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Monet and Oscar: tour quotations

Joe Byrd

on Tour

May 3-28

with

Monet & Oscar

Monet & Oscar:
Essence of Light

(historical fiction)

 Official release date: May 1st, 2021
at Giverny Books
300 pages

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SYNOPSIS

At the end of WWI, Oscar, an American soldier in a French Army hospital, learned of his mother’s death while recovering from his war wounds. He remained in France to search for his father, an Impressionist painter, whose identity his mother never revealed. Through curious circumstances, he’s hired to be a gardener for Claude Monet.   Oscar jumped at the opportunity to further his landscaping career by working in Monet’s world-famous garden at Giverny. He hoped the most renowned Impressionist could help him find his father.

Monet, tired and disheartened by his ailing health and deteriorating eyesight, took Oscar along on visits to his previous painting venues and allowed him to meet some of his art-world friends. These meetings provided insights into Monet’s life and art and clues to Oscar’s father’s identity.  

On a train returning from Paris to Giverny, Oscar met and fell in love with Isabelle, a beautiful young American artist, who introduced him to the emerging 1920’s fashions and mores. She is the daughter of one of Monet’s major American clients, which interests him. Over Monet’s daughters’ objections, Isabelle and Oscar become regular guests at family gatherings as their infatuation blossoms into a unique love affair. Oscar’s past, present, and future collide in a way that he could not have anticipated.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Monet and Oscar_Joe ByrdJoe Byrd‘s BS in Journalism
and MA in Communications degrees
inspired him to become a pioneer in electronic publishing.
As a McGraw-Hill editor,
he developed one of the first computer publishing systems.
In the rapidly developing PC software industry,
he co-authored one of his two books
using PC desktop publishing software,
the first for a major publishing house.
He developed the first technical support website in the software industry.
In his fifty-year career, he published magazines, wrote research reports,
and developed conferences in the US and Europe for the digital photography industry.
He launched one of the first digital photography dot coms. This is his first novel.

To find our more,
please visit his website, and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR QUOTATIONS

Words And Peace

A historical novel full of life and emotions, a perfect means of recreating Monet’s world and his genius at capturing the essence of light.

Boys’ Mom Reads!

A mix of actual and fictional characters, Monet & Oscar: The Essence of Light by author, Joe Byrd, is a satisfying page-turner of a story.
In addition to the comfort and immersion in the settings, I loved the characters.
MONET & OSCAR is a wonderful historical fiction novel with mystery, romance, and adventure. There were twists and surprises throughout that kept the story moving and me turning the pages.
I recommend this book for readers of historical fiction, those who would enjoy a satisfying tale featuring one of the greatest Impressionist artists, and even someone who would love to experience this time and place in France without leaving home to do so.

Locks, Hooks and Books

The talents of Joe Byrd shines through in his debut, Monet and Oscar. I thought this read was pretty good.
It was entertaining to get a glimpse of the author’s vision of how he lived.
I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading historical fiction based on real people. I am looking forward to more by Joe Byrd in the future.

Denise

The author’s rich details, especially the foods they enjoyed, the clothes they wore, the outings they took for relaxation from their hard, every day work had me fully immersed in their world.
Having a love of gardening and a love of art, made this book the perfect read for me.

 

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Madeleine tour quotations

Wanda Maureen Miller

on Tour

April 12-16

with

Madeleine Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans

Madeleine:
Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans

(historical fiction/romance)

 Release date: April 1st, 2021
at Atmosphere Press

272 pages

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SYNOPSIS

In 1728, beautiful, resourceful Madeleine Boucher is one of the last in a group of poor young girls given modest dowries in trunks, or casquettes, by the French government—then shipped off to America, where they are intended as wives for the French settlers in the Louisiana Territory. Despite a series of romantic travails, Madeleine remains dedicated to finding passion and securing the promise of her new adopted land, free from prejudices of the past.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Madeleine Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans_Wanda Maureen MillerWanda Maureen Miller (or Mo)
grew up on an Arkansas farm in the 1940s and 1950s,
got educated, moved to California, and taught college English.
She has published six books
—a historical romance, The French (1983);
three textbooks, Reading Faster and Understanding More, Books 1, 2, and 3 (5 editions, 1976 to 2001);
her slightly fictionalized memoir, Last Trip Home (2018);
and now Book 1: Madeleine, Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans.
Retired, she plays pickle-ball and is working on Book 2: Solange, Daughter of Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans.

To find our more,
please visit her website, and follow her on Facebook 

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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR QUOTATIONS

I thoroughly enjoyed this new story of Madeleine and the filles a la casquette, set in the early 1700s in the wilds of southern Louisiana. It was an interesting and adventurous historical fiction novel laced with an irresistible romance.
As the story covers almost 25 years, there is plenty of action during that time frame; there was never a dull moment in the book. This one kept me up reading way past a decent bedtime.
I recommend MADELEINE: LAST FRENCH CASQUETTE BRIDE IN NEW ORLEANS to readers that enjoy historical fiction with a romantic storyline or those that would like a story about a forgotten French policy (filles a la casquette) in the history of Louisiana and New Orleans.

Svetlana’s Reads and Views

When Madeleine arrives to New Orleans Louisiana, the story quickly took off and I couldn’t turn pages fast enough! Madeleine is definitely someone I rooted for and wanted to succeed.

Denise

The author brings to vivid life all the hardships these women endured, not only the physical hardships of the journey but the mental anguish they suffered, not knowing what sort of husband and life they would have in their new home. Through this journey Madeleine grows as a person, gaining new skills that she could use to better her life.
Madeleine’s story is an entertaining one.
If you liked Aimie K. Runyan’s series, Daughters of New France, and Suzanne Desrochers'”Bride of New France” you will enjoy this one.

I loved being transported back in time to the early eighteenth century. I enjoyed getting to know Madeleine. She grew on me more and more throughout the story.

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Victorine: tour quotations

Drēma Drudge

on Tour

March 17-April 13

with

Victorine

Victorine

(literary/historical fiction)

 Release date: March 17, 2020
at Fleur-de-Lis Press

362 pages

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SYNOPSIS

Victorine, Drema Drudge’s debut novel, features Victorine Meurent, a forgotten, accomplished painter who posed nude for Edouard Manet’s most famous, controversial paintings such as Olympia and The Picnic in Paris, paintings heralded as the beginning of modern art. History has forgotten (until now) her paintings, despite the fact that she showed her work at the prestigious Paris Salon multiple times, even one year when her mentor, Manet’s, work was refused.
Her persistent desire in the novel is not to be a model anymore but to be a painter herself, despite being taken advantage of by those in the art world, something which causes her to turn, for a time, to every vice in the Paris underworld, leading her even into the catacombs.
In order to live authentically, she eventually finds the strength to flout the expectations of her parents, bourgeois society, and the dominant male artists (whom she knows personally) while never losing her capacity for affection, kindness, and loyalty. Possessing both the incisive mind of a critic and the intuitive and unconventional impulses of an artist, Victorine and her survival instincts are tested in 1870, when the Prussian army lays siege to Paris and rat becomes a culinary delicacy, and further tested when she inches towards art school while financial setbacks push her away from it. The same can be said when it comes to her and love, which becomes substituted, eventually, by art.

Note by the author:
Potential participants may want to know that my main character, a real historical person, Victorine Meurent, is libertine in her sexual nature — she likes both men and women.

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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR QUOTATIONS

A l’ouest

This book turned out to be one of the best reads of recent times.
The intimacy that the first person narrative offers is just unparalleled.
This [the heroine’s] head strong transformation was quite inspiring to read.

Unabridged Chick

This debut novel joins one of my favorite genres of historical fiction, that of restoring personhood to a forgotten figure.
This book is a mix of history and art nerdiness combined with dishy drama of sex, gossip, and drink. Given Victorine’s storied life, Drudge does a great job of focusing on a handful of key figures and relationships, making it easy to get lost with Victorine.

Books Are Cool

 This book is a wonderful illustration of all that’s best about the historical fiction literary genre.
The author has obviously done an immense amount of research into the period, the world of the artist and the persons she portrays. It’s detailed, compelling, but never overwhelming.
Victorine is a multifaceted, excellent book, equal parts absorbing, educational and inspirational.

Bookish Ramblings

Drēma Drudge’s debut novel, Victorine, is a must for those that enjoy historical fiction. Especially for those that love art and strong female protagonists.
Victorine is a fascinating look at 19th century France. Through careful and meticulous research, Drudge transports the reader to Victorine’s era.
…A fascinating read from beginning to end.

Locks, Hooks and Books

I loved being transported back in time to mid nineteenth century Paris. The historical details were so fascinating and vivid, I felt like I was right there taking in all the sights of the city.
I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading historical fiction, especially for those who enjoy reading real life people from the past.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Victorine_Drema DrudgeDrēma Drudge
suffers from Stendhal’s Syndrome,
the condition in which one becomes overwhelmed in the presence of great art.
She attended Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program
where she learned to transform that intensity into fiction.
Drēma has been writing in one capacity or another since she was nine,
starting with terrible poems and graduating to melodramatic stories in junior high
that her classmates passed around literature class.
She and her husband, musician and writer Barry Drudge, live in Indiana
where they record their biweekly podcast, Writing All the Things, when not traveling.
Her first novel, Victorine, was literally written in six countries while she and her husband wandered the globe.
The pair has two grown children.
In addition to writing fiction, Drēma has served as a writing coach, freelance writer, and educator.

For more about her writing, art, and travels,
please visit her website, and sign up for her newsletter to receive a free historical fiction story.

She’s always happy to connect with readers in her Facebook group, The Painted Word Salon,
or on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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