Currently Reading: The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

redqueencoverRight now I am reading The Red Queen (The Cousins’ War #2) by Philippa Gregory. Gregory is an author who I had been wanting to read for some time. I am officially in love with her writing! She spins some incredible historical fiction that leaves me constantly aching for more. I have the hardest time putting her books down! The first of her books I read was The White Queen (The Cousins’ War #1) and it tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, wife and Queen to Edward IV of England. The Red Queen, which I am currently reading, is the story of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry Tudor aka King Henry VII of England. I had never read much about her though I am fascinated by Tudor era England. Margaret is a member of the Lancaster branch of the Plantagenet family, hence the title of The Red Queen. The title for The White Queen comes from Elizabeth being the Queen to the York Plantagenet King Edward IV and mother to the Princes in the Tower. I was already fascinated by the history of the Wars of the Roses, especially knowing my ancestors are those Lancasters. So far, Margaret’s story is one that breaks my heart. Shwhitequeencovere was a woman determined to rule her own life in a world where she would never be allowed to. She dreamed of greatness not knowing that she would be the mother to a dynasty of Kings and Queens of England. This woman would who would give birth to her son Henry, future King Henry VII, at the age of thirteen would live to see her son rule England as King and to even see her grandson’s, King Henry VIII’s, coronation shortly before her death. Her life is certainly remarkable, as was that of Elizabeth Woodville. I will certainly be looking for some non fiction to read on these woman. But why did I finally begin to read these? Watching the Starz series, The White Queen, made it so I could not procrastinate reading them any longer. Now I am truly on a new adventure in reading, traveling back in time to England’s bloodiest period.

-Helena

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Updates: Back to work on The Passion of the Dragon Saga & More!

passionofthedragonsaga2Rayna & I are back to work on The Passion of the Dragon Saga! Don’t miss out on the updates on the website!

I’m currently working out ideas for the artwork of my next poetry collection while I start choosing the poems for it. It’s a challenge so far but there will be a lot more to come soon as it will be releasing April 6th. I am so excited. I’ve got so many ideas in my head for this as a poetry series to show a journey of healing. Part one of this journey will be titled Antidote for the Poison. I am hoping that showing my journey of healing from dark depression and post traumatic stress disorder will help others who have their own struggles. That is why I share my poetry as each one is a piece of my heart and soul.phoenixfromtheashesfrontcoverfinal

Don’t miss out on the Kindle Free Promotion on my already released poetry collections (Behind the Mask and Phoenix from the Ashes) this weekend, February 5-7! Kindle users, get your copy for free! There will be a Kindle Free Promotion on Hearts on Fire and a Kindle Countdown Deal coming up this month on The Passion of the Dragon Saga novels (Hearts on Fire and Love in Flames). If you want more details, take a look at the series website.

I’ve also been doing  a little work on a Fantasy series I’ve been developing for over a decade now. I’m not sure when I will have more details to share but it’s just something I’m working on every now and then. I do plan on focusing more on it after Rayna and I finish writing The Passion of the Dragon Saga.

Hopefully I will be sharing some more exciting things soon!

-Helena

Welcome to my new blog!

After a lot of thinking, I have decided to move my blog from tumblr to wordpress. I will be moving all of my main posts from tumblr to here very soon! I’ll also be completing my posting of the poems I wrote for NaPoWriMo. I enjoyed challenging myself to write with every single prompt that was given this year and completing them. I’m going to continue to challenge myself to do more things like this in the future as it benefits my writing and creative thoughts in so many ways.

Rayna Kingston and I launched a website for the book series we are writing together known as The Passion of the Dragon Saga today! Check it out! I’m currently writing on the third chapter of the second volume of the series to be titled Love in Flames: The Story of Vlad the Impaler and the Women He Loved. We have both enjoyed sharing Hearts on Fire: The Story of Vlad the Impaler and the Women He Loved with the world as the first volume of the series. The wonderful feedback and reviews we have received have made us absolutely giddy!  This has been an incredible journey that we are just really getting started with. Hearts on Fire has been out for a little over two months now and we expect Love in Flames to release in early 2016. I’m very proud to say that I chased my dreams and do not regret for one second convincing my best friend to write this story. It is just too good to not share with the world. I know that we both cannot wait to see where else this takes us! If you happen to check out the website, you will for the first time see actual biographies for the three lead characters of Vlad, Erdenia, and Erzsébet.

Now for me it’s back to some music, which today is a Nightwish and Delain playlist in preparation for the concert on Wednesday that Rayna and I will be both be attending, and to write more on Love in Flames!

-Helena