On this episode of Everything is Canon, Steve and co-host Jessica Salafia Ward (LaughingPlace.com) speak to Emma Theriault, author of the great new book, The Queen’s Council: Rebel Rose!
Here’s the summary…
Happily ever after is only the beginning as Belle takes on the responsibility of becoming queen and learns to balance duty, love, and sacrifice, all while navigating dark political intrigue—and a touch of magic.
It’s 1789 and France is on the brink of revolution. Belle has finally broken the Enchantress’s curse, restoring the Beast to his human form and bringing life back to their castle in the province of Aveyon. But in Paris, the fires of change are burning, and it’s only a matter of time before the rebellion arrives on their doorstep.
Not so very long ago, Belle dreamed of leaving her provincial home for a life of adventure. But now she finds herself living in a palace, torn between her past as a commoner, and her future as royalty. While Belle grapples with her newfound position, there are those who would do anything to keep her from power.
When she stumbles across a magic mirror that holds a dire warning, Belle wants nothing more than to ignore the mysterious voice calling her to accept a crown she never desired. But violent factions of the revolution may already be lurking within her own castle, and doing nothing would endanger everything she holds dear. With the fate of her country, her love, and her life at stake, Belle must decide if she is ready to embrace her own strength–and the magic that ties her to so many female rulers before her–to become the queen she is meant to be.
Rebel Rose is the first in the Queen’s Council series, an empowering fairy tale reimagining of the Disney Princesses—and the real history behind their stories—like you’ve never seen before.
Full of political intrigue and romance, and set amongst the uncertainty and chaos of the French Revolution, this book takes the rhapsody of Beauty and the Beast and gives it a much-needed dose of verity. While “happily ever after” might be nice in theory, for Belle and Lio, that’s not the reality.
Kicking off The Queen’s Council, Emma sets the tone beautifully for what looks to be a great series. The group discusses all sorts of things including whitewater rafting, having a debut novel come out during a pandemic, and of course, which version of Beauty and the Beast is the best, spoiler alert, Steve gets outvoted.
Head on over to Emma Theriault dot com for all of Emma’s latest comings and goings. To order a copy of The Queen’s Council: Rebel Rose, click one of the following links…
Indigo Books – Canada
BookShop – United States