It suddenly dawned on me, dear followers, that I have been negligent–I never  announced the release date of my next novel here at the blog.

Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois will release on December 1, 2015 in hardcover.  I have a fabulous new publisher (Thomas Dunne) and editor.  What is the book about? So glad you asked!  Here is a teaser:

 

Mother’s black eyes sparkle. “So, Margot, it seems you are a daughter of the Médicis as well the Valois.

16th Century France twists under the serpentine rule of Catherine de Médicis. At a court seething with intrigue and riven by religious war, beautiful Princess Margot walks the knife edge between the demands of her dangerous family, and the demands of her own conscience. Her chief value to the crown is as a pawn in the marriage game, to bring France a valuable ally or seal a tenuous peace. Even though her heart belongs to the powerful, charismatic Duc de Guise, her hand will be offered to the King of Navarre, heretic and rebel to the crown.

Margot does her duty, heart breaking, but the promised peace is a mirage: her mother’s schemes are endless, and her brothers plot vengeance in the streets of Paris. When Margot’s wedding devolves into the bloodshed of the St. Bartholmew’s Day massacre, she will be forced to choose: her family, or her soul?

The book is not yet available for pre-order, but you can add it to your “Want to Read” shelf at goodreads, and follow latest developments at the Médicis Daughter official facebook page.  One of the things you will see a lot of there are illustrated quotes from the novel to whet your appetite. I’ve put three below just to tempt you over to facebook.

xo Sophie