Friday, June 1, 2012

Jubilee Giveaway BlogHop

How Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II
Princess Elizabeth - age 16

The day that Princess Elizabeth's father King George VI died, was the day Elizabeth's title changed from Princess to Queen. And she was only 25 years old. She was a young mother and heir to the throne, travelling through East Africa with her husband Philip on a Commonwealth tour. It was a tour her 56-year-old father was scheduled to do, but he'd been ill. 

Her father's illness had already forced Princess Elizabeth to postpone a trip to Canada. But after a successful operation to remove a diseased part of his lung, it was decided that it was safe for the princess to set off on the tour. She started her tour on Jan. 31, 1952. The king died 6 days later of a coronary thrombosis – a blood clot in his heart. 

On the night her father died, the princess was staying at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya. It was a game-viewing lodge, built into a tree overlooking a waterhole, and the only way in was up a tall, rickety ladder. At the time, the hotel was the only place like it in the world. While she was there, Princess Elizabeth watched baboons, rhinos and other animals visit the waterhole. 

In England, Prime Minister Winston Churchill was informed and plans commenced the monarch's state funeral and the coronation of the new queen. 

Radio programs were cancelled as were sports, movies and the like. England knew the monarch was dead and that they had a new queen, but Princess/Queen Elizabeth was still unaware of her father's death. There was no internet or cell phones for instant communication. The ironic turn of events in this saga – is that a telegram had been sent to Nairobi, but it couldn't be decoded because the keys to the safe holding the codebook couldn't be located.  It was through a reporter who called the princess's secretary who called the Duke's secretary who informed the Duke who relayed the sad news to his wife. 

The now Queen wrote in the visitors' log book: "For the first time in the history of the world, a young girl climbed into a tree one day a Princess and after having what she described as her most thrilling experience, she climbed down from the tree next day a Queen." 

But the saga doesn't end there – The Queen must now return to England. But – she didn't have the proper mourning dress. It had been packed in London, but some of her luggage had been sent on to the next stop on the tour. The new Queen couldn't leave the plane in London wearing an everyday dress. A message was sent to London and a black outfit was delivered to the airport. When the plane landed, Queen Elizabeth changed then stepped off the plane and into her new future. 

She was crowned Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953.

Why is she Queen Elizabeth II? Queen Elizabeth I reigned from 1558  to 1603 – but that's a whole nother story.

Queen Elizabeth I

Here's an excerpt from my latest – Circles Interlocked. And since this is a Giveaway Blog Hop one lucky commenter will receive a free ecopy – just for commenting and leaving your email address. You have to leave your address so I'll know where to send the ebook!

 CIRCLES INTERLOCKED available at  Amazon KDP -

Excerpt –

"No, Brittany's abilities lay inside a house, decorating and cooking. Neither of which do I possess an ounce of talent in. The horticultural section of the college has done the flowerbeds for the past few years. They get paid for the work, and can list working for the estate on their résumés. It was one of Robert's ideas." There, Francine had done it. She'd said his name. Julie would have to deal with his presence.
"How is he?"
Francine tilted her head and smiled. "Who?"
"Robert. How is Robert James Holiday?"
"He's doing okay. Been a busy boy, but it's paid off. The ranch has an organic rating. Difficult to get and very prestigious. The racing stables have been successful. Two Grand Champions in the past three years."
Julie glanced back at a corral. "He's still at the stable?"
"Yes, he'll never leave. But you know Robert, always doing more than one thing at a time."
"Like what?"
"Let's see, he has a couple of degrees. One in Business Administration and the other in Math."
Julie was silent with her thoughts as they strolled among the rose gardens. Holding a blood red rose, labeled Sacrifice, Julie took a deep breath. Not to inhale the rose's perfume, but to build a moment of courage. Trying to sound nonchalant, she turned. "So what did Trish mean that I was wrong about Robert?"
"She meant you hadn't thought about what it was Robert did, and why he did it. The reasons you made are the same you have kept for all these years, and those reasons are wrong."
"But I caught him in bed with another woman. What possible reason could he have. know, sex?"
"Melissa was a friend. What you saw wasn't what happened."
"What did happen?"
"I don't know if I should answer that. I think you should think about it or let Robert explain it. Eight years is a long time to carry around the garbage of an old grudge. You have to resolve this."
"Is this friend Francine talking or Dr. Paulin?"
"Try friend Dr. Paulin, noted psychologist and expert in the affairs of the heart."
"I suppose in February you run around in a diaper, and shoot people with arrows."
"How did you know?"
Here' the link to everyone else.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lucky Person receives ecopy of Circles Interelocked

DebP is the winner from the Diamond Jubilee Celebration Hop. She has been sent her copy of Circles Interlocked.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Victoria's Blogging on Diamond Celebration JubileeHOP

Queen Victoria
Welcome - I'm Victoria Elizabeth Adams and welcome to my blog - Victoria's Pages of Romance.

With a first name like Victoria – 

Queen Elizabeth I
 And a second name like – Elizabeth – 

Queen Elizabeth II

And being of British heritage on Mother's side – 

And being Canadian.

It's an easy jump for me to be on the Jubilee Blog Hop. I'm a monarchist. Which means I like and accept our monarchy – which means the Queen as the head of our country. We are an independent country. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II does not govern us. We have an elected parliament. Our current lead is Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Generally people love to "celebrity watch".  Just try to count the number of paparazzi that exist on this planet and look at the number of celebrities - actors, singers, rich, famous, athlete and royal. What more of a celebrity is a woman who has sat on the throne of England for sixty years? That's dedication. Sixty-five, in Canada, is the retirement age. Or fifty-five, if you work at a company that has a 55 and out plan. Queen Elizabeth is 86!

Her Majesty doesn't get to retire. She is the Queen and she accepted that duty at a young age and has fulfilled her job description with grace and poise. How did she become Queen? The king died. Her father died and at that moment, the mantle of the monarchy passed to her. What a moment to have to live through. The trauma of your father's death and the numbing realization that you are now the Queen.

Queen Elizabeth's Crown

 She is the 32nd great-granddaughter of King Alfred the Great who was pretty much the first King of England. He lived in 871 to 899.

 In December 2007, Queen Elizabeth became the oldest reigning British monarch. She passed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who was 81 when she died. 

In May 2011, Queen Elizabeth became the 2nd longest reigning monarch in over 1,200 years of British History. She will have to reign until Sept 2015 when she'll be 89 to reign longer than Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years 1837-1901. 

To celebrate the Jubilee, throughout the 10 days of this blog hop, I will randomly pick commenters and send them an ecopy of my contemporary romance – Circles Interlocked. To win – leave your email address and tell me – if you were Queen for a day – what would you do?

CIRCLES INTERLOCKED available at  Amazon KDP -

Having been betrayed by the man she assumed she was destined to be with forever; Julie Anderson slapped Robert Holiday in an angry ending to their brief love affair. Heartbroken that her love affair didn't end with the fairy tale Happily Ever After, Julie leaves town to pursue her dream of being a dancer. As fate has a curious sense of humor, eight years later, they wake up in bed together. Now it is up to love to fix what time cannot mend.

Five years - Julie hadn't seen or thought about him in all that time, and now in the middle of nowhere, he stood on the beach drying off from a swim. Droplets flew as Robert shook his hair. His black mane was shorter than the last time she saw him. The wet ends dripped water on his bare, muscular shoulders. Tricia, an old high school friend once said he had the body of a male stripper - time hadn't changed that.
She stepped back onto the beach path, transfixed by the sight of the one person she hated. Her repulsion and loathing of him ran so deep; she'd repressed all memories of him. She thought he'd loved her, and had taken a chance, opening up her heart and body to him. But, instead of returning her love, he proved himself worthy of the gutter from which he'd crawled.
Her body said run, but her feet refused to move as she watched a long-legged, svelte, golden blonde rise from the beach chair. She trickled her fingers down his rippled stomach. His voice floated across the sand. It was a calming sound, which had brought a smile to her face when he whispered words of love and passion in her ear.
Details she thought she'd long forgotten surged forward. She remembered the way his dark eyes smoldered with anger and his sly, innocent grin. His joyous laughter had made her feel the abandonment of a child frolicking in the year's first snowfall. She stepped backward onto the path, distancing herself from the lovers as the blonde undid the strings on her bathing suit top, and let it fall to the sand.

Here's the links to the rest of the Diamond Jubliee Celebration hoppers -