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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New Book Alert & Giveaway: Venus in Winter

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Venus in Winter
By Gillian Bagwell
Paperback, 448 pages
Berkley Trade
ISBN: 0425258025
July 2, 2013

Book Blurb:

The author of The September Queen explores Tudor England with the tale of Bess of Hardwick—the formidable four-time widowed Tudor dynast who became one of the most powerful women in the history of England.

On her twelfth birthday, Bess of Hardwick receives the news that she is to be a waiting gentlewoman in the household of Lady Zouche. Armed with nothing but her razor-sharp wit and fetching looks, Bess is terrified of leaving home. But as her family has neither the money nor the connections to find her a good husband, she must go to facilitate her rise in society.

When Bess arrives at the glamorous court of King Henry VIII, she is thrust into a treacherous world of politics and intrigue, a world she must quickly learn to navigate. The gruesome fates of Henry’s wives convince Bess that marrying is a dangerous business. Even so, she finds the courage to wed not once, but four times. Bess outlives one husband, then another, securing her status as a woman of property. But it is when she is widowed a third time that she is left with a large fortune and even larger decisions—discovering that, for a woman of substance, the power and the possibilities are endless . . .

Here are some choices for purchasing the book: Amazon, B&N, RJ Julia (my fav indie bookstore).

However, I do also have a giveaway that I can offer to you, courtesy of the publisher.  One copy open to those in the USA only.  Last day to enter the giveaway is July 14th.  The winner will receive the book from the publisher.  Fill out the Rafflecopter below for your entries:

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  1. Hi Heather!

    I loved your post about Gillian's Venus in Winter and I'm thrilled that it was released yesterday! I didn't know about Gillian's books and love historical setting in the stories I read.

    Can you imagine the teenagers of today being able to navigate in the intrigue of King Henry III court? High Schools today could help to educate the teenagers of today if they had courses on what teenagers were expected to handle during times like Gillian's story is set!

  2. I do think that the school coddle kids a little too much and for the most part don't really prepare them for the real world. I saw that with a lot of my classmates and I didn't graduate all that long ago (9 years).

  3. I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the chance, Heather. =O)


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