A Holiday Giveaway, a Recipe for Sweeties, and Why December Matters
By Heather Webb
December is a time for cheer, for giving and gratitude. Especially for me this year. Here’s why:
December 2nd Kirkus Reviews released a fantabulous review of my novel. (SQUEEE)
December 30th is my birthday! Fondue, massive amounts of chocolate ganache, and champagne will be consumed this year, because the very next day on…
December 31, 2013 my women’s historical BECOMING JOSEPHINE releases from Plume, an imprint of Penguin!! (Not to mention it’s New Year’s Eve. Partaaaay!)
For Josephine, the heroine of my novel, it was a busy time of year, too. On…
December 13, 1779—Rose (aka Josephine) married her first husband on this cold, dreary day in December—an omen of what was to come between them.
December 24, 1800—The Bonapartes were headed to a Christmas Eve performance of Haydn’s opera. Josephine, choosing a new shawl à l’égyptienne to adorn her risqué gown, made them late and rode in a separate carriage behind Napoleon and his consort. Her love of fashion saved her life. In a plot to assassinate Napoléon, a team of men set up explosives in the street. Napoléon had already escaped to safety. But when the explosion detonated, Josephine’s carriage was badly damaged and she barely escaped death. She continued on to the opera house as per Napoleon’s orders to put on a brave face for his people. I can only imagine what was going through Josephine’s head that night…As a matter of fact, in the novel, I did imagine it!
December 2nd 1804—On this day, Josephine and Napoléon were crowned Empress and Emperor of France and the European empire at the famous church, Notre Dame de Paris. Louis David, famous painter of the era, captured the moment in this lovely painting, now hanging in the Louvre. An exact replica of the painting, also painted by David, can be found in one of the bedrooms at Versailles.
For Pictures of Josephine’s many gowns, jewelry, furniture, etc, visit my Pinterest board HERE
In the Name of the Holiday Spirit, a Giveaway & a Recipe
Leave a comment and go into a drawing for an advanced copy of Becoming Josephine or a Josephine hand mirror in drawstring velvet bag.
And now for a delicious holiday recipe mentioned in my novel:
Ile Flottante This is an island of meringue that floats in a puddle of English cream—a light, yet decadent dessert you’ll want to gobble up! For the recipe, click HERE.
About the Author
Heather Webb grew up a military brat and naturally became obsessed with travel, culture, and languages. She put her degrees to good use teaching high school French for nearly a decade before turning to full time novel writing and freelance editing. When not writing, Heather flexes her foodie skills or looks for excuses to head to the other side of the world. She loves to chitchat on Twitter with new reader friends or writers (@msheatherwebb) or via her blog. Stop on by!