law to Elisabeth Woodville.  Cecylee Neville, Duchess of York is also not that well known, despite the fact that she wielded considerable power, albeit for a short amount of time.  THWARTED QUEEN is a portrait of a woman trapped by power, a marriage undone by betrayal, and a king brought down by fear. To read more about Cecylee, click here. To view the novel on Amazon, click here.

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How to Publish Your Novel: The Year of Cecylee

After nearly a year of pitching agents, I thought I would start this blog so that I can write down what I’m learning about this process, both for myself and for the benefit of other people.

The novel I’m pitching is 120,000-word historical novel titled ONE SEED SOWN, TWO MURDERS REAPED. It is the Richard III story told through the eyes of his mother, Cecylee Neville.

I started in February, sending it out to batches of 15 agents. Out of the 42 agents that I contacted, two were interested. The first agent, from a top-notch New York agency wanted in an exclusive. So, in March 2010, I stopped everything dead to give her that exclusive.

It took her 3 months to read my manuscript. In the end, she didn’t take it. When I asked for feedback, she wouldn’t give it. I understand that agents are swamped with material, but I was not happy that my work was dismissed in this fashion. Unfortunately, we writers have the deck stacked against us, and if agents don’t give us feedback, there is nothing we can do except move on.

Next: I almost get representation.

Image: Cecylee Neville, my protagonist, in the summer of 1441, aged 26, when she met Blaybourne, an archer on the Rouen garrison.

Model: Heather Hayes. Photographer: Whitney Arostegui.

–Cynthia Haggard writes novels.  She is currently seeking representation for ONE SEED SOWN, TWO MURDERS REAPED, the Richard III story told from the point of view of his mother. For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories. (c) 2010. All rights reserved.

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