Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

I may be blogging again before the year is out, but just in case I don’t make it and/or you’re too busy to stop by, I wanted to wish all of my blog readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Boswell and Dudley are celebrating in style in their Christmas sweaters, as you can see:

sweaterboys

My first nonfiction book, The Woodvilles, is coming out in hardback this January in the United States (it’s already available as an e-book and in printed and electronic form in the United Kingdom).

The historical novel I’m currently working on (working title, The Assassin’s Kiss) is taking me in quite a new direction: it’s set not in medieval or Tudor England, but in 1865 Washington, D.C., and not a single person gets his head chopped off.  On the other hand, one heroine ends up on the gallows, while another ends up in an insane asylum. My clever Facebook friends have guessed one heroine, can you? Look for more posts connected with my work in progress in 2014!

After the New Year, I’ll be offering my readers something that I’ve never done before: the chance to name one of my characters. Not a human character, all of whom have been supplied with names by history, but a feline one. The winner will get an acknowledgment in my novel as well as a signed copy. So be thinking of good 19th-century American cat names!

I hope that 2014 is a great year for all of you.

 

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18 Responses to Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

  1. Anne Barnhill says:

    Thanks Susan. Wow, you are so busy! Excellent news on all counts. My new book will be out in March and I’m still at work revising the once set in WV in 1960–I hope I can get it right :) I would love to have lunch again next time I get to Raleigh–are you game?
    Happy 2014!

  2. Sonetka says:

    That sounds like a book I’d really like to read — I’m going to go for the obvious choices and guess that your heroines are Mary Surratt and Mary Todd Lincoln.

    I look forward to the cat-naming contest and will begin researching famous nineteenth century cats at once :) .

    Merry Christmas!

    • boswellbaxter says:

      Mary Surratt is right! The other lady is far more obscure. The cat-naming should be fun! No parameters on the sex or appearance of the cat, except that it should shed fur on a certain actor who comes calling.

  3. Anerje says:

    Merry Christmas Susan. I really enjoyed the Woodevilles – even in the small city where I live in the UK it was on the Waterstones Recommends table:). Have just finished reading ‘Richard III – the search for the King’s Grave’ – the official tie-in to the investigation. Be warned if you haven’t read it – it repeats all the myths about the Woodevilles you worked so hard to research and find the truth – stealing the royal treasure, plotting to overthrow Richard, and worst of all calls Anthony a coward! Henry Tudor is apparently the luckiest challenger ever to the throne, pages on the battle are littered with the word. Oh we’ll…….

    • boswellbaxter says:

      Thanks, Anerje! I got the free NetGalley version of it, but this and other comments I’ve heard about it haven’t filled me with any enthusiasm about reading it.

  4. Esther says:

    Hope that you have a happy holiday and a great new year!

  5. Jan Lack says:

    Happy holidays Susan!

  6. Celia Parker says:

    I’ve just been reading ‘The Woodvilles’ and really enjoyed it. I was especially interested in Edward Woodville’s lively (and sadly truncated) post-1485 career, which I knew nothing about. I suppose I’d assumed he came home and lived on all that treasure he ‘stole’ in 1483.
    This comes out patronising however I say it: you write very well and I was particularly impressed that unlike most writers on the period you found a way of conveying all the essential information about the Wars of the Roses without putting your specific topic, the Woodvilles’ story, on hold. Most books get bogged down for endless chapters filling in the background.
    Happy Christmas and 2014.

  7. Debra says:

    Hi Susan, really enjoyed your posts this year and look forward to next year’s. Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2014!

  8. bluffkinghal says:

    Happy Christmas, Susan!

  9. A belated and blessed Merry Christmas and Happy New Year full of literary bonuses. Such a delightful pair of dogs you have to make my heart sing at the sight of them.

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