Monday, 5 March 2012
Pitch Pitch - two novels today
Two pitches for novels today and, as last week, I have no time to add my comments as I’d wish so, it’s over to you, readers. You should know the form by now but if not, scroll down to last week’s pitch or put the words Pitch Pitch in the search box on the right.
Constructive comments, please, and don’t forget to say whether you are normally a fan of this genre.
The Apprentice – a historical novel by Zeba Clarke, who writes as Madeleine Conway
A young woman avoids the convent by masquerading as her brother at the decadent court of Henri IV. Young Apollonia, apprenticed to her uncle, a court painter, is ensnared in the intrigues of Henriette D'Entragues, the King's mistress. D'Entragues is determined to marry the King. But he opts to marry the Duke of Tuscany's daughter, rich, pretty Marie de Medici. The two women become bitter rivals, each jockeying for power and precedence.
When her uncle is accused of murdering one of the King's many lovers, Apollonia risks everything to save him, including her own identity and the respect of the man she loves, to identify which of the King's women actually instigated the murder.
The first in a trilogy following the life and love affairs of Apollonia Ghiselli, successful artist and spy, as she travels the courts of Europe, caught between the demands of her work and the desires of the two men who love her.
Reparation – a crime novel by Joanne Michael
Two women battle for supremacy, not only against each other but over their inner darkness. Only one knows the face of her adversary.
Returning to North Wales, in an attempt to put her husband’s infidelities and betrayals behind them, Jenny Richards, a former poster girl for the Met., tries to rebuild her shattered family and self-confidence. As she delves deeper into the cold cases of six missing, elderly women, an insidious sense of foreboding and danger threaten to destroy what is left of her family and her sanity.
Laura Collins; a.k.a. Libertine, an ambitious reporter; has her own closely guarded demons to purge. Suffering a childhood littered with abuse and indifference from those in authority, she watches as Jenny inexorably moves toward her. As Laura’s carefully maintained mask begins to crumble, her primal instinct to protect her deeply loved sister ignites. Laura has to stop Jenny. Permanently.
Comments? What do you like/not like and what could be improved?