Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Blurb Blitz Tour: Uneasy Lies the Crown by N. Gemini Sasson


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. N. Gemini will be awarding a $20 Amazon gift certificate to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a a $20 Amazon gift certificate to a randomly drawn host. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops in this tour.



For centuries, the bards have sung of King Arthur’s return, but is this reluctant warrior prince the answer to those prophecies?

In the year 1399, Welsh nobleman Owain Glyndwr is living out a peaceful gentleman’s life in the Dee Valley of Wales with his wife Margaret and their eleven children. But when Henry of Bolingbroke, the Duke of Lancaster, usurps the throne of England from his cousin Richard II, that tranquility is forever shattered. What starts as a feud with a neighboring English lord over a strip of land evolves into something greater—a fight for the very independence of Wales.

Leading his crude army of Welshmen against armor-clad columns of English, Owain wins key victories over his enemies. After a harrowing encounter on the misty slopes of Cadair Idris, the English knight Harry Hotspur offers Owain a pact he cannot resist.

Peace, however, comes with a price. As tragedies mount, Owain questions whether he can find the strength within himself not only to challenge the most powerful monarch of his time, but to fulfill the prophecies and lead his people to freedom without destroying those around him.
Read an excerpt:

Lord Reginald de Grey of Ruthin leered at his discovery. Swarming around him was a full corps of fifteen huntsmen, lesser lords eager to impress. One rushed in and rammed a spear into the deer, although it was a task that need not have been done.

“Aha! My gratitude, good men, for bringing down my prize,” Grey proclaimed.

“Your prize?” Owain started forward. “These are my lands you’re on. And well you know it. You are beyond your bounds. Parliament has upheld my claims on Croesau.”

“Richard’s parliament.” Grey clucked his tongue in admonishment. “’Tis a hard task to wield influence from a dungeon.”

Owain’s arms were locked stiffly at his side, though they had the strength to heave the dripping, dog-shredded carcass at Grey’s head. “Take it. Take the hide and the meat and the bloody set of antlers. But don’t come back. This land is not yours.”

“I’ll come as often as I please. These are my lands now, everything you see. The Welsh sympathizer is not long to wear the crown and Bolingbroke owes me a good turn.” One hand upon his hip, he flexed the gloved fingers of his other hand and nodded with satisfaction. “This hunting ground will do, littered though it is with Welsh beggars. Incidentally, I took liberty to evict some troublesome peasants of yours in the next valley.”

Owain sprang forward. “You have no right!”

“Yes, yes... hmmm. We shall see who has rights. Anyway, they were a little, shall we say, obstinate. A torched roof is very convincing. It has a tendency to make people into believers.”

About the Author:
N. Gemini Sasson is the author of six historical novels set in 14th and 15th century Scotland, England and Wales, including The Bruce Trilogy and Isabeau, A Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer (2011 IPPY Silver Medalist in Historical Fiction). Her latest release is Uneasy Lies the Crown, A Novel of Owain Glyndwr. Long after writing about Robert the Bruce and Queen Isabella, Sasson learned she is a descendant of both.

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16 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

thank you for hosting today

Ingeborg said...

Sounds like a great read.

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N. Gemini Sasson said...

Thanks so much, Judy, for hosting this stop on my blog tour! I look forward to hearing from your readers.

Christine D. said...

My favorite genre and my favorite era. Oh yaaaaaaaaaaaaah. :D Sounds like the perfect book for me.

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Mary Preston said...

The excerpt gives me a real sense of what I can expect. A very well written historical read.

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N. Gemini Sasson said...

Hi Ingeborg, Christine and Mary - thanks so much for stopping by. Happy reading!

Ann Everett said...

I'm always in awe of an author who writes anything historical. So much research!!
~Ann

laurie said...

The book sounds fabulous. i do so like gemini's books, i really do hope i win because with me not being able to work it will be a while till i can get it

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Gala said...

I love the sound of this and after the end of the Merlin series, it's just the right pick up.

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bn100 said...

Nice excerpt.

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Anas said...

Sounds interesting. Did you have to do a lot of research for the book?

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N. Gemini Sasson said...

Hi Anas - It usually takes me a few months to gather, read and take notes on research materials just for a foundation timeline. Then as I go along, I search for specific information as needed.

Emiliana25 said...

How long does it take for you to finish a book?

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Lena said...

Did you always want to be a writer?

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N. Gemini Sasson said...

Emiliana - In the past it has taken me anywhere from 1 to 3 years, but that's before writing was my full time job.

Lena - I don't think I considered being a writer until my teens. Before that, I wanted to be a duck farmer - and we all know how big of a demand there is for that. ;-)

Karen H in NC said...

Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

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