Wednesday 18 September 2019

Have you heard? #HistoricalFiction author, Elizabeth Bell is giving away one Kindle copy of her fabulous #NewRelease — Necessary Sins #Giveaway @elizabellauthor

Necessary Sins
By Elizabeth Bell

In antebellum Charleston, a Catholic priest grapples with doubt, his family’s secret African ancestry, and his love for a slave owner's wife.

Joseph Lazare and his two sisters grow up believing their black hair and olive skin come from a Spanish grandmother—until the summer they learn she was an African slave. While his sisters make very different choices, Joseph struggles to transcend the flesh by becoming a celibate priest.

Then young Father Joseph meets Tessa Conley, a devout Irish immigrant who shares his passions for music and botany. Joseph must conceal his true feelings as Tessa marries another man—a plantation owner who treats her like property. Acting on their love for each other will ruin Joseph and Tessa in this world and damn them in the next.

Or will it?

At once intimate drama and multigenerational epic, Necessary Sins is the first book in the sweeping Lazare Family Saga that transports readers from the West Indies to the Wild West, from Charleston, Paris, and Rome into the depths of the human heart.

Read an excerpt here.

Praise for Necessary Sins, Book One of the Lazare Family Saga

“From the ashes of rebellion to heart-rending forbidden love, Necessary Sins is a work of art. Bell’s voice is a refreshing addition to the genre, and the breadth of her research is impressive. A strong start to a promising series.” — JESSICA CALE, bestselling author of Tyburn

“A taut, compelling family drama with a fresh and intriguing setting. Necessary Sins will be a welcome read for fans of historical fiction.”  OLIVIA HAWKER, internationally bestselling author of The Ragged Edge of Night

“A gripping family saga with complex characters, Necessary Sins is lushly detailed and beautifully written. I look forward to following the fortunes of this antebellum family in future volumes.” SUSAN HIGGINBOTHAM, author of The First Lady and the Rebel

“Elizabeth Bell is one of the most promising new voices in historical fiction.” NICOLE EVELINA, USA Today bestselling author of The Guinevere’s Tale Trilogy

“In this carefully researched historical novel Bell examines the way race, religion and class weave a web that Joseph [Lazare] may never escape. A thoughtful, vividly imagined and engrossing historical novel, highly recommended.” SARA DONATI, internationally bestselling author of The Gilded Hour

*Giveaway is now Closed.

Elizabeth Bell is giving away one Kindle copy of her fabulous book

Necessary Sins.

All you need to do is answer this question:

What is your favorite historical novel set in the American South and why?

Leave your answer in the comments at the bottom of this post.

Giveaway Rules

• Leave your answer in the comments at the bottom of this post.
• Giveaway ends at 11:59pm BST on September 27th.
You must be 18 or older to enter.
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•Only one entry per household.
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•Winners will be announced in the comments.
• Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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Elizabeth Bell has been writing stories since the second grade. At the age of fourteen, she chose a pen name and vowed to become a published author. That same year, she began the Lazare Family Saga. It took her a couple decades to get it right. New generations kept demanding attention, and the story became four epic historical novels.

After earning her MFA in Creative Writing at George Mason University, Elizabeth realized she would have to return her two hundred library books. Instead, she cleverly found a job in the university library. She works there to this day.

Elizabeth was a Finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship and won Second Place in the Maggie Awards for Excellence. The opening pages of Necessary Sins were published in the inaugural issue of the literary journal Embark. Elizabeth is an active member of the Historical Novel Society, and she loves chatting with fellow readers, writers, and history buffs.

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  1. I really like and appreciate your post.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

  2. My first was Jocelyn Green's Widow of Gettysburg, so I think I'd say that's my favorite. My second was also by Ms. Green, Wedded to War and it was equally phenomenal! I'll choose Widow to answer for the contest, though--Ms. Green does amazing research. I learned so much about Civil War medical practices and many intimate details about the Battle of Gettysburg for the townspeople. It actually inspired a family trip to Gettysburg where I was able to stand in the locations featured in her novel. I came away with a new understanding and appreciation for what the citizens did for soldiers and how they survived a harrowing three-day battle, as well as the extended aftermath.

    1. The Giveaway is now closed. Laura, you have won a kindle copy of Necessary Sins. Congratulations!! Please email me your details and I will pass your details onto Elizabeth.

  3. I think my favorite historical novel would be Savannah, by Eugenia Price. Old, but good.

  4. The Giveaway is now closed. Laura, you have won a kindle copy of Necessary Sins. Congratulations!! Please email me your details and I will pass your details onto Elizabeth.


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