“These Are a Few of my Favorite Things: 5 of my favorite novels I’d recommend in a heartbeat. 

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Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue.

This novel is my all time favorite for many reasons. It’s got everything I look for in a novel! Sex, murder, intrigue… it’s not a happy story,  then again I love to read and write unhappy things.

Our main character, Mary is not likable and that’s what I love about her. She’s constantly messing up even when she has a light at the end of the tunnel and a chance to redeem herself. Mary is so young when the events of the novel take place and one could attribute her troubles to her age but in truth, she is an arrogant, greedy girl.

The novel is set in London and on the outskirts of the city. It discusses prostitution and the struggles of the lower class.

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The Wideacre Trilogy by Philippa Gregory.

Move over The Other Boleyn Girl, Gregory’s debut novel is one to pick up and not miss!

As with Slammerkin, the wiseacre trilogy discusses sensitive subjects such as incest, murder, and the occult. It’s a fabulously told tale which keeps you on the edge of your seat. The main character is Beatrice Lacey and once again we have an unlovable protagonist. She’s greedy and vain yet you can’t stop reading. Beatrice, like Mary from slammerkin, had a chance to redeem herself but she does not and only continues her behavior.

This leads to a series of events crashing down around herself and others. It’s a great read and if you can stomach raunchy incest sex scenes then it’s definitely worth your time.

 

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Leonardo’s Swans by Karen Essex

This novel was one I picked up on a whim and ended up loving. The two women featured, Isabella and Beatrice are as different as two sisters can be. Their rivalry is marked by marriage and although the sisters both make great marriages there is more to be had. Jealousy, adultery, love and more fill the pages of this historical fiction novel.

 

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Cleopatra’s Daughter Series by  Stephanie Dray

This series surprised me a lot. At first, I thought it a young adult book but by the time I got to the third novel I was definitely convinced it was not.

Octavian’s obsession with Selene is the center I would say of the novel. There is so much sexual tension between them and to some, this could be a trigger as she is so young.

I believe it is a great series and for those who love Cleopatra, this insight into her daughter is worth the read!

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The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis

If you know anything about the Borgias you know that a novel about them will be raunchy as hell and fun to read. In this novel, our main character is Sancha of Aragon. Most books I have read are from Lucrezia’s perspective so this was a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed her loveless marriage to Joffre and affair with Cesare. Sancha has relations with all three brothers. In real life, this was said to be true.

This novel has a lot of sex. Rape and underage included. It contains boatloads of adultery and murder so definitely not for the faint of heart. I think I finished it in a day. It’s a pretty quick read which keeps you interested the whole time cause you feel like you need to continue to the end of this fascinating woman’s life.

 

 

Honorable Mentions

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The Wise Woman By Philippa Gregory

A riveting tale of witchcraft and lust…

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Duchess of Milan By Michael Ennis

Cousin rivalry, sexual intrigue and more…

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Empress of Rome Series By Kate Quinn

Ancient Rome at its finest with corrupt Emperors…

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Diaries of the Family Dracula By Jeanne Kalogridis

The story behind the Dracula family descendants.

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The Lost Queen By Norah Lofts

George III’s sister Caroline and her disastrous marriage to Christain of Denmark.

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The Prince and the Quakeress By Jean Plaidy

George III and Hannah Lightfoot. A person favorite and basis for what I wrote my novel on.

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The Russian Concubine series By Kate Furnivall

A Russian woman and Chinese man fall hopelessly in love despite the events going on around them.

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Empress Orchid and The Last Empress by Anchee Min

Cixi from minor concubine to Empress…

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Four Sisters All Queens by Sherry Jones

The four sisters of Provance have their voices heard in this gripping novel…

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The Dark Queen Series by Susan Carroll

Catherine de Medici and her flying squad of witchcraft and poison center around this long series of sisters.

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Roma by Steven Saylor

Short story collection of Roman families from the start to the fall…

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Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

The beautiful Egyptian queen comes to life…

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Katherine by Anya Seton

Mistress and wife?

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The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

An exciting biblical refering novel about Dinah, daughter of Jacob and Leah.

“The Deep and Timeless Sea” A lifelong obsession with the ocean and all things to do with it. 

*Spoilers*

Obviously 

Read here —–> https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XYVL6T5

 

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While writing The King’s Secret Daughter I debated heavily on the role of the ocean and Jack Smith. At first, I thought to do the two as two separate stories but then Part Two was born. I wanted my readers to understand that the American Revolution was fought on both land and sea and that the battles on the water were just as important and strategically rough as those on land. The role that Jack Smith and the Century plays is one similar to John Paul Jones. A famous revolutionary war captain.

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To understand why I chose the sea as part two I suppose we have to go back to the beginning and where my obsession for the ocean first stemmed from: I was raised the daughter of a man who was in the Navy and so the sea was already within my blood. All my life I was positioned close to the water and within proximity of nautical history. Both the Navy base and the mystic seaport provided me with valuable information which would stick with me for a lifetime. My young brain absorbed the information about vessels in and on the ocean, eventually graduating to an obsession with sharks and other creatures of the deep.

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My shark obsession was short but sweet. I got made fun of a lot as I poured over books of different type of sharks. My favorite was learning about shark attacks and then finding sharks in sunken ships. It was at this point my interest took a turn elsewhere…

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When Titanic came out I wanted to see it badly. When I did, my obsession for ocean liners grew to an all-time high. I became obsessed with the study of these magnificent floating palaces, devoting every Robert Ballard book in my school’s library. I was fascinated by how they were made down to many of their intimate endings on the ocean floor and how their mass capacity caused great loss of life.

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From ocean liners came the world of tall ships. Around this time I recall the local seaport doing a special on the Amistad. While visiting, I re-entered the world of whaling upon the Charles W Morgan and from there came curiosity on tall ships. I began to dig into whaling ships to war ships and finally… pirate ships.

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I cannot give all credit to Pirates of the Caribbean but my mind  waundered to new and mysterious ways while watching and researching the film. I fell in love with life at sea and, possibly Jack Sparrow, but that the girl in me always loving those bad boys. This led right into my adult career when I began working for Real Pirates.

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I suppose my enthusiasm and love for the subject is that got me the manager position, but this job was honestly my favorite and it brought me from Connecticut to Texas. I so loved being around the cannons and artifacts. It was a dream come true and to this day I wished it had been permanent.

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After the pirate exhibition ended I did a number of other jobs including the librarian. It was then that the idea for The King’s Secret Daughter came to light. I began the novel back in 2008 but dropped it entirely, leaving notes and scrambled papers. I began some more notes in 2014 but dropped the project again when my daughter was born. She’s Only Seventeen took the main road and was published in 2016.

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In January of 2017, I sat down and reviewed the notes to The King’s Secret Daughter. It was then a lightbulb went off in my head and I began writing only to stop six weeks later after 340 pages and 70,000 words were born. A cover was created and my novel was finished.

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The characters on board The Century are based on a number of historical and fictional sea characters. I studied relentlessly the parts of a war ship from the 1780s down to names and features. I researched roles and finally found my footing on who and what part two would consist of. The contrast which part two brings to the novel is striking. We have land and sea.  Anna comments on the beauty of the sea but misses land. Jack lives and breathes the sea which is strongly evident in his excitement during battle and needs to get off the island as soon as possible.

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Anna’s life upon the ship is marked by tragedy. The loss of life within battles and storms was common. The scene where Jack does a burial service for the fallen is taken straight from real life. The prayer he serves was a common one. I changed a few words to make it more understandable for readers. The way the dead were buried is taken straight from an eye wilt was account. The last stitch through the nose was actually a common procedure and can be found in both our history books and movies.

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I’ve begun a sequel to this novel but sadly no more sea scenes. That’s not to say we won’t see anyone from the Century again but that’s for me to know only. When I am done with this, the prequel to she’s only seventeen will be released and then possibly I will work on my time travel romance.

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I have debated a pirate story since my love of the ocean has reached their but so much has been done on the subject already. I have ways of placing my own marking and twists in the story but it’s so overdone.

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If anyone of my readers actually read this I’d love some input. A pirate story, yea or nay? Would y’all like more ocean themed books?

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I guess we will see what the future holds but one matter will forever remain unchanging. My love for the sea and all things to do with it.

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The Women of “The King’s Secret Daughter”

*Spoilers*

Obviously 

Read here —–> https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XYVL6T5

 

Women’s roles have changed greatly since the time of Anna and the American Revolution. No longer in the United States nor Great Britain is a woman ruled by her husband. Here we explore the prominent women featured within The King’s Secret Daughter

 

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Our first and foremost character is of course Anna. She’s a rebel at heart who, although tries to remain faithful at first to king and country, follows her heart. She takes her life into her own hands, something quite rare in that time period. Her marriage to John Seymour marks the first time she is given away against her will and married off. She finds some happiness with Thomas Miller briefly. Thomas is a choice for her. She chooses freely to love him and in that action, she discovers the joys of relationships and intimacy without the restraints of marriage. When Thomas dies she is deeply saddened and cannot stomach John. Because of this, she saves the Miller Family and consummates her passion with Nathan. Her relationship with Nathan differs from everyone else in the fact that she loves him but is torn between her duty and heart.

When Anna leaves Nathan and returns to England she experiences the same trappings she did before. This time she is married to Jack Smith. Their relationship is stormy and passionate and Anna finds herself content with it for a while. She fears to return to England for the feeling of entrapment to come back.

Anna, however, takes her life into her own hands and returns to Nathan in South Carolina. Her return marks the end of her struggle between king and country. She chooses to live as Nathan Miller’s wife on Miller plantation where her role has differed greatly. Nathan never tries to suppress her and allows her to be herself.

This is important for Anna because her two arranged marriages ended terribly and she felt surprised.

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Next, we have the strong figure of Jane Miller. Jane is the mother of Nathan, Thomas, and Charlotte. She serves also as a mother figure to Anna in the novel for Anna has never had a positive one before.

Jane advises Anna many times and is also the first to forgive her upon the discovery that Anna is the daughter of the English king. She welcomes Anna both times as a prospective daughter in law with first Thomas and finally Nathan. She does not blame Anna for Thomas death although Anna blames herself, something which will plague her the rest of her life.

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Bea is Anna’s lady-in-waiting the first part of the novel. She is bold and brazen. Bea speaks her mind and Anna loves her for it. Bea is also a sort of mother/older sister figure to Anna. She explains to Anna about the secrets of the bedroom to which Anna is shocked that Bea knows these things as an unmarried woman. Bea has had many love affairs but at the time of the novel is unmarried. It is unknown whether she takes a husband once separated from Anna or not.

The loss of Bea affects Anna greatly as she has lost her best friend and confident.

 

 

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Finally, we have Charlotte Miller. Charlotte is the sister of Nathan and Thomas and the daughter of James and Jane Miller. She is quiet the first half of the book but when Anna meets her again in part three we see a different older Charlotte who is about to be married. Charlotte’s upcoming wedding is the main event of part three and we see the events leading up to it as her husband to be is introduced.

Charlotte serves as a Bea like confident to Anna and the two become fast friends. It is Charlotte who urges Anna to be with Nathan again. Anna does so at charlottes reception when Charlotte tells Nathan to go after Anna which results in Anna and Nathan reuniting and agreeing to marry.
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Honorable mentions include Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III and Hannah Lightfoot, his supposed mistress. Queen Charlotte does not favor Anna and is constantly pregnant. She eventually births fifteen children to her husband. Two who will become king.

Hannah is the supposed mistress of George III and mother of Anna. She is only spoken of and has no voice in the novel. Anna does not speak of her and acts as if she hardly exists.

 

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Each woman of The King’s Secret Daughter carries a unique view towards women of the day. Some are powerless while others hold titles.   Each holds their strength differently and has a story to tell.

The Men of “The King’s Secret Daughter”

*Spoilers*

Obviously 

Read here —–> https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XYVL6T5

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Within my novel, The King’s Secret Daughter, Anna is married three times to all very different men. She is also in relationships with two others which contrast greatly towards her marital partners.

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The first, Colonel John Seymour, is an officer in the British Army. Not much is offered on him for a back story other than he’s never been married. (John’s backstory contains his move from England to South Carolina where he meets a woman who he falls in love with but cannot marry. This is the main reason why he is so reserved towards Anna and does not want to marry her. This previous relationship is not mentioned in the book and may be subject to a spin-off prequel eventually so stay tuned) John married Anna at the insistence of George III. He does not want to marry her and keeps his distance. When she is lost, he does not inform the king of her status. Fortunately, Anna is found but at a cost. John kills Thomas Miller, marking the end of any peace which could ever become of John and Anna’s relationship. They both put on a show for Cornwallis sake yet feelings never develop between the two and when John dies in battle, Anna is “relieved”.

John is described as ruthless in battle and he shows little emotion towards Anna or anyone for that matter. He gains some earth towards Anna but it is quickly extinguished. His murder of Thomas Miller is one example of his hardness.

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Thomas Miller never married Anna, but they become engaged and physically intimate without the knowledge that John Seymour is still alive. Thomas and Anna have an instant attraction although his brother Nathan tried to come between them. Thomas and Anna both lose their virginity to each other and are engaged before his ultimate death. Thomas is the softest of Anna’s relationships. He is a simple man with small wishes. He is heir to the Miller Plantation and was raised in preparation for the task. When he does, his brother Nathan becomes the heir. Thomas’s death is needed for the revelation which takes place within Anna’s heart and how she makes her choices to side with the colonists rather than her own father.

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Captain Jack Smith serves as Anna’s second husband. Anna does not want to marry him but because of the events of the American Revolution and John Seymour, she obeys. He proves to be extremely different than John and is rough with her on their wedding night before ignoring her on board the Century. She ends up becoming friends with Will Wilson and Joe Pierce. Her relationship with joe sparks Jack to nearly assault her. He saves her life when she goes overboard and after that, the two share awkward encounters. Anna and Jack soon begin to interact on a different level and eventually develop a sexual relationship. He falls in love with Anna but after discovering that she has spoken to Joe Pierce, he becomes angry. Jack kills Joe in battle which results on Anna’s betrayal of the crew. Jack is insinuated to be killed at the end of the novel.

Jack’s character is quite complex. He has to put on a certain apprehended for the crew yet his true self comes out to Anna. We learn more of his backstory than we do with John. Jack had been married to a woman named Sophie who had died in childbirth. He also has been part of the British Royal Navy for many years. His scar is from a pirate who he stood up to. He eventually sought revenge on said pirate and killed him. Jack is also described as almost childish in many scenes. His friendship with Arthur Greene goes far back and Arthur is one of the only he trusts with his wife alone. Anna’s remorse for jacks death shows she did truly care for him, but her determination to get back to South Carolina after Joe’s death trumps all.

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Joe Pierce is the carpenter on the century. He is a young man who Anna has little interest in the beginning. After the death of his best friend, Will, who was interested in Anna, the pair finds comfort within each other. They begin a relationship behind Jack’s back and eventually Are found out. Joe is whipped and not allowed to speak to Anna. It hurts him when he finds out Anna and Jack have reconciled. Anna speaks to him on a whim which angers Jack and firing the last battle he is killed by Jack.

Joe is naive with women and falls easily under Anna’s spell. He is willing to risk all just to speak with her and when he does, it costs him more than he expects.

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Nathan Miller is Anna’s constant through the novel. She does not know it at first but he is her soulmate. Anna initially refuses Nathan but falls under his spell when he kisses her against her will. After Thomas dies, Anna meets with Nathan and they make love. Their feelings for each other are clear, yet Anna ends leaving for England. Nathan is never far from her mind and when she is finally given the choice, she returns to him. Nathan has moved on to Anna’s disappointment but they quickly reunite and their passion is once again restored. Anna married Nathan at the end of the novel.

Nathan is moody most of the first half of the novel. He is opposite his brother and is described as lazy and dreamy. He enjoys riding horses but has trouble focusing on tasks on the plantation. Eventually, after his brother’s death, he is heir to the plantation and begins to take his responsibilities seriously.

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Arthur Greene is Anna’s friend and sometimes confident aboard the century. She is at first wary of him because he is Jacks best friend but he soon becomes her good friend in his own right. Their relationship is marked by Arthur urging her relationship with Jack and Anna revealing her secrets to Arthur. The climax of their relationship comes when Arthur confesses what he saw during battle to Anna. He does not realize that this will cause Anna to take action against the crew.

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Will Wilson and Anna are never intimate. He becomes her close friend and although his mixed feelings towards her are clouded when he tries to kiss her, their friendship prevails. His death saddens her greatly and she mourns the loss of her only true friend on board at the time solemnly until she unwisely chooses to socialize with the crew once more.

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Other honorable mentions include George III and George IV. Their actions towards Anna are always not in her best interest. She loves her father and half brother but is shunned because of her actions. Her brother is torn between his duty and his sister but chooses his duty which disappoints Anna greatly.

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Other members of the Century also deserve a mention. Robert Steele and Henry Willis serve as allies to Anna on more than one occasion. She conversates with them and Robert even defends her on many occasions.

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James Miller is also a key man in the novel. As the father of Nathan and Thomas, he is the sole figure who pushes Nathan to Anna. He regrets this after because he knows Anna must leave but he values his son’s happiness. James is the one who saves Anna and for that, she is eternally grateful. He is disappointed to learn she is the king’s daughter but none the fewer accepts her still as she has saved his family and become like a daughter to him.

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Anna’s world was very much a man’s world yet women also played a key role. Tomorrow I shall discuss the women of The King’s Secret Daughter and how important their roles were within the novel.

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Sex Through The Centuries. 

Sex.

Teens giggle while children look around in confusion as adults blush. How did such a natural act become so taboo? As a child, everything I learned about sex was from the school bus, my friends, or experimentation. My family never spoke of it. This proves true for many people, but why have we become so conservative towards the act of reproduction?

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To investigate this, we must go back to the beginning. Starting with the earliest humans, sex was purely animalistic. Our instincts simply kicked in and we mated. Simply. No shame.

As we came into the time of Egypt and Rome we still see sex as something which fills everyday life without shame. Pompeii was full of it. Murals and other scenes of pornography filled the city. In Egypt equally, scenes filled tombs and temples alike. The Egyptians were certainly not shy about sex and in fact, pharohs kept harems of women,  including their mothers, sisters, and daughters within them. (Disclaimer, totally not supporting incest, just using as an example ) Cleopatra was notoriously open with her sexuality first with Caesar then Antony. She married two of her brothers but it is unknown whether she had relations with them. Back to Rome… the emperors were notorious for their sexual escapades. They were open with them and men and women alike held lovers of all stations.

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This also brings me to the subject of homosexuality and how it is also considered taboo in today’s society. We have lightened up a bit on it but it is not fully accepted as it was during the days of the Romans or Egyptians. Personally, I think it should be!

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Moving forward, we get to England and it’s reign as master of the world. England shunned sex and kept it hush hush. Although it was common for men to have mistresses, women lost their power and if accused of adultery could be out to death. We see Henry VIII who put Anne Boleyn to death for rumors and Catherine Howard for the same crime with solid evidence.

Long before Henry, came Edward II who had big shoes to fill. He stands between his father and son, two great king’s of England, yet Edward was a weakling. He was easily overpowered by his scorned queen, Isabella. Edward was a homosexual and although fathered four children with his wife, eventually took another male lover, causing her to begin an affair with Roger Mortimer and cause and uprising. Eventually, Edward was killed and Mortimer was defeated and killed. Isabella was imprisoned by her son, Edward III for the remainder of her life.

Onto Mughal India where sex was… complicated….

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Kama Sutra… the book of love. A common book for those who studied the art or even married couples. Much was expected from a woman in the royal bedchamber and if you could catch the emperor then you would rise. Emperor Jahangir fell in love with Nur Jahan and made her the most powerful woman in India. Jahangir’s son would have to deal with her well into his reign but like his father also fell deeply for a woman. Shan Jahan fell in love with Mumtaz Mahal who was of relation to Nur Jahan. He was unable to marry her at first and took another wife but soon had his way. He quickly shunned his other wives after giving them a child each and focused all his attention on Mumtaz. Detailed court documents of their sexual passion are available and well exposed. It resulted in her giving birth to 14 children and unfortunately for Mumtaz, she died birthing their fourteenth. The Taj Mahal symbolizes their love where they have both been interred for eternity.

Don’t even get me started on China…

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As one of the largest empires, Chinese rulers would have concubines… a ton of them. Girls were selected from noble families because hey, only the best for the Emporer. These girls would sit in the halls of women and wait to be chosen. many would grow old and never get a night with their king. Once the emperor died, the women would have their heads shaved and be set to a nunnery equivalent. Some concubines like Ci-Xi and Wu Zhao rose up to become empress because they birthed the next emperor.

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England after the restoration exploded with sex. Charles II had many acknowledged mistresses and bastards. Although he had no legitimate children, he did not shun his wife Catherine. The king was described as lusty and highly sexual. Also during this time, many views of the woman changed. Women took lovers and were allowed on the stage, baring their legs as actresses. Nell Gwynn never married, yet she had lovers including Charles. Many families threw their daughters to the king with hopes of advancement and many would be educated on just how to please the king within the bedchamber.

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Moving forward to George III. It was said he had a mistress, Hannah Lightfoot and then fell in love with Sarah Lennox but once George Married Charlotte, we see a more conservative king. After his marriage, he proves to be a very devoted husband and father. His son, on the other hand, George IV disposed his wife and took many mistresses, even dubbing one his true wife. During this period, women were expected to be virgins and not take lovers.

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Victorian England explored the reign of courtesans and free love such as in France. Victoria’s son Edward was a great lover of women and did not shy around it.

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After Edward, we get more into the 20th century where marriage stayed between a man and woman and sex began to be hushed.

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When the 60s and 70s came the idea of free love came back and for a brief period, some people brought sex back into the spotlight. In the 80s we get pornography wisely distributed. Music videos with scantly clothed women. As we approach our century we see porn taking over everywhere. It’s highly distributed and has taken the place of many stable relationships. I was in a relationship with a porn addict once and trust me when I say this is one thing where it can ruin relationships.

Continuing on. Sex will probably never be as open and free as it was once yet we continue to live on. Babies are being constructed within Petrie dishes while parents pick out eye color rather than just do the act itself and get what you’re given. Society and technology have definitely changed the way we view sex and our sexuality.

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I have gotten mixed reviews about the sex within The King’s Secret Daughter. Anna sleeps with a man before marriage and develops a relationship. This could be normal for the time period but to know the whole story you’d have to read the book. She is at one point shunned by her second husband and finds comfort with another man and the man is punished.

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Within She’s Only Seventeen, we explore human sexuality at its finest. Kat loses her virginity at the tender age of fifteen and after that, she uses sex as a way to express herself and on some occasions, show or mask deep emotions. Kat commits adultery on more than one occasion but since the story takes places from 1980-2001, it is fealty with differently.

In conclusion, sexuality is suppressed in many ways in this society. I have vowed that my daughter will not be uneducated and I trust myself to remain calm when she comes to me with questions. I do not want her to see it as something to be ashamed of. I most certainly am not and I suppose my openness is one of the reasons for my happy marriage.

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This is definitely one of those subjects I could go on forever about so I will stop here. As always, I am welcome to discussions.

Is There Really a Right Age to Have Children?

This question has been asked for centuries, but recently it has come more to my attention because people have made it personal.

I had my daughter in my mid-twenties. According to many millennials, this is considered young. Yet what gets me is the half of women I graduated high school with that had a wave of babies once they graduated.

I put myself through college and married before I got pregnant and gave birth and yet I receive criticism.  This leads me to question many things.

1. The average age of childbirth has gone up drastically in the age of Millenials when the average age only twenty years ago was the early twenties. This could be due to longer lifespans and medical improvements. Also, millennials are more career focused compared to women who were considered homemakers in the baby boomers and generation x.

2. Priorities. Many women find it unnecessary to have children and chose to either live a life without or focus on careers. Millenials are the social generation and are frequent on social media and bar life.

3. Within history, it was not uncommon for a woman as young as twelve to become a mother. Pretty much once you got your first menstrual cycle you considered a woman and ripe for marriage. Take Margaret Tudor for example, the mother of Henry Vii and grandmother of the notorious Henry Vii. She married gave birth at barely twelve and it almost killed her. Things have since changed in this sense for the better yet we still have underage girls getting pregnant.

The debate of what age is the right one to have children is considered silly in my opinion.

Whenever one chooses, whether planned or unplanned, is right for you. Don’t let anyone judge or tell you differently.

On another note, within my novels, this subject comes up.

In She’s Only Seventeen, Kat Crowne gives birth at the tender age of twenty in 1986.

Within The Kings Secret Daughter Anna does not have children but in the sequel due to be released in November….

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Anna gives birth to her first child at the age of twenty-six in 1787. This was considered quite old during this time period for childbearing. While Anna births older, her sister in law Charlotte does at the age of twenty-two. An age which was more acceptable. Charlotte’s mother, Jane, births her eldest son Thomas at barely sixteen. Again a normal age for the time period. We also see teen births through Charlotte and Anna’s descendants.

In conclusion, I truly believe that there is not a right or wrong answer to the question. The criticism that one receives will always happen no matter what. It is the generation in which we live in.whether you have a child at sixteen of fifty it does not matter. if you have one child or twelve, you are still a mother. Age not number does not change this fact. Opinions are everywhere.

Just look at Social Media.

One post can spark thousands of opinions.

“The King’s Secret Daughter” Explantations

WARNING SPOLIER ALERT

Do not continue unless you have read the novel.

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  1. This first scene is one of the most important in the novel. It is when Anna first discovers her hidden feelings for Nathan….

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Anna was sweeping, a chore which she most hated. Thomas had gone out to the fields for the day but she anticipated his return later that afternoon. She knew he would take her somewhere secretive where they would steal a moment or two alone.

This simple country life suited her well, she thought in opposition to what she was used to. She loved having the freedom to wake up in the morning and decided for herself what to wear and who to speak with.

Anna got to the top of the stairs where she heard the door knob to Nathan’s room rattle. He had not joined his elder brother this morning. As he appeared in the door frame, his sharp eyes went straight to her. Anna gave him a smile in greeting but he did not return it. She moved away from him and continued her chore.

“I know about you and Thomas,” he stated.

Anna turned back to face him, the broom tightly in her grasp, as her mouth opened slightly. She had tried to keep it under cover as much as possible, fearful of hurting Nate’s feelings.

“I know you’ve known each other intimately and I think you’re making a mistake,” Nate told her as his green eyes bore into her with intensity.

Anna shook her head. “I’m not making a mistake, I love him.”

Nathan chuckled cruelly, “You don’t love him.”

“Yes, I do,” Anna protested. She let out a frustrated sigh, what was the point in arguing with Nathan anyways?

He stepped out of the doorframe. “You’ll get bored,” he said as he flipped a stray piece of dark hair out of his eyes.

“Why would you even say that?” Anna stated as she turned on him, dropping the broom in the process.

Nathan stepped closer to her, “because you’re like me.”

“I’m nothing like you!” Anna exclaimed.

He shook his head, “That’s where you’re wrong. See? Just that right there, that little outburst, you’re passionate, full of life. Thomas… he’s not. He’s too good, too simple,” Nate explained his voice stern.

He was much too close now, but Anna could not tell him to move away.

“Don’t say that Nate, please,” she said softly.

“You’re making a mistake,” he accused again, his tone lowering to her level.

“No,” she stated.

“Yes,” he whispered as he stepped closer once again.

Anna shook her head, willing herself to somehow move away from him. He reached out to her, before she could comprehend what he was doing, and pulled her to him. She let out a gasp as his hands gripped her hard at the waist so she could not wiggle free.

“I’ll show you,” he said briefly. She felt his hot breath on her face, right before his lips crushed to hers. Anna’s head flew back, as her hat fell from her head, letting loose the masses of golden curls which fell to her waist.

His kiss was fierce, the intensity and heat which came from him left Anna dizzy. She quickly pushed him away as she lifted her hand to him and caught him right on the cheek.

Nate just laughed at her. He raised his eyebrows and smiled as she tried to fix her hair.

“See, I told you. You and I, Anna, were two of the same,” he chuckled.

She refused to hear him. Her whole body screamed something she had never felt before. She needed the feeling to go away. Anna stormed away from him as she headed down the stairs. As she reached the bottom, the front door opened and Thomas appeared.

“You okay?” He asked as he glanced at her disheveled appearance.

“Nate…” she managed.

Thomas just shrugged, “Don’t listen to anything Nate says, Anna.”

“I… but…” She began. How could she explain to Thomas what had just taken place between herself and his brother?

Thomas gave her a smile as he pushed past her, leaving her alone at the bottom of the stairs. When she glanced up them, Nathan stood at the top, his face forming in a triumphant grin.

Their passionate kiss leads to more trouble than Anna initially thinks, for she cannot for the life of her stop thinking of him. This scene is just the first of many which build up to her actions near the end of the novel.

 

 

 

2. The next scene is one which was one of my favorites to write. Jack Smith is one of my personal favorite characters and visualizing him… just think of Chris Hemsworth in Thor. 😉 He’s a passionate, dedicated sailor. Jack is like Anna in a lot of ways and their relationship is filled with ups and downs before it finally comes to a climax.

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That evening, Anna walked into Jack’s quarters,” Hello,” she offered casually.

He was organizing some papers on his desk, but as soon as he heard her voice, he stood up. “Hi,” he said as he met her gaze with a surprised look in his eyes.

“Thank you for showing me the dolphins today,” she stated, the new word slipping awkwardly off her tongue.

Jack gave her a little grin as he walked around the large wooden desk. He leaned backward against it. “We never really got off to a good start, did we?” he asked as he reached for his mead.

Anna shook her head.

“It’s not your fault,” he admitted as he fingered a hole in his shirt. “Not again,” he exclaimed in a low voice full of frustration.

 Anna noticed the tear, “I can sew the holes in your shirts if you would like,” she offered gently.

 He looked over at her. “You could? Would you? I don’t think I have a shirt without one anymore,” he replied, chuckling.

She nodded while holding out her hand. He threw his shirt over his head and went to hand it to her. Her mouth opened slightly as she observed his chiseled chest and broad shoulders. She had almost forgotten how magnificent his physic was.

Anna’s legs began to weaken as she watched his rippling muscles when he held the shirt out to her. She took it in her hands, the fabric warm and soft with wear. Her dark eyes glanced up at Jack. He seemed to read her mind as he moved towards her so their faces were inches apart.

“Jack,” she breathed his name as he leaned in closer. Her whole body tensed, he was so close. Anna brushed the scar on his cheek with her fingertips as his blue eyes bore into her. He reached out to her, his large palm landing on the small of her waist. She could feel the heat coming from him through her tightly laced gown. Anna slowly lifted her face to Jack.

Suddenly there was a knock at the door, Jack moved away from her, as he ran one hand down his face, his other landing on his hip.

“What is it, Robert? Jack called into the empty space. 

“An enemy ship was sighted, we believe she’s a Frenchie,” Robert shouted.

“Damn it,” Jack said under his breath. He glanced at Anna briefly as she handed him back his shirt. He took it, as he hastily put it back on before heading out to meet Robert.

 Anna sat behind the desk, catching her breath. The way that Jack had made her feel… his presence… she had almost felt intimidated. It reminded her of how Nathan Miller had once made her feel when he had tried to convince her that he was the one, not his brother, that she was supposed to be with, once long ago. She had never felt this way when she had been dallying with Joe.

After all, her relationship with Joe had been purely two lonely people who had found comfort in each other. He had been a good friend to her, but Anna knew, he would never be more. Whether or not Joe had known that whilst they had begun was unknown to her.

Anna was married to Jack Smith. He was undoubtedly different from any man she had ever known. Along with being the most handsome man she had ever encountered, he was also incredibly smart and resourceful. She actually wanted to learn more about him. He wasn’t ignoring her anymore and he had made it blatantly clear that he wished to be close to her just then. Anna wasn’t sure what had come over her, but she was sure that Jack Smith wanted her and she had wanted him in return.

Thus begins the sexual tension between Anna and Jack Smith.

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As always, I am accepting questions and comments about both of my novels. Stay tuned for character descriptions from The King’s Secret Daughter next.