For the King: picked by the Philadelphia Examiner as a “hot summer read”

Isn’t this great news? Here is what the Examiner writes: “Historical fiction fans will be transported to the corrupt world of 18th century Paris in this fast-paced novel, which chronicles the aftermath of an assassination attempt on Napoleon Bonaparte and the hunt by police inspector Roch Miquel to find who did it. A complicated love story adds to the intrigue of Delors’ latest release.” Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the article to see the slide show, with my own blue cover.

Many, many thanks to the Examiner! Indeed my novel begins on Christmas Eve 1800, to end before the advent of the following spring. There is enough frost, wind, snow and sleet to keep you cool in the hottest weather. But another reader assures me that it also works very well on a rainy day…

And I just received my very first final copy of the novel. Always a moving experience to suddenly hold in one’s hands the fruit of years of hard work. So now I can post the full jacket of the book. See how the vibrant turquoise blue of the lady’s gown is repeated on the back cover?

Speaking of back cover, I wish to seize this opportunity to thank the great writers who agreed to read my novel and “blurb” it: Lauren Willig, Susan Holloway Scott, Elena Maria Vidal, Sarah L. Johnson, C. W. Gortner and Louis Bayard. Their kindness, friendship and endorsement mean the world to me.

For the King full jacket

For the King: the full jacket

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16 Comments to “For the King: picked by the Philadelphia Examiner as a “hot summer read””

  1. Christina says:

    I’m so excited for this book! I hope I will like Roch as much as I liked Gabrielle. :) The jacket design is lovely. I, too, am glad that the lady is not headless.

  2. Sue says:

    If I didn’t already know how spellbinding your writing is and what a pleasure it is to read, that cover certainly would get my attention. It’s beautiful, and I look forward to reading For The King once it’s published.

  3. Elisa says:

    C’est belle!! J’aime…

  4. Thank you, Elizabeth, and looking forward to your opinion!

  5. Congratulations! As soon as my revisions are done, I can’t wait to read it.

  6. Thanks so much for having me at the Round Table, Marie! Better get cracking on those guest posts… :)

  7. Marie says:

    It is a beautiful cover for a wonderful book, Catherine! I really enjoyed the story and the detective’s view, he was a great character!! See you at the Round Table!!

  8. Congrats on the excellent review!

    I still haven’t started my copy yet … but, it’s going to happen this month! I’m looking forward to it.

  9. Penny says:

    I like this cover so much better than the galley, but hey, it’s what is inside
    that counts and I loved that book. Oh Catherine, I cannot wait for the next and the next, etc.
    Your characters ring true and I always want to revisit them.
    I had to re write this because of the error I made in the first response.

  10. Penny says:

    I like this cover so much better than the galley, but hey, it’s what is inside
    that counts and I loved that book. Oh Catherine, I can wait for the next and the next, etc.
    Your characters ring true and I always want to revisit them.

  11. Heather says:

    I love the cover – the blue is gorgeous and I love that her head isn’t cut off like many hist-fic novels! Congrats – can’t wait to host this at the Historical Fiction Blogger Roundtable this month!

  12. Thanks, Marg! Yes, the designer did a great job. The face of the brunette (to me she is my Blanche) is right on the spine, while it is hidden from the cover. It gives it an air of mystery I like very much.

  13. Marg says:

    Thanks so much for posting this. I did like the cover, but when I picked it up and saw the way the lady wraps around the spine I thought it was gorgeous!

  14. Thanks, Julianne! I am very happy about this.

  15. Wonderful, Catherine! I’m so happy for you. This book is amazing.

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