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Six authors bring to life overlapping stories of patricians and slaves, warriors and politicians, villains and heroes who cross each others' path during Pompeii's fiery end.
Caught in the deadly world of the Renaissance's most notorious family, three outsiders must decide if they will flee the dangerous dream of power.
The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web.
The lives of an ambitious soldier, a patrician heiress and a future emperor fatefully intersect.
The Year of Four Emperors - and four very different women struggling to survive
A brilliant and paranoid Emperor, a wary and passionate slave girl – who will survive?

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Happy Release Day!

April 1, 2014

Tags: elizabeth loupas, red lily crown, the flower reader, the second duchess

I'm giddy—Elizabeth Loupas has a new book out today. This is her third, “The Red Lily Crown,” and normally I'd be sprinting to the bookstore for my copy, but I've already got one. One of the nicer parts of being an author is getting sneak peeks at the books you're dying to read—and a few months back, Elizabeth contracted me to see if I might be willing to read her upcoming Medici romp and offer it a quote.

Did I, ever.

I first swooned for Loupas's talent when I devoured her debut, “The Second Duchess,” featuring a whip-smart Duchess of Ferrara heroine investigating the mysterious death of her husband's first wife. Gorgeous prose, a fabulous mystery, and one of the sexiest, scariest heroes around. (I got the chance to meet Elizabeth at my first Historical Novel Society conference shortly afterward—a lovely lady who listened to me rave about her Alfonso d'Este ad infinitum. He really is very rave-able.)

Sophomore novel “The Flower Reader” was another hit with me; a lady-in-waiting to a young Mary Queen of Scots, caught in a hellish court conspiracy. But “The Red Lily Crown” might just be Loupas's best yet—I devoured it in a matter of days. My review:

“Machiavelli meets The Brothers Grimm: a dark fairy tale with the addictive allure of a poison dream. Renaissance Florence springs to life in all its gorgeous, treacherous glory when a brave street urchin finds herself neck deep in Medici blood-lust. A dash of magic, a maze of murder, a heroine to root for, and a villain who needs to die--this is historical fiction at its most compelling.”

Buy this book. You will not regret it.