Friday, January 25, 2013
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Please join Sandra Byrd as she tours the blogosphere for Roses Have Thorns, from April 9 – May 17.
From the acclaimed author of To Die For comes a stirring novel told that sheds new light on Elizabeth I and her court.Like Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, Sandra Byrd has attracted countless fans for evoking the complexity, grandeur, and brutality of the Tudor period. In her latest tour de force, she poses the question: What happens when serving a queen may cost you your marriage–or your life?
In 1565, seventeen-year-old Elin von Snakenborg leaves Sweden on a treacherous journey to England. Her fiance has fallen in love with her sister and her dowry money has been gambled away, but ahead of her lies an adventure that will take her to the dizzying heights of Tudor power. Transformed through marriage into Helena, the Marchioness of Northampton, she becomes the highest-ranking woman in Elizabeth’s circle. But in a court that is surrounded by Catholic enemies who plot the queen’s downfall, Helena is forced to choose between her unyielding monarch and the husband she’s not sure she can trust–a choice that will provoke catastrophic consequences.
Vividly conjuring the years leading up to the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots, Roses Have Thorns is a brilliant exploration of treason, both to the realm and to the heart.
Praise for Roses Have Thorns
“In Roses Have Thorns Sandra Byrd has given the reader another amazing heroine to tell the intimate story of England’s greatest queen, Elizabeth I. What a unique point of view and deeply moving story Helena von Snakenborg provides. Byrd is especially adept at blending political and private lives. This is a timeless women’s friendship novel as well as a poignant love story to cherish–both the roses and the thorns.” - Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author of Mistress of Mourning
“There is something golden about this tale of Elin, an eager young woman in a strange land, diligent in her duty but alive to love. A tale gracefully told, even as it renders the terrors of treachery that form the crucible of Elin’s hard-won wisdom. A heartfelt story of loyalty, longing, life-long friendship, and the many seasons of the heart.” - Barbara Kyle, author of The Queen’s Gamble and Blood Between Queens
“Beautiful prose and masterful research combine to bring this fascinating tale to life, treating the reader to fully realized characters and providing an original window through which we can view Elizabeth’s court. Ms. Byrd’s work will stand as an unforgettable contribution to Tudor fiction.” - D.L. Bogdan, author of The Forgotten Queen
Sandra Byrd has published more than three dozen books in the fiction and nonfiction markets, including the first book in her Tudor series, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. Her second book, The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, illuminates the mysteries in the life of Henry’s last wife.
For more than a decade Sandra has shared her secrets with the many new writers she edits, mentors, and coaches. She lives in the Seattle, Washington, area with her husband and two children.
Virtual Book Tour Schedule
Tuesday, April 9
Review & Giveaway at Bippity Boppity Book
Friday, April 12
Feature & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Monday, April 15
Review at Unabridged Chick
Tuesday, April 16
Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, April 17
Review & Giveaway at One Book at a Time
Thursday, April 18
Review & Guest Post at A Bookish Libraria
Friday, April 19
Review & Giveaway at Bloggin’ ’bout Books
Monday, April 22
Review at Peppermint, Ph.D.
Tuesday, April 23
Review & Giveaway at Julz Reads
Friday, April 26
Review & Giveaway at The Musings of a Book Junkie
Monday, April 29
Review at The Broke and the Bookish
Tuesday, April 30
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Wednesday, May 1
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, May 7
Review & Giveaway at The Eclectic Reader
Wednesday, May 8
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Thursday, May 9
Guest Post & Giveaway at Tina’s Book Reviews
Monday, May 13
Interview & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Tuesday, May 14
Review & Giveaway at Always with a Book
Thursday, May 16
Review at Bitches with Books
Friday, May 17
Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict