Head on over to my other blog, Royal Cribs, to see the homes of Mary, Queen of Scots!
I hope you enjoy!
"Set in the 17th-century world of the Sun King (the world of Mistress of the Sun), it's a novel inspired by yet another mistress of the Sun King: maid Claude des Oeillets, daughter of a theatrical diva and confidential maid to the King's mistress, Athénaïs de Montespan — a diva of quite another sort (as readers of Mistress of the Sun well know).
It's also a novel about the amazing theatrical renaissance of the period: grumpy, beloved Corneille, comic genius Molière, and the brilliant but unethical Racine all feature as characters. Intertwined with the fantasy world of the stage is the all-too-real stage of the Court, where power was poison (and vice-versa)."
Karleen was gracious enough to give us an update on her work in progress. Per Karleen…”The working title is Monarch, king and butterfly (as in transformation) aspect. It's about four months in the life of Louis XIV, who was the star of the seventeenth century, when he was 22 and he both fell in love and had to make a decision about how to handle the most powerful man in his kingdom, and that man wasn't him. Much of the novel is based on history, but I threw in a man in the iron mask, only I made it a boy.” Ooooohhhh…sounds soooo good!