Monday, April 14, 2014

LET'S GET COZY! MURDER AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY


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MURDER AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY
An Elizabethan Mystery
BY AMANDA CARMACK
ABOUT THE BOOK:
1559. Elizabeth is about to be crowned queen of England and wants her personal musician Kate Haywood to prepare music for the festivities. New to London, Kate must learn the ways of city life...and once again school herself as a sleuth.

Life at the center of the new royal court is abuzz with ambition and gossip—very different from the quiet countryside, where Kate served Elizabeth during her exile. Making her way among the courtiers who vie for the new queen’s favor, Kate befriends Lady Mary Everley. Mary is very close to Elizabeth. With their red hair and pale skin, they even resemble each other—which makes Mary’s murder all the more chilling.

The celebrations go on despite the pall cast over them. But when another redhead is murdered, Kate uncovers a deadly web of motives lurking just beneath the polite court banter, and follows the trail of a killer whose grievance can only be answered with royal blood. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amanda has been in love with the Tudors ever since an accidental viewing of “Anne of the Thousand Days” on TV as a kid! Now she just wishes she could live with them all the time—but there has to be time for writing about them too.

She also writes as Amanda McCabe and Laurel McKee, and her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion. She lives in Oklahoma with a menagerie of two cats, a Pug, and a very bossy miniature Poodle, along with far too many books.

When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, yoga, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network—even though she doesn’t cook. 

AN EXCERPT FROM MURDER AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY:
Prologue—London, January 1559

“Out of my way, you foul hedge pig!  Ain't you ever been told to give way to ladies before?”  Nell shoved at the thick crowd clustered ahead of her, using her elbow or a well-placed heel to wriggle her way in.  She had never seen a real-life queen before, and she wasn't going to miss it.


Nell's grandmother, who had been a toothless old crone when Nell was a toddler, good for nothing but sweeping the floor and boiling the linen of the bawdy house, once saw this new queen's mother, Queen Anne Boleyn, ride past in her own coronation procession.  She'd told Nell all about it, and Nell remembered it now.  Her grandmother's stories of Queen Anne's gown, all silver and gold, sparkling as she sat up high in her chariot with her black hair loose and twined with jewels.  The music and the flowers, the wine that flowed free at every fountain.


“There were few enough to cheer for her, Nellie,” her grandmother had always finished the tale, with a rueful shake of her gray head.  “For all that they drank her wine enough, there were too many as missed good Queen Katherine of Aragon.  But she was a glorious sight to see.  She knew how to put on a show, did that one.  They say she started from naught, too.  Think what you could do, my Nellie, with the right man...”
TO READ THE REST OF THIS EXCERPT, VISIT AMANDA CARMACK'S WEBSITE HERE. 

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I love to read about the times of Elizabeth the 1st but even more I love read about herself. I have a fat biography sitting on my TBR shelf as an extra treat. In the meantime, I have read a lot of books that tell about her through others' eyes.

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