New Book Release: Roses Have Thorns

Please join me in congratulating award-winning author Sandra Byrd on the April 9th release of her newest novel, Roses Have Thorns, the third novel in her Ladies in Waiting trilogy. I was both flattered and flabbergasted when Sandra asked for my little old opinion as she was preparing to turn the final version of her manuscript in to her editor at Howard. I really enjoyed the first two novels in this series and couldn't be more thrilled and honored to have played a small role in helping Sandra craft the perfect finish to the series. This is inspirational Tudor fiction, and it really paints the Tudors in a different light, and gives the reader something to think about beyond the scandals and sordid details they are best remembered for today. Here's the book description:

From the acclaimed author of To Die For comes a stirring novel told that sheds new light on Elizabeth I and her court. Sandra Byrd has attracted countless fans for evoking the complexity, grandeur, and brutality of the Tudor period. In her latest tour de force, she poses the question: What happens when serving a queen may cost you your marriage—or your life?

In 1565, seventeen-year-old Elin von Snakenborg leaves Sweden on a treacherous journey to England. Her fiance has fallen in love with her sister and her dowry money has been gambled away, but ahead of her lies an adventure that will take her to the dizzying heights of Tudor power. Transformed through marriage into Helena, the Marchioness of Northampton, she becomes the highest-ranking woman in Elizabeth’s circle. But in a court that is surrounded by Catholic enemies who plot the queen’s downfall, Helena is forced to choose between an unyielding monarch and the husband she’s not sure she can trust—a choice that will provoke catastrophic consequences.

Vividly conjuring the years leading up to the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots, Roses Have Thorns is a brilliant exploration of treason, both to the realm and to the heart.

Roses Have Thorns is on sale now wherever books are sold, and it is also touring the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. Check out the tour schedule and visit the blogs that are hosting reviews, interviews, and giveaways! Sandra will be on my blog, Let Them Read Books, on May 13.

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