Kick-off day for Sandra Byrd's Virtual Book Tour for THE SECRET KEEPER: A NOVEL OF KATERYN PARR + Giveaway!

I am so excited to announce that Sandra Byrd's virtual tour for the second novel in her Ladies in Waiting series, THE SECRET KEEPER: A NOVEL OF KATERYN PARR starts today!  And in honor the kick-off day Passages to the Past has a copy of her exciting new book up for grabs!

The tour will be hosted by some really fabulous blogs who will be bringing you reviews, guest posts, interviews and giveaways so be sure to check the tour schedule below to see where the tour will be stopping!

Sandra Byrd's Ladies in Waiting series is "a rich alchemy of fact and fiction, the Ladies in Waiting series chronicles the glittering court lives of three Tudor Queens and the women chosen to be their closest friends and companions. Each book envelopes the reader in sweeping romance, heartwarming and heartbreaking circumstances, and heroines who choose lives worth risking all for."

Book One:  To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
Book Two:  The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr
Book Three:  Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I (to be released in 2013)

Publication Date:  June 5, 2012
Howard Books


The author of To Die For returns to the court of Henry VIII as a young woman is caught between love and honor.  Juliana St. John is the daughter of a prosperous knight. Though her family wants her to marry the son of her father's business partner, circumstances set her on a course toward the court of Henry VIII and his last wife, Kateryn Parr.

Sir Thomas Seymour, uncle of the current heir, Prince Edward, returns to Wiltshire to tie up his concerns with Juliana's father's estate and sees instantly that Juliana would fit into the household of the woman he loves, Kateryn Parr. Her mother agrees to have her placed in Parr's household for "finishing" and Juliana goes, though perhaps reluctantly.

For she knows a secret. She has been given the gift of prophecy, and in one of her visions she has seen Sir Thomas shredding the dress of the king's daughter, the lady Elizabeth, to perilous consequence.

As Juliana learns the secrets of King Henry VIII's court, she faces threats and opposition, learning truths about her own life that will undo everything she holds dear.

About Sandra Byrd

Sandra Byrd has published more than three dozen books in the fiction and nonfiction markets, including the first book in her Tudor series, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn.  Her second book, The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, illuminates the mysteries in the life of Henry's last wife.

For more than a decade Sandra has shared her secrets with the many new writers she edits, mentors, and coaches. She lives in the Seattle, Washington, area with her husband and two children. For more Tudor tidbits, please visit

Praise for The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr

"Juliana’s character as the main protagonist is both surprisingly fresh and perfectly presented. There is much more to her than a lady’s maid, and finding out her secrets as the story unfolds is a great pleasure. Unlike many novels of this kind — which portray a fictional character in the lead — this one works very well. A female’s place in society is expanded upon, but not so much as to become monotonous and spoil the historical theme."
Historical Novel Society

"Rich in historical detail, full of intrigue, and starring a memorable heroine—Juliana St. John—who grows in both character and faith, Sandra Byrd's The Secret Keeper kept me completely engrossed in the tumultuous court of Henry VIII. I felt a part of the times, thanks to the author's skillful storytelling, vivid descriptions, and inspiring characters. Readers are in for a special treat with this remarkable novel."
Francine Rivers, New York Times bestselling author 

"Sandra Byrd's remarkable book, The Secret Keeper, provides exquisite attention to detail of time, language, and place. A deft creation of character voice that invites the reader in and never lets her go. A delicate suspense that keeps pages turning. And throughout, the evidence of a remarkable storyteller who moves emotions in ways that both inspire and satisfy. I fell in love with Juliana St. John and with her heart, and hope she and her secrets find the widest possible audience."
Jane Kirkpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of Where Lilacs Still Bloom

The Secret Keeper Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, June 4th

Tuesday, June 5th

Wednesday, June 6th

Thursday, June 7th
Review & Giveaway at The Calico Critic
Review at Always with a Book

Friday, June 8th
Review at Book Drunkard
Author Interview & Giveaway at The Owl Bookmark Blog

Monday, June 11th
Author Guest Post at A Chick Who Reads

Tuesday, June 12th
Review & Giveaway at Knitting and Sundries
Author Interview & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, June 13th
Author Interview & Giveaway at Book Drunkard

Thursday, June 14th
Review at Broken Teepee
Review at Reviews by Molly

Friday, June 15th
Review & Giveaway at The Bookworm

Monday, June 18th

Tuesday, June 19th
Author Guest Post & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Wednesday, June 20th
Review at A Bookish Affair

Thursday, June 21st
Review & Giveaway at Royal Reviews

Friday, June 22nd
Review at A Novel Affair
Author Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Monday, June 25th
Review at My Reading Room
Review at A Girl's Legacy
Review, Author Guest Post & Giveaway at Drey's Library

Tuesday, June 26th

Wednesday, June 27th

Thursday, June 28th
Author Interview & Giveaway at My Reading Room

Friday, June 29th
Author Guest Post & Giveaway at The Eclectic Reader

Monday, July 2nd
Review & Giveaway at Bloggin' 'Bout Books

Wednesday, July 4th
Review & Giveaway at Luxury Reading

Thursday, July 5th

Friday, July 6th
Author Interview & Giveaway at Tanzanite's Castle Full of Books

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 and Canada ONLY.
- +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 June 18th.



  1. Please enter my name in the draw for the chance to win a copy of The Secret Keeper, email below. Thanks!

    +5 I am an email follower of Passages to the Past: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

    +3 I am a member of the Passages to the Past FB Page: Carl Scott

    +3 I follow on Twitter: @carlrscott

    +1 I tweeted the blog post:

  2. I have never read this author, so would love to start now. Looks like a great book.

    I am a follower on GFG and FB.


  3. Thank you so much for hosting the giveaway. I enjoyed To Die For and this book looks great too.

    I'm a follower
    I have joined the FB page

  4. I intend to read this entire series. Would love a freebie. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm a follower.

  5. Sounds like an interesting novel. Thanks for the giveaway.

    +5 GFC follower

  6. I am a follower on Facebook. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

  7. I can't wait to read the next in the Ladies in Waiting Series, loved To Die For!

    I am a happy follower of PTTP web, FB and Twitter

  8. Her name sounds familiar but that's it! Would love to learn more about Kathryn Parr. Also see partial faces on the cover. Does this mean that faces are returning. Hope so!!!

    +5 Long time follower of your blog.

    +3 I am a Facebook fan of your blog

    +3 I follow your blog on Twitter under Carolee888.

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  9. I just loved To Die For and cannot wait to read this second book in the series! Thanks for having the tour and also having this giveaway :).

    +5. GFC follower (Colleen Turner).
    +3. FB Page follower (Colleen Turner).
    +1. Shared on Google+.
    +1. Shared on Facebook.

    Thanks Amy and Sandra!

  10. I read the first book and really enjoyed it! Looking forward to this one!

    lafra86 at gmail dot com

    Blog and Facebook follower

  11. Sandra Byrd has been on my TBR list for a while now - I would love to win a copy!

    I am a GFC Follower

  12. I would love to read this one! Please enter me, and thank you :)

    Follower via GFC and FB as well

  13. I would love a chance to win The Secret Keeper. This is the period in history that I love to read about.
    I follow on facebook, the internet and through email.
    My email address is
    Thank you for making this possible for a lucky winner.

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

  15. Thank you so much for hosting the book, and me, Amy! I appreciate, too, anyone willing to give my books a read. I know there is so little time and so many books beckon!

  16. Thank you for the chance to win this book. I am a historical fiction fan. I enjoy your blog and reviews. Keep up the good work
    +5 – being a follower – gfc – griperang
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  17. This book sounds so interesting! I look forward to reading it!
    +5 Email follower- PhoenixCarvelli(at)gmail(dot)com
    +3 Facebook follower - Phoenix Carvelli

    Thank you for a fantastic giveaway! I can't wait to read The Secret Keeper!

    Phoenix Carvelli

  18. She was a survivor!
    Kate Parr is the one that made it through. Would love to get this book.

    Cheli's Shelves

  19. I am a follower.

    Cheli's Shelves

  20. Spreading the word on my sidebar!

    Cheli's Shelves

  21. This sounds like a great read!!

    I follow on Google Reader.


  22. Sounds like a great book ! I'd love to read it : )
    Thanks, Lynda

  23. I'm looking forward to reading this book.
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  24. Oh I just can't get enough of the Tudors!

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  25. +5 gfc - mamabunny13
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  26. I do enjoy stories about the Tudors.
    +5 New follower on GFC - Maureen
    +3 Request to join facebook group - Maureen Carol
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