The Emperor’s Conspiracy – Early giveaway!

We have our winners!

Congratulations to Nicole for the international copy and Lynda for the US copy – courtesy of I’ll be in touch for your addresses so I can arrange to have them sent out.

It is just less than a week to go before my historical novel The Emperor’s Conspiracy is released. I started writing this book before In A Treacherous Court and Keeper of the King’s Secrets, and then left it after three chapters because I realized the tone would need to be darker and grittier to do the story justice, and I needed to get my head around that.

For five years I thought about this book, building the characters in my mind and living in their heads and their world. It was all the harder to write it because of that fact, because I had such a strong sense of how it should come out on the page and I was ruthless with myself to achieve it. I really am so excited that the book is soon going to be out there, and thrilled with the great reviews I’ve been getting.

Just like The Emperor’s Conspiracy started out as one thing for me, and morphed into something completely different, what book or movie or experience have you seen lately that you went into expecting one thing, and you got something totally different?

I’ve got a copy of The Emperor’s Conspiracy to give away to commenter living in the US, and another one to a commenter living elsewhere, to be drawn on November 27th, the day the book comes out. When you comment, please let me know if you’re international or US, so I can split up the list accordingly.

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Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. To find out more about her and her novels, you can visit her website.
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31 Responses to The Emperor’s Conspiracy – Early giveaway!

  1. Lori says:

    All of your covers are beautiful, but this is def. one of my fav! Can’t wait to read it!

  2. Nicole Laverdure says:

    Beautiful cover of The Emperor’s Conspiracy! I love historical fiction novels and that time period! Specially novels that creates great Ladies ! Wish you great reviews! Wait love to read it! I live in Quebec, Canada

  3. CateS says:

    I can’t think of a movie or book that turned out differently than I expected… but I’m not usually the first in line for movies… I have been disappointed when books make a huge shift from the books… I adore your cover art and have enjoyed your earlier books!! Congrats on another!!

    • Thank you so much, CateS.

      Recently my kids and I watched Mirror, Mirror and everything was going exactly as expected until the very end, where they had this Bollywood style ending. I love Bollywood as much as the next person, but it was so jarring, and so unexpected, it actually ruined the movie for me.

  4. Hi Michelle,

    First of all I love your cover! But then you have been blessed with gorgeous colors–maybe the time period for the ones I’ve read.

    I can’t really say any books or movies or TV shows have gone down a different path. However, I can relate to your needing to put aside this book after a few chapters because you needed to wrap your head around it.

    I had to do the same thing for An Island No More and it was at the end of the third chapter also. I realized I needed to do more headwork and some research. Plus I needed to really define my heroine and how she reacted to her challenges within the book. Why for the latter? Because I was scraping at scabs in my psyche and experience.

    Oh, should I be so lucky, I’m in the US.
    Casey Clifford`s last blog was …November 22nd

  5. Edie Ramer says:

    This is a favorite cover of mine, too. Just gorgeous. I’m eager to add this to my bookshelf.

    I haven’t watched it, but I’ve been told the Denzel Washington movie Flight isn’t what it seems in the trailer, that it’s about a man in struggling with alcoholism. I’m sure it’s compelling and I’m looking forward to watching it later, but if I went in expecting the movie I saw in the trailers, I’d be disappointed.

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  7. Lynda says:

    The book looks so very interesting and the cover is just beautiful. I would love to win it ! I agree that sometimes books and/or movies can turn out so different that we expect. Somestimes a lovely surpise…. sometimes not so much ; )
    Lynda from New York, USA

    • Thank you, Lynda, and I LOVE it when it’s surprising in a good way.

      I recently went to Hong Kong and on the flight back had run out of things to read, so decided to watch a movie. I saw the new Total Recall was on the menu but my husband scoffed and asked me if it could possibly be better than the original Arnie movie. I watched it anyway, and I liked it better than the original movie. Which was a good surprise. (Although don’t get me start on the spate of remakes coming out of Hollywood! What is with that?)

  8. Love the cover, Michelle! I just bought Brave to watch with my granddaughter and while I enjoyed it, it wasn’t the typical Disney yarn I expected.

  9. Samantha says:

    I am so excited for the release of this book, especially after reading your description. It sounds like a great read and a true labor of love, which will make it all the better.

  10. Amy R says:

    This is such a pretty cover! It was this blog and you, Michelle, that started off my reading of historicals. I won a copy of In a Treacherous Court on this blog and really liked it! I loved following John and Susanna in Dangerous Sanctuary and Keeper of the King’s Sercrets, too. I look forward to reading The Emperor’s Conspiracy. As for the answer to your question – I think a lot of books I go into expecting one thing and get something else out. Sometimes I read a type of book that I may not be in the mood for but end up getting lost in the story and loving it. That is the fun thing about books and movies! You are taken on a ride and you don’t know where you will be going. Great work on your books!

    P.S. Please do not put my name in for the drawing since I already won one of your books here.

  11. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Michelle,

    So happy to hear this will be out soon! Love the cover.

    I try not to watch movie trailers or read too much about the movie before hand as I HATE when it turns out differently than advertised.

    I was reading a series of YA books with my daughter when book 4 took a time travel turn that had nothing to do with the whole concept of the series. We both stopped reading the series!

    Sometimes you need to let an idea sit and gel a little. Helps to put things in perspective.
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Update on books, just released, in progress, and upcoming

    • Thanks, Dale. And pity about the YA. I’ve stopped reading a series or two because things just got darker and never seemed to get better. Darkness and trouble is fine, but not unending darkness and trouble. We need a few rays of sunshine.

  12. Ohhh, Michelle, I CAN’T WAIT to read this!!!
    So excited for its release ;).

  13. Mariska says:

    Beautiful Cover !

    i haven’t read any of your books, yet..looking forward to start with this one 🙂

    btw, i’m international.

  14. The title and cover design looks very intriguing. Looking forward to reading this book. I’m US. I’m not necessarily disappointed when a novel shifts at the end, but I begin wondering if the writer had adequately prepared the reader for the conclusion. At times an unusual twist can be entertaining, but not too close to the ending.

    • Anna, you’re right, the author or director has to play fair. That’s why I was so taken aback at the end of Mirror Mirror, quite frankly. Although, to be honest, afterwards I noticed how the palace was styled with very Indian architecture, so that was my (very subtle) clue, most likely.

  15. bn100 says:

    This sounds interesting.

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  17. Congratulations to Nicole (International copy) and Lynda (US copy), you are the two giveaway winners of a copy of The Emperor’s Conspiracy.

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