Guardian Angel – A Dream Fulfilled.

Guardian Angel by Anne Rouen

A big HELLO to all my lovely readers! Finally, an announcement I have been dying to make!

I am proud and excited to be able to tell you that Guardian Angel, the fourth book of my Master of Illusion series is ready to be launched on Valentine’s Day.

Thanks to all the hard work of my wonderful editor and web designer it is already available for pre-order with the major on-line book sellers. You can find it here.

I regard this book as the fulfillment of a dream; a dream that began in 2013 with the publishing of my debut novel, Master of Illusion Bk I. The dream continued with the achievement of Global ebook awards for books I and III and is now fulfilled in the publishing of Book IV. Guardian Angel was intended to be the final book in the series. But – you never know … my characters do have a way of organising things for themselves! It can be read as a stand-alone book but still fulfills my dream of publishing a series.

Guardian Angel tells the story of Nicolas de Beaulieu, the son of Angelique, my heroine in Angel of Song; a sunny-tempered, beautiful child. Though born to wealth and privilege, he grows up facing the kind of challenges that would sideline most of us. As he matures and finds love, the biggest challenge of all raises its monstrous head.

The novel is about how (with a little extra spiritual help), he finds the inner strength to face and overcome his fears and foes.

I do hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it and I would love you to tell me what you think.

Once again, I must thank my editor for all her dedication and fantastic work in editing, designing and publishing Guardian Angel. Thank you. I couldn’t do it without you. And I must also thank my dear friend to whom I have dedicated this book for her encouragement and support over the years. And, of course, to you, my dear readers, who make it all so worthwhile with your wonderful feedback, I thank you for your positive comments and awesome reviews.

Trainwreck

Granville-Paris Express Incident in 1895

 

Trainwreck

How often do we hear railway metaphors and similes used to describe dramatic events in our lives? We say that someone has made a trainwreck of their life; that our plans have been derailed; when we speak of life-changing circumstances. Even in a small way, we might describe a feeling of tiredness as having run out of steam or puff, another allusion to the trains of a bygone era.

The railways have made a great impact on life and language since their eager acceptance by the British public in the 1820s and 1830s. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, train travel represented possibly the fastest and most economical way to cover long distances; and the most endurable if you were not rich enough to command the comforts of life.

Speaking of such things, I found the above amazing image on Wikipedia while researching the Paris railway stations for my Master of Illusion series.

On 22nd October, 1895 (when Madame Dupont was also having a little holiday away from her diary) the Granville-Paris Express overran its buffer stop at the Gare Montparnasse; crossed the concourse before crashing through the wall and came to rest in spectacular fashion, nose first, in the street below.

Incredibly, only one person was killed: not by the train directly, but by falling masonry. And here we see the irony of fate: The poor woman was minding her husband’s stall while he was away running an errand. Definitely, the wrong place at the wrong time!

And what of the stall holder himself? Did he congratulate himself on having had an amazing escape? Or did he wish that it had been him? Or miss her so much that he felt he should have died with her? We will never know.

More recently, the Gare Montparnasse is famous as the venue for the surrender of Colonel Dietrich von Choltitz to General Jacques-Phillipe Leclerc and Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy on 25th August 1944.

Colonel von Choltitz, the German commander of Paris during World War II, was hailed as the saviour of Paris by its grateful populace for his refusal to obey Hitler’s insane orders to destroy the city.

General Leclerc was the commander of the French 2nd Armoured Division formed in London in late 1943. The Division landed in Normandy attached to General George S. Patton’s 3rd U.S. Army and fought alongside the FFI in the Battle for Paris (19th – 24th August 1944).

Colonel Rol-Tanguy, known by his nom de guerre of Colonel Rol during WWII, was the leader of the Paris division of the FFI. A real hero of the French RĂ©sistance, he fought on grimly from the underground through all the years of the war.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia.