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About the Author: JoAnn Spears

JoAnn Spears couldn't decide whether to major in English or History in college. Life stepped in, and she wound up with a Master's Degree in Nursing instead.

A twenty-five year nursing career didn't extinguish that early interest in books and history-especially Tudor history. It did, however, stoke a decidedly gallows sense of humor. Eventually, JoAnn read just about every spin there was on the stories of Henry VIII and the extended Tudor family. Every spin, that is, except the one with the gallows humor. The Tudors certainly qualified for it, but it just wasn't out there.

JoAnn decided that with gallows humor to spare, she would do her best to remedy the Tudor comedy gap. A little inspiration from the classic "Wizard of Oz" showed her the way to go, and "Six of One", a new kind of Tudor novel, was born.

JoAnn thought “Six of One”, her story about Henry VIII’s six wives, would be an only literary child. Then, two years after its birth, she was caught by surprise with the idea for a sequel. In October, 2015, “Seven Will Out” made its debut and bought the latter-day Tudors into the comedy mix.

JoAnn enjoys writing but maintains her nursing license because a) you never stop being a nurse and b) her son thinks she should be sensible and not quit her day job. She also enjoys life in the beautiful mountains of northeast Tennessee, where she gardens, embroiders antique reproduction samplers, and teaches yoga in her Methodist church basement. JoAnn shares her home with three cats and the works of Jane Austen, Barbara Pym, Louisa May Alcott, and of course, Alison Weir.

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A Tudor Riff by

Goodreads rating: 3.10

Paperback, Published in Dec 2011 by Createspace

ISBN10: 1466324384 | ISBN13: 9781466324381

Page count: 302

"Six of One" is the ultimate 'girls' night in'-with the six wives of Henry VIII. It's the most fun you can have with your nightdress on! Join Dolly, the Tudor-obsessed heroine of "Six of One," on a Yellow Brick Road journey to the alternate reality of an all-girl Tudor court. It all begins when Dolly loses consciousness on the eve of her marriage to the six-times-divorced Harry. She awakens in the company of the Tudor women she's studied all of her life. Team Tudor has a mission to accomplish, and Dolly may be just the girl who can help them do it. Dolly warms up for her interview with the six shades of Henry in practice rounds with lots of the other famous ladies of Tudor times. In-laws, outlaws, matriarchs, frenemies, and household help are all on hand to help out and add to the factoids and fun. Of course the heart of the story is in Dolly's interview with the six wives of Henry VIII. It turns out there's something to each of the wives' stories that's been held back all this time. You won't believe what really happened...or will you? "Six of One" offers no tragedy, no excuses, and no apologies. It does have lots of broad humor, not to mention tons of puns. And-for a change-a happy ending. "The novel is an enthusiastic, well-researched, fictional account of what happened to the infamous wives of Henry VIII." Kirkus Indie Review "A fun, rather irreverent, entertaining spoof...A wonderful read when you need a bit of light relief." Claire Ridgway, 'Anne Boleyn Files' ..".such a fun ride!...The book will have you laughing and satisfying your fun Tudor craving...Definitely a Tudor book I recommend." 'The Tudor Enthusiast'

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