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Guest Post & Giveaway: The Lady Bornekova by Sara Turnquist

02_The Lady Bornekova•Publication Date: July 14, 2015 (tentative)
•Publisher: Clean Reads (formerly Astraea Press)


The red-headed Karin is strong-willed and determined, something she inherited from her father. She tries to keep her true nature a secret to avoid being deemed a traitor by those loyal to the king. Karin and her father butt heads over her duty to her family and the Czech Crown. She is then sequestered to the Royal Viscountís hunting lodge.

Not aware of everything that is happening, she becomes the target of an individual with murderous intent. Her heart soon becomes entangled though her father intends to wed her to another. The turmoil inside Karin deepens and reflects the turmoil of her homeland, on the brink of the Hussite Wars.

The Lady Bornekova Available at



Guest Post

When Writing Historical Fiction is Hard
by Sara Turnquist

“I didn’t expect it to be so hard.” That’s what I said to my husband just moments ago. I’m deep into my newest work “Trail of Fears”. It is a Historical Fiction novel set around the events of the Trail of Tears.

I am following the plight of the Cherokee in this novel from the passing of the Indian Removal Act to the actual forcible removal of the Cherokee (which happens eight years later). And I am struggling to write the events that followed. The Native Americans were forced from their homes at gunpoint, had to watch as their homes were plundered and burned to the ground, moved into concentration camps before they were sent on an approximately 1,000 mile journey that would be known as the Trail of Tears. And on this journey, as many of you know, thousands died.

I’m finding it all incredibly difficult to write. How? How am I to do something like this justice? I believe I am not alone in this as a writer…especially as a Historical Fiction writer. Real people endured real atrocities.

But I have a story to tell. I was inspired to tell this story by my own exposure to these facts and to my being on and around the place where the trail came through not far from my home. I want people to know what happened. I mean, it happened so long ago, but it is a piece of our history. It’s practically in my backyard. And so, I’ll plunge into this headfirst, knowing that this story must be told.

In the end, that’s what it’s about for me and for many writers I suppose…that we have a story inside of us that must be told. The book I’m on tour for right now “The Lady Bornekova” came to me much like that. I was on a trip to the Czech Republic, visiting a royal summer palace outside of Hradek Kralove. While there, the story came alive to me. Karin, my main character came into being. As we toured the house and grounds, I could see her in that setting. Specific scenes from the book played in front of me like scenes in a movie. Inspiration had struck.

Coming back to the states, I began to research more about Czech history and the story fell into place. Working diligently, and loving every minute of it, I pulled together a completed novel about this young girl, Karin, who had been sequestered to this royal summer palace for mysterious reasons. And while there, a bigger story would begin to unfold. A love story would emerge. And Karin would face trials and challenges along the way, trying to find her own way to her happily ever after.

Writers find inspiration everywhere…nature, antiquing, people watching…to name just a few. So, for you newbies (like myself), I encourage you to get out in the world and just BE INSPIRED!!! And don’t be afraid to write through the hard stuff. You are not alone. Even those stories…especially those stories… must be told.

About the Author03_Sara Turnquist_Author

Sara resides with her family in Middle TN. Though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara’s great love of the written word has always drawn her to write. An avid reader, she has been, for many years, what she terms a “closet writer”. Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write Historical Fiction. Sara has made several trips overseas to the Czech Republic for short stints in the summer over several years. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in the Czech town of Hradec Kralove.

For more information please visit Sara Turnquist’s website. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

The Lady Bornekova Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, July 6
Spotlight & Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, July 7
Spotlight at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Wednesday, July 8
Guest Post at Historical Fiction Connection

Friday, July 10
Spotlight & Excerpt at The Never-Ending Book

Sunday, July 12
Review at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, July 13
Review at Book Nerd
Excerpt at To Read, or Not to Read

Tuesday, July 14
Interview at Library Educated

Wednesday, July 15
Excerpt at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More

Thursday, July 16
Spotlight at The Lit Bitch

Friday, July 17
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Monday, July 20
Guest Post at Unshelfish

Tuesday, July 21
Spotlight at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, July 22
Character Interview at Boom Baby Reviews

Friday, July 24
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Monday, July 27
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Tuesday, July 28
Review at Genre Queen

Wednesday, July 29
Interview & Excerpt at Jorie Loves a Story

Thursday, July 30
Review at Bookramblings

Friday, July 31
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter


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  1. Jennifer Lessard

     /  July 20, 2015

    Ohhh, I love Historical Romance. I will be adding this to my TBR list and my Wish List!

  2. I think it’s always really tough writing historical fiction, or at least writing it well! It’s good to take it seriously.


  3. What a beautifully majestic cover!

  4. Eek! Cover love!! My gosh it’s such a gorgeous cover. I’m definitely going to check this book out. Historical fiction always works for me! 🙂

  5. rhianona

     /  July 20, 2015

    This sounds really good. I love this period of time. Gorgeous cover too!

  6. Beautiful cover!!! I’d put it on my TBR based on cover alone!

  7. Love the cover.

  8. sarav1701

     /  July 20, 2015

    Thanks, everyone, for the cover love!

  9. sarav1701

     /  July 20, 2015

    And thanks, Melinda, for having me on your blog today!

  10. Historical romances are my favorite. Love the cover on this book too.

  11. Dan Denman

     /  July 30, 2015

    I like the cover of the book. Karin seems like a good character.

  12. I LOVE the cover but I need to read it!! 🙂


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