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ONE MAN. TWO SETS OF MARRIAGE VOWS. BAD MATH. Edmund is unexpectedly returned to 1601 London, where Shakespeare's company reigns in popularity, lords in ruffs conspire against the Crown, and an aging Queen Elizabeth still flirts, costumed in jeweled silks and elaborate lace collars. There are no sewers, no pharmacies, and no antibiotics. Edmund's 21st century wife Halley isn't about to let pregnancy and a little sore throat keep her from bringing her husband back home, but Edmund, meanwhile, has just learned his would-be-actor brother was tossed in the Tower for treason, as part of the infamous Essex rebellion implicating Shakespeare's company. Halley will have to draw on her knowledge of Elizabethan fashion and etiquette to rescue Edmund, but it turns out he's already got a wife in 1601. What with treason charges, Edmund's love for his other wife, and scarlet fever in an era without antibiotics, things are turning deadly for Halley and Edmund's once-perfect marriage.
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Cidney Swanson writes unforgettable contemporary characters who are genuinely shocked to find themselves thrown into perilous or Sci-Fi/Fantasy situations. Well, except for the heroine from Mars. Come on. How shocked could a Mars colonist be to find herself in a Sci-Fi peril? After they (fine, *most of them*) get over their shock, they start kicking butt and taking names, and usually do some kissing along the way. Cidney’s complex plotting and stick-with-you characters have resulted in a few nice awards, including a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012 and an SCBWI Spark Honor Book. When she’s not placing her characters in peril, Cidney can be found asking her husband, cats, kids, and anyone else who will listen why it rains so much in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.