Awesome news for fans of Anne Boleyn!
Hello, my dear readers!
A few months ago, I finished working on the new version of ‘Between Two Kings’, the first novel in my Anne Boleyn alternate history series. I also completed the revised version of ‘The Queen’s Revenge’ that is a sequel to Between Two Kings.
Now I’m looking for a publisher or an agent to have these novels republished. Between Two Kings was first published in 2015, becoming a bestseller in the Science Fiction section on Amazon. It was unpublished at my request for a reason unrelated to the novel in early 2017.
My new reimagining of the Anne Boleyn story is written in my descriptive, soul-stirring prose, and it features some new storylines and characters. Romance, deadly court and political intrigues, vengeance, historical detail, and red-hot passion – you will find all these captivating things in this series. How Anne will survive in this version? Will she have her revenge on King Henry VIII of England, whom she hates with every fibre of her being? Will she find happiness in her marriage to King François I of France, or is she doomed to never love again? You will get answers in my novels!
Several awesome people helped me rewrite these works. Two of them were kind to write their reviews on the new version of my Anne Boleyn novels!
Between Two Kings is a unique reimagining of Anne Boleyn’s life and an exciting beginning to Olivia’s Anne Boleyn alternate history series. This second edition has taken her inventive plot to a new level of excellence in its style, plot progression, and alignment with real history.
The secret to success in any alternate history is that delicate balance between what was and what could have been. Olivia’s extensive knowledge and study of this time period and the colorful characters which populate it, shines throughout the book.
The relationship between Anne and King François I of France is romantic and develops over time. As a couple, they are clearly more compatible than Anne and Henry. It is a passionate relationship that evolves and builds in a natural way that readers will find touching, yet plausible.
If you are a reader who savors books, who wants to be immersed in another world, then you will enjoy Olivia’s highly expressive prose. Her world building is detailed, whether it is describing period clothing or complex emotions. Her similes and metaphors are imaginative, and at times, unusual in a way that fans of descriptive narratives will find stimulating.
I hope to see the second edition of this novel in print soon, and I wish Olivia every success with her writing career.
A review by Melanie V. Taylor, a British art historian and writer, as well as the editor of Between Two Kings
A fascinating and lyrical read, presenting a very credible alternative history had Anne Boleyn escaped the block. Olivia Longueville writes as if she were a fly on the wall witnessing every scene, thus providing the reader a window into the machinations of the Tudor and Valois courts. In particular, the way she builds the comparison between how François I treats Anne to that of the dictatorial and tyrannical Henry VIII, are very believable. Of Anne herself, the portrayal of a woman who has been betrayed by the one man she thought loved her dearly and how she comes to terms with this, is brilliant. We are drawn through Anne’s anger, how she comes to terms with her lot and how she plots revenge, but also how, through the tenderness of her new spouse, she begins to realise that not all men are like Henry.
There is none so vengeful as a woman scorned, and I particularly like the way François’ long term mistress – Anne de Pisseleu d’Heilly, Duchess of Étampes – is portrayed. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until the next book in the series to find out just what this woman is plotting.
Olivia’s education has clearly embraced a study of many of the classics. Even for those not familiar with the works of Homer and Ovid, or any of the other Greek and Roman classical writers, these references add colour and give the reader an insight into what the educated members of society read and found entertaining. As for the way the members of the court and main individuals are portrayed, one has to wonder whether the author has had knowledge of similarly ruthless and tyrannical, as well as loving people and is, thus, able to draw on her experiences to create very believable and very human characters. When it comes to creating a sense of place, it is clear that a very great deal of research has gone into this series. Nothing makes an alternative history more believable than if it is set within the bounds of historical facts which are then moulded, with artistic license, to create an engaging fiction. The sub-plots and twists make this book a page turner and, in my opinion, would also make a great film.
I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Well done, Olivia! Keep writing.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank Melanie and J. C. for all their invaluable help!
My best regards,