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Postby cw gortner » Fri July 29th, 2011, 4:14 am

Tanzanite, you were missed!

My TBR pile growth. I'm especially interested in Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison. Years ago, she wrote a marvelous historical novel titled Poison. I'm also delighted to see an increasing amount of titles set off the proverbial beaten path :)
THE QUEEN'S VOW available on June 12, 2012!
THE TUDOR SECRET, Book I in the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles
[B]THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI
THE LAST QUEEN
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Postby annis » Fri July 29th, 2011, 7:07 am

I loved that novel, too, CW, except the copy I read was called A Thousand Orange Trees (the old US/UK title variation I guess). Seal Wife was brilliant as well.

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Postby Tanzanite » Wed August 3rd, 2011, 6:48 pm

Perdition by James Jackson. UK release January 1, 2012.


Almost two hundred years have elapsed since the Crusader armies took Jerusalem. Now it is the turn of the Saracen to seek revenge and send an overwhelming force against the last Christian enclave in the Holy Land. In Acre, the defenders await their fate. Knight and bishop, mercenary and merchant, all will be tested and all may perish. For this is the endgame. No quarter will be given and no mercy shown.


William of Beaujeu, Grand Master of the Templars, will stop at little to secure the city and preserve his legendary military order. He knows that final judgement is approaching and that time is running out. But among the garrison are allies - the adventurer de Flor, Theobald, the young Hospitaller, the court dwarf Amethyst, the camel master Selim and the orphan boy and spy Benedict - who must stay alive in the chaos to be unleashed. In their midst prowl the feared Assassins and sinister enemies from among a rabble army of Italians. Deserted by the pope and the princes of Europe, it seems as if Acre faces annihilation - but perhaps something can still be salvaged from perdition . . .

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Postby Tanzanite » Wed August 3rd, 2011, 6:48 pm

Jezebel by Eleanor de Jong. UK release January 5, 2012.

Set against the sweeping backdrop of the ancient Holy Land, Jezebel is a tale of love, loss and deceit - and one woman’s struggle to survive in a land filled with rivals plotting her downfall…


Keep your friends close. And your enemies closer…

Jezebel, a young princess of Tyre, is destined to be married as a pawn in a political game. Determined to rule her own life, she begins an illicit affair when Jehu – a visiting prince – arrives at court. But when Jezebel is told she must marry Ahab, the king of Israel, Jehu believes she has cruelly betrayed him.

Years pass, and each nurses their own secret. Jehu, unable to relinquish his love for Jezebel, grows bitter and twisted. But he is unaware of Jezebel’s greatest secret – that he is father to her eldest son, the heir to Israel’s throne.

As her husband ails, Jezebel gradually assumes control of Israel. But hatred of her is being fanned by firebrand prophet Elijah and the terrifying Elisha. As they plot her downfall, Jehu circles closer and it seems the die has been cast one last time. Can Jezebel finally take control of her own destiny? Or has her time already passed?

An epic tale of love and loss, for fans of The Borgia Bride and the Red Tent.

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Postby Tanzanite » Wed August 3rd, 2011, 6:49 pm

Blood Diamond by Mark Keating. UK release January 19, 2012.

Each Devlin novel is a standalone adventure. In BLOOD DIAMOND the fearles pirate captain Devlin is invited to London by the Prince Regent, no less, and offered an amnesty if he will carry out a daring crime. Devlin is tasked with going to Paris and stealing the biggest, most valuable diamond ever found - the Pitt Diamond - now in the possession of the French King. Set against the unsure frenzy of speculation known as the South Sea Bubble, with action and suspense on the filthy setreets and great palaces of London and Paris, not to mention an epic confrontation with the French naval in the English Channel, BLOOD DIAMOND is sthe most exciting novel yet in the Devlin series.

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Postby Tanzanite » Wed August 3rd, 2011, 6:50 pm

By the King's Design by Christine Trent. US and UK release January 31, 2012.

Annabelle “Belle” Stirling inherited the family draper shop from her late father, only to have it sabotaged by her ne’er-do-well brother, Wesley. Belle travels to London to seek redress, and while there, the Prince Regent, future King George IV, commissions her to provide fabrics for his Royal Pavilion. As Belle’s renown spreads, she meets handsome cabinetmaker Putnam Boyce, but worries that marriage will mean sacrificing her now flourishing shop.

When Wesley plots to kidnap the newly crowned King, Belle finds herself entangled in a duplicitous world of shifting allegiances, where every choice could have unexpected consequences for her future, her safety, and her kingdom…
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Postby Tanzanite » Wed August 3rd, 2011, 6:51 pm

The King's Agent by Donna Russo Morin. US and UK release February 28, 2012 (reposted with cover and updated summary).

Some consider Battista della Paglia an art connoisseur; others consider him a thief. In reality, the cunning Italian is an agent for François I, King of France, procuring great artworks for his collection. Embroiled in a power struggle with Charles V of Spain, François resolves to rule Europe’s burgeoning cultural world—and he needs Battista to find a mysterious sculpture. In the process, Battista meets Aurelia, a captivating woman on a mission of her own…

Aurelia has spent her life under the controlling eye of her protector, the Marquess of Mantua. She finds freedom, and more, with Battista. Together, they embark on a perilous journey to find the sculpture—a quest that could change the course of history…
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Postby Tanzanite » Wed August 3rd, 2011, 6:52 pm

The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan. UK release March 1, 2012.

The greatest writer of them all, brought to glorious life.


How well do you know the man you love? How much do you think you know about Shakespeare? What if they were one and the same? He is an ordinary man: unwilling craftsman, ambitious actor, resentful son, almost good-enough husband. And he is also a genius. The story of how a glove-maker from Warwickshire became the greatest writer of them all is vaguely known to most of us, but it would take an exceptional modern novelist to bring him to life. And now at last Jude Morgan, acclaimed author of Passion and The Taste of Sorrow, has taken Shakespeare's life, and created a masterpiece.

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Postby Tanzanite » Wed August 3rd, 2011, 6:53 pm

Imperial Scandal by Teresa Grant. US and UK release April 2012.

Historical fiction at its vibrant best, Teresa Grant’s Kensington debut, Vienna Waltz, was a “brilliantly multilayered mystery and a must-read for fans of the Regency era” (Publishers Weekly). She brings the revelry, intrigue, and treacherous secrets of Napoleonic Europe to life again in the dazzling Imperial Scandal.


Removed to Brussels in the wake of Napoleon’s escape from Elba, British intelligence Agent Malcolm Rannoch and his wife, Suzanne, partake in lavish balls and bucolic picnics. Such pleasures can’t last. With the Duke of Wellington preparing for battle, Malcolm is ordered on a perilous mission to meet a British spy. When he arrives at the chateau, he discovers a deadly ambush, and when the shooting stops, Lady Julia Ashton is dead…

What was the demure, highly respectable Lady Julia doing in such a place? As Malcolm and Suzanne search for the truth, they realize that Lady Julia was not at what she seemed. And as the conflict with Napoleon marches toward Waterloo, they discover a labyrinth of intrigue in which no one can be trusted…
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Postby Tanzanite » Wed August 3rd, 2011, 6:55 pm

Traitor by Rory Clements. UK release April 12, 2012.

The Elizabethan navy has a secret weapon: an optical instrument so powerful it gives England unassailable superiority at sea. Spain will stop at nothing to steal it and seize the two men who understand its secrets - its operative William Ivory, known as the 'Queen's Eye', and its inventor, the maverick magician Dr Dee.


With a second Armada threatened, intelligencer John Shakespeare is sent north to escort Dr Dee to safety. But his mission is far from straightforward. Dee's host, the Earl of Derby, cousin to Elizabeth, is dying in agony, apparently poisoned. Who wants him dead and why? What lies behind the lynching of the recusant priest Father Matthew Lamb? And what exactly is the connection between these events and the mysterious and beautiful Lady Eliska? While Shakespeare attempts to untangle a plot that points to treachery at the very highest reaches of government, he also faces serious accusations far closer to home. With so much at stake, must he choose between family and his duty to Queen and country?

Moving from the Catholic heartlands of Lancashire to a vagabond camp in the heart of England, and from the deck of Admiral Frobisher's flagship off the Brittany coast to the secret meetings of Elizabeth's closest associates, Traitor is award-winning writer Rory Clements' most intriguing and compelling novel to date.


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