Monday, February 26, 2018

**GIVEAWAY** and Review of The Once and Future Queen: Guinevere in Arthurian Legend by Nicole Evelina

The Once and Future Queen: Guinevere in Arthurian LegendThe Once and Future Queen: Guinevere in Arthurian Legend by Nicole Evelina
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book provides everything you ever wanted to know about Guinevere, and more! Author, Nicole Evelina, has scoured many scattered and slim resources to provide the reader with one source of information about the legendary wife of King Arthur. And, even better, the book does not read like a boring nonfiction work. It flows extremely well and is interesting, to boot!

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The Once and Future Queen: Guinevere in Arthurian Legend by Nicole Evelina

Publication Date: November 21, 2017
Lawson Gartner Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 281 Pages
Genre: History & Criticism/Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Guinevere’s journey from literary sinner to feminist icon took over one thousand years…and it’s not over yet. Literature tells us painfully little about Guinevere, mostly focusing on her sin and betrayal of Arthur and Camelot. As a result, she is often seen as a one-dimensional character. But there is more to her story. By examining popular works of more than 20 authors over the last one thousand years, The Once and Future Queen shows how Guinevere reflects attitudes toward women during the time in which her story was written, changing to suit the expectations of her audience. Beginning in Celtic times and continuing through the present day, this book synthesizes academic criticism and popular opinion into a highly readable, approachable work that fills a gap in Arthurian material available to the general public. Nicole Evelina has spent more than 15 years studying Arthurian legend. She is also a feminist known for her fictional portrayals of strong historical and legendary women, including Guinevere. Now, she combines these two passions to examine the effect of changing times and attitudes on the character of Guinevere in a must-read book for Arthurian enthusiasts of every knowledge level.

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About the Author

Nicole Evelina is a multi-award-winning historical fiction, romantic comedy and non-fiction writer, whose four novels have collectively won over 20 awards, including two Book of the Year designations (Daughter of Destiny by Chanticleer Reviews and Camelot’s Queen by Author’s Circle). Her most recent book, THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN, traces the evolution of the character of Guinevere in Arthurian legend from her Celtic roots to the present day, showing how the character changed along with the period’s views of women. Nicole is currently working on MISTRESS OF LEGEND (2018), the final book in her Guinevere's Tale trilogy. As an armchair historian, Nicole researches her books extensively, consulting with biographers, historical societies and traveling to locations when possible. For example, she traveled to England twice to research the Guinevere’s Tale trilogy, where she consulted with internationally acclaimed author and historian Geoffrey Ashe, as well as Arthurian/Glastonbury expert Jaime George, the man who helped Marion Zimmer Bradley research The Mists of Avalon. Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for The Historical Novel Society, as well as a member of the Historical Fiction Writers of America, International Arthurian Society - North American Branch, Romantic Novelists Association, Novelists, Inc., the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, Alliance of Independent Authors, the Independent Book Publishers Association and the Midwest Publisher’s Association. For more information, please visit Nicole Evelina's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Goodreads. Sign up for Nicole's newsletter to receive news and updates.

Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, January 31 Interview at Passages to the Past Thursday, February 1 Review at Pursuing Stacie Friday, February 2 Feature at A Bookaholic Swede Excerpt at What Is That Book About Tuesday, February 6 Review at History From a Woman's Perspective Wednesday, February 7 Excerpt at What Cathy Read Next Thursday, February 8 Feature at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen Friday, February 9 Interview at Donna's Book Blog Monday, February 12 Review at Bookworms Anonymous Feature at View from the Birdhouse Tuesday, February 13 Feature at A Literary Vacation Wednesday, February 14 Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views Thursday, February 15 Feature at Just One More Chapter Friday, February 16 Guest Post at The Writing Desk Monday, February 19 Review at Clarissa Reads it All Thursday, February 22 Feature at A Holland Reads Monday, February 26 Review at Cup of Sensibility Feature at The Lit Bitch Tuesday, February 27 Review at Curling Up by the Fire Wednesday, February 28 Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit


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