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Blog Tour: The Importance of Pawns by Keira J. Morgan, March 15th – May 17th 2021

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The Importance of Pawns

(Chronicles of the House of Valois)

By Keira J. Morgan



March 15th – May 17th 2021


Publication Date: 10th March 2021

Publisher: French Historical Fiction/ Fiction de la renaissance Française

Page Length: 380 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


Based on historical events and characters in sixteenth-century France, this timeless tale pits envy, power and intrigue against loyalty and the strength of women’s friendships.


Although the French court dazzles on the surface, beneath its glitter, danger lurks for the three women trapped in its coils as power shifts from one regime to the next. The story begins as Queen Anne lies dying and King Louis’s health declines. Their two daughters, Claude and young Renée, heiresses to the rich duchy of Brittany, become pawns in the game of control.


Countess Louise d’Angoulême is named guardian to both girls. For years she has envied the dying Queen Anne, the girls’ mother. Because of her family’s dire financial problems, she schemes to marry wealthy Claude to her son. This unexpected guardianship presents a golden opportunity, but only if she can remove their protectress Baronne Michelle, who loves the princesses and safeguards their interests.


As political tensions rise, the futures of Princess Renée and Baronne hang in the balance, threatened by Countess Louise’s plots.

Will timid Claude untangle the treacherous intrigues Countess Louise is weaving? Will Baronne Michelle and Claude outflank the wily countess to protect young Princess Renée? And can Claude find the courage to defend those she loves?



Keira J. Morgan



Keira retired from training and management in the Canadian Public Service to follow a career as an author. She now writes from Mexico where she lives happily with a husband, two cats and two dogs. Her doctoral level studies in Renaissance history underlie her historical fiction. She writes about the turbulent sixteenth-century French Renaissance. Her stories tell of powerful women who challenged tradition to play crucial roles in French affairs. Find out more at KJ Morgan — Writer


She also maintains a non-fiction website, All About French Renaissance Women, [https://www.keiramorgan.com] where she writes about the lives of Frenchwomen during the era. She plans to collect their biographies into a book.


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Tour Schedule




March 15th

The Books Delight


March 22nd

Gwendalyn’s Books


March 29th

A Darn Good Read


April 5th

The Writing Desk


April 12th

Candlelight Reading

Books, Lattes & Tiaras


April 19th

Ruins and Reading


April 26th

Let Your Words Shine…


May 3rd

The Historical Fiction Blog


May 10th

The Whispering Bookworm


May 17th

Archeaolibrarian






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