More 2013 Releases...Drool, Baby, Drool!

2013 is looking Historical Fiction-tastic...get ready to drool over some really fabulous releases due out next year!    

Venus in Winter
by Gillian Bagwell

Release Date: July 2, 2013

SYNOPSIS:  Armed with nothing but her razor-sharp wit and fetching looks, twelve year- old Bess of Hardwick arrives at the glamorous court of King Henry VIII and is thrust into a treacherous world of politics and intrigue, a world she must quickly learn to navigate. Eventually she discovers that, for a woman of substance, the power and the possibilities are endless.

The Serpent and the Pearl
by Kate Quinn

Release Date: August 6, 2013

SYNOPSIS:  Rome, 1492. The Holy City is drenched with blood and teeming with secrets. A pope lies dying and the throne of God is left vacant, a prize awarded only to the most virtuous—or the most ruthless. The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web.

by Nicole Galland

Release Date:  July 2, 2013

SYNOPSIS:   Everyone knows the legend of Lady Godiva—the woman who (in)famously rode naked on horseback through Coventry to relieve her people from unfair taxation. But why would a lady of the court take it all off and risk everything, including husband, home, and well-being?

In this richly imagined retelling of an oft-told ancient tale, Nicole Galland gives us Lady Godiva in all her, um, glory, as she and her best friend (the Abbess Egdiva) and husband (Leofric, Earl of Mercia) embark on an adventure filled with courtly intrigue, deceit, back-stabbing, and romance.

Call Me Zelda
by Erika Robuck

Release Date:  May 7, 2013

SYNOPSIS:  From the author of Hemingway’s Girl comes a richly imagined tale of Zelda Fitzgerald’s love, longing, and struggle against ever-threatening insanity.

From New York to Paris, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald reigned as king and queen of the Jazz Age, but those who really knew them saw their inner turmoil.

Committed to a Baltimore psychiatric hospital in 1932, Zelda vacillates between lucidity and madness as she fights to forge an identity independent of her famous husband.  She discovers a sympathetic ear in her nurse Anna Howard, who finds herself drawn into the Fitzgerald’s tumultuous lives and wonders which of them is the true genius.  But in taking greater emotional risks to save Zelda, Anna may end up paying a far higher price than she ever intended.

In this thoroughly researched, deeply moving novel, Erika Robuck explores the boundaries of female friendship, the complexity of marital devotion, and the sources of both art and madness.

The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora
by Stephanie Thornton

Release Date: July 2, 2013

SYNOPSIS: A compelling debut about the early life of Theodora, who rose from obscurity to become Empress of Constantinople.  In sixth-century Constantinople, one woman defied every convention and rose from a common theater tart to become empress of a great kingdom, the most powerful woman the Roman Empire would ever know. As she gained a back-door entry into the halls of power, surviving starvation, heartbreak, and betrayal along the way, she could never have predicted that one day she would find a great man to love and be handed a crown... or that she would be shrewd, bold, and strong enough to keep it.  Theodora, the woman whose image was later immortalized in glittering mosaic, was a defiant, clever, conniving, flesh-and-blood woman full of sensuality and spirit whose story is as surprising as any ever told.

Which titles are you most excited for?


  1. Kate Quinn's newest for sure, and I had not seen anything about Godiva before! That's definitely going on my list.

  2. Well, anything by Gillian Bagwell will be excellent. The others look very intriguing

  3. Oh my goodness! Would someone please hand me a napkin to catch the drool? These all look wonderful. I cannot tell you how excited I get when I see upcoming novels like this that just call to me. Thank you, Amy, for bringing smiles to my face all the time!

  4. I'm adding all of these to my reading list, actually. :)

    But I can't wait for CALL ME ZELDA! The cover is beautiful and I loved loved HEMINGWAY'S GIRL. Godiva sounds intriguing, too. My 5yo daughter just swooned over the cover. She loves horses. I'm making a history lover out of her!

  5. Oh, why can't all of these books be out now???

    They all look good to me!

  6. I am most excited about Kate's newest book but they all sound fantastic!

  7. Venus In Winter and Godiva are a must buy for me. I haven't read anything with Godiva in it and am looking forward to this one.

  8. Seriously gorgeous covers! The Godiva one looks really intriguing. That's not a subject I've ever seen in a book!
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  9. I think Call Me Zelda could be a really good read. I am curious about it!

  10. Call Me Zelda sounds really good...can't' wait!


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