Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Miscellany… and another chance to win!


June 19 is rather an interesting day in history—not for itself (though I see, through a brief internet search, that today is the 476th anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s beheading and the 164th anniversary of the opening of the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY) but because it falls between two very interesting days. One hundred ninety-seven years ago yesterday, on June 18, 1815, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte fell for the last time to the combined forces of England, Prussia, and the Netherlands at the Battle of Waterloo

And one hundred seventy-five years ago tomorrow, on June 20, 1837, King William IV of England died (after hanging tenaciously to life in order to see another Waterloo Day celebrated in England--his words to his doctor were, " Doctor, I know I am going, but I should like to see another anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Try if you cannot to tinker me up to last out that day.") and his niece Victoria became queen at 18. An eventful few days, don’t you think?



And now for something completely different…introducing My Shiny New Website, courtesy of Barry Holt at Three Doors Up Multimedia. I adore the heading Barry created from my beloved collection of fashion prints…and as it’s on Wordpress, I’ll be able to do a much better job of keeping it updated. What do you think?

And finally…one last chance to win an ARC of Courtship and Curses. Alas, I have no mystery objects lined up, so we’ll take it easy this time around (it is, after all, the eve of the Solstice and official start of summer...another important date!) and I’ll draw a winner from among all comments left on this post through next Monday night. Shipping to North American addresses only, please.

Happy June 19th!

9 comments:

Liviania said...

Now I want to watch the Young Victoria again. I don't know how accurate the movie is, but I like it.

Love your new header!

QNPoohBear said...

Your new website looks great! Congratulations on the upcoming release. I'm hoping to read it ASAP! It sounds great! I'm really looking forward to that turn-of-the-century Newport novel too.

Marissa Doyle said...

Thank you!

Liviania, it's not very accurate in a lot of ways, but oh, the costumes and sets!!

I'll let everyone know when there's any news on that front, QNPoohBear.

mfantaliswrites said...

I'm glad you're moving to Wordpress where I can follow you (Blogger hates me for some reason). Dying to read the new book! Happy Solstice! :)

LilMissMolly said...

Congratulations on the new site! I can't wait for your new book!!

Unknown said...

Congrats on the new website! I can't wait to read the new book! And summer solstice is my birthday!!!

Cara King said...

I tried to look at your new website, but the link in the text doesn't seem to work -- at least, not for me. I don't know if it's a temporary glitch or what...

Cara

Marissa Doyle said...

Thanks for pointing that out, Cara--Blogger did something funky when I was inserting the link. I think it's fixed now, though!

I hope your birthday was lovely, Unknown!

Cara King said...

Yeah, I can see it now, Marissa -- really cute!