What better way to celebrate the one-week anniversary of The Sister Queens launch than with a trio of marvelous reviews for the novel!

The first review comes from Jessie at Ageless Pages Reviews, who says:

This is the type of book I am constantly looking for in the historical fiction genre, and rarely seem to stumble across; it’s very engaging from the outset, it’s lively to read with actualized characters in stead of cardboard historical cutouts, and it’s mostly, somewhat accurate. Sophie Perinot may indeed be a first-time author, but you certainly wouldn’t know that from reading her debut novel.

Jessie notes that:

One of the most enjoyable aspects of The Sister Queens is that no matter how convoluted the relationship, how twisted the tale, how unfamiliar the person at Court, Sophie Perinot never talks down to her readers.

 and concludes with a call for a sequel (I’d SO love to do one) declaring:

This was a wonderful read and one of my favorites so far this year. Move over Tudors, I think I have a new historical royal family obsession

The second review is from The Owl Bookmark, where Siobian awards The Sister Queens 4.5 owls (= “marvelous”).  She declares:

this is a novel that I quickly lost myself in.  It was written beautifully and Perinot does an amazing job of bringing these two characters to life.  The sisters were well balanced in their personalities and I found myself vacillating between admiration and favor of one sister to the other sister and then back again as I progressed in the story.

Siobian ends her review with this strong recommendation:

It was a wonderful book and I cannot recommend it enough because of its realistic characters and the historical setting that it was obvious Perinot took years researching to create.

Finally, at Romance Dish, Janga praises the novel for revealing:

the hearts of these two women—their memories of Provence and family ties, the concerns they have for their own children, and the struggles each faces as the dreams of girlhood are replaced by the realities of womanhood. Connecting all these things are the strands of jealousy, competition, forgiveness, loyalty, and abiding love that make up the bond of sisterhood.

and concludes by saying:

If you are a reader of historical fiction or a fan of Medieval romance, I highly recommend The Sister Queens. If you are neither but enjoy stories about the many relationships that define a woman, you may find more to like here than you expect.

 

Thank you ladies!  You’ve made my one-week anniversary very special indeed.  Thanks also to readers and fans who have been following my blog tour and who purchased The Sister Queens in its release week.  I am collecting photos of “sister queens spottings.”  So if you see the book in the wild (or in a bookstore) please snap a picture and contact me.

 

Today I am guest blogging at The Book Vault.  My gracious host, Dominique, asked me to consider which era I’d like to visit if I could travel back in time, and what I would do once I got there.  If you think you know where I would head, my answer may surprise you.

Things get a little zany in my interview at Unabridged Chick today. Did you know, for example, that I was the first (and possibly remain the only) writer to attempt to make a career out of banana-fiction?  Yes, I am a master of the genre, but *blushes* downright terrible at titles.

Go Sophie!

Stop by, learn more about my early attempts at fiction and what terrific books by fellow historical writers I’ve been reading lately!

The Sister Queens just received five apples from Debbie’s Book Bag!  I am thrilled and feeling a bit of the teacher’s pet at the moment.  Here are some highlights from Debbie’s review:

In The Sister Queens, Perinot writes with rich flavor and attention to the smallest of details. She brings to life the reigns of both Henry III and Louis IX and the women who loved them. This both takes sibling rivalry to a whole new level and shows the bonds that exist between sisters despite being separated by miles and country boundaries. Historical fiction fans can’t afford to miss this dynamic debut novel by a strong new voice in the genre

 And

This book shows impeccable research and the ability to put those details to good use. To bring out the most important things and know what to leave out. Perinot’s descriptions of court life were vivid and riveting. Her portrayal of the crusades and their brutality was gripping. This is one of the few historical fiction stories that I’ve read lately that I would consider a page turner.

 

Today I am visiting fellow historical fiction writer Susan Spann’s blog.  Turns out Susan and I have more than a passion for history in common—we share a disdain for socks.  Stop by as I talk about my desire to “respect history but don’t be smothered by it” and point out that some of the most bizarre and dramatic moments in my novel are truth not fiction.

One day after release of The Sister Queens I am offering absolution to those who don’t find it their cup of tea.   Come on over to A Bookish Affair and receive official permission to love me but not my book. 

And speaking of loving me . . .  pop over to Between the Sheets for your daily dose of Sophie facts.  I share with Heather my advice for aspiring authors, and explain why I am a character junkie.

It is launch day at last!  I am off to celebrate at a luncheon including two of my favorite historical authors—Kate Quinn and Stephanie Dray.  But don’t hate me.

The truth is, launching a book involves more work (and sheer terror) than it does champagne.  And what launching a debut novel entails in this age of social media is one of the topics I discuss today at The Paperback Swap Other subjects on the table—why I chose to focus The Sister Queens on only two of the four daughters of Raymond Berenger, Count of Provence; a family controversy about whether I am more like Marguerite or Eleanor; and the book I am working on next.

Oh and you just might win a copy of The Sister Queens in the Paperback Swap giveaway.

Today Holly at Bippity Boppity Book shares her thoughts on The Sister Queens in a marvelous and very favorable review.  Holly says:

In Marguerite and Eleanor Sophie Perinot manages to create two characters who are polar opposites but equally interesting and believable.

And she will be:

recommending this to everyone I know who loves historical fiction and putting this author on my “buy immediately” list for her future releases.

 Thank you Holly!

And while The Sister Queens is enjoying the star treatment at Bippity Boppity, I am paying a visit to a castle—Tanzanite’s Castle Full of Books—where my hostess Daphne (besides excellent tea and crumpets) has some very insightful questions for me.  Stop by for a crumpet and find out how I became a writer and what drew me to the 13th century.

Finally, if you haven’t ordered your copy yet, both Holly and Daphne have copies to giveaway.

Generally I take a blogging break on weekends, but I just had to make an exception for a visit with Lisa Yarde at Unusual Historicals.  Lisa and I met several years ago at a Historical Novel Society Conference and have been friends since.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Savoyards (Marguerite and Eleanor’s powerful relations on their mother’s side), or you’re curious about the creative passion I pursue when I am not writing, put down your Sunday paper, pour yourself a mug of coffee and stop by.

Can you all see me blushing at my keyboard?  Well I am.  The Sister Queens received an enthusiastic thumbs-up from The Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner today.  Here’s a sample:

The novel is well-written, well-paced, full of detail, and so historically accurate that you won’t want to put it down.  Perinot shows her passion and love for these sisters and not only pays tribute to the historical time period, but the bond of sisterhood as well.  Anyone with a sister will feel something when they read this novel.