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I’m really excited to spotlight Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran today as today is the day that the paperback releases and as an added bonus the paperback contains lots of fresh content including historical notes, a new Q&A with Michelle, a reading guide for book groups, and an excerpt from her upcoming new novel, The Second Empress. I have been a long time fan of Michelle’s since reading her very first novel Nefertiti (my review) and then came The Heretic Queen (my review) and Cleopatra’s Daughter (my review). I have loved all of her books and I have just started Madame Tussaud myself and I’m loving it! Michelle is an absolutely wonderful person who is a a joy to work with. She has a great respect for bloggers that shines through and in return there are many of us who adore her and her books! Today I’m going to share with you what Madame Tussaud is about and make sure to check out the fantastic giveaway at the end of the post!
About Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
The world knows Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire…but who was this woman and how did she become one of the most famous sculptresses of all time? In these pages, her tumultuous story comes to life as only Michelle Moran could tell it. The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin…
Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American Ambassador, Thomas Jefferson, to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie’s museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, and when word arrives that the royals themselves are coming to see their likenesses, Marie never dreams that the king’s sister will request her presence at Versailles as a royal tutor in wax sculpting. Yet when a letter with a gold seal is delivered to her home, Marie knows she cannot refuse—even if it means time away from her beloved Salon and her increasingly dear friend, Henri Charles.
As Marie becomes acquainted with her pupil, Princess Élisabeth, she is taken to meet both Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI, who introduce her to the glamorous life at court. From lavish parties with more delicacies than she’s ever seen, to rooms filled with candles lit only once before being discarded, Marie steps into to a world entirely different from her home on the Boulevard du Temple, where people are selling their teeth in order to put food on the table.
Meanwhile, many resent the vast separation between rich and poor. In salons and cafés across Paris, people like Camille Desmoulins, Jean-Paul Marat, and Maximilien Robespierre are lashing out against the monarchy. Soon, there’s whispered talk of revolution…Will Marie be able to hold on to both the love of her life and her friendship with the royal family as France approaches civil war? And more importantly, will she be able to fulfill the demands of powerful revolutionaries who ask that she make the death masks of beheaded aristocrats, some of whom she knows?
Spanning five years from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.
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About Michelle Moran
Michelle Moran was born in the San Fernando Valley, CA. She took an interest in writing from an early age, purchasing Writer’s Market and submitting her stories and novellas to publishers from the time she was twelve. When she was accepted into Pomona College she took as many classes as possible in British Literature, particularly Milton, Chaucer, and the Bard. Not surprisingly, she majored in English while she was there. Following a summer in Israel where she worked as a volunteer archaeologist, she earned an MA from the Claremont Graduate University.
Michelle has traveled around the world, from Zimbabwe to India, and her experiences at archaeological sites were what inspired her to write historical fiction. She is the international bestselling author of Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, and Cleopatra’s Daughter. Her fourth novel, Madame Tussaud, was released on February 15, 2011.
I have 2 signed copies of Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran up for giveaway to my readers! To enter…
This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will be drawing for the winners on Saturday, January 21, 2012. Good luck!Book Spotlights | Comments (77)