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Post by Ariadne » Wed March 11th, 2009, 1:37 am

Heh, yep, two posts in the same day even. After three weeks of nothing! :D

I liked the sound of Mary Sutter too. We can use more American settings in HF.

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Post by Divia » Wed March 11th, 2009, 3:10 am

Do you know when it will come out? I dont remember seeing a date and Amazon had nothing.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed March 11th, 2009, 3:10 am

[quote=""Divia""]Do you know when it will come out? I dont remember seeing a date and Amazon had nothing.[/quote]

Which one?

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Post by Ariadne » Wed March 11th, 2009, 3:16 am

Nope, no date was given for Mary Sutter... the info in the deal was all there was. Could be a year away, could be three.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed March 11th, 2009, 3:37 am

Nonfiction, April 2009: "Royal Portraits in Hollywood: Filming the Lives of Queens" by Elizabeth A. Ford, Deborah C. Mitchell.

It's $34.98, sigh. My bday isn't till Aug but I think this will be my gift, even if I get it months early.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed March 11th, 2009, 3:49 am

New YA fiction Sept 09:
"The Lacemaker and the Princess" by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley:
Eleven-year-old Isabelle, a third-generation lace maker, is making her first delivery to the Palace of Versailles when she is nearly trampled by a crowd. Astonishingly, it's Marie Antoinette who rescues her, and the queen invites Isabelle to meet Princess Marie-Therese, who chooses Isabelle to be her friend. So begins Isabelle's double life--a lace maker in the morning and royal companion in the afternoon. As the French Revolution brews outside the palace, Isabelle begins to challenge the conventional wisdom that God ordains the social order, even as she staunchly disagrees with accusations leveled against the royal family. Skillfully integrated historical facts frame this engrossing, believable story. Readers will be captivated by the child's view of Versailles, its glittering halls infested with rats; the drudgery of daily work; and the terrors of the French Revolution. The unlikely, fragile friendship that crosses class boundaries will speak straight to young readers' own concerns. An appended author's note gives more historical context and addresses possible complaints that Isabelle's first meeting with the queen is a plot contrivance.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed March 11th, 2009, 3:57 am

Nonfiction, May 09:
"Jane Seymour: Henry VIII's True Love" by Elizabeth Norton, her books seem to be hit or miss it seems.

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Post by Divia » Wed March 11th, 2009, 11:15 am

[quote=""Ariadne""]Nope, no date was given for Mary Sutter... the info in the deal was all there was. Could be a year away, could be three.[/quote]
Bummer. :(


[quote=""SonjaMarie""]New YA fiction Sept 09:
"The Lacemaker and the Princess" by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley:
Eleven-year-old Isabelle, a third-generation lace maker, is making her first delivery to the Palace of Versailles when she is nearly trampled by a crowd. Astonishingly, it's Marie Antoinette who rescues her, and the queen invites Isabelle to meet Princess Marie-Therese, who chooses Isabelle to be her friend. So begins Isabelle's double life--a lace maker in the morning and royal companion in the afternoon. As the French Revolution brews outside the palace, Isabelle begins to challenge the conventional wisdom that God ordains the social order, even as she staunchly disagrees with accusations leveled against the royal family. Skillfully integrated historical facts frame this engrossing, believable story. Readers will be captivated by the child's view of Versailles, its glittering halls infested with rats; the drudgery of daily work; and the terrors of the French Revolution. The unlikely, fragile friendship that crosses class boundaries will speak straight to young readers' own concerns. An appended author's note gives more historical context and addresses possible complaints that Isabelle's first meeting with the queen is a plot contrivance.[/quote]

Sounds like a typical YA HF book. blah.
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Post by Ariadne » Wed March 11th, 2009, 12:28 pm

Lacemaker and the Princess has been out for a couple years in hardcover :) The paperback edition's coming out in September.

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Post by EC2 » Wed March 11th, 2009, 1:11 pm

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]That's three novels within a year with the same title (by Sandra Worth, Barbara Kyle, and now Dickason). Ladies, it's time to think of some new titles![/quote]

I guess it's like the ubiquitous headless covers. They have sold very well but now everyone has jumped on the bandwagon and they are becoming much of a muchness. Now all the stories are about empowered women or how women define themselves. So there are hoards of titles emerging with 'Queen' as the motif - because that's almost as powerful as you can get as a woman. And if you're not a queen, then you might be the daughter of a king, or a princess, so these get used all the time. As does wife. and mistress. It does end up becoming very samey because everyone's at it. I pity the readers having to remember which title they want. 'It has Queen in it' or 'daughter' or 'King' or 'Mistress' just means these days, with the samey covers too, that they are looking for a needle in a haystack. CW, Michelle, I know your titles have 'Queen' in them and you were probably more towards the forefront of this trend which is now virulent. How do you feel about it? Does having 'Queen' in the title or other empowering rankage lead readers to pick up as a matter of course?
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