Juliet's history included a diverse range of jobs from artist’s model to brokerage. Thirty years ago, after her sons left home, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write, hoping to create a genuine time travel experience for her readers. She’s a grandmother, a cat lady, and a dedicated reader of history and herstory. She enjoys music, from classical to all modern forms. Juliet spends a lot of her time visiting other centuries, but she’s also quite certain she doesn’t want to live in any of them. On warm afternoons she and her husband of fifty years explore the winding back roads of PA on his Hayabusa.
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Mozart was her teacher, her mentor, her rescuer--and, finally, fatally, her lover.
At dawn, in the marble palace of a Prince, a nine-year-old sings for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, then at the peak of his career. Always delighted by musical children, he accepts Nanina as a pupil. Gifted, intense and imaginative, she sees the great "Kapellmeister Mozart” as an avatar of Orpheus and her own, personal divinity.
His lessons are irregular and playful, but the teacher/pupil bond grows strong. Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro premieres, and Nanina, now twelve, is given a solo part. For her, this is the beginning of a long stage career. For Mozart, it marks the start of his ruin. His greatest works will be composed in poverty and obscurity.
During the composer’s last summer, his wife has left him. Chronically in debt and suffering the emotional isolation of genius, he takes refuge with his disreputable Volksoper friends, who want him to write a “peasant opera” for their audience. Nanina, now grown, and still in love with Mozart, is among their number. As he seeks solace among the women of the Volksoper, the charms of his young fan become increasingly alluring. No one, least of all the composer, understands the depth of her obsession or how a brief affair will permanently alter her life.
The Magic Colours Series bursts the bounds of genre, with elements of family saga, fantasy, and history.
Red Magic begins as romance, with a dynastic marriage between two unwilling parties. The Austrian alpine world where their live is a beautiful place, but it is also a vortex of danger and magic.
In Black Magic, The Napoleonic Wars have torn Europe apart. Goran, born at the end of the first book, returns home, war-weary and heartbroken. He does not know that an ancient power awaits his coming.
Green Magic is the story of Charlize, a troubled child who sees "the colours." Born illegitimate, Charlize travels to England when her mother marries. Their new home is haunted by a capricious entity which wishes to add the child to his human collection.
Green Magic - Coming in March 2021
In Regency England, at the Beauchamp manor, twelve year old Charlize von Hagen has to deal with a step-father, his titled family, a baby brother, and a new life in England. She is psychic, too, and sometimes what she sees scares her. As if this wasn't enough, her step-father's patron and uncle, Earl Beauchamp, expects her to “cheer up” the Ward he’s just brought home. Penn Trewolla is a crippled boy of her own age, who is also a champion manipulator.
Fortunately for Charlize, sometimes Henry spends time at the manor too. Henry is the level-headed younger son of a wealthy East India merchant, one who sees her as a person, not just a “girl.”
Charlize learns the hard way that there's a long-standing feud between the Beauchamp family and the ‘Good Folk’ who dwell deep forest which surrounds the manor. Will Green Magic help thesr young folk end those supernatural troubles--or will they only make matters worse?
Red-headed Caterina von Velsen, a tomboy and superb horsewoman, detests her older sister's husband-to-be. Christoph von Hagen is handsome and brave, but he is also a Casanova, a man with a reputation that stretches from his mountain manor all the way to Vienna. When Caterina’s older sister dies in a riding accident only a week before her wedding, Caterina is forced to take her place. She now belongs to a man she firmly believes to be “a cold-hearted rake.”
There is magic in Christoph’s lonely mountain home, as well as in the locket Caterina’s aunt gave her long ago. Misunderstandings and preconceptions hinder the coming of true love, as well as the strange attraction she feels toward her husband’s magnetic, foreign horse master. Set in 18th Century Germany, RED MAGIC tells the story of a young woman’s transition from rebellious girl to adored--and adoring--wife.
Disappointed in love, weary of war, Goran von Hagen retreats to his idyllic alpine estate. He does not know the dark and ancient secret of the looming mountain--or that it will change his life forever.
From Artemis and Apollo to Frey and Freya, on through all known pantheons, there are magical twins, and this sparked the tale of Mina and Goran, the Christoph and Caterina's first born. "Black Magic" is Goran's tale, dealing with the ancient secrets of his home place.
Review: An unusual and highly engrossing shapeshifter tale with a setting every bit as enthralling as the characters. Goran, an ex-soldier who returns home only to learn his betrothed has left him for another, is soon drawn into the magic and mysteries of his heritage.
There are old legends here, including that of Krampus, shapeshifters and vampires. The intoxicating way in which the author weaves them together is deftly and superbly done. From Goran to his sister, Mina, friends Thomas and Mary, and more, each character is given vibrant life. Several sections of this book took me completely by surprise, as did a few of the characters. The tension, especially in the latter half of the book is nearly palpable. The descriptive detail is beautiful and lingers long after each scene has ended. Mae Clair
Yaotl and Sascho splashed along the shores of the behchà, spears hefted, watching for the flash of fin to rise to the surface and sparkle in the sunlight. Tender feelings, barely discovered, flushed their faces. Waving their spears they laughed and teased one another with sprays of newly melted ice water.
In the distance, the warning about the kw'ahtıı sounds, but on this fatal day it goes unheard; Yaotl and Sascho fall into the hands of the Indian Agents. Transport to Fort Providence residential school is only the beginning of their ordeal, for the teachers believe it is their sworn duty to “kill the Indian inside.”
All attempts at escape are severely punished, but Yaotl and Sascho, along with two others, will try, beginning a journey of 900 Kilometers along the Mackenzie River. Like wild geese, brave hearts together, they are homeward bound.
A Master Passion is the story of our brilliant first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, and his wife, Betsy Schuyler.
It begins with their Revolutionary War courtship. Although born poor and illegitimate, as an Aide de Camp to General George Washington, Hamilton dares to reach, boldly pursuing Betsy, daughter of a wealthy and prominent New York family.
After the war, Hamilton engages in nation building. Like all mission-driven men, he is preoccupied, often absent, and not the best provider. The trials of making ends meet and raising their ever-growing troop of children falls to Betsy, who accomplishes her task with grace and devotion.
Conflict is built into their marriage. It does not simply spring from Alexander's agonizing childhood experience of bastardy, abuse, and abandonment. To quote Alexander Pope, Hamilton's favorite poet:
“And hence one Master Passion in the breast
like Aaron's serpent, swallows up all the rest..."
Betsy's passion is Alexander. Alexander's passion is America.
Though Hamilton's financial acumen and political courage is crucial to the formation and survival of our nation, his star sets quickly. Disillusioned, political power broken, his adored eldest son killed in a duel, Hamilton goes to his own famous duel with Aaron Burr in the spirit of those noble Romans he so steadfastly admires, preferring death to dishonor.
The Master Passion places the battles of Alexander Hamilton, the lonely idealist, within a family saga rich in period detail. The great edifice for which he laid the groundwork -- America -- has become, exactly as he planned, the richest and freest country on earth.
If you enjoyed Stephanie Dray’s America’s First Daughter, you will love A Master Passion by Juliet Waldron
Meredith Whitford - Intensely Real and Readable
I know very little about American history, and all I knew about Alexander Hamilton is that he's rather a hero to several friends of mine. After reading Juliet Waldron's excellent novel about him I'm starting to see why. Waldron is a novelist who can be relied upon to have researched her subject thoroughly, so, in reading about people and an era unfamiliar to me, I felt I was in safe hands. But don't let me give the impression that this book is a dry piece of work -- on the contrary, it's extremely readable, in fact I found it close to unputdownable as the story took shape and the various characters were introduced. It's well paced, full of sympathetic and interesting people, and every historical detail is convincing. Hamilton feels very real as his personal story unfolds from a tough childhood to the start of a famous career. I'm eager to follow his story in the next novel about him.
Red-headed Caterina von Velsen, a tomboy and superb horsewoman, detests her older sister's husband-to-be. Christoph von Hagen is handsome and brave, but he is also a Casanova, a man with a reputation that stretches from his mountain manor all the way to Vienna.
When Caterina’s older sister dies in a riding accident only a week before the wedding, she is forced to take her place. Now Caterina belongs to the very man she believes to be “a cold-hearted rake.”
Set in 18th Century Germany, RED MAGIC tells the story of a young woman’s transition from rebellious girl to adored--and adoring--wife.
"Red Magic" is not your typical historical romance. For one thing, the setting is quite different from anything I've read in the genre and it proved highly enjoyable, especially through the artistry of Juliet Waldron's prose and unique voice. As a reader, I love books that transport me to places and times that are unfamiliar. Eighteenth century Austria during its conflict with the Ottoman Empire provided one of those rare opportunities to experience the mountains, culture and daily life through the eyes of Catrina and Christoph, who find love and acceptance despite their differences...and expectations. If you like a love story with a healthy helping of adventure that carries you back in time, read "Red Magic."
Disappointed in love, weary of war, Goran von Hagen retreats to his idyllic alpine estate. He does not know the dark and ancient secret of the looming mountain--or that it will change his life forever. From Artemis and Apollo to Frey and Freya, on through all known pantheons, there are magical twins, so this sparked the tale of Mina and Goran, the von Hagen's first born. Lauberkraft: Black is Goran's tale, dealing with the ancient secrets of his home place. Threads which were part of the original Lauberkraft: Red are elaborated, especially when some very old "chickens" come home to roost, turning the lives of the brother and sister upside down. I wanted very much to link the shape-shifter experience to the prehistoric -- a.k.a. sublime -- images discovered on the walls of caves all over the world. In "Black Magic," both the horned god and the wolf man enter our reality.
Atmospheric Romantic Fantasy
Goran, an Austrian soldier returning from the Napoleonic Wars, arrives devastated at his family's summer retreat in the mountains. His great love, Veronique, has rejected him and married a much older count. Goran's home is neglected and he must take over the management, and solve the problems of his tenants. At a summer festival among the peasants, he is enticed to drink a potion which will change his life in shocking ways. This novel is an absorbing shape-shifter fantasy, thick with atmosphere and engaging characters. Goran evolves from a despairing man, scarred by war and love, to the master of his own destiny and the protector of his people Diane Scott Lewis
More like a gangland war for turf and loot than chivalry, the War of Roses disrupted the life of the English commoners for hundreds of years. Roan Rose is the story of one of these, a girl born on the Yorkshire dales. When the Countess of Warwick, decides to take sturdy, gentle Rose to Middleham Castle to be companion and bed-time poppet for her youngest daughter, her fate is changed forever.
Rose bonds strongly with Anne Neville, her young mistress. She also meets a royal boy enduring his knightly training—Richard of Gloucester, King Edward’s little brother. The noble children have illness and accidents as they grow, but Rose remains a constant, always there to nurse and serve.
Rose bears intimate witness to the passions, betrayals, battles and all the reversals of fortune which will shape her lady’s life—and her own. Anne Neville will briefly become a Queen, and Richard, Rose’s secret love, will become a King, one whose name has become synonymous with evil. When the King is betrayed and slain at Bosworth Field, Rose returns to a peasant’s hard life. She has one final service to perform.
If you wanted more of Phillippa Gregory's The White Queen, you will love the “downstairs” story told by Juliet Waldron’s Roan Rose.
Review This is a well written and very readable book following the interesting and unusual life of Rose, daughter of a local healer, who becomes the personal maid and close companion of young Anne Neville during the turbulent latter half of the English 15th century. There is an excellent mix of characters, both the historical and the fictional, who interweave as the story unfolds. On the whole these characters are very well rounded. None are unnaturally romanticised and faults and virtues combine in a thoroughly realistic manner. There are no deified saints here, and although the book is pleasantly pro-Ricardian, Richard is certainly never presented in an unrealistically virtuous manner. In other words, the characterisation is very good and this really holds the readers' interest as the pages turn. Although some of these historical characters are not presented as I myself picture their personalities, likely behaviour and attitudes, I am still impressed at the manner in which they have been drawn, and those differences made the book all the more absorbing to me. Not only do the characters come alive, but so does the land, its castles and villages, with particular emphasis on the north of England. The standard of research here is entirely exemplary. B. Gaskell Denvil -
...I would recommend this book. It is occasionally controversial regarding the historical content, but the quality of research brings the time period into a vivid and exceedingly enjoyable panorama.
She is forced to trust Jack, the mystery man who pledges to take her on a dangerous war-time journey up river to her Albany home, she expects to encounter brigands, Tories and Indians. What she doesn’t expect is to lose her heart along the way.
'If you enjoyed The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki, you will love Angel’s Flight by Juliet Waldron
Juliet Waldron has long been one of my favorite authors, and I think Angel's Flight is the best book of hers I have read. Detailing the turbulence, dangers and suffering experienced by the folk during the War of Independence brought me to tears. I knew little of these times and the lives of the Dutch settlers, being a non-American. I measure an author's success by the range of emotions experienced as I share in the journey of the participants. I certainly went through the gamut with this book. Could Jack, Angel's handsome rescuer be trusted, was he a spy or a soldier, or simply a good liar? And through it all there was Angelica's quilt with her bluebird theme sharing all the turmoil and unrest with her, and giving her hope that all would turn out well in the end. Patsy
To help her impoverished family, Sophie agrees to marry a wealthy older man in far off America. Less than twenty-four hours after she arrives in German’s Mill, Pennsylvania, events have taken a far stranger turn than anything she could have imagined.
Set in Post-Civil-War Pennsylvania, this tale of an arranged marriage is as much family saga as romance. Sophie is a sensitive young woman struggling to make sense of her past and to understand her new homeland. Karl is not only a veteran of the Great War, but scarred by the secret violence of his childhood. How they both learn to trust—and to love—is their unique story.
Review - Amazon Top Contributor - Book Lass, Vine Voce
I would call this a realistic historical romance. Sophie's situation as a mail order bride was steeped in the pragmatism caused by poverty and a desire to have her mother and sisters eventually come to America for a better life. Karl seemed like a typical, sweet but a little self absorbed young man. Sophie came across as a young woman put in a difficult situation and wounded by a past romantic encounter. Karl and Sophie come together by a series of events beyond their control. The question is never will they find each other, because we know from the book description that they do; the question is how they find each other amidst hardship and misunderstanding. ...
In Hand-me-Down Bride, Sophie found her knight in shining armor, the miller’s son, Karl. He’s arranged to have her sisters come from Germany to seek their own happily ever-afters in 1870’s Pennsylvania.
Little sister Elfie is cut from another bolt than her serious, tender-hearted older sister. Elfie is something of a material girl, and her Aunt, who’d arranged Sophie’s first marriage—to a rich old man—is ready to encourage her striking niece in her search for a life of comfort.
Elfie doesn’t want to work the way her farm wife sister does, and her looks straightaway carry her into the best circle. With four very different men vying for her hand, everyone in valley is wondering who will catch this lovely butterfly.
Ellie a BEAUTIFUL young girl is supposed to find romance.. or a husband. Whatever comes first. She doesn't want to settle for any random guy like her sister had done. Ellie helps her very pregnant sister with chores each day and wonders what else is out there.. will she find her man ??
LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!
Born to a runaway teen and Iroquois Warrior, struggles to find her place, her loyalties eternally torn between two warring peoples. When the American Revolution sets the Mohawk Valley ablaze, will a young soldier’s love prove strong enough to save her?
GENESEE is an extraordinary book about love, hardship and prejudice. It's well written and full of wonderful characters. Even though they have many differences, Genesee and Alexander are true kindred spirits. Ms. Waldron keeps you enthralled by, a little at a time, giving tantalizing tidbits of their origins. This story isn't sugarcoated, which is really refreshing. There are some instances of violence, but they're brief and handled well. Anyone who enjoys an honest, realistic story will love this one. Renee Burnette
“Genesee is a fascinating look into the early life of upstate New York during the [American Revolution]. Juliet Waldron makes you feel as if you’re experiencing Genesee’s trials and tribulations right along side her. The complex family structures, the interactions of the Dutch settlers with the Seneca nations and other Native American tribes, the atrocities committed in the name of war, Genesee returning to her Indian heritage, are all elements that meld very effectively to make this outstanding story one well worth reading over and over.” ~ Lani Roberts Affaire de Coeur
Giddy sugarplum or calculating bitch? Pretty Konstanze aroused strong feelings among her contemporaries. Her in-law's loathed her. Mozart's friends, more than forty years after his death, remained eager to gossip about her "failures" as wife to the world's first superstar.
Maturing from child, to wife, to hard-headed widow, Konstanze would pay Mozart's debts, provide for their children, and relentlessly market and mythologize her brilliant husband.
Mozart's letters attest to his affection for Konstanze as well as to their powerful sexual bond. Nevertheless, prominent among the many mysteries surrounding the composer's untimely death: why did his much beloved Konstanze never mark his grave?
If you gobbled up Confessions of a Courtesan by Deborah Hale, you will love Mozart’s Wife by Juliet Waldron