Hey all you Reading Teens (at heart)! When I heard about this tour, I thought it was an awesome idea and couldn't wait to find out all the deep dark secrets that authors have been hiding. Today we have Eleanor Herman visiting with us to talk about dead people. Well . . . kind of. I've started reading LEGACY OF KINGS and I'm loving it so far! Ancient Greece(ish), hot guys, tough girls and fights to the death? How could I not like it?
Check out Eleanor's secret, and don't miss the giveaway at the end!
I Wear Ancient Dead People’s Jewelry
By Eleanor Herman
Jewelry sits against the skin, absorbing the sweet scent of flesh and the salty tang of sweat. It feels the pulse of the blood. We invest some pieces—wedding rings and family heirlooms—with great emotional value. Items of jewelry are among a person’s most intimate possessions. I like to think jewelry absorbs the energy, the thoughts and emotions of its owner and is, in fact, imprinted with her soul. And that the older the piece, the more it pulls me with it into the past.
I was delighted to find a wedding band from 1879. But two years after my wedding, I found one from 1732, and now I wear both. As the author of the YA Alexander the Great novel, Legacy of Kings: Blood of Gods and Royals, what I treasure most is my collection of ancient jewelry, which I wear when I write. My ancient rings, earrings, and necklaces were buried on dead people as grave goods and must have been among their most cherished possessions.
Now, their ancient energy, infused with their memories, is against my skin, feels the beat of my heart, and seeps into my thoughts, helping me to recreate their lost world.
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub. Date: August 25, 2015
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Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.
Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.
Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.
Harlequin is offering a copy of LEGACY OF KINGS to one of our readers. US/Canada only, shipping directly from the publisher.
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“History is so fascinating that it never has to be presented in a boring way, even in non-fiction,” she explains. “These were flesh and blood people, just like you and me, facing war and plague, falling in love, living among splendid art and gut-wrenching poverty, evanescent beauty and devastating illnesses. Blending real history with the conversation, action, emotions and fantasy aspects of Legacy of Kings makes the story explosively exciting. I want readers to smell the blood on the battlefield, hear the delicate strumming of a lyre, feel the heat of an ancient Greek summer sun on their faces, see the beauty of the temples and palaces, and taste the dark wine, full of lees, poured from a red-and-black painted Greek vase."
Eleanor calls herself a “Sherlock Holmes of history.” For Legacy, she studied and visited most of the major sites of the ancient world, usually with an archeologist in tow, and read just about everything, ancient and modern, written on the Greek world of 340 B.C.
Major press have lauded Eleanor's non-fiction histories as highly entertaining. The New York Times Book Review wrote that Eleanor writes “enlightening social history that is great fun to read.”
The Boston Globe wrote, “Herman’s writing sparkles off the pages.”
The Washington Post called Eleanor Herman “A lot more fun than Danielle Steel or Dan Brown.”
Her Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry and Revenge chronicles the history of Europe's royal mistresses. Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers and Passionate Politics looks at the love affairs of European queens. Mistress of the Vatican: The True Story of Olimpia Maidalchini, the Secret Female Pope examines the life of a woman who ran the Vatican in the 1640s for her reputed lover, Pope Innocent. Eleanor spent months in Ghana researching a true story of a contemporary royal: King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village. A major motion picture studio is currently developing this book as a film starring Queen Latifah. King Peggy was chosen as the 2013 One Maryland One Book by the Maryland Humanities Council.
Eleanor has hosted shows for The History Channel and the National Geographic Channel on Henry VIII, the ancient Greek city of Aphrodisias, and the Hindenburg. She is an expert commentator on numerous episodes of a national show coming out this fall.
Eleanor lives with her husband, their black lab, and her four very dignified cats in McLean, VA. She is a member of the National Press Club, where she often moderates book events, a queen mother of Cameroon, an elections officer, and a volunteer for the aging in Fairfax County, VA.
Eleanor’s website: http://www.eleanorherman.com