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An Update

I just realized that I haven't been on Booklikes almost all year. I could make all sorts of excuses about commitments that I regret making and writing projects begun and discarded. Instead, I will start anew with an update and the hope that I can rejoin the ranks of loyal bibliophiles here.


Without wasting time (or any more than has already been wasted) on my discarded WIP, I can tell you that I have a new project in the works with high hopes for a 2020 publication date.


It has nothing to do with Tudors. Or Plantagenets.


Instead, I've taken a trip to Ottawa, Illinois. My next book takes me to an entirely different time and place, shedding some light on the dial painters of the early twentieth century and their fate to die of radium poisoning.


If you haven't heard of the radium girls before, you will be shocked by their story!


Plantagenet Princess Tudor Queen available on NetGalley

Source: http://netgal.ly/otqKp3

Happy Coronation Day Queen Mary I

I have written for EHFA about the coronation of Queen Mary I. Whatever one things of 'Bloody Mary,' she made history on this day in 1553 when she became England's first queen regnant.


Queen of Martyrs is also only 99c today in celebration!


Source: http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2018/10/coronation-of-queen-mary-i.html

It's Who You Know

I've written a little post about Reginald Pole's circle of friends that includes a quick excerpt from Prince of York.

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2018/09/its-who-you-know.html

The Colour of Murder by Toni Mount

I have mostly stopped reviewing here on Booklikes due to the fact that the books I read seem to never be in the database. For a while I was adding the ones I read, but, honestly, it just doesn't seem worth it.


Anyway, I wanted to share this review even though the book does not show up here. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, and The Colour of Murder is no exception.


This series just keeps getting better! My love for these books began because of the main character, Sebastian Foxley. He is easy to admire and care for, even if his head is sometimes lost in the clouds - or in a painting. The kind, devout Seb is the perfect counter to his ruffian brother, Jude, and shrewish wife, Emily. Sometimes, I want to hop into the story and say, 'Hey, you two! Be nice to Sebastian!'

The Colour of Murder has a more complex plot than the previous books without sacrificing the character development that initially drew me in. Sebastian is wrapped up in not one murder but two, and there are those in important places who wish to add him to that number. The drama of Edward IV's reign unfolds as the Foxleys carry on everyday life of betrothals and scriveners' work. As always, this book has the perfect balance of medieval life and mystery.

The author gets a bit darker with this book than the previous ones. I wondered if we would get through the book with all of our major characters intact as the crimes hit quite close to home. Sebastian gains powerful enemies and hears secrets that he can't unlearn. On the other hand, we have bright moments of romance between Rose and Jude. Our hard-hearted, or at least hard-headed, Jude even has a prayer answered, though one has to wonder if he will recognize it as such. There is worship - gets me every time when Sebastian sings in church. And comedy, surprisingly also having to do with Sebastian singing in church...… You'll have to read it to find out.

Another dark and unexpected aspect of this book sure to rile some readers is the author's treatment of Elizabeth and Anthony Woodville. Having written about Elizabeth myself, I understand she is a woman with many facets. Five hundred years later, it is difficult to know which characterizations of her are most truthful. Mount has done an excellent job of exploring one possibility that is not necessarily sympathetic to the controversial queen.

Plenty of unexpected twists kept me captivated and reading well beyond the time I had planned, and now I eagerly await The Colour of Death coming out later this month.

Another Missing Son of York

The Princes in the Tower are not the only sons of York to disappear from the Tower of London. Henry Pole suffered the same fate as his cousins sixty years later.


Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2018/09/another-missing-son-of-york.html

Defying Henry VIII: Elizabeth Barton

Was the Holy Maid of Kent a prophetess or a fraud?


Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2018/08/defying-henry-viii-elizabeth-barton.html

Novellas in Paperback!

For those who have been patiently waiting, the paperback volume of my novellas is here!



This paperback edition includes:

The Last Lancastrian: A Story of Margaret Beaufort

Once a Queen: A Story of Elizabeth Woodville


Prince of York: A Story of Reginald Pole

Source: http://mybook.to/Novellas

New Release! Prince of York: A Story of Reginald Pole

I am so excited for this day! Reginald Pole has been the most fascinating person that I have had the pleasure to study. I admire him in so many ways, and, while part of me wishes he had been a bit more ambitious, another part has to admit that is one of the characteristics that makes him so honorable. I hope that you enjoy reading this novella as much as I enjoyed writing it!




Source: http://mybook.to/PrinceOfYork

Defying Henry VIII: Evil May Day Rioters

Don't like the king's economic policies? Better keep that to yourself!


Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2018/07/defying-henry-viii-evil-may-day-rioters.html

Still here....sort of

Hello, friends! I owe you all an apology because I have done a horrible job of keeping up with things here on Booklikes lately. Between kids, house, writing - you know, life - this blog has fallen through the cracks, and I miss you all!


Since I can't promise that things are getting better anytime soon, I wanted to at least invite you all to follow/friend me on other platforms where I do a better job of staying active (a little better at least).


My blog: https://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlantagenetEmbers/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samantha_wilcoxson/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carpe_librum


Unfortunately, I haven't been doing much reviewing, so following me on Goodreads won't gain you much. If you'd like to, I'm here: https://www.goodreads.com/samanthajw. My lack of reviewing is a combination of lack of time and need to censor myself. It is definitely frowned upon for a writer to tear apart another writer's work, and I've seen too many people review books by fellow indie authors and give them reviews that they don't deserve. I get it. It's a tough road. But I am not willing to give 5-stars to a book that hasn't earned it, so I just keep my mouth shut.


Another item is the book club that I have started here (http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/10/more-historical-than-fiction). It has gone inactive, but if anyone is interested in reviving and admining it, I'm happy to turn it over.


I hope everyone is having an amazing summer! Happy reading!

Girl on a Train by AJ Waines

Girl on a Train - Author's Republic, A.J. Waines, Melissa Chambers

A glimpse at the reviews for this book tells me that many people are 'tricked' into reading it due to it's similarity to The Girl on the Train. I realized my mistake about a quarter of the way through listening to this audiobook and decided that I liked it enough to continue.

The most clever thing about this book might be the decision to name it almost the same thing as a famous bestseller, but the plot is also quite intricate - to the point where it becomes implausible. I enjoyed the character development and style of writing that made this book play like a movie in my head. If I found the final reveal a bit much, it did take me by surprise. If you happen to accidentally pick it up, I recommend sticking with it. ;-)

Defying Henry VIII: Edward Stafford

Did the Duke of Buckingham really commit treason?


Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2018/06/defying-henry-viii-edward-stafford.html

Defying Henry VIII: Thomas More

Next up: Thomas More


Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2018/05/defying-henry-viii-thomas-more.html

Defying Henry VIII: Richard de la Pole

Next in the new series!

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2018/05/defying-henry-viii-richard-de-la-pole.html