Posts Tagged ‘For the King’

Louis XVIII and Napoléon: the King and the Emperor

In 1800 Louis XVIII was 45. He had been friendly to reform in the beginnings of the French Revolution. But as it took a more radical turn, he had fled at the same time as the royal couple. Only he had succeeded in reaching Brussels when Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were arrested near the border. […]



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Napoléon and Joséphine in 1800

An interesting couple if ever there was one… Bonaparte then is not the portly man we have come to associate with traditional Napoleonic imagery. He has not yet crowned himself Emperor of the French, but he has seized power a year earlier in a bloodless coup. In 1800 he is the First Consul, a reference […]



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The perfect villain: Joseph Fouché, Napoléon’s Minister of Police

All thrillers, and indeed most novels, require a good villain to balance the protagonist and add tension to the plot. Historicals are no exception. When I began writing For the King, which recounts an attempt to assassinate Napoléon Bonaparte in 1800, I imagined that the perpetrators would be the obvious choice. Their crime was heinous […]



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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 […]



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Publishers Weekly calls FOR THE KING “a gripping historical”

The Publishers Weekly review, released a month or two before publication, is a milestone in every book’s journey. PW is, of course, a major trade magazine targeted at publishing professionals, librarians and booksellers. People whose opinion is crucial to the success of a book.



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The Seine River (and drinking water) in 18th century Paris

The early reviews of For the King praise my portrait of 1800 Paris. This, needless to say, makes me very happy. I do not wish to limit my novels to the glamorous aspects of aristocratic life, and strive to show Paris as it really was: a bustling, vibrant, but overcrowded, smelly, dirty city. The Seine […]



For the King: the book trailer is out!

Do book trailers work? The jury is still out on this one, but these short segments are certainly fun to watch, and I have heard many readers say they buy books based on them. So I asked fellow writer, and designer, Kris Waldherr to craft one for me.



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Book promotion, Die Braut des Jakobiners, foreign rights and various updates

As you probably know, many traditional media have cut down on their book review sections (sad, it was always the first section I read in my Sunday paper). Fortunately for writers and readers alike, literary bloggers have stepped in. We now have many more outlets, run, often without any expectation of profit, by people who […]



Website redesign: reader input wanted!

It is time for me to update my website, catherinedelors.com for the July release of my new novel, For the King. For the content I will include, as I had done for Mistress of the Revolution, an excerpt, a bibliography, a Q&A session and a book club section. That’s the easy part. Now, about the […]



For the King: reviewing proofs

No, I haven’t abandoned this blog! It is just that I am reviewing the first proofs of For the King. It seems strange, doesn’t it? It will not be released until July 2010, and yet we are already under a strict deadline. And this is very important, for it will be my last opportunity to […]