Author Interview with Donna Russo Morin + International GIVEAWAY!!!

Passages to the Past is pleased to bring you an interview with the loverly Donna Russo Morin, author of The Courtier's Secret, The Secret of the Glass and her newest book, To Serve a King, which will be released tomorrow!!!

Donna has also graciously offered up a copy of To Serve a King to one of my lucky readers world-wide!  Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!

And now, to the interview....

How did the idea for To Serve a King come about?

I had always wanted to do a female espionage tale, had, in fact, developed a basic plot for one set during the American Revolution. But as happens, neither the market nor my editor (quite rightly so) supported the setting. Historical fiction set during the American Revolution is not only overdone, it’s not overly popular at the moment. Finding a truly unique take or plot for the period is very difficult. But I didn’t want to abandon the woman spy idea all together.

Fast forward a few years, and a mammoth amount of research into European history, and I find François I, the king of France during almost exactly the same years as Henry VIII reigned in England. I thought of what he and I had in common…in historical fiction, the Tudor stories tend to be a bit more popular than those set in other European countries, like mine. And while François was not only more powerful and contributed more to the world, he has always taken a back seat to Henry in terms of the history of the period. These two kings, along with Charles V of Spain, were constantly trying to outdo and overthrow the other. In that, I found the context for my story.

In this book, as in my first two books (The Courtier’s Secret 2/2009 and The Secret of the Glass 3/2010), there is always a subliminal theme which mirrors events or emotions taking place in my own life. To Serve a King is no different. I was going through one of the most challenging phases of my life while I was writing this book, so challenging in fact, I wasn’t sure I would get it written. And as happens for many people in such circumstances, overcoming the emotions of such challenges—anger and hate—is the true test. And so it is for my main character, Geneviève Gravois. To Serve a King is a story of intrigue, murder, passion and betrayal. But at its heart, it is a story of redemption.

What drew you to set a book in the court of Francois I?

King Francois I of France
As I mentioned above, I found him to be a very sympathetic character. In most everything I read of him, he was portrayed as a selfish, power-hungry, lustful soul. All of which was true. But when I read further, past the years of glory and indulgence, I found a man who had suffered great loses, who—in his study of Humanism—could only have seen his own behavior for what it truly was and made his own condemnations of it. I hoped to show through his evolution that self enlightenment could bring one to remorse and ultimately to redemption.

Add to that the women of his court…astounding, aggressive, antagonist, and avaricious women. I was in heaven. Two mistresses controlled much of this court…that of the King—Anne de Pisseleu d’Heilly—and that of his son Henri—Diane de Poitiers—and their machinations were fertile ground indeed for a writer of historical adventure.

One of the things that struck me the most while reading To Serve A King was the mutual love and affection that Francois I and his mistress, Anne d'Heilly had for one another. Could you talk a little bit about their unique and lengthy relationship?

Francois I's mistress Anne d'Heilly
This relationship was fascinating to me and another aspect of the period that enveloped me. I found it remarkably comparative to that of a couple in our own time…Charles and Camilla. Because of a military loss to the Charles V, François was forced to marry Charles’s sister, Eleanor. But before he met her, he had fallen madly in love with Anne de Pisseleu d’Heilly. There was no hope whatsoever for Eleanor with Anne on the scene, as she would be until the King’s death. She was beautiful, brilliant, and bossy. Theirs was a tumultuous relationship to be sure, full of passions of all kinds. But the very fact that it endured through ‘good times and bad,’ revealed that theirs was indeed a true and abiding love. They were both unfaithful to each other, and she could be quite the harridan, but through it all they could not deny their need and desire for the other.

You've written books that span several genres, why did you turn to Historical Fiction?

I feel my writing took the same precarious, zigzagging course that life itself can take. I knew from childhood that I wanted to be a writer, but finding my way and my voice were not as easy. I enjoyed some success with my short horror fiction, and was published in some critically acclaimed if little read anthologies. And the first manuscript I penned is a mix of horror and medieval fantasy, but it was never published nor was it good enough to get me an agent.

Now I have a confession to make here…as I began my writer’s journey, I was very untrained in the craft and ignorant of the business. My parents were children of Italian immigrants and my father’s father was a musician who came to this country to play the violin with the Rhode Island Philharmonic. He also made violins and violas by hand, one of which is the Smithsonian Institute. But my father new nothing but poverty as a result of his father’s artistry and he felt justified into urging his children to train for and strive for good ‘real’ jobs. So my creative writing took a back seat to my college education in advertising and marketing. It wasn’t until I learned to ‘hear my voice’ and realize that it was the sound of the books I most liked to read, historical fiction, that I found success.

Who has been your greatest writing inspiration?

In terms of writing style, I would have to acknowledge Stephen King. I was obsessed with his work for a long while. His ability to tell a complex story simply, as if you’re sitting beside him before a fire, is a gift and a talent one can only dream about. In terms of genre, it has to be Diana Gabaldon. Reading her Outlander series, discovering the blend of adventure and history, was a changing point for me and my writing.

Where will the next Donna Russo Morin novel take us readers?

I am having a wonderful time working on my next book, which will come out either Feb or March of 2012. The King’s Agent is an art history mystery, crossing the landscape of 16th century Italy to the homes of its greatest royalty, gathering clues from the work of the land’s greatest artists, including Michelangelo. It is an adventurous romp with undercurrents of the supernatural that could change the balance of power throughout Europe. The Renaissance kings were obsessed with the acquisition of art, hiring men to procure said art by any means, legal or otherwise. Some call Battista della Palla an art dealer, others denounce him as a thief. François I of France calls him his agent, the king’s agent.

Monna (Lady) Aurelia is a member of the Marquess of Mantua’s household, but whether he is her guardian or her warden, is a matter of heated debate. When Battista’s work takes him into the heavily guarded Mantua palazzo, his stealthy swagger is not enough to make a safe escape and it looks as if he will lose—both the prize and his life. Aurelia helps him flee the fatal situation and for his gratitude, convinces him that he must take her on his search. Together Battista and Aurelia search for a triptych that reveals the location of an object King François craves. Together Battista and Aurelia must survive and triumph over three challenges that mirror the worlds in Dante’s Divine Comedy. But Aurelia is not who Battista thinks she is, and the object is more than anyone can imagine.

If you could have 3 historical figures over for dinner, who would it be and why?

This is such a difficult yet intriguing question; I could ruminate on its possibilities for hours. There are so many periods in history that fascinate me and so many people within them who intrigue me. I know for a certainty that Galileo would be one of them. I found such empathy with his life and his beliefs when I studied him for my second book, that I would relish real time with him. Another that jumps quickly to mind is Benjamin Franklin. Like him, I am an ardent patriot and the revolution is a time in which I am greatly enamored, in which there lived so many people I would love to meet. But if you’re going to party with any one from that time, it has to be Ben. The man doled out his wisdom with the same liberal hand as his Madeira. And for the last, I would have to choose Mary, the mother of Jesus. To hear her truths would be an astounding event; to share her pain as a mother of sons would be heart wrenching but profound.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Give your craft the respect it deserves. Not only must you believe in yourself, you must support it. Always strive to improve, attend classes, workshops, and conferences whenever you can afford. Give your writing time; make it a part of your day to day life and give it the time to succeed. Be prepared to take any constructive criticism that comes your way, ESPECIALLY from agent/publisher rejections, and learn from it. Give up the ego and do what needs to get done to make the sale. The ego can come when you’ve made the bestseller’s list.

Now that's some great advice!!  Thanks again to Donna for a fascinating interview and now here's the giveaway information!

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

- To enter, please leave a comment below and include your email address.
- Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY!
- For +1 additional entry each, please help spread the word by blogging, posting on sidebar, tweeting or posting on Facebook.  You can use the SHARE buttons below and please include the info in the comment section below.
- Giveaway ends on February 5th.

SYNOPSIS

From her earliest days, Genevieve Gravois has known one fact above all: Francis I, king of France, is her enemy. Raised by her embittered aunt after her parents' deaths, Genevieve has been schooled in things no woman should know: how to decipher codes, how to use a dagger and a bow, and how to kill. For Henry VIII has a destiny in mind for the young girl--as his most powerful and dangerous spy.

When the time is ripe, Genevieve enters the magnificent world of the French court. With grace to match her ambition, she becomes maid of honor to Anne de Pisseleau, King Francis's mistress. Yet neither the court--which teems with artistry and enlightenment as well as intrigue--nor Francis himself are at all what Genevieve expected. And with her mission, her life, and the fate of two kingdoms at stake, she will be forced to make deadly decisions about where her heart and her ultimate loyalties lie.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL!!


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98 comments:

  1. François I. I have heard of him and vaguely know his history but this sounds like a fascinating book. I would like to read it.

    Just as an aside, I have not read any of Donna's books as yet, but the interview was really good. I think it is the most articulate interview I have read in a long time.

    If Donna's writing is anything as good as her responses to your questions were, I think I have just found a new author to follow closely.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Much appreciated.

    Carol T

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  2. Great interview. I love the acknowledgement that Stephen King was an influence.

    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Jules
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  3. I hope being first makes me lucky as I really want to win this one! Thank you for sharing.

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  4. This sounds like a fascinating book-please enter me-I tweeted the contest post
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  5. I have been dying to read the book! Thanks!
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  6. That was a very good interview. I would love to read the book, it sounds really good.
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  7. Thank you for the giveaway :) I would really like to read the book.

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  8. Very interesting interview, esp. fascinating was Ms. Morin's reference/comparison to Charles and Camilla. Thanks for the giveaway. This book sounds great.

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  9. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  10. Thanks for making this open internationally!

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  11. Oh this looks really good! And a female spy? Sign me up! Please enter me in the giveaway! Thanks! :)

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  13. Just stopping by to say hello to the fabulous Donna Russo Morin. No need to enter me; I've already bought her book. :) Congrats on another release, Donna.

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  14. I enjoyed this interview! I'll have to look into her work. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book.

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  15. Thanks for the chance to read this!

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    Thanks,
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  16. Yay international, yes I am in. I have yet to read a book by her but I have sure liked what I have head so far.

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  17. What a great interview! I really enjoyed hearing the story behind the story of this book, and it is so interesting that you were able to switch settings and adapt to the market. Congratulations on your book!

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  18. Wow, sounds like a very interesting book.

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  19. I am very excited to read your book. As an anglophile, I have been fascinated by Henry IIIV since youth. Later, I was delighted to find out that he was one of 3 brother kings who defined this renaissance era. Francios I is the least known of these in the English world and this plot has tremendous promise. Hurray!
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  20. Lovely! Great questions, too :)

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  21. Hey Amy great interview! Thanks for the giveaway! I would really love the chance to read this book.

    Taylor~ http://allthingshistoricalfiction.blogspot.com/

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  22. This one sounds very interesting!

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  23. Ooohhh please enter me in the giveaway! This book has been on my wishlist since Day 1!

    I'm an "old" follower. :-)
    Thanks!

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  24. I have never read about Francois I of France before. I like to read about someone who I don't know anything about. Espoinage always adds an eleement excitement to a book.


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  25. Great interview Amy and I'm so intriqued after reading The Courtesan last year to read about a different view of Francois I court. Off to add it to my sidebar ;)

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  26. Just posted to facebook...love the share buttons ;)

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  27. Just tweeted about this giveaway!

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  29. The book sounds amazing!

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  30. Really fantastic interview! I do love books that explore the fully human side of individuals -- esp royals -- and Ms Morin is clearly passionate about her characters! I'm also heartened by her story as a writer. Thanks to both Ms Morin and Amy for the lovely interview!

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  31. Love historical novels...would love to win this.

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  32. Thank you for the chance. =)
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  33. Wonderful and interesting interview. I love your choice of historical figures to have over for dinner. What a perfect mix. TO SERVE A KING will open a door on a part of history we often miss. As you said, Henry VIII really does overshadow everyone else.

    I love the sound of THE KING'S AGENT. I look forward to that one coming out.

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  34. I posted this giveaway on Facebook (Patricia Barraclough).

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  35. I tweeted the message at 2:28 PM on Jan. 24 as pbbearclaw.

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  36. Thank you, everyone, so much for your interest and your wonderful comments. It's quite heartening to hear how many others are interested in Francois; he is indeed like the younger brother who walks in the shadow of the over achieving brother. Yet his story is well worth the telling.

    And I am grateful at the interest in my personal journey as well. I've always lived with my doors thrown wide and I am most grateful to Amy for the opportunity to share. Her questions were so thought-provoking; I really enjoyed the places they took me.

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  37. I would love to win this novel!! It's not a period of history I know a lot about so am eager to learn!!

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  38. This book sounds so good! I am obsessed with any books or movies based on the Tudors and Francois I has come up a lot in them as a secondary character. I have never read anything with him as a main character but I would just love to! Thanks for the book recommendation and giveaway :).
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  39. I shared on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=135052139892530&id=541104522.
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  40. that's great advice for aspiring writers! thanks so much for the contest!

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  41. Sounds facinating!
    I'd like to entre the draw please.

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  42. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  43. This sounds really good and haven't read much about Francis.

    Thanks for making this international!

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  44. Please enter me in the giveaway.

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  45. Interesting choices for the 3 historical figures. Would love to read this one.

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  46. This book sounds very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Love & Hugs,
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  47. This sounds really good! Please enter me! Thank you!
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  48. Thank you for introducing me to Donna's writing. I have yet to read one of her books but I am definitely adding these to be TBR pile. I love spy novels and France but rarely find many historical novels set in France since England seems to be the most popular.

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  49. I find Francis I fascinating! Probably because I only seem to read about his court, and him in passing, and I pick up bits at pieces over time.
    The book sounds great and I would love to be entered into the draw!

    Amanda

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  50. I am interested to read a perspective on Francois I that goes beyond the bawdiness of the French court or him as a fringe character in a chest thumping contest between him and Henry VIII. This book has really caught my attention.

    I noticed that Queen Claude is not mentioned, so I assume this is set after she passed. I have only read where Francois treated Claude rather harshly or coldly and wonder in researching how Ms. Russo Morin found their relationship. And I have often wondered if there was enough fertile ground there to do a book on Queen Claude? If it must have a Tudor connection, to satisfy publishing demands, the young Boleyn sisters can be included as Robin Maxwell did previously.

    I just have to wonder if the American Revolution story with the female spy was about George Washington's infamous lady #355? If so I hope that market opens up so that this story sees the light.

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  51. Great moniker, FurryReaders...yes, the book is set many years after Queen Claude died. Though I agree, there is much to inspire in the early years of Francois' life; not only Claude but his amazing mother Louise de Savoy. And I am strongly thinking of these two women to spearhead another book.

    There is no doubt that Francois treated Claude a bit cruelly; he was so full of ego and his own grandeur then. And she took much of the brunt of his need to flaunt it. But they had many children together, shared the loss of a few. I believe that once he came to a place of greater self-awareness, he felt her loss. A bit of 'you never know what you've got until it's gone.' And a bit of guilt as well.

    As for the American Revolution story...well, with the hopes that it will yet be allowed creation, I will say that Anna and the Ring would play a major role in the story. Here's hoping!

    Thanks much, D

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  52. Sounds really great! I'd love to be entered.

    Please count me in. Thanks.

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  53. Great interview, and To Serve a King sounds fantastic. I'm definitely excited to read it. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity Amy!

    Jessica M.
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    I tweeted about your post, here's the link:
    http://twitter.com/#!/crazylilcuban/status/30365591902617600

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  54. To both of you, that was an absolutely wonderful interview. Both questions and answers are written with a wondeful flowing grace that makes you want to sieze the moment and run out and buy the book.

    I think the characters sound very facinating and the time period is one of my favorites so I am going to put this on my wish list. There is nothing in this world like a good book. Thanks for the pleasure to find out more about the book and Donna I wish you the best of luck.
    huggs,
    Terra

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    I shared your post through facebook and google buzz. Hope it gives you more readers.

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  55. Thanks so much, Terra, for your remarkably kind words and your support! Very much appreciated. D

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  56. Sounds interesting!

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  57. I am so glad to hear Benjamin Franklin mentioned. In the current hard times, his invention of the American library has kept many booklovers afloat.

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  58. I think that France's rich history gets lost with the passion that is held for the Tudors.

    I would love to read this.
    thank you
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  59. OOoooh - sounds really intriguing! Thanks for the terrific interview and chance to win.
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  60. count me in please :)
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  61. I absolutely love this period of history and want to read everything I can about it. I'm crossing my fingers to be a winner!

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  62. Looks great, I'd love to win this!

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  63. Donna Russo Martin - I came back to check to see if I had left my email (which I didn't - very bad habit) in my comment and I was so thrilled to see a personal response from you. I have to say you made my day! It was capped of by reading that you may do a book featuring Claude and Francois' mother, Louise de Savoy. I think that would give wonderful insight into Francois character and growth, their marriage and their court. Maybe it could also include and explain how Leonardo Da Vinci ended up there.

    The birth of FurryReaders (glad you like it). My husband and I came up with our nickname to represent our furry family members (6 cats & 1 year old therapy dog in training) and our love of reading. Don't get me going on some of our cats strange affinity for books.

    Since I don't have a blog or social network accounts, here is my email, so I don't mess up again and miss out on my singular chance for this book. DaSwee94(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  64. Thanks for another great giveaway! I have not heard of Francois I but am aware of the conflict between the other two kings. This sounds like a very interesting read. Count me in!

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  65. Tweeted giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/MamaHendo3/status/31179427312304129

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  68. I enjoyed your interview. I look forward to reading this book. It also has a great cover.
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  69. Please enter me for a chance to win. This book sounds fascinating!

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  70. I've never read any of Donna's books and like the idea of this one (female espinage)!

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  71. What an awesome interview! The King's agent sounds wonderful. I have never read anything by Donna, but I have heard rave reviews!

    Please enter me!
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  72. I would love to be entered.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  75. I haven't read any of her books yet but your interview sold me. I love historical fiction but throw in a mystery and I can't wait!!

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  76. I am crazy for Historical Fiction!

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  77. Great interview and giveaway! I am a fan of Donna Russo Morins since reading The Secret of the Glass.

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  78. Please count me in. Thanks for the giveway.
    This book sounds kinda of refreshing.

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  79. This sounds very interesting, I've never read anything by Donna Russo, so I'm very curious :-)

    Please enter me for the giveaway !

    Carine
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  80. rena.mcgrath@yahoo.comJanuary 31, 2011 at 7:08 AM

    Rena McGrath
    I loved Secrets of the Glass and would be thrilled to earn a copy of To Serve a King. The court of Francois I was fascinating filled as it was so much intrigue and affairs with the king. I shared about the book on facebook.
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  81. I don't know much about Francis I's reign but I'm intrigued. I'd love to win this book!

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  82. This is on my To Read List. I would love to win a copy.

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    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  83. I've only encountered Francois as a secondary character in other novels, portrayed in less than positive ways. I particularly dislike his treatment of Claude. Perhaps this book will give me a better, more balanced, view. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  84. I would love to be entered to win this!

    ~Briana
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  85. +1 Sidebar: http://thebookpixie.blogspot.com/

    ~Briana
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  86. +1 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/thebookpixie/statuses/32338153268322304

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  87. +1 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=188459554511536&id=695450277

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  88. This book looks fascinating. Please enter me. mljcwsu at yahoo dot com

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  89. Fascinating!
    Thanks for sharing.
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  90. Great interview :D

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  91. What a fantastic interview! The book sounds awesome and I'd love a chance to win it. Thanks Amy!

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  92. The book sounds great and I would love the chance to win a copy
    Thanks Rachel
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  93. What a fascinating interview! I dearly love the time of the Tudors and cannot get enough of it. As well, my family and I lived in Paris, France for many years and thus, I found a love of French history as well. I would so very much love to win a copy of this book. However, if I am not lucky enough to win, my early congratulations to the person who does win and special congratulations to Donna Russo Morin for her hard work in researching and writing such wonderfully informative novels.

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  94. Looks like a really good historical novel. I'd love to read this one.

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