The July Buzz was so successful I’ve decided to extend it, and change some things. THWARTED QUEEN will still be offered at $2.99, a more than 70% discount from its original price of $9.99. But I have decided to discontinue the e-series THE BRIDE PRICE, ONE SEED SOWN, THE GILDED CAGE and TWO MURDERS REAPED. The reason? Because I think I am confusing my readers about my novel. And I would also like everyone to try and read Cecylee’s life in its entirety.
As before, my 3-volume THWARTED QUEEN series ROSE OF RABY, THE GILDED CAGE and TWO MURDERS REAPED will be offered at $9.99 each. Sorry, everyone, but paperbacks are expensive to produce!
If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave in the comment box. Have a wonderful week!
I am offering THWARTED QUEEN and her daughters, THE BRIDE PRICE, ONE SEED SOWN, THE GILDED CAGE and TWO MURDERS REAPED for steep discounts during the month of July! Each volume is now offered for 99 CENTS and THWARTED QUEEN (Lady Cecylee’s memoirs in their entirety) is offered for $2.99! This new pricing represents discounts of between 50 to 70 PERCENT OFF the original price.
Sale should start at 3pm PST Tuesday July 3 (subject to availability on Amazon and other distro sites).
So, if you have an e-reader and you haven’t read TQ or her daughters, hurry to get your copy BEFORE the sale ends July 31!
PLEASE NOTE: These discounts ONLY APPLY to the e-versions of the book. ROSE OF RABY and the paperback versions of THE GILDED CAGE and TWO MURDERS REAPED will continue to be priced at $9.99 each. Sorry, everyone, but it’s expensive to produce paperbacks!
I want to thank you all for your support during my recent giveaway. Over EIGHT HUNDRED of you requested TWO MURDERS REAPED. And two hundred and twenty-three of you have put it onto your to-read list. Thank you for your support!
The winner of this giveaway is Kelley of Michigan, who will get a SIGNED COPY of MURDERS.
Just wanted you all to know that TWO MURDERS REAPED, Book Four of my series THWARTED QUEEN has been shortlisted for the First Horizon Award. First Horizon is an award presented under the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella for superior work by debut authors.
TWO MURDERS REAPED is the story of the last 35 years of the life of Lady Cecylee Neville (1415-1495), after her husband’s death. For those of you who enjoyed Anne Easter Smith’s novel which takes us up to Richard of York’s death, this book finishes the story:
What would you do if you had to decide between your son or your two grandsons? Who lives? Who is murdered?
Meet Cecylee Neville (1415-1495) mother to two Kings of England, who brings us the family saga of the Yorks, Lancasters & Nevilles whose family feud started the Wars of the Roses.
Here is another chance to win a FREE AUTOGRAPHED paperback of TWO MURDERS REAPED, the story of the last 35 years of Cecylee’s life. Find out what Cecylee got up to after the death of her husband. Giveaway ends tomorrow, so head on over to Goodreads to sign up! And Good Luck!
Congratulations Jessica on winning an autographed copy of TWO MURDERS REAPED. It will be winging its way to you Monday (when I have a chance to visit the Post Office). My guess is that it should arrive at the end of the week.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
For those of you who missed this giveaway, another one will start next week. Stay tuned!
It is 10:29 AM PST as I sit down to write this. Which makes it 1:29 PM EST and 6:29 PM (or 18:29 if you prefer). You have FIVE AND A HALF hours if you live in England, TEN AND A HALF hours is if you live on the East Coast and THIRTEEN AND A HALF hours if you live on the West Coast.
Time to get cracking on getting that all-important-present for your nearest & dearest. If you’re looking for a historical novel that combines a family feud with a love-affair that puts the legitimacy of the current Queen of England into doubt, written by a complete unknown, look no further than THWARTED QUEEN!
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Publisher’s Weekly Listing of THWARTED QUEEN, April 2013:
Thwarted Queen: A Saga About the Yorks, Lancasters and Nevilles
Cynthia Sally Haggard. Spun Stories Press, $18.99 paper (495p), ISBN 978-1-4801-5539-8; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9848169-1-0
As the Hundred Years War comes to an end and the War of the Roses is about to begin, the wife of Richard, duke of York, bears a son after a love affair. Here is a portrait of a woman trapped by power, a marriage undone by betrayal, and a king brought down by fear.
Kirkus Review of THWARTED QUEEN, March 2013:
Cecylee Neville is 9 years old when she’s betrothed to Richard Plantagenet, the Duke of York. Years after they marry, an affair she has one night leads to the birth of an illegitimate heir, an event that alters the course of history. As King Henry VI of Lancaster descends into madness, the house of York—comprised of Cecylee’s husband and, later, her sons Edward, Richard and George—begins a long, hard-fought campaign, often marked by betrayal, to win the throne of
England for themselves.
Through careful, comprehensive research, Haggard creates a world rooted deeply in fact that’s also rich with dramatic detail. Descriptions of Henry’s descent into madness are particularly striking, as are the myriad relationships and duplicities that shaped the era, ultimately causing the war, which unfold intimately as Haggard couples fact with the affecting personal details.
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A Book Geek: review of THWARTED QUEEN
“I would heartily recommend Thwarted Queen to anyone who enjoys historical fiction particularly those who enjoy the history aspect to historical fiction.”
A Chick Who Reads review of THWARTED QUEEN:
“From the very start, this book captured my interest. Its a weighty book, about 440 pages give or take, and I read it in 2 days. I got a wonderfully entertaining history lesson from Cynthia Sally Haggard.”
Ageless Pages review of THWARTED QUEEN
“For a novel that clocks in at nearly 500 pages, THWARTED QUEEN was a surprisingly fast and easy read. Once Cecylee got her foot in the door, she was impossible to ignore.”
Flashlight Commentary review of THWARTED QUEEN:
“Meticulously researched and easy to follow, Thwarted Queen is an exceptional period piece, a must read for anyone interested in medieval monarchs, royal intrigue and the intense passions of those who sought the English crown.”
Luxury Reading review of THWARTED QUEEN:
“If you’re a lover of historical fiction, you will love this tale, especially if you’re interested in British history. I really enjoyed reading this, and would read it again.”
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"People have declaimed against luxury for two thousand years, in verse and prose, and people have always delighted in it."
— Voltaire (Philosophical Dictionary)
"It is the Land of Truth (enchanted name!), surrounded by a wide and stormy ocean, the true home of ILLUSION where many a fog bank and ice that soon melts away tempt us to believe in new lands, while constantly deceiving the adventurous mariner with vain hopes and involving him in adventures which he can never leave, yet never bring to an end."
— Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason)
"Man is a rational animal. So at least we have been told. Throughout a long life I have searched diligently for evidence in favor of this statement. So far, I have not had the good fortune to come across it."
— Bertrand Russell (Unpopular Essays)
“Not all superstitions are dark and cruel. I once received a communication from the god Osiris. He was living at that time in a suburb of Boston.”
— Bertrand Russell (Unpopular Essays)
“Once upon a time there lived in Berlin, Germany, a man called Albinus. He was rich, respectable, happy; one day he abandoned his wife for the sake of a youthful mistress; he loved; was not loved; and his life ended in disaster. This is the whole of the story and we might have left it at that had there not been profit and pleasure in the telling; and although there is plenty of space on a gravestone to contain, bound in moss, the abridged version of a man's life, detail is always welcome.”
— Vladimir Nabokov (Laughter in the Dark)
“Too much detail can have a distancing effect.”
— Wesley Stace (Charles Jessold)
“Tomorrow is another day.”
— Margaret Mitchell (Gone with the Wind)
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