"The book's subtitle is "A Renaissance Revel" and it really is a lively and entertaining read. I loved JoAnn's takes on these historical characters and the whole Shakespeare storyline was brilliantly done and was so clever. She knows her Shakespeare inside out! JoAnn also knows her history. Each character's story is spot on, although obviously with a "twist", and it's the reality of the history, the depth of these people's stories, combined with humour which makes it such a wonderful read. Congratulations, JoAnn!" Claire Ridgway, "The Anne Boleyn Files"
"Seven Will Out by JoAnn Spears definitely had my interest with its refreshing and witty humor about historical figures from the Tudor Period... it really was entertaining to read some of the story lines the author created for these characters! Some of the ideas and twists that the author came up with had me cracking up! Never are characters from the medieval period portrayed as this much fun...
Then, add Ms. Spears writing style that flows smoothly and easily from page to page into the mix, and you can definitely count this book as a winner.... If you are looking for a fun read, that will allow you to escape into a past that is not morbid and dark, than definitely grab this book! I give it a FIVE out of FIVE stars!" Historical Fiction Obsession
"I want to leave this review with you all, along with my recommendation to pick this novel up and add it to your Tudor bookshelf. And if you haven't already read "Six of One", you'd better start with that one! I don't think you'll regret JoAnn's clever and fun, lighthearted and refreshingly modern take on historical fiction." The Tudor Enthusiast
"The concept of the book is fascinating, with the author introducing a humorous twist to Tudor history. While the story is replete with tongue-in-cheek humor, especially the execution faux pas running throughout the book, there is also political intrigue and conspiracy to keep the reader hooked. The clever parallels drawn with Dolly's life, add to the mix. The author doesn't stray too far from actual verifiable history, with one major exception, but what is different is her interpretation of the historical events and what might have been the motivation for various political figures to act as they did...The book is written in first person narrative, with the author's rich vocabulary complementing the story...readers who enjoy historical fiction, especially spoofs and parodies, should not miss out on this... " Onlinebookclub.org
About the Author
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.