Thursday, August 1, 2019

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Fire of Winter by DK Marley

The Fire of Winter by D.K. Marley

Publication Date: June 1, 2019
eBook; 355 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
She is known as Lady Macbeth. What leads her down the path of murder? What secrets fire her destiny? Gruah, granddaughter of King Cìnéad III of the Royal Clan Alpin, marries two men in less than six months, one she loves and one she hates; one in secret, the other arranged by the High King of Scotland. At the age of eighteen, she lays her palm upon the ancient stone of Scone and sees her destiny as Queen of Scotland, and she vows to do whatever necessary to see her true love, Macbeth macFindlaech, beside her on the throne. Amid the fiery times and heated onslaughts from Denmark and England, as the rule of Scotland hangs in the balance, Gruah seeks to win the throne and bring revenge upon the monsters of her childhood, no matter the cost or amount of blood tainting her own hands; yet, an unexpected meeting with the King called the Confessor causes her to question her bloody path and doubt her once blazing pagan faith. Will she find redemption or has the blood of her past fire-branded her soul? The story weaves the play by William Shakespeare with the actual history of Macbeth and his Queen in 11th-century Scotland.
“...a woman's story at a winter's fire...” (Macbeth, Act III, Scene IV)
“This beautifully written reworking of the Macbeth tale told from Lady Macbeth’s point-of-view flows from the page and you quickly become immersed in the politics and intrigues of feudal Scotland as she fights for her rightful place and her true love! A mesmerizing read that grips from start to finish and Gruah is now one of my all-time favorite literary crushes. “ - Iain Leonard, ARC Reviewer
“Brilliantly conceived and beautifully written, The Fire of Winter is a tale not to be missed by lovers of Shakespeare, lovers of history, or lovers of the written word.” - Riana Everly, Author of Teaching Eliza and Through a Different Lens

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About the Author

D. K. Marley is a historical fiction writer specializing in Shakespearean themes. Her grandmother, an English Literature teacher, gave her a volume of Shakespeare's plays when she was eleven, inspiring DK to delve further into the rich Elizabethan language. Eleven years ago she began the research leading to the publication of her first novel "Blood and Ink," an epic tale of lost dreams, spurned love, jealousy and deception in Tudor England as the two men, William Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe, fight for one name and the famous works now known as the Shakespeare Folio. She is an avid Shakespearean / Marlowan, a member of the Marlowe Society, the Shakespeare Fellowship and a signer of the Declaration of Intent for the Shakespeare Authorship Debate. She has traveled to England three times for intensive research and debate workshops and is a graduate of the intense training workshop "The Writer's Retreat Workshop" founded by Gary Provost and hosted by Jason Sitzes. She lives in Georgia with her husband and a Scottish Terriers named Maggie and Buster. For more information, please visit D.K. Marley's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, July 22 
Review & Guest Post at Gwendalyn's Books 

Tuesday, July 23 
Review at Amy's Booket List 

Wednesday, July 24 

Friday, July 26 
Feature at Words and Peace 

Monday, July 29 
Review at 100 Pages a Day 

Tuesday, July 30 

Thursday, August 1 

Friday, August 2 
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books 

Monday, August 5 
Review at Jorie Loves A Story 

Tuesday, August 6 

Thursday, August 8 
Review at Coffee and Ink 

Saturday, August 10 
Interview at Jorie Loves A Story 

Monday, August 12 
Review at A Book Geek 

Tuesday, August 13 

Wednesday, August 14 
Feature at Just One More Chapter 

Friday, August 16 
Review at Impressions in Ink 

Monday, August 19 
Excerpt at Broken Teepee 


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away copies of The Fire of Winter + a surprise gift to three lucky winners! To enter, please use the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on August 19th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open to the US only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen. The Fire of Winter

My Review: 

The Fire of Winter tells the story of Lady Macbeth, Gruah. I found it fascinating to have this historical figure to be brought to life. I loved how the author made Gruah as a strong and determined woman. The plot is so well written, I did not want it to end.

I like The Fire of Winter. I would love to read other tales written by D K Marly in the future. I am giving this one four and an half stars. I recommend it for those who love to read historical fiction.

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.


  1. Thanks so much for hosting The Fire of Winter! So glad you enjoyed it!

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  2. Thank you for the review, Amy! Very much appreciated!!