Daughter of Destiny Blog Tour!

02_Daughter of DestinyDaughter of Destiny (Guinevere’s Tale, Book One)
By Nicole Evelina

Publication Date: January 1, 2016
Lawson Gartner Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 326 Pages

Genre: Historical Fantasy

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Before queenship and Camelot, Guinevere was a priestess of Avalon. She loved another before Arthur, a warrior who would one day betray her.

In the war-torn world of late fifth century Britain, young Guinevere faces a choice: stay with her family to defend her home at Northgallis from the Irish, or go to Avalon to seek help for the horrific visions that haunt her. The Sight calls her to Avalon, where she meets Morgan, a woman of questionable parentage who is destined to become her rival. As Guinevere matures to womanhood, she gains the powers of a priestess, and falls in love with a man who will be both her deepest love and her greatest mistake.

Just when Guinevere is able to envision a future in Avalon, tragedy forces her back home, into a world she barely recognizes, one in which her pagan faith, outspokenness, and proficiency in the magical and military arts are liabilities. When a chance reunion with her lover leads to disaster, she is cast out of Northgallis and into an uncertain future. As a new High King comes to power, Guinevere must navigate a world of political intrigue where unmarried women are valuable commodities and seemingly innocent actions can have life-altering consequences.

You may think you know the story of Guinevere, but you’ve never heard it like this: in her own words. Listen and you will hear the true story of Camelot and its queen.

Fans of Arthurian legend and the Mists of Avalon will love Daughter of Destiny, the first book in a historical fantasy trilogy that gives Guinevere back her voice and traces her life from an uncertain eleven year old girl to a wise queen in her fifth decade of life.

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Review
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I do not know much about the Arthurian legends, aside from the obvious, but I thoroughly enjoyed Daughter of Destiny. Guinevere’s character was much more developed than what is known about her, and it makes her more human in a way. The reader can see what she was like before becoming Arthur’s wife. I was intrigued by the role of Morgan, I hope her character comes into play more in the future books of the series. A quick read, I would be more likely to class this as historical fantasy than historical fiction, but that doesn’t diminish the style and skill of this author in any way. A wonderful novel for anyone who enjoys the Arthurian legends.

Praise

“A gripping read that brings a wonderfully depicted Guinevere tumbling out of the shadows of myth.” – Anna Belfrage, author of The Graham Saga

“Nicole Evelina shows a deep and passionate love for the Arthurian world, and her re-weaving of the story of Guinevere and Arthur makes for enjoyable reading. With more volumes to come, if you like stories of Camelot, ancient priesthoods, magical Avalonian dreams and embattled romance, this is for you.” – John Matthews, author of ‘Arthur of Albion’ and ‘The Camelot Oracle’.

“Colorful and exciting…love all the characters. You will have a ball with this book.” – Serena Scott Thomas, actress and audio book narrator

About the Author03_Nicole Evelina

Nicole Evelina is St. Louis-born historical fiction and romantic comedy writer. Her first four books are coming out in 2016:

1. Daughter of Destiny (January 1 – This is the first book of an Arthurian legend trilogy that tells Guinevere’s life story from her point of view)
2. Camelot’s Queen (March 23 – The second book in the trilogy)
3. Been Searching for You (May 23 – a contemporary romantic comedy that won in the single title romance category of the 2015 Great Expectations Contest (sponsored by North Texas RWA) and the 2015 Gold Rose Contest (sponsored by Portland RWA) and is a finalist in five others.
4. Madame Presidentess (July 25 – Historical fiction about 19th century American Presidential candidate Victoria Woodhull, the first American woman to run for President)

She hopes to have the final book in Guinevere’s Tale available in late 2016 or early 2017.

Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for the Historical Novel Society, and Sirens, a group supporting female fantasy authors, as well as a member of the Romance Writers of America, Women Fiction Writers Association, the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, Women Writing the West and the Alliance of Independent Authors.

She is one of only six authors who completed the first week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness in 2014. Nicole has traveled to England twice to research the Guinevere 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.

Her website/blog is http://nicoleevelina.com and she can be found on Twitter as well as on Pinterest, Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram and Tumblr.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February 8
Review at The Mad Reviewer
Spotlight at Unshelfish

Tuesday, February 9
Review at Bookish
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, February 10
Review at Curling up by the Fire
Guest Post at To Read, or Not to Read

Thursday, February 11
Review at Just One More Chapter

Friday, February 12
Review at Broken Teepee
Interview at Author Dianne Ascroft’s Blog

Monday, February 15
Review at Laura’s Interests
Review at Puddletown Reviews

Tuesday, February 16
Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, February 17
Review at Eclectic Ramblings of Author Heather Osborne
Spotlight at Passages to the Past

Thursday, February 18
Review & Interview at Singing Librarian Books

Friday, February 19
Review at Book Nerd

Monday, February 22
Review at Seize the Words: Books in Review

Tuesday, February 23
Review at The Baking Bookworm
Review at The Hive at Black Tea & Milk

Wednesday, February 24
Review at Book Lovers Paradise

Thursday, February 25
Review at A Literary Vacation
Review at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf

Friday, February 26
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Guest Post at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf

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