Heart of Fragile Stars: A Beauvisage Family Novella (Rakes & Rebels, Book 0)

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Windjammer: ~ "Captain Taggerrun," by skeelar, at deviantART. "Out of the South it was the White Ship used to come when the moon was full and high in the heavens. Lovecraft, "The White Ship.

A diagram labeled in French, showing what the position of a "mouche" or beauty mark signified in the 18th century.

the placement of a beauty mark had meaning behind it. a diagram labeled in french, showing what the position of a "mouche" or beauty mark signified in the century.

Catherine the Great sleigh - a very grand version of the enclosed carriage box/sleigh that Antonia's family traveled in when she was young. :-)

The famous Catherine the Great sleigh. Had about just everything but a microwave in it!

'Pagoda sleeves,' mid-18th c. Rococo, the era of Marie Antoinette and mistress to the king, Jeanne Antoinette Poisson (aka Madame de Pompadour).

The Ladies of Rococo: Beyond Bows and Ruffles

England (made) France (woven) - Mantua - Silk, silver-gilt thread, linen thread, silk thread, hand-sewn

The steps leading to the tower store room in Heart of Fragile Stars. Chateau d'Usse inspired Chateau du Soleil, a recurring location in my books.

Chateau d’Usse: A Ridiculous Number of Step Shots

Tower Stairs at Chateau d'Usse, Loire Valley, France

Lovely view of Chateau du Soleil, Jean-Philippe's family home in France's Loire Valley. (Actually Chateau d'Usse)

Lovely view of Chateau du Soleil, Jean-Philippe's family home in France's Loire Valley. (Actually Chateau d'Usse)

Chateau d'Usse - inspiration for Chateau du Soleil, Jean-Philippe's ancestral home, where Heart of Fragile Stars opens.

Chateau d'Usse - inspiration for Chateau du Soleil, Jean-Philippe's ancestral home, where Heart of Fragile Stars opens.

The Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, was, from 1732 to 1917, the official residence of the Russian Tsars. Situated between the Palace Embankment and the Palace Square, adjacent to the site of Peter the Great's original Winter Palace.

The Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, was, from 1732 to the official residence of the Russian Tsars. Situated between the Palace Embankment and the Palace Square, adjacent to the site of Peter the Great's original Winter Palace.

Antonia's home of St. Petersburg, Russia in the 18th century.

Nevsky Prospekt, Anichkov Palace and the mansion of I. Shuvalov in the late century

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