Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Upcoming 2012 Historical Fiction Release! The Rebel Wife Taylor M. Polites

Publish Date: February 7th 2012
Format: Hardcover 304pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Augusta Branson, born of a prominent Southern family made destitute by the Civil War, is forced by her family into marriage with a wealthy upstart. Ten years after her marriage and the end of the war, she watches her husband, Eli, die from a horrifying blood fever. 
Newly widowed, Augusta begins to wake to the realities that surround her: her social standing is stained by her marriage, she is alone and unprotected in a community that is being destroyed by racial prejudice and violence, the fortune she thought she would inherit does not exist, and the deadly blood fever is spreading like wildfire. Nothing is as she believed, everyone she trusts is hiding something from her, and if Augusta can’t find a missing package, she and her son face certain death.

Using the Southern Gothic tradition to subvert literary archetypes like the white Southern Gentleman, the good Mammy, the conniving scalawag, and the defenseless Southern Belle, The Rebel Wife shatters the myths that still cling to the antebellum South and creates an unforgettable heroine for our time. "

Copyright © 2011 Svea Love. All Rights Reserved.

Ebook Deals!

Wicked with Bonus Material: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Wicked by Gregory Maguire: 1.99

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"For a limited time at a special price, go back to where The Wicked Years all began—and read excerpts from the rest of the series, including the masterly final book, Out of Oz, available November 1. 
When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil? 
Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil."

Searching for Pemberley
Searching for Pemberly by Mary Lydon Simonsen: 1.99

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"History, romance, and even a little mystery all combined in one wonderful book."
Best Sellers World, Five Star Review 
Maggie went in search of a love story, but she never expected to find her own...
Desperate to escape her life in a small Pennsylvania mining town, Maggie Joyce accepts a job in post-World War II London, hoping to find adventure. While touring Derbyshire, she stumbles upon the stately Montclair, rumored by locals to be the inspiration for Pemberley, the centerpiece of Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice. 
Determined to discover the truth behind the rumors, Maggie embarks on a journey through the letters and journals of Montclair's former owners, the Lacey family, searching for signs of Darcy and Elizabeth. 
But when the search introduces her to both a dashing American pilot and a handsome descendant of the "Darcy" line, Maggie must decide how her own love story will end..."

A Darcy Christmas 
by Amanda Grange, Sharon Lathan, Carolyn Eberhart: 1.99

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Wish You a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Share in the magic of the season in these three warm and wonderful holiday novellas from bestselling authors. 
Christmas Present
by Amanda Grange 
A Darcy Christmas
by Sharon Lathan 
Mr. Darcy's Christmas Carol
by Carolyn Eberhart"

Darcy and Fitzwilliam: A tale of a gentleman and an officer

Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen Wasylowski: 1.99

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"A gentleman in love cannot survive without his best friend... 
Fitzwilliam Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam couldn't be more different, and that goes for the way each one woos and pursues the woman of his dreams. Darcy is quiet and reserved, careful and dutiful, and his qualms and hesitations are going to torpedo his courtship of Elizabeth. His affable and vivacious cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam is a military hero whose devil-may-care personality hides the torments within, until he finds himself in a passionate, whirlwind affair with a beautiful widow who won't hear of his honorable intentions. 
Cousins, best friends, and sparring partners, Darcy and Fitzwilliam have always been there for each other. So it's no surprise when the only one who can help Darcy fix his botched marriage proposals is Fitzwilliam, and the only one who can pull Fitzwilliam out of an increasingly dangerous entanglement is Darcy..."

The Queen's Bastard: A Novel of Elizabeth I and Arthur Dudley

The Queen's Bastard by Robin Maxwell: 1.99

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Historians have long whispered that "the Virgin Queen" Elizabeth's passionate, lifelong affair with Robin Dudley, Earl of Leicester, may have led to the birth of a son, Arthur Dudley. In this exquisite sequel to The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, Robin Maxwell fashions a stunning fictional account of the child switched at birth by a lady-in-waiting who foresaw the deleterious political consequences of a royal bastard. Set against the sweeping, meticulously rendered backdrop of court intrigues, international scandals, and England's battle against the Spanish Armada in 1588, Maxwell deftly juxtaposes Elizabeth and Leicester's tumultuous relationship with the memoirs of the adventurous son lost to them-yet ultimately discovered.

The Queen's Bastard artfully weaves two tales, the first told by Arthur Dudley himself, who, exchanged at birth by Elizabeth's intimates for a stillborn infant, grows up as a country gentleman, never knowing his true identity. A dreamer, a romantic, and a magnificent horseman, Arthur sets off to fight Philip II of Spain. Meanwhile, the lifelong love affair of Elizabeth and Leicester has only been strengthened by the presumed loss of their child. The two narratives collide when Arthur learns who his true parents are. Religion, sex, and the sixteenth century's most fascinating personalities are woven into a rich tapestry of betrayal, the quest for power, and love."

Darcy's Voyage: A Tale of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas

Darcy's Voyage by Kara Louise: 1.99

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"A Tale of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas 
In this enchanting and highly original retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet sets out for the new world aboard the grand ship Pemberley's Promise. She's prepared for an uneventful voyage until a chance encounter with the handsome, taciturn Mr. Darcy turns her world upside down. 
When Elizabeth falls ill, Darcy throws convention overboard in a plan that will bind them to each other more deeply than he ever could have imagined. But the perils of their ocean voyage pale in comparison to the harsh reality of society's rules that threaten their chance at happiness. When they return to the lavish halls of England, will their love survive?"

The Darcys & the Bingleys: Pride and Prejudice Continues
The Darcys & the Bingleys by Marsha Altman: 1.99

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"A Tale of Two Gentlemen's Marriages to Two Most Devoted Sisters 
Three days before their double wedding, Charles Bingley is desperate to have a word with his dear friend Fitzwilliam Darcy, seeking advice of a most delicate nature. Bingley is shocked when Darcy gives him a copy of an ancient, illustrated book of sensual secrets-but it does tell him everything he needs to know. 
Eventually, of course, Jane finds this remarkable volume and in utmost secrecy shows it to her dear sister Elizabeth, who goes searching for a copy in the Pemberley library... 
By turns hilarious and sweet, The Darcys & the Bingleys follows the two couples and the cast of characters surrounding them. Miss Caroline Bingley, it turns out, has such good reasons for being the way she is that the reader can't help but hold her in charity. Delightfully, she makes a most eligible match, and in spite of Darcy's abhorrence of being asked for advice, he and Bingley have a most enduring and adventure-prone friendship."

Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One
Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Two Shall Become One by Sharon Lathan: 1.99

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Sharon Lathan presents Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy, A fascinating portrait of a timeless, consuming love - and the sweetest, most romantic Jane Austen sequel. 
It's Darcy and Elizabeth's wedding day, and the journey is just beginning as Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice characters embark on the greatest adventure of all: marriage and a life together filled with surprising passion, tender self-discovery, and the simple joys of every day. 
As their love story unfolds in this most romantic of Jane Austen sequels, Darcy and Elizabeth reveal to each other how their relationship blossomed. From misunderstanding to perfect understanding and harmony, theirs is a marriage filled with romance, sensuality, and the beauty of a deep, abiding love."

Child of the Northern Spring: Book One of the Guinevere Trilogy
Child of the Northern Spring by Persia Woolley: 1.99

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Among the first to look at the story of Camelot through Guinevere's eyes, Woolley sets the traditional tale in the time of its origin, after Britain has shattered into warring fiefdoms. 
Hampered by neither fantasy nor medieval romance, this young Guinevere is a feisty Celtic tomboy who sees no reason why she must learn to speak Latin, wear dresses, and go south to marry that king. But legends being what they are, the story of Arthur's rise to power soon intrigues her, and when they finally meet, Guinevere and Arthur form a partnership that has lasted for 1500 years. 
This is Arthurian epic at its best-filled with romance, adventure, authentic Dark Ages detail, and wonderfully human people."

The Last Pendragon (Book One in The Last Pendragon Saga)

The Last Pendragon by Sarah Woodbury: 2.99

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Set in 7th century Wales, the Last Pendragon is the story of Cadwaladr ap Cadwallon (Cade)--heir to the throne of Arthur--and of Rhiannon, the bastard daughter of the man who usurped Cade's father's throne. Born to rule, yet without a kingdom, Cade must learn to be both Christian king and pagan hero, and Rhiannon must decide how much she is willing to risk to follow her heart."

The Kingmaking (Pendragon's Banner Series #1)

 The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick: 1.99

Synopsis (From the Publisher):

"Who was THE MAN
Who became THE LEGEND
We know as KING ARTHUR? 
"You are the Pendragon, rightful Lord of Dumnonia and the Summer Land; Lord of less Britain. By all that is right, you ought be seated where Vortigern sits . . . You ought to be King." 
Here lies the truth of the Lord of the Summer Land. 
This is the tale of Arthur flesh and bone. Of the shaping of the man, both courageous and flawed, into the celebrated ruler who inspired armies, who captured Gwenhyfar's heart, and who emerged as the hero of the Dark Ages and the most enduring hero of all time.
This is the unexpected story of the making of a king - the legend who united all of Britain."

Copyright © 2011 Svea Love. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Very Merry Christmas To You!

May you have a joyous day filled with heartfelt love and laughter!

Copyright © 2011 Svea Love. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Guest Post: Lauren Willig, Author of The Orchid Affair (Pink Carnation Series #8)

I was sorting through my unpublished drafts the other day and came across this lovely guest post by Lauren Willig which unfortunately didn't auto-publish correctly so many months ago! Lauren Willing is the author of the scrumptious and enchanting Pink Carnation Series, and I am honored to have her as a guest on The Muse in the Fog Book Review. And now without any further delay, I give you Lauren's thoughts on the art of writing historical fiction:


"Writing historical fiction is a bit like piecing together a quilt. Even though the final pattern is something individual and unique, if you look closely, you’ll find that most novels employ a lot of repurposed materials.

While my characters are my own inventions and take on a life of their own in my head, I often base them closely on real people, or, at least, borrow bits of peoples’ lives which I then piece into the characters I’ve created. Truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction, which means I’m always coming across stories I can’t resist using—like the rebellion in Dublin in 1803 which formed the basis for my third book, The Deception of the Emerald Ring, in which the conspirators were betrayed when a member of their group accidentally blew up their secret hideaway, sending rockets spiraling into the air like teenagers setting off fireworks on the 4th of July. Ooops.

I’ve been feeling this connection to the fabric of history particularly strongly in my most recent book, The Orchid Affair, in which my fictional characters are involved in a complicated plot to unseat Napoleon that took place in the winter and spring of 1804. The plot, while somewhat simplified for the purposes of my story, was real enough. Most of the fictional bits, though, were also based on real people and events.

In The Orchid Affair, my hero, Andre Jaouen, the assistant Prefect of Paris, is locked in a deadly struggle with his colleague and rival, Gaston Delaroche, who works at the Ministry of Police. Although both my Andre and the rather insane Delaroche are entirely fictional, their rivalry was inspired by the actual grudge match between the Prefect of Paris, Louis-Nicolas Dubois, and Napoleon’s sinister Minister of Police, Joseph Fouche. In early 1804, when this book takes place, Napoleon had dissolved the Ministry of Police, making the Prefecture the official center of surveillance. He had, however, made Fouche a gift of the remains of the Ministry of Police funds, over one million francs, money which Fouche used to build a bigger and better network of informers, with which he challenged the authority of the Prefecture and Dubois. The Royalist plot which Andre and Delaroche are shouldering each other out of the way to investigate was, in fact, the catalyst that Fouche used to bring about the reinstatement of the Ministry of Police, relegating Dubois and the Prefecture to the sidelines.

Andre is a widower. (And a good thing, too, or else how would he be able to flirt with his children’s governess?) His wife was a painter, and a famous one, a friend of David and the other luminaries of the revolutionary art world. I based Andre’s artist wife, Julie Beniet, off a combination of Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun, Marguerite Gerard, and Adélaïde Labille-Guiard. Although Julie Beniet’s politics and career are closest to Labille-Guiard, it was a sketch by Marguerite Gerard of a provincial gentleman in a brown coat provided the visual inspiration for my hero, Andre.

On the flip side, we can look at the “real” parts of the story, such as the interrogation of one of the conspirators, Jean-Pierre Querrelle, or the discovery of the hiding place of the prime conspirator, Georges Cadoudal. Even though both those events actually happened, when and where described, they were, of necessity, doctored to allow my characters to have a role, rendering the factual bits somewhat less factual even while the fictional bits aren’t always entirely fictional.

In the end, maybe that’s the trick to writing historical fiction: sewing a seamless enough seam that we can’t tell where fact and fiction divide."

Thank you, Lauren, for this delightful guest post and for giving us a look at the making of The Orchid Affair!

The next upcoming Pink Carnation novel is only 2 months away! 

Publish Date: February 16th 2012
Format: Hardcover 400pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"In the ninth installment of Lauren Willig's bestselling Pink Carnation series, an atrocious poet teams up with an American widow to prevent Napoleon's invasion of England.
Secret agent Augustus Whittlesby has spent a decade undercover in France, posing as an insufferably bad poet. The French surveillance officers can't bear to read his work closely enough to recognize the information drowned in a sea of verbiage. 
New York-born Emma Morris Delagardie is a thorn in Augustus's side. An old school friend of Napoleon's stepdaughter, she came to France with her uncle, the American envoy; eloped with a Frenchman; and has been rattling around the salons of Paris ever since. Widowed for four years, she entertains herself by drinking too much champagne, holding a weekly salon, and loudly critiquing Augustus's poetry. 
As Napoleon pursues his plans for the invasion of England, Whittlesby hears of a top-secret device to be demonstrated at a house party at Malmaison. The catch? The only way in is with Emma, who has been asked to write a masque for the weekend's entertainment. 
Emma is at a crossroads: Should she return to the States or remain in France? She'll do anything to postpone the decision-even if it means teaming up with that silly poet Whittlesby to write a masque for Bonaparte's house party. But each soon learns that surface appearances are misleading. In this complicated masque within a masque, nothing goes quite as scripted- especially Augustus's feelings for Emma." 

Copyright © 2011 Svea Love. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Upcoming 2012 Historical Fiction Release! Elizabeth I by Margaret George [paperback edition]

Publish Date: March 27th 2012
Format: Paperback Edition 688pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"New York Times bestselling author Margaret George captures history's most enthralling queen-as she confronts rivals to her throne and to her heart.

One of today's premier historical novelists, Margaret George dazzles here as she tackles her most difficult subject yet: the legendary Elizabeth Tudor, queen of enigma-the Virgin Queen who had many suitors, the victor of the Armada who hated war; the gorgeously attired, jewel- bedecked woman who pinched pennies. England's greatest monarch has baffled and intrigued the world for centuries. But what was she really like?

In this novel, her flame-haired, lookalike cousin, Lettice Knollys, thinks she knows all too well. Elizabeth's rival for the love of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and mother to the Earl of Essex, the mercurial nobleman who challenged Elizabeth's throne, Lettice had been intertwined with Elizabeth since childhood. This is a story of two women of fierce intellect and desire, one trying to protect her country, and throne, the other trying to regain power and position for her family and each vying to convince the reader of her own private vision of the truth about Elizabeth's character. Their gripping drama is acted out at the height of the flowering of the Elizabethan age. Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dudley, Raleigh, Drake-all of them swirl through these pages as they swirled through the court and on the high seas.

This is a magnificent, stay-up-all-night page-turner that is George's finest and most compelling novel and one that is sure to please readers of Alison Weir, Philippa Gregory, and Hilary Mantel."

Copyright © 2011 Svea Love. All Rights Reserved.