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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Book Blog Tour Stop and Review - Blood Between Queens by Barbara Kyle

Today I'm hosting a book blog tour stop for the new Elizabethan novel, "Blood Between Queens," by Barbara Kyle.  If you like tales about Elizabeth I and the whole intriguing era surrounding her regency, you'll love this novel!

Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Kensington Publishing
Paperback; 448p

Following her perilous fall from a throne she’d scarcely owned to begin with, Mary, Queen of Scots, has fled to England, hoping her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, will grant her asylum. But now Mary has her sights on the English crown, and Elizabeth enlists her most trusted subjects to protect it.

Justine Thornleigh is delighting in the thrill of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to her family’s estate when the festivities are cut short by Mary’s arrival. To Justine’s surprise, the Thornleighs appoint her to serve as a spy in Mary’s court. But bearing the guise of a lady-in-waiting is not Justine’s only secret. The weight of her task is doubled by fears of revealing to her fianc√© that she is in truth the daughter of his family’s greatest rival.

Duty-bound, Justine must sacrifice love as she navigates a deadly labyrinth of betrayal that could lead to the end of Elizabeth’s fledgling reign…

Compelling and inventive, Blood Between Queens artfully blends history’s most intriguing figures with unforgettable characters, bringing to dazzling life the fascinating Tudor era.


"Blood Between Queens" isn't just a book about royalty - it's a story of two feuding queen cousins, yes - but it's also a romance about two young people at court and it's a mystery of revenge and suspense. Author Barbara Kyle does a magnificent job of keeping the storyline moving along quickly and keeping the suspense lively.

This is the fifth book in Kyle's "Thornleigh" series, and it does help to have read the previous stories to know some of the background of the secondary cast of characters, but this story can easily stand on it's own as well.

Fans of historical fiction, particularly about the Tudor women, will really enjoy this novel.

Barbara Kyle

Barbara Kyle is the author of the acclaimed Tudor-era “Thornleigh” novels Blood Between Queens, The Queen’s Gamble, The Queen’s Captive, The King’s Daughter and The Queen’s Lady which follow a rising middle-class family through three tumultuous Tudor reigns. She also writes contemporary thrillers. Over 400,000 copies of her books have been sold in seven countries.

In July 2013 Barbara will be a speaker at Ontario’s world-renowned Stratford Festival with her talk “Elizabeth and Mary, Rival Queens: A Study of Leadership Lost and Won” about the cousin-queens Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots featured in Blood Between Queens.

Barbara has taught writers at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and is known for her dynamic workshops for many writers organizations and conferences. Before becoming an author Barbara enjoyed a twenty-year acting career in television, film, and stage productions in Canada and the US.

For more information, please visit Barbara Kyle’s WEBSITE.  You can also find her Facebook and Twitter.

See what other bloggers are saying about "Blood Between Queens" - http://hfvirtualbooktours.com/bloodbetweenqueensvirtualtour/

My thanks to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for including me on this book tour and to the publisher for providing the review copy.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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