Imagine 14th century Avignon, France where the Pope rules from his palace and the menfolk are almighty. You're a young girl living with your mother and grandmother. You've been given the name Solange; angel of the sun. You're family is part of the have-nots in the community so your mother entertains the men who visit from the tavern above your home. Your life is simple and you feel secure, that is until your mother dies during childbirth. MUSE is the fictitious story of the mysterious woman who inspired Francesco Petrach's beautiful love sonnets.
Solange was born knowing she had the gift of second sight. As her mother's impending death approached, a priest in a black robe took Solange far away to an abbey where the nuns pray and serve all day. It's Clairefontaine where Solange lives and learns with the other girls but unlike many of them, she was presented to the abbey without a dowry. This does not dissuade Mother Agnes. She has special plans to train Solange as a scribe and use her special gift of clairvoyance to an advantage. As a young woman Solange will serve the Papacy but just how will be for you to see from behind the pages of MUSE!
MUSE is an epic tale with layers of rich history and poetic imagery. Readers will discover scenes of seduction, sorcery and shocking secrecy. Read an exceprt of MUSE to find out more about Solange's story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Novik is the author of the award winning novel CONCEIT. She lives in Vancouver, BC. You can find out more about Mary Novik and her novels by visiting her website marynovik.com. Social media fans can follow @MaryNovik2 on Twitter and friend Mary Novik on Facebook. If you’re on GoodReads you can check MUSE to-read and become a Mary Novik fan as well.
BOOKALICIOUS TWITTER BOOK CLUB
The #Bookalicious Twitter Book Club will be chatting with Mary Novik as @MaryNovik2 on Wednesday, September 18th from 9:00-10:00 PM ET. Twenty lucky Bookalicious Twitter Book Club members will receive MUSE and join the #MuseNovel chat with our special guest Mary Novik! To enter the draw for a copy of the book you must be a Bookalicious member to participate. Sign up here, leave a comment below and RT the @BookaliciousCA #MuseNovel contest tweets on Friday, August 23rd until 11:59 pm ET to be eligible. Make sure you follow @MaryNovik2 on Twitter and keep track of the #MuseNovel hashtag activity before, during and after the chat. I hope to tweet you then!
BOOKALICIOUS BOOK GRAB GIVEAWAY
Bookalicious is giving away 2 copies of MUSE courtesy of Random House of Canada! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment in the "Click Here To Spill It" bubble below. You have until September 20th, 2013 to enter. You must be a YMC member, and please be sure you've registered your email address in our commenting system so we can contact you if you win.
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