Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Beth Trissel and friends
Although set in England, the tumult taking place in France during the explosion of the French Revolution is the backdrop for my new historical romance, INTO THE LION’S HEART. This story launched the new series The Wild Rose Press is debuting called Love Letters, the premise being that a letter is responsible for bringing the hero and heroine together. At 96 pages, INTO THE LION’S HEART is an easy but satisfying read. However, I did as much research for it as I would a full novel.

Several wave of nobility called émigrés fled France, beginning  in  1789, while they still could. Some took refuge in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland where they plotted against the Revolutionary government and sought foreign aid to help them restore the old regime.

18th Century
French Nobleman
Many émigrés also sought refuge in England, including the King Louis XV111’s brother the Comte d’Artois, the future King Charles X. Most of the nobility who remained in France were guillotined during the Revolution, along with members of the clergy and a large number of commoners. The guillotine was greedy for ever more victims. No one knows for certain, but it’s estimated that as many as 40,000 people were guillotined by the end of the reign of terror.

Captain Dalton Evans
  INTO THE LION’S HEART opens with the hero, Captain Dalton Evans (fought in the American Revolution) journeying to Dover to meet the ship carrying a distant cousin, Mademoiselle Sophia Devereux, who’s fleeing the French Revolution.


October, 1789, the English Countryside in Kent

What a bloody bore. Lurching over the rutted road, the autumn countryside obscured by sheets of rain, Captain Dalton Evans shifted wearily in the cumbersome coach. With little else to occupy him, he pulled the letter from his breast coat pocket. Aunt Agnes conveyed the contents earlier but Dalton hadn’t troubled to read the urgent summons penned by the illustrious Vicomte Henri Devereux—illustrious according to his aunt, anyway.

My Dear Madame,

I pray this finds you in good health and beg you excuse the abruptness of my missive. With the utmost faith in your generous nature, highly spoken of by my beloved late wife, I implore your assistance. France is in turmoil, its future precarious. For myself I make no complaint and will bear my lot, but beg you to assure the safety of my dearest Sophia. Please care for my darling girl as you would your own child. As soon as arrangements may be made, Mademoiselle Devereux will cross the Channel on The White Rose and should arrive at Dover harbor on the 20th—

A fierce jolt jerked his focus to the muddy track serving as a road. That madman driving this coach would have them over in a ditch next thing.

Reassured his position was safe for the moment, Dalton glanced back at the letter. The brief plea lacked the formal, flowery language he would’ve expected from a French nobleman. Clearly the vicomte was backed against a wall, his plight pitiable. But Dalton’s role as newly appointed champion of Sophia Devereux vexed him to the extreme.~
 INTO THE LION’S HEART is available at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble, and other online booksellers.

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Beth, thanks for sharing with us today. You know I'm one of your devoted fans, and I can hardly wait to read this novella!


Beth Trissel said...

Wow, what a lovely job you did putting this post together, Caroline. Thanks so much for having me today.

Unknown said...

Congrats on the new release. The French Revolution is a great backdrop for drama and romance.

Jennifer Ann Coffeen said...

This sounds so exciting! I'm a big fan of stories set during the French Revolution. Can't wait to read.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Beth, thanks for visiting today. I don't know why the website doesn't show up as a link, because it did on the preview. The cyberworld and I are constantly at war.

Susan Macatee said...

This sounds like another great read, Beth! I already have a copy in my Nook and plan to read it soon. Just finished 'Enemy of the King' btw. Couldn't put it down!

Congrats on your newest release and wish you many sales!

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks guys. Super to hear Susan!

Dana Rodgers said...

Nice post Beth. I'm looking forward to reading it.

P.L. Parker said...

This sounds terrific! I've always been fascinated by the French Revolution.

Beth Trissel said...

The French Revolution is indeed quite fascinating and terrible, part of the fascination.

Beth Trissel said...

Caroline, I also have my cyber challenges.

Geri said...

This sounds like a must read story.
I like it already. I love history.

Geri Foster

Denise Pattison said...

Great post!

This was a very intriguing excerpt and I'm going to have to get the book.

Virginia C said...

Wonderful imagery, Beth! "Into the Lion's Heart" sounds terrific : )