As I mentioned in my last post, the marvelous Genevieve Graham is running a “Books for Christmas” promotion all month to introduce you to ten author’s whose books would make brilliant holiday gifts.  She’s even offering you a chance to win their books to slip into the stockings of someone you love (or to install on your own bedside table as the case may be).

Today it’s my turn.  Since you’re here at my blog I presume you’ve already met me (*waves cheerfully*).  But if you haven’t read The Sister Queens yet here is your chance to have a sneak peek inside the book and meet Marguerite of Provence, Queen of France, on her WEDDING NIGHT!  In addition, there is a chance for you to win the entire book for yourself or—if you’ve already read it (bless you)—to give as a holiday gift to a historical fiction lover on your list.  When you arrive at Genevieve’s promotion page if I am not at the top of the post just scroll down — I am the December 7th feature.

Here’s an event that incorporates three of my favorite words – “free,” “books,” and “Christmas.”  Author Genevieve Graham (Under the Same Sky & Sound of the Heart) has put together a marvelous two week celebration of books as holiday gifts—everyday a different author will be featured with an excerpt from her/his work and A BOOK TO WIN!!!

That’s TEN free books to be won.  And on top of that, there are TWO triple-book grand prize packages on offer (entries for those opened today)!!!  So that’s TWELVE chances to win (talk about the Twelve Days of Christmas!)  Check out the author schedule below and check this link EVERYDAY for your chance to win another good book just in time for holiday gift-giving!

December 3rd — Joanna Bourne

December 4th — Pamela Callow

December 5th — MK McClintock

December 6th –Steve Vernon

December 7th – yours truly, Sophie Perinot

*** Weekend to do your shopping and wrapping (psst. . . buy books) ***

December 10th — Rona Altrows

December 11th — Kaki Warner

December 12th –Katherine S.Crawford

December 13th — Nya Rawlyns

December 14th Victoria Vane

PRIZE PACKAGES (entry period opened today): GRAND PRIZE #1 – Kaki Warner’s “Runaway Bride” series (3 books); GRAND PRIZE #2 – Pamela Callow’s “Kate Lange thriller series” (3 books)

Good luck all and never say I don’t share THE BEST giveaways and gift giving tips!

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Books are what I AM dreaming of for Christmas! Shown here from left to right: The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau on Kindle, Empress of the Seven Hills by Kate Quinn, Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer, and The Sister Queens by yours truly.

I am pleased to announce that I will be a presenting author at this year’s Baltimore Book Festival.  If you love books and live within driving distance of Charm City you owe it to yourself to participate in this celebration of all things literary.  The Baltimore Book Festival is jam-packed with opportunities to meet authors, learn about the genres that interest you, and (for writers) improve your craft.  During the course of three days more than 200 authors will appear on eight stages.

Here are the practical details:

Dates: September 28, 29 and 30, 2012

Hours: Friday and Saturday, 12-8pm and Sunday, 12-7pm

Location: Baltimore, Maryland, in historic Mount Vernon Place (the closest landmark is The Walters Art Museum, located at 600 North Charles Street, 21201)

Admission: The Baltimore Book Festival is 100% FREE!

I hope to see lots of fellow historical fiction devotees (both readers and writers) at the festival.  If you are interested in meeting me, hearing me speak, and/or getting your copy of The Sister Queens signed, here is my personal schedule:

Friday, September 28th

I will be attending the “Author Meet and Greet” in the Maryland Romance Writer’s tent at NOON (12:00 p.m.)

At 1:00 p.m. I will be on the Maryland Romance Writer’s Stage discussing “Getting the Courage to Write.”  Thinking of writing as a second career?  Always dreamed of being an author? I and my fellow panelists will be providing tips for making the transformation.  Come prepared with questions!

Saturday, September 29th

I will be participating in THREE exciting  panels on Saturday (again, all on the Maryland Romance Writers Stage)

First, at 1:00 p.m., I’ll be sharing the stage with a collection of fantastic authors, including historical novelists Kate Quinn and Stephanie Dray, for a discussion of what defines women’s fiction and how it differs from romance.  We will also be offering readings from our latest works and giving things away.

At 4:50 p.m. I will be participating in a panel called “Trends and Readings in Historical Fiction.”  Interested in where historical fiction is headed next (new time periods, the exploration of lesser-known figures)?  Then you won’t want to miss this presentation.

Finally, at 5:45 p.m. I have the opportunity to close out my festival participation with my FAVORITE presentation — Sex and Historical Fiction Novelists.  Is there a trend towards more sex in straight historical fiction these days? What role can sex scenes play effectively in historical novels?  What preconceptions do we, as readers and writers, have about the sexuality of the past, that may not stand up to historical reality?  This panel, which also features the amazing Stephanie Dray (Lily of the Nile, Song of the Nile) and Kate Quinn (Mistress of Rome, Daughters of Rome, Empress of the Seven Hills), rocked the house (or rather the Barnes & Noble) in Northern Virginia in April. If you missed it then you will not want to miss it now.  All three of us will have something to giveaway at the discussion’s end.

Stephanie Dray, Kate Quinn & me the last time we discussed "Sex and the Historical Novelist"

(Click here for the full schedule at the Maryland Romance Writers Stage – some SUPER historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance writing talent will be featured)

Hope I’ve tempted you to mark your calendar!  I can’t wait to see you!

The Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers (RHFL) Book Club is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary, and the on-line bash just got underway!  If, like me, you are a fan of historical fiction that features a strong romantic plot line, you will not want to miss it!  There will be more than a dozen opportunities to chat live with well known authors of historical novels and historical romances.

Check out the schedule below.  Then, to participate, visit the RHFL facbook page . 

I will be doing a live chat tomorrow between 8 to 9 a.m. and I hope to have some readers company (please don’t leave me sitting there alone, lol).

SATURDAY, May 19th (that’s today)

12N-1:OO PM Suzan Tisdale (LAIDEN’S DAUGHTER) and Sherry Jones (FOUR SISTERS, ALL QUEENS)
1:00-2:00 PM Gillian Bagwell (The September Queen)
4:00-5:00 PMurrayPura (THE WINGS OF MORNING)
5:00–6:00 PM Sharon Lathan (MISSDARCYFALLSIN LOVE)
6:00-7:00 PM Shana Galen (LORD AND LADY SPY)
7:00-8:00 PM Kiru Taye – giveaway only (HIS TREASURE or HIS STRENGTH)
8:00-9:00 PM – Emery Lee (FORTUNE’S SON)
9:00-10:00 PM – Victoria Vane (A WILD NIGHT’S BRIDE)
10:00-11:00 PM –  MK Chester (SURRENDER TO THE ROMAN)
11:00 PM -12:00 AM -TracyGrant (IMPERIAL SCANDAL)

SUNDAY, May 20th

For the NIGHT OWLS — 12:00-2:00 AM Jina Bacarr (TITANIC RHAPSODY)
2:00-4:00 AM  – Karen Aminadra (CHARLOTTE- P&P CONT. Kindle copy)
8:00-9:00 AM — Sophie Perinot (THE SISTER QUEENS) YEP THAT’S ME!!!
9:00-10:00 AM – DeAnna Cameron (THE BELLY DANCER) Ginger Myrick 2 Kindle copies El Rey- complete
10:00-11 AM – DeAnna Cameron (DANCING AT THE CHANCE) Christy English (THE QUEEN’S PAWN)

Everybody knows there is no better way to celebrate success than with friends!  Today I am celebrating the 8-week anniversary of the release of The Sister Queens (hooray).  But I want to take a moment to celebrate how special this day is for two of my fellow historical authors as well.

Today is the 4-week anniversary of Kate Quinn’s brilliant Empress of the Seven Hills.  It is also the 4-week anniversary of Elizabeth Loupas’ entrancing The Flower Reader.  Now I could go on all day about how wonderful these ladies’ books are – but why take my word for it?  Both have received considerable praise since they hit shelves.

Peeking Between the Pages say’s of Kate’s Empress:

The characters in this novel just jump out at you. They have a depth to them and the life in Ancient Rome is described so vividly you feel sure you are experiencing it all with your favorite characters.”

 While Amy at Passages to the Past purrs:

 No one does Ancient Rome quite like author Kate Quinn”

 Damn straight!

 Praise for Elizabeth’s book includes this from The True Book Addict:

The Flower Reader is rich storytelling and its characters are real and interesting.  The historical details were obviously meticulously researched.  Throw in some intrigue and scandal and we have a book that will appeal to all readers, not only fans of historical fiction.”

I hope you’ll forgive me for rounding out this book-realease anniversary celebration with a clip from the newest review of my own book.  The Tulsa Book Review said:

The Sister Queens is historic fiction at its absolute finest. I simply cannot wait to see what this author does next. She’s already won herself a spot on my list of favorite authors. In all of its colorful prose, deep and eccentric characters, and historical brilliance, this book can be summed up with one word: phenomenal. Brava!”

Happy anniversary ladies! And many, many happy returns.

Put on your party hats!  There is something to celebrate!  The Sister Queens just received an extremely laudatory and exquisitely written review at Let Them Read Books.  Lines like these had me blushing at my desk:

Sophie Perinot’s writing style is simple and honest and all the more eloquent for it.

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I was reminded of one of my favorite historical fiction authors, Sharon Kay Penman. (Although Ms. Perinot’s style is deliciously more sexy :) There’s not a word out of place, and I must have marked a dozen beautiful passages of description and observation. Whether the emotion is grief, anger, or love, Perinot gives it life and evokes it from the reader.”

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Historical fiction lovers rejoice! A new and true talent has arrived on the scene!”

And while I am busy hugging myself (yeah, I do that), you should plan on returning to Let Them Read Books tomorrow because Jenny will be hosting a giveaway.  I will also be guest posting on a new reading list I started at Goodreads—a list you may be very interested in.

 

You’ve read my blog.  You’ve read my book.  Now I’d love to meet you.

On April 21st I’ll be joining the fabulous and talented Kate Quinn (Mistress of Rome, Daughters of Rome, & Empress of the Seven Hills) and Stephanie Dray (Lily of the Nile & Song of the Nile) for a “literary threesome” in theWashingtonDC metropolitan area.

Come on out to hear us discuss Sex, Lies and History, and make the acquaintance of some amazing historical women—Cleopatra’s daughter; a host of patrician Roman women (including an empress and the daughter of a Senator); and, of course, my pair of 13th century Provencal sisters who became the queens ofFrance andEngland.  In addition to a lively panel discussion, all three of us will be signing books.  It’s a triple historical fiction treat!

Here are the details:

Date: April 21st

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Location: Barnes & Noble,Spectrum Center, 1851 Fountain Drive, Reston, VA20190

Authors Stephanie Dray, Kate Quinn, and Sophie Perinot will appear ensemble in Northern Virginia

 

 

Today I am chatting with the marvelous Erin at Oh for the Hook of a Book.  She had some very unique questions for me, including whether the Christian undertones in my novel were intentional. 

Erin also reviews The Sister Queens, saying it is:

 one to mark down for the greatest of novels list and reads visually as a theatrical movie

 

I won’t keep you in suspense; quotes from these authors embody guiding principals of my life.  I share them (along with several other favorite quotes)  in an interview at Layered Pages today.  I also discuss why I find Louis IX of France even less likeable than his harridan of a mother, Blanch of Castile.  Please stop by, Stephanie asked some excellent questions!