Sunday, October 18, 2009

New novel coming out:The View from Rampart Street

Hi, Friends and Readers,
I'm happy to say that I will be having a new hard-cover novel on the bookshelves at Barnes and noble and other retail outlets, as well as and several other online venues by the end of December or the beginning of January. At this point, I am waiting for the Proof Book, which will be identical to the real book except no cover. I am to read through it for the final time and tell my publisher, Eloquent Books, if there are any errors. When I return it to them, it will only be 60 days before the book is on the bookshelves.It is called THE VIEW FROM RAMPART STREET, and it is a historical romance set in New Orleans in the 1840s. My heroine is one of many beautiful young Quadroon girls who are trained all their lives to be placees, permanent concubines to wealthy white Creole gentlemen. In return for their favors, they are given a house, generally on Rampart Street, furniture, and a life of luxury. But she detests placage and wishesto be an actress and live a moral life. She falls in love with a young Creole who also thinks she should marry. Her father has other plans for her, and the hero must save her from placage, first by fighting a life-threatening battle, then by pursuing her across the continent. If you liked NIGHT JASMINE, you'll love THE VIEW FROM RAMPART STREET. Love, Mary Lou

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Announcing a new coming novel

Hi Friends and Readers,
I am delighted to announce a contract for a new historical romance, entitled The View from Rampart Street, set in New Orleans in the 1840s. I have just signed with Strategic Book Publishers for a hard cover novel which will be released about Jan, 2010. It is a story of a beautiful young Quadroon who has been raised all her life to be a mistress to a wealthy white Creole, usually a planter from nearby Jefferson City (today the Lower Garden District). It was a system respected by rich and poor, black and white, and although the Church did not condone it, it turned its head, so long as the placee, the mistress, was loyal to her patron (her protector). It began with a contract signed by the mother of the placee and the patron. In return for her favors, the young woman was given a house, usually on Rampart Street, as well as furnishings, servants, a rig, and beautiful clothes. But Mariette rebels against the system as demeaning, preferring to try her luck as an actress on the stage. Against her will, she attends the Quadroon Ball, where she meets handsome young Philippe, who agrees that she should not be a placee but the wife of a Creole. His determination to make this happen is an uphill battle and Mariette's unwavering love for him brings the story, after many pitfalls, to a happy ending.