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Lapérouse, explorer extraordinaire, at the Musée de la Marine

Many thanks to Sheramy at Van Gogh’s Chair for an excellent list of this summer’s exhibitions in the United States and France. By the way, if you wish to see Marie-Antoinette or Babylon, you should hurry, because both will be closing in early June. Sheramy did not mention another exhibition, more historical than artistic in […]

The economics of writing

So you want to write a historical fiction bestseller? Sarah at Reading the Past gives you the recipe: having already written a few bestsellers, OR writing the sequel to a bestseller, OR being a celebrity, OR, failing the above, writing a wonderful book that appeals to a wide audience and garners stellar reviews and literary […]

Mistress of the Revolution picked as June 2008 Book of the Month at

Yeah! What an honor to see my debut novel chosen by a group of historical fiction enthusiasts! And the best part of it is that I follow another French novelist, and not a minor one. Yes, The Count de Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas, is May 2008 Book of the Month at Dumas was […]

Those reviews keep coming: Sibylle on Mistress of the Revolution, and a word about historical fiction

Sibylle, in her blog dares you not to fall in love with my heroine Gabrielle. “She’s very intelligent, strong with lots of integrity. I wish I had her courage. The book is also excellent in that it shows how important information is in times of political troubles : Gabrielle (whom I kept picturing as the […]

The Pasadena Star-News, Mistress of the Revolution and the metric system

The Pasadena Star-News kindly mentions me and Mistress of the Revolution, among other local authors. Thank you, Pasadena Star-News and Michelle Mills! And while browsing the pages of the Star-News, I found another article related to the French Revolution. Journalist Larry Wilson reminds his readers that the United States, Myanmar and Liberia are the only […]

Toujours Libérer, the French Revolution role-playing game

For more information on Toujours Libérer (Always to free, in French.) I invite you to visit this site. Here is the description of the game: It is slash-friendly [oh good, I was a bit worried about that] … Play as any European nationality or an American observer, as a poet, politician or aristocrat. Even a […]

Marie Antoinette Grand Palais

Marie-Antoinette at the Grand Palais: a major exhibition

Yes, I went to the Grand Palais this afternoon, and yes, it is wonderful! I half expected that someone had simply thrown together objects I had seen at the Carnavalet Museum or in Versailles. Not so. I discovered many objects I did not know. Just an example: in one of the rooms, you have three […]

Two recent posts on the Queen’s Hamlet at Versailles

One, at Tea at Trianon, describes Le Petit Hameau, part of Marie-Antoinette’s private realm at Trianon. The other, at Ellen and Jim Have A Blog, Too puts it in the general context of landscape architecture, in particular the bucolic retreats fashionable at the time, and 18th century women’s issues. It also references the extraordinary Madame […]

Book signing: so many thanks…

It was great! Because many people made it so. First, Eileen Lynch and all the staff at Dutton’s, who organized the event at such a difficult time for them and the store. And Marie-Ho Halty, of the French Consulate, Patrick Caraco, of the Union des Francais a l’Etranger, Amelia of, who all helped spread […]

Saint Rita of Cascia, patroness of lost causes

This is the most personal post I will have written for this blog, but, as my publication date draws ever closer (tomorrow, in fact) I find it impossible not to mention Saint Rita. A few years ago, while I was writing Mistress of the Revolution, things were not going well in my life. At that […]

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