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Date Posted: 12/15/2010 3:16 PM ET
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I decided I am going to make you all hate me as your wishlists explode and your bookshelves groan under the weight (or for those of you with e-readers, they fill to capacity and crash)!!  I've posted upcoming books on my blog for quite a while but decided to share the love.   I'm not going to really torture you by posting all of my "back" information - I"m just going to start with what I posted this week. 

Three Maids for a Crown by Ella March Chase. August 2011.   I haven't been able to find a summary for it yet, but it's about Lady Jane Grey and her two sisters. 

 

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ETA:  Can someone tell me how to post a picture?  I've tried posting it a couple of different ways from my photobucket account, but it's not working.

 

 



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The Crusade of Darkness by Giulio Leoni (translated from Italian).  UK release June 2, 2011. A medieval murder mystery - can Italian poet turned sleuth Dante Alighieri uncover who is behind the ritual murders of young women in Rome?
Italy, October 1301. Dante Alighieri, Prior to the city of Florence, is sent to Rometo meet with the Pope. Sinister omens greet his arrival; the river Tiberis threatening to burst its banks and the corpses of several young woman have been found eviscerated and ritually murdered. Dante has no power to order an investigation but when the authorities show little interest in the deaths he promises the mother of one victim that he will bring the murderer to justice. But when Dante visits the Vatican, and makes the acquaintance of an ambitious senator named Spada, he discovers that the city hides yet more dark secrets?
 
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The French Companion by Katharine McMahon.  UK release June 2, 2011.  
A thrilling love story set during the French Revolution, from the author of the bestseller, The Rose of SebastopolMadame begins in 1788, in the heady days just before the French revolution, when Parisis fizzing with new ideas about liberty and equality. Asa Ardleigh, the impressionable 19-year-old daughter of a country squire, has traveled to the city with her older sister, Philippa, and Philippa's new husband. In Paris, they are introduced to the literary salon of Madame de Genlis. It is in this salon that Asa meets, and falls in love with, a dashing intellectual and idealist, Didier Paulin. Their affair is curtailed when Asa is forced to return to England, but they continue to write as the storm clouds gather over Franceand war with Englandseems imminent. Meanwhile back at home, no one knows of Asa's liaison. Asa's middle sister, Georgina, has met Harry Shackleford, the most eligible man in Londonthat season, and to whom the Ardleigh estate is entailed. After the death of their mother, the Ardleigh girls' father began to drink heavily and now the estate is nearly bankrupt. In Shackleford, Georginasees not only a fortuitous marriage for her sister, but also the solution to their financial woes. However Asa's accomplishments need some polishing. Georginatherefore employs Madame de Rusigneux, a French Marquise. Asa soon discovers there is more to this woman than meets the eye... 
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Cleopatra Confesses by Carolyn Meyer.  Young Adult.  US and UK release June 7, 2011. Some day I shall become a great ruler of Egypt, better than my sisters can dream of being, but Imust take care not to let them know this. They are jealous, but they do not fear me?not yet.
In the first century B.C., Cleopatra, the third of the pharaoh?s six children, learns that her father has chosen her to be the next queen of Egypt. But when King Ptolemy is forced into exile, Cleopatra is left to fend for herself in a palace rife with intrigue and murder. Smart, courageous, ambitious, and sensuously beautiful, she possesses the charm to cause two of history?s most famous leaders to fall in love with her. But as her cruel sisters plot to steal the throne, Cleopatra realizes there is only one person on whom she can rely?  herself.
 

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The Great Siege:  Clash of Empires by William Napier.  UK release June 9, 2011. 1565: a small island in the middle of the Mediterraneanstands gatekeeper between East and West. It is about to become the scene for one of the most amazing stories of bravery, battle and bloodlust: the siege of Malta.  Formed in the Holy Landin the 11th century, a small band of knights had long sought a home. Driven from their lands by Ottoman might, they came to rest in Maltafrom where they watched the Turks and corsairs raid the Spanish empire. 
 

As word came from Constantinople that Malta was in the sights of the Ottoman Empire, all of Europewatched as a force of over 30,000 men besieged the island - itself only peopled by only 500 knights and a few thousand local soldiers.  On that small rock an epic struggle will be played out - the story of individual men, warriors and slaves, but also the story of two worlds colliding.
A brutal combat. A test of courage. A battle that will change history. 
 
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Hannibal:  Enemy of Rome by Ben Kane.  UK release June 9, 2011.  ENEMY OF ROME


The great Carthaginian general, Hannibal, has never forgotten the defeat and humiliation of his father by Rome. Now he plans his revenge and the destruction of the old enemy.


SOLDIER OF CARTHAGE


While Hannibal prepares for war, the young son of one of his most trusted military commanders goes on an innocent adventure with his best friend ? and disappears.


SLAVERY


Captured by pirates, put up for sale in the slave market, one of the boys is sold as a gladiator, the other as a field slave. They believe they will never see home or family again.


A WORLD AFLAME


But their destiny ? interwoven and linked with that of their Roman masters ? is to be an extraordinary one. The devastating war unleashed upon Rome by Hannibal will last for nearly twenty years. It will change their lives ? and history ? forever.



 
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The Women of the Cousins War by Philippa Gregory.  Non-fiction.  UK release SEptember 15, 2011.
Elizabeth Woodville, The White Queen (2009), Margaret Beaufort, The Red Queen (2010), and Jacquetta, Lady Rivers, The Rivers Woman (2011) are the subjects of the first three novels in Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War series, and of the three biographical essays in this book. Philippa Gregory and two historians, leading experts in their field who helped Philippa to research the novels, tell the extraordinary 'true' stories of the life of these women who until now have been largely forgotten by history, their background and times, highlighting questions which are raised in the fiction and illuminating the novels. With a foreword by Philippa Gregory - in which Philippa writes revealingly about the differences between history and fiction and examines the gaps in the historical record - and beautifully illustrated with rare portraits, The Women of the Cousins' War is an exciting new addition to the Philippa Gregory oeuvre.


 

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Thank you, Daphne!  This will come in handy for the New Release category in the challenge!

I've had trouble posting pics from Photobucket too. I finally got one to post and then had to do all the others using the Source button....copying the source code then changing the file name inside the code. 

Date Posted: 12/15/2010 3:46 PM ET
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I used Photobucket all the time.  But some times when I come in here to copy the image I have to hit the right click a couple of times before the little copy box comes up,  I have no problem coping from Facebook have you tried that?

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I don't do Facebook...

I actually didn't try a direct copy - duh!!  Looks like that might work - at least for now!  I was trying to embed the code. 



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Illuminations by Michelle Denier.  US & UK release August 2, 2011. (cover subject to change)

Based on historical figures and events, this richly drawn and beautifully written debut novel transports readers into the lush world of Henry VIII where a courtier and a royally commissioned artist uncover secrets that could mean the end of the King?s reign.

John Parker is one of Henry VIII?s most useful courtiers?utterly merciless and completely loyal. But one small favor for his King pulls Parker into a deadly plot against the throne: one that will test his courage, his resolve, and most especially, his heart. This hunter is about to become the hunted.A commission from Henry VIII should have been the crowning achievement of Susanna Horenbout?s career, but before the beautiful and talented artist even sets foot in England, she finds herself in possession of a secret that could change its history. With Parker as her only protection against killers who will stop at nothing to silence her, Susanna has to trust the dangerous, enigmatic courtier. She?s used to fighting in a man?s world, but she never expected to be battling for her life?or her heart.

Lush in its detail, smooth in its execution, and breathtaking in its voice,  Illuminations offers a masterful blend of Tudor court intrigue, romance, and scandal that will delight fans of Philippa Gregory and Anne Easter Smith.

 

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Date Posted: 12/16/2010 4:42 PM ET
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 To Die For by Sandra Byrd.  US & UK release August 9, 2011.  (cover subject to change)

 To Die For,is the story of Meg Wyatt, pledged forever as the best friend to Anne Boleyn since their childhoods on neighboring manors in Kent. When Anne?s star begins to ascend, of course she takes her best friend Meg along for the ride. Life in the court of Henry VIII is thrilling at first, but as Anne?s favor rises and falls, so does Meg?s. And though she?s pledged her loyalty to Anne no matter what the test, Meg just might lose her greatest love?and her own life?because of it.

Meg's childhood flirtation with a boy on a neighboring estate turns to true love early on. When he is called to follow the Lord and be a priest she turns her back on both the man and his God. Slowly, though, both woo her back through the heady times of the English reformation. In the midst of it, Meg finds her place in history, her own calling to the Lord that she must follow, too, with consequences of her own. Each character in the book is tested to figure out what love really means, and what, in this life, is worth dying for.

Though much of Meg?s story is fictionalized, it is drawn from known facts. The Wyatt family and the Boleyn family were neighbors and friends, and perhaps even distant cousins. Meg?s brother, Thomas Wyatt, wooed Anne Boleyn and ultimately came very close to the axe blade for it. Two Wyatt sisters attended Anne at her death, and at her death, she gave one of them her jeweled prayer book?Meg

 

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 Josefina?s Sin by Claudia Long.  US release August 9, 2011. (cover subject t ochange)

A thrilling and passionate debut about a sheltered landowner?s wife whose life is turned upside down when she visits the royal court in seventeenth-century Mexico.

When Josefina accepts an invitation from the Marquessa to come stay and socialize with the intellectual and cultural elite in her royal court, she is overwhelmed by the Court?s complicated world. She finds herself having to fight off aggressive advances from the Marquessa?s husband, but is ultimately unable to stay true to her marriage vows when she becomes involved in a secret affair with the local bishop that leaves her pregnant. 

Amidst this drama, Josefina finds herself unexpectedly drawn to the intellectual nuns who study and write poetry at the risk of persecution by the Spanish Inquisition that is overtaking Mexico. One nun in particular, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, teaches Josefina about poetry, writing, critical thinking, the nature and consequences of love, and the threats of the Holy Office. She is Josefina?s mentor and lynchpin for her tumultuous passage from grounded wife and mother to woman of this treacherous, confusing, and ultimately physically and intellectually fulfilling world.

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Sunrise of Avalon by Anna Elliott.  US &UK  release September 13, 2011. (cover subject to change)

In the final installment of Anna Elliott?s Twilight of Avalon trilogy, Trystan and Isolde continue their romance and adventure to protect their beloved Britain from threats both old and new.

Former High Queen Isolde and Trystan, a mercenary with a lonely and troubled past, have undertaken a dangerous mission and endured a perilous journey to keep the traitorous Lord Marche from the throne of Britain. But now a new traitor lurks amongst the kings on Britain?s High Council, and a new danger calls Trystan from Isolde?s side and tests the strength of their secret marriage vow.

As the clouds of war gather, Isolde and Trystan must once again fight to protect Britain?s throne. Together, they hold the key that can defeat Octa of Kent and Lord Marche. And yet the cost of Britain?s sovereignty may be their own forbidden love.

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Date Posted: 12/16/2010 5:08 PM ET
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Have mercy!

Date Posted: 12/16/2010 7:17 PM ET
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Here's a couple I found at Amazon

Deliverance From Evil:A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Frances Hill

Queens Rival Court Henry-VIII by Diane Haeger

 
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Oh wait, I"m not done yet for today devil!!  (Told you you were all going to hate me!!)

 

Revenger by Rory Clements.  US release June 21 ,2011.  Released in the UK in April 2010. When the most powerful men in England--brilliant, conniving, ruthless--have their eyes on the throne, Chief Intelligencer John Shakespeare is summoned out of retirement and swept into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse. This is electrifying historical suspense, perfect for fans of The Tudors, and the novels of Ken Follett and Ariana Franklin.
In Rory Clements's "engrossing" debut (The Washington Post) Martyr, readers were introduced to John Shakespeare, intelligencer in the service of Queen Elizabeth I. Now, in this gripping new hardcover, Shakespeare wants nothing more than to be headmaster at his school and a husband to his wife, leaving behind the deadly palace intrigue. But two of the most powerful men in all of England have their eyes on the aging monarch and her vulnerable throne. The Earl of Essex seeks to replace the Queen; Sir Robert Cecil seeks to protect her. Both will use Shakespeare as a pawn in a deadly chess match, where the stakes
are England itself. 

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The Angel of Blythe Hall by Darci Hannah.  US release July 26, 2011. Superbly atmospheric and brimming with romance, thrilling historical
adventure, and mystical elements, Darci Hannah's remarkably textured new novel will appeal to fans of Diana Gabaldon's An Echo in the Bone.
In the year 1492, young Scottish noblewoman Isabeau Blythe is at last
returning to her ancestral home on the Borders. Now heir to Blythe Hall, Isabeau is determined to leave behind her family's extraordinary past. Their peculiar relations with the fantastical creatures commonly known as angels was the ruin of both her father and her brother. Isabeau is confident she can assume control of Blythe Hall and its people, stave off marriage until the moment it suits her, and bring the turbulent clans of the Borders under control. Yet fate thwarts her even as she enters the imposing gates of Blythe Hall. Incensed upon learning that Sir
George Douglas, the knight seeking to be the next Lord Blythe, has been tracking her movements, Isabeau is further disturbed at the appearance of her magnificently beguiling brother. Worse, Julius reveals he's on the hunt for an angel. Isabeau begins to experience wild visions of a strange man whom her heart inexplicably longs for. With Sir George's army outside her gates, she summons
help from the illusive man of her visions: Gabriel, who holds the secret of Blythe Hall.

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I really want to read that Rory Clements book, and the one before it, Martyr.

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This one sounds interesting....

The Taker by Alma Katsu

Alma Katsu's haunting debut novel about an immortal woman involved in a two-hundred-year love triangle with a Puritan settler and a Hungarian count.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/Taker-Alma-Katsu/book/1439197059/

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Here's the sequel to "Gladiatrix" -

Roma Victrix :: Russell Whitfield
ISBN-13: 9781905802418 - ISBN-10: 1905802412 - Book Type: Paperback

Manda Scott's newest -

Rome: The Coming of the King :: M.C. Scott
ISBN-13: 9780593065426 - ISBN-10: 0593065425 - Book Type: Hardcover

 

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The Angel of Blythe Hall sounds verra interesting. Thanks, Daphne! I think.

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Brush up on your Italian history before The Borgia's hits Showtime in the spring.  Crown will be republishing Plaidys books on Lucrezia Borgia on January 18, 2011.

Light on Lucrezia. Some said she was an elegant seductress. Others swore she was an incestuous murderess. It didn?t matter what they called her. She was the most dangerous and sought-after woman in all of Rome. She was Lucrezia Borgia. Born into Rome?s notorious Borgia family, young Lucrezia led a life colored by violence and betrayal. Now, married for the second time at just eighteen, she hopes for happiness with her handsome husband, Alfonso. But faced with brutal murder, she?s soon torn between her love for her husband and her devotion to her brother Cesare . . . And in the days when the Borgias ruled Italy, no one was safe from the long arm of their power. Even Lucrezia.
In this compelling story of a beautiful woman caught up in a tortuous web of fear and love, Jean Plaidy sheds light on the much maligned Lucrezia and vividly brings her to life.
 

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Madonna of the Seven Hills by Jean Plaidy.   The most beautiful woman in Rome, Lucrezia Borgia, was born into a family?and a destiny?she could not hope to escape . . .Fifteenth-century Rome: The Borgia family is on the rise. Lucrezia?s father, Pope Alexander VI, places his illegitimate daughter and her only brothers, Cesare, Giovanni, and Goffredo, in the jeweled splendor?and scandal?of his court. From the Pope?s affairs with adolescent girls to Cesare?s dangerous jealousy of anyone who inspires Lucrezia?s affections to the ominous birth of a child conceived in secret, no Borgia can elude infamy.
Young Lucrezia gradually accepts her fate as she comes to terms with the delicate nature of her relationships with her father and brothers. The unbreakable bond she shares with them both exhilarates and terrifies her as her innocence begins to fade. Soon she will understand that her family?s love pales next to their quest for power and that she herself is the greatest tool in their political arsenal.

From the inimitable pen of Jean Plaidy, this family?s epic legend is replete with passion, intrigue, and murder?and it?s only the beginning.
 

 

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Date Posted: 12/21/2010 1:52 PM ET
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I do not get Showtime, but The Borgias sounds great. At least I can watch on Netflix later. Thanks for the info, Daphne (I think). I just cleaned out my bookshelf last night in prep for the challenges in 2011.

I am checking for Jean Plaidy's books immediately.

Mary

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