Karen Heenan was born and raised in Philadelphia. She fell in love with books and stories before she could read, and has wanted to write for nearly as long. After far too many years in a cubicle, she set herself free to follow her dreams - which include gardening, sewing, traveling and, of course, lots of writing.
She lives in Lansdowne, PA, with two cats and a very patient husband, and is currently hard at work on her next book.
Songbird: The Tudor Court - Book I
She has the voice of an angel...
But one false note could send her back to her old life of poverty.
After her father sells her to Henry VIII, ten-year-old Bess builds a new life as a royal minstrel, and earns the nickname "the king's songbird."
She comes of age in the decadent Tudor court, where the stakes are always high, and where politics, heartbreak, and disease threaten everyone from the king to the lowliest musician.
Her world has only one constant: Tom, her first and dearest friend. But when Bess intrigues with Anne Boleyn and strains at the restrictions of court life, will she find that constancy has its limits?
You'll love this richly-detailed historical novel, because we all want to know what goes on "backstairs at the palace."