News & Notes: Join the Kindle Countdown Deal for THWARTED QUEEN

THWARTED_EbookTo celebrate my birthday and to honor Cecylee’s 598 1/2, I’ve scheduled a Countdown Deal for the Kindle version of THWARTED QUEEN.

You have until November 10 to purchase this for the special price of $1.99. That’s 34% off the regular price.

Soooo, if you are looking for something new to read or want to do your Christmas shopping early, click on this link:

Thanks! And have a wonderful week!

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News & Notes: My blog tour starts today!



To start it with a bang, I’m doing a Goodreads Giveaway. Valued at $18.99, this paperback will be yours for FREE if you enter the giveaway.

Click below to enter for your FREE SIGNED copy of the paperback version of THWARTED QUEEN (all 495 pages).

Good luck and have a wonderful week!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Thwarted Queen by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Thwarted Queen

by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Giveaway ends February 14, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win





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Greetings from Northern California

The view from Lucia


The view from Lucia

The view from Lucia


I hope that you and your loved ones had a safe & happy Holiday Season! I’m just back home from California where my husband and I spent Christmas visiting family and friends. Needless to say, I’ve come down with a heavy cold, so I’ll have to make this short. Just wanted to let you know that I’ll be posting next week, starting with Monday tips on Mondays, Book reviews on Wednesdays, and Internet goodies on Fridays!

Also, just to let you know, I’m taking THWARTED QUEEN on a blog tour, starting February 11. Stay tuned, and have a wonderful January!



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Lady Cecylee wishes to thank one & all for their support this year…


For everyone who’s dropped by to visit me at my Castle on Facebook, I thank you. Christmas can be a stressful time, as well I know. Family members do not always see things in the same way, and the results can make life difficult.

As part of my way of thanking you for your support in the Year of Grace 2012, I thought I would share a Christmas from many years back.

‘Twas the year 1468.

If I told you that my family were forced to sit near the windows where icy fingers of air crept under our heavy clothes to chill our hands and feet, while my daughter in law and her family – her six brothers, her nine sisters with their stolen husbands – were ensconced by the fire, you will understand that our family gathering did not begin well.

If you now imagine how one of the Serpent’s sisters (yes, I referred to my daughter-in-law as a serpent) made unkind comments about my sister Cath, who was married at the great age of sixty-seven years to the Serpent’s nineteen-year-old brother John, you will see why I became angry, though I hid my feelings behind a mask of politeness.

When the Serpent then invited my darling son George to play cards with her, and goaded him into blurting out that he was engaged to be married, you will sympathize with my anxiety on his behalf.

When Edward, the King, expressly forbade George to marry his cousin Bella in front of the whole court, you can empathize with my dismay. For George could not marry without the permission of his brother the King, and yet this was the second prospect Edward had turned down. What was George to do?

I rose to my feet and confronted my eldest son. What followed changed my life forever.

If you wish to read about this Christmas long past, and how my words came to haunt me, please visit my library on Amazon, where I invite you to peruse my memoirs.

Next year, I am taking my memoirs on tour.
I would be delighted to meet you personally. I leave you with some information of that event: Thwarted Queen Tour Banner FINAL

Adieu and God Bless You and Yours


Lady Cecylee de Neville

Duchess of York

Queen by Right



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News & Notes: November 19, 2012


Just wanted to let you know I sent the manuscript of An Unsuitable Suitor off to four agents, and have given them until the end of December to reply. If I don’t hear anything, I’ll be self-publishing it early next year.

Meantime, I’ve rolled out another version of Thwarted Queen, this time the whole version in paperback for $18.99.

I’ll be taking Cecylee on a blog tour early next year in a ongoing effort to promote this novel.

Lastly, I have devised a reader’s guide to Thwarted Queen, which I’ve put right at the back of my paperback editions. For those of you who are interested, I’ve also posted this guide on my website, Spun Stories

Have a fabulous week!

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THWARTED QUEEN is out on Amazon in a new version!


I just wanted to mention that THWARTED QUEEN is now available in its entirety as a paperback, so if you have been holding back on getting your copy, hesitate no more!

If you prefer NOT to read a 495-page novel, then you may buy the THWARTED QUEEN series as a set of 3 paperbacks or 4 e-books. If you have a Kindle or the Kindle app on your iPad or the Nook, you can also get the whole of THWARTED QUEEN in its entirety as an e-book.

THWARTED QUEEN is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree and a finalist for both the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the Global E-book Awards. A perfect gift for a friend or loved one who is dying to read a saga about the Yorks, Nevilles, and Lancasters, and how their family feud began the Wars of the Roses.

A Bookclub recommendation. 


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THWARTED QUEEN has won a B.R.A.G. Medallion!

B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree

I’m having a good weekend! Did you know that THWARTED QUEEN has won a B.R.A.G. Medallion?

B.R.A.G. is an acronym for Book Readers Appreciation Group, a collection of readers, both individuals and from book clubs, located in the United States, Canada and the European Union. Their mission is to recognize quality on the part of those authors who self-publish both print and digital books, because these books rarely get reviews in the New York Times Book Review or other leading sources. I am delighted that they chose THWARTED QUEEN to be honored in this way. To find out more about B.R.A.G. and the work they do, please click here.

Have a fabulous Sunday!

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THWARTED QUEEN is Under the Spotlight on AuthorsAnon!


Did you know that my latest interview about Cecylee is up on AuthorsAnon? Please click here to find.

AuthorsAnon is one of those great websites where authors and readers meet. It also has a list of agents, editors and publishers who are interested in first novels. So dust off that manuscript now!!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

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I’m going to my first Historical Novel Society conference!

If any of you happen to be near London this weekend, you have a chance to meet Lady Cecylee!

She is going to be at the banquet given Saturday night, September 29, at the Historical Novel Society. (We’ve all been encouraged to dress up, so I’ll be donning my Ren Faire gown and channeling my favorite character.)

Have a wonderful weekend!


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Monday Tips: Promote your novel by entering competitions

As part of my marketing strategy, I sent THWARTED to every prize I could think of once it was published. My source for prizes were Poets & Writer’s database of contests (and grants) and a newsletter put out by C. Hope Clark called Funds for Writers.

On the one occasion when I surfed the internet to find a contest, boy did I get a nasty surprise. I signed up for International Book Awards, paying $69 via Paypal. Then I tried to send my work. Over the course of the next week, I tried around 5 different email addresses. I discovered that the company who’d taken my money was called JPX media with an address in LA. Naturally, they didn’t have a phone number. After initiating a dispute with Paypal, I got my money back. But I never did receive an explanation or apology.

This is another way of saying that C. Hope Clark’s newsletter and Poet & Writer’s database are solid gold. I’ve never had a problem with them, and I don’t think you would too.



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