T’was a month before Christmas…

T’was a month before Christmas,
And all through the town,
People wore masks,
That covered their frown.
The frown had begun
Way back in the Spring,
When a global pandemic
Changed everything.
They called it corona,
But unlike the beer,
It didn’t bring good times,
It didn’t bring cheer.
Contagious and deadly,
This virus spread fast,
Like a wildfire that starts
When fueled by gas.
Airplanes were grounded,
Travel was banned.
Borders were closed
Across air, sea and land.
As the world entered lockdown
To flatten the curve,
The economy halted,
And folks lost their nerve.
From March to July
We rode the first wave,
People stayed home,
They tried to behave.
When summer emerged
The lockdown was lifted.
But away from caution,
Many folks drifted.
Now it’s November
And cases are spiking,
Wave two has arrived,
Much to our disliking.
Frontline workers,
Doctors and nurses,
Try to save people,
From riding in hearses.
This virus is awful,
This COVID-19.
There isn’t a cure.
There is no vaccine.
It’s true that this year
Has had sadness a plenty,
We’ll never forget
The year 2020.
And just ‘round the corner –
The holiday season,
But why be merry?
Is there even one reason?
To decorate the house
And put up the tree,
When no one will see it,
No-one but me.
But outside my window
The snow gently falls,
And I think to myself,
Let’s deck the halls!
So, I gather the ribbon,
The garland and bows,
As I play those old carols,
My happiness grows.
Christmas ain’t cancelled
And neither is hope.
If we lean on each other,
I know we can cope.
Copy and Paste. Too good not to steal 🎄🎄🎄

Talking Tudors

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Shared courtesy of Natalie Grueninger & On The Tudor Trail:

Lucy Churchill’s astonishing reconstruction of The Moost Happi portrait medal is one of my most treasured possessions. It’s unquestionably the most true-to-life image of Anne Boleyn that we have, which is why I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that it’s December’s #TalkingTudors patron prize! In addition to the plaque, the lucky winner will also receive two portrait medal magnets, one bronze and one brass. Both the plaques and medal magnets are individually hand-cast in England and are simply exquisite. If you love the podcast and have been considering supporting the work I do, then this is the perfect time to join!

All patrons will be included in the draw. I look forward to welcoming you to the patron family!*A HUGE thank you to Lucy Churchill for sponsoring this incredible prize!


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Ultimate Tudor Christmas Package 🎄

Perfect for yourself or for the Tudor History lover in your life!

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Kathryn Holeman is back with her 2020 edition of the Ultimate Tudor Christmas Package! Maybe it’s the year or her product line but this gift box is so full that she could barely fit all of the items into one photo. This limited edition package includes $175 worth of Tudor treasures for only $100 USD. It’s gift wrapped with care using Kathryn’s illustrated Tudor pattern paper and ships for free within the United States. She also offers low international flat rate shipping.

Visit KathrynHoleman.Etsy.com to order.

The 2020 Ultimate Tudor Christmas Package includes:

• 1 limited edition Anne Boleyn or Elizabeth I ornament.

• 1 Tudor mug (choose from 3)

• 1 copy of Colouring History: Tudor Queens and Consorts with a set of 12 color pencils

• 1 Tudor 285-piece puzzle

• 2 Tudor Queen bookmarks

• 2 Tudor notepads with illustrations based on a book of hours once…

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About Anne Boleyn…

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Suzannah Lipscomb exclaims, “What a fun and beautiful gift for Anne Boleyn fans! But what is unexpectedly joyful about it is how elegantly and intelligently the commentaries are written, how scholarly the research that underpins them, and what empathy and imagination they show. This can be given to any true history lover, knowing that their hands, hearts, and minds will be fully engaged.”

The incentive for writing the Queen Anne Boleyn Paper Doll Book was born from a deep desire to lend agency to a woman who lived nearly 500 years ago: Anne Boleyn. What the creator Rebecca Monet eventually discovered in research was both maddening and fascinating.

In fact, when shelooked up the timeline of Anne Boleyn’s life, the primary source did not include the apparently little known of — yet highly formative — years Anne spent away from England on “the continent.” Yet, it was there — at…

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❤️ Pre-order this fairy tale boxset, get free stories, recipes, character intros & more! It’s magic! 

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❤️Once you’ve pre-ordered, get your free books here!

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Get all 10 books pictured with proof of purchase plus:
• An Encyclopedia of Characters and Creatures in the set
• A Once Upon Another World Journal
• A Coloring Book inspired by the Novels in the set

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Get all 10 books pictured with proof of purchase plus:
• A Once Upon Another World Spell Book
• A Recipe Book inspired by the Novels
• A Calendar of all the Book Covers in the Box Set

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Get all 10 books pictured with proof of purchase plus:
• A Once Upon Another World Reader’s Log

Free stories include my short story, DESIRE

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Dr Maggie Ross has a magical career as a world renowned American and European Folklorist, but her personal life is a mess.

A random business visit to her hometown of Chattanooga introduces her to a decayed journal–a Cinderella story of a girl from the pre-Civil War Era. The captivating diary compels Maggie to begin writing her own fictional tale-she needs a happy ending. She returns to Atlanta alone and lonely, as she prepares to teach her grad students.

The night before class starts, she has a dream of a beautiful stranger, a man who tells her that she is his heart’s desire. The experience is so vivid it makes Maggie curious. She knows from her career that fairy tales reveal a hidden secret.

She has to know…What if dreams become real?

If you love fairy tales and time travel romance with a twist of suspense, you will love Desire, the prequel to the novel, I’ll See You In My Dreams.


Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen

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KH2Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen: Review by Samantha Yorke

From the publisher: Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir tells the tragic story of Henry VIII’s fifth wife, a nineteen-year-old beauty with a hidden past, in this fifth novel in the sweeping Six Tudor Queens series.

In the spring of 1540, Henry VIII, desperate to be rid of his queen, Anna of Kleve, first sets eyes on the enchanting Katheryn Howard. Although the king is now an ailing forty-nine-year-old measuring fifty-four inches around his waist, his amorous gaze lights upon the pretty teenager. Seated near him intentionally by her ambitious Catholic family, Katheryn readily succumbs to the courtship.

Henry is besotted with his bride. He tells the world she is a rose without a thorn, and extols her beauty and her virtue. Katherine delights in the pleasures of being queen and the power she has to do good to others…

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Once Upon Another World

Good morning! Time to pre-order the box set Once Upon Another World. Several other authors and I have joined forces to launch this 99c box set of twisted fairy tales. It’s magic! The early buzz is that this is destined to be a USA Today Bestseller, and I love that. Let’s wish upon a star and see if dreams really do come true!
Look for my featured novella Gypsy Moondust Daydream – the first original fiction I’ve published in over three years.


Not all fairy tales are as they appear.

Was it actually Red who hunted the wolf? What if the prince was the one in distress? Did the straw really get spun into gold? How well did those glass slippers truly fit?

Where princesses do their own rescuing, princes aren’t who they first appear to be, and beasts are friends, not foe—and maybe something more…

With stories spanning from true love’s kiss to reverse harem, skyscrapers to ancient castles, sweet romance to steamy nights, these alluring tales will satisfy readers of fantasy and romance alike.

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Discover 22 twisted fairy tales with a happily ever after unlike anything you’ve ever read before.

Authors included in the box set are: Monique Singleton, Joel Crofoot, Sloane Murphy, Zack Hacker, D.E. Chapman, Erin McFadden & K.L. Bone, Cinnamon Worth, Jaclyn Roche, L.R.W. Lee, JB Trepagnier, Silvana G. Sanchez, Cassidy K. O’Connor, Jude Cocaigne, M.L. Garza, Aldrea Alien, Amari Ara Dreamer, D.C. Gambel, Trinity Hanrahan & Krista Ames, K.A. Fox, Christa Ann, and Ashlee Nicole Bye

Thanks so much for your support!

Once Upon Another World

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One of my stories – currently called Gypsy Moondust Daydreams is going to be in the ONCE UPON ANOTHER WORLD box set & I believe you will love it. Included with other magical stories, you’ll find my erotic fable which entwines romance, a mystery that involves Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, the Russian Tsars and time travel.

Oh, and a rockstar plus trains in 1873 Chattanooga.

If it’s time travel, gotta have trains, right?

So if you love twisted fairy tales, please complete the short form below. This way I can send you an invitation to preorder, TYSM!


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Gypsy Moondust Daydreams and More

One of my stories – currently called Gypsy Moondust Daydreams is going to be in an awesome box set soon & I believe you will love it. Included with many other magical stories, you’ll find my erotic fable which entwines romance, the Tudors, the Russian Tsars and time travel. Oh, and a rockstar plus trains in 1873 Chattanooga. Gotta have trains, right?

One of the main goals will be to make sales on Nook and iBooks, with a focus on getting as many sales as possible on the FIRST DAY the set launches as a preorder. Not only will you get an amazing collection of books for an unbelievable price of 99c, you’ll also be helping me obtain my dream of ( possibly ) hitting the USA Today bestseller list!

So if you love twisted fairy tales, please complete the short form below. This way I can send you an invitation to preorder, TYSM!

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