Editor's Pick

Jane Seymour’s Revenge? by Hunter S. Jones

Jane Seymour’s Revenge? by Hunter S. Jones

“That Kiss is Her Destiny and Her Fortune” Last year, I began thinking of what I could write about the Tudor era. I wanted to write a story unlike anything I had ever read before. The artistic seed was there, but what would trigger the growth of a concept which led to my story, Phoenix […]

Sir Francis Bryan The First Rockstar?

Sir Francis Bryan The First Rockstar?

With the U.S. release of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall on PBS this week, Americans will be re-introduced to the lure of England’s King Henry VIII. Many of us have shared a passion for this era in history for a while; yet others are learning of the intrigue and drama of this era for the first […]

HOW TO HOST A TUDOR-THEMED DINNER PARTY by Alison Weir

HOW TO HOST A TUDOR-THEMED DINNER PARTY by Alison Weir

Alison Weir. When she became my friend on Facebook, I cried. This lady writes history books which are so well written they read as easily as fiction. When I visit the U.K., I haunt book stores, looking for U.K. First Editions of her books, to correspond with the U.S. First Editions I own. She has […]

Fear and Loathing in Tudor England, Part IV -Thomas Cromwell’s Austin Friars (Tribute to Hilary Mantel and WOLF HALL)

Fear and Loathing in Tudor England, Part IV -Thomas Cromwell’s Austin Friars (Tribute to Hilary Mantel and WOLF HALL)

Originally featured April 6, 2015 in 2015 Tribute to Hilary Mantel by Royal Squire on QueenAnneBoleyn.com Thomas Cromwell’s Austin Friars (Tribute to Hilary Mantel and WOLF HALL) by Beth von Staats ________________________________________________   ________________________________________________ Through the brilliant fiction of twice Man Booker Prize honored Hilary Mantel in Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, not only […]

ANNE AND DIANA: THE REVENGE OF THE CONSORTS by Susan Bordo

ANNE AND DIANA: THE REVENGE OF THE CONSORTS by Susan Bordo

July 22, 2013.  Three months earlier, The Creation of Anne Boleyn had been published, and my book’s Facebook page had been filled for weeks with postings about the upcoming birth of the royal baby. The world was entranced with the latest unfolding of the fairy tale.  I was swept up, too, but also growing annoyed […]

Creative

Is it All Sex and Scandal?

Is it All Sex and Scandal?

TUDOR FICTION: is it all sex and scandal? by Elizabeth Fremantle I thought I’d run out of things to say about Wolf Hall when my attention was drawn to Laura Miller’s article in Salon, in which she responds to the TV adaptation of Mantel’s novels in the context of other Tudor texts.  In it Miller […]

Adrienne Dillard’s Secret Stash and Tudor Secrets

Adrienne Dillard’s Secret Stash and Tudor Secrets

When I was in school, the subject of history didn’t always come naturally to me.  I was a voracious reader, there was no doubt about that, but the prospect of a dry biography definitely didn’t appeal to me and I spent hours in the library agonizing over topics that weren’t guaranteed to bore me to […]

Jane Seymour’s Revenge? by Hunter S. Jones

Jane Seymour’s Revenge? by Hunter S. Jones

“That Kiss is Her Destiny and Her Fortune” Last year, I began thinking of what I could write about the Tudor era. I wanted to write a story unlike anything I had ever read before. The artistic seed was there, but what would trigger the growth of a concept which led to my story, Phoenix […]

Sir Francis Bryan The First Rockstar?

Sir Francis Bryan The First Rockstar?

With the U.S. release of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall on PBS this week, Americans will be re-introduced to the lure of England’s King Henry VIII. Many of us have shared a passion for this era in history for a while; yet others are learning of the intrigue and drama of this era for the first […]

WOLF HALL, WHAT ARE THEY WEARING AND WHY? by Elizabeth Fremantle

WOLF HALL, WHAT ARE THEY WEARING AND WHY? by Elizabeth Fremantle

The way we dress says something about who we are and so it was for the Tudors only more so because what people wore, especially in the royal court, often held symbolic significance and also demonstrated status. The Tudors were an upstart family with a tenuous claim to the throne and so the outward display […]

Politics

Rural Rebellion in Northern California

Rural Rebellion in Northern California

Rural folk from four Northern California counties came in mid-April to a magical juncture where the life-giving Russian River empties into the majestic Pacific Ocean. Though the small, unincorporated village of Jenner is a popular recreational destination, pleasure was not the intention. Our mission was to preserve agrarian lifestyles and environments from further colonization by […]

Better Part of Valor

Better Part of Valor

      www.inavyn.org “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”  John F. Kennedy “Eastward and westward storms are breaking,–great, ugly whirlwinds of hatred and blood and cruelty. I will not believe them […]

IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION by CHRISTOPH FISCHER

IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION by CHRISTOPH FISCHER

In 1918 young Zacharias Nielsen boards a ship in Copenhagen to join the Red Guards in the Finnish Civil War.Encouraged by an idolised teacher with communist leanings, he follows the call for help from his Nordic Comrades, despite his privileged background. His best friend, Ansgar, has opposing political ideals to Zacharias but, for his own […]

News Flash: Opposing Israel’s Policies is Not the Same as Opposing God

News Flash: Opposing Israel’s Policies is Not the Same as Opposing God

  This week, Republican extremist Dr. Laurie Roth wrote on the right-wing blog site Barbwire.com, “Anyone or anything connected with the God of the Holy Bible will be attacked and bypassed by Obama and his progressive robots…Obama is most certainly against Netanyahu because he represents the Jews and Israel and won’t be intimidated into giving […]

News Flash: They are Still Calling it Global Warming

News Flash: They are Still Calling it Global Warming

I often enjoy sparring with my political adversaries on social media sites. It can be a fun way to pass the time while developing story ideas. I like reading and listening to the opinions of people I disagree with. I want to know their talking points. Most folks might think I’m crazy to debate right-wingers […]

Entertainment

Is it All Sex and Scandal?

Is it All Sex and Scandal?

TUDOR FICTION: is it all sex and scandal? by Elizabeth Fremantle I thought I’d run out of things to say about Wolf Hall when my attention was drawn to Laura Miller’s article in Salon, in which she responds to the TV adaptation of Mantel’s novels in the context of other Tudor texts.  In it Miller […]

Film Review: “The Hunt”

Film Review: “The Hunt”

Mads Mikkelsen (NBC’s Hannibal) won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas, the protagonist of “The Hunt.” His character, prior to the beginning of this film, is a school teacher who has lost his job. He went through a difficult divorce and does not have custody […]

Adrienne Dillard’s Secret Stash and Tudor Secrets

Adrienne Dillard’s Secret Stash and Tudor Secrets

When I was in school, the subject of history didn’t always come naturally to me.  I was a voracious reader, there was no doubt about that, but the prospect of a dry biography definitely didn’t appeal to me and I spent hours in the library agonizing over topics that weren’t guaranteed to bore me to […]

Jane Seymour’s Revenge? by Hunter S. Jones

Jane Seymour’s Revenge? by Hunter S. Jones

“That Kiss is Her Destiny and Her Fortune” Last year, I began thinking of what I could write about the Tudor era. I wanted to write a story unlike anything I had ever read before. The artistic seed was there, but what would trigger the growth of a concept which led to my story, Phoenix […]

Sir Francis Bryan The First Rockstar?

Sir Francis Bryan The First Rockstar?

With the U.S. release of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall on PBS this week, Americans will be re-introduced to the lure of England’s King Henry VIII. Many of us have shared a passion for this era in history for a while; yet others are learning of the intrigue and drama of this era for the first […]

Columns

Better Part of Valor

Better Part of Valor

      www.inavyn.org “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”  John F. Kennedy “Eastward and westward storms are breaking,–great, ugly whirlwinds of hatred and blood and cruelty. I will not believe them […]

The Religious Liberty Ruse

The Religious Liberty Ruse

http://www.icelebratediversity.com/equality-poster/ Religious Freedom Restoration Acts [RFRAs] are the latest Trojan Horses bigots deploy to facilitate injustice toward those of whom they disapprove. This article explores and exposes all the false claims and fallacious arguments used to advance these hateful bills and  laws. Americans must arise and reassert that America is one nation, indivisible, dedicated to […]

News Flash: Opposing Israel’s Policies is Not the Same as Opposing God

News Flash: Opposing Israel’s Policies is Not the Same as Opposing God

  This week, Republican extremist Dr. Laurie Roth wrote on the right-wing blog site Barbwire.com, “Anyone or anything connected with the God of the Holy Bible will be attacked and bypassed by Obama and his progressive robots…Obama is most certainly against Netanyahu because he represents the Jews and Israel and won’t be intimidated into giving […]

News Flash: They are Still Calling it Global Warming

News Flash: They are Still Calling it Global Warming

I often enjoy sparring with my political adversaries on social media sites. It can be a fun way to pass the time while developing story ideas. I like reading and listening to the opinions of people I disagree with. I want to know their talking points. Most folks might think I’m crazy to debate right-wingers […]

Counterfeit Patriots

Counterfeit Patriots

 Though we regularly elect to be governed, we must never consent to be ruled!     The originator of the scurrilous letter signed by 47 faithless Neoconfederate senators is Tom Cotton. He is a war-monger of long standing, but unlike so many of his ilk, he has faced hostile fire. Combat experience does not make […]

Short Stories

THE CONFESSION BOX by @ElodieParkes

THE CONFESSION BOX by @ElodieParkes

The Confession Box   Gorgeous Rupert Vass is a bartender at Club Coven. He’s seen some things since he started work there, but Rupert isn’t easily shocked, after all he’s a little supernatural himself. Rupert thinks he’s immune to love and as a lead member of Deep Dream a rock band that often plays at […]

#FREE 2-22-15 FORTUNE BRAWLING

#FREE 2-22-15 FORTUNE BRAWLING

Who wants a free read? Get the fun novelette, FORTUNE BRAWLING via Amazon February 22nd for free . “A 5 shot, LOL read.”   AMAZON LINK: myBook.to/Fortune2 Two guitars. Two wild women. One crazy honky tonking night in Georgia. The Ace is high and the Joker is always wild. When Texas meets Tennessee, the end result spells T.R.O.U.B.L.E. […]

FORTUNE BRAWLING Guitars, Honky Tonk, Etc.

FORTUNE BRAWLING Guitars, Honky Tonk, Etc.

Today, I am super>uber excited to feature the order link for the novellette, FORTUNE BRAWLING. This is story 2 in The Fortune Series, the life and loves of country musician Dallas Fortune. This story is co-written by best selling authors Hunter S. Jones and Jennifer Theriot. When Texas meets Tennessee, the end result spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Fortune […]

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Dancing With Death #FREE Vampire Love Magic and Seduction

Dancing With Death #FREE Vampire Love Magic and Seduction

  Blurb: Violetta is an executioner… of vampires. Famed for her fiery beauty and mesmerising personality, she has never failed an assignment. Monsieur Martinet is no ordinary vampire, though. He is a master at his craft and can control humans with the merest flick of his eyelids. The vampire huntress with the porcelain skin and […]

“Love Wears A White Stetson”

“Love Wears A White Stetson”

Here we are, getting prepared to jump head first into 2015. The promise of new beginnings has an allure that few of us can resist. For many of us, the last few years have held too much pain and many sorrows. There is always the dream that maybe…just maybe…dreams do come true. A new year […]

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Film Review: “The Imitation Game”

Film Review: “The Imitation Game”

In the winter of the 1952, the law of Britain entered the home of war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), to investigate a break in and burglary. He dismissed them. But one of the detectives felt there was more to the situation. He thought Soviet Spy and began looking into it. It turned out Alan […]

“She Blew My Mind”

“She Blew My Mind”

SEPTEMBER ENDS only 99c today.  Here’s what critics are saying…  “She blew my mind.” “September Ends is truly the stuff that legends are made of.” “This is a Victorian novel written for a contemporary reader.” “I love this.” myBook.to/SeptemberEnds Buy your copy now, or you can get it free via Kindle Unlimited.

Water or Wine? California’s Drought & Water Competition

Water or Wine? California’s Drought & Water Competition

Water or Wine? California’s Drought & Water Competition (Sonoma County, Northern California) “California Puts Mandatory Curbs on Water Use” reports the April 2 New York Times long article at the top of the front-page. “Steps to Confront Record-Setting Drought,” the sub-headline reads. The article describes Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order—California’s first time restricting water use. A […]

Entirely Beloved

Entirely Beloved

Review of Wolf Hall, Episode 2: Entirely Beloved Originally posted by MEDIEVALISTS.NET – APRIL 12, 2015POSTED IN: FEATURES, TV SHOWS By Nancy Bilyeau In this recap, I will try to unravel some of the complexities of the relationships in the court of Henry VIII, which are shown on Wolf Hallwithout much effort to explain. While such […]

Film View: “Windscreenwiperman”

Film View: “Windscreenwiperman”

Man meets Boy MATURE The film opens with a pleasant looking man online, searching a site that is often related to questionable behavior and conversations that fall on the seedier side. But filtered in are people similar to this man who are looking for conversation. Someone to talk to who will want to be casual, […]

Fear and Loathing in #Tudor England #Characters Sunday Edition 1

Fear and Loathing in #Tudor England #Characters Sunday Edition 1

Nancy Bilyeau is the author of an award-winning trilogy of historical thrillers set during the reign of Henry VIII – The Crown, The Chalice, and The Tapestry. I sent her one question after reading her books…how did you develop the character of Joanna Stafford, an imaginary Catholic novice during the historical era which witnessed the […]

Three Card Trick #WolfHall .@tudorscribe

Three Card Trick #WolfHall .@tudorscribe

Nancy Bilyeau, author of an award-winning Tudor mystery series, recaps the first episode of Masterpiece Theatre’s “Wolf Hall.” Her recap was first published on Medivalists.net. They have been kind enough to let us share this with you today. http://www.medievalists.net/2015/04/05/review-of-wolf-hall-episode-1-three-card-trick/ Review of Wolf Hall, Episode 1: Three Card Trick BY MEDIEVALISTS.NET – APRIL 5, 2015POSTED IN: […]

Film View: “The Heist”

Film View: “The Heist”

WARNING: LANGUAGE A comedy in errors. A debate of the ridiculous. An enjoyable short film that will keep you smiling, laughing, and talking back with your own reaction to the three nimrods, (well, actually two). The leader tries his best to prepare his mates all toward a prosperous conclusion in “The Heist,” but doesn’t go […]

Fear and Loathing in Tudor England Continues @theTudorTimes

Fear and Loathing in Tudor England Continues @theTudorTimes

Our second stop in the Fear and Loathing in Tudor England series continues our friends at Tudor Times. As with all important relationships anymore, we ‘met’ on Twitter. It’s amazing how many of my favorite publications and writers connect with with their readers. With that in mind, I would like to introduce you to my […]

Fear and Loathing in Tudor England Begins #WolfHall

Fear and Loathing in Tudor England Begins #WolfHall

Today begins my new blog series, which I refer to as Fear and Loathing in Tudor England. This title, although a play on words from one of my favorite writers (Hunter S. Thompson), is due to what people who lived in the Tudor era of history must have experienced. What you will discover from this […]

Film View: “Stanley Kubrick – Masterpieces”

Film View: “Stanley Kubrick – Masterpieces”

“If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.” — Stanley Kubrick Most cinephiles have seen Stanley Kubrick retrospectives, but this one is fresh and new. The editing is excellent, and the soundtrack is superb . What we have in this short film is an honorable tribute to one of the greatest film […]

“Bad Apple” Winemaker Paul Hobbs Violates Agreements Again

“Bad Apple” Winemaker Paul Hobbs Violates Agreements Again

(Sonoma County, Northern California) This neighbor drives by Paul Hobbs new Watertrough Rd. vineyard in the Sebastopol countryside many days each week on the way to town. The vineyard borders on five schools with around 700 students.  Bright wildflowers and vibrant grasses recently appeared in the rows between his young grape vines. Perhaps Hobbs had […]

THE TAPESTRY by Nancy Bilyeau…Politics, Religion, Romance…

THE TAPESTRY by Nancy Bilyeau…Politics, Religion, Romance…

THE TAPESTRY, the next page-turner in the award-winning Joanna Stafford Series takes place in the heart of the Tudor court, as the gutsy former novice risks everything to defy the most powerful men of her era. BLURB: Whitehall 1540: After her priory in Dartford is closed, Joanna resolves to live a quiet and honorable life […]

Film View: “Immersion”

Film View: “Immersion”

Immersion has taken over the world but is it in a beneficial form? It was originally created as a virtual gaming platform which while in the zone, it was more enticing than reality. Testing showed positive results during simulations with criminals. Treating them as patients inside virtual reality had a recommended effect. The worlds of […]

MADEMOISELLE CHANEL by C.W. Gortner Launches TODAY!

MADEMOISELLE CHANEL by C.W. Gortner Launches TODAY!

Please join me in welcoming celebrated author, C.W. Gortner, to Expats Post. His latest novel, Mademoiselle Chanel, launches today. USA Today has named this book the #1 “Hot Books: New and Noteworthy on Sale this Week.” I can’t wait to read this book. After finding out more about Mademoiselle Chanel, you’ll want to get a copy, […]

Film View: “Memory 2.0″

Film View: “Memory 2.0″

“Memory 2.0 is a love-story set in a not too distant future world where virtual reality is employed by memory simulation services to help their customers relive moments in the past. Memory 2.0 takes us on an emotional journey through the protagonist’s fragile mind. Written by director Dugan O’Neal, starring Jena Malone and actor Wilson […]

Excremental Winds

Excremental Winds

The sphincter opens and the foul excremental winds of bigotry, racism, and hypocrisy Rush-es forth to seize and choke its victims before they have a chance to shield themselves from the filth being spewed upon them. Many turn away in disgust, and reset their dials to avoid such evil being broadcast over the airwaves. Sadly, perhaps just […]

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I Will Never Believe In Your Religion. But Why?

I Will Never Believe In Your Religion. But Why?

A long time ago during the Bronze Age people worked at making sense of their world. Without modern technology and the information from that technology that we have today, they struggled to make sense of why things worked the way they did. Some of their questions included: Why does rain fall from the sky? Why […]

Film Review: “The Words”

Film Review: “The Words”

“Almost every word Ernest Hemingway wrote in the years immediately before 1922 was lost by his first wife Hadley, who packed the pages in a briefcase and lost it on a train.” — Roger Ebert I am an avid Hemingway fan but was unaware of the lost manuscript. Knowing that now does add dimension to […]

33.1/3 Let’s Celebrate! @TimLee3

33.1/3 Let’s Celebrate! @TimLee3

Tim Lee 3 was founded by guitarist/singer/songwriter Tim Lee (who’s history goes back to the ‘80s with his band the Windbreakers and as a touring member of Let’s Active, the Swimming Pool Qs, and Marty Jones’ band) and his wife, bassist/singer/songwriter Susan Bauer Lee. The group also features Chris Bratta on drums. Since its inception […]

Sour Grapes in ‘Wine Country’ – Intense Challenges to Wineries Erupt

Sour Grapes in ‘Wine Country’ – Intense Challenges to Wineries Erupt

(Sebastopol, California) Sonoma County’s premium wine industry in the San Francisco North Bay has become a magnet that attracts developers from around the country, across oceans, and nearby. They move heavy industrial operations into rural areas and expand them to become event centers and commercial bottling operations. Under the pretense that they are merely agriculture, […]

Open Letter: A Dreadful Disappointment

Open Letter: A Dreadful Disappointment

    March 3, 2015   Dr. Sid Credle Hampton University Hampton, Virginia  23668   Sean Crane Executive Vice President Chief Operating Officer The Fresh Market 628 Green Valley Road Suite 500 Greensboro, NC 27408         Re:  Historically Professional Looks   Dear Messrs. Credle and Crane,   As an African American woman with very sensitive skin, […]

My Book isn’t selling. Here, Let Me Shit on Yours

My Book isn’t selling. Here, Let Me Shit on Yours

Indie ‘maverick’ writers setting the rules. The easiest way to stifle creativity –  just follow the rules. In actual fact, the title of this article should be, “You’re promoting your book using social media? What the hell? Let’s have no more of that nonsense, plus you’re doing it all wrong” followed by a strongly worded […]

Film Review: “Gone Girl”

Film Review: “Gone Girl”

The Best Film of 2014 I fully expected “Gone Girl” to be in contention for a best picture Oscar nod, if not a win. The film is convoluted and a wicked surprise from the moment the film begins until its closing moments. It is bizarre. You’re not sure what you should be routing for. The […]

And the 2015 Oscar Goes To…

And the 2015 Oscar Goes To…

And the 2015 Oscar Goes To… “Boyhood” Best Picture “American Sniper” “Birdman” WINNER “Boyhood” WANT TO WIN “The Grand Budapest Hotel” “The Imitation Game” “Selma” “The Theory of Everything” “Whiplash” ***** Benedict Cumberbatch Actor in a Leading Role Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher” Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper” Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game” WANT TO WIN Michael Keaton, […]

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Weirder and Better: Vulnicura by Björk

Weirder and Better: Vulnicura by Björk

I am not a huge fan of Björk Guðmundsdóttir. But I own several of her albums including Vespertine and Homogenic(which I love!). The albums were thrust to my direction either as gifts from friends or personal purchase. But one thing remains: Bjork has a huge impact in my world. Her style is something understand and […]

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Trouble in “Wine Country”

Trouble in “Wine Country”

(Sebastopol, California)  Sonoma County, Northern California, used to be spoken of as part of the natural “Redwood Empire.” Then the bloated wine industry re-named it as the commercial “Wine Country.” A growing number of locals have had it with the expanding wine industry in both Sonoma County and the neighboring Napa County and are beginning […]

By February 21, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
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