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C.W. Gortner on tour for The Queen’s Vow, July 2 – August 6

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Please join C.W. Gortner as he tours the blogosphere for the paperback release of The Queen’s Vow from July 2-August 6.

The Queen's Vow PBPublication Date: July 2, 2013
Ballantine Books
Paperback; 416p
ISBN-13: 9780345523976

No one believed I was destined for greatness.

So begins Isabella’s story, in this evocative, vividly imagined novel about one of history’s most famous and controversial queens—the warrior who united a fractured country, the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inquisition, and the visionary who sent Columbus to discover a New World. Acclaimed author C. W. Gortner envisages the turbulent early years of a woman whose mythic rise to power would go on to transform a monarchy, a nation, and the world.

Young Isabella is barely a teenager when she and her brother are taken from their mother’s home to live under the watchful eye of their half-brother, King Enrique, and his sultry, conniving queen. There, Isabella is thrust into danger when she becomes an unwitting pawn in a plot to dethrone Enrique. Suspected of treason and held captive, she treads a perilous path, torn between loyalties, until at age seventeen she suddenly finds herself heiress of Castile, the largest kingdom in Spain. Plunged into a deadly conflict to secure her crown, she is determined to wed the one man she loves yet who is forbidden to her—Fernando, prince of Aragon.

As they unite their two realms under “one crown, one country, one faith,” Isabella and Fernando face an impoverished Spain beset by enemies. With the future of her throne at stake, Isabella resists the zealous demands of the inquisitor Torquemada even as she is seduced by the dreams of an enigmatic navigator named Columbus. But when the Moors of the southern domain of Granada declare war, a violent, treacherous battle against an ancient adversary erupts, one that will test all of Isabella’s resolve, her courage, and her tenacious belief in her destiny.

From the glorious palaces of Segovia to the battlefields of Granada and the intrigue-laden gardens of Seville, The Queen’s Vow sweeps us into the tumultuous forging of a nation and the complex, fascinating heart of the woman who overcame all odds to become Isabella of Castile.

Praise for The Queen’s Vow

“A masterwork by a skilled craftsman . . . Make a vow to read this book.”—New York Journal of Books

“A beautifully crafted piece of historical fiction . . . Gortner’s vivid details blend with his deeply intensive research to re-create Isabella and Castile in a way that the reader will find compelling and immersive, bringing not just the Queen but the whole nation to life.”—RT Book Reviews

“A fascinating story . . . Through his creative and spellbinding storytelling, Gortner’s readers come to know Isabella intimately in mind, heart and body as she lives through a tumultuous time, her intense longing to be the determiner of her own unique destiny.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News

“A novel of triumph as Isabella vanquishes her enemies one by one . . . [She is] a very human and appealing character.”—The Roanoke Times

“Politically charged, passionate . . . [a] well-researched, intriguing historical.”—Bookreporter

About the AuthorCWG

C.W. Gortner is the author of The Last Queen, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici, The Tudor Secret and The Queen’s Vow. He holds an MFA in Writing with an emphasis on Renaissance Studies from the New College of California. In his extensive travels to research his books, he has experienced life in a Spanish castle and danced a galliard in a Tudor great hall. Half-Spanish by birth, he lives in Northern California.

You can find more information on C.W. Gortner’s website and blog. You can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Tuesday, July 2
Review at The Book Barista

Wednesday, July 3
Review & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick
Feature & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Thursday, July 4
Review at Sweet Tidbits
Interview at Unabridged Chick

Friday, July 5
Review at Twisting the Lens
Review at Geri, the History Lady

Monday, July 8
Review at nomadreader

Tuesday, July 9
Review at Babies, Books, and Beyond
Guest Post at Bibliophilic Book Blog

Wednesday, July 10
Review at From L.A. to LA

Thursday, July 11
Review at Peppermint, Ph.D.

Monday, July 15
Review at The Bluestocking Society
Review at Paperback Princess

Tuesday, July 16
Review at Book Nerds
Review at WTF Are you Reading?

Wednesday, July 17
Review at Book Addict Katie
Review at Always with a Book

Thursday, July 18
Review at Alternate Readality
Interview at WTF Are you Reading?

Friday, July 19
Review at A Book Geek

Monday, July 22
Review at Jo Jo Loves to Read

Tuesday, July 23
Review at Lost in Books
Review at Kinx’s Book Nook

Thursday, July 25
Review at Booktalk & More

Friday, July 26
Review at The Relentless Reader

Tuesday, July 30
Review at Long Ago Love
Review at The Life & Times of a Book Addict

Wednesday, July 31
Review at Legacy of a Writer

Thursday, August 1
Review at vvb32 Reads
Review at Cheryl’s Book Nook
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Friday, August 2
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at Amused by Books
Guest Post at Lost in Books

Monday, August 5
Review at Reader Girls
Review at Review From Here

Tuesday, August 6
Review at Layered Pages
Guest Post at Review From Here

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One response to “C.W. Gortner on tour for The Queen’s Vow, July 2 – August 6”

  1. […] am delighted today to be part of the virtual book tour for The Queen’s Vow. This was the first novel I’d read by CW Gortner, and I’m happy […]

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