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The winner of my fourth Goodreads Giveaway is…Hsa De of New York!

Everyone,

I want to thank you all for your support during my recent giveaway. Over SEVEN HUNDRED of you requested TWO MURDERS REAPED!!

The winner of this giveaway is Hsa De of New York, who will get a SIGNED COPY of MURDERS.

Enjoy & have a great weekend!

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Two Murders Reaped by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Two Murders Reaped

by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Giveaway ends March 25, 2012.

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at Goodreads.

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Welcome to my fourth Goodreads Giveaway!

Everyone,

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!

 

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Two Murders Reaped by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Two Murders Reaped

by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Giveaway ends March 25, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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The winner of my first Goodreads Giveaway is…Jessica from Colorado

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Two Murders Reaped by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Two Murders Reaped

by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Giveaway ends March 02, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


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.

Best wishes,

For those of you who missed this giveaway, another one will start next week. Stay tuned!

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Welcome to my first YouTube Video

Finally, I’ve done it.

After TWO MONTHS of trying, I have a video on YouTube that explains how I first started to write about Cecylee.

After two months of learning about lighting, photography, writing movie scripts, learning how to control a video camera so that the result doesn’t give your audience a headache…

Well,here it is. Her ladyship is delighted!

 

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To all those procrastinators out there:

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!

Please go to the Navbar, click on “Books” and then click on “Thwarted”.  Or look to the right and click on an image under “Titles Available”.

Or go to my Amazon author page.

If you like reading about Lady Cecylee, please say so on Amazon! Her ladyship will be delighted.

Happy Holidays to Everyone, and my best wishes for a safe, happy & healthy New Year!


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Another Announcement!

Everyone,

Excuse me for not writing a proper post today. I’m busily putting my novels, THE BRIDE PRICE, ONE SEED SOWN, THE GILDED CAGE and TWO MURDERS REAPED on CreateSpace. I hope to have the paperbacks out sometime next week.

Meanwhile, here is a screenshot of the cover for THE BRIDE PRICE to whet your appetite.

Have a great weekend!

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I get scooped

There are two kinds of historical novels, those which are about a real person from the past, and those which are about fictional characters set into an historical context.  Although agents prefer novels written about real people, the risk you take in writing such a novel is that someone else may have the exact same idea, and beat you to publication.

This has happened to me.

As you know, I have been trying to sell my novel ONE SEED SOWN, TWO MURDERS REAPED, which is about Cecily Neville, Richard III’s mother. On Wednesday, I learned that Anne Easter Smith is to come out with a novel about Cecily titled QUEEN BY RIGHT.

Needless to say, I was very upset. Right now, I am a complete unknown who has failed to get the attentions of an agent, even though I have been trying to do so for a year. How I would have loved it if I had been first!

But this is the difference between being published and unpublished. Ms. Smith has three novels under her belt, which have sold moderately well. She has an agent. She has an editor. She has a publishing house. All she has to do is write, and I have to say she has worked with commendable efficiency to get a 500-page historical out in 18 months.

So what am I going to do about this?

I am going to wait.

I am going to stop promoting ONE SEED.

I am going to start promoting another novel I’ve completed, HE MUST BE SOMEONE, set in 1921 in Georgetown Washington DC, and Berlin Germany, which is a novel about identity, forbidden love and family secrets that takes us into the life of a gifted violinist.

I am going to buy QUEEN BY RIGHT when it comes out on May 3rd, and read it. I will probably write a book review to post on this blog. And I will hope that her novel does well, because if it does then I will have an audience eager to read another novel about Cecily.  Stay tuned.

Image: A photo of the model Heather Hayes posing as Cecily Neville. Photographer: Whitney Arostegui.

–Cynthia Haggard writes novels.  She is currently seeking representation for HE MUST BE SOMEONE,  a novel about identity, forbidden love and family secrets. For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories. (c) 2011. All rights reserved.

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I enter the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

After receiving numerous rejections from agents who’ve passed on ONE SEED SOWN, TWO MURDERS REAPED, the story of Richard III’s mother Cecily Neville, I decided that the time had come to try something different. Last Sunday, I stayed up until just past Midnight, so that I could submit ONE SEED for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The judges wanted not only the complete MSS, but also an author bio, a synopsis, an excerpt of between 3,000 to 5,000 words and a 300-word pitch.

I spent all day Sunday working away on that pitch, asking friends and family for their help, because that 300 words is all they read to start with, and is crucial to getting you into the second round. If you get there, then they’ll read your excerpt. My excerpt was exactly 5,000 words long and comprises the first two chapters of ONE SEED. Chapter One shows Cecily being sold into a marriage she doesn’t want at the tender age of nine. Chapter Two shows Cecily with her mother and other female relations, chatting, sewing and reading Chaucer. The point of that chapter is to ground the reader in who Cecily is and the influences that molded her before she became famous.

I hope they like reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. If they like the excerpt, you get into the quarter-final round, where they read the whole excerpt. I’m crossing my fingers that I get into the quarter-final round.  Stay tuned.

–Cynthia Haggard writes novels.  She is currently seeking representation for ONE SEED SOWN, TWO MURDERS REAPED, the story Richard III’s mother Cecily Neville. For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories. (c) 2011. All rights reserved.

Next: What I’m learning in an online course in Self-Editing and Revision.

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I sign up for Unicorn Writers’ Conference

As I mentioned in a previous blog, my goal at the end of 2010 was to try and find an agent for my first novel ONE SEED SOWN, TWO MURDERS REAPED. While I had received some expressions of interest, by December 2010, no agent had signed a contract with me. I decided that my goal for 2011 would be to try and get my second novel HE MUST BE SOMEONE to an agent, while continuing to send ONE SEED around.

HE MUST BE SOMEONE is a very different novel from ONE SEED. While ONE SEED is set during the period of the Wars of the Roses, and is the Richard III story told from the point of view of his mother, SOMEONE is set in 1922, and is the story of a young woman who goes to Berlin to study violin (based upon the true story of my violin teacher).

When stylish widow, Angelina Pagano Miller, invites a potential suitor to supper one  evening, things don’t go as planned. To Angelina’s chagrin, the mysterious dark-eyed stranger finds her seventeen-year-old daughter Grace more appealing.  Angelina seeks revenge by trying to find out who her daughter’s suitor is, but her efforts are derailed by her sudden death.

Grace and her sister Violet are hustled out of town, and finally wind up in Berlin, where Grace, a gifted violinist, is accepted as a student by one of the foremost violin teacher of the day. Grace dreams of having a career as a soloist, but inadvertently acquires two other suitors. What should she do? Should she pursue a career as a violinist, or should she marry? And if she does marry, which one will it be?  It is hard for Grace to decide, as she feels drawn to each of her suitors in turn. Finally, she shocks her family (and creates a minor international incident) by disappearing on the eve of her marriage to her aristocratic suitor, Count von Lietzow.  Where is Grace, and why did she flee?

I needed to get some feedback on this MSS, and so I looked around for various writing conferences that occur during the spring, so that I would just have time to fix up the MSS to send off to Squaw Valley, which occurs in August. I stumbled upon The Unicorn Writer’s Conference, which is going to take place in a castle in Portland CT. What I liked about this conference is the fact not only do they have interesting sessions to attend, but for a little bit extra you can sign up for a one-on-one with a speaker, an agent and an editor.  I lost no time in signing up!  The conference takes place on Saturday April 9. Stay tuned.

Next:  Why writing conferences are important.

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–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) 2011. All rights reserved.

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