Spotlight: Elizabeth Chadwick and The Winter Crown

Elizabeth Chadwick, one of my favorite historical fiction authors, has a new novel–The Winter Crown. Here’s a spotlight on her second book about Eleanor of Aquitaine. Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below to win a copy of Chadwick’s first novel in the Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy, The Summer Queen.


Winter Crown coverSummary

 As Queen of England, Eleanor has a new cast of enemies—including the king.

Eleanor has more than fulfilled her duty as Queen of England—she has given her husband, Henry II, heirs to the throne and has proven herself as a mother and ruler. But Eleanor needs more than to be a bearer of children and a deputy; she needs command of the throne. As her children grow older, and her relationship with Henry suffers from scandal and infidelity, Eleanor realizes the power she seeks won’t be given willingly. She must take it for herself. But even a queen must face the consequences of treason…

In this long-anticipated second novel in the Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy, bestselling author Elizabeth Chadwick evokes a royal marriage where love and hatred are intertwined, and the battle over power is fought not with swords, but deception.


Here Are Three Little-Known Facts about Eleanor of Aquitaine, One of the Most Powerful and Influential Women of the Middle Ages:

By Elizabeth Chadwick

  • She got married when she was 13 and became Queen of France at that age too. Her husband, Louis, was 17, and they met only a week before their wedding. For a long time, historians thought she was 15, and you will still see some of them write it that way. But new research favors the age 13—and what a difference that makes to me as an author coming at it from that perspective. It provides a whole new take on the story.
  • Eleanor gave her husband Louis a vase for a wedding present that still exists today. It was made of carved rock crystal and was already hundreds of years old when she gave it to him. Her grandfather had brought it back with him from the Crusades. When she gave the gift to Louis, it was a plain, unembellished object, except for its detailed honeycomb carving. Later on, Louis gave it as a gift to his tutor, Abbe Suger, for the treasury of St. Denis. Suger then had it decorated with gold and precious gems, completely changing its original, more subtle appearance. You can still see the magnificent “Eleanor vase” in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
  • No one knows what Eleanor looked like. There is not a single proven description of her anywhere in any medium. She is variously described by her biographers as a brunette, a blond, and a redhead, but the truth is we don’t know.


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Book Information

Title: The Winter Crown

Author: Elizabeth Chadwick

ISBN: 9781402296819

Pubdate: September 1, 2015

Imprint: Sourcebooks Landmark

Genre: Historical Fiction


Here’s the link for the Rafflecopter Giveaway of Chadwick’s first novel in the Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy, The Summer Queen.


Susan Hicks (Elizabeth Chadwick) photographed by Charlie Hopkinson. © 2007

Elizabeth Chadwick photographed by Charlie Hopkinson. © 2007



“A star back in Britain, Elizabeth Chadwick is finally getting the attention she deserves here,”—USA Today.

Chadwick is the bestselling author of over 20 historical novels, including The Greatest Knight, The Scarlet Lion, A Place Beyond Courage, Lords of the White Castle, Shadows and Strongholds, The Winter Mantle, and The Falcons of Montabard, four of which have been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Awards.


The Audio Trilogy is Complete, and a Giveaway!

Update: Thank you so much to everyone who entered the audiobook giveaway. Here are the winners:

  1. Diana R.
  2. Melissa
  3. Susan
  4. Penny S.
  5. Tamar M.

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I hope everyone has been well these last few weeks of summer. Yesterday in the U.S. we celebrated Labor Day, which is the official mark of the end of summer, though you’d never know it from the 100+ degree weather we’re expecting in Las Vegas this week. As the seasons have been changing, I’ve been making some changes myself, good changes, I think–changes that will allow me more time to focus on what’s really important to me. I’ve left behind teaching full time to focus on my PhD studies, which are time consuming in themselves, but which will also allow me the freedom to focus on The Copperfield Review and Copperfield‘s first anthology, which is coming out in October. I’ve had a feeling for some time that Copperfield could go even farther than it already has, and now I have the time to make that happen. I’ll also have more time for my own writing, and I may actually finish my new novel and the prequel to the Loving Husband Trilogy, “Down Salem Way,” before the year is over.

Her Loving Husband's Return is now available on audiobook.

Her Loving Husband’s Return is now available on audiobook.

I’m pleased to announce that the third book in the Loving Husband Trilogy is finally available as an audiobook from Amazon, Audible Audiobooks, and iTunes. For those of you who have the first two audiobooks, you know it took a little time to complete the trilogy. The first two books have been available for over a year, but Laura Jennings, the narrator, was busy, and I was too busy to try to find someone else. I tried to do it myself, but that didn’t work out as well as I hoped. Then a few months ago Laura reached out and said she was available once again, and I was thrilled. Laura narrated the first two books, and I was so happy she would be able to do the third as well. I absolutely love the storyteller tone in her voice. I think I would listen to anything she read. Laura has the kind of voice that will pull you into any story any time any place. I’m very lucky that she was able to do all three books.

Thanks to I have 5 copies of Her Loving Husband’s Return to give away. Yes, it’s the third book in the trilogy, but I think the story stands pretty well on its own, and there’s enough back story to help you along the way. Just fill out the quick form below (name and e-mail address are all you need) and on Friday, September 18, 5 random winners will be chosen. Good luck!

Romance is in the Air Giveaway

romance is in the air

Here are the giveaway winners:

E-book sets:




Ellen P.



Jessica M.

Annabelle Hall

Jocelyn O’Neal

Amazon Gift Card:

Tammy Hudson

Thanks to everyone who participated! If you’d like to participate in the Goodreads paperback giveaway for my newest novel, That You Are Here, check here.

Trilogy Covers

I’ll be giving away two e-book sets of the complete Loving Husband Trilogy as well as two audiobooks (your choice of either Her Dear & Loving Husband or Her Loving Husband’s Curse). I also have three paperback copies available (your choice of either Her Dear & Loving Husband, Her Loving Husband’s Curse, or Her Loving Husband’s Return). The grand prize is a $20 gift certificate to either or (your choice) for one lucky winner.

You must be a follower of this blog to enter. You can gain extra entries with the following:

Following this blog +1

Follow me on Twitter +1

Like my Author Page on Facebook +1

Like The Copperfield Review on Facebook +1

Friend me on Goodreads +1

There are over 150 blogs participating in this giveaway. Check here to visit the other sites and see what other great prizes you can win.

Boo! It’s the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Note: Thank you to over 200 people who participated. You guys are great! Here are the winners…

E-Books–The Loving Husband Trilogy

1. Michelle Willms

2. Anna Hammes

3. Melissa Haggerty

4. Library Lady (Love the name…)

5. Anne Consolacion

Amazon Gift Cards:

1. Lindsey V.

2. Jessica Snow.

I’ll be doing more giveaways soon. See you then!

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Hard to believe it’s time for the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop again. This is always one of my favorite events of the year. After all, there’s no better time for the Loving Husband Trilogy–a vampire/witch/werewolf story–than Halloween. There are more than 300 blogs participating, which means there are many wonderful prizes for book lovers to win. Check here for the list of participating blogs. Thanks to I Am a Reader, Not a Writer for hosting. This hop runs from October 15th to October 31st.

Two winners will receive a gift card (either or–your choice) for $15. Five other winners will receive a digital copy of the complete Loving Husband Trilogy (all three books) as either .mobi for Kindle, epub for Nook and iPad, or as a .pdf.

To enter, just fill out the form below. That’s it! There’s only one mandatory entry, and the others are optional. All entry options can be found on the right sidebar of this page.

The winners will be announced on Friday, November 1 after 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Good luck!