I first fell in love with France and French history when I visited the Loire Valley as a college student studying abroad.
And the fascination stuck! If you haven’t noticed dear readers—but I suspect you have—three of my four historical novels are set entirely or significantly in France:
⚜️ RIBBONS OF SCARLET—Feel like starting a revolution? You’re in good company. Travel to 18th century Paris and meet seven amazing French women who fomented and fought in the French Revolution. RIBBONS, which I co-authored with five amazing fellow historical novelists, is a breathtaking epic novel illuminating the hopes, desires, and destinies of princesses and peasants, harlots and wives, fanatics and philosophers—unforgettable women who leave their distinctive marks on one of the most tumultuous and transformative events in history. But if anyone offers you a ride in a Tumbril just say NO!
⚜️ MÉDICIS DAUGHTER—Travel to 16th century France and visit the gorgeous palaces of the Loire and the steamy summer streets of Paris, with French Princess Marguerite de Valois. But be careful, Marguerite’s mother, Queen Catherine de Médicis is always plotting something . . . and a wrong move could be your last. Oh, and if you are invited to Marguerite’s wedding (her heart belongs to the handsome Duc de Guise, but her hand will be offered to Henri of Navarre, a Huguenot leader and a notorious heretic looking to seal a tenuous truce) you’d better dress for a massacre as well as dancing.
⚜️ THE SISTER QUEENS—This novel is 50% French. One of my sisters, Marguerite, is Queen of France in the 13th century, while the other—Eleanor—is Queen of England. Both were raised in Provence at the court of their father, the Count of Provence. And though they come to be separated by royal marriages, they are never truly parted.
For more about each book, check out its individual book tab! And for plenty of Francophile pleasing history, book-recommendations and more, peruse the archives of this blog!
The weather is getting cooler—I like to call it “book weather.” Time to curl up in a favorite chair with a roaring fire, something nice to drink and, of course, a book. If you are looking for royal intrigue, forbidden love, and bloody religious war to keep you occupied on a cool evening, than Médicis Daughter is an autumn read certain to satisfy your cravings.
Check out the novel’s new fall trailer! Then FALL into the 16th Century.
⚜ ⚜ PRAISE FOR MÉDICIS DAUGHTER ⚜ ⚜
This is Renaissance France meets Game of Thrones: dark, sumptuous historical fiction that coils religious strife, court intrigue, passionate love, family hatred, and betrayed innocence like a nest of poisonous snakes.”
―Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Huntress
“Amid the glamorous intrigues of the 16th-century French court, Marguerite de Valois . . . deftly balances secret escapades and public duties . . . . Perinot matches the rhythm of Margot’s life to the political storms: as the battles escalate, so do the perils of love and lust.
⚜ ⚜ ⚜ PICK UP A STYLISH NEW COPY OF MÉDICIS DAUGHTER IN PAPERBACK OR EBOOK TODAY and settle in for what Kirkus calls “a riveting page-turner skillfully blending illicit liaisons and political chicanery.” ⚜ ⚜ ⚜
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At last, at last!!! So many readers have been asking me: when will Médicis Daughter release in paperback? When will it be available in ebook format again? Well, the wait is over!
MÉDICIS DAUGHTER my dark tale of Marguerite de Valois, daughter of Catherine de Médicis, sister to three kings, is NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK AND EBOOK!
So what do you think of THE NEW COVER? Let me know in the comments below!
⚜ ⚜ PRAISE FOR MÉDICIS DAUGHTER ⚜ ⚜
Amid the glamorous intrigues of the 16th-century French court, Marguerite de Valois,. . . deftly balances secret escapades and public duties… Perinot matches the rhythm of Margot’s life to the political storms: as the battles escalate, so do the perils of love and lust. A riveting page-turner skillfully blending illicit liaisons and political chicanery.”―Kirkus Reviews
This is Renaissance France meets Game of Thrones: dark, sumptuous historical fiction that coils religious strife, court intrigue, passionate love, family hatred, and betrayed innocence like a nest of poisonous snakes.” ―Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Huntress
Absorbing… an engrossing read.”―Publishers Weekly
An enthralling page-turner which lovers of royalty fiction and strong female leads should enjoy thoroughly.”―HNR Magazine
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Did you wait until the last minute to do your Mothers’ Day shopping? Mom’s can be tough to please. Now imagine if your Mother was the power-hungry and often ruthless Catherine de Médicis! There’s a video for that 😉
Remember, books make great Mothers’ Day gifts! Pick up a copy of Médicis Daughter for your favorite Mom . . . on Amazon or wherever books are sold!
Because sometimes it’s more fun to make a new video trailer than to edit 😉 Volia! The 2019 Spring trailer for MÉDICIS DAUGHTER! Enjoy, share, and celebrate the pleasures and perils of spring, Valois style! What do you think?
Haven’t read MÉDICIS DAUGHTER yet, or have a friend who hasn’t? It is available on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble or wherever books are sold!
It’s that time of year again readers . . . time for my holiday gift-giving special! This year’s price for SIGNED COPIES of Médicis Daughter will be $11.00 per hardcover, shipping included.
Visit the official Médicis Daughter Facebook page for more details and to message me with an order.
Because it is the time of year when “something wicked this way comes” and nobody does wicked like the royal Valois . . . Voila! my Halloween season book-trailer for Médicis Daughter. Enjoy!
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Invite Catherine de Médicis Home for the Holidays . . .or Give the Gift of Valois France This Season! Check out the new HOLIDAY TRAILER below and then . . .
Have yourself a VERY VALOIS Christmas by asking Santa for Médicis Daughter, or give the book to someone on your list DURING THIS VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAY SALE! For a limited time only I am offering SIGNED copies of my 16th century page-turner for only $10 each including shipping.
Here are the details:
- This offer is limited to the USA.
- Signed copies are $10 each which includes shipping (by media mail).
- Orders MUST be placed by December 10th for pre-Christmas delivery!
- Payment will be accepted only by Paypal.
TO ORDER, simply message me through the novel’s official Facebook page and include your name, email address, mailing address, number of books you want, and to whom (if anyone) you want your signed copies dedicated. I will invoice you via PayPal and ship your book (s) as soon as payment is received.
Happy Holidays! xo Sophie
November is traditionally the season of THANKFULNESS. So just for fun I’ve done a little list of things you might be thankful for if you were trying to navigate (and SURVIVE) the 16th century French Royal Court.
No. 1: That you are NOT Marguerite de Valois, the youngest Valois Princess, because if you were your mother, Queen Catherine de Médicis, would be offering you a dismal string of prospective husbands including: a mad man, an old man who’d already been married to your own sister, a man who hated women, and a notorious heretic. What’s a girl to do?
No. 2: If you are Admiral Coligny you’d be VERY thankful that you bent down to tie your shoe at just the right moment to avoid having your head blown off by an assassin. Sure you lost part of a finger and you were pretty badly wounded, but you are alive! But so fast there Gaspard . . . you’re not out of danger yet!
No. 3: You’ve never slept with the Princesse de Porcien. If you had you might well end up crucified—at least artistically—because this lady (who eventually became the Duchesse de Guise) had the bizarre habit of having former lovers portrayed in her devotional book (her Book of Hours) crucified.
No 4: No one has poisoned you . . . YET.
No 5: You keep a careful hit-list of all your enemies (real and imagined). I mean you never know when a massacre is going to start and you want to be ready. You might not have thought to make a list of your grudges, not to mention the people you owe money too .if it hadn’t been for that secret census of Protestants the authorities complied from the tax roles in your district of Paris (and every other district as well). There is no denying neighborhood hit lists come in really handy once a massacre starts, and is anybody really going to care if some of the folks on yours are good Catholics rather than nasty heretics?
MÉDICIS DAUGHTER because the Valois are sexier than the Tudors (and more dangerous as well)!