It was an absolutely fabulous event. Donna (she said I could call her Donna!) is an engaging, interesting and charismatic woman. In addition to reading an important scene from the book, Donna described for us the process of becoming a published author - from the actual writing of the book, to finding an agent, getting a publisher, having to change the ending (what?!) and "choosing" the cover art (more on that in a minute). Donna also graciously answered all our questions about the book, the writing process, the publishing world and even where she bought her fabulous black and white hounds tooth print bag! She couldn't have been more wonderful.
As a confirmed bookworm, I have attended several author signings, book talks and events. Never before have I enjoyed such an intimate and personal discussion with any author. It was so enlightening and exciting.
Now, about the cover of the book. We have all heard the old adage "Don't judge a book by its cover". But, we all do. It's only natural. Well, I must urge you not to judge The Courtier's Secret by its cover. Donna herself will tell you that she is not happy with the image chosen for the book's cover. The busty and lusty cover definitely gives the mistaken impression that this book is a bodice ripping romance novel. Not true! The Courtier's Secret is historical fiction set in France during the reign of Louis XIV. It tells the story of 17 year old Jeanne, who lives at court and rebels against the constraints of court life and the subservient role of women living in this time period. Under the secret tutelage of her uncle, Jeanne learns the art of sword fighting. It is this skill which leads her to disguise herself as a man and join the Musketeers to stop an assassination attempt on their queen. Of course, no historical fiction would be complete without a little romance and The Courtier's Secret provides that as well when Jeanne finds herself falling in love with her fellow Musketeer, Henri.
If you live in Rhode Island and would like an opportunity to hear Donna talk about her book and her experiences, visit her website for a list of upcoming appearances. You will not be disappointed.