Guest Post with Kate Pierce and Giveaway *ENDED* of Mark of the Rose (Open INT)

Today I have the pleasure of having Kate Pierce on for another awesome guest post and giveaway!  If you’re not already familiar with her she writes the Tudor Vampire Chronicles.  I loved the first two, Kiss of the Rose (REVIEWand Blood of the Rose (REVIEW) and am anxious to read the third one, Mark of the Rose.  

Today Kate is talking about her recent trip to London.  She’s also doing a fabulous giveaway so read to the end!  Also, Kate sent along some fabulous photos she took but for some reason blogger isn’t allowing me to post all of them.  But here are a couple!

I was lucky enough to grow up in the suburbs of London in 
the U.K. with a mother who was history-mad and dragged her somewhat reluctant offspring around to every historical site in London she could find. As some of you probably know, when you live in a beautiful place, you quite often don’t appreciate it until you leave it behind.

This summer I got the chance to go back and visit my family in the U.K. by myself and one of the things I was determined to do, was do some tourist stuff. Most of my family thought I was mad, but I did persuade my mother to walk around St. Paul’s cathedral with me and share her knowledge of the place. I was also surprised how HUGE and empty it was!

By contrast, I went by myself to Westminster Abbey, which you might be familiar with as the setting of the recent wedding between Prince William and Catherine Middleton. On T.V. the abbey looked bright, light and big. On the day I turned up, it was already raining, which meant the sky was a gloomy gray, and the interior was dark, despite all the lights.

I haven’t visited the abbey for more than twenty years. The thing that really surprised me, was how packed that place was. And I don’t mean by tourists, although that was an issue. I mean that it was packed with dead royalty. There were so many tombs of great and well-known English and British monarchs that they were literally stacked side by side or in tiny chapels where you could barely walk around them. As I was writing a series about King Henry VIII, I was particularly interested in his tomb and chapel and those of his father and children.

Despite the sense that I was walking through a rather badly organized closet, there is still a tremendous sense of time and history in the abbey and it is astounding to realize that it’s been there for a thousand years… Where I live now on the west coast, the oldest building is just over one hundred years old.

It certainly helps when you are able to picture the places you write about. I try and utilize places I have visited in my Tudor Vampire series. For me, the writing makes more sense if you can imagine yourself there. In the series I used Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court and Avebury, all of which I have visited. Unfortunately, Richmond Palace was torn down and there are only fragments of it remaining, 

Here’s my question to you all. Are there any great historical sites you would like to visit? 
(I still have a hankering to visit South America and see all those ancient civilization sites.)

Mark of the Rose (Tudor Vampire Chronicles #3)

After hearing that Vampires have returned to the court of Henry VIII, Rhys Williams must form an unwanted alliance with Verity Llewellyn, a lady-in-waiting to the new queen. His childhood companion has grown into a clever and beautiful woman, but she is completely untried as a Vampire hunter. 
The revelation that the queen is pregnant only makes the situation all the more dangerous. Who is systematically draining her blood and how, without being noticed? As Rhys and Verity work together to untangle the mystery, the battle to save the queen and the heir to the throne heats up—as does the uncontrollable passion between them.

The Giveaway:ENDED
Kate is generously giving away two copies of Mark of the Rose and some perfume.
Open Worldwide.
Must be 17 or older to enter.
Ends 10/10

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Answer Kates question “Are there any great historical sites you would like to visit?” Remember to include contact info.

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  1. Almost anyplace in London, like Big Ben, Abbey Road, Thames River. I would also love to go to The Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore(to take my kids, I have seen), and New York City. Almost to see anything like Times Square, Central Park.
    This is a new author for me and would love to win and read this book. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  2. Oh my, Margaret beat me with her answer – I wanted to say Pyramids in Egypt too! Of course there is more than that (I love to travel after all), so I’d also love to visit the historic parts of Jerusalem (Wailing Wall, etc) as well.

    danaan at gmx dot at

  3. Thanks for the guest post! I have been to London once, and I just adored it – my favourite being probably the Tower of London – not for the history, per se, but for the way the Yeoman told us its history. It was great!

    As to what historical sight I would want to see? That would be the ruins of the former Cathar strongholds in the South of France – the energy there must be intense, and when I have the money to travel – that is where I will be headed! Thanks!

    Ammy Belle
    apereiraorama @ gmail . com

  4. stonehenge sounds like fun, but i also want to see asia – like japan’s sakura blossoms, the tower in tokyo or south korea’s historical sites.

    witchvela at web dot de

  5. I want to visit Macchu Picchu and the Colossium. Such intriguing places! Recently I visited the Taj Mahal, which I’ve wanted to visit for a long time and…WOW.
    And these aren’t historical but I’d love to visit Jane Austen’s house and Charles Dickens’ and the Bronte sisters’ Haworth parsonage. I want to experience the Yorkshire moors as the Brontes saw it!

    I tweeted:!/bee_muses/status/119862609536233472

  6. I love ancient architecture. Being able to visit the pyramids or some of the Greek ruins would be amazing. My second choice would be to see more of the old castles throughout Europe. I got to see a few on a trip in High School and I’ve been wanting to go back ever since.


  7. I really want to visit the old castles and other buildings in Scotland and England. I have read about them in books and seen pictures of them, but would love to be able to explore them and see exactly what they are like. I would love to be able to stay in an old castle.
    GFC: June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  8. Tudor vampire stories sounds superb as I have never read one though the time period is exciting.

    I would like to vist castles in England, Scotland and Ireland. Also I want the experience on traveling (for a short period) on a historical ship so I can image what the passage for people in history was like.

    Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

  9. Oh yes, there are many great historical sites I’d love to visit, including anything and everything in London, especially Westminster Abby, the Tower of London, and the British Museum.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  10. I couldn’t just pick one. I’d want to go on a full European castle tour. I love castles. The closest thing I’ve been to is Biltmore and I was absolutely fascinated by it!

  11. Thank you for the great guest post. It really is sad how we take for granted the places we live or grow up in. We live 45 minutes from Yosemite National Park in California. We very rarely make the short drive up to one of the most majestic places in the country.

    I really want to see Stonehenge and the Tower of London.

    onebookshy at yahoo dot com

  12. I’d so love to visit any English, Irish, or German castle!! My husband got to tour an English castle last year while working in New Castle. All I got were photos :o(

  13. There are so many historical sites that come to mind: the Pyramids, Stonehenge, the Parthenon, the Colosseum, the list goes on and on. I love visiting historical sites and museums because they make you feel connected to the past and they feel timeless as well–they’ve endured and they’ll still be there after I’m gone.

    Thanks for another great giveaway!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  14. There are so many historical sites that I would love to visit in the US and abroad, unfortunately, I don’t get to travel much so that’s why I really enjoy reading about these places.

    My favorites to visit would be Stonehenge, the Egyptian Pyramids, The Sistine Chapel and the Canals of Venice… I could go on LOL!

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

  15. Not entering the giveaway, but I’d love to visit Italy or Prague or Easter Island. There are far too many places I want to go! I’d also love to revisit London. I went years ago and loved everything about it. I get what you’re saying about Westminster Abbey too. And St. Paul’s was gorgeous. I was kind of in awe climbing all the stairs then seeing the view from the top.

  16. If I had to choose one place to visit it would definitely be Stonehenge! Who knows? Maybe it would send me back to Scotland and I could meet up with Jamie Fraser ala Outlander!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  17. thanks for this great giveaway ! I would love to visit a lot of places. Maybe the pyramids in Egypt but I think I would love too to see the historical sites in Greece, it sounds so beautiful ! Maybe one day !


  18. I would love to visit the pyramids, Stonehenge, and one of my retirement plans is to hike across Ireland and just visit all the standing stones. I’d love to go visit some castles too. Thanks!! Artesia at comcast dot net

  19. i would love to visit the castles in Spain that have arabic writing on the walls, and also the castles in Europe. i love the scenery i often see in films surrounding castles.

    azure UNDERSCORE diamond AT hotmail DOT com

  20. AWESOME PICTURES! I’ve been to Westminster and St. Paul’s too and yessss, the influx of graves was a high point for me.

    As for historical places I’d like to go, I’ve been pretty lucky in that my family’s been traveling since I was a kid and so I’ve gotten to see a lot of places on that list. But I’d still love to see Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany (not terribly historic, but enough to catch my interest). And maybe also the catacombs in Rome and Paris!

    Thanks for the giveaway op. I’m definitely a fan of Tudor England!


  21. I have been pretty lucky in being able to see some pretty remarkable places, but one place I would love to visit is Greece. There is so much there I would love to see and breathe in and enjoy. Thank you for sharing about your journey and for the wonderful giveaway opportunity.


  22. I’d love to see all the royal castles of England & The tower of London. I’ve read so many books based on the lives of Henry VIII & his wives, I’d like to see the settings for myself.

    And the Palace of Versailles. I love ballet, and King Louis XIV created ballet and made teh Palace the centre of court life.

  23. I would love to go to Ireland or Greece. I have been blessed in traveling as I have already been to paris london rome and the vatican!


  24. Thanks for the fabulous post and giveaway!

    I would have to say that I would love to visit pretty much the entire area of Great Britain. I love English history and there are too many sites to name! That and I’d love to see Easter Island. Something about all those heads :)

    Thanks again!

  25. Absolutely! I’d love to return to Italy. There are too many sites to mention – because I want to see them ALL. lol

    My favorite medieval town was Lucca. It’s beauty and charm tops Rome in my mind (and heart.) I’ll return one day…

    Love the hottie on the cover of Mark of the Rose! lol

    nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

  26. Oh, yes, of course! I’d love to see the pyramids in Egypt, the Great Wall of China, the Colosseum among many other historical sites.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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