The Captive Queen by Danny Saunders – Spotlight & Giveaway (US/Canada&more)

September 9th, 2014

Please join me today as I spotlight and give away a copy of Danny Saunders book The Captive Queen which is touring with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.  Enjoy…

 

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Publication Date: April 24, 2014
CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction

 

Political schemes, religious partisanship and unbridled love shake the Royal Court of Scotland at the end of the Stuart dynasty.

Witness to sordid murders, spy for Her Majesty among the Protestants of the infamous preacher John Knox, forced to give up her one true love, thrown out onto the streets then ruthlessly attacked by a drunkard, Charlotte Gray will do everything in her power to remain the sovereign’s lady-in-waiting.

As for the Queen of Scots, she faces turmoil of a completely different kind: prisoner in a castle under the command of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England, Mary Stuart learns that she is the victim of a vast conspiracy and that her English counterpart has ordered her imminent execution.

Despite their hardships, Mary and Charlotte will keep their dignity throughout the storm. The two women will finally find serenity, one in the arms of a man and the other in the arms of God.

Interwoven with historical facts of the era, the thrilling The Captive Queen saga is worthy of the greatest royal intrigues that still fascinate us several centuries later.

 

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About the Author

dannyDanny Saunders is a true European history enthusiast. He has always been keenly interested in royalty. Danny holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and also pursued communication studies at the university level. He has worked as a journalist for various written and electronic media. Of Scottish descent, Danny takes genuine pride in his British roots. The Captive Queen: A Novel of Mary Stuart is his first historical novel.

To find out more about the author Danny Saunders, you can visit his website at www.dannysaunders.com. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

 

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GIVEAWAY – OPEN TO US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Ireland
1 paperback copy of The Captive Queen
*CLICK HERE* and fill out the form to enter
Draw Date September 27/14
Good luck!
(comments are welcome but do not count as an entry)
 

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Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley – Excerpt/Spotlight & Giveaway (US only)

August 6th, 2014

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Sourcebooks is releasing Susanna Kearsley’s novel Season of Storms this September and today I’ve got an excerpt from that novel to share with you all.  There is also a giveaway at the end of the post so make sure not to miss a chance to win a copy for yourself.  I’ve read a few of Susanna Kearsley’s books and I always love them so I’m looking forward to reading this one too.

 

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EXCERPT

“Why do the rich always build their houses miles from the road?” Den wanted to know. “All they need is a little front yard and a driveway, but no… they have to put in all these columns and
fountains and—”

“Dennis,” Rupert cut in, puffing nearly as much as I was, “if you didn’t waste all your breath complaining, you’d find it easier to walk.”

“Oh, I’ve got plenty of breath,” Den assured him. “That isn’t a problem.” I couldn’t help smiling, even in the midst of my exertions. I couldn’t think of any situation in which Den would cease to talk. Perhaps in sleep, but even then he most likely muttered and tossed in his bed, restless. He was not a quiet man.

I, on the other hand, couldn’t have spoken a word if I’d wanted to. My body needed every bit of oxygen to keep my muscles moving, propelling me up the long drive like an automaton… left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot, each step crunching on the gravel. I kept my head purposely down, focusing not on the way ahead but on the patch of gravel just in front of my feet—a much more attainable goal.

I knew, from my limited, low-angled view of the flowering shrubs and ornate column bases I was passing, that we were walking through a place of beauty. Now and then I saw the feet of a statue resting in the trailing greenery and was tempted to look higher, but I didn’t dare for fear I’d lose my footing. I’d be living here for several months, I told myself. Plenty of time to admire the scenery later. For now, all I wanted was to get up to the house and climb into a bath.

Behind me, Den stopped walking and swore.

I lifted my head then to look, and wished that I hadn’t. I sagged at the sight of the steps—a seemingly endless flight of them, ten feet wide and gleaming white, that angled steeply upwards, barring our way to the house like some cruel architectural joke. Even the lions that stood at its entrance appeared to be laughing.

It might have been the heat, or simple tiredness, but I nearly broke down at that point. And I might have disgraced myself entirely by dissolving in tears at the foot of the steps if I hadn’t just then heard the sure, certain sound of someone coming down to meet us. Looking
up through blurring eyes I saw the outline of a man, a young man, lean and dark and moving swiftly, with an athlete’s grace. Halfway down he waved and called out, “Thought you might need help with those. It’s a bloody long way up.” An English voice, precise and very RADA.

I blinked away my unshed tears and watched with curiosity as Nicholas Rutherford came closer. I’d seen photographs, of course, but never the man in person. He was not as tall as I’d expected, but I didn’t imagine most women would notice his height—it was his face that so entranced them, with its cleanly cut features and laugh lines and soul-searching eyes. And whereas we looked hot and straggly and were on the point of collapse, he looked cool and crisply pressed and managed the final few steps without apparent effort, smoking a cigarette.

“What happened to you lot?” He looked us up and down, amused. “Did Giancarlo make you get out and push, or something?”

“We walked,” said Den.

“Walked? From where?”

“From town. Giancarlo, if that’s who was supposed to meet our train at Desenzano, never showed. We had to take a bus.” Rupert pointed out that we had rung the house. “But apparently your phones aren’t working.”

“It wouldn’t surprise me,” said Nicholas, smoothing his hair with one hand in what I would learn was an habitual gesture of his. “It’s a bit of a madhouse around here today. Here, let me take that.” Putting the cigarette in his mouth he held out a hand for my suitcase. “You’ve only a little bit farther to go and we’ll get you set up with a drink.”

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

In 1921, infamous Italian poet Galeazzo D’Ascanio wrote his last and greatest play, inspired by his muse and mistress, actress Celia Sands. On the eve of opening night, Celia vanished, and the play was never performed.
Now, two generations later, Alessandro D’Ascanio plans to stage his grandfather’s masterpiece and has offered the lead to a promising young English actress, also named Celia Sands—at the whim of her actress mother, or so she has always thought. When Celia arrives at D’Ascanio’s magnificent, isolated Italian villa, she is drawn to the mystery of her namesake’s disappearance—and to the compelling, enigmatic Alessandro.
But the closer Celia gets to learning the first Celia’s fate, the more she is drawn into a web of murder, passion, and the obsession of genius. Though she knows she should let go of the past, in the dark, in her dreams, it comes back…

Preorder at Amazon

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

susannaNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley is known for her meticulous research and exotic settings from Russia to Italy to Cornwall, which not only entertain her readers but give her a great reason to travel. Her lush writing has been compared to Mary Stewart, Daphne Du Maurier, and Diana Gabaldon. She hit the bestseller lists in the U.S. with The Firebird, a RITA winner (2014), as well as The Winter Sea and The Rose Garden, both RITA finalists and winners of RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Other honors include finaling for the UK’s Romantic Novel of the Year Award, National Readers’ Choice Awards, and the prestigious Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize. Her popular and critically-acclaimed books are available in translation in more than 20 countries and as audio books. She lives in Canada, near the shores of Lake Ontario.

Author Links: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest

 

GIVEAWAY – US RESIDENTS ONLY

1 copy of Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley

*CLICK HERE* and fill out the form to enter

Draw Date August 23/14

Good luck!

(comments are much welcomed but do not count as an entry)

 

Source:  Giveaway copy provided by the publisher.  No compensation was received for this post.

Eyes on You by Kate White – Spotlight & Giveaway (US/Canada)

June 30th, 2014

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  To start off the week I’ve got a spotlight on Eyes on You by Kate White.  This novel is on my ‘to read’ list for the summer and is already getting great reviews from bloggers and readers.  It’s being described as one of those books that you just can’t put down which is, of course, the kind I like best.  So I’ll tell you a bit about the book and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win one of two copies for yourself!

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

A terrifying psychological suspense with so many twists that the ending will leave you breathless.
What would you do if you began to suspect one day that someone was out to get you? Really get you. But you had absolutely no idea who it was.

That’s what happens to Robin Trainer, the gutsy, charismatic protagonist of Kate’s upcoming psychological suspense novel, Eyes on You.

Robin seems to have everything going for her. After losing her TV hosting job two years ago, she’s back on the air in a hot new show with a co-host she can’t help but feel attracted to. She’s also penned a book that’s climbing the charts. But one night at a party in her honor, she discovers a nasty, threatening note in her evening bag.

Maybe, she tells herself, it’s just from a jealous party guest. But the threats and harassment soon escalate and Robin realizes that she has an adversary with a dark agenda. What’s even worse is that the person is clearly someone in her life. While she frantically tries to put the pieces together and unmask this hidden foe, it becomes terrifyingly clear that the person responsible isn’t going to stop until Robin loses everything that matters to her . . . including her life.

Read the first five chapters!
Buy at: Amazon, Amazon Canada, B&N, IndieBound

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

kate-headshotKate White is the New York Times bestselling author of nine works of fiction—six Bailey Weggins mysteries and three suspense novels, including, Eyes on You, which will be published in June. For fourteen years she was the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, and though she loved the job (and the Cosmo beauty closet!), she decided to leave in late 2013 to concentrate full time on being an author.

Her books have received starred reviews from a variety of publications and she has been covered everyplace from The Today Show to The New York Times. Her first Bailey Weggins mystery, If Looks Could Kill, was named as the premier Reading with Rippa selection and soon shot to number one on Amazon. (And it’s now being made into an opera!). She is published in 18 countries around the world.

Kate is currently editing the Mystery Writers of America cookbook, a selection of recipes from many of the top-selling authors.

Like many mystery writers, Kate fell in love with the genre after reading her first Nancy Drew book, The Secret of Redgate Farm, and she still admires those cliffhanger endings that “Carolyn Keene” created.

She is married and the mother of two children, and once had her daughter stalk her through the woods so she could better describe the sounds of someone being followed.

Kate is also the author of several very popular career books, including I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve, and Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do.

Author Links: Website, Facebook, Twitter

 

GIVEAWAY – OPEN TO US & CANADIAN RESIDENTS

2 copies up for grabs!

*CLICK HERE* and fill out the form to enter

Draw Date July 15/14

Good luck!

(comments are still welcome but don’t count as an entry)

 

Source:  Giveaway copies provided by the publicist.  No compensation was received for this post.

 

The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick – Spotlight & Giveaway (US/Canada)

June 27th, 2014

I’m excited to spotlight and share the book trailer for The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick today.  I’m listening to it right now on audio and oh my is it ever good!  I hate putting it down. It’s about Eleanor of Aquitaine who I have read about previously but Chadwick’s novel is so detailed that I’m sure I’m going to come away with a wealth of knowledge. Even more exciting is that it is the first in a trilogy so there will be more to come!  Anyhow today I’m going to share what the book is about along with the book trailer and then give you the chance to win a copy for yourself!

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Young Eleanor has a bright future as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father dies, childhood is suddenly over. Forced to marry Prince Louis of France, she barely adjusts before another death catapults them to King and Queen. Leaving everything behind, young Eleanor must face the complex and vivacious French court – and all of its scandals.

Buy at: Amazon, Amazon Canada, B&N, IndieBound

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elizabeth Chadwick (UK) is the author of 20 historical novels, including The Greatest Knight, The Scarlet Lion, A Place Beyond Courage, The Outlaw Knight, Shadows and Strongholds, The Winter Mantle, and The Falcons of Montabard, four of which have been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Awards.

Author Links: Website, Facebook, Twitter

 

BOOK TRAILER

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY – 1 COPY OF THE FINISHED BOOK

OPEN TO US & CANADIAN RESIDENTS

*CLICK HERE* and fill out the form to enter

Draw Date July 12/14

Good luck to all!

(Comments are still welcome!)

 

 

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