Ah, what a wonderful thing it is to be young and in love–unless you are a 16th century Valois Princess and your mother, Catherine de Médicis, disapproves of your entanglement.  That is precisely the situation of my heroine, Princess Marguerite, in Médicis Daughter.  Of course she should have known that marriage is not a matter of love when you are a royal. After all didn’t her dear friend and mentor, Henriette Duchess de Nevers, warn her long ago:

Fair of face’ is a fine consideration for flirting but of little import in marrying . . . .“Remember girls, marriage is a matter of politics, finance and family.  Looks are for lovers.

What to do, what to do?

Enjoy the Official Spring Trailer for Médicis Daughter!

Here we are just a week away from Valentines Day. The perfect time for my 7 Reasons Books Make the Best Valentine’s Gifts:

1) a book is ALWAYS the right size

2) it’s non-caloric

3) books don’t wilt after a week

4) if your kids pop into the bedroom unexpectedly and catch one of you in bed with it nobody is scarred for life 😉

5) your sweetheart would honestly rather pick the jewelry our her/himself (trust me on this one)

6) this is your chance to show you’ve been paying attention and you KNOW what s/he like to read

7) smart is the new sexy and reading is all about smart

Want a great reason to give MÉDCIS DAUGHTER for Valentines day—“Perinot matches the rhythm of Margot’s life to the political storms: as the battles escalate, so do the perils of love and lust. A riveting page-turner skillfully blending illicit liaisons and political chicanery”

MÉDCIS DAUGHTER on Amazon or wherever books are sold

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Here we are, four days until Christmas. Personally, I am about to make one last run to pick up some missing gift items. How about you? Done for the season? Are you going to be giving books this year? Getting them?

Books were a go-to gift for me long before I wrote them. What’s changed is the excitement I feel when someone writes to tell me that they received one of my novels as a gift and loved it.  So I guess I get a second Christmas out of my involvement with writing.

If you have a friend or family member who enjoys historical fiction, please consider sharing Médicis Daughter or The Sister Queens with them.  Or share the video trailer below with your fellow historical-fiction aficionados.  They may thank you and I CERTAINLY will.