Do you adore historical fiction about strong women? Are you a book club member (perhaps in a club full of strong women)? When making your fall and winter reading selections I urge you to consider Ribbons of Scarlet!
Not only is it a timely story about the power of women to start a Revolution and change the world . . . we have a treasure-trove of supplemental materials for book club readers!!!
Yes indeed, our marvelous publisher has created a Ribbons of Scarlet book club supplement complete with deleted scenes—including one from my chapter THE PRINCESS about the King’s sister Madame Élisabeth—some menus ideas rooted in the gastronomy of 18th century France, humorous insights into our collaborative process, and of course cocktail choices based on your Revolutionary politics.
I will give you one guess who was the team’s cocktail creator. That’s right mes amis – moi, moi-même! I may not be a professional mixologist, but I did my reading and I am certainly a cocktail enthusiast. After crafting several versions of my Philosophe and Aristo I assembled my (eager) family as taste-testers. So check out the supplement, give the drinks a try and PLEASE let me know which is your favorite!
Oh and just so you don’t have to feel even the slightest bit guilty—I made sure to write a nice little article on the links between the Revolution and alcohol. Did you know, for example, that even as the Bastille was being stormed so were the Paris Custom Gates because the tax on wine was a VERY contentious issue!