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09 March 2011

Announcing the release of ROYAL PAINS

As I scramble to meet my next deadline, I thought I'd share this with my fellow hoydens and our readers:

As of March 1, my third nonfiction title about scandalous royals,

A Rogues’ Gallery of Brats, Brutes, and Bad Seeds

is now available wherever books (and e-books) are sold!

In a world where sibling rivalry knows no bounds and excess is never enough,
meet some of history’s boldest, baddest, and bawdiest royals

The bad seeds on the family trees of the most powerful royal houses of Europe often became the rottenest of apples. In an effort to stave off wrinkles, sixteenth-century Hungarian Countess Erzsébet Báthory bathed in the blood of virgins, and for kicks and giggles devised even more ingenious forms of torture than the über-violent autocrats Vlad (the Impaler) Dracula and Ivan the Terrible had ever imagined. Lettice Knollys strove to mimic the appearance of her cousin Elizabeth I and even stole her man. The Duke of Cumberland’s sexcapades and subsequent clandestine marriage led to a law that still binds England’s royal family. And the libidinous Pauline Bonaparte scandalized her imperial brother by having herself sculpted nearly nude and commissioning a golden drinking goblet fashioned in the shape of her breast.

Chock-full of shocking scenes, titillating tales, and wildly wicked nobles, Royal Pains is a rollicking compendium of the most infamous, capricious, and insatiable bluebloods of Europe.


Praise for Leslie Carroll’s 2010 title, Notorious Royal Marriages

“For those who tackled Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, and can’t get enough of the scandal surrounding Henry VIII’s wives, [Notorious Royal Marriages is] the perfect companion book.”—The New Yorker

“Carroll writes with verve and wit about the passionate—and occasionally perilous—events that occur when royals wed.”—Chicago Tribune (5 stars)

And here's a link to my March 7, 2011 appearance on Burlington Vermont's CBS affliate, WCAX/TV:


Blogger Isobel Carr said...

Very cool! I'm sure there'll be lots of fodder for the imagination (and future novels) lurking between the covers of this one!

8:28 AM  
Blogger Leslie Carroll said...

Thanks, Isobel! And you're right: I already have a short list of ideas for novels from this cast of characters. If only there were enough time to write all the ideas in my head!

9:24 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

Congratulations on your release date. I tried to watch the video but it kept starting and stopping. By the way, have you been to the Grolier Club's exhibit on Emma Hamilton?

9:19 AM  
Blogger Leslie Carroll said...

Thanks!! (And congratulations on your debut!)

I haven't been to the Grolier exhibit, but it's the same memorabilia that was on display at the University of Pennsylvania Library back in 2008 when TOO GREAT A LADY came out (Jean Kislak's collection), and I saw it there and attended the private supper afterwards with Kislak and Flora Fraser. A couple of weeks ago (when our friend Sue reminded me about the exhibit), I tried to interest the Grolier in a reading from the novel but they snootily turned me down.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Louisa Cornell said...

Waiting for my copy to arrive with much glee and anticipation! Royals behaving badly! What's not to love! I have so enjoyed all of your books and I know this one is going to be a delight to read!

6:45 PM  

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