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PHOENIX RISING #Excerpt by .@huntersjones101 #AnneBoleyn

PHOENIX RISING #Excerpt by .@huntersjones101 #AnneBoleyn

  We walk down the steps from the Queen’s Apartments. Sir Kingston walks with me and the ladies walk behind us. The morning sun kisses my face. The daffodils are in bloom and the birds sing like any other radiant spring morning. Surely even Nature would know if the hour of death was approaching for […]

PHOENIX RISING, the last hour of Anne Boleyn by Hunter S. Jones

PHOENIX RISING, the last hour of Anne Boleyn by Hunter S. Jones

The last hour of Anne Boleyn’s life… Court intrigue, revenge and all the secrets of the last hour are revealed as one queen falls and another rises to take her place on destiny’s stage. A young Anne Boleyn arrives at the court of King Henry VIII. She is to be presented at the Shrovetide pageant, […]

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 […]

Creative

Why 30 May? #HenryVIII #JaneSeymour

Why 30 May? #HenryVIII #JaneSeymour

by Hunter Jones When I started this blog, it was to research the symbols and motifs that surrounded Henry VIII and Jane Seymour on her presentation at his court as Queen on 4 June, the Whitsunday which followed their official marriage on 30 May 1536. I was going to begin at 29 May and build […]

Mysticism and Medicine in #Tudor England by Hunter Jones

Mysticism and Medicine in #Tudor England by Hunter Jones

When we think of Tudor England, various images flash through our mind. Kings, many queens, dashing courtiers, spies, and ruthless intrigues enter the mix. Add a dash of Renaissance fashion and religious upheaval and you have a heady, or often headless, concoction of brutality and inspiration. All at the same time. Tudor England was the […]

Things to Write About Tomorrow

Things to Write About Tomorrow

I was a child and All I wanted was to get away with staying up Late watching movies and not Worrying about tomorrow I am an adult and I can get away with staying up Late watching movies but I Worry all the time about tomorrow Muscles tense and thoughts focused on Detensing those muscles […]

Proximity – Wanderlust II by Amber Lea Easton #SummerMustRead

Proximity – Wanderlust II by Amber Lea Easton #SummerMustRead

Book Two of the Wanderlust Series–Did you love Anonymity? Most people did and they demanded the love story for the popular secondary characters, Savannah and Bill. Here it is… Now available worldwide from the best-selling romance author, Amber Lea Easton Proximity.   Blurb Love sometimes hides in plain sight. Savannah is one of the boys—fun […]

Now and Then Poems

Now and Then Poems

14th of May Musicwall (2011) Fat round notes used to Bounce off your Shiny shell, and everything You held within Festered and came out sideways In sharp pinpricks of Denied anger A shuddering of those Thick black walls Resonating with the melody Let those Fractured parts of you Swell up and spill over Like a […]

Politics

Wine Empire Replaces Redwood Empire

Wine Empire Replaces Redwood Empire

Northern California’s Sonoma County has been known historically as part of the natural Redwood Empire. Wine industry lobbyists re-branded it as the commercial “Wine Country.” Its economy has been so colonized by outside investors, who extract water and resources from the environment and export them, that re-branding would be appropriate. A more accurate description would […]

Wine Maker Paul Hobbs Herbicide Spraying Upsets Parents and Neighbors At Apple Blossom School Meeting

Wine Maker Paul Hobbs Herbicide Spraying Upsets Parents and Neighbors At Apple Blossom School Meeting

Wine Maker Paul Hobbs Herbicide Spraying Upsets Parents and Neighbors at Apple Blossom School Meeting By Shepherd Bliss (1500 words) Apple Blossom School has a nice ring to it, as does the Orchard View School at its side. The nearby Tree House Hollow pre-school, with children as young as two and three years old, continues this […]

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 […]

Entertainment

Why 30 May? #HenryVIII #JaneSeymour

Why 30 May? #HenryVIII #JaneSeymour

by Hunter Jones When I started this blog, it was to research the symbols and motifs that surrounded Henry VIII and Jane Seymour on her presentation at his court as Queen on 4 June, the Whitsunday which followed their official marriage on 30 May 1536. I was going to begin at 29 May and build […]

Film View: “The OceanMaker”

Film View: “The OceanMaker”

After the seas have disappeared, a courageous pilot fights against vicious sky pirates for control of the last remaining source of water: the clouds. The Earth is dry. The Oceans are strewn with decaying ships, long ago falling to the bottom of the empty seas. What caused the Earth to dry up is unknown. I […]

Mysticism and Medicine in #Tudor England by Hunter Jones

Mysticism and Medicine in #Tudor England by Hunter Jones

When we think of Tudor England, various images flash through our mind. Kings, many queens, dashing courtiers, spies, and ruthless intrigues enter the mix. Add a dash of Renaissance fashion and religious upheaval and you have a heady, or often headless, concoction of brutality and inspiration. All at the same time. Tudor England was the […]

Proximity – Wanderlust II by Amber Lea Easton #SummerMustRead

Proximity – Wanderlust II by Amber Lea Easton #SummerMustRead

Book Two of the Wanderlust Series–Did you love Anonymity? Most people did and they demanded the love story for the popular secondary characters, Savannah and Bill. Here it is… Now available worldwide from the best-selling romance author, Amber Lea Easton Proximity.   Blurb Love sometimes hides in plain sight. Savannah is one of the boys—fun […]

Film Review: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Film Review: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower was a surprise from beginning to end. When choosing to rent the film “Bully” other films were suggested. I had heard of “Perks…” but did not know many details, so when I saw it amongst the choices, I looked into it. My partner told me Emma Watson played a […]

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 […]

Write Here, Write Now!

Film View: “Bear”

Film View: “Bear”

The morning at Jack’s house starts out with a misunderstanding and a rushing out the door by his girlfriend Emelie. She hops on her bike and heads out, ending up riding in rough terrain. Meanwhile, Jack’s reaction to Emelie’s upset turns him frantic. He runs around the house getting dressed. It’s obvious he is in […]

Big Wine Blasted at North Coast California Gathering

Big Wine Blasted at North Coast California Gathering

In the heart of what corporate wine industry lobbyists have re-branded “Wine Country,” activists from four North Coast California counties gathered in early May for their third monthly meeting. They created a regional network of groups from Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino counties. Participants came to the attractive resort town of Calistoga in Napa to […]

Film Review: “12 Years a Slave”

Film Review: “12 Years a Slave”

At the beginning of the film “12 Years a Slave” [based on a true story] we meet Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) as a free man. He has a wife and children. It is the mid-1800s. They live in Saratoga Springs, New York. He is a respected man in his community, predominantly white, and a talented […]

Mystery, Secrets and Magic of PHOENIX RISING by Hunter S. Jones

Mystery, Secrets and Magic of PHOENIX RISING by Hunter S. Jones

An artist stands at the edge of chaos. We create something from nothing. Whether it is music, art, dance, or words we all connect with that which is hidden within the ethers of the universe. Everything begins with a thought. From there, dreams and our imagination form a new reality. The idea of writing about […]

Why the World Needed a Tudor Society

Why the World Needed a Tudor Society

Tim Ridgway from the Tudor Society discusses the modern day fascination with Tudor history and why history is still interesting today… For as long as I have known, people have had a fascination with all things Tudor. There’s just something about Henry VIII and his six wives that captivates people across the globe. For me, […]

Big Wine Fails to Dry Farm During California’s Relentless Drought

Big Wine Fails to Dry Farm During California’s Relentless Drought

(Sonoma County, in the heart of California’s Redwood Empire) California Governor Jerry Brown spent this year’s Earth Day at the elite Iron Horse Winery in the Sebastopol countryside. It was a great photo opportunity and promotion for the winery. Iron Horse is known for donations to President Bill Clinton and other politicians, with whom it […]

#Tudor Tales in Castles, Customs, and Kings

#Tudor Tales in Castles, Customs, and Kings

by Debra Brown Lovers of the Tudor times often know the leading lords and ladies well. But what of some of the others? What of the last daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, Bridget of York, whose father died in her early years leaving the family to seek sanctuary in Westminster? Bridget also lost […]

The Nun Who Stood Up to Cromwell by @TudorScribe

The Nun Who Stood Up to Cromwell by @TudorScribe

by Nancy Bilyeau Historical fiction set in the Tudor era, whether it’s a novel like Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, or a mystery like Dissolution by C.J. Sansom, depicts a Catholic kingdom riven by monastic corruption, a system dying out as it pleaded for reform. In my years of research into the Dissolution of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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