Book Launch: Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell

BOOK LAUNCH:  Shadow on the Crown, by Patricia Bracewell

Patricia Bracewell

Thursday, February 7th, 2012 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

We hope all of you will come out for this very special event. Our beloved Roadwork editor, Patricia Bracewell, will be celebrating the launch of her much praised and eagerly awaited novel, Shadow on the Crown (Viking, 2012). Come hear about Emma, the fifteen-year-old newly crowned Queen of England.  She came from Normandy and  met her husband-to-be, the much older King Athelred, just minutes before their wedding.  But this clever 11th century girl takes it in stride and braves her challenging new role amongst rivals, enemies and the all-too-present threat of a Viking invasion. Come take this adventure with us and hear about the history-inspired tale of Emma of Normandy.We will be serving mead, of course, and other wonderful period treats.

Patricia Bracewell is a native of California where she taught literature and composition before embarking upon her writing career. A lifelong fascination with British history and a chance, on-line reference to an unfamiliar English queen led to years of research, a summer history course at Downing College, Cambridge, and the penning of her debut novel Shadow of the Crown. Set in 11th century England, Shadow is the first book of a trilogy about Emma of Normandy who was a queen in England and a power behind the throne for nearly four decades. Patricia is working on the two follow-up novels in the series, but takes time out for tennis, gardening and travel. She is the mother of two grown sons and lives with her husband in Northern California. Visit her website at