rivals_cover We received news today that author Kathleen Givens died unexpectedly this weekend. Ms. Givens was the author of several Scottish historicals, including The Destiny, for which she won a 2004 RITA award and Rivals for the Crown, which was her most recent novel. Her novels were vivid and rich in historical detail, and I as well as several of my colleagues here at AAR enjoyed them.

In addition to having her own website, Kathleen Givens also blogged as part of The Whine Sisters. Her friends on the blog have written a wonderful tribute to her which can be found here, and others have added some wonderful memories of her in the comments there. Our thoughts and condolences are with Ms. Givens’ family and friends.

-Lynn Spencer