The heroine in Fanchon Stylezz’s first novel, Heart of Kings, grows up in Long Island, gets drawn into a love triangle that puts her in grave danger, and suffers a near-fatal heart attack. While the story is not totally autobiographical, the author — whose real name is Fanchon Woodward — does share some of the experiences faced by her gritty protagonist. Woodward’s own story is, in fact, an epic tale of gut-wrenching setbacks and strong-willed recoveries.

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