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Wordless Wednesday, June 24

Another Wordless Wednesday. Obviously, this is a new, favorite meme -- helpful for when words elude me.

I'm racing through Dark Horse, a scifi offering by Michelle Diener. You might recognize Diener's name from this blog -- I've reviewed four of her books but have read something like seven of them -- and I'm delighted by her foray into science fiction. I'm about a quarter of the way through this one and so into it -- one of those wish-I-could-just-read-all-day sort of books.

Guzzling tea by the gallon -- terribly congested and suffering a wicked sore throat -- and am not sure if it is allergies or a cold. Work is bananas and the sweet baby is teething, so lack of sleep is to blame, either way!

Have a Wordless Wednesday to share? What are you reading?

The Lover’s Path by Kris Waldherr

Title:The Lover’s Path: An Illustrated Novella of Venice
Author: Kris Waldherr

First line: Sixteenth-century Venice was a rich mélange of cultural influences arising from the steady interaction of intellectuals, artists, diplomats, travelers, and merchants.

Review: I've been an enormous fan of Waldherr for years, thanks to her tarot decks, and I'd been so intrigued by this novel. Unbelievably, it's been ten years since this was originally released, and Waldherr is releasing this as an enhanced e-book.

This novel is a 16th century memoir, framed by notes from museum curators. The pages are richly illustrated, decorated with portraits, ephemera, illuminated caps, and other small notions that make the experience magical. (And had/has me wishing still that this manuscript, and the associated museum, were real!)

Filamena Ziani, singer and aspiring composer, is kept tightly hidden by her older sister Tullia, a reknown Venetian courtesan. But a chance encounter introduces Filamena t…

Pre-Order Book Blast for Medicis Daughter

I am sooooooooooooooooooo excited for this one. My only experience with Queen Margot is via the film of the same name, that tasty bit of costume drama-y eye candy with Vincent Perez, Isabelle Adjani, Asia Argento, and Thomas Kretschmann (among others).

I loved Perinot's 2012 release, The Sister Queens for the many reasons that I adore hist fic: the way historical backdrop is both alien and familiar, and exotic figures made real and compassionate and maddening. Given Queen Margot's notorious reputation, I'm dying to see how Perinot breathes life into her. (And lucky me -- I've got a copy and will be reviewing it in November!)
Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois by Sophie Perinot

Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Formats: eBook, Hardcover

Genre: Historical Fiction

Winter, 1564. Beautiful young Princess Margot is summoned to the court of France, where nothing is what it seems and a wrong word can lead to ruin. Known across E…

Wordless Wednesday, June 10

I've finished back-to-back delicious reads in the last few weeks, but still can't quite motivate myself to get on reviews.

Wordless Wednesday is deeply appealing, needless to say.

Just started this read, and am in love already. Continuing my slow progress through this vest -- my first attempt at cables. Here's hoping I finish before Unabridged Baby outgrows it (like my last endeavor!).

Tell me about your day, in books or projects or pictures.

Interview with Alex Myers

Back in January of this year, I read and greatly enjoyed Alex Myers' Revolutionary War-era historical novel, Revolutionary, about his ancestor Deborah Samson (check out my review here). Samson enlisted in the Continental Army as a man, Robert, and struggles to understand how to live fully the life that brings the most satisfaction.

Myers kindly agreed to an interview, back in January, and I just flaked like a flaking thing and am only now posting it. Please read on to learn more about Myers and Revolutionary!

What was the plot of your very first piece of fiction?

An older woman comes home to discover that her house has been robbed. The thieves have taken her silver, nothing else. This disturbs her for some reason... and as she walks through the house she is led to wonder what really has value.

Do you have any writing rituals or routines?

I try to write everyday, even for just a little while. I also write standing up. First drafts are always written by hand and then typed into t…

Revolutionary by Alex Myers

Author: Alex Myers

First line: A man in a blue coat crossed the common, and Deborah craned her neck to glance through the window.

Review: I'm woefully behind on this review -- I inhaled this one back in January, the first full length novel I read after giving birth to Unabridged Baby in November. It was a wonderful return to reading.

I'd been dying to get my hands on this one since it's original release; between the setting -- Revolutionary War -- and the premise -- a woman who passes as a man -- I was immediately intrigued. My eagerness was well placed as this is a wonderfully engrossing read that is impossible to shake.

Set in 1782, the novel follows Deborah Samson, an indentured servant who is a weaver in a small Massachusetts town. Frustrated by her present circumstances and impatient with the few opportunities ahead of her, Deborah signs onto the Continental Army as Robert Shurtliff. She finds soldiering immediately fits her personality and years of h…

Mistress Firebrand by Donna Thorland

Title:Mistress Firebrand
Author: Donna Thorland

Genre: Fiction (18th Century / American Revolution / Theater / Romance / Espionage / Mohawk American Indians)
Publisher/Publication Date: NAL Trade (3/3/15)
Source:Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Rating: Liked very much
Did I finish?: Yes!
One-sentence summary: An American playwright and half-Mohawk British agent find love, danger,
Reading Challenges:Historical Fiction, NetGalley & Edelweiss

Do I like the cover?: Oh, I just love it even though it has the headless woman motif.

First line: John Burgoyne was in New York.

Buy, Borrow, or Avoid?: Borrow or buy!

Why did I get this book?: I'd heard great things about Thorland's previous novels.

Review: I've long wanted to read Donna Thorland as I love Revolutionary-era historical fiction and have seen rave reviews for her books. Happily, I wasn't disappointed with this read, which was atmospheric, detailed, and vividly done.

Set in 1777, Mistress Firebrand features a young America…