Publication Date: May 2014
Knight Media, LLC
Formats: Ebook, Paperback
May, 1536. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen.
When Anne Boleyn falls to the executioner’s axe on a cold spring morning, yet another Anne vows she will survive in the snakepit court of Henry VIII. But at what cost?
Lady Anne Seymour knows her family hangs by a thread. If her sister-in-law Jane Seymour cannot give the King a son, she will be executed or set aside, and her family with her. Anne throws herself into the deadly and intoxicating intrigue of the Tudor court, determined at any price to see the new queen’s marriage a success and the Seymour family elevated to supreme power. But Anne’s machinations will earn her a reputation as a viper, and she must decide if her family’s rise is worth the loss of her own soul…
Book Two, Prisoner of the Queen, will be released later in 2014.
Praise for My Lady Viper“E. Knight breathes new life and new scandal into the Tudors. This is an engrossing historical fiction tale that readers will love!” ~ Meg Wessel, A Bookish Affair
“A brilliant illustration of a capricious monarch and the nest of serpents that surrounded him, My Lady Viper is an absolute must. Intricately detailed, cleverly constructed and utterly irresistible.” ~ Erin, Flashlight Commentary
“Author E. Knight proves that though there are a plethora of Tudor novels out there a writer can still create a fresh and unique view of one of history’s most treacherous courts, that of England’s King Henry VIII. Schemes and scandalous trysts abound in ‘My Lady Viper’, making for a very captivating read. Racy and deliciously sensual, once started I was hard pressed to put the book down. I eagerly await the next installment in E. Knight’s stand-out Tales of the Tudor Courts series!” ~ Amy Bruno, Passages to the Past
My ThoughtsThough much has been made of lives, wives, deaths, and courts held by the various Tudor Queens; the life and times of young Queen Jane (Seymour) has gone largely unsung.
My Lady Viper gives readers that much yearned for glimpse inside the Seymour reign.
Told in the voice of Lady Anne Seymour, the story we find here is far from that of staid civility, and forthright purity, as reported by history.
While that might have been true for the tragic Queen Jane, it was far from the case with those of her court.
Lady Anne, manages in a time where women were to be but bedded and wedded; to be spy, diplomat, courtesan, and historian.
She is a woman who "walks softly and carries a large and very calculating mind." As is true with every great man or woman, there are chinks in her amour. (Her rape at the hands of a high ranking nobleman at court, a less than civil relationship with social climbing parents, and an illicit affair with Sir Anthony Brown.) Lady Anne proves herself to be worth her weight in gold as an asset to her husband, and a true survivor in the game of thrones.
The story told here is done so in an intimate tone that calls the reader in, and begs to be read. It is as though one becomes Lady Anne for a time, and is granted the joys, pain, failure, and triumph that is her experience.
While this is a story of the Tudor Court, the king and his wife take a welcome second to the scheming title jockeys and all manner of ill doings which surround them for much of the tale.
Thankfully, authoress Knight does not fill her work with contless names and titles. She instead focuses on only the characters essential to her plot. All transitions and plot changes are smooth and easy to follow, even if the reader is called away from the story for a time. The settings while descriptively vibrant, do not in any way overpower character interaction or dialogue.
In short...this book is made up of all the things that a good story make.
My Lady Viper is a sweeping tale of one woman's journey through the gauntlet that was the Tudor Court.
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About the Author
E. Knight is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America and several RWA affiliate writing chapters: Hearts Through History, Celtic Hearts, Maryland Romance Writers and Washington Romance Writers. Growing up playing in castle ruins and traipsing the halls of Versailles when visiting her grandparents during the summer, instilled in a love of history and royals at an early age. Feeding her love of history, she created the popular historical blog, History Undressed (www.historyundressed.com). Under the pseudonym Eliza Knight, she is a bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author of historical and erotic romance.
She is avid in social media and readers can find her at:
Virtual Book Tour ScheduleMonday, May 5
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Spotlight & Giveaway at The Tower of Babel
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, May 6
Spotlight & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Wednesday, May 7
Review & Giveaway at The Tudor Enthusiast
Monday, May 12
Review & Giveaway at The Tudor Book Blog
Tuesday, May 13
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession
Wednesday, May 14
Review at Griperang’s Bookmarks
Friday, May 16
Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict
Monday, May 19
Review at A Bookish Affair
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Wednesday, May 21
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book
Guest Post & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection
Thursday, May 22
Review at Bibliophilia, Please
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Review at Curling Up By the Fire
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Friday, May 23
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Review at The Musings of ALMYBNENR
Monday, June 2
Review, Interview, & Giveaway at Luxury Reading