Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Spotlight: Legendary Women of World History Series by Laurel A. Rockefeller

I was contacted by the author to review these books and want to bring them to your attention now. First of all, they sound like they are fantastic! Also, you can currently get the first two in play format for free on Smashwords. I was unclear as to what the difference between the plays and the biographies are, so I asked the author and this was her response:

The biographies are always written first. There are three at present and a fourth as a work in progress.Those take anywhere from four weeks to three months each to research and write.

The plays are adaptations from those biographies (which are short -- less than 100 pages each). So most of the work on the stage adaptations is formatting. Some new scenes are written to cover important events covered in exposition in the biographies. Remember, these are CREATIVE NON FICTION so I cannot just make things up in the biographies.

The stage plays have to fictionalize a LITTLE BIT to work on the stage.

I would say about 80-90% is the same; it's that ten percent where the biographies won't work as is for the stage where I have to fictionalize and/or re-write.

Go here to get your copies today!!

Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni, by Laurel A. Rockefeller
2014, 52p, Children's Non-fiction Biography

Why is The MorrĂ­gan's raven crying? Only Britons with hearts for true liberty know!

In 43 CE Roman conquest of Britannia seems all but certain -- until a chance meeting between King Prasutagus of the Iceni and a runaway slave of royal decent from the Aedui tribe in Gaul changes the fate of the British islands forever.

Rise up for liberty with the true story of Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni and discover one of the most inspiring stories in history!

Based on the accounts of Roman historian Tacitus and supplemented with archaeology presented by the BBC. Told through the eyes of a 5th century mother and daughter facing the Saxon invasions.

Catherine de Valois, by Laurel A. Rockefeller
2014, 66p,Children's Non-Fiction Biography

War made her queen of England. Her love for a Welshman made her immortal.

Best known as Henry V's Agincourt bride from Shakespeare's "Henry V," Catherine de Valois was an extraordinary woman of faith, courage, and conviction in an age of politically powerful women.

A younger daughter to King Charles VI of France terrorized by his mental illness, Princess Catherine survived the ravages of his schizophrenia, a civil war at home, and King Henry's war with France to become one of England's most fascinating and courageous queens. Her children by her second marriage and their descendants changed the landscape of England and Scotland forever, forging together the United Kingdom.

Meet the real Catherine behind the Tudor and Stuart dynasties in this beautiful biography for the entire family.

Includes a detailed timeline, bibliography, and link to a special reading award.

Mary Queen of the Scots, by Laurel A. Rockefeller
2015, 76p, Children's Non-Fiction Biography

Queen Mary Stuart was one of the most beloved and controversial women in Scottish history. The granddaughter of King James IV and his wife Margaret Tudor, Queen Mary's status as heiress-apparent to the English throne paired with the violence of the Scottish Reformation set the stage for one of the most dramatic and poorly understood lives of the 16th century.

Mary Queen of the Scots tells Mary's true story, focusing primarily on her reign as queen of Scotland, celebrating her life more than her death, and showing us all why she was truly a woman ahead of her time.

Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA, author-historian Laurel A. Rockefeller has written over a dozen book titles since August 2002 including The Peers of Beinan science fiction series, American Stories, the Legendary Women of World History biography series, and her latest passion: the My First Cockatiel Series.

Enjoy Ms. Rockefeller's books in English and Chinese in your choice of digital, paperback, and audio editions narrated by dynamic British voice artist Richard Mann.

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