Monday, April 8, 2013

About the Book (From Simon & Schuster)

"In 1565, seventeen-year-old Elin von Snakenborg leaves Sweden on a treacherous journey to England. Her fiancĂ© has fallen in love with her sister and her dowry money has been gambled away, but ahead of her lies an adventure that will take her to the dizzying heights of Tudor power. Transformed through marriage into Helena, the Marchioness of Northampton, she becomes the highest-ranking woman in Elizabeth’s circle.

But in a court that is surrounded by Catholic enemies who plot the queen’s downfall, Helena is forced to choose between her unyielding monarch and the husband she’s not sure she can trust—a choice that will provoke catastrophic consequences.

A rich, tautly woven tale of love, deception, and grace, Roses Have Thorns vividly conjures the years leading up to the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots and is a brilliant exploration of treason, both to the realm and to the heart."

About the Author

"After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than forty books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named by Library Journal as a Best Books Pick for 2011 and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012. Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I will publish in April, 2013.

Sandra has also published dozens of books for tweens and teens.

A former textbook acquisitions editor, Sandra has also published many nonfiction articles and books. She is also passionate about helping new writers develop their talent and their work toward traditional or self publication. As such, she has mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to coach dozens to success each year. Please visit to learn more, or to invite Sandra to your bookclub via Skype."

Want More?
  • You can buy the book now on (officially releases tomorrow, April 9th).
  • You can read Amber's reviews of the first two books in this series HERE and HERE
  • Be sure to stop by here on Friday (April 12th) to complete a fun puzzle and enter for a chance to win Roses Have Thorns! (U.S.-only giveaway)


  1. I am looking forward to reading this book! New follower :)

    I would love it if you would stop by my blog and follow too!

    Chelsey@Charming Chelsey's

  2. Chelsey,

    I'm so sorry I didn't see this until now! I'm guessing you probably won't end up reading this... But if you do, I'm following your blog. :) (I'm the Monday contributor here, but I also blog at Seasons of Humility.)

    Hope you end up enjoying this book! Thanks for becoming a follower here! :)



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