I am pleased to welcome Christy English, author of To Be Queen: A Novel of the Early Life of Eleanor Aquitaine, to Peeking Between the Pages today. I first met Christy last year when her novel The Queen’s Pawn came out and she is one of the most friendly people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Her new novel, To Be Queen, was released in April of this year and it’s another one that sounds great! Today she joins us with a guest post entitled Writing in a Lovely Place…
There is nothing more relaxing than to sit on a borrowed porch and take in the greenery of the yard below. While I was writing TO BE QUEEN: A NOVEL OF THE EARLY LIFE OF ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE, I had the good fortune to work in just such a place, a beautiful oasis of sunlight, soft breezes, with azaleas blooming nearby and dogwood blossoms beginning to fall, coating the grass in a blanket of white.
“The towers [of Constantinople] shone like jewels in the late-morning sun. The great dome of Hagia Sophia beckoned to me, cupped like a woman’s hand over a flame. It’s elegant, graceful lines spoke of a distant past….”
The beauty of that city overwhelmed Eleanor’s thoughts of politics and her plans for the future. Her soul held its breath for a moment, just as mine does when I sit on a borrowed porch, look up from my computer, and take in the beauty all around me.
In the end, it does not matter where I write. My mind open its doors to take me to other worlds, so that I can build a bridge between the past and the present with my words, so that my readers can journey there as well. But writing in a beautiful place feeds the soul, and food for my soul is food for my work. My work is building worlds, and building bridges to those worlds, so that you can come there with me.
Darlene, thank you so much for hosting me today. TO BE QUEEN: A NOVEL OF THE EARLY LIFE OF ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE is in bookstores now.
Christy, thank you so much for stopping by Peeking Between the Pages. It’s always such a pleasure to have you here. Thank you for this lovely guest post and photos as well. That would indeed be a beautiful place to write or, in my case, to read a book!
About the Book (from Amazon.com)
With captivating and lyrical prose, the author of The Queen’s Pawn delves into the early life of the legendary Eleanor of Aquitaine…
Duchess at fifteen, Eleanor of Aquitaine marries the King of France. But will she find that she must pay too high a price to be queen?
Although Louis VII is enamored of his bride, the newly crowned king is easily manipulated by forces in the Church. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Eleanor fights for her freedom and for the love of her life. In the arms of Henry of Normandy, Eleanor may finally find the passion she longs for, and the means to fulfill her legacy as Queen.
Read The Prologue for To Be Queen
About the Author (from Christy’s blog)
Praise for my first novel THE QUEEN’S PAWN.
“An astonishing debut! Christy English spins an unforgettable tale of dangerous splendor, evoking the stone and tapestry of the Plantagenet era, and the fierce rivalry of two equally fascinating and determined women, whose ambitions threaten to overturn their world.”
C.W. Gortner, author of THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI
My second novel is about Eleanor of Aquitaine’s marriage to Louis VII of France, TO BE QUEEN: A NOVEL OF THE EARLY LIFE OF ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE.
I have one copy of To Be Queen by Christy English to share with my readers. To enter…
- For 1 entry leave me a comment with an email address to contact you (no email, no entry).
- For 2 entries, follow my blog. If you already do, thanks, and please let me know in your comment so I can pass on the extra entry to you as well.
- For 3 entries, blog or tweet this giveaway to spread the word!
This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, June 18/11. Good luck to you all!
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