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Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Book Alert Book Blast: The Lost Duchess by Jenny Barden

The Lost Duchess

The Lost Duchess by Jenny Barden
Paperback, 448 pages
Ebury Press
ISBN-10: 0091949238
Publication Date: June 5, 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction

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Book Blurb:

“An epic Elizabethan adventure with a thriller pace and a high tension love story that moves from the palaces of England to the savage wilderness of the New World.

Emme Fifield has fallen about as far as a gentlewoman can.

Once a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth, her only hope of surviving the scandal that threatens to engulf her is to escape England for a fresh start in the new America where nobody has ever heard of the Duchess of Somerset.

Emme joins Kit Doonan’s rag-tag band of idealists, desperados and misfits bound for Virginia. But such a voyage will be far from easy and Emme finds her attraction to the mysterious Doonan inconvenient to say the least.

As for Kit, the handsome mariner has spent years imprisoned by the Spanish, and living as an outlaw with a band of escaped slaves; he has his own inner demons to confront, and his own dark secrets to keep…

Ever since Sir Walter Raleigh’s settlement in Virginia was abandoned in 1587 its fate has remained a mystery; ‘The Lost Duchess’ explores what might have happened to the ill-starred ‘Lost Colony’ of Roanoke.”

About the Author:

Jenny Barden

I’ve had a love of history and adventure ever since an encounter in infancy with a suit of armor at Tamworth Castle. Training as an artist, followed by a career as a city Jenny (Portrait 2)solicitor, did little to help displace my early dream of becoming a knight. A fascination with the Age of Discovery led to travels in South and Central America, and much of the inspiration for my debut came from retracing the footsteps of Francis Drake in Panama. The sequel centers on the first Elizabethan ‘lost colony’ of early Virginia. I am currently working on an epic adventure during the threat of invasion by the Spanish Armada.

My work has appeared in short story collections and anthologies and I’ve written for non-fiction publications including the Historical Novels Review. I am active in many organizations, having run the ‘Get Writing’ conferences for several years, and undertaken the coordination of the Historical Novel Society’s London Conference 2012. I am a member of that organization as well as the Historical Writers’ Association, the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors. I’ll be coordinating the RNA’s annual conference in 2014.

I have four children and now live on a farm in Dorset with my long suffering husband and an ever increasing assortment of animals.

I love travelling, art, reading and scrambling up hills and mountains (though I’m not so keen on coming down!).

You can find Jenny Barden at the following sites: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, English Historical Fiction Author’s Blog.

Also by Jenny Barden:

Mistress of the Sea, Publication Date: June 20, 2013, Ebury Press.
Available in Paperback and Ebook

“Mistress Cooksley may be a wealthy merchant’s daughter, but she blushes at my words and meets my eyes look for look. Yet I cannot hope to court her without fortune, and a dalliance with a pretty maid will not hinder me from my path.

Captain Drake’s endeavour might bring me gold, but I, Will Doonan, will have my revenge.

The Spaniards captured my brother and have likely tortured and killed him. For God and St George, we’ll strike at the dogs and see justice done.

I thought I’d left Mistress Cooksley behind to gamble everything and follow Drake, and here she is playing the boy at the ends of the world. She’s a fool with a heart as brave as any man’s. Yet her presence here could be the ruin of us all…”


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Here are some choices for purchasing the book: Amazon (UK), Amazon (AUS), Book Depository.

Virtual Tour and Book Blast Schedule

Monday, May 26
Review & Giveaway at
Let Them Read Books
Book Blast at Reading the Ages
Book Blast at Literary Chanteuse
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Tuesday, May 27
Review at
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Wednesday, May 28
Review at
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Book Blast at The Little Reader Library

Thursday, May 29
Book Blast at
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Friday, May 30
Review at
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Saturday, May 31
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Sunday, June 1
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Monday, June 2
Review & Giveaway at
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Tuesday, June 3
Review at
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Wednesday, June 4
Review at
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Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
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Friday, June 6
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Saturday, June 7
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Sunday, June 8
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Monday, June 9
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Tuesday, June 10
Review at
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Wednesday, June 11
Review at
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Thursday, June 12
Book Blast at
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Book Blast at Historical Fiction Notebook

Friday, June 13
Review at
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Saturday, June 14
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Sunday, June 15
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Monday, June 16
Review at
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Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Tuesday, June 17
Review at
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Wednesday, June 18
Review & Giveaway at
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Thursday, June 19
Review at
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Book Blast at Girl Lost in a Book

Friday, June 20
Review at
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Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Review at The Musings of ALMYBNENR
Guest Post & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

 

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3 comments:

  1. Thank you for the review. Interesting story.

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  2. Glad you like the sound of it, Mystica!

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