Winner of the Global Ebooks Award for Best Historical Fiction - a medieval thriller/romance
Book 1 in the Troubadours Series 1150 in Provence, where love and marriage are as divided as Christian and Muslim. A historical thriller set in Narbonne just after the Second Crusade. On the run from abuse, Estela wakes in a ditch with only her lute, her amazing voice, and a dagger hidden in her petticoats. Her talent finds a patron in Alienor of Aquitaine and more than a music tutor in the Queen's finest troubadour and Commander of the Guard, Dragonetz los Pros. Weary of war, Dragonetz uses Jewish money and Moorish expertise to build that most modern of inventions, a papermill, arousing the wrath of the Church. Their enemies gather, ready to light the political and religious powder-keg of medieval Narbonne.
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The author is an Independent publisher with world rights in English, who is seeking publishers for foreign translation in print or digital editions, in all other languages, especially French, on an individual basis.
She is also seeking publishers of audiobooks in all languages, including English.
Film rights are also available in all languages.
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The novel is set in medieval Occitania (now the south of France) so there is a srtong appeal for Francophiles and French readers.
There is a readership generally in France requesting French language versions of this and other books by Jean Gill, as she lives in France
She speaks French and could promote French language versions via bookshops, festivals and readings.
'Jean Gill is the master of historical intrigue' - C.M.T.Stibbe, author of 'Fowler's Snare'
‘Rich in historical detail’ – Karen Charlton, author of ‘Catching the Eagle’
‘Fabulous read’ – Kristin Gleeson, author of ‘Selkie Dreams’
71 amazon reviews, average 4.2* out of 5*
'Historical fiction at its finest' Elaine Rourtledge
'Fascinating history' a Trickster Eric Review
Prize-winning author Jean Gill, with 17 books to her credit, is known for the quality and variety of genres in which she writes; including historical fiction, contemporary novels, memoir and dog books. Underlying all her books are years of research and experience. Her website www.jeangill.com was awarded a Silver IPPY award for Best Author Website 2015
A Welsh writer and photographer, Jean now lives in the south of France with a big white dog, a scruffy black dog, a Nikon D750 and a man. Many of her books have been traditionally published but she now self-publishes via the registered imprint 'The 13th Sign'.
For many years, Jean taught English in Wales and was the first woman to be a secondary headteacher in Carmarthenshire. She is mother or stepmother to five children so life has been hectic.