Author's Note

I've really had a lot of fun writing this story. I would like to thank all of the people who encouraged me to keep going, especially Brian, who has become my mentor.

I would like to encourage all of my readers to check out Trekboy's "Unlimited Potential", the story that has been using some of my characters in a cross over. I love the story the author is writing there.

I have spent a lot of time in Russia, as well as studying the characters that have run the country there. For anyone who is finding themselves curious about my subject matter, here are some authors and books that you may want to look into:

Authors: Robert K. Massie, Henri Troyat, Alexander Pushkin, and Voltaire.

Other books: Great Palaces—The Chinese Palace at Oranienbaum, Insight Guide to St.

Petersburg, Putin's Russia—Life in a Failing Democracy, On Perestroika,

Glasnost, The August Coup, and The New Russians.

The story "The Ring of the Queen" is full of facts. The legend of the ring itself is entirely fictional however.

In the future, there will be more stories about Stacie and her ancestors. I hope you will enjoy the future stories as soon as I have a chance to write them.