Win a copy of By the King's Design by Christine Trent

In honor the Virtual Book Tour for author Christine Trent, Passages to the Past is hosting an international giveaway for one copy of her latest novel, By the King's Design!

To see the tour schedule, click HERE

by Christine Trent

Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Kensington Publishing


Strong-willed Annabelle Stirling is more than capable of running the family draper shop after the untimely death of her parents. Under her father's tutelage, she became a talented cloth merchant, while her brother Wesley, the true heir, was busy philandering about Yorkshire. Knowing she must change with the times to survive, Belle installs new machinery that finishes twice the fabric in half the time it takes by hand. But not everyone is so enthusiastic.

Soon, riled up by Belle's competitors, the outmoded workers seek violent revenge. Her shop destroyed, Belle travels to London to seek redress from Parliament. While there, the Prince Regent, future King George IV, commissions her to provide fabrics for his Royal Pavilion. As Belle's renown spreads, she meets handsome cabinetmaker Putnam Boyce, but worries that marriage will mean sacrificing her now flourishing shop. And after Wesley plots to kidnap the newly-crowned King--whose indiscretions are surfacing--she finds herself entangled in a duplicitous world of shifting allegiances.

Painting a vivid portrait of life in the British Regency, Christine Trent spins a harrowing tale of ambition, vengeance, love, and complex loyalties against the dynamic backdrop of the early Industrial Revolution.

Read an excerpt HERE.  

About Christine Trent

Christine Trent writes historical fiction from her two-story home library.  She lives with her wonderful bookshelf-building husband, four precocious cats, a large doll collection, entirely too many fountain pens, and over 4,000 fully cataloged books.  She and her husband are active travelers and journey regularly to England to conduct book research at historic sites.

Christine Trent's novels include The Queen's Dollmaker and A Royal Likeness. She is currently working on her 4th novel, Lady of Ashes, which will be released in 2013. 

For more information, please visit Christine Trent'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 INTERNATIONALLY.
- +5 additional entries become a follower of Passages to the Past. If you are already a follower you will automatically receive the bonus entries. 
- +3 additional entries join the Passages to the Past FB Page.
- +3 additional entries follow me on Twitter.
- +1 additional entry each, please help spread the word by blogging, posting on sidebar, tweeting or posting this giveaway on Facebook or Google+.  You can use the SHARE buttons below.
- Giveaway ends on March 3rd.

Good luck to you all!



  1. Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    It sounds like a good historical read so please enter me.

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    Carol T

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  2. Yes please...always looking out for new authors :) Peta

  3. This book sounds so good, I'd love to win it! :)

  4. I think this book sounds quite interesting. I would love to read it.

    I am a gfc follower

  5. I would love to read BY THE KING'S DESIGN thank you. It looks wonderful.

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  6. Ooh this book looks good!

    +5 I am a GFC follower.
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  7. Would love to win!

    +5 I'm a GFC follower
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  8. This sounds a good book and I have not come across this author. always good to find new blood as it were. I would love to have the chance to enter this comp please.
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  10. This book sounds so good, and I love the Regency era. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. Thanks for the chance to win!

    +5 for being a GFC follower
    +3 I follow you on Facebook
    +3 I follow you on Twitter @bodiceripnovels

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  12. +1 I enjoy reading about this era and can't wait to read this one!

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  13. I would love a chance to win! I haven't read any books by this author yet but it sounds like a great book!

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

    Thanks Amy!

  14. Yes, thank you!
    follower on FB and Twitter

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  15. Thank you for making this awesome giveaway international! By the King's Design sounds really good.

    +5 additional entries - old blog follower
    +3 additional entries - facebook follower (Giada Mariani)
    +3 additional entries - twitter follower (@hatshepsut0011)

    Fingers crossed!

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  16. I would love to read this.
    I shared on:
    facebook +1
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    google + +1

    I am a follower on:
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    facebook +3
    twitter +3

    Thank you
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  17. I would love to read a modern novelist's take on everyday people in Regency England. Jane Austen is of course The Master but I want to know a working woman's perspective on life during the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Please enter me. Thanks.

  18. I am an ancient follower of your blog, FB and twitter!

  19. What a beautiful cover! This book sounds awesome and I would love to be entered to win a copy! Thanks so much for the giveaway:)

    +5 blog follower
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  20. Looks marvelous! My TBR is too long for me to enter in good conscience, but I did tweet abt the giveaway!

  21. I love the covers! (mill1(at)sympatico(dot)com. I follow you on Twitter (jemrah1). Thanks!

  22. Would love to read this one. Sounds like a wonderful story. I am a GFC follower and I follow you on Facebook

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  23. The industrial revolution sounds like a wonderful time period for a historical novel.
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  24. Wow, it's been awhile since I've entered a giveaway on your blog! Thanks for the chance. I really want to read this.

    +5 GFC follower
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  25. This book sounds amazing! A must read! Thank s for the giveaway!

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    shared on fb


  26. I love Christine Trent! Please enter me in the giveaway! Thanks!

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  27. What a great cover! I'd love to win!

    I'm a GFC follower, FB fan, and Twitter follower.

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  28. I would like to read this! The cover is stunning.

    GFC follower


  29. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

  30. I'd love to read this, too.

    nanze55 at hotmail dot com

  31. This sounds like a book I would simply "eat up!" I love sumptuous fabrics, intricate design and sewing and am intrigued by the beautiful fashions of the English aristocracy. All that AND a delicious story that combines a strong-willed woman fighting to be recognized for her rights and talents and I'm smiling just at the thought of reading BY THE KING'S DESIGN. Thank you for the great synopsis. I cannot wait to read it!

  32. Forgot to add that I am a Follower of PTTP and have joined the PTTP FB Page. Will also share this on FB.

    Connie Fischer

  33. Please enter me in the giveaway for Christine Trent's new book.
    I am a facebook follower and also the web.

  34. This book sounds so good and I love historical fics :D
    My email is sapphireruby AT rocketmail DOT com

    I liked the FB page and followed on twitter (emma smile yeo, xemmawhyx) for +4 entries

  35. SOunds utterly fascinating

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  36. Oh pick me!

    +5 I am a GFC follower.

  37. The Industrial Revoltion is an exciting period to read about best it changed culture, almost everything for people so far. I especially love that it is a family drapery business in the book.

    +5 GFC follower
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  38. I'm a follower and I joined the FB page- thanks for the giveaway!

  39. Hiya!!

    +5 Follower already
    +3 Sent an ask! I'm LainaHas TooMuch SpareTime
    +3 Following on Twitter!
    +1 I blogged here

  40. So excited to learn about this book!

    I follow on Google Reader.


  41. Thanks for doing the giveaway international!

    I follow via GFC as Sarah Meral and via Twitter as @Sciley.


  42. Thank you for the chance to win.

    +5 for being a follower
    +3 for being a facebook follower
    +3 for being a twitter follower
    +1 twittered giveaway
    +1 facebooked giveaway
    +1 blogged giveawawy

  43. I would love to win a copy of this book. It has been on my wishlist since I first heard mention of it!

  44. I've been meaning to check out Christine Trent's books. I would love to win a copy!

    GFC Follower

  45. By the King's Design is on my WishList!!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!!

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  46. I'd really love to read this book. Last year, I read Vanora Bennett's "Figures In Silk" which was about silkwomen in late medieval London and really enjoyed the details of the silk industry. I certainly think that I would find "By the King's Design" interesting also in that it both revolves around a similar industry, and takes place during a time of great change in English society. So, please sign me up! Thanks!

  47. I would love to read a copy! And I'm a follower.


  48. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. I would love to read this. Thanks.

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  50. Would love to win this!!
    I am a follower, belong to you FB group, and follow you on twitter!

    Slkenn79 at gmail dot com


  51. I'd so love to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    +5 GFC follower = Simona S
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  52. The book sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway.


  53. I would love to read this book thanks for the chance to win.

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