Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mary Sharratt on tour for Illuminations, October 14-November 15

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Please join Mary Sharratt as she tours virtually for Illuminations from October 14 – November 15.

IlluminationsPublication Date: October 15, 2013
Mariner Books
Paperback; 288p
ISBN-10: 0544106539

Skillfully weaving historical fact with psychological insight and vivid imagination, Illuminations brings to life one of the most extraordinary women of the Middle Ages: Hildegard von Bingen, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath.

Offered to the Church at the age of eight, Hildegard was expected to live in silent submission as the handmaiden of a renowned, disturbed young nun, Jutta von Sponheim. But Hildegard rejected Jutta’s masochistic piety, rejoicing in her own secret visions of the divine. When Jutta died, Hildegard broke out of her prison, answering the heavenly call to speak and write about her visions and to liberate her sisters. Riveting and utterly unforgettable, Illuminations is a deeply moving portrayal of a woman willing to risk everything for what she believed.

Praise for Illuminations

“An enchanting beginning to the story of the perennially fascinating 12th-century mystic, Hildegard of Bingen. It is easy to paint a picture of a saint from the outside but much more difficult to show them from the inside. Mary Sharratt has undertaken this with sensitivity and grace.”
—Margaret George, author of Mary, Called Magdalene

“I loved Mary Sharratt’s The Daughters of Witching Hill, but she has outdone herself with Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen. She brings one of the most famous and enigmatic women of the Middle Ages to vibrant life in this tour de force, which will captivate the reader from the very first page.”
—Sharon Kay Penman, author of the New York Times bestseller Time and Chance

“I love Mary Sharratt. The grace of her writing and the grace of her subject combine seamlessly in this wonderful novel about the amazing, too-little-known saint, Hildegard of Bingen, a mystic and visionary. Sharratt captures both the pain and the beauty such gifts bring, as well as bringing to life a time of vast sins and vast redemptions.”
—Karleen Koen, author of Before Versailles and the best-selling Through a Glass Darkly

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The author of four critically acclaimed historical novels, Mary Sharratt is an American who lives in the Pendle region of Lancashire, England, the setting for her acclaimed Daughters of the Witching Hill, which recasts the Pendle Witches of 1612 in their historical context as cunning folk and healers. She also lived for twelve years in Germany, which, along with her interest in sacred music and herbal medicine, inspired her to write Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen. Illuminations won the Nautilus Gold Award for Better Books for a Better World and was selected as a Kirkus Book of the Year.

For more information, please visit Mary’s website and blog.  You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, October 14
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court

Tuesday, October 15
Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

Wednesday, October 16
Review at Bitches with Books

Thursday, October 17
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Libraria

Friday, October 18
Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Monday, October 21
Review at Book of Secrets

Tuesday, October 22
Review & Giveaway at Book Lovers Paradise

Wednesday, October 23
Review at Books, Belles and Beaux
Review & Giveaway at Confessions of an Avid Reader

Thursday, October 24
Review at Just One More Chapter
Guest Post at Books, Belles and Beaux

Friday, October 25
Interview & Giveaway at Just One More Chapter

Monday, October 28
Review at Bloggin’ ’bout Books

Tuesday, October 29
Review at Griperang’s Bookmarks

Wednesday, October 30
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Friday, November 1
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Saturday, November 2
Review at The Most Happy Reader

Monday, November 4
Guest Post & Giveaway at HF Book Muse – News

Tuesday, November 5
Guest Post & Giveaway at The True Book Addict
Interview at Erika Mailman Blog

Wednesday, November 6
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Review at The True Book Addict

Thursday, November 7
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Friday, November 8
Review at History and Women

Monday, November 11
Review at A Bookish Affair
Review & Giveaway at Closed the Cover

Tuesday, November 12
Review & Giveaway at vvb32 Reads
Guest Post & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, November 13
Review at The Musings of ALMYBNENR

Thursday, November 14
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Feature & Giveaway at Book-alicious Mama

Friday, November 15
Review at Books in the Burbs

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