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Royal Blood
Rhys Bowen

Royal Spyness #4
Berkley Prime Crime
September 2010
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Featuring: Lady Georgiana Charlotte Euenie
320 pages
ISBN: 0425234460
EAN: 9780425234464
Kindle: B00400NHOW
Hardcover / e-Book
$24.90
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Mystery Historical

The Royal Spyness series continues with an all-new mystery of "the British monarchy...a wedding in Transylvania... [and] wonderful characters." (#1 "New York Times" bestselling author Charlaine Harris). Penniless and thirty- fourth in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned. Now it's up to Georgie to save the nuptial festivities before the couple's vows become: to love and to cherish, till "undeath" do them part...

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Royal Spyness

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86 comments posted.

Re: Royal Blood

laughing and being scared at the same time sounds like a neat combo for a book... LOL! and add in a vampire... what more could you ask for hehe!
(Tina Werner 9:17am September 3, 2010)

You are right, the last thing I
want is to read a book about is
carpooling. What I do like to
read is laugh and scream at the
same time!
(
Tanja Haack 5:10pm September 3, 2010)

Hi Rys,
It's amazing the things that you have already lived! I can see you have a wealth of experience with places that you have already visited & lived. I would give my right arm to visit some of the places you have been too. I'm dying to read this series!! I've already read some of your books & I really do love them. I have the first two series that you have written, so this Royal series, I'm definately going to pick up at my local bookstore tomorrow!! Keep up the good work, & I just wanted you to know that you do bring the characters & their surroundings to life in your books. So I'm a big fan of yours!
Ciao For Now,
~¿~ Quetzi
(
Quetzi Fernald 3:14am September 4, 2010)


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Quetzi Fernald 3:15am September 4, 2010)

Your adventures sound awesome. The book sounds fascinating.
(
Joanne Reynolds 7:30am September 4, 2010)

Absolutely love your books!
(
Mary Smith 7:52am September 4, 2010)

I love when I read books and learn something at the same time - it's amazing when that information can come in handy - like kids homework!
(
Barbara Hanson 10:39am September 4, 2010)

I enjoyed your post and look forward to reading Royal Blood.
(
G S Moch 11:03am September 4, 2010)

I love when authors give me a
chance to travel to new places
and times through their
writings!
(
Jessie OLeary 11:09am September 4, 2010)

You may not have personal experience of some places, but anyone can do real in-depth research of most anything thing or any place. I love books that take me somewhere new or different from 'middle America'!
(
Cate Sparks 12:10pm September 4, 2010)

Transylvania and blood and mystery...hmmm...sounds like a must read to me. Thanks!
(
Diane Chenier 12:48pm September 4, 2010)

That's the great thing about historicals. When the author does her research well, she can take us on a trip back in time to experience and see things as they were.

Wonderful!!

Valerie
in Germany
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Valerie Bongards 12:56pm September 4, 2010)

Your book sounds wonderful... I love when a book has suspense and can also make me laugh.
(
Colleen Conklin 1:32pm September 4, 2010)

Ever since I have read Dracula by Bram Stoker, Transylvania has always been holding this allure over me. I can't but be attracted to the darkness.
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Kai Wong 1:39pm September 4, 2010)

your books are great i can't to read the next one
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Tomeka Gibson 1:39pm September 4, 2010)

The book sounds great.
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Pam Howell 1:41pm September 4, 2010)

I have enjoyed your earlier books. This sounds like fun!
(
Shirley Nienkark 1:55pm September 4, 2010)

Love the books, can't wait for Royal Blood.
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Elizabeth Mitchell 2:09pm September 4, 2010)

Sounds like a great book. I am looking forward to reading it.
(
Cheryl Lynne 2:13pm September 4, 2010)

Write what you can imagine happening at a certain place in time is the essence of fiction writing. Your research sounds thorough and helps anchor the setting in history common to the period. Congratulations on your writing and tips for beginners and old-timers who need to remember what it's like to touch words and make them real.
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Alyson Widen 2:31pm September 4, 2010)

Your clear voice and tantalizing period venues are the stuff of a good read !
(
Silvana Moscato 2:39pm September 4, 2010)

there is nothing better than vampire stories; except maybe one like yours:)
(
Barbara Studer 2:55pm September 4, 2010)

This book sounds fun!!
HAPPY LABOR DAY!!
(
Robin Weiss 2:58pm September 4, 2010)

I really like the Royal Spyness series so
far and would like to read the new one.
(
Rochelle Berger 3:02pm September 4, 2010)

Love the series, Royal Spyness. What fun!
Blessings,
Marjorie
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Marjorie Carmony 3:16pm September 4, 2010)

i love historicals , pick me
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Debbi Shaw 3:29pm September 4, 2010)

I enjoy well-researched books and look
forward to reading both series.
(
Mary Mccoy 4:13pm September 4, 2010)

I read to be transported to a different place so I really enjoy historicals when they also transport me to a different time.
(
Sue Farrell 4:20pm September 4, 2010)

I like to find out about the people I read about, for me characters are really an important part of a book. i guess I could take the attitude I know people...
(
Bridget Lopreiato 4:48pm September 4, 2010)

I love to have suspense in a book and have it make me laugh too! What a great combination!
(
Brenda Rupp 5:05pm September 4, 2010)

I love reading by authors who
have perhaps lived adifferent
lifestyle than myself. Also different viewpoints than
my family had.
(
Betty Miles 5:36pm September 4, 2010)

I love historical fiction and I can't wait to read your book.
(
Audra Holtwick 5:42pm September 4, 2010)

I'm a big fan of Molly Murphy but haven't had a chance to read any of this series, can't wait!!
(
Carey Anderson 5:45pm September 4, 2010)

Sounds like great books. I will
definitely be on the lookout for
your books.
(
Norma Wills 5:45pm September 4, 2010)

I like books that will take me away to a place I've never been
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Diane Sadler 5:52pm September 4, 2010)

Adding this to my must read list. Thanks
(
Yvonne Butler 5:56pm September 4, 2010)

I love seeing another part of the world through characters' eyes.
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Karen Gervasi 6:17pm September 4, 2010)

I enjoy the time periods these are set in. I've been collecting your books for a while now.
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Renee Butler 6:29pm September 4, 2010)

I'm a big historical mystery fan and love both of your series. Can't wait to read one set in a castle in Transylvania!
(
Penny Tuttle 6:31pm September 4, 2010)

I so want to read this! I have read the others and have given them to my sister to enjoy as well!
(
Anne Harris 6:35pm September 4, 2010)

your books are so awesome i look forward to this series and the time period is awesome i do envy how muchyou have lived and experianced and seen great post
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Beverly Gordon 6:50pm September 4, 2010)

I am looking forward to reading Royal Blood. I appreciate great vampire writing.
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Mary Preston 7:08pm September 4, 2010)

I LOVE this series and have turned several people onto it....Georgie is awesome!
(
Ivy Truitt 7:14pm September 4, 2010)

i love the art work on the cover.It reminds me of my favorite fashion era the 30's
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Catherine Myers 7:45pm September 4, 2010)

I love to laugh and being a little terrified reading the same book is perfect. Breaks up the scary parts. lol
Thanks for writing these amazingly, humorous books. I would feel honored and very lucky to be one of your winners.
Did I mention I have added both to my wish list? I have got to read both of these and any more you write in this series in the future.
(
Brenda Hill 9:28pm September 4, 2010)

I don't care for scary books per se, but to read a book that I can be scared and laugh at the same time? That's a book I think I can really "sink my teeth into!!" ha-ha!! You must have had an interesting life experience, and I must say I'm a tad jealous, but I'll have to settle for just reading the book, and sharing your insights. I'm sure it'll be great fun!!
(
Peggy Roberson 9:42pm September 4, 2010)

Such an interesting mixture!
(
Cathie Veres 10:12pm September 4, 2010)

The books sound great. I love to read period novels and your can't go wrong with Transylvania.
(
Sheila True 10:12pm September 4, 2010)

I love books with a sense of humor.
We all take things much too seriously
and things are serious enough in the
real world. You can have a serious
story but include wit and humor.
I have not yet read either of the series
but the ROYAL SPYNESS books sound
like some I will enjoy.

I always thought I should become an
author. All those research trips I'd just
have to take to Scotland, Ireland, Bali,
Hawaii....and they would be tax
deductible. Unfortunately at some
point I'd have to actually have to
produce a book. Minor problem.
(
Patricia Barraclough 10:45pm September 4, 2010)

sounds like a great book!!
(
Teresa Alexander 12:53pm September 5, 2010)

hi i would love to read your book and hope you have good hokiday and have more book to come
(
Desiree Reilly 1:12am September 5, 2010)

Writing what you know would be tough when it comes to Dracula. :)
(
S Tieh 3:45am September 5, 2010)

When I was a kid they told me I
had scary laughter... but
perhaps that was a different
thing LOL.
(
Diana Troldahl 3:50am September 5, 2010)

Maybe I'm a bit kooky, but I've always felt Dracula type movies were comical and laughable. Maybe I laughed from being a little nervous during the scary biting scenes. I enjoy laughing because it's so healthy and healing...so humor it up! I normally don't go for the vampire stories...but this one sounds like fun. Please add me to the giveaway and I appreciate the chance to win. I hope I do!!

Blessings,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com
(
Barbara Shelton 9:42am September 5, 2010)

I too fell in love with your
earlier books so this one is on
my wishlist.
(
Lisa Richards 11:39am September 5, 2010)

You have seen and visited some interesting places and your book sounds like fun.
(
Maureen Emmons 1:31pm September 5, 2010)

With a name like Molly, the heroine can't be bad. :) I love having a name that identifies with whom I am - a true blue Irish American.
(
Molly Wilsbacher 1:50pm September 5, 2010)

This time frame has always intrigued me. The Great Gatsby and all. You're books sound like a really good time. I'll have to give them a try!
(
MaryAnne Banks 1:53pm September 5, 2010)

Your books are fun , I just historical fiction.
(
Vickie Hightower 4:02pm September 5, 2010)

Love your work- keep up the
wonderful writing!
hg
(
Heidi Gleason 4:13pm September 5, 2010)

Oh, as you can see from all these comments that not only do you write incredibly well but you also spin your readers so convincingly to the period of your tale that they feelas if they are there as well!

I have to admit, I love your books, but I had to stop reading them on the bus as I would get so engrossed in the story that I would miss my stop and have to walk home more than I expected. I quite look forward to reading your newest one!
(
Audrey Lawrence 6:46pm September 5, 2010)

"But I also have to confess I have no personal experience of vampires."
That made me laugh out loud! Royal Blood sounds like an intriguing read.
(
Jl Welling 7:51pm September 5, 2010)

my favorite authors/books are those where the author can make me feel like I am living/learning about that time wihtout feeling like they are trying to impress/teach me with the amount of research tehy did.
(
Sara Edmonds 9:48pm September 5, 2010)

I love historical fictions.
(
Amanda Edmond 1:37am September 6, 2010)

I think it is wonderful how you do research for each of your Historical Books. I love reading about the places in England. Thank you
(
Barbara Ryan 12:09pm September 6, 2010)

I love the premise of a historical mystery series and your Lady Georgie sounds fantastic.
(
Barbara Elness 4:00pm September 6, 2010)

Funny and scary? Count me in! Thanks.
(
DeeAnn Szymanski 8:00am September 7, 2010)

thanks for a awesome contest :)
(
April Strength 8:50am September 7, 2010)

I love that you actually lived in London for a while - what a dream and what an opportunity for a writer!
(
Marguerite Guinn 2:30pm September 7, 2010)

Scary and laugh out loud funny.
My type of book to a T.
(
Lisa Richards 9:10pm September 8, 2010)

I'm by no means as imaginative as you. That could be why I'm not a writer yet. lol I do knit, though, and try to come up with presents that the recipient couldn't come up with in a store. I make sure it's in their favorite color, of course, and always make sure the pattern is fancy if it's for a female. To date, I've never seen anyone disappointed with their present. My favorite is making baby items, because they're so darn cute!!
(
Peggy Roberson 9:55am December 4, 2010)

Man, you are creative -- I'm not... but if you know what that person enjoys, it is easier. One year I got a new slalom waterski -- in Indiana... but I slept with that thing til we put the ske boat in the water!
(
Cate Sparks 1:41pm December 4, 2010)

My hubby would go shopping on Christmas Eve and end up with
more stuff for himself than those he was shopping for. I guess
that will happen when you only go once a year.
(
Lisa Richards 3:19pm December 4, 2010)

I used to hate the idea of giving "gift cards". I always wanted to give my family members the perfect gift. I wanted them to know that I put a lot of thought into their gifts. However, as everyone is getting older and moving away, it is difficult to know what everyone wants. I think I will make some beautiful cards for my family and give them [gasp] a gift cards:(.
(
Robin McKay 4:52pm December 4, 2010)

I love shopping for Christmas. I actually shop all year & buy when I do see the perfect gift.
(
Mary Preston 5:06pm December 4, 2010)

Dear Ms Bowen, I love, love, your Molly books, & now I'm almost through the Royal Spyness books! You would certainly be a fun friend & family member to have. I'm like you in that I try to listen for that off remark about a wish that someone would like. One Christmas we bought our granddaughter a joke gift of a gallon jar containing dill pickles (she loves them or did before she had all those to eat). Then in a large box we put a camera that she'd also wished for, way at the bottom. Of course she had to wade through a ton of papers to get to the prize. Lots of fun! And yes, husbands are tough in the gift department..mine could be a clone of yours!! :) lol Thursday was my birthday & my daughter-in-law said " Oh, she'd forgotten that it was my birthday. Everyone come on over to their house she'd pick up hamburgers at McDonald's"! Now, it was a rather big milestone BDay for me, but I thought "So we'll be together". Well, I arrived to find family, friends, in a party decorated house! Then I received little gift bags with strange gifts! Net scrubbies "so I'd always be clean!", socks that my feet "would always be warm", batteries that I'd have energy like "that energizer bunny", & my favorite cookie "to keep me happy"! Then out came a bigger gift bag (after the laughs had died down). I was a little leary by this time :). But it was a "wished for treat"! A Kindle! Yes! And I was surprised & pleased, to say the least. My whole family had been conspiring for over a month to pull this party off. A fun & great time was had by all, especially me! I do love surprises!! Merry Christmas
(
Jean Merriott 5:09pm December 4, 2010)

I shop like Mary Preston, if I see something I believe someone would like I buy it. The only problem is remembering where I hid it.
(
Linda Pillow 5:32pm December 4, 2010)

I'm sorry to say I have no imagination so depend on those around me to leave me lists, then I pick what to get from there.
(
Diane Sadler 10:09pm December 4, 2010)

I try not to get into exchanging gifts with as few people as possible. I do an enormous amount of buying online and having things delivered. I'm handicapped and don't feel well if I try to go out into the stores for any length of time, my back gives out, and I'm ina neck coller right now.
My hubby is laid off and I try not to spend a lot, if I don't shop, I don't spend.
(
Brenda Rupp 11:05pm December 4, 2010)

The perfect gift is one that's available if people make time to be around you. Their presence is enough to satisfy me. I have a friend who gave gifts sporadically year-round without paying attention to birthdays or holidays. I think she made exceptions for births and weddings, since they are not so prevalent. Thinking long about the person in mind, yields the most chance they may appreciate your choices.
(
Alyson Widen 2:51pm December 5, 2010)

The holidays drive me crazy because I always want to get the
best gifts for everyone, but except for my daughters, most of
my family are kind of hard to shop for. I never know what to
get them, especially my mom.
(
Margay Roberge 4:00pm December 5, 2010)

I love the holidays and the hunt for the perfect gift for all on my list some I make ( I quilt) some are gifts to fit the person just right and some are gift cards cuz thay are hard to shop for but I still love the hunt.
(
Vickie Hightower 4:56pm December 5, 2010)

For our grandchildren my husband and I usually buy books and also send a check to add to their College Accounts. Our 4 grandchildren range in age from 2-5 so it makes shipping a little easier (PS - the post office has a special book rate so the cost is low). We are also having a "family reunion" at Myrtle Beach for everyone to get together since they are spread from Rhode Island to South Carolina that we are covering the cost on so everyone can just come and enjoy each other. This is definately going to be a no stress Christmas and the trip is alreay paid for so no need to worry about bills coming in later!
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Jeanne Miro 4:56pm December 5, 2010)

Love your books and especially the Lady Georgie books. I started with your Evan Evans books and have kept all of them.
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Sherry Moran 6:21pm December 5, 2010)

I try and give home made gifts every year as I love to put myself into each gift. I also want to wish you a quick recovery after your fall. I hope this will not dampen your Christmas spirit. Merry Christmas. susan Leech
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Susan Leech 10:55pm December 5, 2010)

sorry about your mishap in the parking lot. Better times to come. Great books!
(
Nancy Swern 1:25pm December 6, 2010)

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