After loving Katherine Longshore's "Gilt," I couldn't wait to read her second "Royal Circle" series novel—especially when I found out it followed Anne Boleyn's scandalous story. And if I thought I had a historical crush on King Henry VIII, I had no idea that Sir Thomas Wyatt was prowling just around the corner. Seriously, Crushers, swoon overload. A charming and charismatic poet who believes you deserve an extraordinarily epic love? Forget Peeta or Jace, Team Wyatt all the way! Needless to say, as soon as I started "Tarnish," I was hooked.
Anne Boleyn's story is one that's been told for centuries. But Katherine presents her in a unique way, showing readers that before His Majesty ordered Anne's execution, she was simply a girl determined to give herself a bright future. The book opens showing Anne as the odd girl out. Having been away in France, everything about her is different. From keeping her trendy French style to refusing to tame her witty commentary, Anne is unwilling to blend into the background. Even when she tries, she doesn't know how to hold her tongue and fall in step with a society that expects women to be seen and not heard. But when Anne makes a life-changing bet with Thomas to escape an arranged marriage, how she's seen could lead to her demise—or if she plays her cards right—her rise. She could end up as nothing or she could finally become something.
You may think you know the story of Anne Boleyn, but before she lost her head at the hands of her tyrannical husband, King Henry VIII, she was a girl with big hopes and dreams for her future. Following the success of "Gilt," author Katherine Longshore is back with "Tarnish"—the second book in her "Royal Circle" series, which tells Anne's iconic story like you've never read it before.
Anne Boleyn is the new girl. Since she's been away in France, everything about her is different—from her clothes to her sharp tongue to her unwillingness to blend in with the rest of the ladies in the Tudor court. She doesn't know how to keep silent and fall in step with a society that revolves around gossip and expects women to be seen and not heard. But when Anne makes a life-altering bet with charismatic and romantic poet Thomas Wyatt to escape a loveless, arranged marriage, how she's seen could lead to her demise.
We recently chatted with Katherine to get the inside scoop on "Tarnish." Read our interview after the jump and get an EXCLUSIVE sneak peek at the cover!
The world of entertainment never sleeps. Anything can happen while you're resting and relaxing over the weekend, which is where The Weekender comes in. Catch up on all the happenings of the past 48 hours right now!
+ It was a big weekend for theater folks as dapper looking stars waltzed down the red carpet for the 2012 Tony Awards. Among them were Amanda Seyfried, "Glee" star Matthew Morrison, James Marsden, Emma Stone and boyfriend Andrew Garfield. Andrew was even up for Best Actor in a Feature Role! Unfortunately, he didn't take home the award, but his show "Death of a Salesman" won Best Revival of a Play! (PopSugar)
You guys, we're pretty sure Jackson Rathbone is trying to tell us something. Our view is obstructed by a blinding white light, but we're convinced he's going Katniss Everdeen on us—if that bow and sheath of arrows we see on his person are any indication.
Okay, okay, maybe we just got a little excited. Before we all hop aboard the train to turn this studly "Twilight" vampire into a "Catching Fire" tribute, we should probably point out the text that tells us he's filming "Aim High."
Our favorite fandoms keep colliding! First, "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart reunited with "Hunger Games" hottie Josh Hutcherson (her "Zathura" co-star) at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. Now it looks like a certain "Harry Potter" villain wants in on the dystopian action.
Tom Felton recently told Popstop TV he's a big fan of the franchise and even attended the film's premiere. "I was very impressed. My girlfriend's an avid reader of the books and told me I had to go and see this film. It's awesome," he said. "I mean, it speaks for itself. The movie's going to be great. I can't wait for the next one now."
When asked if he'd be interested in playing a role in the sequel, "Catching Fire," he responded, "Oh yeah, for sure. For sure! I've been reading into this Finnick role. He's a pretty awesome character. You never know. Fingers crossed, one day! You never know."
With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, we're feeling a little patriotic, and it seems young Hollywood is too.
Ian Somerhalder, along with Zachary Quinto, Sophia Bush and Dianna Agron, were invited to a breakfast with the President of the United States, Barack Obama. Ian took to Twitter to relay his experience and could really only summarize his morning in one word. He wrote, "Just spent my morning w/this man talkn green energy,a better America&being a young American-wow."
Need an afternoon sugar rush, Crushers? We've got you covered with some man candy. We have not one, not two, but LIKE A MILLION new "Magic Mike" stills! It's like Christmas and our birthday wrapped into one.
These steamy photos feature the hunks following Channing Tatum's lead and struttin' their stuff on stage at one of their many performances. If you haven't already heard, the film is loosely based on Chan's past experience as a stripper. The actor plays an erotic dancer by the name of—wait for it—Magic Mike, who takes newbie The Kid (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing to teach him the finer points of women, money and booty shaking.
One of the pictures even shows the duo in a store picking out thongs! The Kid looks less than thrilled with a black number in his hands and Mike is not amused. Maybe they should go for the more exciting metallic green, blue and orange ones on the rack to their right? That might brighten their spirits a little. It would certainly brighten ours.
Selena Gomez is an international pop singer with three hit records, a budding young actress who got her start on Disney's hit show "The Wizards of Waverly Place" and now she's trying her hand at an indie drama called "Spring Breakers"—certainly the makings of Hollywood's latest It Girl. But Selena wasn't always a successful starlet.
In the July issue of Elle magazine, she recalls a time when money was tight and her family was struggling.
"I can remember about seven times when our car got stuck on the highway because we'd run out of gas money," she said. "[Still my mother] saved up to take me to concerts. She took me to museums, aquariums, to teach me about the world, about what's real."
"Twilight" star Nikki Reed is ditching the foggy forests of Forks and hitting the concrete jungle with actress Emma Roberts for their latest film "Empire State."
Based on a true story from the '80s, the action movie follows a plan set in motion by two childhood friends (one of whom will be played by the recently engaged Liam Hemsworth) to rob an armored car depository in New York. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays an NYPD officer who attempts to stop the cash heist, and Emma will portray a waitress who takes interest in Hemsworth's character.
Just when you thought no dance movie could surprise you, "Step Up Revolution" is giving you a film that'll make you get up off your feet. We have your EXCLUSIVE look at stills from the fourth installment (out July 27) giving a sneak peek at some of the moves you can expect from the world class dancers.
The "Step Up" franchise—the movie that gave Channing Tatum his big break—is back to start a different type of movement. After Emily (Kathryn McCormick) arrives in Miami to become a professional dancer, she meets Sean (Ryan Guzman), the leader of a dance crew that acts more like a improv street mob. The two hit it off immediately, and Sean opens her up to the world of live performance art. The photos give a glimpse of those routines presenting the mob as they shut down a busy street to perform and showcase their talents.