Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A "Royal" Thank You

Look what I got in the mail!! A feast for both the eyes and the tummy! I recently had the extreme pleasure of reading Sandra Byrd's TO DIE FOR for endorsement (just wait until you see the cover), and I'm thrilled to say I adored it! And I'm not the only one. Several others loved it too! 
Sandra, that sweet woman, sent me these as a thank you. And since her book is about Anne Boleyn as told through the eyes of her dearest friend, Meg Wyatt, you'll appreciate the significance of these gorgeous little treasures. Cookie Crowns!




Homemade sugar cookies, and so beautifully crafted! As delicious as they are lovely. Kudos to Alison's Sweet Themes who is the culinary genius who made them too. What a great gift idea!

Be sure and check out Sandra's book TO DIE FOR. It doesn't release until August, but it's worth the wait, my friends! Check out the cover and the summary…

To Die For, is the story of Meg Wyatt, pledged forever as the best friend to Anne Boleyn since their childhoods on neighboring manors in Kent. When Anne's star begins to ascend, of course she takes her best friend Meg along for the ride. Life in the court of Henry VIII is thrilling at first, but as Anne's favor rises and falls, so does Meg's. And though she's pledged her loyalty to Anne no matter what the test, Meg just might lose her greatest love—and her own life—because of it. 

Meg's childhood flirtation with a boy on a neighboring estate turns to true love early on. When he is called to follow the Lord and be a priest she turns her back on both the man and his God. Slowly, though, both woo her back through the heady times of the English reformation. In the midst of it, Meg finds her place in history, her own calling to the Lord that she must follow, too, with consequences of her own. Each character in the book is tested to figure out what love really means, and what, in this life, is worth dying for.

Though much of Meg's story is fictionalized, it is drawn from known facts. The Wyatt family and the Boleyn family were neighbors and friends, and perhaps even distant cousins. Meg's brother, Thomas Wyatt, wooed Anne Boleyn and ultimately came very close to the axe blade for it. Two Wyatt sisters attended Anne at her death, and at her death, she gave one of them her jeweled prayer book—Meg.
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