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Annie Whitehead is giving away a paperback copy of Alvar the Kingmaker, which has recently been awarded an indieBRAG gold medallion

Alvar the Kingmaker is a tale of politics, intrigue, deceit and murder set in tenth-century England. Nobleman Alvar knows that securing the throne for the young and worthy King Edgar will brand him as an oath-breaker. As a fighting man, he is indispensable to the new sovereign, but his success and power gain him deadly, murderous enemies amongst those who seek favour with the king, and point the finger of suspicion when Edgar’s brother, the previous king, dies in mysterious circumstances. Alvar must fight to protect his lands, and his position, and learn the subtle art of politics. He must also, as a man of principle, keep secret his love for the wife of his trusted deputy. Civil war erupts, and Alvar once again finds himself the only man capable of setting a new king upon the throne of England, an act which comes at great personal cost. His career began with a dishonourable deed to help a good king; now he must be loyal to a new king, Aethelred, whom he knows will be weak, and whose supporters have been accused of regicide. Can he bring about peace, reconcile with his enemies, and find personal happiness, whilst all the time doing his duty to his loved ones? And what of the fragile Queen, who not only depends upon him but has fallen in love with him?
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Kim Rendfeld is giving away a signed paperback and an ebook of The Cross and the Dragon. The giveaway for the paperback is open to U.S. residents only. The ebook is open internationally, via a 100 percent coupon from Smashwords, and can be read on most devices, including Kindle.

Francia, 778, the tenth year of Charlemagne’s reign: Alda has never forgotten Ganelon's vow of vengeance when she married his rival, Hruodland. Yet the jilted suitor’s malice is nothing compared to Alda’s premonition of disaster for her beloved, battle-scarred husband.

Although the army invading Hispania is the largest ever and King Charles has never lost a war, Alda cannot shake her anxiety. Determined to keep Hruodland from harm, even if it exposes her to danger, Alda gives him a charmed dragon amulet.

Is its magic enough to keep Alda’s worst fears from coming true—and protect her from Ganelon?

Inspired by legend and painstakingly researched, The Cross and the Dragon is a story of tenderness, sacrifice, lies, and revenge—a novel reviewers call “addictive,” “a delightfully entertaining and thrilling read,” and “a powerful tale.”

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MJ Neary is giving away a copy of Wynefield's Kingdom:


Welcome to 1830s Bermondsey, London's most notorious slum, a land of gang wars, freak shows, and home to every depravity known to man. Dr. Thomas Grant, a disgraced physician, adopts Wynfield, a ten-year-old thief savagely battered by a gang leader for insubordination. The boy grows up to be a slender, idealistic opium addict who worships Victor Hugo. By day he steals and resells guns from a weapons factory. By night he amuses filthy crowds with his adolescent girlfriend—a fragile witch with wolfish eyes. Wynfield senses that he has a purpose outside of his rat-infested kingdom, but he never guesses that he had been selected at birth to topple the British aristocracy.

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Sandra Vasoli is giving away one paperback copy of each of her books in the Je Anne Boleyn series:

In a love letter to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII wrote: “It is absolutely necessary for me to obtain this answer, having been for above a whole year stricken with the dart of love, and not yet sure whether I shall fail of finding a place in your heart and affection…”, but did Anne ever feel that way about the King?

Tradition tells us that Henry pursued Anne for his mistress and that she resisted, scheming to get the crown and bewitching him with her unattainable allure. Nothing could be further from the truth.

One cold, misty grey day while hunting, Henry and Anne come face to face. It is an encounter that changes everything as Anne, too, is struck by the dart of love. He is powerful and graceful, elegant and witty, and in the King, she finds a passionate consort. But he is married – and the path to their union is fraught with hazard. Only the greatest of commitments will allow them to persevere until they might hope to be together.

On 1st June 1533, the ancient, traditional rituals of coronation are carried out, and Anne Boleyn emerges as Queen Anne Boleyn, a queen destined to rule alongside her husband, King Henry VIII of England.

It's the culmination of everything the couple have worked for and the reward for their perseverance. And Anne is pregnant. They fervently believe that she is carrying Henry's longed-for son and heir. The entire world lies at Anne's feet.

But being queen is not easy. Anne is determined to be a loving mother, devoted wife, enlightened spiritual reformer, and a wise, benevolent queen. But others are hoping and praying for her failure. Her status and very life become precarious as people spread downright lies to advance their objectives.

But the truth will endure. This story is Anne's truth.

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Deborah Swift is giving away a copy of The Lady of the Highway

Lady of the Highway by [Swift, Deborah]
England 1651
The English Civil War is over, but the wounds of the conflict are still raw.
Young Lady Katherine Fanshawe is determined to save her inheritance from the grasping hands of the authorities, and build a brighter future for herself.
Although Kate knows it is dangerous, she invites her rebel friends to live and work at Markyate Manor.
But her plans are quickly blown apart when, after months of hard work, her stepfather returns unexpectedly, and evicts them all without pay.
Kate's friends are bitter and turn against her, accusing her of being cursed and a bringer of misfortune.
Desperate to regain their sympathy and trust, she turns to highway robbery to pay them back.
But Kate is not the only highway thief on the road, and her rival is intent on bloodshed and murder.
Soon the local constable is hot on her trail for crimes she did not commit.
Just when Kate thinks things can't get worse, another secret begins to reveal itself - a secret that threatens her very life.
In this struggle against her loveless family, militant authorities and an unforgiving winter, will Lady Katherine's birth right turn out to be a blessing or a curse?
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Lindsay Downs is offering a PDF copy of The Hunt Ends 


After three dangerous years chasing down traitors, and murderers there is only one nemesis remaining-Estelle. Attempts to bring her to justice finally succeeded when she tried to kidnap Lord and Lady Markson’s daughter.
With her turned over to the authorities Robert and Kristina now return to London. There they set the ton on its ear when Lord Robert is seen carrying his daughter about Hyde Park.
Tired of the gossips they return to the country but make visits to London on occasion.
Ten years later they are relaxing at the estate when Jolene’s godmother, Duchess of Clarion arrives with a young lady who wishes to meet the viscount and viscountess.

Introductions are made and immediately Kristina knows her daughter and the young lady, Princess Victoria, will be fast friends for life.


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Jeanna Ellsworth is offering two e-book copies of her new release, Hope for Fitzwilliam:

Hope For Fitzwilliam (Hope Series Trilogy Book 2) by [Ellsworth, Jeanna]
Colonel Fitzwilliam has always been a ladies’ man, confident and suave. But when his heart falls for the recently widowed Charlotte Collins, he discovers all of his experience does him little good. And as he prepares to depart for war in the Americas, he fears he is leaving Charlotte behind at Pemberley with a more dangerous foe—one he does not know how to fight. 

Charlotte Collins, ill prepared to understand the workings of a heart that has been touched, is determined to find a way to provide a new life for her and her unborn child. But as she quietly observes the daily, tender expressions of love between Mr. and Mrs. Darcy, she is forced to reexamine her own beliefs about love and marriage. 

With battles looming inside them both, Colonel Fitzwilliam prepares to fight the greatest battle he has ever faced. As the conflict unfolds, even a decorated colonel finds himself helpless against the foe. He can only hope for something greater than himself to intervene—for more than one person has hope for Fitzwilliam to return home safely and secure Charlotte’s fragile, independent heart. 


*Please note - this book contains a brief flashback of physical abuse of a spouse and may not be appropriate for all ages

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David Ebsworth has a new release, The Song-Sayer's Lament: A Novel of Sixth-Century Britain.

In the lands once named Britannia by the Empire and its vanished Legions, the Oak Seers’ song-sayers still weave their words into the lore by which everyday life is ordered, into the myths and sagas of hero-tales, and into the very fates that will determine whether the years ahead shall be bathed in shining light or plunged into a terrible darkness.


In his fifth novel, David Ebsworth brings to life the stories of young warlord Ambros Skyhound, and the blind song-sayer, Morgose, told through the words of teacher and mentor Meridden of Sea Fort.

To celebrate, David is giving away a paperback copy. Entries are open worldwide until midnight PST on Sunday July 3 2016. To enter, please leave a comment HERE.


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Marina J Neary is giving away an e-book copy of The Gate of Dawn:


"Welcome to 1880s Vilnius, a volatile Northeastern metropolis where Balts, Germans, Poles, Russians, and Jews compete for a place in the sun. After sustaining fatal burns in a fire instigated by his rivals, textile magnate Hermann Lichtner spends his final days in a shabby infirmary. In a hasty and bizarre deathbed transaction he gives his fifteen-year-old daughter Renate in marriage to Thaddeus, a widowed Polish farmer who rejects social hierarchy and toils side by side with his peasants. 
Renate’s arrival quickly disrupts the bucolic flow of life and antagonizes every member of the household. During an excursion to the city, Renate rekindles an affair with a young Jewish painter who sells his watercolors outside the Gate of Dawn chapel. While her despairing husband might look the other way, his servants will not stand by and watch while their adored master is humiliated. 
Taking us from the cobblestone streets of old Vilnius, swarming with imperial gendarmes, to the misty bogs of rural Lithuania where pagan deities still rule, The Gate of Dawn is a folkloric tale of rivalry, conspiracy, and revenge."

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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:

 One family, two kingdoms, one common enemy ... 
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.

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Jeanna Ellsworth is giving away a kindle e-book copy of Hope for Mr Darcy:


Still shaken from his horrible proposal, Elizabeth Bennet falls ill at the Rosings Parsonage upon reading Fitzwilliam Darcy’s letter. In her increasingly delirious state, unfathomable influences inspire her to write an impulsive response. The letter gives Mr. Darcy hope in a way that nothing else could. 
As her illness progresses, Darcy is there at her side, crossing boundaries he has never crossed, declaring things he has never declared. A unique experience bridges them over their earlier misunderstandings, and they start to work out their differences. That is, until Elizabeth begins to recover. 
Suddenly, Elizabeth is left alone to wonder what exactly occurred between the two of them in her dreamlike state. And for the first time since meeting the man from Pemberley, she finds herself hoping for Mr. Darcy to return and rekindle what once was. 
Hope for Mr. Darcy is the first volume of the Hope Series Trilogy, a Regency variation series based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  This trilogy promises hope will always light our way through the darkness of unrequited love, but eventually bringing tremendously gratifying outcomes for our three favorite characters: Mr. Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and Georgiana Darcy.

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Toni Mount is giving away a copy of her book (offer is open internationally) The Colour of Poison


The first Sebastian Foxley Medieval Mystery by Toni Mount.
The narrow, stinking streets of medieval London can sometimes be a dark
place. Burglary, arson, kidnapping and murder are every-day events. The
streets even echo with rumours of the mysterious art of alchemy being
used to make gold for the King.
Join Seb, a talented but crippled artist, as he is drawn into a web of
lies to save his handsome brother from the hangman's rope. Will he find
an inner strength in these, the darkest of times, or will events outside
his control overwhelm him?
Only one thing is certain - if Seb can't save his brother, nobody can.

Toni Mount earned her research Masters degree from the University of Kent in 2009 through study of a medieval medical manuscript held at the Wellcome Library in London. Recently she also completed a Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing with the Open University. Toni has published many non-fiction books, but always wanted to write a medieval thriller, and her first novel “The Colour of Poison” is the result. Toni regularly speaks at venues throughout the UK and is the author of several online courses available at www.medievalcourses.com.

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Charlene Newcomb is giving away one Kindle or epub version of her upcoming release, For King and Country, to be published on 2 May 2016.

England 1193.
Civil war threatens as battle-scarred knight Henry de Grey returns from the Crusades. King Richard languishes in captivity, a prisoner of the Holy Roman Emperor. Traitors to the crown pit Henry and his friends against dangerous and unknown enemies.

Loyalties will be tested, families torn apart. Friend or foe? It is hard to tell one from the other.

The king’s brother John and his allies plot to usurp Richard’s throne. With the knights Sir Stephan and Sir Robin, Henry fights for king and country. But he must keep his feelings for Sir Stephan l’Aigle secret. Sure as arrow or sword, their forbidden love could destroy him.

War, political intrigue and passion… heroes… friends and lovers… and the seeds for a new Robin Hood legend await you…

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Praise for Book I, Men of the Cross

“…there are fights and blood aplenty. But there is also love and friendship, and Ms Newcomb must be commended for her excellent description of the pain and anguish love can bring with it when it does not conform to society's expectations.”—Anna Belfrage, author of The Graham Saga,

“If you are interested in The Third Crusade, Richard Lionheart or anything even vaguely related, read this book. It's wonderful!”—Andrew Latham, author of The Holy Lance.

“If you want realism and romance, great story and history, then this is a book to enjoy. . . . a believable world of the bloody crusades: [the author] captures brilliantly the twisted ideology of those religious wars whilst also narrating the personal traumas and passions of her main characters.”—Christopher Monk, cultural historian, anglosaxonmonk.com

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Book #3 of the medieval thriller Fifth Knight series, THE LORD OF IRELAND.

England, 1185. John is a prince without prospect of a crown. As the youngest son of Henry II, he has long borne the hated nickname ‘Lackland’. When warring tribes and an ambitious Anglo-Norman lord threaten Henry’s reign in Ireland, John believes his time has finally come. Henry is dispatching him there with a mighty force to impose order.

Yet it is a thwarted young man who arrives on the troubled isle. John has not been granted its kingship—he is merely the Lord of Ireland, destined never to escape his father’s shadow. Unknown to John, Henry has also sent his right-hand man, Sir Benedict Palmer, to root out the traitors he fears are working to steal the land from him.

But Palmer is horrified when John disregards Henry’s orders and embarks on a campaign of bloodshed that could destroy the kingdom. Now Palmer has to battle the increasingly powerful Lord of Ireland. Power, in John’s hands, is a murderous force—and he is only just beginning to wield it.

To celebrate the publication of Book #3, THE LORD OF IRELAND, E.M. Powell is offering one lucky winner a signed paperback copy. Entries are open worldwide. To enter, please leave a comment HERE

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Praise for the Fifth Knight series:

'With her fast-paced mysteries set in the tumultuous reign of Henry II, E.M. Powell takes readers on enthralling, and unforgettable, journeys.' -- Nancy Bilyeau, author of The Crown

 'Both Fifth Novels are terrific. Benedict and Theodosia are not merely attractive characters: they are intensely real people.' Historical Novels Review

 “'From the get-go you know you are in an adventure when you enter the world of E.M. Powell's 12th century. Peril pins you down like a knight's lance to the chest'- Edward Ruadh Butler, author of Swordland


Book #1: THE FIFTH KNIGHT
England, 1170: To escape a lifetime of poverty, mercenary Sir Benedict Palmer agrees to one final, lucrative job: help King Henry II’s knights seize the traitor Archbishop Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. But what begins as a clandestine arrest ends in cold-blooded murder. And when Fitzurse, the knights’ ringleader, kidnaps Theodosia, a beautiful young nun who witnessed the crime, Palmer can sit silently by no longer. For not only is Theodosia’s virtue at stake, so too is the secret she unknowingly carries—a secret he knows Fitzurse will torture out of her. Now Palmer and Theodosia are on the run, strangers from different worlds forced to rely only on each other as they race to uncover the hidden motive behind Becket’s grisly murder—and the shocking truth that could destroy a kingdom.



Book #2: THE BLOOD OF THE FIFTH KNIGHT
England, 1176. King Henry II has imprisoned his rebellious Queen for attempting to overthrow him. But with her conspirators still at large and a failed assassination attempt on his beautiful mistress, Rosamund Clifford, the King must take action to preserve his reign. Desperate, Henry turns to the only man he trusts: a man whose skills have saved him once before. Sir Benedict Palmer answers the call, mistakenly believing that his family will remain safe while he attends to his King. As Palmer races to secure the throne for the King, neither man senses the hand of a brilliant schemer, a mystery figure loyal to Henry’s traitorous Queen who will stop at nothing to see the King defeated…

To celebrate the publication of Book #3, THE LORD OF IRELAND, E.M. Powell is offering one lucky winner a signed paperback copy of books #1 and #2 in the Fifth Knight series. Entries are open worldwide. To enter, please leave a comment HERE


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12 comments:

  1. Can't wait to read this one! It sounds great. I love stories in this time period. So glad that I found this blog. :))

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  2. This one is off to a great start, can't wait to find out what happens next!

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  3. This does look great!

    robindpdx(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. I started reading Regencies, but seem to be drifting backwards in time and picking up Georgians now, too. Can't wait to read this one!

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  5. I have so wanted to read this one! I have loved Emery's other books.

    Tmrtini at gmail dot com

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  6. Victoria -

    Can you see the huge smile on my face? After a very very long week I loved reading the excerpt! I can't wait to read A Wild Night's Bride and find out "the rest of the story"!

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  7. Just discovered this site via FBpage!

    Oh! I can't wait to read this!!! This is the sentence that makes me want to read more: “May the same God save me…for I’m going to be hung, drawn, and quartered for spending last night rutting in the King of England’s bed!” ;o) Going to get my copy now. ;o)

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  8. This looks to be a must-have for any self-respecting Georgianista :)

    s.c.littleton@btinternet.com

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  9. lucky Elizabeth! gorgeous book... EnJoy!

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  10. If it is International I want participate :)
    E-mail: celesc23@gmail.com

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  11. Debbie, You invited me to post my Giveaway here in the comments section (at least, I hope this is the right one!). I am doing a 100 eBooks Giveaway of my Biographical Historical Novel, Reluctant Queen: The Story of Mary Rose Tudor, the Defiant Little Sister of Infamous English King Henry VIII. The Giveaway started on 30 June 2014 and lasts for one week. Here's the link: http://geraldineevansbooks.com/librarything-ebook-giveaway-of-reluctant-queen/

    Geraldine Evans

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  12. Love the sound of this Book...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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