Blood Sisters – cover and release date!


Swept from the splendours of Versailles to the horror of Revolutionary Paris, can three aristocratic sisters save themselves and find love in a world that has been turned upside down?

I’m thrilled to announce that my second book, the French Revolutionary saga, Blood Sisters will be released for Kindle on the 10th of August (yes, that’s right, the 219th anniversary of the invasion of the Tuileries)! What do you think of the cover? My very very talented and amazing friend, Del des Anges designed it for me! (Pssst, she takes commissions for cover art!)

Blood Sisters was inspired by the inspiring yet tragic stories of several intrepid, courageous and amazing women who lived through the upheaval of the French Revolution, in particular the Princesse Joseph de Monaco, Emilie de Sainte-Amaranthe, Princesse Rosalie Lubomirska and Lucile Desmoulins. I’ve been fascinated by their stories since childhood and in the end decided to allow them to inspire the novel that eventually became Blood Sisters.

When the beautiful Comtesse de Saint-Valèry is dragged unwillingly from her Parisian home in the dead of night, her three young daughters are left to an uncertain fate at the hands of their father in a world that is teetering on the very edge of Revolution.

Cassandre, the eldest is a beautiful and heartless society beauty, trapped in an unhappy marriage and part of the dazzling court of Versailles. Lucrèce, her twin, is married to a man she adores but he pushes her away for another woman. Meanwhile, Adélaïde, the youngest, rebels against the destiny that her position in society appears to have doomed her to.

As the horror, turmoil and excitement of the French Revolution unfolds around them, the three very different sisters struggle to survive the bloodshed, find love and discover their true selves…

Melanie Clegg draws readers into her world, and holds them fast. Her
storytelling left me longing for more
.’ — Susan Higginbotham, author of The Stolen Crown and The Queen of Last Hopes.

A gripping tale of the French Revolution‘ – Catherine Delors, author of Mistress of the Revolution and For The King.

I’m really excited!

The Secret Diary of a Princess has been doing well too, it’s got yet another new cover and has had a couple of really lovely reviews lately from Life Takes Lemons and at Much Madness is Divinest Sense. Thank you both!

I’m just finishing my third book, Before The Storm at the moment, which will hopefully be out sometime in October and then it’s ONWARDS with my fourth book (FOURTH!), which had a working title of 1888 and was supposed to be a really serious novel about Mary Jane Kelly, but has recently informed me that actually it would rather be called Mary Jane Kelly: Vampire Killer. Hmm…


16 thoughts on “Blood Sisters – cover and release date!

  • Michelle Peeples

    Congratulations! I can’t wait. Will it be available from Amazon in the U.S. on August 10th as well? I enjoyed the Secret Diary of a Princess immensely and am eager to read Blood Sisters as soon as possible.

    • Madame Guillotine Post author

      Thank you! Yes, it will be out on both the US and UK sites at the same time. If there’s a demand for actual printed copies then I will look into that as well but at the moment I’m thinking it will just be an e-book. :)

  • Sharon C

    Great! Love the cover, very dramatic. I can’t wait to read it because I thoroughly enjoyed Secret Diary of a Princess.

    But I’m an old fashioned girl and would prefer a proper paperback to an e-book. I don’t own a kindle and don’t really want to, I like good old fashioned books! Please say you’ll do some printed copies :))))

    • Madame Guillotine Post author

      Aw, thank you! This is one is a bit more grown up than Secret Diary – I really hope that you all like it!

      I wasn’t intending to make this a paperback but may well do so at some point, maybe when the next book comes out later in the autumn. :)

  • Morticia

    Oooh very exciting :-)

    I’m especially excited about the thought of Mary Kelly being a vampire killer…

  • Madame B

    Congratulations!! I hope Blood Sisters will be out in print as well? I need to read words on paper…. Your blog is my only exception….

    I do love the new cover of The Secret Diary!! More fitting. I read it a couple of weeks ago during my vacation, absolutely loved it!!!

    Keep doing what you do!

    • Madame Guillotine Post author

      I think there will be a paperback version at some point later in the autumn, once I’ve worked out the best way to make it available to people! I find the cost of paper self published books is a bit intimidating and don’t want to overcharge you all – if I find a way to make it a reasonable cost to you then I will definitely do so! :)

      Ooh, thanks so much! xxxx

  • janeholland147

    Schmoo to those who only read print. The ereader is the future.

    This is a fab and very dramatic cover, many congrats. I’ll just be back from France around the 10th and will scoop up a copy for myself then. Can’t wait to read the finished product!

    I’ll be sure to twitter and Fb it too. It’s an amazing story, brilliantly told, and you deserve every success with it. Jx

    • Madame Guillotine Post author

      Thanks so much and for all the work that you did on the editing! I hope that I’ve finished off your work in a way that you’ll like – I took all your comments on the chin and have done a LOT of cutting out and hacking about! :)

      I hope you like the finished product and thank you so much! xxxxx

  • Natalia

    But… but I don’t have a kindle! :(
    Will you make it available through lulu.com like “The Secret Diary of a Princess”?

    (please excuse my english, it’s not my mother tounge.)

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