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How do you make God laugh? Make a plan. I studied classical theater at the National Theater School of Canada, planning a “distinguished stage career" and then spent the next twenty years acting in made-for-TV movies, series, sit-coms, and soap opera. But I thoroughly enjoyed all that TV work, and I did also perform in dozens of plays across Canada and in the US. I loved being an actor.

It felt like a natural extension of my acting to create characters for fiction, and in 2008 Kensington Books published my first historical novel, The Queen's Lady. Set in the court of Henry VIII it features Honor Larke, a (fictional) ward of (the real) Sir Thomas More. More was a brilliant scholar and a loving father, but as chancellor of England he banned boo...more




My friend and fine actor, Brigit Wilson, tweeted this photo of herself in her dressing room at Ontario's world-renowned Stratford Festival where she plays Lady Faulconbridge in Shakespeare's "King John."

What good taste she has in books!

Here she is with my novel The Queen's Captive. The Queen's Captive (Thornleigh, #3) by Barbara Kyle




I love the juxtaposition of her Elizabethan costume with The Queen's Captive because the book begins with twenty-y...

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The Queen's Lady (Thornleig...
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THE QUEEN'S GAMBLE (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Young Queen Elizabeth I’s path to the throne has been a perilous one, and already she faces a dangerous crisis. French troops have landed in Scotland to quell a rebel Protestant army, and Elizabeth fears once they are entrenched on the border, they will invade England. Isabel Thornleigh has returned to London from the New World with her Spanish husband, Carlos Valverde, and their young son. Ever the queen’s loyal servant, Isabel is recruited to smuggle money to the Scottish rebels. Yet Elizabeth’s trust only goes so far—Isabel’s son will be the queen’s pampered hostage until she completes her mission. Matters grow worse when Isabel’s husband is engaged as military advisor to the French, putting the couple on opposite sides in a deadly cold war. THE QUEEN'S GAMBLE is the fourth novel in my Tudor-era "Thornleigh" series. Each book's story also stands alone.

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The Queen's Exiles by Barbara Kyle
" This is, I believe, the third of the Thornleigh Series books that I have read. Each can easily stand alone but all do tie in with family characters that come and go from book to book. Sometimes playing major roles, other times playing supporting r... " Read more of this review »
The Queen's Exiles by Barbara Kyle
" The Queen’s Exiles is the sixth book in Barbara Kyle’s Thornleigh Saga and as the saga continues, the books are getting better and better. I loved The Queen’s Lady not only because of the fascinating story, but what gripped me was the historical a... " Read more of this review »
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I was complaining recently about wanting more Tudor-era stories by new-to-me authors, and now another one has come along. This book is the sixth in a series, but stands up very well as a n... " Read more of this review »
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"Shirley wrote: "Finally got to finish "The Queen's Exiles" by Barbara Kyle. Enjoyed it very much, the last part was exciting and quite graphic. There...more "
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I hope you do, Tammy. I think you'll love Fenella :)
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“Isabel Valverde was coming home. The brief, terrible letter from her brother had brought her across five thousand miles of ocean, from the New World to the Old, and during the long voyage she thought she had prepared herself for the worst. But now that London lay just beyond the next bend of the River Thames, she dreaded what awaited her. The not knowing – that was the hardest. Would she find her mother still a prisoner awaiting execution? Horrifying though that was, Isabel could at least hope to see her one last time. Or had her mother already been hanged?”
Barbara Kyle, The Queen's Gamble

“Fenella Doorn watched the unfamiliar wreck of a ship ghosting into her bay. Crippled by cannon fire, she thought. What else could do such damage? The foremast was blown away, as well as half the mainmast where a jury rig clung to the jagged stump, and shot holes tattered the sails on the mizzen. And yet, to Fenella’s experienced eye the vessel had an air of defiance. Demi-cannons hulked in the shadowed gun ports. This ship was a fighter, battered but not beaten. With fight still in her, was she friend or foe?”
Barbara Kyle, The Queen's Exiles

“Snow crunched under the feet of three cloaked figures – a queen, her lady, and a gravedigger – as they hurried along a moonlit path in Windsor Castle's lower ward. The gravedigger pushed a cart that held a slab of marble, his pick and shovel, and some straw. When the trio reached the steps of St. George's Chapel, Queen Mary stopped. She turned her head, pushing aside the fur of her hood, and a gust of wind needled her with crystallized snow. She looked back at her attendants. Was she wrong to trust them with this night's work?”
Barbara Kyle, The King's Daughter

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“Isabel Valverde was coming home. The brief, terrible letter from her brother had brought her across five thousand miles of ocean, from the New World to the Old, and during the long voyage she thought she had prepared herself for the worst. But now that London lay just beyond the next bend of the River Thames, she dreaded what awaited her. The not knowing – that was the hardest. Would she find her mother still a prisoner awaiting execution? Horrifying though that was, Isabel could at least hope to see her one last time. Or had her mother already been hanged?”
Barbara Kyle, The Queen's Gamble

“Fenella Doorn watched the unfamiliar wreck of a ship ghosting into her bay. Crippled by cannon fire, she thought. What else could do such damage? The foremast was blown away, as well as half the mainmast where a jury rig clung to the jagged stump, and shot holes tattered the sails on the mizzen. And yet, to Fenella’s experienced eye the vessel had an air of defiance. Demi-cannons hulked in the shadowed gun ports. This ship was a fighter, battered but not beaten. With fight still in her, was she friend or foe?”
Barbara Kyle, The Queen's Exiles

“Snow crunched under the feet of three cloaked figures – a queen, her lady, and a gravedigger – as they hurried along a moonlit path in Windsor Castle's lower ward. The gravedigger pushed a cart that held a slab of marble, his pick and shovel, and some straw. When the trio reached the steps of St. George's Chapel, Queen Mary stopped. She turned her head, pushing aside the fur of her hood, and a gust of wind needled her with crystallized snow. She looked back at her attendants. Was she wrong to trust them with this night's work?”
Barbara Kyle, The King's Daughter

“Alana Marks had always known she was different. From her gypsy childhood, to the way she now made her living in the movies, she'd always lived on the edge. She'd been paid to leap from a sixteenth story window, roll a car to a cliff edge, get thrown off a speeding train and dragged into a river by a runaway horse. At the moment, she was about to set herself on fire and jump out of a burning barn.”
Barbara Kyle, The Experiment

“The night of the fireworks changed the course of many lives in England, though no one suspected the dark future as hundreds of courtiers stared, faces upturned in delight, at the starbursts of crimson, green, and gold that lit up the terraces, gardens, and pleasure grounds of Rosethorn House, the country home of Richard, Baron Thornleigh. That night, no one was more proud to belong to the baron’s family than his eighteen-year-old ward, Justine Thornleigh; she had no idea that she would soon cause a deadly division in the family and ignite a struggle between two queens. Yet she was already, innocently, on a divergent path, for as Lord and Lady Thornleigh and their multitude of guests watched the dazzle of fireworks honoring the spring visit of Queen Elizabeth, Justine was hurrying away from the public gaiety. Someone had asked to meet her in private.”
Barbara Kyle, Blood Between Queens

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Barbara Kyle You are kind, Nicola! And I will look for your books, too.


Barbara Kyle Karla, thanks for this! As you know that first book in my "Thornleigh" series became THE QUEEN'S LADY.

Here are the four so far in the series (more coming!):

The Queen's Lady (Thornleigh, #1) by Barbara Kyle The King's Daughter (Thornleigh, #2) by Barbara Kyle The Queen's Captive (Thornleigh, #3) by Barbara Kyle The Queen's Gamble by Barbara Kyle

Happy reading :)


Karla (Mossy Love Grotto) Thanks for the friend invite! "A Dangerous Temptation" was one of the first romances I read during my 2nd (and current) spree in the genre. It was very memorable and I've recommended it quite a few times. Reading the rest of the series is something I must get around to soon. :-)


Barbara Kyle Hi Amanda,

You clever girl, you! I'm all for your Mom getting you to the bookstore soon :)

You made me laugh with your comment about Isabel and Carlos's relationshiop being like your parents'. (Cool parents!)

BTW "The Queen's Gamble," which will be released in late August, features Isabel and Carlos again.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy "The Queen's Captive."

Thanks so much for getting in touch.

Best regards,
Barbara


Amanda Hi Ms. Kyle! Thanks for the friend invite! And yes I really enjoyed The Queen's Lady and I just finished The King's Daughter this past Thursday! I'm trying to get my mother to take me to the store to buy The Queen's Captive and I'm super excited for The Queen's Gamble since I liked Isabel and Carlos' relationship! Made me think of my mom and dad lol! THANKS AGAIN! :D


Barbara Kyle Sarah, I'm so glad you love Isabel. (She's a favorite of mine, too.) You'll be glad to know that the next book in the series features Isabel and Carlos again. It's called "The Queen's Gamble" and it will be released in mid-2011 -- so you've got lots more adventures of the Thornleigh family to look forward to!


message 4: by Sarah

Sarah M Thanks for the friend request Barbara! Im really enjoying The Kings Daughter. I love Isabel.
I actually bought your third novel the Queens Captive before I even bought the Kings Daughter. So I will definatly be reading it after, I also plan on reading the first in the series!:) I hope you write more novels soon!:)


Barbara Kyle Kim, thanks for your comment, but I'm sorry to say that "Guelph" is a misprint from Goodreads. I actually don't live there, but in Port Credit, ON. (Don't know how this error crept in, and must get it changed.) I do have friends in Guelph, though, and love to visit there - you're right, it's a lovely town, as university towns so often are.


message 2: by Barbara (last edited Aug 20, 2010 08:33AM)

Barbara Kyle Great to hear from you, Jenny, and thanks for your kind words about THE QUEEN'S LADY. I'm gratified by your comment about Sir Thomas More. My aim was to show his fascinatingly conflicted nature as a loving family man and brilliant scholar, but a man tragically perverted by his religion. Thanks for sharing - and I hope you'll enjoy following the further adventures of the Thornleighs.


message 1: by Jemidar (last edited Aug 19, 2010 08:58AM)

Jemidar Hi Barbara,

Thanks for the Friend invite :-). Yes, I plan to order The Queen's Captive pretty much as soon as it's released, although I do need to catch up with Thornleigh #2 first, which has been languishing in my TBR pile for far too long! I really enjoyed the first one and loved your characterization of Thomas More. I'm not a great fan of his and thought you had him pretty much spot on.

Regards, Jenny.


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