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Elizabeth St.John

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Elizabeth St.John was brought up in England and lives in California. She has tracked down family papers and sites from Nottingham Castle, Lydiard Park, and the British Library to Castle Fonmon and The Tower of London. Although the family sold a few castles and country homes along the way (it's hard to keep a good castle going these days), Elizabeth's family still occupy them - in the form of portraits, memoirs, and gardens that carry their imprint. And the occasional ghost. But that's a different story...

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Congratulations! You are about to embark on the most challenging and exciting journey of your life! Firstly, I love the independence…more
Hi Keshena
Congratulations! You are about to embark on the most challenging and exciting journey of your life! Firstly, I love the independence and creative freedom that indie-publishing brings to the process, and it absolutely works for me. That being said, I was also determined to publish the best possible book I could, and so I worked with a professional editor, beta readers and a cover designer to help me reach those standards. So if you are going to go indie, this kind of professional teamwork is really important if you want your book to succeed.
As far as the research; I am fortunate in that my family has a lot of material in our own archives, and in our historic home, Lydiard Park. I also made the decision that I would only use primary sources, rather than repeat work from published authorities (although some respected biographers were extremely helpful in providing opinions, and had great bibliographies).
I also worked to a very specific outline, to ensure that all my dates and places were accurate. For me, nothing spoils a good book than a silly mistake.
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NEW RELEASE: Barbara, Lady Villiers

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Yes, finally was able to sit down and write a Counterpoint for Barbara – a short story from her perspective that complements a chapter from The Lady of the Tower. It’s a quick read – and one that I hope you’ll enjoy. Maybe you’ll even feel sorry for her. Well, that might be going a bit too far.

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Description: Orphaned Lucy St.John, described as "the most beautiful of all," defies English society by carving her own path through the decadent Stuart court. In 1609, the early days of the rule of James I are a time of glittering pageantry and cutthroat ambition, when the most dangerous thing one can do is fall in love . . . or make an enemy of Frances Howard, the reigning court beauty. Lucy catches the eye of the Earl of Suffolk, but her envious sister Barbara is determined to ruin her happiness. Exiling herself from the court, Lucy has to find her own path through life, becoming mistress of the Tower of London. Riding the coattails of the king’s favorite, the Duke of Buckingham, the fortunes of the St.Johns rise to dizzying heights. But with great wealth comes betrayal, leaving Lucy to fight for her survival—and her honor—in a world of deceit and debauchery. Elizabeth St.John tells this dramatic story of love, betrayal, family bonds and loyalty through the eyes of her ancestor Lucy and her family’s surviving diaries, letters and court papers.
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