April 25, 2012

Author Guest Post and Giveaway: The Virgin and the Crab by Robert Parry

Today author Robert Parry is joining us with a guest post to celebrate the third birthday of his fantastic novel The Virgin and the Crab!

He has also generously donated a copy of this novel to be given away to one lucky winner! There are several ways to enter:

To initially enter and get your name in the pot once, simply leave a comment here. If you would like to get your name in a second time, simply "like" Robert Parry's Facebook Page. For a third shot, "like" Everything Tudor's Facebook Page.

Let me know in your comment here which page (or both) you have liked. If you previously liked them, let me know, as it counts too!

*Note: Your comment here might not appear immediately. I have to approve all comments, so please be patient! Thank you!

You must enter by May 1st. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced on May 2nd.

Now, please welcome author Robert Parry!

Thank you Elizabeth for joining with me in celebrating the 3rd Birthday of my novel ‘Virgin and the Crab.’ Your review from a couple of years back was among the first it ever received, and I’m so pleased that we can re-visit it again here today.

Since publication of the first edition in April of 2009, the book itself has continued to be enjoyed by more and more people, sales are steady, and I have continued writing, having published a further novel last year (The Arrow Chest) and another in the pipeline.

For those who have not heard of this story before, the title ‘Virgin and the Crab’ refers to the two principle characters therein – the Virgin (Virgo) for Elizabeth Tudor and the Crab (Cancer) for John Dee – one of the most remarkable men of the Tudor age, a mathematician, alchemist, astrologer and spy. The action takes place in the middle years of the 16th century during a period in which the throne of England saw no less than two kings and three queens all in the space of twelve years. This was the aftermath of the Reformation, of course, and was also one of the most dangerous and unpredictable times to be alive.

The novel questions whether during all this upheaval there might have been a secret society of dedicated men and women who worked behind the scenes, committed to guiding and protecting Elizabeth and steering a path for her through to safety. The society would have been based on a close network of Cambridge scholars, at the hub of which we find people such as Dee and also William Cecil who of course went on to become Elizabeth’s Chief Minister. Along the way we meet with the tragic demise of young King Edward, the ruthless plot to install Lady Jane Grey as Queen, the subsequent resistance and succession of Mary, the rebellion by Thomas Wyatt, aiming to halt her proposed marriage to a foreign prince, and then the back-lash of a brutal counter-Reformation in which such terrible cruelties were inflicted upon the English people – all set against the amazing story of Elizabeth herself and the series of dangers and obstacles she had to negotiate on her path towards the throne.

Well, all this sounds like I have given away a huge amount of spoilers here, but in fact the story itself is about so much more than the political machinations of the times. It is also Dee’s story, which is every bit as remarkable and about which I am not going to say very much at all. The subtitle, meanwhile, ‘Sketches, Fables and Mysteries …’ should serve to suggest that there is plenty more going on beneath the surface. I hope you will enter the contest to win a copy here on Everything Tudor.

My webpage can be found on: http://robertparry.wordpress.comAnd perhaps I will get to meet you sometime on my Facebook page, as well: https://www.facebook.com/RobertParry.author

I reviewed this novel back in 2010. Be sure to read my review here

April 12, 2012

Tudor Book Blog Reading Challenge Update #3

Firstly, I'd like to welcome our new members joining in March!

Queen Stephanie Ann
Cindy Brehmer
Michelle L. Hamilton
Jenn Deguzman
Jen M. Hart
Lady Heather Crouse
Sandi Steinberg

New Reviews posted in March:

Jen has reviewed both The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir and The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory at The Tudor Book Blog Reading Challenge Page.

Bridget from The Tudor Cafe reviewed The Arrow Chest by Robert Parry at her site.

Jenn Deguzman reviewed The Queen's Captive by Barbara Kyle at her site, A Bookworm's Love.

 Jasmine has reviewed both Tudor Rose...by Margaret Campbell Barnes, Lady Jane Grey and the House of Suffolk by Alison Plowden, The Boleyns: The Rise and Fall of a Tudor Family by David Loades, Dark Fire by C.J. Samson, The Sisters of Henry VIII by Maria Perry, and Dear Henry: Confessions of the Queens byJudith Anthrop on Facebook.

If I missed any March reviews, I apologize! Please let me know and I will gladly update the update!

I meant to post this new item to the giveaway last time, but forgot! I'm sorry! So today you get TWO new items added!

Remember that the first item you get is a copy of The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner. The second item is Henry VIII and Six Wives Magnet Set (from the lovely Anne Boleyn Files). And thirdly, (yes, it's another book!) a copy of Dissolution, a murder-mystery set in Tudor Times by C.J. Sanson.

I will be adding a new item every month this year until the Challenge is complete! Don't forget, there are several ways to win:

1) The winner of the prize pack will be randomly drawn from those who complete their challenge goal and receive all 12 items I will list throughout the challenge!

2) The competitor who reads the most books will receive a $25.00 gift card to amazon.com, as well as two other prizes (which will be listed throughout the competition).

3) I am also working on a special gift for everyone who has participated in the Challenge. More on that soon! :)

Don't forget, you can still sign up! Either enter on the Tudor Book Blog Reading Challenge Page, or on Facebook!