I 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!
As 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