I am yet again pleased to be coming to you with big news!
Last winter, I was contracted for not one but two novels.
My creepy Satanic Panic YA announced a couple months ago, and today I am very pleased to tell you about my adult historical debut and the new Netflix show that it’s based on!
The Empress is a captivating, vivid, and remarkably modern tale about falling in love and finding one’s voice.
The year is 1853, and Elisabeth “Sisi” of Bavaria has been very clear: she will wait for the sweeping, head-over-heels love the poets speak of, or she will have no love at all. Just because her older sister Helene is eagerly heeding their mother’s advice and preparing to marry Emperor Franz of Austria does not mean Sisi must also subject herself to such a dutiful existence. Sisi knows there is more to life than luncheon, and corsets—if only someone would let her experience it all firsthand.
Meanwhile, in Austria, the emperor is recovering from an assassination attempt. In a bid to keep the peace, Franz has recommitted himself to his imperial duties—and promised to romance the pliant Helene of Bavaria at his upcoming birthday celebration. How better to unite the empire than with the announcement of a new empress?
But when Sisi and Franz meet unexpectedly in the palace gardens, away from the prying eyes and relentless critique of the court, their connection cannot be denied. And as their illicit conversations turn into something more, they must soon choose between the expectations of their families and standing up for what they truly believe in . . .
Even better, this book is a tie-in to an epic, sweeping historical TV series coming from Netflix this September. You can watch the trailer here (it’s in German, so English speakers will want to turn on the captions!):
For anyone who was wondering about the super secret project that I disappeared into this winter, this is it: my TV tie-in adult historical debut, which comes out October 11th! In addition to the US, rights have been sold in Brazil, Portugal, France, the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Finland, Czechia, Hungary, Denmark, Lithuania, Croatia, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, and Catalonia.
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If you want to add the book to your to-read list on Goodreads, it’s already up there as well.