Sunday, January 1, 2012

Nancy Bilyeau on tour for The Crown, January 5th – March 19th

Posted By amy @ 8:23 am | 4 Comments

Please join author Nancy Bilyeau as she tours with HF Virtual Book Tours for the release of her Tudor thriller, THE CROWN, from January 5th through March 19th!

Publication Date: January 10, 2012
Touchstone Publishing


An aristocratic young nun must find a legendary crown in order to save her father—and preserve the Catholic faith from Cromwell’s ruthless terror. The year is 1537… 

Joanna Stafford, a Dominican nun, learns that her favorite cousin has been condemned by Henry VIII to be burned at the stake. Defying the sacred rule of enclosure, Joanna leaves the priory to stand at her cousin’s side. Arrested for interfering with the king’s justice, Joanna, along with her father, is sent to the Tower of London. 

The ruthless Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, takes terrifying steps to force Joanna to agree to spy for him: to save her father’s life she must find an ancient relic—a crown so powerful, it may hold the ability to end the Reformation. Accompanied by two monks, Joanna returns home to Dartford Priory and searches in secret for this long-lost piece of history worn by the Saxon King Athelstan in 937 during the historic battle that first united Britain. 

But Dartford Priory has become a dangerous place, and when more than one dead body is uncovered, Joanna departs with a sensitive young monk, Brother Edmund, to search elsewhere for the legendary crown. From royal castles with tapestry-filled rooms to Stonehenge to Malmesbury Abbey, the final resting place of King Athelstan, Joanna and Brother Edmund must hurry to find the crown if they want to keep Joanna’s father alive. At Malmesbury, secrets of the crown are revealed that bring to light the fates of the Black Prince, Richard the Lionhearted, and Katherine of Aragon’s first husband, Arthur. The crown’s intensity and strength are beyond the earthly realm and it must not fall into the wrong hands. 

With Cromwell’s troops threatening to shutter her priory, bright and bold Joanna must now decide who she can trust with the secret of the crown so that she may save herself, her family, and her sacred way of life. This provocative story melds heart-stopping suspense with historical detail and brings to life the poignant dramas of women and men at a fascinating and critical moment in England’s past. 


Nancy Bilyeau has worked on the staffs of Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Good Housekeeping. Most recently, she served as deputy editor at InStyle magazine. Her screenplays have placed in several prominent industry competitions. Two scripts reached the semi-finalist round of the Nicholl Fellowships of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Her screenplay “Loving Marys” reached the finalist stage with Page International Screenwriting Awards and Scriptapalooza. A native of the Midwest, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. The Crown is her first novel.Some earlier milestones: In 1661, Nancy’s ancestor, Pierre Billiou, emigrated from France to what was then New Amsterdam when he and his family sailed on the St. Jean de Baptiste to escape persecution for their Protestant beliefs. Pierre built the first stone house on Staten Island and is considered the borough’s founder. His little white house is on the national register of historic homes and is still standing to this day.Nancy lives in New York City with her husband and two children.For more information, please visit Nancy Bilyeau’s WEBSITE.


Thursday, January 5th
Author Interview & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, January 10th
Review at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, January 12th
Review & Giveaway at Bippity Boppity Book

Monday, January 16th
Author Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, January 18th
Review at Bags, Books & Bon Jovi

Friday, January 20th
Review at The Owl Bookmark Blog

Monday, January 23rd
Review at The Book Garden

Wednesday, January 25th
Author Interview & Giveaway at The Owl Bookmark Blog

Friday, January 27th
Review & Giveaway at Confessions of an Avid Reader

Saturday, January 28th
Author Guest Post at Poe’s Deadly Daughters
Author Guest Post at Getting Medieval

Monday, January 30th
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Wednesday, February 1st
Author Interview at Bags, Books & Bon Jovi

Friday, February 3rd
Review at A Bookish Affair
Author Guest Post & Giveaway at On The Tudor Trail

Wednesday, February 8th
Author Guest Post & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Friday, February 10th
Review at Just One More Paragraph

Tuesday, February 14th

Author Interview at Cats, Books, and…More Cats!

Wednesday, February 15th
Author Interview & Giveaway at Just One More Paragraph

Thursday, February 16th
Author Guest Post at The True Book Addict

Friday, February 17th

Review at Unabridged ChickMonday, February 20th
Review & Giveaway at Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict

Wednesday, February 22nd
Author Interview & Giveaway at Debbie’s Book Bag

Friday, February 24th
Review & Giveaway at A Musings Review

Monday, February 27th
Author Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick
Review & Giveaway at Book Drunkard

Wednesday, February 29th
Review at Debbie’s Book Bag
Review & Giveaway at Raging Bibliophile

Friday, March 2nd
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Review & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry

Monday, March 5th
Review & Giveaway at CelticLady’s ReviewsWednesday, March 7th
Review, Author Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Libraria

Friday, March 9th
Review at The Broke and the Bookish

Monday, March 12th
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Wednesday, March 14th
Review at Bibliophilic Book Blog

Friday, March 16th
Review at Luxury Reading

Monday, March 19th
Author Interview at Bibliophilic Book Blog 


4 responses to “Nancy Bilyeau on tour for The Crown, January 5th – March 19th”

  1. I really will like to read this book.!!!!!…:)

  2. Darlene says:

    I’m really looking forward to this book!

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