Cindy Vallar

Author, Editor, & Workshop Presenter
P. O. Box 425, Keller, TX  76244-0425

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Welcome
Thistles & Pirates may seem a strange name for my home page, but thistles and pirates are the foundation of my writing career. The Scottish Thistle, a historical novel about Scotland's Rising of 1745, is my first novel. Pirates and Privateers is my monthly maritime history column. Within these pages I invite you to explore my writing and research, historical fiction, e-books, and Scotland. You will also find information about the workshops I offer, my editing service, and the best books I've reviewed for Historical Novels Review and Pirates and Privateers.

Once again, welcome to Thistles & Pirates. Enjoy your visit!


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Cover Art: The
                        Scottish ThistleCover Art: A Tall
                        Ship, a Star, and Plunder
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Learn more about The Scottish Thistle or Rumble the Dragon




Upcoming Appearances
Upcoming Workshops
Recent Articles & Interviews
If you would like me to visit with your group,
please
contact me.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas
Cradle of Texas Chapter
16 November 2017
Bethal Presbyterian Church
East Columbia, TX

If you would like me to teach one of
my workshops to your group,
please
contact me.

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Hearts through History
Romance Writers
will host:


Sailing the Seven Seas with Pirates
Howard
                        Pyle's Dividing the Treasure
1-28 February 2018


Highland Clans from
Medieval Times through the Clearances
ClansmanClansmen
1-29 May 2018


Witches, Kelpies, and Fairies, Oh My!
Otherworld Haunting
1-26 October 2018


Teddy Bears
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Savvy Authors will host:
Here Be Dragons
Flying dragon
5 March - 1April 2018


Researching & Writing Historical Fiction
Quill pen,
                        books, rose -- Canstock.com
7 May - June 3 2018


To Be or Not to Be
& Other Editing Quandaries
Editing writing
11 June - 8 July 2018


Bringing Pirates to Life
Fighting Pirates
1-28 October 2018

Under the Crossbones Interview
Podcast:
Under the Crossbones, August 2015
(my segment begins at minute 7:00)

Update for 100th episode
(my segment begins at 1:06:40)


Podcast: Craft of Writing/Publishing
and Writing about Pirates
Latino Role Models Success, 16 February 2017


Red Pencil: Girl in Disguise
Historical Novels Review, May 2017


'Polishing the King's Iron with Your Eyebrows'
Pirates and Privateers, November 2017

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Recent Book Reviews

Historical Fiction & Fiction
for adults
Fiction & Non-fiction
for children & young adults
Non-fiction
for adults
Assassins of Alamut
by James Boschert

 
Historical Fiction, Time of Crusades


The Bloody Black Flag
by Steve Goble

Historical Mystery, 18th century


The Ballade of Mary Reede
by N. C. Schell
Historical Fiction, 18th century

Pirates Magnified
by David Long and illustrated by Harry Bloom

Picture Book


Best Pirate
by Kari-Lynn Winters and illustrated by Dean Griffiths

Picture Book

Anne Bonny
by Phillip Thomas Tucker
History, Biography 18th century


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Cover Flat: The Scottish Thistle
Cover art by Trace Edward Zaber
Loyalty and honor. A Highland warrior prizes both more than life, and when he swears his oath on the dirk, he must obey or die. Duncan Cameron heeds his chief's order without question, but discovers his wife-to-be is no fair maiden. Although women are no longer trained in the art of fighting, Rory MacGregor follows in the footsteps of her Celtic ancestors. Secrets from the past and superstitious folk endanger Rory and Duncan as much as Bonnie Prince Charlie and his uprising to win back the British throne for his father. Rory and Duncan must make difficult choices that pit honor and duty against trust and love...



Listen to my discussion of the Rising of 1745 with The History Czar
(Aired on 16 April 2010)
Listen to my interview about The Scottish Thistle and writing historical fiction on The Chanta Rand Show (Aired on 5 April 2011)


Selected as a Recommended Book to Read for Winter 2011 by the Military Writers Society of America
Military
                  Writers Society of America

Learn more about Rumble the Dragon

Blue
                    DragonCover Art by Lysa Shin:
                    A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder

Just rated at Book Content Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars, PG-13
  
Rumble the Dragon -- an intelligent and young misfit -- guesses a wizard's riddle only to find himself forced to live with a band of Northmen, exiled from their homeland. When their arch nemesis, the fiendish Ivan Skullsplitter, steals the dragons' sacred chalice, Rumble and the Northmen must learn to work together to recover it before the Viking's theft changes the world forever.

Just rated at Book Content Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars, PG-13


Elizabeth, Marquise of Stafford's
                          19th-century sketch of Odin Stone of StennessOdin's Stone
A medieval historical romance short story

Setting: Isle of Skye

Clans: Gillean & Fingon (present-day Clans MacLean & MacKinnon)

Pirate FlagPirates and PrivateersPirate Flag


The history of maritime piracy throughout the world from Ancient times to Modern Day


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Home
About Me
Appearances & Book Signings
Editing Services
E-Books Historical Fiction vs. History My Excerpts: Novels My Excerpts: Short Stories
My Other Writings My Reviews Pirates & Privateers Recommended Books to Read
Research: Favorite Links Research: My Resources Scotland: Clan Cameron Scotland: Highlands Workshop Photos
Scotland: Thistle's Scotland 1 Scotland: Thistle's Scotland 2 Web Rings & Memberships Website Awards
Workshops Contact Me Sign My Guestbook Subscribe to my T&P Newsletter