Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Guest Post with Stephanie Marie Thornton - And They Called It Camelot

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Stephanie Thornton is a writer and history teacher who has been obsessed with women from history since she was twelve. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alaska.

American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt is available now and her next book, And They Called It Camelot: A Novel of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis will hit the shelves March 2020.


  • 1. “The pink pillbox hat and Chanel-inspired bouclĂ© suit awaited her on the bed.” 
  • 2. “The White House . . . That dream seemed so far away now, as if it belonged to someone else.”
  • 3. “He gently turned my face to capture the perfect slant of moonlight, as if he were an artist who wanted to paint me. Or a man who wanted to kiss me.”
  • 4. “Perhaps I’d drunk too much ambrosia from the Kennedy fountain, for second best chafed me now as well.” 
  • 5. Living in a fairy tale can be hell. Don’t people know that? 
  • 6. It was something I knew I should get used to—having no secrets—but I doubted whether I ever would. 
  • 7. Time folded in on itself, ricocheted forward. At first there was no blood, then, in the next instant, there was nothing but blood. 
  • 8. “My sweet little boy who had turned three years old that morning relinquished my hand, then stepped forward and stood at attention in his blue suit before lifting his tiny hand in a perfect salute.”
  • 9. “The map of love is uncharted.”
  • 10. “I’d been the devoted wife of one of America’s greatest presidents, the cosmopolitan Queen of Camelot in the pillbox hats, the amateur historian who gave to the White House its rightful role as America’s historic home. A dignified widow who taught her country how to grieve, the loving sister-in-law of America’s last prince, the willing wife of a Greek shipping tycoon.” 
  • 1. BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE by Evie Dunmore—A delightful romance featuring a British suffragist that I plan to reread by the fire with a steaming cup of tea!
  • 2. THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE by Ruta Septys—An intricately woven tale of the Spanish Civil War, an era which I feel deserves a lot more novels. 
  • 3. DAISY JONES AND THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid—This one is a blockbuster for good reason!
  • 4. THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Catherine Center—A kickass heroine who fights fires while also falling in love. 
  • 5. THE SILK ROADS by Peter Frankopan—As a history teacher, I appreciated a fresh look at the history of Eurasia from the beginning of the Silk Roads to the modern day. 
  • 6. PARK AVENUE SUMMER by Renee Rosen—Renee Rosen’s heroines are always hard-working women who succeed against all the odds, this time in the man’s world of publishing. 
  • 7. WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens—Part murder mystery, part coming-of-age story with a heavy dose of nature and a dash of romance, this one has a little something for just about everyone. 
  • 8. THE WINTER OF THE WITCH by Katherine Arden—I adored the first two books in the Bear & the Nightingale trilogy… Its conclusion did not disappoint! 
  • 9. THE FABULOUS BOUVIER SISTERS by Sam Kashner—The last in a looooong line of research books I read in order to write AND THEY CALLED IT CAMELOT, I appreciated this intimate look at the relationship between Jackie Kennedy and her sister Lee. 
  • 10. PARIS: THE NOVEL by Edward Rutherford—I read this tome while in Paris and felt like I was seeing Paris come alive through the centuries.

An intimate portrait of the life of Jackie O…

Few of us can claim to be the authors of our fate. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy knows no other choice. With the eyes of the world watching, Jackie uses her effortless charm and keen intelligence to carve a place for herself among the men of history and weave a fairy tale for the American people, embodying a senator’s wife, a devoted mother, a First Lady—a queen in her own right.

But all reigns must come to an end. Once JFK travels to Dallas and the clock ticks down those thousand days of magic in Camelot, Jackie is forced to pick up the ruined fragments of her life and forge herself into a new identity that is all her own, that of an American legend.

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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you STEPHANIE MARIE THORNTON for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of And They Called It Camelot by Stephanie Marie Thornton.


  1. The craziest thing I have ever done was marry my husband 3 months after I met him, got engaged 10 days after I met him

  2. Explored an abandoned cabin in the wilderness.

  3. The craziest thing that I have ever done is go to visit a friend in another province as a surprise and not knowing if she would even be there.

  4. A year ago, I gave $200 to a homeless person.