17 November 2016

Time to Party...A Book Launch Celebration!!!

Today I celebrate a big milestone!

I typically publish my posts on Wednesdays, but this week is different. This week I decided to post to my blog on Thursday to coincide with the launch of my debut novel In the Shadow of Her Majesty! I still can't believe it myself...my first novel hits the virtual shelves today. So, I'm really excited about this book. It is centered around real historical figures such as Queen Elizabeth I, her favourite, Lord Robert Dudley, and his young wife, Lady Amy Dudley. Naturally, I fictionalized the story and piled it full with page-turning adventures and danger. Nevertheless, I sincerely hope that you will enjoy learning a bit more about the Tudor dynasty and the people associated with it. 

If you enjoy a thrilling Tudor whodunit, then I have no doubt that you will like In the Shadow of Her Majesty. But, no matter if this sort of book is your cup of tea or not, there might be someone in your life who does enjoy a historical mystery, and I love to encourage my readers to give it as a gift. With the upcoming holiday season in mind, we all know that books make excellent stocking stuffers. 

To all my readers who have been following my writing journey, thank you for all your support, encouragement, and enthusiasm! You make the hard work worthwhile, and I could not have done it without you. If I have not "met" you yet, make sure you head over to one of my social media outlets and introduce yourself. Thank you for celebrating this book launch with me!  =)

About the book:

What are you prepared to give for the great love of your life and which price is too high to pay?

When a young woman lay dead at the bottom of a set of stairs on 8 September 1560, all of Europe is convinced they know the murderer...her husband, Lord Robert Dudley. A favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, he still lives in hopes of winning her hand in marriage. Is this the reason his wife had to die? This suspicion also endangers the Queen, since her claim to the throne has not yet been substantiated.

Robert Dudley comes from a family that was infamous for its ambition, but did he really have his wife Amy killed in order to ascend to the throne as the Queen’s husband? His best friend and steward, Thomas Blount, must ask himself this question.

He goes to Berkshire to ascertain the truth about Amy’s death. Thomas finds himself in a more than miserable situation. If he should indeed find signs that she has fallen victim to a crime, then Robert will never be able to clear his name of suspicion. Worse yet: The consequences could not only destroy him but could also cost Thomas Blount his life.

“This time, we will not blindly trust what one ambitious man tells us. Not this time!”

Even Katharine Ashley, the Queen’s Governess and perhaps the only person in the world Elizabeth I trusts and loves unconditionally, is also in search of the truth. Many years ago she took the blame and thereby endangered not only herself but her charge as well. Kat will not let that happen again, no matter the cost to include Robert Dudley’s life.

But what actually happened in said house in Berkshire, and which secrets did she take to the grave?

After all, Amy Dudley stood in Her Majesty's shadow unlike any other woman in the Kingdom. It was a time during which the British Empire was born. A world filled with hunger for power and knowledge and two women who fight for their own happiness.

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Piper is the author of military lifestyle books and RV travel journals. When she isn't busy typing away on her computer, she can be found chasing after her furry children or holding on tightly to a good cup of coffee. Follow her on LinkedInFacebookGoodreads and Google+.