June 12th is the anniversary of the death of Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, and June 19th marks 1100 years since her attack on the fort on Llangorse Lake. So all of this week, Annie Whitehead is running a giveaway of her novel of Aethelflaed's life, To Be A Queen:
This is the true story of Aethelflaed, the ‘Lady of the Mercians’, daughter of Alfred the Great. She was the only female leader of an Anglo-Saxon kingdom.
Born into the royal house of Wessex at the height of the Viking wars, she is sent to her aunt in Mercia as a foster-child, only to return home when the Vikings overrun Mercia. In Wessex, she witnesses another Viking attack and this compounds her fear of the enemy.
She falls in love with a Mercian lord but is heartbroken to be given as bride to the ruler of Mercia to seal the alliance between the two Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.
She must learn to subjugate her feelings for her first love, overcome her indifference to her husband and win the hearts of the Mercians who despise her as a foreigner and twice make an attempt on her life.
When her husband falls ill and is incapacitated, she has to learn to rule and lead an army in his stead. Eventually she must fight to save her adopted Mercia from the Vikings and, ultimately, her own brother. To Be A Queen was Long-listed for HNSIndie Book of the Year 2016 and has been awarded an indie BRAG Gold Medallion.
Annie is giving away one signed paperback copy. To enter the draw, leave a comment below and don't forget to include your contact details. (Draw open internationally. Closes at midnight June 19th Central Pacific time)