From the internationally bestselling author of Nefertiti and Cleopatra’s Daughter comes the breathtaking story of Queen Lakshmi—India’s Joan of Arc—who against all odds defied the mighty British invasion to defend her beloved kingdom.
With every book I write, I discover something about the culture I’m researching which completely blows me away, often because it’s so unusual and something I’ve never encountered before. In the case of my book, Rebel Queen, set in India during the British invasion, the concept of Janam Kundlis struck a chord with me, particularly since Janam Kundlis very nearly played a role in my own life and my marriage to my husband, who is Indian. Also known as an astrological chart, a Janam Kundli is made by a priest for each child in India. No one is sure when the concept of a Janam Kundli came to be, but as Vedic astrology is several thousand years old, it’s not surprising that my protagonist’s Janam Kundli would have looked similar to my husband’s, even though they were born more than a hundred years apart. A person’s Janam Kundli includes the. . .
The world knows Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire . . . but who was this woman who became one of the most famous sculptresses of all time? In these pages, her tumultuous and amazing story comes to life as only Michelle Moran can tell it. The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin.
Everything else in my life is on hold while I read the latest from one of my favorite general market historical fiction authors. And here’s a guest post to peak your interest. MADAME TUSSAUD: The Woman When most people hear the name Madame Tussaud, the first thing that comes to mind are the eerily lifelike waxworks which crowd her museums throughout the world. But who was the woman behind the name, and what was she like in the flesh? Madame Tussaud’s story actually began in 18th century Paris. While most people know her from her famous museum in London, it was in France, on the humble Boulevard du Temple, where Marie first got her start as an apprentice in her uncle’s wax museum, the Salon de Cire. At the time, the Boulevard du Temple was crowded with exhibits of every kind. For just a few sous a passerby might attend. . .
The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s revengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two– the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander–survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts. The fateful tale of Selene and Alexander is. . .
Upon writing your debut novel Nefertiti, did you know that you would be continuing with the story of Nefertari in The Heretic Queen? Actually, it was planned as a sequel – I couldn’t let that era go after Nefertiti, not with Ramses just over the horizon! Are there bits and pieces that were cut in editing that you might ever share with your readers? Each of my novels has ended up with about 100 pages worth of cuts. I trust the editors at Crown, and almost always agree with their edits. All the same, perhaps I’ll save the extra pieces for the DVD box set someday! What is your favorite scene from Cleopatra’s Daughter? Avoiding any spoilers, I would say the final scene – where many of these complex characters are able to reveal hidden pieces of themselves. How would you relate your writing experience and research to some Creative. . .
This morning, I awoke to the doorbell. Not a first, actually the third time this week. First was Monday with an envelope of two ARCs from B&H, then on Tuesday, an envelope of one book from B&H. Then this morning. Yesterday, my Mama came to play so I was on my feet a lot longer than normal and was really feeling it in those relaxin pregnant hips later in the day, so my husband dearest told me I was to stay in bed all day and read whether I want to or not. (I think I’ll keep him…) I debated getting up, but I was curious what could be awaiting me at the door, so I went to the door and there was a box!! Now the books were a slight surprise, but somewhat expected… but what in the world could be in the box? I pick it up and. . .
I cannot tell you how excited I am to be able to share this trailer with you! CLEOPATRA’S DAUGHTER http://cleopatrasdaughter.com/ Excerpt Cleopatra’s Daughter Q&A The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome, but only two—the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander—survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the. . .
*This post has been updated with my new format as of January 27, 2016 with the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin.* Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries. Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped by all that her strong personality will temper the young Amunhotep’s heretical desire to forsake Egypt’s ancient gods, overthrow the priests of Amun, and introduce a new sun god for all to worship. From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people. Her charisma is matched only by her husband’s perceived generosity: Amunhotep showers his subjects with lofty promises. The love of the commoners will not be enough, however, if the royal couple is not able to conceive an heir, and as Nefertiti turns. . .
Oooh!! And now the post I’ve been waiting for!!! Today, I bring you a great Questions and Answers Interview session with Michelle Moran. And for a treat, leave a comment and at least two comments on other posts that are relevant and you’ll be entered to win one of two SIGNED copies of The Heretic Queen. QUESTIONSUpon writing your debut novel Nefertiti, did you know that you would be continuing with the story of Nefertari in The Heretic Queen? When my publishing house purchased Nefertiti, they did so in a two-book deal. Not knowing how Nefertiti would be received, or whether I have ever get another chance at writing about ancient Egypt, I chose to tell the two most compelling stories I knew: that of Nefertiti and her sister Mutny, and that of Nefertari and her life with Ramesses the Great. It may sound strange that I chose to skip. . .
*This post has been updated with my new format as of January 27, 2016 with the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin.* Oh, what a novel! I wish it had not come to an end. Every time I picked up the book to settle in for a read, I was swept into the world of Egypt with Pharaoh’s and Warrior Queen’s. I was impressed by Nefertiti, Michelle Moran’s debut, but The Heretic Queen surpasses my admiration by far. Our story is told from a first person perspective straight from the mouth of Nefertari, beloved of Ramesses, and Warrior Queen of Egypt. From a child to a woman, as a reader you get to hold onto her tale. I giggled with her, and I became enraged at her enemies. I felt empathy for her situations and I praised her for her morality and decisions for love instead of revenge. Nefertari is one for. . .
published September 16th 2008 by Crown binding Hardcover isbn 0307381757 (isbn13: 9780307381750) ebook url http://www.michellemoran.com/b… pages 464 Coming September 16, 2008 In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past, and remake history. The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the 18th dynasty’s royal family—all with the exception of Nefertari, niece of the reviled former queen Nefertiti. The girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names. A relic of a previous reign, Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But all of this changes when she is taken under the wing of pharaoh’s aunt, and brought to the Temple of Hathor where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen. Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the crown prince, and despite her family’s. . .