Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What's New Wednesday: A Look at Next Weeks New Releases

~ For the week of January 2nd - 8th ~

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Publish Date: January 4th 2011
Format: Paperback 384pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"A thrilling debut novel starring one of history's most famous and beloved courtesans.
From London's slums to its bawdy playhouses, The Darling Strumpet transports the reader to the tumultuous world of seventeenth-century England, charting the meteoric rise of the dazzling Nell Gwynn, who captivates the heart of King Charles II-and becomes one of the century's most famous courtesans.
Witty and beautiful, Nell was born into poverty but is drawn into the enthralling world of the theater, where her saucy humor and sensuous charm earn her a place in the King's Company. As one of the first actresses in the newly-opened playhouses, she catapults to fame, winning the affection of legions of fans-and the heart of the most powerful man in all of England, the King himself. Surrendering herself to Charles, Nell will be forced to maneuver the ruthless and shifting allegiances of the royal court-and discover a world of decadence and passion she never imagined possible."

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Publish Date: January 4th
Format: Paperback 304pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"In the winter of 1876, the beautiful young madam India Black is occupied with her usual tasks - keeping her tarts in line, avoiding the police, and tolerating the clergyman bent on converting her girls. But when Sir Archibald Latham of the War Office dies from a heart attack while visiting her brothel, India is unexpectedly thrust into a deadly game between Russian and British agents who are seeking the military secrets Latham carried. 
French, the handsome British spy, discovers India disposing of Latham's body, and blackmails her into recovering the missing documents. Their quest takes them from the Russian embassy to Claridge's Hotel, from London to the English coast, all the while chasing the Russian agents who are intent on spiriting the stolen documents out of England.

But it is their own tempestuous relationship they will have to weather as India and French attempt to resist the mutual attraction between them - an attraction that can prove as deadly as the conspiracy entangling them..."



Unknown said...

Okay, India Black sounds very intriguing! Thanks for the heads up!

Carol said...

Both look good.
I have been waiting for The Darling Strumpet ever since I found the author's blog.
We have Charles II and Nell Gywnne history right here where I live.


Blodeuedd said...

*nods in agreement* I do have an eye out for the India Black book

Jenny Girl said...

Would like to read both but more interested in Miss India Black. A woman of mystery and suspense, excellent. Thanks Svea :)

Tales of Whimsy said...

Such decadent covers! I love these two!

Shy said...

The India Black book sounds really good. And that cover is to die for!

p.s. Happy new year to you! Best wishes in 2011 =)

Darlene said...

I've got The Darling Strumpet to read - it sounds good!

I just wanted to pop in and wish you a Happy New Year and all the best in 2011!

Svea Love said...

Darlene: I will be looking forward to your review! Happy New Year :)

Shy: Thank you! I hope 2011 is most excellent for you!

Jenny: You're welcome :) I am greatly intrigued by India Black as well. I will be posting an interview with the author on Tuesday!

Dizzy C: How interesting! I would love to hear about it sometime.