new Donna Russo Morin in 2011

After reading and enjoying The Secret of the Glass (read my review) earlier this year, I am eagerly awaiting Ms. Morin's next novel, To Serve a King.  The synopsis sounds intriguing and it's always fun to visit the court of Francois I.

Donna has agreed to stop by Passages to the Past for an author interview around publication date, so stay tuned for more info as the release date draws near!  I've been working really hard on putting together a late 2010 and early 2011 line-up that I think you will all really enjoy and am super excited to have Donna come by!

Release Date:  February 2011

SYNOPSIS (via They told her that her parents were dead, perished in a fire she barely remembered, a fire set by a king they taught her to hate. 'They' were her aunt and the jolly king, and she had believed them. From that day forward, Genevieve Gravois swore her allegiance to Henry VIII and no other. Raised by her cold and heartless aunt, she learns things no woman should know: how to write and decipher codes, how to use a dagger and a bow and how to kill.

When the time is ripe, Genevieve is thrust into the court of Francois I, a dangerous and magnificent place, as replete with intrigue and conflict as it is with the world's finest artists and musicians. Here, two mistresses, Anne d'Heilly and Diane de Poitiers, struggle for ultimate power. Here, the likes of Catherine de' Medici and Nostradamus explore the realm of the unknown. And here, Genevieve carries out her duties for the king she loves, spying on Francois, doing whatever Henry demands of her. But the French king is not who she thought him to be, his truth is at odds with all she has learned. Her life tangles with lives of others, both worthy and disgraceful, in circumstances none of her training has prepared her for. Genevieve's life spins out of control and she is forced to make deadly decisions about her true and ultimate loyalties.

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  1. I wasn't too thrilled with The Secret of the Glass. It was alright but not great, at least for me. I probably will read this new one. Is Genevieve a total fictional character (I'm thinking she is...but just want to know for sure).

  2. Fictional or not...I still want to read this after just finishing "The Courtesan". Love having a different perspective of a love triangle. Thanks for the preview Amy :}

  3. This sounds divine! Thanks for the hard work wrangling together authors -- it's such a treat!

  4. Gorgeous cover! I can't wait for it to come out (I haven't read anything by this author yet, but so far your recommendations have been stellar)!!!

  5. Oh this is exciting - I can't wait to hear more about it.


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