In Defense of the Queen

In Defense of the QueenI have been waiting for this for some time (nearly a year!) but at last, I am THRILLED to say that In Defense of the Queen, the third book in my Susanna Horenbout and John Parker series releases tomorrow.

This book took me a year to write and I really felt like I wrestled with it. I reworked it so much, absolutely ruthlessly, so that while it had the same feel as In a Treacherous Court and Keeper of the King’s Secrets, it was fresh and unique in its own right.

Series come with a lot of positives. I feel so connected to my characters, and they have such a rich backstory for me by the time you get to book 2 or 3, that the hard yards on backstory and world building are much more intuitive and easy for the brain to access. But that comes with a down side, too. An unconscious habit of reusing the same descriptions or taking for granted that readers will know something that they may have forgotten from the earlier books, or if they are new readers, haven’t ever read.

To make sure I kept the positives and didn’t fall into the negative traps, I was super-vigilant and was really relentless in cutting anything I thought shouldn’t be there out. And I love the book all the more for all that effort. And it is so exciting to see it go out into the world at last.

There is going to be a bookblast to celebrate the release of In Defense of the Queen, over at a number of blogs from tomorrow (Colorimetry, So Many Reads, Bookfever & Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell to name the few that I know of, but there are over 25 book blogs participating, so the choice is huge!). There are awesome prizes to be won, such as multiple copies of In Defense of the Queen, a couple of full sets of all three books in the series, and a $50 Amazon gift card. So definitely check one of the participating blogs out!

Daughter of the SkyAs an extra bonus, I’m putting my novel Daughter of the Sky on special for two weeks at $0.99. So it’s party, party, party at the moment! 🙂

I love series, and particularly love JD Robb’s In Death Series, and Patricia Brigg’s two series, her Mercy Thompson series and her Alpha & Omega series. What series do you love where the author keeps keeping it fresh?

About In Defense of the Queen:

An artist never betrays her patron . . . especially one of the world’s most powerful kings.

Susanna Horenbout has learned this lesson from the cradle. But when she receives a letter from her father telling her to do just that, she faces a dilemma. Betray Henry VIII, or carry out the request of her father’s employer, Margaret of Austria, and pass secret information to Henry’s queen, Katherine of Aragon.

Caught between the machinations of her husband and her nephew, the Emperor Charles, Queen Katherine needs all the allies she can get. But what can Susanna really do to help her, and even if she does, will it be enough?

Susanna and her betrothed, Parker——one of Henry’s most trusted courtiers——balance on the knife’s edge of treason as they try to make sense of both international and domestic conspiracies. Sometimes, it’s better the enemy you know . . .

What reviewers are saying:

Adventure, intrigues and assassins, a wild ride against time. Historical fiction with a flair is what Diener does best! Nocturnal Book Reviews

In Defense of the Queen was an absolute treat to read and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book by Diener and, then of course, the next Susanna and Parker book. I hope I don’t have to wait too long. If you like historicals and fast-paced stories, you will not be disappointed in the least. Rukmini Singh’s Blog

If you love historical fiction that is suspenseful, intriguing and beautifully written, please do yourself a favor and read this book and this series today.” Girl Lost in a Book

About Michelle Diener

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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10 Responses to In Defense of the Queen

  1. Karin Tabke says:

    Very excited for you Michelle! Love the blurb and LOVE the cover. Happy happy sales!

  2. Amy says:

    Congrats on the release of IN DEFENSE OF THE QUEEN! I think this was my favorite story of John & Susanna’s so far! I love a series, especially when the main characters are the same in each one. I do enjoy JD Robb’s books. I have bought several of Marie Force’s Fatal series books when they have been on sale and look forward to reading those because I think they are similar. I also like when an author writes about two people meeting and then later on does a novella on them at a different point in their lives even if they are not the main characters throughout the series. When I read books I feel as those characters are my friends and it feels like I am catching up with them in novellas. Best of luck with this next release!
    Amy`s last blog was …Interview & Giveaway: ONLY FOR A KNIGHT by Michelle Miles

    • Thank you, Amy. Yes, it is nice to visit with old (book character) friends in future stories or novellas. My book Banquet of Lies, which is out in October, has some of the characters from The Emperor’s Conspiracy making an appearance, and I’ve heard from a couple of reviewers how much they enjoyed that. 🙂

  3. Amy Atwell says:

    Congrats on the new release, Michelle. I love this series, and this book sounds like it’s a real turning point for Susanna.

  4. Edie Ramer says:

    I was lucky enough to read this. I loved the other two Susanna and Parker books and didn’t think the third book could get better. So I was shocked to love In Defense of the Queen even more. It’s an amazing, entertaining, page-turning book, and I hope many readers discover it. I know they’ll love it just as much.

  5. Dale Mayer says:

    Awesome! Major congrats Michelle. The 3rd in a series is huge.

    Love the cover, too! 🙂

  6. YAY, Michelle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Happy release week!! Hope it’s a wonderful one ;).
    As for the new book? I know it’s going to be amazing!!

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