Craving Bad? We Are…

Most people think Kelsey and I (Sarah) are one person. We are, in fact, two different authors. However, we decided it was time we do something together. We are apart of an anthology, Craving Bad: An Anthology of Bad Boys and Wicked Girls.


It is 11 stories by 11 fabulous authors about the good girls who need the bad boys and the naughty girls affected by the sweet guys.

Kelsey’s story is called Ironside Sinners. It is a motorcycle club romance. Her old man, as in her father, is big into the MC scene. She was always fascinated by the world and the culture of the relationships. Then she watched Sons of Anarchy and realized just how sexy they could be. As a result, she wrote this story. Here is the trailer for it…

My story, (Sarah), is about what happens when the bad boy you want is your twin brother’s best friend. Twins always share a special bond. I know because I have a twin brother. Now, I’ve never dated one of his best friends (that I’ll admit to) but I won’t say the temptation wasn’t there. I added that idea with one of my true loves, heist movies. Here is the trailer…


The book is available for pre-order and will be live on May 23rd. Kelsey and I will be doing a live video that day. Stay tuned for details about that. The anthology can be seen


In the meantime, my college romantic suspense, First Semester, is available now. Fans of Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl will get lost in this book. It can be seen


Kelsey’s historical romance, Queen of Emeralds, is on sale for 99 cents. Outlander fans will love it! But don’t worry, it is definitely not a copy cat! It can be seen


Her contemporary romance, The Non-Disclosure Agreement, is live now! Fans of the tv show The Arrangement will worship it. It can be seen


Thank you for all the support you have given us so far. We have enjoyed reading, reviewing, and chatting with all of you. Enjoy the books and let us know what you think!

The History Behind The White Princess

You guys were so into my last post about The White Queen (which you can read HERE) that I thought it was time to do The White Princess! If you haven’t read the books, or know a lot about the history, this might “spoil” the show. Enjoy!

Margaret Beaufort


Margaret was the only child of the Duke of Somerset and upon his death, she inherited his fortune. But King Henry VI gave some of her lands to the Duke of Suffolk, whose son later married Margaret and became husband #1. But since she was still a toddler at this time and the pair were too closely related, the marriage wasn’t recognized. Still a wealthy lady, Henry VI called dibs on her and gave her to his half brother Edmund Tudor.


Their marriage was a short one and Edmund died of the plague after being taken captives by the York forces, leaving her a widowed and pregnant 13-year-old. Taking shelter with her brother-in-law Jasper Tudor, she gave birth to Henry VII, the only child she would ever have. But the pair didn’t have much time together, as he was sent to live in exile for his safety and they could only communicate through letters.

Husband #3 came along, Henry Stafford, and the got along well enough and had a happy marriage. Until he also died when she was 28. Not a good track record for Margaret, who married Thomas Stanly as husband #4 after that. They married strictly to benefit both, as Thomas had political power and Margaret had wealth. They largely lived apart and she even took a vow of chastity, but the arrangement worked well for them. Together, they helped to put Henry VII on the throne.


She was completely devoted to her son and was basically the royal version of a monster-in-law. She would wear dresses that basically matched Elizabeth’s and tried taking over all the usual tasks that would be given to the queen, like the naming of children and other duties. She was like Regina George’s mom in Mean Girls, only super pious and sour.

Henry Tudor

Henry was the last English monarch that won his throne through battle, taking the crown when his forces defeated Richard III. By marrying Elizabeth of York, he was able to solidify his right to the throne, as he assumed was his all along due to his mother’s constant pushing. In fact, his ties to the crown were distant, being related to King Edward III through the child of a mistress. Still, it was enough to get him an army.


Once he married Elizabeth, he began a peaceful reign with any real threat to his crown. Together, they had eight children, with two daughters and two sons surviving childhood. From him came King Henry VIII and his infamous wives. But Henry VIII didn’t learn much from his father, who was notably faithful to Elizabeth throughout their marriage. When she died in childbirth, he was so saddened, he never brought himself to remarry, although he only had three living children left at that point and was still young enough to beget more heirs.

Elizabeth of York

This blonde beauty was the daughter, sister, niece, mother, and grandmother of kings. But it was a rocky road. After her father’s death and her brother’s confinement to the Tower of London, she was welcomed out of sanctuary and back to the court of the new King Richard III, her uncle. While this is under historical debate, it is possible that she and her uncle were having an affair while his sickly wife Anne Neville lay upon her death bed. It was true that the pair were often seen together, but there is no definite proof they were in a relationship, or that they planned to wed when Anne died. But it’s not like the pair would carry on their romance in public if it were true.


By the time Henry Tudor defeated Richard to take the crown, it was accepted that he would marry Elizabeth. As the eldest York daughter, and the woman who could have been queen in her own right had she been born in a different time, their union would solidify his claim to the throne. So he had her parent’s marriage legitimized again and went to join the Yorks and the Tudors. But Henry wasn’t one to share power, so he had himself crowned king before he even married Elizabeth and didn’t have her crowned queen until after she had birthed a son.


But the marriage may not have been completely loveless as many have thought. Henry was notoriously faithful to his wife, not even remarrying after her death at the age of 37 when he could have easily snatched up a fertile princess. He was even said to mourn her terribly. Far cry from the marriage seen so far in The White Princess, but it’s not like Elizabeth could have divorced him or flat out refused to marry him, so we’ll never know for sure went on behind closed doors.


The Curse


In The White Queen we saw Elizabeth Woodville and her daughter Elizabeth of York summoning the power of Melusina to curse the killer of lil’Edward and lil’ Richard. They said that whoever killed the boys would lose their own son young and their grandson as well and have their line end. As fun as that is, it’s a story created by Philipa Gregory to further history, as it’s a fun twist in her series that Henry VII lost both his first son (Arthur) and his first grandson (Edward).

It’s accepted that Richard III didn’t actually kill his nephews lil’Edward and lil’Richard in the tower, as by the time they disappeared, he was already on the throne. Besides, his own sickly son had died and having his nephews as heirs would have benefited him. So Richard get’s a historical pass in my book!


You know who would have benefited from lil’Edward and lil’Richard’s deaths? Henry VII. Those boys had the greatest claim to the throne over him and if they had been alive and accessible, the Yorks may have rose again. It’s also true that he would have never legitimized Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV’s marriage if there was the slightest chance that the boys were alive and could come to claim what was rightfully theirs.


There’s no saying how much/if we’ll see anything about Henry and Elizabeth’s kids, but let’s chat about them anyway…

King Henry VIII

This English monarch was the only surviving son of Henry VII and Elizabeth. Mostly known for his many marriages, he always craved sons. This may be partly due to his mother and grandmother being so fertile and maternal and the fact that the only sure way to hold the throne was to have a male heir. But, he was never lucky in love and fathered numerous children with wives and mistresses, only getting one legitimate son before dying gross and fat.

Katherine of Aragon

The young Spanish princess first came to England to be the bride of Henry’s older brother Arthur. But Arthur was weak and sickly and died soon after they wed. Since England still needed an alliance with Spain, the declared that Katherine and Arthur never did the dirty so she was allowed to marry Henry. At first, it seemed super awesome, but as Katherine continuously miscarried, with only one daughter surviving, Henry got antsy for a boy child. So, he did what any sane monarch would do…dump his wife of 20 years into a nunnery for his latest and most cunning mistress…

Anne Boleyn

Anne promised Henry the son he always wanted and he was all about that business. So the moment he had his new religion created, his marriage decreed invalid, and there was an opening in his busy schedule, he wifed her up. But, again, there were miscarriages and only one living daughter. Now, Henry felt pretty dumb. He ousted a beloved queen, married a mistress whose family was slowly taking over court, and still didn’t have a son. Apparently the only way to fix that was to accuse Anne of witchcraft and incest before chopping off her head.

Jane Seymour

Jane was Henry’s favorite wife. She was meek, obedient, turned the other cheek when Henry got a new mistress and finally gave him a son. But, she soon died of complications after childbirth and Henry was seriously torn up. She was the perfect wife and he honored her the only ways he knew how. He gave her a queen’s funeral, had family portraits painted throughout his life with her tucked in, and was later buried beside her, still his favorite long into his old age.

Anne of Cleves

This royal from modern-day Germany was the luckiest of the bunch, and you’ll see why. So, Henry needed a wife and Anne was rustled up from the list to be wife #4. Well, the moment Henry saw her, he declared her super ugly and swiftly had their marriage annulled, citing that she was so disgusting, the marriage couldn’t be consummated. But Henry then gave her an allowance, called her his sister, and the two generally enjoyed each other’s company in a platonic way for the rest of his life. Anne was even the last living wife, outliving everyone else.

Catherine Howard

This teenage bride lasted for 3 whole months. She first caught Henry’s eye as a lady in waiting to Anne of Cleves and the pair were almost immediately married once Anne was out of the picture. Catherine was young, impulsive, and really not a match for the sickly, portly, old king. Might be why she is said to have begun an affair with someone her old age…and why she was beheaded.

Catherine Parr

The final wife was probably a more appropriate choice for Henry. She was older, had already been married twice, and was no longer going to have children. She fit the kind, caring queen well and made for a nice enough helpmate to Henry in his final years. She even helped him reconcile with his daughters. And when he died, she went on to marry again, lucky to have dodged the bullet that took so many of Henry’s other queens.

That’s it for today, but if you’d like some more history fun, check out our Outlander page HERE!

And if you like my writing, I have two books out now. The first is a steamy contemporary romance titled The Non-Disclosure Agreement, which you can get HERE. But if historical romance is more your thing, my Scottish romance, Queen of Emeralds, is on sale HERE for 99cents this weekend!

The Non-Disclosure Agreement Release

Today is the release day of Kelsey McKnight’s first contemporary romance,The Non-Disclosure Agreement! You can order in paperback, ebook, or get it free with Kindle Unlimited HERE!



This steamy modern-day romance gives a bad boy twist to the story of a small town girl who can hold her own in the big city. Politics, money, and paparazzi are big players in Holly’s new world with Jackson. Get your copy of The Non-Disclosure Agreement HERE to see if she can keep up when lust and lies spin out of control.


For a giveaway, I have a signed copy of The Non-Disclosure Agreement for a grand prize! But there are also two ebooks up for grabs. Enter by clicking HERE!


Hot Scot!


It’s no secret that Jamie Fraser (and Sam Heughan) hold a special place in our hearts as the hottest of hot when it comes to tall drinks of Scottish whiskey. But outside of our imaginations, the books, and the reruns, we must live without Jamie until September at least! But what of other famous hot Scots that have graced our presence with their kilted glory?

Gerard Butler

This 47 year old hard body is one we all know and love. Irish by stock and Scottish by birth, Gerard began his career almost on accident after being fired by the law firm he worked for, one week before qualifying as a lawyer. He didn’t know what he was going to do, but he knew he would be famous. By the time he was 27, he got his first acting gig on stage. By 30, he was headlining some rather well known movies and become a household name. Now he’s headlining in our hearts and spending his time working alongside charities and looking for a Scottish castle to call his own.

John Barrowman

Glasgow born John is a jack of all trades, having his hand in music, theater, tv, movies, and writing. And alongside husband Scott, he advocates for gay rights in the US and the UK. Handsome, talented, and a philanthropist. Swoon! Personally, I’m waiting for him to make another appearance on Broadway, as he’s a mega magical theatrical actor, but he’s been sticking to the UK stages as of late. I’ll get ya one day, John!

Ewan McGregor

Now here’s a piece of hot haggis! You may recognize Ewan from Star Wars and Trainspotting, or maybe one of his theatrical projects. Either way, he’s a hard one to miss, especially when he’s in a kilt. Word on the street is that he’s even set to play Christopher Robin in a live action version of Winnie the Pooh. Now I normally wouldn’t be one to go wait in line to see that, but with an actor like Ewan McGregor, who wouldn’t want to take a trip to the Hundred Acre Woods?

David Tennant

The Tenth Doctor has wanted to be an actor for years, even at age three while watching Doctor Who he made his wishes known. How adorable was it that he loved The Doctor and ended up joining the team? His Scottish roots go deep and he claims heritage with the MacDonalds and the McLeods. And his Scottish accent is so velvety, he’s also a regular radio performer and voice actor. Just imagine him talking to you alllll day.

Calvin Harris

With a personal fortune of $105 million dollars and such famous exs as Rita Ora and Taylor Swift, it’s obvious that Calvin is a hot commodity. But he’s more that just an Armani underwear model and music producer, he also supports such noble causes as World AIDs Day and regularly preforms to benefit children’s hospitals and children displaced by war. He’s got my vote as Hot Scot of the year!

Richard Madden

Dear Richard, the north remembers your valiant fight against those who wished to rid Winterfell of the Stark King in the North. But you live on in your awesome glamour shots and recent starring role as Cinderella, a movie where you get to play a royal who isn’t murdered in cold blood. But, for real, he’s been named as being a mega hot, mega fashionable, and mega awesome actor by several news agencies, and who am I to disagree? Did I mention Cinderella is Sarah’s favorite story?

James McAvoy

Did you know that James was sooo close to becoming a Catholic priest? It’s true. While that’s noble and amazing, we would have missed him in such awesome things as X-Men, Shameless, Band of Brothers, and Atonement. Between those baby blues, his ability to act his way into your heart, and his interest in charity, he’s a total catch. Did I mention he’s single?

Gordon Ramsay

Yeah, he’s not drop dead gorgeous, but if he didn’t make the list, I’m afraid he’d come to my house next time I prepared dinner and make me cry due to my solidly average cooking.


Still not enough hot Scot action? Then here’s some more tartan eye candy for you.

Check out the rest of our Outlander posts HERE where you’ll find historical facts, spoilers, articles, and quizzes!

And if you love my Outlander breakdowns and Scottish fun, then you’ll probably adore by historical romance series. It’s the story of a Brittish heiress on the run, a Scottish laird who wants to help her, and those who wish them dead. Get it in ebook format and paperback HERE!

Severus Snape: Good or Evil

Snape, Snape, Severus Snape… There seems to be a constant debate among the Potterheads as to whether Snape is good or evil. As the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts just passed, and JK Rowling just posted a new apology, I figured it was time to talk about this.

Now, I’m going to preface this by saying I have read the books so many times I can’t count and have watched the movies (to include the ABC Family ones with the deleted scenes) in excess.

Why I think Snape Was A Hero?


1. I’m going back for this one. When Snape found out about Voldemort’s plan to kill Harry, he didn’t say hide Lily. He said hide all of them. Why? Because he knew Lily wouldn’t be happy without her family. It would have been so easy just to say save Lily. Frankly, it would probably have been better for him. If James were out of the picture, then he would be the obvious shoulder to cry on and we all know he’s ALWAYS loved her.


2. He didn’t know about Dumbledore’s plan for Harry yet he still tried to save him during Philosopher’s Stone during the Quidditch match. Where were the other teachers? Where was Madam Hooch? Hell, where was Dumbledore? Snape is the one who tried to keep him alive. That’s right. He was trying to save the kid he hated. Why? Does it matter? He was doing the right thing.


3. He provided the means to get things done but still gave his students the opportunity to learn. What more can a teacher do? He let Malfoy try to kill Dumbledore before attempting to help. He knew about the plan, he knew Malfoy was going to have a hard time with it. But there he was. Risking his life to try and make sure Malfoy was safe. Snape didn’t give the trio the sword but led them to it. Okay, so this is up for debate. Harry almost died trying to get the sword. But it was also the reason Harry stepped out of their protected zone which brought Harry and Ron back together. And he (though for a vindictive purpose) didn’t tell the kids Lupin was a werewolf, but gave them (Hermione) the tools to figure it out.


4. Though, he was said to be a creeper, I think he was actually a protector. He actually really cared about people. Snape didn’t want to kill Dumbledore, he pushed the trio behind him when Lupin turned into a Werewolf after Harry jinxed Snape. He had every chance to run (like Lockhart). Instead, he put his life on the line for the children. And let’s not forget what would happen to Snape if he were bit. In this case, dying wouldn’t be the worst thing. Snape also sent the Order of the Phoenix to help Harry and the rest of Dumbledore’s Army. Not only that, he didn’t tell Umbridge what was going on. He could have easily told her about the Order and what they were up to. He could have done a lot of things. Instead, he saved the day…again.


5. He truly left the world of the Death Eaters. One of the most recognized ways to be a villain is to be a member of a super violent and evil group…like the Death Eaters. Snape could have easily fallen back in with his group. Snape knew Quirrell was up to no good and he even tried to get past Fluffy to stop him from stealing the stone. Snape could have helped and brought his old master back to life but he didn’t. Later, Voldemort believed Snape was a double agent and accepted him back. But in the end, Snape took out the Carrows instead of going after McGonnegal. Then he left. He didn’t fight with Voldemort. It would have been easy for him to do. Instead, he stayed out of it and then gave Harry the details he needed to end the fight. His last dying breaths were to help the one guy with the potential to kill Voldemort.

death eater

With Snape, I tend to look at him like he were the Dark Knight. He is the hero Hogwarts didn’t want, but the one they needed at the time. JK Rowling has said that he characters are not black and white. All of her characters have some grey in them. With Snape, we like to think he is 50 Shades of Grey.


What do you all think of Snape? My blogmate, Kelsey, thinks he’s a creeper extraordinaire and the ultimate jerk. What about you? Which side are you on?

Looking for something else to read? Check out Sarah’s new book, First Semester. It is a college romance about freshman Violet Carrington as she learns about love, friendship, danger, and most importantly…not everyone is as they seem.

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The Non-Disclosure Agreement

You may have read my Scottish historical romance Queen of Emeralds (which is available HERE), but now my first contemporary romance from Limitless Publishing has arrived…and it takes sex in the city to a whole new level.

The Non-Disclosure Agreement (available HERE) tells the steamy tale of business mogul Jackson Cantrell and small town girl Holly McIntyre as they struggle to keep their business and personal lives separate. But when feelings and desire enter the mix, they might find it impossible to stay away.


I left my old life, and my broken heart, back in Michigan. When I moved to New York City for a fresh start, I didn’t know I would be made a sinful offer I couldn’t refuse…

My billionaire businessman boss decided that being the most powerful man on the East Coast wasn’t enough. He needed political power, too. But who would vote for a womanizing playboy with a different model on his arm every week? If he wanted to win, he needed a respectable wife…he needed me.

I had the looks, the small town charm—I was even already his employee, but was willing to pretend to be so much more. And I’ve already signed a non-disclosure agreement, making me the perfect choice.

But will there come a point where pretend just isn’t enough?


The Non-Disclosure Agreement is now available for pre-order on Amazon HERE.

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How Well Do You Know Sam Heughan?

To celebrate the birthday of the man who brought Jamie Fraser to life, let’s put on our stalker pants and see how well you know Sam Heughan! Take note of your right answers! But no cheating! Stay off Wikipedia and Google!

tumblr_ojoxf7SWQi1tcc87zo1_400.gif1. Let’s start with an easy one, where in Scotland was Sam born?

  1. Bydekirk
  2. Balmaclellan
  3. Borgue
  4. Beattock


2. How many times did he audition for parts in Game of Thrones?

  1. 7
  2. 2
  3. 6
  4. 5


3. What movie genre does Sam like the best?

  1. Historical
  2. Action Thrillers
  3. Comedies
  4. Sci-fi



4. What kind of home did Sam grow up in?

  1. A split level in the suburbs
  2. A castle
  3. A stone house in a village
  4. An apartment building


5. For whom was Sam named for?

  1. Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings
  2. Sam Warner of Warner Bros Studios
  3. Samuel, the Biblical prophet
  4. Samuel Clemens, who wrote under the pen name ‘Mark Twain’


6. What superhero did Sam once play?

  1. Superman
  2. Aquaman
  3. Ironman
  4. Batman


7. What is Sam qualified to teach?

  1. Gaelic
  2. Fencing
  3. Horseback Riding
  4. Archery


8. How does Sam go the extra mile while playing Jamie?

  1. He doesn’t wear anything under his kilt
  2. He sleeps outside or in the stables during filming
  3. He doesn’t bathe
  4. He sews his own clothes with the costume director


9. What Outlander character has he said he would want to play if he wasn’t Jamie?

  1. Dougal Mackenzie
  2. Black Jack Randall
  3. Roger Wakefield
  4. Murtagh Fraser


10. What show is Sam’s favorite to binge watch?

  1. Ultimate Fighter
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. Doctor Who
  4. Ninja Warrior


11. Who is the only historical royal Sam has played on film?

  1. King John
  2. Alexander the Great
  3. Prince Hamlet
  4. Henry VIII


12. What actor does Sam Admire the most?

  • Ian McKellen
  • Sean Connery
  • Liam Neeson
  • Anthony Hopkins


13. What is Sam’s favorite American football team?

  • Browns
  • Patriots
  • Seahawks
  • Cowboys


14. What Shakespeare play does Sam want to eventually act in?

  • MacBeth
  • Hamlet
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • King Lear


15. What did Sam do when he first found out he got the part of Jamie Fraser?

  • Went to dinner with Diana Gabaldon
  • Immediately booked sword lessons
  • Went out to the pub with friends
  • Bought and read all the Outlander books


16. What characters were Sam’s two horses really named during filming?

  1. Beast and Aladdin
  2. Sleepy and Pinocchio
  3. Sebastian and Charming
  4. Prince and Willow


17. What was the name of the prince Sam played in the Hallmark Movie A Princess for Christmas?

  1. Ashton
  2. Aston
  3. Adam
  4. Alan


18. What is on Sam’s bucket list?

  1. To win a Nobel Prize for his charity work
  2. To become a master horseman
  3. To climb Mount Everest
  4. To get a college degree in Scottish history


19. Which survivalist does Sam admire?

  1. Bear Grylls
  2. Les Stroud
  3. David Canterbury
  4. Ray Mears


20. What is Sam’s best feature?

  1. His eyes
  2. His ripped bod
  3. His smile
  4. His kilted knees


Did you keep track of your answers? Good! Check yours with the facts and tally up your points. Each correct answer gets you one point!

  1. Balmaclellan
  2. 7 times! Good thing he didn’t get cast, or we might have a different Jamie!
  3. Sci-fi. He’s a huge fan!
  4. Kenmure Castle
  5. Samwise Gamgee – one of the best friends in literature
  6. Batman!
  7. Fencing! No surprise there.
  8. Nothing under kilt 😉
  9. Black Jack. Can you imagine?
  10. Ultimate fighter
  11. Alexander the Great
  12. Anthony Hopkins
  13. The Seahawks! He says he wants to see them play.
  14. MacBeth
  15. He had a pint at the pub
  16. Sleepy and Pinocchio
  17. Prince Ashton
  18. He wants to climb Mt. Everest
  19. Bear Grylls
  20. All of the above!

Tally up your points? Lets see how well you know Sam!


0-5 Points – You’re a true Outlander fan, but no Sam Stalker!


6-11 Points – Wow! Someone follows Sam on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and on set…


12-20 Points – You must be Sam, his mom, or maybe a cast member? Let us know!!

PS. Sam Heughan, if you read this, I pink promise I’m not a crazy person. Mostly.

Have fun? We have plenty of other Outlander themed posts, articles, and quizes HERE.

And if you like our articles, You’ll love our books! I have a historical romance set in Scotland, Queen of Emeralds, that follows the tale of a British heiress trying to escape a brutish man and the roguish Scottish laird who longs to save her (order it HERE). I also have a new contemporary romance available, The Non-Disclosure Agreement, that’s a sinfully steamy tale of an arrangement gone wrong (order it HERE). And the lovely Sarah Fischer has a college romance that will have you craving your university days. There’s sex, secrets, and a mysterious stranger that just won’t take ‘no’ for an answer (order it HERE).




The History Behind ‘The White Queen’

I’ve been a huge fan of Philipa Gregory for a long time. I loved how she was able to use history, legend, gossip, and lore to make enthralling books. With all the hype that the show version of The White Princess is getting, I wanted to go back through my notes and talk about both books/shows and the true history that inspired them! We’ll go into The White Queen first and then delve into The White Princess


Melusine is a mythical mermaid-like creature that exists in various European folklore, but exists mainly France. Historically, the Luxembourg family is one of many who claims ancestry from Melusine. It fed into the thought that Jacquetta claimed strong heritage from Melusine, as well as mystical powers. The fact that a text of the tale of Melusine was found in her personal collection didn’t help matters, but seeing as it was a popular story of love and loss, it wasn’t rare and her involvement in the legend is probably very much exaggerated.

To give you a short version of the legend of Melusine, she was a beautiful half woman and half mermaid/serpent that only took on her mythological form once a week. A man hunting came upon her and offered her marriage. She accepted as long as he would leave her alone in total privacy once a week to bathe. For a time, they were happy, but the man soon grew too curious and spied on his wife, seeing her true form. Enraged, Melusine flew from the castle, never to be seen again, although she still thought of herself as the protector of her family and would wail when a member passed and help them if she could.


BTW Does this double tailed beauty look familiar? If you’re a coffee drinker like I am, you’ll recognize her as the Starbucks mermaid. Think about that next time you stop for your morning cup.

Jacquetta of Luxembourg

The Luxembourg family is an old French one, claiming lineage from the fabled Melusine. Jacquetta had many royal ties in different countries due to her high birth, and her first marriage was to a son of King Henry IV of England. They had no children by the time he died two years later, leaving Jacquetta a young and extremely wealthy duchess. As her title made her the second most powerful woman in the English court, next to the queen, she could have had her choice of husbands…

Lowly English knight Richard Woodville was tasked by the king to bring the newly widowed Jacquetta to court. But the pair fell in love. Despite it being illegal due to their difference in status and their refusal to wait for royal permission, they still married in secret. When it came out, no one could really be the mad, and they were merely fined. But Jacquetta was BFFs with Henry’s queen Margaret and Margaret made sure Richard got a title to put him on more even footing with his wife. So, he became Earl Rivers and the Lord High Treasurer.


Jacquetta and Richard had 14 children during their marriage, including “The White Queen”, Elizabeth. As she, obviously, made sure her children received titles, position, and even a crown, she was thought to be a witch by many. Most notably, she was accused of using sorcery to seduce King Edward into the bed of her daughter Elizabeth. While the charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence, the gossip followed her until her death…and followed her daughter for the entirety of her life as well.

Elizabeth Woodville

Born around 1347 to a well respected genteel family. She married first to a man who died a Lancaster supporter, leaving her a widowed mother of two sons. Luckily, she was still young enough to marry again and was “the most beautiful woman in the isle of Britain…with heavy lidded eyes like those of a dragon.” Might not sound like a compliment, but it totally was. If it wasn’t for being named a Lancastrian traitor, the obviously fertile mother of two boys could have married again easily. But it was almost lucky for Elizabeth that she wasn’t one to hop on the first man who came by her home. No, Elizabeth had her sights set on a man worthy of her.


Anyway, historians can’t agree as to how Elizabeth met the young King Edward IV, although the general lore says that Elizabeth dressed plainly and waited by the side of the road for Edward to pass with her two sons. Her original plan is said to have been to merely receive some sort of pardon for her dead husband (who fought and died after fighting against Edward and his York army, thus losing his wealth). But when Edward saw her, he was taken by her innocence, her maternal glow, and the graceful elegance she held even when not decked out in jewels. Edward wanted Elizabeth and would do anything to have her, even defy his family and his advisers to marry her in secret.


They had a strong marriage where 10 children were born and no matter what mistresses Edward took, he always came back to his wife. Again, not suuuuper romantic, but there weren’t many kings out there without a bevy of mistresses, and at least Edward actually did love Elizabeth. Their marriage is said to be one of the early examples of true love in a royal marriage. But her ability to sway the gaze of a king and make herself his queen made some believe that she was witch, just like her mama.

Edward IV

Yeah, not the glowing blonde god we saw in the show, but for a guy back then, he was the Jake Gyllenhaal of his time. He is noted as being “a man so vigorous and handsome that he might have been made for the pleasures of the flesh”. His hot bod got him at least 15 children that history knows of, but I’m guessing there were more little Eddies stashed around England. For Edward, he was born in France, the oldest living son of Richard of York, who believed he was the true king of England….Well, he might have been, or he might have been the illegitimate product of an affair by his mother. That story was drug up throughout his reign, and even after his death, to weaken his claim to the throne as well as that of his children’s. No matter who is daddy was, Edward really took the York mission to heart and fought to become the first York king of England…and the tallest one in history! He and his two brothers were known as the three suns in the sky and the three sons of York.


As I’ve said, he spied Elizabeth and her boys and thought she’d make a hell of a wife. She was a bit older and not a princess like he “should” have wed, but when Edward wanted something, he was sure to get it. Besides, the fact that she was obviously capable of birthing children mainly sons, was particularly attractive. So he put a ring on it and made her his queen. It ended up that the ex-Lancaster supporter was well loved but the people! Elizabeth’s 12 unmarried sisters soon found top notch marriages and Edward was basically surrounded by his in-laws. Much of the other nobility was angry, but Edward told them to shut up or shove off.


There was some rebellion against Edward’s reign, sometimes headed by his own brother George, but there was no other strong claim to the throne besides a little guy named Henry Tudor who was living in exile. The rest of Edward’s short life kept him in power and when he died at the age of 40, he made his brother, Richard, the protector of England until his son Edward could be crowned.

Richard III

Spoiler alert! Prince Edward (now known as lil’Edward) was never crowned and Richard became king. When King Edward died, he thought his little brother Richard would keep his crown safe for his son, but he was super wrong. Richard placed his nephew in the Tower of London to await the coronation that would never come.


To take the crown, he began by ousting the Woodvilles from power, imprisoning the men and forcing the women into hiding. Queen Elizabeth herself went into sanctuary with her daughters and youngest son Richard (now known as lil’Richard) while Richard worked on making her marriage to King Edward illegitimate, thus ruining lil’Edward’s claim to the throne. He ended up imprisoning both boys in the tower, where they never left (more on that later).


Richard finally got his just desserts when he was killed in battle by Henry Tutor’s forces at the age of 32. Recently, his battered bones were found in during construction and it was found that he did have uneven shoulders and a curvature of the spine as many have said. He was also found to have been mutilated before being unceremoniously dumped in a ditch. While he wasn’t a handsome man in his prime, it’s a wonder that he was able to start some kind of relationship with his niece Elizabeth of York..but that’s a tale for my next post.

The Princes in the Tower

Once lil’Edward was already in The Tower of London “for his safety”, Richard plucked lil’Richard from sanctuary and had him join his brother. Over the next few months, Richard was made king, Elizabeth and Edward’s marriage was made illegitimate, and the boys were seen less and less until they were never seen again.


It is widely accepted that Richard had a hand in the boy’s disappearance and even at the time he was thought to be the murderer, well that he ordered it anyway. With them out of the picture, he thought there wouldn’t be any issue with him retaining the throne.

But there’s another theory that at least one of the boys survived. Now Elizabeth Woodville was a smart woman and knew how hard it had been for Edward to keep his throne. She knew that if she let lil’Richard go to the tower like lil’Edward, he would never come back. It’s thought that she was able to smuggle lil’Richard out of sanctuary to take a new identity with a trusted family and replaced him with a local boy. For years afterwards, several people came forward claiming to be the lost prince, but none was ever confirmed. Since then, two sets of children’s skeletons have been found, but neither have been tested. So it’s possible that we will never know what happened to Elizabeth’s sons.



I hope you found this little look into the world of The White Queen fun and informative. I’ll be working on something for The White Princess soon, so keep checking back for more historical fun! And if Scottish history is your thing, read some historical articles with a fun twist on our Outlander page HERE!

If you enjoyed this write up, you’ll probably love my book, Queen of Emeralds! It’s a historic romance set in the highlands that you can get HERE in paperback, ebook, or free on kindle unlimited!

Outlandish Mother’s Day Gift Guide

The UK already had their Mother’s Day, so now it’s America’s turn! Since I’m a mom, and I love Outlander, I thought I’d make up a handy little list for you own shopping needs! So here are some cards and that will brighten up the day of your Sassenach mama for sure! Let’s start with some cards…

Mum, yer’ pure dead brilliant!


Show your mom you think she’s the bloody best with this cheeky card. Grad one HERE!

You Kilt It


Tell your mom who really ‘kilt’ it at being the best mom ever. Order yours HERE before it’s too late!

You’re Pure Brilliant


This card is pretty self explanatory. They’re available HERE!

Now, onto the meat…

The WeeBox

Now, Sarah and I both received and reviewed the WeeBox, which you can read and watch HERE, and I think it deserves a place on our list. It’s a carefully cultivated subscription box filled with authentic Scottish goodies, straight from the source! Now, Mother’s Day is only one day a year, but why not show your mom you care every month by setting her up with a subscription? Every month she could get a little something Scottish to make her smile, and you get to be the favorite kid with no more effort than plugging in your credit card info. Talk about a win! PS. The kind people at WeeBox have scheduled their Outlander box for September, so if you want a special delivery of Outlander items from Jamie’s homeland, plan your subscription accordingly!


Check out their website HERE and see if the WeeBox is right for your mom…or you!

A .Malcolm Mug


Waiting for season three is a killer, even for us book lovers! What better way to classically may homage to Jamie and his new life in Edinburgh, then with this mug that looks straight out of 1700s Scotland? Grab yours HERE and end each day with a sip of tea as you wait for September.

Claire’s Medicinal Tea

I found a shop that caters to the White Witch in all of us called Megan’s Marvelous Medicinals. Using Outlander as an inspiration at times, she’s created some organic, natural tea blends to sooth coughs, cures what ails you, and helps you fall asleep easily. Grab some bags here and pack it up with some a lovely mug for mom! Take a look at her blends HERE and see what might work for you.

Everyday Regalia


A store so nice, I’ve shopped there twice! We’ve done a product review for this Etsy shop in the past, which you can see HERE, but I’ve recently taken advantage of her ability to rapidly create custom pieces to have bracelets made to commemorate my historical book series (which I’ll obvi share pics of when I get them). The shop’s owner is very fast and willing to work with you to create exactly what you have in mind, so if there’s a particular quote or picture you, or your mom, favors, then just let her know and she can make something awesome! You can even have pics put in. For example, if you don’t know what your mom would like for Mother’s Day and you have kids, make her a “grandma bracelet”! Always a winner.

So if you’re looking at some quality jewelry that cane be made to your absolute liking, is cost effective, and durable, look no further than Everyday Regalia! Check out her shop HERE!

This Lovely Sassenach Shirt


I always find that this style of shirt is always flattering. I think half the shirts in my closet have type of neckline. This particular shirt from Esoteric Rhythms comes in 17 different colors from black to hot pink to a lovely plum. And at $24 it’s a total steal for something so cute. Grab one for the Sassenach in your life HERE…and one for yourself because matching is always adorable.

Outlander Apron


Is your mom head cook of your household? Give her something to protect her clothes that also stakes her claim to the kitchen! Grab an apron HERE and give her some more joy in the kitchen for next year’s holiday season.

Claire’s Ring (Show Version)


Always a classic Sassenach gift, Claire’s wedding ring is a tasteful way to show your Outlander pride without wearing a shirt with Jamie’s face on it (not that there’s anything wrong with that! This Italian Etsy shop offers just the item to add to your jewelry box! Grab one HERE for dear old mom.

Claire’s Ring (Book Version)


Is mom a traditionalist who favors the book? Don’t worry, Author’s Corner has the perfect ring to reflect the one Diana envisioned when she wrote the series. It even has “Da Mi Basia Mille” engraved inside to finish it off. Order yours HERE now!

Outlander Tank Tops

You know what they say about summer; “sun’s out, guns out”! Add some of these shirts from Glamorously Geeky to your mama’s summer wardrobe. Starting at $15, it’s really a great price for nice shirts you can get in a variety of colors. Order one (or more) HERE!

Lallybroch Teapot


Is there a tea drinking lady in your life that you’d like to spoil? Make her think of her literary home every time she makes a cup! Order one HERE and prepare a cup of something special.

Dixie Sisters

This shop has quite a few Outlander items that are suuuper cheap. You can get the notebook for $7.50 and the coasters for $6! You could basically make up a whole gift basket in a cost effective manner. Check out the Outlander line HERE.

A Druid Lantern


Get mom in touch with her druid side with an Outlander inspired lantern to lead the way. Fitted with a flame-less candle, it’s a great little piece to have to brighten up a room (literally), up your Halloween game, or make a power outage a little more fun. Order one HERE!

See the rest of our gift guides, lists, quizzes, and Outlander posts HERE!

Sarah and I both have books out now, so if you like our posts, you’ll probably love our books! First Semester is a thrilling college romance that you can get HERE. Queen of Emeralds is a historic romance set in the highlands that you can get HERE. Both of them come in paperback, ebook, and Kindle Unlimited.