Highlight of To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Sandra Byrd + Giveaway

The power of friendship is at the heart of Sandra Byrd's novel To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn, the first novel in her Ladies in Waiting series.  Anne Boleyn's story is a well-known one, but in To Die For readers get a different view of Anne and the events that lead to her fateful end, as told through the eyes of her closest confidante, Meg Wyatt.

Through the month of August Sandra has been on tour with HF Virtual Book Tours and the response so far has been just fabulous!  You can follow the tour fun HERE.

As part of the virtual book tour, Passages to the Past has a chance for one lucky reader to get their hands on a copy of To Die For by Sandra Byrd!

About the book...

Pub Date: August 5, 2011|Howard Books|352p  


What would you sacrifice for your best friend?  Would you die for her?

Meg Wyatt has been Anne Boleyn's closest friend ever since they grew up together on neighboring manors in Kent.  So when twenty-five-year-old Anne's star begins to ascend, of course she takes Meg along for the ride.

Life in the court of Henry VIII is thrilling...at first.  Meg is made mistress of Anne's wardrobe, and she enjoys the spoils of this privileged orbit and uses her influence for good.  She is young and beautiful and in favor; everyone at court assumes that being close to her is being close to Anne.

But favor is fickle and envy is often laced with venom.  As Anne falls, so does Meg, and it becomes nearly impossible for her to discern ally from enemy.  Suddenly life's unwelcome surprises rub against court's sheen to reveal the tarnished brass of false affections and the bona fide gold of those are true.  Both Anne and Meg may lose everything.  When your best friend is married to fearsome Henry VIII, you may soon find yourself not only friendless but headless as well.

A rich alchemy of fact and fiction, To Die For chronicles the glittering court life, the sweeping romance, and the heartbreaking fall from grace of a forsaken queen and Meg, her closest companion, who was forgotten by the ages but who is destined to live on in our hearts forever.  

About Sandra Byrd... 

After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd persevered and has now published more than three dozen books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was widely acclaimed, and was followed by two more books in the series. Her most recent 4-book young adult fiction series is London Confidential. Publishing her Tudor Series, beginning with Book 1, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn, is a lifelong dream come true. A former textbook acquisitions editor, Sandra is also an accomplished non-fiction writer and author. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications and periodicals. Sandra is also passionate about helping new writers develop their talent and their work toward traditional or self publication. As such, she has mentored hundreds of new writers and continues to coach dozens to success each year. Sandra resides in Washington State with her husband Michael, a chaplain, their two children, and a circus dog named Brie. For more information please visit Sandra Byrd's WEBSITE.

Giveaway Information...

- To enter, please leave a comment below and include your email address (only comments with email addresses will be entered in the giveaway).
- Giveaway is open to US, CAN, UK, AUS and NZ.
- For +5 additional entries become a follower of Passages to the Past. If you are already a follower you will automatically receive the bonus entries. 
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- For +1 additional entry each, please help spread the word by blogging, posting on sidebar, tweeting or posting this giveaway on Facebook.  You can use the SHARE buttons below.
- Giveaway ends on September 2nd.
Good luck to all!



  1. OMG a Tudor-era novel! MUST HAVE.

    Thank you for the contest! I'm a follower so +5 and my e-mail address is angelidgcruz[at]gmail[dot]com

  2. Nice review, the book sounds great!


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    +3 FB page


  3. Love Historical Fiction, especially the Tudor era. Have read many books about Anne & would love to read this one!!

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  4. +5 follower of Passages to the Past(Tudor Rose)

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  5. oops am follower on gfc (Lori Thomas)

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  6. +3 joined the Passages to the Past FB Page(Tudor Rose)

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  7. shared on fb(https://www.facebook.com/CrftyDuchess/posts/248212278552055)

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  8. Oooo.... I love Tudor History. :)

    Also, follow this blog on Google

  9. OMG! I want to read this book soooo bad!!
    GFC: Liss125
    FB: Liss Martz Villegas
    Shared on TwitteR: http://twitter.com/#!/LzzMrtnz/status/106565102442000384

    Thanks! Really, really thank you!


  10. I'm a follower- thanks for the giveaway!


  11. I would love to win this book! I joined as a follower under robindpdx (at) gmail (dot) com

    Robin D
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  12. I keep seeing this book around! I'm definitely up for reading it! And I'm a follower

  13. Thank you for including me. =)

    +5 I'm a follower
    +1 http://twitter.com/#!/forever913/status/106584413445431297

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  14. I've had my eye on this book for awhile. It looks really good and I'd love to win it.
    I've just joined your FB page too.


  15. I already have TO DIE FOR on my reading list. I love this period in history.


    +8 GFC & FB : Mary Preston


  16. Thanks for this opportunity to enter- I love historical fiction, but don't seem to have much of this period to rad for some reason.

  17. I've read several novels about Anne Boleyn, but would love to read more about Meg Wyatt. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I follow through Google.


  18. I have only heard wonderful things about this book. I have really enjoyed following the virtual book tour for this book. Would love to read it. I am a follower and have joined your FB page.

    tmrtini at gmail dot com

  19. I would love to read this book and see how Sandra Byrd handled the character of Meg. When I watched the TV series, The Tudors, I disliked Meg as her character was a snake-in-the-grass and as we would say today: a total skank. For a dear friend, I would say donate a kidney, but die for them? That's a very hard question and I don't think I can say yes to that. Very good review and as I know Sandra Byrd is a terrific author, I look forward to reading this book. The time of the Tudors is my favorite time in history.
    Connie Fischer
    +5 - Followers of Passages to the Past
    +3 - Current Passages to the Past "friend" on FB
    +1 - Posted giveaway on FB

  20. This book sounds awesome! Thanks for the chance to win.

    - For +5 additional entries become a follower of Passages to the Past.
    - For +3 additional entries join the Passages to the Past FB Page.
    - For +1 Tweeted:

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  21. I have heard so many good things about this book, and would love a chance to read it, so please do include me in your giveaway!!


    I am a follower of your blog through google reader

    I also follow your FB page

  22. I want to read this one so bad (I seem to say that all the time but it is always true...there are so many great historical fiction books coming out right now). The Tudors are my all time favorite subject, and I love the idea of hearing a much loved but much told story from a new and fresh perspective.

    +5 GFC follower (Colleen Turner)
    +3 Joined FB page.
    +1 Shared on Facebook and GoogelBuzz.

    Thanks Amy!

  23. This book sounds really good. Thanks for the chance!
    +5 I'm an old follower.
    amandarwest at gmaildotcom

  24. I need to read this book! I follow you and I posted the giveaway on my sidebar. http://themusingsofabookjunkie.blogspot.com/


  25. Looks like another good Tudor book I must have! Thanks! I'm a follower.


  26. Great giveaway. Please enter me.

    I am a follower here and a FB friend.


  27. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

  28. I want this one! Thanks so much for the giveaway! I am a blog follower and a FB follower! :-)

    tiger_fan_1997 AT yahoo DOT com

  29. I was so sad that I couldn't watch the TV series of The Tudors. Now I really, really want to read this book. I think that the title is a little ironic, don't you?

    +5 GFC follower
    + 3 Facebook Follower

    +1 I tweeted:


    +1 Shared on Facebook:


  30. I haven't read a single Anne book, so ok I do not like her but still, not one

  31. I love reading anything related to Anne Boleyn!


  32. I love the cover of this novel, it entices me. The subject does too. :)
    Nice review thank you Amy.


  33. I love historical fiction. This sounds like a great book.

    +5 follow with GFC as Sandra K321.


  34. Anne Boleyn has always fascinated me. I remember reading all about her in non-fiction books and watching television shows about her. I don't read a lot of fiction about the Tudors and one centering on Anne and her best friend is intriguing.

    +5 GFC follower

  35. Love the review! Another Tudor novel to add to my ever growing reading list!

    GFC follower & FB as Leigh Ann

  36. Yet another book to read as part of my current Tudor obsession! Looks great :)

    Lauren.Minton at gmail.com
    Already a blog follower.

  37. would love to read!

    gfc follower

  38. To Die For sounds really great. I would love to win it.

    Marjorie Stewart Cullen


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  40. Love your review. I'm looking forward to reading this book.

    +5 follow Passages to the Past via gfc (mamabunny13)

    +3 Follow you on FB-mamabunny shelor

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  41. I'm so excited about this book! Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Facebook fan
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  42. I really want to read this! Thanks for offering it as a giveaway. I follow in google reader.


    2 Kids and Tired Books

  43. So often the less obvious individuals in history have an interesting view or perspective which we miss. Ms. Byrd has found a most interesting one. This sounds like a most interesting book. I'll be looking for it.

    +5 I am a longtime GRF Follower, librarypat.

    +3 I am a Facebook follower, Patricia Barraclough.
    I tweeted this giveaway -

    I shared this giveaway on Facebook.

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  44. The novel sounds very interesting. Thank you for the giveaway!

    I am a GFC follower


  45. This is my fav historical era to read and this one looks great
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  46. I just signed up on FB as teressa oliver
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  47. I get your email, follow on GFC and goggle rss

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  48. I tweeted this as tynapier1:http://twitter.com/#!/TyNapier1/status/107620207157182464

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  49. I am a GFC Follower and on your facebook page.


  50. I so badly want to read this one. Thanks for the opportunity :)

    +5 - follower
    +3 - Facebook fan (Sheree Davey)


  51. Oh boy...another Anne Boleyn book and Tudor Court...just love it! Especially when told from another perspective of the court.
    +(5) PthP Follower GFC
    +(1) Tweeted giveaway
    +(1) Posted to sidebar:http://con-tain-it.typepad.com/love_shack_nonsense/
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  52. To Die For sounds like a great book. I'd love to win it.

    Marjorie Cullen

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