Sunday, July 20, 2014

Giveaway: Elizabeth Fremantle's Sisters of Treason

It's that time again! Flashlight Commentary is pleased to offer fans of historic fiction a chance to win a free edition of Elizabeth Fremantle's Sisters of Treason! 

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From the author of Queen’s Gambit, which People magazine called, “A must-read for Philippa Gregory fans,” a gripping historical novel about two sisters who tread as dangerously close to the crown as their tragic sister, Lady Jane Grey, executed after just nine days on the throne.

Early in Mary Tudor’s turbulent reign, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal execution of their elder seventeen-year-old sister, Lady Jane Grey, and the succession is by no means stable. In Sisters of Treason, Elizabeth Freemantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politics.

Neither sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court. Flirtatious Lady Catherine, thought to be the true heir, cannot control her compulsion to love and be loved. Her sister, clever Lady Mary, has a crooked spine and a tiny stature in an age when physical perfection equates to goodness—and both girls have inherited the Tudor blood that is more curse than blessing. For either girl to marry without royal permission would be a potentially fatal political act. It is the royal portrait painter, Levina Teerlinc, who helps the girls survive these troubled times. She becomes their mentor and confidante, but when the Queen’s sister, the hot-headed Elizabeth, inherits the crown, life at court becomes increasingly treacherous for the surviving Grey sisters. Ultimately each young woman must decide how far she will go to defy her Queen, risk her life, and find the safety and love she longs for.

From “a brilliant new player in the court of royal fiction,” (People) Sisters of Treason brings to vivid life the perilous and romantic lives of two little known young women who played a major role in the complex politics of their day.

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"If you love historic royal fiction (with a dash of romance) you'll want to pick up Elizabeth Fremantle's Sisters of Treason, about two sisters reeling after the execution of their teenage sister, having been on the throne for just days." - PopSugar

“An enthralling story of love and tyranny, Sisters of Treason brings the Tudor Courts to life again, in all their romance and horror.” - Leanda de Lisle, author of Tudor: The Family Story

“Tudor fiction fans will enjoy Fremantle’s fresh take, marked by solid writing and absorbing detail, on a rather well-told tale.” - Library Journal

"I did not expect to become so involved in this story, but I did. Lots of detail, spectacular writing, and an engaging plot kept me involved right to the very last page. Definitely a book not to overlook, especially if you are a fan of English history!" - Great Historicals

"There is no doubt that this new voice in historical fiction really knows how to bring the royal court alive in a believable and realistic way. Beautifully written and meticulously researched Sisters of Treason abounds with danger and political skulduggery, and offers a unique insight into a royal court where being a potential Tudor heir and female was fraught with danger, and which ultimately would have no happy ending for any of the trio of Grey sisters." - Jaffareadstoo, Amazon Reviewer

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As a child I was the one in the corner with my nose in a book who wanted to be a writer, but with the onset of a turbulent adolescence I left school under a cloud aged fifteen with nothing more than a fistful of O Levels and a hapless sense that things would somehow work themselves out. Eventually, after working in various dodgy dives – I've served grey scrambled eggs to squaddies at 5.30am; I've served vintage champagne to raucous hoorays; I've pulled pints for all and sundry – I managed to find myself, much in the way Forrest Gump always landed on his feet, working as a dogsbody on a fashion magazine. From there I climbed the slippery pole that is fashion, working for titles such as Vogue, Elle and The Sunday Times and contributing to many others.

Marriage took me to Paris, a stint at French Vogue and the birth of my two gorgeous children but divorce saw me back in Blighty where I have happily remained, in London, the city that spawned me. Fuelled by frustration with the fashion world I decided to complete my truncated education, enrolling on a BA in English at Birkbeck and miraculously achieving a first – I couldn't have surprised myself more. I followed that with an MA in Creative Writing and driven by blind optimism had the barmy idea that I would fulfil my childhood dream of becoming a novelist. 

A decade on that is what I am, but had I known it would be as hard as it has been to get to this point – a trio of what I now think of as 'practice' novels; a file stuffed with rejection letters from agents and publishers; touting for other work to support my writing habit – I wonder if I would have done it... I think I probably would.

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Format: Print & eBook
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Released by: Simon & Schuster
ISBN-13: 978-1476703091
Length: 448 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

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In accordance with Flashlight Commentary's promotional guidelines, this giveaway is limited to residents of the US and Canada only.


kim_cree said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! I can't wait to read this!

Margaret @ JustOneMoreChapter said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I've always felt for the Grey sisters, would love to read this book.

Beth said...

I must say I've never read a story centering around these sisters - only poor Jane, so I'm intrigued. Thanks for the chance to win!


Colleen Turner said...

I just commented on your author post and am so excited that you are offering up a chance to win a copy of the book. It sounds so good! Thanks for the giveaway!

traveler said...

Thanks for this wonderful feature. This novel sounds fascinating. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

This sounds like a great book. Giveaway or not, I'm adding it to my reading list!

Denise said...

I loved her first book, "The Queen's Gambit". This one should be just as good. I don't think I have read any books about Jane's sisters.

Raquel Muniz said...

Love this time period. I have added this book to my TBR list.

cyn209 said...

a 'must-read' for me!!
thank you for the giveaway!!!!

Amy C said...

Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kimberlee said...

Even though I have read a million Tudor books and they are starting to irritate me. This one looks good. I cannot resist. Thanks for the giveaway.