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HFC Author Takeover for Best-selling Author, Karen Essex

Welcome, Karen Essex as she takes over the Club on Facebook on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. Join the fun, ask questions, enter the giveaways, and more!

Author Bio:

KAREN ESSEX is the national and international bestselling author of five historical

novels including the acclaimed two-volume biographical novel, Kleopatra: The Early

Years & Kleopatra: The Pharaoh. The novels tell the untold story of the queen’s

coming of age and rise to the throne and also explores her skills as a master

politician and diplomat as well as one of the most alluring women of all time.

Leonardo’s Swans centers around Leonardo da Vinci’s female muses, aristocratic

women who shaped the art and politics of the Italian Renaissance. These women

competed for the affections of the powerful Duke of Milan and to be painted by the

great master, Leonardo. The novel was a runaway bestseller in Italy and won the

prestigious Premio Roma for foreign fiction. 

Stealing Athena is a sweeping historical saga from the perspectives of two

fascinating women, Aspasia, philosopher and mistress to Pericles, under whose

leadership the Greek Parthenon was built, and Countess Mary Elgin, who twenty-

three hundred hears later saw the monument’s demise.

Dracula in Love retells Bram Stoker’s classic tale from the perspective of Dracula’s

obsession, Mina Harker, who surprises the reader with a secret supernatural history

of her own.

Also an award-winning journalist & screenwriter, Karen has written for Netflix,

James Cameron and Fox Studios, Warner Bros, Sony, Paramount, and Fox TV.

A New Orleans native, she has also lived in London, Paris, and Los Angeles. Karen

invites friends & readers to follow her adventures in her blog, HISTORY, SEX &

POWER, and on social media.

Book Blurb:

Spy. Diplomat. Scholar. Adventurer. Princess. This is the untold story of Princess Kleopatra's coming of age before she met the men who would make her name live on in history. The cherished daughter of the powerful Greek pharaoh, King Ptolemy XII, she fought the treachery of her siblings, endured exile and betrayal, and defended the throne from hostile forces on every side. High drama and ancient history combine in this exhaustively researched account of the early life of Egypt's infamous queen, at once a beautiful seductress, brilliant politician, and the most powerful ruler of her time. Sweeping from storied ancient Alexandria across the northern African desert to the chaos of Rome, this novel of the most alluring leader of all time has been heralded as the most authentic, entertaining, and endlessly surprising account of the Egyptian queen ever written.

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