Mistress of the Sun

"A captivating jewel of a novel" —C.W. Gortner, Historical Novels Review, Editors' Choice

A novel about Louise de la Vallière, mistress of the Sun King. As a girl, she won the trust of the wildest of horses. As a woman, she would win the love of the most charismatic of kings.

Published in hardcover in the spring of 2008, Mistress of the Sun is now available in paperback from HarperCollins Canada and Touchstone, a division of Simon & Schuster in the U.S. It is also available on Kindle in the U.S.on audio, and, in translation, in seven countries other countries as well.

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Click here for music of the Baroque period—perfect for listening to while reading Mistress of the Sun.

Click here to see a Google map of all the wonderful sites in the novel. (Tracking Louise de la Valière on research trips was a pleasure.)

Click here for video of my reading in New York.  A YouTube search for my name will give you a number of videos of my readings—which I invariably give in a 17th-century gown. This video is one of my favourites, in large part because my son Chet was in the audience, and I succeeded in embarrassing him.

"Eye for Detail Brightens Mistress of the Sun" - Review in the Calgary Herald, Montreal Gazette and other newspapers This is my favourite review quote: "Here's a warning: Mistress of the Sun is dangerously seductive. It's one of those books that will grab you and hold you captive till the last page is turned."

Author Q&A in January Magazine January Magazine is a wonderful on-line literary magazine. The questions asked focussed on the craft of writing. It was a pleasure to respond.

"Finding the Right Words: How the author consulted with book clubs in writing Mistress of the Sun" I now consult with book clubs when nearing the final draft of every novel I write. It's an invaluable part of the process. Yay for book clubs!

"Heroine of a Golden Age" This interview accurately captures the challenges of writing Mistress of the Sun. Written by Janice Kennedy for The Ottawa Citizen, February 10, 2008.

For the curious:

Portraits of Louise de la Valliére on Flickr

Court of the Sun King photos on Flickr

On Bone Magic