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News from Sharon Kay Penman February 2014

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A King's Ransom


 

A King's RansomDear Readers,

I am getting ready for my A King’s Ransom book tour, but I wanted to get this newsletter out before I go in case any of you might be able to attend one of my readings. I love getting to meet my readers!

I am delighted to report that the first advance reviews for Ransom have been good, one from Booklist and one from Kirkus. Would I have mentioned it had they been unfavorable? I’m glad I was not put to the test. Ransom will be published in the US and Canada on March 4th and on March 13th in the UK. I believe the publication date Down Under is early March, too.

I confess to having ambivalent feelings about closing the circle with Ransom. It is always exciting (and a bit worrisome) when a new book is published. But I am not sure I am ready to let go of the Angevins. For five books and nigh on twenty years, they’ve been my house guests, and I am going to miss them. Richard will likely make a few appearances in the next book, Outremer—the Land Beyond the Sea, but I’m afraid I’ve said farewell to Henry, Eleanor, and the rest of their Devil’s Brood. Well, Henry did manage to snare a scene in Ransom, and if I ever am able to resume my medieval mysteries, Eleanor will have some more time on center stage. So I’ll definitely be motivated to revive Justin de Quincy’s career as the queen’s man. Justin does appear in Ransom, though, along with his nemesis, Durand de Curzon; I’d promised Justin’s Facebook fan club that I’d let him infiltrate the action, and it was fun to have him riding out on missions for Eleanor again and sniping with Durand in his spare time.

A King's RansomHere is my itinerary for the book tour.

TUESDAY, MARCH 4th at 7 PM
Chester County Book Company
West Goshen Center
975 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5th at 7 PM
Barnes & Noble #2368
Market Fair
3535 US Highway 1
Princeton, NJ 08540

THURSDAY, MARCH 6th at 7 PM
Poisoned Pen
4014 N. Goldwater Blvd. Suite 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

FRIDAY, MARCH 7TH AT 6:30 PM
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonett Street
Houston, Texas 77005

SATURDAY, MARCH 8th at 4 PM
Nicola’s Books
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

MONDAY, MARCH 10th at 7 PM
Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way, NE
Lake Forest Park Washington 98155

TUESDAY, MARCH 11th at 7 PM
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, Oregon 9700

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12th at 6 PM
Book Passage—Ferry Building
1 Ferry Bldg Marketplace #42
San Francisco, California 94111

THURSDAY, MARCH 13th at 7 PM
Books, Inc.
855 El Camino Real #74
Palo Alto, California 94301

This officially ends the book tour, but I will be at the Tucson Festival of Books on Saturday, March 15th and Sunday, March 16th. http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org

We are planning another Richard III Tour this September, and I will post the details on my website and Facebook pages once everything comes together. With luck, we might be able to visit Richard’s new resting place, assuming that a decision has been made by then whether Richard will be buried in Leicester or York.

This has been one of the worst winters on record, with severe droughts in California, unending snow and ice storms in the Midwest and Northeast and New England, even snow in the Deep South. Conditions are even worse in the UK, for their storms have caused horrific flooding. And my friends Down Under tell me they are enduring their hottest summer in decades. So here’s hoping that Mother Nature shows us some mercy in the coming weeks.

 
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