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Spotlight on Eliza Redgold, Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva & #Giveaways

This week's Spotlight is on author Eliza Redgold and her latest release Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva. There will be giveaway of a Kindle copy of  Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva to one commenter!

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Who is Eliza Redgold?

Eliza Redgold is based upon the old, Gaelic meaning of my given name Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd.  English folklore has it that if you help a fairy, you will be rewarded with red gold. I’m an author, academic and unashamed romantic. I’ve presented academic papers on women and romance and am a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. I was born in Irvine, Scotland on Marymass Day and currently live in Australia.

Who is your favourite author?

It would have to be William Shakespeare. I know he’s a playwright but he was the most brilliant writer ever.  I have a private theory he was a Time Lord, rather like Doctor Who! Frankly, I’m a little bit in love with him so I was very pleased to see the recent discovery of a portrait of William Shakespeare that suggests he was very handsome.

Do you listen to music while you write?

I often listen to music before I write to evoke a particular mood, but not while I’m actually writing.

What type of music?

Every book I write has its own theme tune. Here’s Wild Horses   theme music for Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva.

What do you do to relax?

I love to travel. It’s usually combined with a research trip. I also read a lot, I enjoy audio books and I watch plenty of movies. I’m also a quilter. For me, it helps to put the pieces of the plot together.

And of course, I spend time with my family: my tall, dark, handsome English husband and our daughter, who has very long hair and looks amazingly like the girl on the book cover!

Tell us about your book...

We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don’t know her true story. We all know the legend
of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva’s ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for ‘peeping Tom’) and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax.

Naked is an original version of Godiva’s tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.
A Kindle copy giveaway of Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva to one commenter!


  1. Definitely an interesting story idea.

  2. Eliza, this cover is awesome and I love the storyline.

    Hope you've had a great weekend, Nas.

  3. So cool that you used your name in Gaelic for your pen name. Clever! I like hearing the meaning behind it too.

    Like the story premise.

  4. Hello, Eliza. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  5. Thanks for these lovely comments and I hope you all enjoy Naked.
    I discovered the Gaelic meaning of my name along with some of my university students who investigated theirs too. Do look into your own!

  6. This sounds like a fascinating book. I love that it explores a story we have all heard of, but gives us a different take on what might have happened. So fun to hear from Eliza too. :) Wishing her the best of luck!

  7. Congrats, Eliza! I love how you came up with your pen name.

  8. The background of Eliza's Gaelic name is very interesting. My father was born in Scotland, and he and my mother fully expected me to be a boy named Ian Dougal. Then I messed them up by popping out (surprise!) as a bald-headed baby girl. I suspect the last-minute name choice of Susan can be traced back to mean... "Shoulda been a boy." HA!

    Good luck with your book!

  9. It's great seeing Eliza around. Her book looks like an engaging read. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  10. I like the sound of this book and how it puts a spinon a story we all know and have read xox ♡

  11. Best of luck, Eliza! I've loved hearing about your work!

  12. I haven't read this author but this sounds like a good read.

  13. Congratulations, Eliza, and best of luck!


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