I recently finished The Painted Girls and gave it five stars on Goodreads.
Although on the surface about ballet and art, this book certainly shows the underside of Paris. Three sisters, whose father is dead and whose mother cares only about absinthe, live in grinding poverty and dream of finding a way out. Each tries to make it as a ballet rat (young dancer), with varying success. Of the two oldest girls, Antionette is a strong and insolent fighter who falls in with a boy of bad character. The other, Marie, comes to the attention of Edgar Degas and models for him as a way to earn extra money. Each makes questionable choices that she must struggle to overcome. I was moved by the book’s ending.
Check out this new review of Blood Moon: A Captive’s Tale by Meg at A Bookish Affair.
I was happy to find a new review of Blood Moon this morning. I love it when readers engage seriously with my work.
Source: Blood Moon: A Captive’s Tale. Ruth Chatlien.
Today I’m taking part in a round table discussion with four other novelists on the blog of Sophie Schiller, author of Transfer Day and Race to Tibet. You can read the discussion here.
The other guests are Weina Dai Randel, author of The Moon in the Palace; Antoine Vanner, author of Britannia’s Amazon; Marie Laval author of The Dream Catcher, Blue Bonnets, and Sword Dance; and Lindsay Downs, author of romantic suspense.
The Kindle version of The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte is free through June 24. You can get it here.
And not only will you receive my entire first novel, you’ll also receive a preview of the recently published Blood Moon: A Captive’s Tale.
Who could ask for more than that?