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Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

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They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-45
Milton Sanford Mayer
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Jacques Philippe

Day 4: The not so illustrious marriages of the Pole children

Day 4! Margaret Pole did her best to arrange what should have been advantageous matches for her children, but you know what they say about the best laid plans.

 

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2016/08/not-so-illustrious-marriages-of-pole.html

Day 3: Long Live the King!

The accession of Henry VIII was a turning point in Margaret's life . . . . at first for the better. Read about it in this excerpt from Faithful Traitor.

 

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2016/07/long-live-king.html

Kenobi by John Jackson Miller

Kenobi - John Jackson Miller

I'll be far from anywhere, and alone, with nothing but my regrets to keep me company. If only there were a place to hide from those.

Following the devastation of Episode III, this novel gives us a glimpse of everyone's favorite (well, at least he's my favorite) Jedi master as he struggles to determine the new path for his life. He makes his way to Tatooine, the planet he has decided is the best place for Luke Skywalker to grow up in obscurity. Obi-Wan believes Anikan to be dead, along with almost everyone else he has ever known. He also believes that he has a relatively simple mission: to protect the Lars family and live quietly.

 

However, Obi-Wan, who begins giving his name as 'Ben', and Jedi in general have never been very good at quiet living. About the moment his boot hits the scorching sand, he finds himself in the middle of battles between settlers and Sand People, schemes involving the Hutts, and an accidental romance. He just cannot resist saving the day, and what Tatooine lady can resist the handsome stranger who always seems to be there when she needs him most?

 

This is when Ben realizes that living as a hermit may not be as simple as he anticipated. He has long lived without romantic love but as a part as a thriving community. Now he must learn how to do without both.

 

What does it mean to be a Jedi alone?

 

Being the hero draws far too much attention his way, and he knows that it is impossible for him to marry and have a family, even if a small part of him longs for that kind of life. After tying up the strings of the drama he discovered upon arrival, Ben recommits himself to Luke's protection and letting go of the heroic impulses that come so naturally to him. The seeds that grow into 'Crazy Old Ben' are planted, and Obi-Wan is buried.

 

It is bittersweet - for Ben, for the woman he rejects, for the reader - to see him reduced and left alone with his regrets and ghosts. 

Sketch Ideas

I thought it would be easier to create a new post for this, but these are my ideas for having a sketch made for my Kindle Box Set cover. After spending a couple of hours looking, I think I'll have to have someone draw up an image. Here are some images that I thought I might use as examples. (I gave them numbers to simplify discussion.)

 

#1  What I would really want (except with white roses):

 

Some sample sketches:

#2

 

#3

 

#4

 

#5  This one would also need simpler white roses:

 

#6  Another illuminated manuscript, maybe I could have someone draw something from these roses:

 

Any thoughts on these? I was also considering requesting large white roses with a few small red roses too. I mean, if I am having something custom made anyway.....

 

Thanks again! You guys are an awesome author support team!

Day 2: Who Was Richard Pole?

Henry VII arranged for Margaret to be married to a loyal supporter when she was approximately 15-years-old, but what do we know about Sir Richard Pole?

 

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2016/09/who-was-richard-pole.html

Day 1: Margaret's Wild Ride on Fortune's Wheel

There is a certain execution that gets a lot of attention every May, so I thought I'd do my own countdown to the anniversary of Margaret Pole's death instead. For the first day, an article at EHFA.

 

Source: http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2016/05/margaret-poles-wild-ride-on-fortunes.html

Update 24%

Kenobi - John Jackson Miller

Stop trying to distract me from my work, Obi-Wan! 

What if Mary Hadn't Burned Heretics

It is the defining decision of her reign, but what if she hadn't done it?

 

https://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2017/05/what-if-mary-hadnt-burned-heretics.html

 

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2017/05/what-if-mary-hadnt-burned-heretics.html

Asking for advice again

Updated: How about this:

 

 

 

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I am working on making my trilogy available as a Kindle box set and am undecided what to do about a cover. Should I have someone design something new or use something like this that displays all three existing covers?

 

Thanks for your feedback!

 

 

 

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

The Secret Chord: A Novel - Geraldine Brooks

I greatly admire Brooks' works and the voice she gives to historical characters, so I looked forward to seeing what she would do with the Biblical King David. Considering the drama of David's life, this novel was surprisingly uninteresting. 

 

Told from the point-of-view of the prophet Nathan, David's life is full of contradictions that are not fully explained. He seems much more an irreverent philanderer than the "man after God's own heart." Of course, David had his issues, but he doesn't seem to have any positive attributes in this portrayal of him, leading the reader to wonder why God would have chosen him at all.

 

It doesn't seem to be a question that Nathan ever considers, though he does take it upon himself to ensure that David's son, Solomon, becomes a better man than his father. I enjoyed the part of the book with Nathan mentoring the young future king.

 

This novel closely follows the Biblical account of David with many additional graphic sexual encounters that I could have done without. Some Christians will undoubtedly be offended by the author's decisions regarding some of David's relationships, but I was not particularly surprised by any of it. Even with the scandalous attempts to add to David's known story, I found this book a bit bland. Definitely disappointing coming from an author of such great skill.

Goodreads Giveaway

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/235997-queen-of-martyrs-the-story-of-mary-i

 

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/235997-queen-of-martyrs-the-story-of-mary-i

From Roses to Tudors

Wayne Turmel has interviewed me for his blog today - and made the connection between life with three teenagers to the Wars of the Roses. lol

Source: http://wayneturmel.com/2017/05/from-roses-to-tudors-samantha-wilcoxson

Update: Page 183 of 445

Kingmaker: Broken Faith - Toby Clements

A Private Moment Between Henry & Elizabeth

Tony Riches is my guest today with an excerpt from his latest novel, Henry.

 

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2017/05/a-private-moment-between-henry-and.html

May the Fourth be with you!

Not My White Princess

Yeah, I went there....

 

New on the blog today: Not My White Princess

 

 

 

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2017/05/not-my-white-princess.html