Please join author Christine Trent as she tours the blogosphere for her first tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for the release of her novel, By the King’s Design, from January 30th to March 1st!

Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Kensington Publishing


Strong-willed Annabelle Stirling is more than capable of running the family draper shop after the untimely death of her parents. Under her father’s tutelage, she became a talented cloth merchant, while her brother Wesley, the true heir, was busy philandering about Yorkshire. Knowing she must change with the times to survive, Belle installs new machinery that finishes twice the fabric in half the time it takes by hand. But not everyone is so enthusiastic.

Soon, riled up by Belle’s competitors, the outmoded workers seek violent revenge. Her shop destroyed, Belle travels to London to seek redress from Parliament. While there, the Prince Regent, future King George IV, commissions her to provide fabrics for his Royal Pavilion. As Belle’s renown spreads, she meets handsome cabinetmaker Putnam Boyce, but worries that marriage will mean sacrificing her now flourishing shop. And after Wesley plots to kidnap the newly-crowned King–whose indiscretions are surfacing–she finds herself entangled in a duplicitous world of shifting allegiances.

Painting a vivid portrait of life in the British Regency, Christine Trent spins a harrowing tale of ambition, vengeance, love, and complex loyalties against the dynamic backdrop of the early Industrial Revolution.

Read an excerpt HERE.


Christine Trent writes historical fiction from her two-story home library.  She lives with her wonderful bookshelf-building husband, four precocious cats, a large doll collection, entirely too many fountain pens, and over 4,000 fully cataloged books.  She and her husband are active travelers and journey regularly to England to conduct book research at historic sites. 

Christine Trent’s novels include The Queen’s Dollmaker and A Royal Likeness. She is currently working on her 4th novel, Lady of Ashes, which will be released in 2013.  

For more information, please visit Christine Trent’s WEBSITE.


Monday, January 30th
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court

Tuesday, January 31st
Review at Le Canape
Review & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry

Monday, February 6th
Review at Jenny Loves to Read

Tuesday, February 7th
Review at The Broke and The Bookish

Friday, February 10th
Review & Giveaway at Bippity Boppity Book

Sunday, February 12th
Giveaway at Risky Regencies

Monday, February 13th
Review & Giveaway at The Eclectic Reader

Wednesday, February 15th
Review at Library of Clean Reads

Friday, February 17th
Book Spotlight & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Monday, February 20th
Review at A Writer’s Life: Working with the Muse

Tuesday, February 21st
Review & Giveaway at The Owl Bookmark Blog
Review at Peeking Between the Pages

Wednesday, February 22nd
Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Giveaway at A Writer’s Life: Working with the Muse

Monday, February 27th
Review & Giveaway at Always with a Book

Wednesday, February 29th
Giveaway at SOS Aloha

Thursday, March 1st
Review at Tea at Trianon
Review at The Muse in the Fog Book Reviews


8 responses to “Christine Trent on tour for By the King’s Design,
January 30th – March 1st”

  1. thank you Christine

  2. Thanks, everyone. I hope you enjoy the novel, especially those of you that are hard to please (winking at Deb).

    Juliet: I love hearing the words “pre-order” 🙂

    Helen: Thank you for your nice comments on my cover. Yours are *very* atmospheric, I think.

  3. Have a fabulous book tour Christine – they are hard work but great fun. A bonus is you get to meet lots of very lovely people – that is the best thing about being an author I think!

    Fabulous cover by the way.

  4. Juliet Grey says:

    I’ve already pre-ordered the book. I can’t wait to read it, but I’m on deadline for my own novel, so I don’t know when I’ll get to it. I don’t know what I’ll do if people post spoilers in their comments and reviews, but I want to support Christine!

  5. Deb says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book! Interesting enough to capture my hard-to-please reading tastes!

  6. Svea says:

    I’ll definitely be following along for this one 🙂

  7. Audra says:

    OOoh, looks good — will be following along to see what people think!

  8. Teddyree says:

    So glad I’m participating in the tour, I can’t wait for my copy to arrive 🙂

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