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.

Rumble the Dragon is Here!

Blue Dragon
Cover Art: A Tall Ship, a Star, and
                        Plunder

A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder, an anthology of pirate short stories, is now available!

Read an excerpt          Listen to an excerpt          Purchase links          Order an autographed copy

Enter the launch contest


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


Warmest regards,
Cindy



Rumble the Dragon Contest

Congratulations to Greg Tarsa, who won these prizes:

Stormy Webkinz DragonCover
                      Art: Paper Flying DragonsCover Art:
                    A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder
Stormy Webkinz dragon, Paper Flying Dragons, and an autographed copy of A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder

Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. The correct answers are below.

1. Aside from the Great Earth Dragons, what 5 other types of dragons attend Dragon Father's confabulation?
Knuckers, Bucca, Dwarf Dragons, Moth Dragons, and Tazzy Dragons

2. The confabulation is held in Cymru. What country is this today?
Wales

3. By what name is the wizard Myrrdin more popularly known?
Merlin

4. What is Rumble's secret name?
Gwalchmai




(updated 20 April 2014)

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Cover Art: The
                        Scottish ThistleCover Art: A Tall
                        Ship, a Star, and Plunder
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Upcoming Appearances
Upcoming Workshops
Recent Articles & Interviews


Here Be Dragons
1-30 May 2014
Sponsor: Hearts through History Romance Writers

Scottish Highlands
5 May - 29 June 2014
Sponsor: Savvy Authors

Highland Clans
from Medieval Times through the Clearances
3 November - 19 December 2014
Sponsor: Hearts through History Romance Writers


If you would like me to teach one of
my workshops to your group,
please
contact me.
The Scottish Thistle -- Inspiration and Passion
My Story, My Way, 16 April 2014


Baltimore, Ireland
20 June 1631
(part 2)
Pirates and Privateers
, 20 April 2014


Journey Back to the Scottish Highlands of Yore
Savvy Authors Blog, 21 April 2014





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Recent Book Reviews

Historical Fiction & Fiction
for adults
Fiction & Non-fiction
for children & young adults
Non-fiction
for adults
Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
Historical Fiction (19th century)



A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder edited by Robert Krog
Pirate Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk (9th century - Future)
Reviewed by Irwin Bryan
A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder edited by Robert Krog
Pirate Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk (9th century - Future)
Reviewed by Irwin Bryan



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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

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 nemisis, 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.



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)

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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