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Tudor Christmas Tidings by Blythe Gifford, Jennie Fletcher, and Amanda McCabe - Book Blitz

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Tudor Christmas Tidings

Make Merry at Court

…with three Tudor Christmas stories!

In Christmas at Court Sir John Talbot and Lady Alice’s secret betrothal must wait until Henry Tudor claims the throne. Next in Secrets of the Queen's Lady the lady-in-waiting to Anne of Cleves is unexpectedly reunited with a handsome—younger—diplomat at the palace’s festivities! And in His Mistletoe Lady Catherine seeks help from a mysterious Spaniard to free her father in time for Christmas!


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Author Q&A
1. What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author? 
  Synopses!  I hates them!  Especially when I haven’t yet written the books, but even when it’s just a recap of what I’ve written.  I am awful at them; they end up sounding like the stage directions for the most dull play ever!

2. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be? 
Be patient!  Things don’t always turn out beautifully the first time, but you can revise a bad page.  You can’t revise a blabk page.  Keep going, keep practicing, you get better.  Take your time,  And find stories you feel passionate about telling

3. Favorite childhood memory involving books? 
My grandmother left school in 8th grade (and got married at 18), but she was a great reader and one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever known.  She’d buy books at used bookstores, garage stores, wherever, and store them in paper bags in her closet.  When we visited in the summer, I could read any one of them.  I would sit in her closet or up in a tree and read Barbara Cartlands, Georgette Heyers, old Signet Regencies, and classics.  “Emma” was my first Austen then, and “Jane Eyre,” “Gone With the Wind,” Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart Gothics.  Anything.  It was magical.

4. If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why? 
Elizabeth Bennet!  I’d love to know how things are working out for her at Permberley

5. What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance? 
Harry Potter!  I had a deep love for boarding school books when I was a kid (don’t ask me why, I was an ordinary Middle West kid in public school, but I luuuvvved boarding school and governess stories).  Hogwarts seemed the ultimate

6. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?  
Yes, I was always reading and scribbling.  I won an award in fourth grade for a short story I wrote about a teaset come to life that just encouraged me, but I also wanted to be an opera singer or a nun.  But I can’t sing.

7. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be? 
Imaginative, procrastinating, funny

8. What is your most unusual writing quirk? 
I write my rough drafts in longhand (shades of Brontes, lol!) and type up at the end

9. What’s one movie you like recommending to others? 
“Topsy Turvy”--no one else seems to have seen it, but I love the Victorian theatrical world it creates.  And “Room With a View,” so beautiful

10. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be? 
Dog—which is good, since I have one!

11. Have you ever met anyone famous? 
A few.  The two I remember best are Obama, and Catherine Deneuve (so beautiful).  And JJ Feild, who played Mr. Tilney, when he came into a friend’s shop!  I love Tilney

12. What is the first book that made you cry? 
“Little Women”

13. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book? 
3 months, sometimes more, sometimes less

14. How do you select the names of your characters? 
They usually just “come to me” already named, but I also love digging through vintage baby name books

15. What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be? 

16. What are your top 5 favorite movies? 
Topsy Turvy, Enchanted April, Roman Holiday, Room With a View, Anne of the Thousand Days

17. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do? 
Run naked on the beach!

18. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life? 
Anne Shirley

19. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? 
Have patience, work on your craft!  Your first book probably won’t be great, but it’s vital to write it.  The more you write, the begtter you will get.  And love your subject and characters, it makes it easier to spend so much time with them

20. What book do you wish you had written? 
“Possession” by AS Byatt.  Or “Wolf Hall”

21. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!
 I used to be an aspiring ballet dancer!  I love tea, never coffee.  Paris is my favorite city, but I also love love love where I live (Santa Fe, NM).  I once played Juliet in a school production.  I own too many lipsticks.  I adore dogs and cats.  I love working on cross stitch (especially when I’m stuck on writing).  Pink is my favorite color.

22. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why? 
Well, now, for the medical care and hair products, lol!  But I’ve always been fascinated by the 16th century and the Victorian age.  I’d love to visit than come back

23. What is your favorite genre to read? 
Historical mysteries and fiction, but I will read anything at all that catches my attention (even a bit of Scandi noir, terrifying as it is!)


About Jenni Fletcher

Jenni Fletcher is from the north coast of Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire where she writes historical romance novels. She studied English at Cambridge University before doing a PhD on Edwardian literature & psychology at Hull. She has been nominated for 4 RoNA awards and won for Short Romantic Fiction in 2020. In her spare time she loves baking and, of course, reading.

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About Blythe Gifford

After many years in public relations, advertising, and marketing, Blythe Gifford started writing seriously after a corporate layoff. Ten years and one layoff later, she became an overnight success when she sold to the Harlequin Historical line. Her books, set in the 14th to 17th centuries, typically incorporate real historical events and characters. The Chicago Tribune has called her work “the perfect balance between history and romance.” Blythe lives and works along Chicago’s lakefront. 


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About Amanda McCabe

Amanda wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen--a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject...)

She's never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion.  She lives in Santa Fe with a Poodle, a cat, a wonderful husband, and a very and far too many books and royal memorabilia collections. 

When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network--even though she doesn't cook. 

Amanda also writes as Laurel McKee for Grand Central Publishing, the Elizabethan Mystery Series as Amanda Carmack, and the Manor Cat Mystery Series as Eliza Casey. on Instagram on FB, and on Pinstagram!

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