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From Reader To Writer: The Evolution of Ginger Myrick

GUEST POST FROM AUTHOR GINGER MYRICK From Reader To Writer: The Evolution of Ginger Myrick – author of EL REY: A NOVEL OF RENAISSANCE IBERIA When I was about twelve, I found an old box of books in my grandmother’s closet. I had outgrown the material deemed appropriate for girls my age, so I eagerly cracked open the carton to see what new and exciting treasures the literary world had to offer. KATHERINE by Anya Seton was the book on top and my first experience with historical fiction. At first the language was odd with an old-fashioned cadence and expressions I had never heard before, but it soon became familiar and effectively plunged me into the world of knights and ladies and everything a little…

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author interview: Ginger Myrick on Work of Art

Work of Art: Love and Murder in 19th Century New York by Ginger Myrick Work of Art is set in the late 19th century in Five Points, New York City. How did you choose the era and setting for this novel? I suppose I was drawn to this era because some of my favorite classic books are set during the late 19th century: Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Anna Karenina, The Age of Innocence … I knew I wanted to set the book on the east coast of the US, after the war and in a city with a large Irish community. I also have a slight obsession with Jack the Ripper, and I guess my subconscious mind chose a time period that would allow me…

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author interview: Ginger Myrick on The Welsh Healer

Author Ginger Myrick has answered some questions regarding her latest novel, The Welsh Healer. If you read my review, you will know the background of this book and why it is special to me. I may be biased, but this is truly great historical fiction set in an era that’s used considerably less than the popular Tudor era, though it does lead up to the Welsh born Henry VII. If you’re a fan of Jean Plaidy or Anya Seton, you will love Ginger Myrick’s writing! How did you feel about adding a little magic into your latest historical novel? Did you have any misgivings about the reactions of your readers? Actually, the thought never entered my mind! I can be extremely dense sometimes, and rarely…

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author interview: Ginger Myrick

First of all, I must ask…is it your dog(s), or at least the breed, we read of in the story? Do they have a special history with the island of Terceira or other settings from the book? Actually, my dog is a Labradoodle (half Labrador Retriever and half Poodle) basically a glorified mutt, but I love him! When I decided that I wanted to include him in the book, I tried to figure out which combination of the native breeds would most closely approximate the mix. I think the Portuguese Water Dog, or Cão de Água, was pretty common on the ships of that era, and there is a breed of dog, Cão de Fila de São Miguel, that actually originated in the Azores specifically…

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Posted in 19th Century America Reviews

review: Work of Art

Work of Art: Love and Murder in 19th Century New York by Ginger Myrick Del Ryan is a young Irish immigrant eking out a living for herself and her invalid mother by serving as a companion to an aging socialite. She has little in life, but nonetheless is happy with her humble existence, enjoying friendship with her fellow workers and a few neighbors, as well as her sometime hobby of drawing and painting. She never thought her world would change, and in such an extraordinary way, when she meets Cillian Arthur–an upper class gentleman who is seemingly perfect and somehow decides to court the impoverished girl from the rough and dangerous Irish neighborhood, Five Points. While Jimmy Sheehan, Del’s childhood friend, and Cillian vie for…

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Posted in 14th Century 15th Century Reviews

review: The Welsh Healer

The Welsh Healer by Ginger Myrick Wales, late 14th Century—Arlais is a girl of ten when her destiny is foretold by an ancient prophecy claiming her as a renowned healer who will ultimately save a bloodline of kings. During a perilous era, when the Welsh were warring against the English, the young girl’s family had a humble but happy home until the political unrest invaded even their secluded little farm, ripping the family apart and leaving Arlais in dire straits with winter quickly approaching. Her only consolation is a product of her curious healing powers that she’d always taken for granted, and never fully understood. True to the prophecy, Arlais’s path finds her in a foreign land with a distant relative whom she’d not previously…

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Posted in 18th Century French Revolution Reviews

review: Insatiable

Insatiable: A Macabre History of France ~ L’Amour Marie Antoinette by Ginger Myrick French Revolution meets Walking Dead in this alternative history mash-up by a prolific author who has explored Renaissance Iberia, Medieval Wales, 19th Century New York and the American Civil War in her previous novels: El Rey, The Welsh Healer, Work of Art, and But for the Grace of God Following Marie Antoinette from her happy childhood as the Empress of Austria’s youngest daughter, through her difficult transition from archduchess to dauphine and finally to Queen of France, readers are immediately aware of a sinister undercurrent in the historically accurate narrative. France is harboring a terrible secret within its borders–concealed since the time of Catherine de’ Medici. Against her husband’s dying wishes, the…

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Posted in 15th Century Reviews Spanish Inquisition

review: El Rey

El Rey: A Novel of Renaissance Iberia by Ginger Myrick In a genre saturated with settings in England, France and Italy, Ginger Myrick presents her saga based in Renaissance Iberia—Castile, Portugal and Spain. This spellbinding story not only connects readers with the main protagonist, Inez Garcia, but all of the men and women who made her world. Because the story goes into such detail with several of the characters, the author has broken the book into an optional abridged version with accompanying novellas—for those who would rather read in sections. I, however, feel the author sculpted the story seamlessly and brilliantly with the inclusion of the background stories on various characters. El Rey—the King—is not an actual royal moniker, though Estevao has a tenuous claim…

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Posted in 19th Century America Civil War Reviews

review: But for the Grace of God

BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD by Ginger Myrick While the American Civil War rages near her isolated Virginia farm, Hannah Deane Carter finds a wounded Confederate soldier collapsed and near death. With the help of her father’s former medical assistant—Jeb, who also happens to be a free black man—she nurses him back to health. They are both hiding secrets and wary of each other from the start, but through many weeks convalescing (and the author’s use of flashback storytelling) the pair form a bond that will test the boundaries of trust, honor and love. Hannah is a sympathizer who operates a safe-house for runaway slaves, while the gentleman solider, Beau, is being pursued by his own men under mysterious circumstances. Their future together hangs…

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