Monday, September 06, 2010

Mailbox Mondays and the new Austen Blog

From Publisher
The Princess of Nowhere: A Novel by Lorenzo Borghese

"Love is never perfect and certainly the relationship between Princess Pauline Bonaparte Borghese—the sister of Napoleon Bonaparte—and Prince Camillo Borghese is no different. Seen through the eyes of the young woman who served as Pauline’s lady-in-waiting and surrogate daughter, the princess was both complicated and straightforward.

Pauline knows that her purpose is to make advantageous marriages to further her ambitious brothers’ goals. But her joie de vivre cannot be stifled—much to the dismay of her new husband Camillo. Constantly seeking the attention of other men, Camillo and Pauline’s relationship is tempestuous at best, especially after a heartbreaking loss. But the love that brought them together can never truly be stifled. Devastated by tragedy, desperate for attention, and searching for answers, Pauline’s life is a study in the excesses of the time and the power of a woman strong enough to defy expectations".

Won From

The Pindar Diamond: A Novel The Pindar Diamond: A Novel by Katie Hickman
"In Hickman's coincidence-heavy latest (after The Aviary Gate), Paul Pindar, a 17th-century English merchant working in Venice, is obsessed with the Sultan's Blue, a 322-carat diamond coveted by every collector in the plague-ravaged city. Pindar, broke from drinking and gambling, needs the diamond to ransom his captive love from a sultan's harem. Intertwined with his story are those of Sister Annetta, a convent novitiate who alone knows how the Sultan's Blue came to Venice, and Maryam, an acrobat charged with escorting a crippled mute and her deformed newborn (who might be a mermaid) to Venice. When Pindar learns that the Sultan's Blue will be the prize in a high-stakes card game, he desperately tries to scheme his way to the table, going against warnings from fellow traders Ambrose Smith, a covert intelligencer, and John Carew, a friend with his own secret. Though the narrative moves from Pindar to Annetta to Maryam in a frustratingly helter-skelter fashion, Hickman provides a convincing portrait of a troubled Venice that will tide readers over until the story elements click into place just in time for a series of satisfying resolutions".

Austen News
From the lovely Danielle at Sourcebooks

"September 6, marks the official launch of, a labor of love started by two Sourcebooks Landmark authors, Sharon Lathan and Abigail Reynolds. Noticing the success of group author blogs in the romance genre, they decided to gather up some of their fellow Jane Austen Fiction comrades and start a group blog. After putting together some initial plans in August, Sharon and Abigial began to contact Austen authors from all publishers and the final list of 20 contributors is very impressive:

Susan Adriani, Marsha Altman, Marilyn Brant, Skylar Burris, Jack Caldwell, Carolyn Eberhart, Monica Fairview, Regina Jeffers, Cindy Jones, Sharon Lathan, Kara Louise, Kathryn Nelson, Jane Odiwe, C. Allyn Pierson, Abigail Reynolds, Mary Lydon Simonsen, Heather Lynn Rigaud,Victoria Connelly, J. Marie Croft, Lynn Shepherd.
Staring on September 6, daily blogs posts will be put up, celebrations of new books going into stores will be had, and for the launch month of the blog, many giveaways and contests will be held". Check it out here
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  1. The Princess of Nowhere looks great - a new entry for the wishlist!

    Historical Fiction Notebook

  2. This is the second time I am seeing the Pindar Diamond coming up in reviews and positive ones. Looks very good.

  3. Pen and Paper, oooh I am going to have to check your site out and add it to the blog roll. I am really excited about "Princess of Nowhere". Unique author and even more a unique person to read about.

    Mystica, I found out the hard way that "Pindar Diamond" is the sequel to "Aviary Gate". When I won nit I did not know that but on the other hand Aviary Gate has been on my watch list for some time because I have heard positive things about it. I want to read both but do not know where I will fit them in. I am hoping it will work out for the best.

  4. Princess of Nowhere sounds like it's for me. Poor gal. I look forward to your review.

  5. Jenny, I am really excited about it. It is right up my alley cool cover, interesting historical woman figure, and it is not too loooong of a read.


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