26 April 2023

Break Out the Champagne: It's Time to Celebrate!


So, this thing happened las week. I checked my email in the morning to find that my historical fiction novel, WITH THE HEART OF A LIONESS - A Duchess of Aquitaine Novel, won the Firebird Book Award in the biographical fiction category. Woohoo! First thing I did is get out a bottle of bubbly and danced around the kitchen like a little maniac. I know - sounds totally silly right? But I just couldn't help it! I can't believe my good fortune!

About the book:

Aliénor has everything to look forward to as the heiress of the wealthy and powerful country of Aquitaine. Like most women of the 12th century, she is raised to marry well, sit motionlessly, and be agreeable. However, unlike any other woman, she is determined to be the only one to dictate what course her life will take. After all, she is the granddaughter of the infamous Duke Guillaume IX, called the troubadour.

Young Aliénor of Aquitaine baffles and bewilders friends and foes alike when she marries the future King of the Franks, Louis VII, in 1137. She's called daring, ambitious, and overtly romantic. Aliénor becomes a cold-blooded schemer on the playing field of power, as she's faced with scandals, trials, and forbidden love. Yet, through it all, she remains worthy of every troubadour's adoration.

As the Duchess leaves France behind to become the Queen of England, Aliénor faces a new slew of enemies. However, she remains a mystery to the men of her time, whe
ther she joins a crusade to the Holy Land or fights her second husband, King Henry II of England, who imprisons her to force her into submission with all her might. And if her enemies dare to join forces? They quickly learn how much power lurks within even a caged lioness!

Piper is the award-winning author of The Country Girl Empress series. When she isn't busy typing 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 LinkedInFacebookMedium, and Goodreads.
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