Please join me today in welcoming historical fiction author Christy English.
By Christy English
When I was a child, I would spend hours in the evening lying beneath the Christmas tree, looking up into the lights. The initial attraction was of course, the gifts. I would lie next to them, as if being close to the objects of my desire would bring Christmas Day to fruition that much sooner. I am sorry to say that it didn’t work.
But as I continued to lie beneath the tree, with the rest of the lights in the room dim or out altogether, I found that I forgot the presents as I gazed up into the shifting colors of the tree itself. Those lights were soothing and mysterious all at the same time. I found my mind shifting from the obsession with the future, from wishing for Christmas Day itself, to an internal world, where anything might happen, where magic was real.
Even as a small child, my belief in real world magic had all but faded. But as I lay beneath that tree, listening to the silence, watching the shifting lights as they blinked in the darkness, I found a different kind of magic. A magic that to this day leads me to other worlds, to other places just beyond the door of my mind. Those places beckon me still, leading me into undiscovered countries, to uncharted seas, where I find my characters and my stories waiting.
Christy English is the author of The Queen’s Pawn and To Be Queen: A Novel of the Early Life of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Please join her on her blog for more musings on magic, mystery, and the beauty of the written word. http://www.ChristyEnglish.com
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About the Book:
Duchess at fifteen, Eleanor of Aquitaine marries the King of France. But will she find that she must pay too high a price to be queen?
Although Louis VII is enamored of his bride, the newly crowned king is easily manipulated by forces in the Church. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Eleanor fights for her freedom and for the love of her life. In the arms of Henry of Normandy, Eleanor may finally find the passion she longs for, and the means to fulfill her legacy as Queen.