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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 27-Nov-2006, 11:57 PM

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I read on her site that there will be one, maybe two, more Outlander novels, plus a prequel about Jamie's parents that may be done in three novellas.

Also, for Sara Donati fans, I've just finished Queen of Swords, the fifth one, and I liked it. Most of it takes place in New Orleans, before and during the battle for that city. There will be one more in the Wilderness series, that I know of, that is.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 10-Jun-2006, 04:41 AM

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An ordinary Tuesday? Not in my house. It was my mother's birthday! Other than that, it was just another day.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 06-Jun-2006, 10:07 PM

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I read a lot of historical biographies. Last week, I read, Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England by Alison Weir. It is about Edward II's consort, Isabella of France. She has a rather, ummm, colorful reputation. The book was okay, though some of the theories presented were a little hard to swallow. I'm not saying they may not be true, just difficult to believe. Also by this author are several other biographies of various British monarchs and consorts: Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Mary, Queen of Scots, The Little Princes in the Tower, etc.

As for Night, I read it twice for various classes in high school. That was about ten years ago. I can't say I enjoyed it. One cannot enjoy a book like that unless one has a rather macabre mind. But it is very good.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 03-May-2006, 05:29 AM

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I also said "huh?", and went back a few paragraphs!

Discordia - Towards a Chronology for 5th century Britain by Patrick Rogers.

When you get time, I recommend reading the other guest articles at the site.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 03-May-2006, 05:16 AM

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Being the nerd I am I like to keep up with the various discoveries in archaeology. To do this, I check in at these sites regularly

National Geographic - Archaeology & Paleontology News
Archaeology Magazine: Online Exclusives

To keep up with the releases from my favorite authors, I visit Fantastic Fiction.

Other than this site and Live 365, I like Pandora for music.

Also, sometimes, I like to star gaze, and, for interesting information on what I'm looking at, I go to StarDate Online.

And, for something interesting to do, if you haven't already done it, you can vote for the New 7 Wonders of the World.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 06-Feb-2006, 07:01 AM

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Wow! Long time no post. ::glances through posts::

Great, Amy! Gaelen Foley's a good read. Jack's story, His Wicked Kiss, is supposed to come in late April.

Mmmmm, I have read Knight in Shining Armor, but I think my favorite Jude Deveraux (sp) book in Counterfeit Lady, which takes place in the States at the time of the French Revolution.

I think Karen Marie Moning has a novella Into the Dreaming coming out on 2/28 and a novel, Dreamfever, on 9/26. I'm also looking forward to the last of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series, On the Way to the Wedding, which is due out the beginning of July, and The Marriage Spell by Mary Jo Putney (end of May).

I really haven't done that much reading, lately. crybaby.gif I got To the Castle by Joan Wolf for Christmas, it was pretty good, but not her best work. Also, I've re-read some of my old Kathleen Woodiwiss novels. She's one of my favorites.

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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 20-Aug-2005, 04:27 AM

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The Romans who occupied most of this Island, naming it Britannia - the Brythons being the first Keltoi they encountered.

Actually, the name comes from the word Pretani, which was the Brythonic for Picts (the Gaelic being Cruthin).

Their tribal name was "Goidal", from which "Gaelic" has emerged.

This is the name given to the Celtic dialect they spoke. There were literally dozens, if not hundreds, of Celtic tribes (i.e. Parisii, Iceni, Cassiovelauni, Silurii, Arverni, Carnutes, Insubres, Boii, etc).

The portions of the Isles which are currently Celtic are not the only areas in which the Celtic peoples settled. Later on, various Germanic tribes settled in those areas and gradually subjugated and absorbed the Britons.

In 500 A.D. the Romans abandoned Britain, which soon after fell under the domination of Anglo-Saxon invaders from northern Europe.

Rome abandoned Britain long before 500 A.D. Before the Visigoths sacked the city in 410 A.D., the leaders of Britain sent a letter to Emperor Honorius, begging for Roman aid, but Honorius wrote back that they should see to their own defense. By 413, the legions stationed at Hadrain's Wall were gone.

Also, the Anglo-Saxons already had a few petty kingdoms in England before 500 A.D., namely Kent, Sussex, and Essex.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 07-Aug-2005, 04:46 AM

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One I'm sure you've heard of, she's kind of a classic --Anya Seton ... Katherine is the central one from her....

I've actually read this one and thought it was pretty good. I've always been rather fascinated by the love story of John of Gaunt and Katherine. Love was a very rare quality in noble marriages, much less royal ones, back then.

Now, one royal love story I'd like to read, but have never found in a novel was between Eric of Sweden (the one who courted Elizabeth I) and a commoner named Kate who sold oranges close to his palace. The story goes that Eric saw Kate through a window in his palace, and fell head-over-heels in love with her, and, ignoring the scandal, and the disapproval of his family, he married her. Later on, Eric goes stark, raving, mad, is dethroned by his brother John, and is locked away until his death. I don't know what happened to Kate.

Okay, okay, back to the books, lol.

I've just read It's in His Kiss, by Julia Quinn (about Hyacinth Bridgerton) and One Night of Sin by Gaelen Foley (about Alec Knight).

It's in His Kiss was okay, but not as good as the the first 4 novels in the series...the ones with Lady Whistledown.

Bridgerton Series - Julia Quinn
The Duke and I
The Viscount Who Loved Me
An Offer From a Gentleman
Romancing Mister Bridgerton
To Sir Philip, With Love
When He Was Wicked
It's in His Kiss

? (one more next year about Gregory)

One Night of Sin, however, was great. I read it in one sitting. I've loved all of the Knight Miscellaeney novels. They're called that because although they had the same mother, Georgeanna Knight, Duchess of Hawkscliffe, most of them had different fathers!

Knight Miscellaeney - Gaelen Foley
The Duke - Robert, the eldest, in the current duke, and son of the lady's husband. His love interest, Belinda Hamilton, happens to be the latest star of the demi-monde. Translation, she is a courtesan, and he becomes her protector.
Twin of Fire - Lucien, who is a spy, must somehow stop a deadly plot by an old Bonapartist enemy. He and Damien are twins, their father being marquess. His lady? Alice Montague, who rather scandalously propositions.
Twin of Ice - Damien, newly created Earl of Winterley, is a Colonel in Wellington's infantry, and was a every major battle in the Napoleanic Wars. He has PTSD, and is haunted by the memory of every soldier he lost. Enter Miranda FitzHerbert, the illegitemate daughter of a viscount, and his new ward. Just when everything starts to settle down, Napolean returns.
Lady of Desire - I haven't read this one, but it's about the only daughter, Jacinda, who is the youngest, and her only other child by her husband.
Devil Takes a Bride - this one is about the family ward, and Jacinda's companion, Elizabeth Carlisle.
One Night of Sin - The youngest son, Lord Alexander "Alec" Knight. His father was a Shakespearean actor. Alec is a very fashionable rake until he meets Rebecca Ward who is running from a Russian cousin and his band of Cossacks.
? - One next year about Jack, the second son, who is a privateer. His father was an Irish boxer.

Read and enjoy!
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 28-Jul-2005, 07:39 PM

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My favorite book about Brian Boru is Lion of Ireland, by Morgan lewellyn. It's historical fiction, so keep that in mind while reading, but the salient facts are correct. It was even endorsed by the chief of clan O'Brian. There is a sequel, Pride of Lions, about Brian's youngest son, but it isn't as good as Lion of Ireland.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 20-Jul-2005, 10:00 PM

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... I barely shed a tear when book 6 was closing.

I felt the same way. My niece cried when she finished the book, but I got more choked up when Harry and Dumbledore were in that shed talking about Sirius than when Dumbledore "died".

To me, this book fell flat. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed parts of it... that scene in the shed, Dumbledore and the Dursleys, Harry back talking Snape in class, etc. I also had visions of Tony Blair being confronted with a Minister of Magic and a talking painting, lol. And the tension between Ron and Hermione has been building for quite a while, so, by Half-Blood Prince, that doesn't hold much interest to me either.

This book had such potential for emotional development and feeling, but, for me, it just wasn't there.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 19-Jul-2005, 12:11 PM

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That's a good one. I was thinking maybe Regulus Black.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 19-Jul-2005, 10:43 AM

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Perhaps Dumbledore isn't really dead

I've been wondering about that myself. It would certainly be the best way for Snape to ingratiate himself with Voldemort and the Death Eaters, AND it would cause them to drop their guard a bit.

Also, the rest of the wizarding has become too complacent in Dumbledore's omnipotence, this really shook them up.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 19-Jul-2005, 09:16 AM

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My niece did the same thing! The book came in the mail in the morning, and she was finished before noon. After which, I snatched the book before my nephew could snag it, lol.

I think Snape is still a good guy. Amittedly, right after I finished the book, I had fantasies about putting him in a room with about 100 dementors, but, now, I've had time to think about it. There is still something that Dumbledore knew that we don't. He already knew that Snape was the one who had told Voldemort the prophecy, and he knew about Snape's exceptional skill at Occlumency (sp?), yet, when he sent Harry for help, he asked him to wake Severus. So, whatever Dumbledore knew that we don't, is powerful enough that would trust Snape against amazing odds.

Dumbledore may be trusting, but he was no fool.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 17-Jul-2005, 09:55 AM

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Hi, Amy.

I've read most of those, and there are, currently, 12 books in the Cynster series, plus a special volume about Devil's parents. As far as I know, there are 3 more in the works.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 16-Jul-2005, 11:39 AM

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Ooooooooo! I've just done a bit of a Karen Marie Moning read-a-thon! Despite of what I thought of Beyond the Highland Mist, I like Adam Black enough to try the other. I've read all of her books currently out over the last couple of weeks, and I love the McKeltars. I'm looking forward to the new book!

Also, I've read Johanna Lindsey's latest, Marriage Most Scandalous. Personally, I didn't really like it. I thought most of the characters were rather flat, the only one having any depth at all being the hero, Sebastian.

I've also been reading Nora Robert's Key Trilogy. It's contemporary romance, but there are also a couple of Celtic gods trapped in human form and an evil sorceror!
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 22-Jun-2005, 03:24 PM

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I posted these on the Celts board, but I've decided to post them here, too. Just in case anyone else is interested.

Peter Beresford Ellis is a good start. Here are a couple I have read:

The Celtic Empire: The First Millennium of Celtic History 1000 BC - 51 AD by Peter Beresford Ellis

The Druids by Peter Beresford Ellis

Alos, I have these two books:

A History of Wales by John Davies
Scotland: The Story of a Nation by Magnus Magnusson

Both are good sources for the history of those individual countries.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 22-Jun-2005, 03:20 PM

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I just looked through my bookshelves, and I have these two books:

A History of Wales by John Davies
Scotland: The Story of a Nation by Magnus Magnusson

Both are good sources for the history of those individual countries.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 18-Jun-2005, 01:25 AM

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Okay, since my last post, I've done a lot of reading, smile.gif

The Truth About Love by Stephanie Laurens
The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
Highland Vow by Hannah Howell
Arthur by Stephen Lawhead
Daughter of the Red Deer, The Horsemasters, and The Reindeer Hunters by Joan Wolf (these are rather interesting if only because they are prehistorical rather than historical romances)

Johanna Lindsey's new book, Marriage Most Scandalous, has just been released, and have it on request at the library. I am also waiting rather impatiently for Julia Quinn's new book, It's in His Kiss, which will come out June 28.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 18-Jun-2005, 12:30 AM

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Yes, Peter Beresford Ellis is a good start. Here are a couple I have read:

The Celtic Empire: The First Millennium of Celtic History 1000 BC - 51 AD by Peter Beresford Ellis

The Druids by Peter Beresford Ellis

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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 07-Jun-2005, 10:56 PM

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From what I've read, the first culture that can verifiably be labelled "Celtic" was the Halstatt Culture which flourished around 700 BC and was succeeded by the La Tene Culture which lasted from about 500 BC until the coming of the Romans. Both of these cultures thrived in Austria, Switzerland, parts of Germany, the Czech Republic, and the Slovak Republic.

Before the Iron Age Halstatt Culture, there was a Bronze Age culture in that area called the Urnfield Culture (c. 1200 BC). There is much debate as to whether or not the Urnfield people can be termed "Celtic" or not. From archaeological evidence, it has been determined that the Halstatt Culture evolved in peaceful succession from the Urnfield, which, in turn, had evolved from the preceding culture.

So, generally, the homeland of the Celtic peoples was located, approximately, at the headwaters of the Rhine and the Danube, both of which have Celtic names. From the there, the Celts spread out across Europe in all directions, advancing, though sparsely, even into parts of Poland and the Ukraine.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 08-May-2005, 05:22 PM

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Okay, I've just finished reading Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning, and have a question.....how does one write a novel taking place in Scotland in the summer and fall of 1513 and NOT even mention the Battle of Flodden Field (September 9, 1513)???????

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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 08-May-2005, 03:53 AM

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Hi, CelticRose!

Oh, the snake part is in The Fiery Cross, I've read all of them that are currently out.

I don't know why it was called Lake in the Clouds, either, or Hidden Wolf, for that matter. I finished it last night, and I'm waiting to get the next one from my mother. (She went through my library books one day and made off with a few, lol).

Oh, wait a moment, now that I think about it, I think I might have an idea why, but that comes at the end, so I won't spoil it for everyone.

Tonight, I've taken a bit of a break from romance (sort of) and read an Anne McCaffrey novella called No One Noticed the Cat. I think it's kind of cute.

Oh, the term Regency, when referring to romances, anyway, refers to any book that takes place between 1810 and 1830, give or take a few years, set in Britain (most times in London for the Season). Julia Quinn's Bridgerton novels are Regencies (I just LOVE Lady Whistledown!), as are Stephanie Laurens's Cynster and Bastion Club series.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 07-May-2005, 08:29 PM

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Who picks the titles of the books, the publisher? I just assumed the author did!

Actually, I read on Sara Donati's web site that she wanted to call the third book Hidden Wolf, but that the marketing people didn't like that, so she came up with some others that she would find acceptable. They chose Lake in the Clouds.

They see Braveheart and love Scotland and think they can portray it accurately.

I've never been to Scotland, either, but I've read enough historical non-fiction stuff about that period so that parts of Braveheart made me laugh (such as his relationship with Isabelle of France).

I hate it when writers make little mistakes like that, having absolutely nothing to do with artistic liscience.

A few years ago, I read a book about Anne Boleyn. Supposedly, she kept a diary, and left it for Elizabeth. Well, we are reading this journal along with Elizabeth, and it is accompanied with bits and pieces of her romance with Robert Dudley. Now, the whole story is bent and twisted, but most of that can be somewhat forgiven because it makes a good story, but I didn't know whether to laugh or swear when the author got the name of the Spanish ambassador wrong. That part of the book was about Elizabeth's travails under her sister, Mary, and the author mentioned the ambassador, de Quandra. Now, to begin with, the name is, de Quadra (he was a bishop, BTW), and he didn't become the ambassador until after Elizabeth became the Queen. During that part of Mary's reign, the ambassador was de Feria (he was a count). LOL.

Oh, BTW, I have a bit of a riff with Gabaldon's Outlander series....about that paper Roger found about the death of Jamie and Claire.....I know the snake thing was suspposed to be poignant, but with that foreknowledge, it came off being melodramatic to me.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 28-Apr-2005, 07:55 PM

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Okay, I went to the library over the weekend and checked out the Wilderness books by Sara Donati, and I've already gone through the first two, lol. I LOVE them! curiosity makes me laugh. And, I've done my homework, and found out that the fifth book, tentatively titled Queen of Swords, will be out next year, maybe around March.

I also checked out Oulander, but I haven't gotten to it yet.

BTW, Johanna Lindsey's next book, Marriage Most Scandalous will hit the stores June 14th. It's a Regency set in England and France.
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ImmortalAvalon Posted on: 09-Apr-2005, 06:57 AM

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ImmortalAvalon! That series by Janelle Taylor. Is it Native American characters? If so, I would love to read those.

Yeah, they are. The series is about the four children of Rising Bear, chief of the Red Shields band of the Oglala.

In the first book, his eldest son, and heir, Wind Dancer, is commanded to marry Chumani (Dewdrops), a Brule widow, in a vision. Chumani just happens to be a female warrior.

In book two, Cloud Chaser, the son of Rising Bear and a white captive called Omaste (Sunshine), returns to his father's people. When he was a child he was found, wounded, by some pioneers who adopted him and took him to Oregon. Now he has to prove that his Oglala blood is stronger than this white blood. His love interest is a childhood friend called Macha (Dawn).

Book Three: The third son, Wanbli (War Eagle), and some of his friends attack a wagon train carrying weapons to one of the frontier forts, killing several soldiers and taking captive Caroline Sims, the sister of a soldier at the fort who was travelling with the to join her brother.

The fourth book, yet to be released ::pout, lol::, is about Rising Bear's only daughter, Hanmani, and her romance with a half-white-half-Cheyenne warrior called Red Wolf who happens to be War Eagle's best friend.

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