Monthly Archives: March 2014

Review for The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte

Another review of The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte can be found at The Happy Reader by clicking here.


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March Haiku

As I was driving back from an appointment yesterday, I saw something which made me write this haiku:

Small clumps of late snow
fall from outstretched tree branches
like drifting petals.


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The First Page, Featuring Author Ruth Hull Chatlien, The No. 3 First Page Writer

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After years being online in social settings, many amazing people have come into my life. “Some are even librarians!” She shouted. So, it pleases me today to welcome Ms. Ruth Hull Chatlien, librarian-turned-author to The First Page with a 300-word excerpt from the first page of her latest novel, THE AMBITIOUS MADAME BONAPARTE. You will find this novel slotted in the historical fiction genre.


Taking the footman’s hand, eighty-five-year-old Betsy Bonaparte gingerly alighted from the carriage and readjusted her voluminous skirts. How she hated the current bustled fashions, so much more cumbersome than the slim empire gowns of her youth.

As Betsy labored up the marble steps of her son’s mansion, her daughter-in-law opened the door. Susan May’s round face was lined with worry, and her dark eyes were sorrowful. She stepped back to allow Betsy to enter and then bent to kiss the tiny older…

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Interview at “Enchanted by Josephine”

Today is a two-fer. Not only is there a book review of The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte, posted below, but I was interviewed over at Enchanted by Josephine. You can check it out here.

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Review: The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte by Ruth Hull Chatlien

Another review for my novel:

Making My Mark

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Today I’m participating in the France Book Tour of The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte. For all the tour stops, please visit this page.  

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The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte

Release date: December 2, 2013 at  Amika Press
484 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1937484163
Buy links: Available from
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As a clever girl in stodgy, mercantile Baltimore, Betsy Patterson dreams of a marriage that will transport her to cultured Europe. When she falls in love with and marries Jerome Bonaparte, she believes her dream has come true—until Jerome’s older brother Napoleon becomes an implacable enemy.Based on a true story, The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte is a historical novel that portrays this woman’s tumultuous life. Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, known to history as Betsy Bonaparte, scandalized Washington with her daring French fashions; visited Niagara Falls when it was an unsettled wilderness; survived a shipwreck and run-ins with British…

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Review at Jorie Loves a Story

There’s a new review of The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte at Jorie Loves a Story. I couldn’t find a reblog option, so you can get to her blog by clicking here.

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Runoff (a poem)

Today’s weather makes it possible for me to post this poem from a few years past because it looks forward to spring.



Last snowcover

outside my window,

once mounded smooth

as new-spun meringue

and clean as a carton

of unscooped ice cream,

now grainy and brittle

and friable beneath my feet.

It’s melting, melting.

The water flows across

still-hard ground,

and escapes into city sewers,

but in my mind,

I hear the rush of rivers

splashing, foaming,

racing me toward springdom.


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