Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Before Versailles by Karleen Koen

My teaser this week has a French feel to it...fitting for the month when I am celebrating Paris in July! In fact, the quote is referencing one of the most famous of French kings, Louis XIV, known as The Sun King:

This teaser comes from page 44:

The beauty of this king was his young and handsome fearlessness, his walking among his people, or among his soldiers on a battlefield, as the incarnation of France, which he was. The queen mother had used it, displayed him like an icon to the people in those past, perilous days of treachery and war, hoping the sight of him, his innocence, his young, grave, dignified purity, would rally support. By God, it oughtn't be tampered with, that innocence, and yet it would be. Time would do that, if nothing else.

Please note that this teaser comes from an ARC version and so may be different in the final version.

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading. Head on over to find out  all about it, and how to join in!


  1. Beautifully written words. Thanx.

  2. Great teaser! Love this author! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this! I must have entered a dozen giveaways! Looks like I'm gonna have to go out and buy a copy! Two teasers for me this week, with giveaways :)

  3. oh, and you're reading a Meredith Duran romance! I loved The Duke of Shadows and I've got Bound By Your Touch on my TBR shelf.

  4. Great selection. Beautifully written. Thanks for sharing. If you get a chance, mine is here.

  5. Thanks for sharing! I've got that one on order for the library. Are you enjoying?

  6. This is a book that I have been wanting to read for some time now. It sounds like it's an excellent read, and I love the passage that you shared with us. Thanks for this!

  7. Ah...I love Versailles. Great teaser! Mine: Summer in the South

  8. Hmmm makes you wonder why he wouldn't distrust women after his mother did to him.

    Great choice of a teaser.

  9. When life begins with exploitation by Mother, challenges certainly lie ahead.
    I just finished THE GREATER JOURNEY by David McCullough, a lush celebration of France, 1830-1900. Perhaps, that book would interest you?
    Do come by and say hello!

  10. I have books by her on my TBR pile that I still haven't read...

  11. Oooh, lovely passage. Thanks for sharing!



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