Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Naked by Eliza Redgold

Please welcome Eliza Redgold author of Naked.

Eliza Redgold will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.

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NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva

by Eliza Redgold

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GENRE: Historical Romance/Fiction

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INTERVIEW:

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

To look for Lady Godiva I made a trip to Coventry, England. It was difficult to find remnants of Godiva’s life, but I definitely experienced a strange feeling near the place where Godiva and Leofric are believed to be buried. Their spirits are in the air.

It was in Coventry I became convinced there was an untold story. In most of the Godiva stories, Leofric of Mercia is definitely the villain of the piece, ready to impose heavy taxes and to force his wife to carry out her daring ride. Yet by the end of his life, I discovered historical documents reveal Lord Leofric was a changed man. I became determined to clear Lord Leofric’s name. I fell in love with him – and I know some readers have too.

  1. What expertise did you bring to your writing?

As both an academic in gender studies and a novelist, I’m passionate about the telling of the tales of women. I have presented academic papers on women and romance and am a contributor to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. NAKED is the first in my ‘Legendary Lady’ series to take back the story of a legendary lady to tell it from her point of view and twist her tale.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

Before I wrote NAKED I couldn’t ride a horse. I needed to know how to horse ride to be able to write the famous scene of her naked ride, so I took lessons. I’d love to report that I became a brilliant horsewoman overnight, like my heroine Godiva, but I got worse instead of better. I took lessons at an amazing therapeutic riding center that has lessons for young and old, able-bodied and disabled riders alike, and some of the people I met were absolutely inspiring. I learned some life lessons – not just riding lessons.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

A pair of my Victorian romances are about to be published by Harlequin Historical. Enticing Benedict Cole (November 2015 release) is about an artist, a lady and a secret love:

When Benedict Cole shuns her request for painting lessons, Lady “Cameo” Catherine Mary St. Clair takes matters into her own hands. She arrives at Benedict’s studio, only to be mistaken for a model! It’s an opportunity she just can’t turn down… 

Benedict knows better than to let intimacy interfere with his work, yet he can’t quell his fascination for the mysterious Cameo. And after one daring night together, everything changes. Will Cameo still be his muse when Benedict discovers who she really is?

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

In NAKED I wanted to be them all – whether heroes and villains! But I’d most want to be Godiva – she’s my heroine.

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

I actually wrote NAKED as a screen play before it turned into a novel. It always seemed to me a story that would make a fantastic movie. It’s got drama, battles, romance, treachery and of course the famous ride. I like to imagine who would play Godiva, Leofric and Edmund, the love triangle in the book. At the moment I like Emma Watson (Harry Potter) or Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games) for Godiva.

I’d also like English actor Clive Owen to be in it. He was born in Coventry, the home of Lady Godiva. I saw him in a play on Broadway recently and I gave him a copy of NAKED!

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?  

In my research for NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva I learned a lot about herbs. What fascinated me was how they added meaning to everyday life in the past. I’ve used that knowledge in the next Lady of Legend book too.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

I’ve just completed the next book in the Ladies of Legend series:

‘Lost voices. Lost lore. Lost love.’

That’s a clue! Who is the next Lady of Legend? Get in touch and let me know who you think it is – and I’ll send you a copy if you’re right!

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

“Leofric.”

The tankard still in his grasp, he jerked his head towards to me. His hearth-empty eyes gutted my soul.

“Will you repeal the law?”

The tankard slammed down onto the table. Froth spilled onto the linen tablecloth. “You try my patience. Have done. Do you dare to challenge my leadership further?”

“A strong leader lets his people starve?”

His teeth clenched. “Give. This. Up.”

His clipped accents reminded me of when I’d found the huscarl sword. I had blindly obeyed him then. This time I would not.

“Never. I’ll do anything to protect my people.”

In the curl of his beard he lifted his lip in a sneer. “Just what would you do?”

“What must I do?” My tone pitched high as a gleeman’s song. “Must I lie down my head in your lap, as the peasants do, when they become a slave? I will do it. Must I starve? I will do it. Must I ride through the streets in only my shift like a penitent? I will do it. All these things, I will do, to save one child from starving in Coventry.”

Our glances clanged. Sword. Shield.

“You would do such things?”

Under the table my fists tightened. I nodded.

His scorn knifed through me. “A penitent’s ride? You wouldn’t shame yourself in that way.”

“You don’t believe me? I’d make such a ride, if it means you repeal this law.”

Speculation flared as he stared at me. I knew that look.

 

Quote from NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva

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This is the start of the black moment for Godiva – and the famous scene of her greatest triumph too.

 

 

  1. Anything else you might want to add? 

    Thank you for having me on your blog! I hope readers enjoy their ride with Lady Godiva.

BLURB:

We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don’t know her true story.

We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva’s ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for ‘peeping Tom’) and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax.

Naked is an original version of Godiva’s tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.

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EXCERPT:

If the rider heard he made no sign. Clad in a silver helmet and armored in brown leather, he galloped under the arches, my warning ignored. His great black horse circled the courtyard, raising dust as he halted in front of the steps.

For a moment he didn’t move. Nor did I, except to tighten my fingers on the handle of my blade.

He lifted off his helmet.

A pair of piercing eyes met mine.

This is not Thurkill.

The knowledge flashed into my brain. The man in front of me was tall and strong. Many years younger than my father, perhaps thirty years of age, his face a tanned brown. His hair, tawny as an owl wing, fell to the studded collar of his armor, its leather stretched across his shoulders.

He spoke. “You are Godiva.”

Hawk high I lifted my head. “I am. Who are you? Why have you come to my lands?”

Dirt swirled in the air as his horse hoofed the ground. River deep turned his gaze as he took me in, lingering on the thick braid that fell over my shoulder to brush to my thigh.

“Well?” A flame flickered though me, hotter than fear. A flame I’d never known.

“Who are you?”

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

ELIZA REDGOLD is an author, academic and unashamed romantic.

Eliza Redgold is based upon the old, Gaelic meaning of her name, Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. She was born in Irvine, Scotland on Marymass Day and currently lives in Australia. She has presented academic papers on women and romance and is a contributor to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. Eliza has also written two upcoming Victorian historical romances for Harlequin Historical. Look out for ‘Enticing Benedict Cole’ in November 2015.

“NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva” was released internationally by St Martin’s Press New York in July 2015.

Follow Eliza Redgold on

Twitter: @ElizaRedgold

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElizaRedgoldAuthor

Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/elizaredgold

or subscribe to her newsletter at www.elizaredgold.com
 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Eliza Redgold will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1362

 

 

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10 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Naked by Eliza Redgold

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    November 18, 2015

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Eliza Redgold
    November 18, 2015

    Thank you so much for having me and Lady Godiva to visit!

  3. achristay
    November 18, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  4. Eva Millien
    November 18, 2015

    I enjoyed the interview and excerpt, sounds like a fantastic read, thanks for sharing!

  5. Rita Wray
    November 18, 2015

    I enjoyed the interview.

  6. exjdub
    November 18, 2015

    Great interview.

  7. Victoria
    November 18, 2015

    I enjoyed reading the interview – thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Betty W
    November 18, 2015

    Great interview, thank you!

  9. Mai Tran
    November 19, 2015

    If you could choose one superpower, what would it be and why?

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