Lies Told In Silence Book Blast & Giveaway

Today at Passages to the Past I am proudly hosting M.K. Tod's Book Blast & Giveaway for Lies Told in Silence, her latest historical release set during World War I. I had the honor of reading an early version and it was fabulous! I have three copies up for grabs, so be sure to enter the giveaway below!

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Pub Date: June 29, 2014 | Tod Publishing | eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

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In 1914 Paris half the city expects war while the other half scoffs at the possibility.

With knowledge gained from his role at the War Department, Henri Noisette fears that Germany may soon attack Paris. He therefore sends his wife, mother and two younger children to Beaufort, a small village in northern France. By late 1914, instead of a safe haven, Beaufort is less than twenty miles from the front.

As war unfolds, Henri’s daughter, Helene, grows up quickly and in 1917 falls in love with Edward Jamieson, a young Canadian soldier.

The novel examines love and loss, duty and sacrifice and the unexpected consequence of lies.

Praise for Lies Told in Silence

‘Dramatically depicts the horror and heartbreak of war, while also celebrating the resilience of the human spirit.’ - SHARON KAY PENMAN author of A King’s Ransom

'An intricate, well-researched novel of life forever changed by WWI yet still sweet with the tender innocence of the age.’ - DONNA RUSSO MORIN author of The King’s Agent

‘M.K. Tod is a powerful new voice in the historical fiction genre.’ - AMY BRUNO Historical fiction blogger at Passages to the Past

‘An absorbing and rewarding historical read .. depicting the ruinous impact of war on human lives across the generations.’ - MARGARET EVANS PORTER author of The Proposal

‘A compelling read right up to its taut page-turning ending.’ - RICHARD LEE founder of the Historical Novel Society

Buy the Book

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About the Author

03_M.K. TodM.K. Tod has enjoyed a passion for historical novels that began in her early teenage years immersed in the stories of Rosemary Sutcliff, Jean Plaidy and Georgette Heyer. During her twenties, armed with Mathematics and Computer Science degrees, she embarked on a career in technology and consulting continuing to read historical fiction in the tiny snippets of time available to working women with children to raise.

In 2004, she moved to Hong Kong with her husband and no job. To keep busy Mary decided to research her grandfather’s part in the Great War. What began as an effort to understand her grandparents’ lives blossomed into a full time occupation as a writer. Her debut novel is UNRAVELLED: Two wars, Two affairs. One Marriage. LIES TOLD IN SILENCE, her second novel, is set in WWI France and tells the story of Helene Noisette who featured in Unravelled. Mary has an active blog - www.awriterofhistory.com - which discusses all aspects of historical fiction and includes author and reader interviews. Additionally, she is a book reviewer for the Historical Novel Society. Mary lives in Toronto where she is happily married with two adult children.

Connect with M.K. Tod on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Lies Told in Silence Blog Tour & Book Blast Schedule

Monday, July 28
Review at Unshelfish
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Book Blast at Our Wolves Den

Tuesday, July 29
Review at Just One More Chapter
Book Blast at Book Babe
Book Blast at A Book Geek
Book Blast at Mel's Shelves

Wednesday, July 30
Review at Bookish
Book Blast at Passages to the Past

Thursday, July 31
Book Blast at Royalty Free Fiction

Friday, August 1
Book Blast at Back Porchervations
Book Blast at So Many Books, So Little Time

Saturday, August 2
Book Blast at Mythical Books

Monday, August 4
Review & Guest Post at A Bookish Affair
Book Blast at Historical Tapestry

Tuesday, August 5
Book Blast at Layered Pages
Book Blast at Princess of Eboli
Book Blast at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, August 6
Book Blast at Literary Chanteuse
Book Blast at Caroline Wilson Writes

Thursday, August 7
Review at The Book Binder's Daughter
Book Blast at Kinx's Book Nook

Friday, August 8
Book Blast at The Maiden's Court
Guest Post at Just One More Chapter

Monday, August 11
Review at Dianne Ascroft Blog
Book Blast at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Tuesday, August 12
Book Blast at Book Nerd
Book Blast at The Bookworm

Wednesday, August 13
Review at The Writing Desk

Thursday, August 14
Book Blast at Words and Peace
Book Blast at CelticLady's Reviews

Friday, August 15
Review at Lost in Books
Book Blast at The Mad Reviewer

Sunday, August 17
Book Blast at Brooke Blogs

Monday, August 18
Review at The Librarian Fatale
Review at Historical Fiction Notebook

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Blog Tour Wrap-Up: Go Away Home by Carol Bodensteiner

Today is the last day on Carol Bodensteiner's Blog Tour for her newly released historical Go Away Home and what a tour it's been! Here's a recap for you, as well as links to the giveaways that are still going on.

What reviewers are saying about Go Away Home...


Patty @ Broken Teepee: (4.5 stars) "This is a well written story about a young woman, Liddie who was born on a farm in Iowa at the turn of the 20th century. I felt myself quite engrossed in the story and found it very hard to put down. It wasn't all sweetness and light and Liddie learns some hard lessons as she grows up. Ms. Bodensteiner has a very strong feel for the era and its mores and I would love to follow the characters further."

Kathryn @ A Bibliotaph's Reviews (4 stars): "Bodensteiner draws on familial history within this tale, and her writing leaves the reader with a sense of homesickness for one's family. Her writing style is detailed but not in a manner that overloads the reader with information. She often leaves them guessing as to what will come next. I highly recommend this book."

Lauralee @ History from a Woman's Perspective (4 stars): "Overall, the book is about family, friendship, love, loss, sacrifice, choices, and hope. It is also about a person’s quest for home. The pace of the novel is easygoing, reminiscent of a leisurely Sunday morning. However, it is pleasing and you care what happens to Liddie. I recommend this book to anyone interested in early 20th century America, life in the rural Midwest, and those who face tough choices in their own lives."

Kathleen @ CelticLady's Reviews: "Go Away Home is written abut the daily struggles within a family during a tough time in our American history. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am not sure if there is to be a sequel, but I think it would be interesting to see what happens to Liddie in the future. I highly recommend this book!"

Guest Posts

Carol Bodensteiner on Inspiration

Researching Historical Fiction "Just in Time"

Giveaways

Let Them Read Books (Ends July 28)
Broken Teepee (Ends August 1)


Review & Giveaway: The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport


Pub Date: June 3, 2014 | St. Martin's Press | eBook, Hardcover
Acquired by: Publisher| Edelweiss

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★  
Genre: History/Non-Fiction

They were the Princess Dianas of their day—perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century. The four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses—Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov—were much admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle.

Over the years, the story of the four Romanov sisters and their tragic end in a basement at Ekaterinburg in 1918 has clouded our view of them, leading to a mass of sentimental and idealized hagiography. With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution, the nightmare that would sweep their world away, and them along with it.

The Romanov Sisters sets out to capture the joy as well as the insecurities and poignancy of those young lives against the backdrop of the dying days of late Imperial Russia, World War I and the Russian Revolution. Rappaport aims to present a new and challenging take on the story, drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters, diaries and archival sources, as well as private collections. It is a book that will surprise people, even aficionados.

My Review

Wow, what an incredibly fascinating and heart-wrenching read! I've long been intrigued by the story of the Romanov family and in particular, the four sisters, Olga, Tatiana, Marie, and Anastasia - collectively known as OTMA - so I immediately requested to review Rappaport's book as soon as it popped up on Edelweiss and I am so glad that I did!

Rappaport delivers a highly enjoyable and insightful read that was never dry or boring. The Romanov girls personalities shine through and the reader comes away with a sense of having known them intimately, which makes their ending all that more tragic with the final scene (be sure to have hankies at the ready!) Rappaport of course also touches on the politics of the time, their dominating mother Alexandra, and their brother Alexei's hemophilia.

I would recommend The Romanov Sisters to anyone wanting to learn more about the ill-fated Romanovs. It's one that will stay with you a long time after closing the book.

Giveaway

I have one copy of The Romanov Sisters up for grabs thanks to St. Martin's Press. Giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on August 3.

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Interview & Giveaway: A Triple Knot by Emma Campion

Today at Passages to the Past please welcome author Emma Campion!  Emma is currently on Blog
Tour with TLC Book Tours and today I have the honor of hosting her with an interview and giveaway!

Hi Emma and welcome to Passages to the Past! We really appreciate you stopping by and congratulate you on the release of A TRIPLE KNOT!

Thank you! And thank you for inviting me to Passages to the Past.

What inspired you to write about Joan of Kent?

Long ago I read Karl Wentersdorf’s article “The Clandestine Marriages of the Fair Maid of Kent” (Journal of Medieval History 5: 1979, 203-231) with astonishment. It’s an account of Joan’s knotty marital status gleaned primarily from the papal records of Thomas Holland’s petition claiming Joan as his wife. What a story! But I couldn’t think how to use it at the time, so I filed it away. When I was researching Alice Perrers’s life for The King’s Mistress I became aware of how accepting the reputations passed down through generations of scholars without pausing to question them blinds us to how little we actually know, distracts us from delving and discovering the subtleties and the pain that make up the individual. Historians, myself included, had certainly fallen prey to this regarding Alice Perrers. It happened with Joan as well. Wentersdorf said that early historians assumed that she and Thomas Holland made up a story they hoped would free her from an unhappy marriage. Historians simply rejected the idea that such a young woman—though one considered of marriageable age in that period—would do something so radical. Essentially, they preferred to think that the papal court had been duped by lovers telling a painfully obvious lie. Really? Weren’t the more interesting questions how Joan and Thomas managed to secretly wed, and why? Isn’t their steadfastness a remarkable story? That’s certainly the one I wanted to tell.

What do you want readers to take away from your book?

Most of all, I want to engage readers in an emotional experience, and show why Joan chose to be buried beside Sir Thomas Holland.

I see Joan as a poignantly human figure. Tragedy struck her family when she was very young, and I doubt that she, her brother, or her mother ever felt entirely safe at court. Fear provoked her to take matters into her own young hands. I hope that comes through.

And I like to think I’ve poked some holes in the romantic image of Edward of Woodstock, the Black Prince. The chronicles make clear that he was as ruthless as his grandfather, Edward I. Surely that wasn’t an aspect of his personality that he shed with his armor.

What was the hardest scene to write?

The one that comes to mind was not so much the hardest to write, but the one I had trouble settling on, and that was the first scene. Originally the book opened with Joan’s mother remembering her husband, Edmund of Kent, supporting young Philippa, his nephew’s wife, at her coronation. Then I tried the same scene from Philippa’s point of view. After going back and forth with those for months, I decided it was far more interesting and to the point to show Joan and Ned together as children, and Joan’s fierce determination that her father should be remembered, honored, avenged. Yet still I couldn’t quite decide on the scene until I settled on the significance of the white hart emblem to Joan. Then it all fell into place.

What was your favorite scene to write?

Joan in the orchard at her aunt’s castle, as the pestilence ravishes the land. It’s one of the few scenes I wrote in the very first draft. Something about the memory of childhood summers—I kept returning to that to remind myself of Joan’s vulnerability.

A very close second is the shipboard scene when Joan and Thomas meet. It’s a scene naturally rich in atmosphere—a young woman on a journey away from all she knows, out on deck at night on a sailing ship on the North sea, the man on whom she’s developed a crush being so kind to her.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer and why historical fiction?

I toyed with writing at a very young age—poetry. Oy. You can imagine. In high school I fell in love with journalism. At some point in graduate school I began to dabble in fiction. I didn’t try historical fiction until Ursula LeGuin encouraged me to do so at a workshop on science fiction and fantasy, a few summers out from grad school. I felt right at home.

Who are your writing inspirations?

Ursula LeGuin for clean, authentic voice and the glimmer of a smile, and for the advice she gave me that set me on my path. For this particular book, Anthony Goodman, the historian to whom I dedicated the book, who shared with me his notes toward a biography of Joan. When I laughingly warned him that my impression of Edward of Woodstock (the Black Prince) wildly differed from his, he applauded me and encouraged me to go with my gut feeling. JRR Tolkien for his marvelous evocation of wayfaring life in the middle ages. And far too many gifted novelists to name here. Though I must mention the late great Anya Seton, whose Katherine was for all practical purposes a prerequisite (along with Tolkien) for graduate school in Anglo Saxon and Medieval studies.

 What historical time period do you gravitate towards the most with your personal reading?

It varies. Of late it’s been WWI. I read Pat Barker’s Life Class and Toby’s Room this past winter, then decided to reread her Regeneration Trilogy.

What was the first historical novel you read?

The earliest one that left a strong impression was a biography of Marie Antoinette—I thought it cruel how, in full view of a number of officials, she was ceremoniously stripped of her clothes and then dressed in French court attire, a symbol that she had left her family and country behind.

What is the last historical novel you read?

Lady Macbeth by Susan King. Magnificent! Actually, after that I read Mary-Rose MacColl’s In Falling Snow, which is partially historical—WWI again. An absorbing read, particularly the background of the hospitals run by women.

If there was a soundtrack for your novel, what songs might we find on it?

Here are the CDs on endless loop: La Bele Marie and An English Ladymass, Anonymous 4; A Song for Francesca, Lancaster and Valois, and The Service of Venus and Mars, Gothic Voices; Codex Chantilly: Airs de Cour du XIVe siécle, Ensemble Organum; English Songs of the Middle Ages, Sequentia.

What are three things people may not know about you? 

I’m almost 100% Polish, according to my parents. I’ve begun perhaps a dozen haunted house stories only to abandon them as trite. I don’t know what keeps pulling me back, though the inspiration usually strikes in early autumn. I have been within a foot of lutefisk and lived to tell the tale, with my sense of smell intact.

What are you working on next?

At the moment, I’m working on A Rumor of Wolves, the 11th Owen Archer mystery (writing as Candace Robb). My agent has submitted a proposal for a second novel about Joan of Kent, covering her marriage to Prince Edward.


Pub Date: July 8, 2014 | Broadway Books | eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

The critically acclaimed author of The King's Mistress brings another fascinating woman from history to life in an enthralling story of political intrigue, personal tragedy, and illicit love.

Joan of Kent, renowned beauty and cousin to King Edward III, is destined for a politically strategic marriage. As the king begins a long dynastic struggle to claim the crown of France, plunging England into the Hundred Years’ War, he negotiates her betrothal to a potential ally and heir of a powerful lordship.

But Joan, haunted by nightmares of her father’s execution at the hands of her treacherous royal kin, fears the king’s selection and is not resigned to her fate. She secretly pledges herself to one of the king’s own knights, one who has become a trusted friend and protector. Now she must defend her vow as the king—furious at Joan’s defiance—prepares to marry her off to another man.

In A Triple Knot, Emma Campion brings Joan, the “Fair Maid of Kent” to glorious life, deftly weaving details of King Edward III’s extravagant court into a rich and emotionally resonant tale of intrigue, love, and betrayal.

Praise for A Triple Knot

“Emma Campion brings Plantagenet history to life in this 'You Are There' historical novel. A Triple Knot unties a fascinating puzzle from the past and pulls the reader into the loves and losses, tragedies and triumphs of a dynamic woman, Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent. An impressively researched and realistically rendered novel.”
—Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author of The First Princess of Wales

“A Triple Knot is a superbly written, evocative tale of Joan of Kent that captivated me from the first page and held me until the very end. With a deft eye for detail and a wonderfully authentic evocation of time and place, Campion has delivered what is certain to become a classic.”
—Diane Haeger, author of The Secret Bride: In the Court of Henry VIII

“In this meticulously researched, richly detailed and empathetic novel, Emma Campion skillfully brings to life the enchanting Joan, Fair Maid of Kent and First Princess of Wales who was described by the chronicler Jean Froissart as ‘the most beautiful woman in all the realm of England, and the most loving.' With a bigamous union bracketed by two secret marriages—one to the Black Prince—she makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the glittering court of Edward III where intrigue and danger walk hand in hand with royalty and love.”
—Sandra Worth, author of The King’s Daughter: A Novel of the First Tudor Queen

“Emma Campion's portrayal of Joan of Kent is exquisite. A Triple Knot dazzled, packed with all the romance and intrigue of Plantagenet England. Vivid, well researched and beautifully written, Campion's Joan of Kent is a worthy heroine and one you will never forget.”
—Ella March Chase, author of The Virgin Queen’s Daughter and The Queen's Dwarf

“With grace, accuracy and authenticity, Emma Campion brings Joan of Kent and her world to vivid, captivating life in A Triple Knot. Campion’s 14th century is as detailed, gorgeous and fascinating as a millefleur tapestry—her history is immaculate, her characters convincing, and Joan, who is sometimes glossed over in the history books as the Fair Maid of Kent and little more, is complex yet sympathetic as Campion clarifies all the questions that historians might raise about this enigmatic woman. This exciting, compelling historical novel immerses the reader until the very last sentence. I loved A Triple Knot and I look forward to more from Emma Campion!”
—Susan Fraser King, author of Lady Macbeth and Queen Hereafter

“A Triple Knot is the story of a steadfast love pitted against the cold, political maneuverings of 14th century Plantagenet royals. Set amid the hardships and uncertainties of the Hundred Years War, Emma Campion’s portrayal of Joan of Kent and of the men who seek to claim her is masterful, sweeping us into a high medieval world that is both gracious and grim. Brilliantly imagined, this is a complex and ravishing blend of history, intrigue, scandal and romance.”
—Patricia Bracewell, author of Shadow on the Crown

About the Author

EMMA CAMPION is the author of The King's Mistress and did her graduate work in medieval and Anglo-Saxon literature. She lives in Seattle. Visit her at www.emmacampion.com.

Emma Campion's TLC Blog Tour Stops for this week...

Wednesday, July 23rd:  Ageless Pages Reviews
Wednesday, July 23rd:  Unabridged Chick
Thursday, July 24th:  Historical Fiction Notebook

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Excerpt & Giveaway: Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley

Today I have the honor of hosting Susanna Kearsley's pre-publication excerpt tour with Sourcebooks and sharing with you a sneak peek from Susanna's upcoming book, Season of Storms! I also have one advanced reading copy to give away, be sure to enter the giveaway below.

From Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley

“It isn’t me he wants, it’s just the name,” I said to Robert.

We’d stopped walking now to stand beneath the central southern window that was glowing with that softly golden light that seems to seek out empty churches in the quiet early evening. I had to tilt my head a long way back to read the lettering cut in the marble stone above. And though I’d read it countless times before, it still felt strange to see my own name spelt there: Celia Sands.

Rupert, at my shoulder, gave a cough that stirred my hair, and from the angle of the sound I knew that he was looking up as well. “Perhaps,” he said, his quiet voice not echoing as mine had in the soaring space. His tone was noncom¬mittal. Rupert rarely offered an opinion. I’d always found that maddening, especially when as a child I’d wanted his advice, but it was one of those small things that made him such a good director, his ability to let a thing develop, not to interfere.

That said, I didn’t think it wholly accidental that he’d wanted me to meet him here, at St. Paul’s, Covent Garden.

This was the “actor’s church,” a landmark of the theatre district, the names on its marble memorials reading like some sort of heavenly cast list: Sir Michael Redgrave, Dame Edith Evans, Sir Noël Coward…all properly humbling to someone like me, who had only just cracked the West End, and that in a role with ten minutes onstage and three lines, barely noticed by anyone.

“I don’t know, Roo.” I exhaled a breath that fell short of a sigh and looked down again, turning away from the memorial stone. “I don’t know that I’d feel quite comfort¬able taking a role like this.”
“Why not?” His question made no judgment.

“Well, for one thing, I haven’t auditioned. He’s never even seen me act. He’d never have known I existed if you hadn’t told him.” There was an accusation in my tone, and he responded with a calm defense.

“You only came up in conversation because—”

“Because of my name. I know.”

Silence for a minute, as both of us looked up again at the marble memorial stone. Rupert coughed.

“He does have my word for your abilities.”

“Yes, well.” I glanced back, slanting him a smile. “You are a little biased, don’t you think? And anyhow, that’s just what I’ve been saying—I don’t want to get a part because of who I know, or whose daughter I am, or whose name I happen to have. Besides,” I said, “I’m building a career as Celia Sullivan, I can’t just throw that all away, not now. And if I do this play as Celia Sands, I might as well forget about my stage name, because everyone else will—it’s going to get attention, this play, because of what it is, and where it’s being done. If I do it, I’ll be Celia Sands for the rest of my life.”

“You have to do what you think best, of course.” Glancing down at his watch, he said, “Come on, time we were going. I told Bryan we’d meet him at the club at seven sharp, and it doesn’t do to leave him sitting too long in the bar.”

“You think I should take the part.”

“I haven’t said anything.”

“But you think I should take it.”

He smiled, not replying; turned and, hands in pockets, led me back along the peaceful dimness of the aisle towards the door, while from the shadows in the corners all the actors who still haunted St. Paul’s Church appeared to watch and wait, as I did, for his answer.


Pub Date: September 2, 2014 | Sourcebooks Landmark | eBook, Paperback

In 1921, infamous Italian poet Galeazzo D’Ascanio wrote his last and greatest play, inspired by his muse and mistress, actress Celia Sands. On the eve of opening night, Celia vanished, and the play was never performed.

Now, two generations later, Alessandro D’Ascanio plans to stage his grandfather’s masterpiece and has offered the lead to a promising young English actress, also named Celia Sands—at the whim of her actress mother, or so she has always thought. When Celia arrives at D’Ascanio’s magnificent, isolated Italian villa, she is drawn to the mystery of her namesake’s disappearance—and to the compelling, enigmatic Alessandro.

But the closer Celia gets to learning the first Celia’s fate, the more she is drawn into a web of murder, passion, and the obsession of genius. Though she knows she should let go of the past, in the dark, in her dreams, it comes back…

Season of Storms just received a STARRED review from Booklist:

“Kearsley seems to be channeling Mary Stewart or Victoria Holt in this mesmerizing modern gothic.”—Booklist, starred review


About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley is known for her meticulous research and exotic settings from Russia to Italy to Cornwall, which not only entertain her readers but give her a great reason to travel. Her lush writing has been compared to Mary Stewart, Daphne Du Maurier, and Diana Gabaldon. She hit the bestseller lists in the U.S. with The Winter Sea and The Rose Garden, both RITA finalists and winners of RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Other honors include finaling for the UK’s Romantic Novel of the Year Award, National Readers’ Choice Awards, and the prestigious Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize. Her popular and critically-acclaimed books are available in translation in more than 20 countries and as audio books. She lives in Canada, near the shores of Lake Ontario.

Giveaway

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2015 Release: Rodin's Lover by Heather Webb

Major squeal alert! Heather Webb just unveiled the cover of her highly-anticipated upcoming release of Rodin's Lover and it's awesome!


Pub Date: January 27, 2014 | Plume


A mesmerizing tale of art and passion in Belle Époque France...

As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camille’s success is overshadowed by her lover’s rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness.

Rodin’s Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era’s greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape.

Praise for Rodin's Lover

"Camille Claudel is an audacious and authentic character who deserves to be remembered. Rodin’s Lover is epic and unflinching--a book you won't soon forget." --Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author of City of Jasmine

“Written with great empathy, this novel of the visceral world of Paris ateliers, of clay-stained dresses and fingernails, and talent which endures, comes vividly to life." -Stephanie Cowell, author of Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet

About the Author

Heather Webb is a former French teacher, a blogger, and a member of the Historical Novel Society. She lives with her family in Connecticut.

Giveaway: Wars of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

Today is the release day in the US of the first book in Conn Iggulden's series, Wars of the Roses: Stormbird, and thanks to the publisher I have two copies to give away!


Pub Date: July 8, 2014 | G. P. Putnam’s Sons | eBook, Paperback

In the middle of the fifteenth century, a mentally unstable and physically feeble young King Henry VI makes a fateful bargain, under the influence of spymaster Derry Brewer, giving up a large swath of England’s hard-won territory in France in exchange for twenty years of peace and marriage to a young French princess. But the deal quickly sours, as the newly reclaimed French territories slide into warfare, Henry’s nobles seethe, and thousands of his subjects revolt. Henry’s new queen, the remarkable and resourceful Margaret of Anjou, finds that instead of enjoying a life of peace and luxury, she must save her weak-willed husband from multiple threats to his throne. A rebel army attacks the heart of London, sons and fathers battle one another, and great men betray their king. It is the beginning of the Wars of the Roses, when the House of York, represented by a white rose, and Henry VI’s House of Lancaster, symbolized by a red one, bitterly fought for control of what would ultimately become the world’s most powerful and influential nation.

Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful and critically praised authors of historical fiction writing today, with over seven million copies of his books sold worldwide. Now, with WARS OF THE ROSES, he plunges readers into one of the most bloody and brutal periods in history, when two rival branches of one royal English family threw their country into a devastating, decades-long civil war. In a starred review, Kirkus says:

“Capturing the stink and gore, violence and romance of medieval life, Iggulden makes real those grand characters who live in the collective memory. A page-turner sure to have readers eager for the next in the series.”

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About the Author

Conn Iggulden is the author of two previous series on Julius Caesar and on the Mongol Khans of Central Asia and also the co-author of The Dangerous Book for Boys. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and children.

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