The Last Queen Blog Tour

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Join C.W. Gortner, author of the historical fiction novel, The Last Queen (Ballantine Books), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in May on his second virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!

C.W. Gortner’s fascination with history is a lifetime pursuit. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Writing with an emphasis on Renaissance Studies from the New College of California and often travels to research his books. He has experienced life in a medieval Spanish castle and danced a galliard in a Tudor great hall; dug through library archives all over Europe; and tried to see and touch — or, at least, gaze at through impenetrable museum glass — as many artifacts of the era as he can find.

Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, publishes THE LAST QUEEN in trade paperback on May 5, 2009. A Random House Readers Circle Selection, it features a reading group guide and Q&A with the author. C.W. Gortner is also available for reader group chats by speaker phone or Skype. Visit and click on the Reader Group link for more information.

He lives in Northern California. You can visit him online at

Daughter of Isabel of Castile and sister of Catherine of Aragon. Married at sixteen and a queen at twenty-five. Declared mad by history. Juana of Castile, the last true queen of Spain. Ruled by her passions, Juana’s arranged marriage to Philip the Fair of Flanders begins as a fairytale romance when despite never having met before their betrothal, they fall violently in love. Juana is never meant to be more than his consort and mother to his heirs until she finds herself heiress to the throne of Spain after tragedy decimates her family. Suddenly she is plunged into a ruthless battle of ambition and treachery, with the future of Spain and her own freedom at stake. Told in Juana's voice, The Last Queen is a powerful and moving portrait of a woman ahead of her time, a queen fought fiercely for her birthright in the face of an unimaginable betrayal. Juana's story is one of history's darkest secrets, brought vividly to life in this exhilarating novel.

Pump Up Your Book Promotion would like to thank the following sponsors of C.W. Gortner's THE LAST QUEEN VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR '09:

Monday, May 4, '09
Historical Tapestry
(book review)

Tuesday, May 5, '09

A Bookish Mom
(guest post)

Wednesday, May 6, '09
A Bookish Mom
(book review)

Passages to the Past
(book review)

Thursday, May 7, '09
Savvy Verse & Wit
(book review)

Friday, May 8, '09
Savvy Verse & Wit
(guest post)

Monday, May 11, '09
Ramya's Bookshelf
(book review)

Tuesday, May 12, '09
A Girl Walks into a Bookstore

(book review)

Wednesday, May 13, '09
Introducing Writers! Radio Show Podcast with Kim Smith
(radio show podcast)

Thursday, May 14, '09
Jo-Jo Loves to Read
(book review)

Friday, May 15, '09
Bookgirl's Nightstand
(book review)

Monday, May 18, '09
Jenn's Bookshelf
(book review)

Jo-Jo Loves to Read

Tuesday, May 19, '09
Sam's Book Blog
(book review)

The Bluestocking Society
(book review)

Wednesday, May 20, '09
Popin's Lair
(book review)

Thursday, May 21, '09
Marta's Meanderings
(book review)

Friday, May 22, '09
The Book Connection

(book review)

Monday, May 25, '09
Book Addiction
(book review)

Tuesday, May 26, '09
The Book Faery Reviews
(book review)

Wednesday, May 27, '09
Cafe of Dreams
(guest post)

Thursday, May 28
Cafe of Dreams
(book review)

Friday, May 29
A Book Lover
(book review)

THE LAST QUEEN VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR '09 will officially begin on May 4 and end on May 29. You can visit C.W.'s blog stops at in May to find out more about this talented author!

As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors' blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available.

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