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by cw gortner
Sun November 6th, 2011, 1:06 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: What Are You Reading? November 2011
Replies: 130
Views: 22337

I'm reading The Time In Between by Maria Duenas, about a young seamstress trapped in Morocco during the Spanish Civil War, who reinvents herself a master couturier and becomes an allied spy. I had a great October reading month, too: Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey (review here ); The Book o...
by cw gortner
Tue October 4th, 2011, 1:45 am
Forum: By Author's Last Name R-Z
Topic: The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak
Replies: 13
Views: 1758

I echo Manda's sentiment. I've been asked to endorse the US version and I'm enthralled with the book. The author has a deft touch; she uses detail well and sparingly, but always with a purpose, and the characters are all very compelling. I highly recommend it.
by cw gortner
Tue October 4th, 2011, 1:42 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: What are you reading October 2011?
Replies: 185
Views: 14734

Hope you enjoy it, Princess Garnet! I'm reading an ARC of THE WINTER PALACE for endorsement. I know there's been some comments on the book here, I'll have to search for them. I am really liking it, especially the underlying sense of the frivolity and the underlying corruption of the Russian court of...
by cw gortner
Fri September 16th, 2011, 2:15 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: What Are You Reading? September 2011
Replies: 145
Views: 12490

Finished The Sleepwalkers, which I thoroughly enjoyed (review here) . I'm now reading an ARC of M.J. Rose's THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES, a gorgeous novel of suspense about the search for the lost fragrances of Cleopatra. So far, it's enthralling. I love this author's work and she deserves to hit the...
by cw gortner
Fri September 16th, 2011, 2:12 am
Forum: Author Announcements
Topic: New book deal
Replies: 21
Views: 1962

I'm terribly late with my response (cracking away on a looming deadline for Spymaster 2). Thanks to everyone for the congrats! I really appreciate this forum's ongoing support. The manuscript for the Lucrezia book, tentatively titled BORGIA'S DAUGHTER and of course subject to change, is due at the e...
by cw gortner
Mon September 12th, 2011, 5:52 pm
Forum: Philippa Gregory
Topic: Favourite Philippa Gregory Novel
Replies: 21
Views: 3633

The Queen's Fool and The Boleyn Inheritance are my favorites in her 'royals' books. I also really liked Earthly Joys and A Respectable Trade.
by cw gortner
Mon September 12th, 2011, 5:51 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: What Are You Reading? September 2011
Replies: 145
Views: 12490

Just finished a creepy mystery set in Berlin during the rise of the Nazis, THE SLEEPWALKERS by Paul Grossman. Now reading THE JANISSARY TREE by Jason Goodwin, first in a mystery series set in 19th century Istanbul. It's excellent!
by cw gortner
Sat August 13th, 2011, 5:28 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: What are you reading August 2011?
Replies: 185
Views: 14531

I feel as though I have been woefully absent for months - because I have! So sorry, but this deadline on my second Spymaster book, plus research on my new Lucrezia Borgia novel, are putting a serious crimp in my online time. Anyway, last month I read The Mercy Seller by Brenda Rickman Vantrease, whi...
by cw gortner
Fri July 29th, 2011, 4:22 am
Forum: Book Buddies
Topic: "Before Versailles" by Kathleen Koen
Replies: 14
Views: 4412

Wow, this must be what makes a horse race: difference of opinions :) I really loved this novel. I got an early ARC to endorse and was completely swept up in it; I especially liked the portrayal of Louis as he emerges from pampered prince to being a powerful ruler. I also enjoyed the women vying for ...
by cw gortner
Fri July 29th, 2011, 4:18 am
Forum: Author Announcements
Topic: New book deal
Replies: 21
Views: 1962

New book deal

I think I forgot to post this. Anyway, I just signed a new deal with Ballantine: Gortner Looks at Lady Borgia for Ballantine Ballantine has landed a new novel by C.W. Gortner about Lucrezia Borgia, who is one of the subjects of Showtime's new original series about the infamous Italian clan, The Borg...

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