Thursday 7 June 2018

#Kindred Spirits: Westminster Abbey by Jennifer C Wilson

From Crooked Cat Books - a new addition to the Kindred Spirits Series! 

Friday 8th June 2018 will see the launch of the 3rd book in the refreshingly-different historical fantasy Kindred Spirits Series. From a deep historically-researched base my friend, Jennifer C Wilson, takes the facts and recreates a world where the ghosts of known historical figures interact as though still alive. The quirky aspects are that these ghosts are not all inhabiting their own particular era as in life but they are all inhabiting a particular locality. Jennifer has sent along some pre-launch information for me to share with you... 

In the Kindred Spirits series, we meet the ghosts of historical characters, in a range of contemporary settings. Have you ever wondered what Richard III and Anne Boleyn might have in common, what Mary, Queen of Scots is getting up to now, or what happens when the visitors leave some of the most popular attractions in the country? Well, here’s your chance!

In the third of the Kindred Spirits series, we visit Westminster Abbey, and I hope you enjoy meeting a new community of ghosts. Mind, with modern travel so easy these days, a few faces we’ve already encountered might just show up too…

On hallowed ground…

With over three thousand burials and memorials, including seventeen monarchs, life for the ghostly community of Westminster Abbey was never going to be a quiet one. Add in some fiery Tudor tempers, and several centuries-old feuds, and things can only go one way: chaotic.

Against the backdrop of England’s most important church, though, it isn't all tempers and tantrums. Poets' Corner hosts poetry battles and writing workshops, and close friendships form across the ages.

With the arrival of Mary Queen of Scots, however, battle ensues. Will Queens Mary I and Elizabeth I ever find their common ground, and lasting peace?

The bestselling Kindred Spirits series continues within the ancient walls of Westminster Abbey.
Praise for the Kindred Spirits series
“A light hearted, humorous, and at times tender read which you'll enjoy whether you like history or not.”
“This light-hearted, imaginative read is a new take on historical fiction but make no mistake, this is not only a fun read but an educational tool.”
“A brilliantly unique idea from a distinctive new voice in fiction.”

About Jennifer
Jennifer is a marine biologist by training, who developed an equal passion for history whilst stalking Mary, Queen of Scots of childhood holidays (she since moved on to Richard III). She completed her BSc and MSc at the University of Hull, and has worked as a marine environmental consultant since graduating.

Enrolling on an adult education workshop on her return to the north-east reignited Jennifer’s pastime of creative writing, and she has been filling notebooks ever since. In 2014, Jennifer won the Story Tyne short story competition, and also continues to work on developing her poetic voice, reading at a number of events, and with several pieces available online. Her Kindred Spirits novels are published by Crooked Cat Books and available via Amazon, along with her self-published timeslip novella, The Last Plantagenet? She can be found online at her blog, and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

My very best wishes for your launch tomorrow, Jennifer. I'm looking forward to reading no. 3 in the series, especially since I was once-upon-a-time singing in Westminster with the Glasgow Girl Guide Choir at a special event to commemorate the 900th year of Westminster Abbey in February 1966. Perhaps some of your ghostly friends were all around me at the time and I didn't notice because it really is a historically immense and amazing place.  


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