Thursday, March 11, 2021

The Importance of Pawns

Please join me in congratulating Keira Morgan on the publication of her debut historical novel, The Importance of Pawns, Book One in the Chronicles of the House of Valois. I had the pleasure of helping Keira design the cover. Here's the book description:

Based on historical events and characters in sixteenth-century France, this timeless tale pits envy, power and intrigue against loyalty and the strength of women’s friendships.

Although the French court dazzles on the surface, beneath its glitter, danger lurks for the three women trapped in its coils as power shifts from one regime to the next. The story begins as Queen Anne lies dying and King Louis’s health declines. Their two daughters, Claude and young Renée, heiresses to the rich duchy of Brittany, become pawns in the game of control.

Countess Louise d’Angoulême is named guardian to both girls. For years she has envied the dying Queen Anne, the girls’ mother. Because of her family’s dire financial problems, she schemes to marry wealthy Claude to her son. This unexpected guardianship presents a golden opportunity, but only if she can remove their protectress, Baronne Michelle, who loves the princesses and safeguards their interests.

As political tensions rise, the futures of Princess Renée and Baronne hang in the balance, threatened by Countess Louise’s plots.

Will timid Claude untangle the treacherous intrigues Countess Louise is weaving? Will Baronne Michelle and Claude outflank the wily countess to protect young Princess Renée? And can Claude find the courage to defend those she loves?

The Importance of Pawns
 is available in ebook and print editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Keira's website for more information about this book and her nonfiction, book reviews, author interviews, and blog posts about the French Renaissance.

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