Jenny Barden
Another great guest at Fly High! today. I've invited awesome historical fiction writer,  Jenny Barden,  to present her upcoming great novel here (it'll be out in just 2 days in the UK - 7th November), because I know that you like me love and appreciate well-written,  thrilling historical fiction. Let's welcome Jenny and, please, take your chances to win a signed first edition copy of her The Lost Duchess. This amazing giveaway is open world wide and ends on 14th November. 

Thank you so much, Maria, for giving me an opportunity to say a little about my forthcoming release, The Lost Duchess, which was no more than a concept in outline when you interviewed me for this site in October last year. 

Several of your followers said then that they loved the idea of an Elizabethan romantic adventure, and that there was going to be a sequel to Mistress of the Sea, so I hope they'll be attracted to this next book, which features Kit Doonan (Will's brother in Mistress of the Sea), and Emme Fifield, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth, whose relationship deepens in the thick of an action-packed adventure when they join Sir Walter Raleigh's expedition to found the first permanent English colony in America. Here's what my publishers have to say about The Lost Duchess:

An epic Elizabethan adventure with a thriller pace and a high tension love story that moves from the palaces of England to the savage wilderness of the New World.

Emme Fifield has fallen about as far as a gentlewoman can.

Once a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth, her only hope of surviving the scandal that threatens to engulf her is to escape England for a fresh start in the new America where nobody has ever heard of the Duchess of Somerset.

Emme joins Kit Doonan's rag-tag band of idealists, desperados and misfits bound for Virginia. But such a voyage will be far from easy and Emmefinds her attraction to the mysterious Doonan inconvenient to say the least.

As for Kit, the handsome mariner has spent years imprisoned by the Spanish, and living as an outlaw with a band of escaped slaves; he has his own inner demons to confront, and his own dark secrets to keep...

Ever since Sir Walter Raleigh's settlement in Virginia was abandoned in 1587 its fate has remained a mystery; 'The Lost Duchess' explores what might have happened to the ill-starred 'Lost Colony' of Roanoke.

You asked when we last spoke about how I could weave a story around a woman involved in an extraordinary adventure when women were almost invisible in society, and I'd like to say that as regards this next book one of the joys has been that the historical records document the presence of women amongst the 'Lost Colonists' of Roanoke. There really was a woman called 'Emme Merrymoth' listed amongst the colonists who sailed for Virginia in 1587, about whom nothing is known apart from her name, and this is the identity that my Emme assumes for the voyage in order to travel incognito. It's a story that's securely grounded in historical fact, and since historians are still puzzling over what became of the Lost Colonists I've not felt at all inhibited in imagining what might have happened to them. The layers of mystery that attach to the true story provide just one aspect of its fascination. Here's a picture of Roanoke Island showing the galleon reconstruction 'Elizabeth'; the 'Lion' that took the Lost Colonists to the island would have looked much the same.

The first English colonists to set foot in the New World would have been intent on remaining there, beginning life afresh, building homes and establishing a lasting community. What the settlers found within hours of arriving were the bones of an English soldier who had been on the island the previous year bearing the evidence of a violent death. A few days later one of the colonists was brutally murdered by native Indians. The shock to the colonists must have been profound. Why the indigenous Algonquian Indians turned from friends to enemies is just one of many enigmas thatThe Lost Duchess explores. The contrast between vision and reality, and between the cultures of the Old World and the New, are some of the facets that provide a fantastic backdrop for an epic romance. 

 The Lost Duchess

Emme Fifield has fallen about as far as a gentlewoman can.
Once a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth, her only hope of surviving the scandal that threatens to engulf her is to escape England for a fresh start in the New World, where nobody has ever heard of the Duchess of Somerset.
Emme joins Kit Doonan's rag-tag band of idealists, desperados and misfits bound for Virginia. But such a trip will be far from easy and Emme finds her attraction to the mysterious Doonan inconvenient to say the least...

The book will be released on 7 November in hardback and as an ebook with the paperback to follow in the summer of next year. For readers in the UK it's available here or here  and at all main book suppliers. I hope that this link will be of use to anyone in the US wanting a copy.

Many thanks to Jenny Barden  for being our guest again and providing the signed book for the  giveaway contest. 

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Anonymous said...

I absolutely love to read this type of book. Thank you very much for the chance to win a copy!

Terry P.

Terry said...

I absolutely love historical fiction. It is my preferred genre to read. You should see my bookshelves! I would love to read The Lost Duchess as it deals with the lost colony of Roanoke and would be interested in Jenny's take on what happened there. This should be a fascinating book.

Debra Brown said...

I'd love to read The Lost Duchess. It is fun to imagine what a once pampered and served woman would undergo in a lowly new identity.

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Lori Thomas said...

I love reading historical fiction. I love to read The Lost Duchess as it sounds very intriguing. Would make a nice addition to my collection.
Thx 4 the chance!

Denise said...

I love historical fiction and am actually a new fan of it. Thank you for the giveaway. This book sounds interesting , since it combines characters from Tudor times with a setting in the New World.

Joanne said...

I love Historical Fiction. I like that takes a setting in time, and puts a new twist on it - often one that is more 'approachable' for us modern folk! Definitely looking forward to reading The Lost Duchess!

Anonymous said...

Yes! Romance and royal drama

nurmawati djuhawan said...

i love all books about historical..
thx u :)

Tara said...

I love historical fiction. I love being entertained while at the same time, learning something new. Roanoke is a fascinating subject matter. I also like the sound of the hero and his posse. :)

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading historical fiction as a way to bring history to life. I'm a little afraid of this story because Roanoke is such a tragedy - all those people lost - but I am very curious about the author's explanation for what happened to the colony.

Thank you for the interview!

Linda said...

I love history and have long been fascinated by the mystery of the Roanoke colony. This novel sounds great.

Monica said...

I am not yet a great reader of historical fiction, but I would very much like to read this book. The New World seems a very interesting theme.

Unknown said...

What wonderful comments! A large thank you to everyone who's commented here with such enthusiasm! I'm so pleased that you're inspired to want to know more about the Lost Colony and most particularly 'The Lost Duchess'. She'll be on her way to at least one of you soon!

Sophie Schiller said...

I love Historical Fiction set in the early colonies. This sounds great!

WarmisunquAusten said...

I like Historical Fiction and I have so much curiosity for this book.

Thank you for opportunity :)

Trisha Haddad said...

This looks really exciting! And I love the cover!!