Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Book Blast: The Vatican Princess by C.W. Gortner

Publication Date: February 9, 2016 
Ballantine Books 
Hardcover, Ebook, Audiobook 
400 Pages 

 Genre: Historical Fiction

Infamy is no accident. It is a poison in our blood. It is the price of being a Borgia. 

Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias fascinated and terrorized 15th-century Renaissance Italy. Lucrezia Borgia, beloved daughter of the pope, was at the center of the dynastyís ambitions. Slandered as a heartless seductress who lured men to their doom, was she in fact the villainess of legend, or was she trapped in a familial web, forced to choose between loyalty and survival?

With the ascension of the Spaniard Rodrigo Borgia as Pope Alexander VI, the new popeís illegitimate childrenóhis rival sons, Cesare and Juan, and beautiful young daughter Lucreziaóassume an exalted position in the papal court. Privileged and adored, Lucrezia yearns to escape her childhood and play a part in her familyís fortunes. But Rome is seductive and dangerous: Alliances shift at a momentís notice as Italyís ruling dynasties strive to keep rivals at bay. As Lucreziaís father faces challenges from all sides, heís obliged to marry her off to a powerful adversary. But when she discovers the brutal truth behind her alliance, Lucrezia is plunged into a perilous gambit that will require all her wits, cunning, and guile. Escaping her marriage offers the chance of happiness with a passionate prince of Naples, yet as scandalous accusations of murder and incest build against her, menacing those she loves, Lucrezia must risk everything to overcome the lethal fate imposed upon her by her Borgia blood.

Beautifully wrought, rich with fascinating historical detail, The Vatican Princess is the first novel to describe Lucreziaís coming-of-age in her own voiceóa dramatic, vivid tale set in an era of savagery and unparalleled splendor, where enemies and allies can be one and the same, and where loyalty to family can ultimately be a curse.

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Praise For The Vatican Princess

"Assiduously researched and expertly crafted . . . . This unholy plunge into Rome's darkest dynasty is wholly engrossing." - Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author 

"A spider web of Renaissance intrigue with a legendary cast . . . Impressive research, a lush background, and deft characterization make for a fascinating read." - Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author 

"Elegantly written and deeply researched . . . Renaissance Italy is vividly brought to life. Iím captivated by this knowledgeable authorís take on the controversial Borgias." - Alison Weir, NYT bestselling author

About the Author

C.W. GORTNER holds an MFA in Writing with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies from the New College of California, as well as an AA from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco.

After an eleven year-long career in fashion, during which he worked as a vintage retail buyer, freelance publicist, and fashion show coordinator, C.W. devoted the next twelve years to the public health sector. In 2012, he became a full-time writer following the international success of his novels.

In his extensive travels to research his books, he has danced a galliard at Hampton Court, learned about organic gardening at Chenoceaux, and spent a chilly night in a ruined Spanish castle. His books have garnered widespread acclaim and been translated into twenty-one languages to date, with over 400,000 copies sold. A sought-after public speaker. C.W. has given keynote addresses at writer conferences in the US and abroad. He is also a dedicated advocate for animal rights, in particular companion animal rescue to reduce shelter overcrowding.

Half-Spanish by birth and raised in southern Spain, C.W. now lives in Northern California with his partner and two very spoiled rescue cats.

For more information visit C.W. Gortnerís website and blog. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and YouTube. Sign up for C.W. Gortnerís Newsletter for updates.

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The Vatican Princess Book Blast Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, February 9

Drey's Library
The Maiden's Court
CelticLady's Reviews

Wednesday, February 10

The Lit Bitch
The Never-Ending Book
A Dream within a Dream
What Is That Book About

Thursday, February 11

Laura's Interests
The Reader's Hollow
Flashlight Commentary

Friday, February 12

Let Them Read Books
To Read, Or Not to Read

Saturday, February 13

So Many Books, So Little Time
Eclectic Ramblings of Author Heather Osborne

Sunday, February 14

100 Pages a Day
With Her Nose Stuck In A Book

Monday, February 15

A Book Geek
A Bookish Affair
Puddletown Reviews

Tuesday, February 16

Just One More Chapter
Historical Fiction Obsession
Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More

Wednesday, February 17

Impressions In Ink
A Literary Vacation
The Country Bookworm

Thursday, February 18

The True Book Addict
Ageless Pages Reviews

Friday, February 19

Passages to the Past
Kristin Un-Ravelle'd
Book Lovers Paradise

Saturday, February 20

Beth's Book Nook Blog
One Book Shy of a Full Shelf

Sunday, February 21

Carpe Librum (Seize The Book)
Seize the Words: Books in Review

Monday, February 22

Broken Teepee
Book Drunkard
The Reading Queen

Tuesday, February 23

Teatime and Books
View from the Birdhouse
Historical Fiction Connection

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