Feature & Giveaway: The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau

Passages to the Past is so excited to be a stop on Nancy Bilyeau's virtual book tour for her new release, The Chalice! Nancy will be on tour through May 3rd and you can find the schedule of stops here

The ChalicePublication Date: March 5, 2013 
Touchstone Publishing
Hardcover; 512p 
ISBN-10: 1476708657

In the next novel from Nancy Bilyeau after her acclaimed debut The Crown, novice Joanna Stafford plunges into an even more dangerous conspiracy as she comes up against some of the most powerful men of her era. In 1538, England is in the midst of bloody power struggles between crown and cross that threaten to tear the country apart. Joanna Stafford has seen what lies inside the king’s torture rooms and risks imprisonment again, when she is caught up in a shadowy international plot targeting the King. As the power plays turn vicious, Joanna understands she may have to assume her role in a prophecy foretold by three different seers, each more omniscient than the last. Joanna realizes the life of Henry VIII as well as the future of Christendom are in her hands—hands that must someday hold the chalice that lays at the center of these deadly prophecies…

Praise for The Chalice

"Rarely have the terrors of Henry VIII's reformation been so exciting. Court intrigue, bloody executions, and haunting emotional entanglements create a heady brew of mystery and adventure that sweeps us from the devastation of the ransacked cloisters to the dangerous spy centers of London and the Low Countries, as ex-novice Joanna Stafford fights to save her way of life and fulfill an ancient prophecy, before everything she loves is destroyed." - C.W. Gortner, author of The Queen's Vow

"The Chalice offers a fresh, dynamic look into Tudor England's most powerful, volatile personalities: Henry VIII, the Duke of Norfolk, Stephen Gardiner and Bloody Mary Tudor. Heroine and former nun Joanna Stafford is beautiful, bold and in lethal danger. Bilyeau writes compellingly of people and places that demand your attention and don't let you go even after the last exciting page. - Karen Harper, author of Mistress of Mourning 

"An exciting and satisfying novel of historical suspense that cements Nancy Bilyeau as one of the genre's rising stars. The indomitable Joanna Stafford is back with a cast of powerful and fascinating characters and a memorable story that is gripping while you are reading and haunting after you are done. Bravo! The Chalice is a fabulous read." - M.J. Rose, author of The Reincarnationist 

About the Author

Nancy BilyeauNancy Bilyeau, author of The Crown, is a writer and magazine editor who has worked on the staffs of InStyle, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Good Housekeeping. Her latest position is features editor of Du Jour magazine. A native of the Midwest, she graduated from the University of Michigan. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Connect with Nancy Bilyeau: Website | Facebook | Twitter


Passages to the Past has one copy of The Chalice up for grabs.  To enter, please complete the Rafflecopter giveaway entry form below.

Giveaway is open to US only.  Ends on March 11th.  Good luck!

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  1. This sounds so good! I have the first book on my shelf waiting to be read, so it would be great to have the other one as well so I can read them back to back. Thanks for the chance to win a copy Amy!

  2. I can't get enough of the Tudor era! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. What a wonderful novel. I love the the time of the Tudors as there was so many change, both religiously and politically. To me, anyone who lived at court must have been very brave as it was such a treacherous time.

    It’s so generous of you to offer this great giveaway. Thanks!


  4. I have been seeing good things about this one. I'd like to read it.

  5. I read Nancy's first novel and couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read more of Joanna Stafford's adventures!

  6. I reallyl, REALLY want it! PLEASE??!?
    Thank you for this giveaway.
    Lauren lauren@heyerwood.com

  7. Want, want, want!!!! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  8. I couldn't put the Crown down and can't wait to read the Chalice. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!


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