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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information. Michelle Moran is the international bestselling author of six historical novels, including Madame Tussaud, which was optioned for a mini-series in 2011. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages.A native of southern California, Michelle attended Pomona College, then earned a Masters Degree from the Claremont Graduate University. During her six years as a public high school teacher, she used her summers to travel around the world, and it was her experiences as a volunteer on archaeological digs that inspired her to write historical fiction. In 2012 Michelle was married in India, inspiring her seventh book, Rebel Queen, which is set in the East. Her hobbies include hiking, traveling, and archaeology. She is also fascinated by archaeogenetics, particularly since her children's heritages are so mixed. But above all these things, Michelle is passionate about reading, and can often be found with her nose in a good book. A frequent traveler, she currently resides with her husband, son, and daughter in the US.
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Ancient Egypt is in turmoil after a fatal fire wipes out the royal family. The only surviving member, Nefertari, must overcome her family's heretical past and prove herself as a worthy queen. Despite opposition from all of Egypt, she falls in love with the Crown Prince and becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great, destined to lead Egypt through its most famous exodus. Michelle Moran's The Heretic Queen is a sweeping and intricate tale of love and power, heartbreak and triumph.
After the French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon marries a Hapsburg princess to secure a royal heir, leaving his first wife, Josephine. Marie-Louise travels to France to be a good wife despite Napoleon's reputation, but numerous rivals for her husband's affection, including his sister, Pauline, challenge her. As Pauline campaigns to undermine the new empress, Paul, her Haitian servant, is torn between his love for Pauline and his sympathy for Marie-Louise. Based on primary resources, The Second Empress takes readers back to Napoleon's empire, where royals and servants alike live at the whim of one man, and two women vie to change their destinies.
Travel back in time to ancient Egypt with this captivating tale of love, betrayal, and political unrest. Follow the story of two powerful sisters, one ambitious and one observant, as they navigate the dangerous world of court life and power struggles. Can Nefertiti, the charismatic queen, maintain her reign despite the looming threat of political unrest and religious conflict? Will her younger sister Mutnodjmet be able to resist the pressures of family duty and follow her heart? Experience the drama, vividly brought to life with historical accuracy and fast-paced storytelling.
"Child of the Morning" is a mesmerizing historical novel about the remarkable Hatshepsut, who became the Pharaoh of the greatest empire of ancient times. After her sister's death, Hatshepsut is faced with the difficult task of purifying her dynasty's bloodline by marrying her father's illegitimate son. However, her father has other plans - Hatshepsut is to become Pharaoh, much to the dismay of the priests and her jealous half-brother. Based on historical facts, the novel follows Hatshepsut's ascent to power at the age of fifteen and her rule of more than two decades. Her legacy is immortalized on the walls of her magnificent temple, built by her architect and lover, Senmut. With its evocative writing style, "Child of the Morning" is a captivating story of one of history's most remarkable women.
This thrilling historical fiction novel tells the inspiring story of Queen Lakshmi - India's Joan of Arc - who defies the powerful British invasion to defend her beloved kingdom. With an unexpected perspective from Sita - Queen Lakshmi's trusted soldier in the all-female army - Rebel Queen brings nineteenth-century India to life and explores the strength of independent heroines in a male-dominated world.
Experience the dramatic last moments of Pompeii through the intertwined stories of its citizens as they face the wrath of Mount Vesuvius. Follow a young boy's loss of innocence in the lively resort town, an heiress' wedding day turned tragic, an ex-legionary's journey to redemption through a doomed gladiator bout, and more. Six authors bring you a gripping tale of patricians, slaves, heroes, villains, and everything in between in the face of a catastrophic disaster. Who will survive, and who will be entombed in ash forever?
Travel back in time with The Egyptian Royals Collection, a complete digital collection of three captivating historical novels by Michelle Moran. Explore powerful family dynasties, court intrigue, and courageous heroines as you delve into the fascinating characters of Ancient Egypt and Rome. The collection includes Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, and Cleopatra's Daughter, each accompanied by a reading group guide. You'll also get an exciting glimpse of Moran's newest novel, Madame Tussaud, which tells the story of a woman who survived the French Revolution by creating death masks of the aristocracy.
Experience the amazing and tumultuous life of a revolutionary heroine in Madame Tussaud. Follow the story of Marie Tussaud, one of the most famous sculptresses of all time, as she navigates the world of wax sculpture and gains the attention of the royal family. But as France approaches civil war, Marie must decide whether to stay loyal to the aristocracy or join the revolutionaries. This gripping tale, spanning five years from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, is a must-read for history and art enthusiasts alike.
Experience the captivating story of Mata Hari, an infamous exotic dancer and courtesan who may have also been a spy. This international bestselling novel, from the author of Rebel Queen and Nefertiti, takes you from Mata Hari's carefree childhood to her rise as Europe's most famous dancer, and then to her imprisonment and awaiting fate in 1917 Paris. Michelle Moran expertly blends fact and fiction as she brings to life the world of Mata Hari, taking readers from Indian temples to glamorous Parisian theaters and war-torn German barracks.