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Featured Spotlight and Author Takeover

We are welcoming Elizabeth St. John to the web site and to our Facebook group on Monday, November 14th, in a featured highlight and writer takeover day!

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Author Bio:

Elizabeth St.John’s critically acclaimed historic fiction novels inform the tales of her ancestors: extraordinary ladies whose intriguing kinship with England’s kings and queens brings an intimately distinctive perspective to Medieval, Tudor, and Stuart occasions.

Inspired by household archives and residences from Lydiard Park to the Tower of London, Elizabeth spends a lot of her time exploring ancestral portraits, diaries, and misplaced gardens. And encountering the occasional ghost. But that’s one other story.


The Godmother’s Secret

If you knew the destiny of the Princes within the Tower would you inform? Or eternally maintain the key?

May 1483: The Tower of London. When King Edward IV dies and Lady Elysabeth Scrope delivers her younger godson, Edward V, into the Tower of London to organize for his coronation, she is engulfed in political turmoil. Within months, the prince and his brother have disappeared, Richard III is said king, and Elysabeth’s sister Margaret Beaufort conspires together with her son Henry Tudor to invade England and declare the throne.

Desperate to guard her godson, Elysabeth battles the intrigue, betrayal and energy of the final medieval court docket, defying her Yorkist husband and her Lancastrian sister below her godmother’s sacred oath to maintain Prince Edward secure. Bound by blood and hire by honour, Elysabeth is torn between the crown and her household, realizing that if her loyalty is questioned, she is in peril of dropping every thing—together with her life.

Were the princes murdered by their uncle, Richard III? Did Margaret Beaufort mastermind their disappearance to usher within the Tudor dynasty? Or did the younger boys vanish for their very own security? Of anybody on the royal court docket, Elysabeth has probably the most to lose–and probably the most to realize–by protecting secret the destiny of the Princes within the Tower.

Inspired by England’s most enduring historic thriller, Elizabeth St.John blends her household historical past with identified information and centuries of hypothesis to create an intriguing story about what occurred to the Princes within the Tower.

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By Love Divided

London, 1630. Widowed and destitute, Lucy St.John is combating for survival and makes a horrible option to safe a future for her youngsters. Worse nonetheless, her daughter Luce rejects the royal court docket and a rich organized marriage, and falls in love with a charismatic soldier. As England tumbles towards bloody civil conflict, Luce’s beloved brother Allen chooses to combat for the king as a cavalier. Allen and Luce are swept up within the chaos of conflict as they defend their opposing causes and defend these they love.

Will conflict unite or divide them? And will they discover love and a house to return to—in the event that they survive the horror of civil conflict. In the daybreak of England’s nice insurrection, love is the ultimate battleground.

A real story based mostly on surviving memoirs, court docket papers, and letters of Elizabeth St.John’s household, By Love Divided continues the story of Lucy St.John, the Lady of the Tower. This powerfully emotional novel tells of England’s nice divide and the heart-wrenching decisions one household faces.

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The Lady of the Tower

London, 1609. When Lucy St.John, an exquisite highborn orphan on the court docket of King James, is seduced by the Earl of Suffolk, she by no means imagines the highly effective enemy she creates in his beloved sister, the Countess of Rochester. Or that her personal sister Barbara would betray her and power Lucy to depart the court docket in shame. Spirited, educated, and expert in drugs and valuable cures, Lucy fights her manner again into society, and by an sudden love match, turns into mistress of the Tower of London. Living contained in the partitions of the notorious jail, she defies plague, political intrigues and tragic executions to are inclined to aristocratic prisoners and criminals alike.

Now married into the immensely highly effective Villiers household, Barbara unites with the king’s favourite, the Duke of Buckingham, to boost the fortunes of Lucy and her household to dizzying heights. But with nice wealth comes treachery, leaving Lucy to combat for her survival—and her honor—in a world of deceit and debauchery.

Elizabeth St.John’s critically acclaimed debut novel tells the true story of her ancestress Lucy by her household’s surviving diaries, letters, and court docket papers. Lucy’s private friendships with historic figures reminiscent of Sir Walter Raleigh and the Stuart kings brings a singular perspective to the historical past of seventeenth century England.

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Written within the Stars

London, 1649. Horrified eyewitnesses to King Charles’s bloody execution, Royalists Nan Wilmot and Frances Apsley plot to return the king’s exiled son to England’s throne, whereas their radical cousin Luce, the spouse of king-killer John Hutchinson, rejoices within the new republic’s triumph. Nan exploits her high-ranking place as Countess of Rochester to govern England’s nice divide, flouting Cromwell and establishing a Royalist spy community; whereas Frances and her husband Allen be a part of the destitute prince in Paris’s Louvre Palace to help his restoration. As the ladies work from the shadows to topple Cromwell’s regime, their husbands combat brazenly for the throne on England’s bloody battlefields.But will the return of the king be a victory, or destroy all of them? Separated by loyalty and certain by love, Luce, Nan and Frances maintain the destiny of England—and their household—of their arms. A real story based mostly on surviving memoirs of Elizabeth St.John’s household.

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Counterpoint: Barbara, Lady Villiers


Barbara Villiers has at all times despised her sister Lucy, and when Theo Howard, Earl of Suffolk, fell in love together with her, Barbara thought she’d die of jealousy. Instead, she determined to get even by befriending somebody much more scandalous than herself, Theo’s sister, Frances Howard, Countess of Somerset. Unfortunately, Frances was then imprisoned within the Tower of London, accused of homicide, and Barbara needed to discover a method to flip this to her benefit – and proceed her vendetta in opposition to Lucy. A sister could also be loving, loyal, a pricey pal. Or, she could want to destroy every thing you maintain expensive. This is a counterpoint to my novel about Lucy, The Lady of the Tower. Barbara Villiers Palmer is without doubt one of the most well-known courtesans in historical past. Mistress to Charles II and mom of 5 of his youngsters, Lady Castlemaine’s notoriety is known. This is the story of her namesake and grandmother, Barbara St.John Villiers. The apple didn’t fall removed from the tree.

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Counterpoint: Theo, Earl of Suffolk


Theo Howard, Earl of Suffolk is torn. Betrothed to a toddler to fulfill his household dynasty, he longs for the liberty to make his personal selection. And when he attends a lavish celebration at his household’s newly-restored palace, he’s instantly interested in Lucy, an exquisite younger lavender-seller. But on this enchanted world of Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Night Dream, all will not be because it seems. Theo’s headstrong sister Frances is set to sabotage her personal organized marriage, and aided by the crafty of Frances and her pal Barbara St.John, maybe Theo can discover his personal path to happiness and real love.

When I wrote The Lady of the Tower, the story revealed itself within the narrative of my ancestress, Lucy St.John. But, as with all novels, different characters appeared, and their voices grew robust and insistent, demanding their very own story be informed.

A counterpoint is a melody performed at the side of one other, or an opposing viewpoint in an argument. Our lives are complicated, and every considered one of us carries inside us a counterpoint to a different’s story. A person could fall in love and declare everlasting constancy. Or, he could also be tricked into marrying one other. By your sister.

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Counterpoint: Henry, the King’s Cavalier


A person might imagine his life is simply measured by battles fought for the king. Until he meets a girl value combating for.

Henry Wilmot. Cavalier. Seasoned soldier. Grieving widower. On the eve of battle he’s despatched by the king to requisition arms. What he didn’t anticipate was that the provides had been a present from a feisty and engaging widow who was hiding her personal Royalist beliefs in plain sight. Even extra alarming was that his quest took him into the guts of an enemy Parliamentarian family. Will Henry survive the combat of his life? And will Nan bear in mind him if he does?

A counterpoint is a melody performed at the side of one other, or an opposing viewpoint in an argument. Our lives are complicated, and every considered one of us carries inside us a counterpoint to a different’s story.

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Betrayal: Historical Stories

“Loyalty breaks as simply as a silken thread.”

Misplaced belief, energy starvation, emotional blackmail, and greed hang-out twelve characters from post-Roman Britain to the current day. And betrayal by household, lover, comrade might be much more devastating.

Read twelve tales by twelve achieved writers who discover these historic but timeless challenges.

AD455—Roman chief Ambrosius is caught in a whirlpool of shifting allegiances
AD940—Alyeva and cleric Dunstan navigate the risks of the Anglo Saxon court docket
1185—Knight Stephan fights for comradeship, obligation, and honour. But what about love?
1330—The highly effective Edmund of Kent enters a tangled net of intrigue
1403—Thomas Percy should resolve whether or not to betray his sovereign or his household
1457—Estelle is invited to the King of Cyprus’s court docket, however deception awaits
1483—Has Elysabeth made the correct determination to deliver Prince Edward to London?
1484—Margaret Beaufort contemplates the trail to treason
1577—Francis Drake contends with disloyalty at sea
1650—Can James Hart, Royalist highwayman, cease a nemesis destroying his pal?
1718—Pirate Annie Bonny, her lover Calico Jack, and a pirate hunter. Who will win?
1849/current—Carina should uncover her ancestor’s betrayer in Italy or face wreck.

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