TO BE QUEEN

Another To Be Queen Give Away

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 | Eleanor of Aquitaine, Give Away, Guest Posts, To Be Queen | 3 Comments

I am going crazy this month, giving away copies of To Be Queen…I love a give away, especially around the holidays. Thank you to Michelle of the True Book Addict for hosting me for this guest post and this give away.

Follow this link, make a comment at the end of the post, and you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of my latest Eleanor novel…

http://christmasspirit-truebookaddict.blogspot.com/2011/12/sharing-joy-guest-post-and-giveaway.html

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To Be Queen Winner

Monday, December 12th, 2011 | Eleanor of Aquitaine, Give Away, To Be Queen | No Comments

I am happy to announce that the winner of To Be Queen on our English Epochs 101 Give Away is

http://englishepochs.blogspot.com/2011/12/eleanor-of-aquitane-queen-of-english.html

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Pricilla

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Thank you so much to all who participated. More give aways will be coming up…

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To Be Queen Give Away

Friday, November 18th, 2011 | Eleanor of Aquitaine, Give Away, To Be Queen | 23 Comments

After having such a lovely time talking about Eleanor on Wednesday, I feel inspired to offer a give away of a signed copy of TO BE QUEEN: A NOVEL OF THE EARLY LIFE OF ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE

Just leave a comment below and your name will be entered in the drawing. Open to US/CA/GB/AU

As I am fond of saying to family, to friends, and to anyone who will listen: Everybody needs a little Eleanor.

Duchess at fifteen, Eleanor of Aquitaine marries the King of France. But will she find that she must pay too high a price to be queen?

Although Louis VII is enamored of his bride, the newly crowned king is easily manipulated by forces in the Church. Trapped in a loveless
marriage, Eleanor fights for her freedom and for the love of her life.In the arms of Henry of Normandy, Eleanor may finally find the passion she longs for, and the means to fulfill her legacy as Queen.

Praise for TO BE QUEEN:

“… a finely wrought picture of an empowered woman… ” — 4 Stars Romanctic Times Book Reviews

“… one of the best written and captivating historical fiction novels of the year… “To Be Queen” is a historical fiction novel you will not want to miss!” –Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner

“To Be Queen by Christy English is an outstanding work, recreating the early years of Eleanor’s life. For anyone who is a fan of historical entertainment, this is a must-have addition to their collection.” –Joplin Loves 2 Read

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Missing Eleanor

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 | Book Clubs, Eleanor of Aquitaine | 5 Comments

Over the last few months, I have spent a lot of time reading and writing about Regency England as I begin my romance series Shakespeare in Love.  I adore the time I’ve spent with those characters. They are funny and insightful, and I have learned as much about myself as about them as I write their stories. I look forward to spending more time in their world, exploring their lives and their choices, giving myself over to true love in its myriad forms.

That said, I have been missing Eleanor.

Eleanor of Aquitaine, as I may have mentioned, was a patient woman. She waited over 50 years to bring the county of Toulouse back under her control. After sending both Louis VII and Henry II after it, when both of her husbands failed to retrieve that land for her, she waited until she could marry her daughter Joanna to the Count of Toulouse. Joanna’s son, Eleanor’s grandson, eventually became the ruler of Toulouse, and that great city was brought back into her family. She waited for as long as was necessary.

I believe she feels the same way about the book we are working on. I have had to put off finishing it while I work on other projects. So once again, Eleanor is biding her time. And I am happy to say that today I get to spend time with Eleanor.

Today, I have the privilege of speaking to a book club about TO BE QUEEN. I’ll get to explore Eleanor’s early life with a whole new group of people, some of whom may never have met her before. It is always exciting to talk to book clubs, and even more so when we are discussing Eleanor and her life, and my vision of that life. We authors hold up a mirror to the past, just as we hold up a mirror to our own souls. Some things we see clearly, and some things we do not. But today, once again, we will honor her. I hope, wherever she is now,  she knows it.

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Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers Give Away Winner

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 | Give Away, To Be Queen | 2 Comments

I am thrilled to say that we have a winner of the signed copy of TO BE QUEEN:

Amber Brown

Thank you all so much for participating in this give away, and for making the launch day for TO BE QUEEN even more exciting.

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