Master of Illusion

Master of Illusion

Book 1
Anne Rouen
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**Winner of the 2014 Global Ebook Awards Silver Medal for Historical Literature Fiction (Modern)**

Murder, Magic, Music and Obsession ...

Master of Illusion follows the lives of childhood comrades, Angel and Elise, as they run hand in hand from a history of treachery, heartache and crippling abuse. Under the mask of exceptional talent and in the name of justice, they each grapple with their own damaged version of love and loyalty, while fiercely protecting their terrible secrets. 

Set in the operatic era of 19th century France, talented dancer, Elise, is discovered by the eminent Opéra Français and is whisked away from a simple life to fulfil her dreams of becoming prima ballerina. Her path is forever changed the day she rescues the disfigured, amnesic, genius—Angel—from a life of abandonment and mistreatment. Angel's obsessions define him: his emulation of the Phantom of the Opera coupled with a latent dark side, develop into a fervent passion for a young soprano. Cast under Angel's charming spell, Elise assumes the role of his protector and nurturer—only to discover that she, too, wields powers of her own: persuasion and contrivance.

In trying to reach the pinnacle of operatic success, Angel and Elise are faced with the challenge of defining justice, love and self acceptance. Through abandonment, Angel knows only one form of love—obsession; and Elise, whose purity lies in ruins at the hands of evil, is raped of her capacity for romantic love.

Can they fulfil their childhood dreams without blood on their hands? ...

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About the author

Anne Rouen is an award-winning  historical fiction author whose writing is inspired by the opulent operatic era of 19th century France. This passion was ignited from delving into her own French heritage, and a lifelong love of historical fiction writing. And so, inspiration for Master of Illusion and its forthcoming series was born.

Anne Rouen is the alter ego of Lynn Newberry: a country woman from the New South Wales New England region of Australia, who breeds Brangus cattle by day and is a dedicated, passionate horsewoman.

The lady behind Anne Rouen has completed a specialist teaching degree in the Rural Sciences department of the University of New England, and has spent most of her life involved in the agricultural industry--twenty of them as an educator.

Throughout her career, Lynn has escaped the everyday demands of work through the hand of Anne Rouen. Master of Illusion, her first published novel, was recently awarded the Silver Medal for Historical Literature Fiction in the 2014 Global Ebook Awards. She has also seen success with her short story writing, having achieved a Highly Commended in the Rolf Boldrewood Literary Awards (2011) for 'The Scent of a Criminal'.

With a broad range of interests, Anne Rouen writes a regular blog at: http://annerouen.com/blogspot/ where she chats about her firsthand experience beating breast cancer and other current issues that are close to her heart.


You can also keep up with the latest information about her work on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/Anne.Rouen and https://www.facebook.com/MasterOfIllusion.HistoricalFiction or her website http://www.annerouen.com/

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Anne Rouen
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Published on
Apr 5, 2013
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Pages
450
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ISBN
9780646585208
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / General
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
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Secrets, Tragedy, Courage,
Love.


Master of Illusion Book II continues the story of the tormented
genius, Angel, and his childhood friend, Elise, the prima ballerina who once
graced the stage as La Belle and now directs their own opera house, the Opéra
Magique. Their lives ensue in an entanglement of secrets, subterfuge, tragedy
and love through which they battle their fated hand. Though the skeletons of
the past continue to haunt, the veil concealing the truth begins to fall. 



It is Paris,1892, and the Opéra Magique is riding a wave of unparalleled
success, with the help of Sprite, the Master's popular, fairy-like assistant.
Walking the fine line required to keep in abeyance the mutual passions of her
star, the volatile magician known as the Master of Illusion, and her
goddaughter, the beautiful comtesse de Villefontaine, Madame Dupont needs all
her ingenuity to divert the jealous rage of the comte and the suspicions
of Police Chief Captain Moreau.



Few people know the truth behind the Master's identity, yet one of
them is, all unwittingly, about to give him away. But as their opera house and
lives are plunged, yet again, into unthinkable tragedy, fate thrusts Angel and
Elise—the Master and Madame—onto a new path of discovery: a path that holds
both alluring revelations and nightmares of untold suffering.



Angel and Elise battle choices of life and death, of courage and
sacrifice, as they
 finally discover the answers they've so
longed for. But, in discovering the truth of the past, the truth about Angel
and the truth about love, do they find the
 solace they so crave?



Can Angel and Elise overcome the barriers of fate, or will
they be destroyed in their determination to do so?

From the award-winning historical fiction author, Anne Rouen, comes the third installment to the Master of Illusion series. Angel of Song is a historical romance set in World War I on the Western Front. 

Born into the halcyon era of the Belle Époque, Parisian debutante Angelique de Villefontaine has been shielded all her young life by her influential guardian, the marquis du Bois, and his life-long companion, Madame Dupont. Despite the protection of her mentors, the allure of her ethereal beauty and surpassing talent cannot be restrained, and Angelique's life becomes a frenetic whirl of performance and social engagement, peppered with the seduction of fame and adulation. Though she has a voice of an angel, she is not without her demons.

Unbeknownst to Angelique, her guardian is frantically attempting to bring the antiquated French Military into the twentieth century. Acutely aware of growing political tensions and paranoia sweeping Europe, the marquis' efforts are rebuffed. Despairing, he sends his protégé on a mission hitherto unthinkable. Oblivious to this seething political clime, Angelique embarks on the most important tour of her budding career, only to be turned back by a murder that plunges the world into darkness.

Rendered hysterical by the horrors of war, Angelique rallies to help the wounded. Amidst rumours of an angel whose voice can inspire, soothe and heal, an eminent general makes an astonishing request. And the marquis must use all his ingenuity to protect his ward from enemies, both within their own military and without.

In the particular hell of the trenches, soldiers sacrifice their lives to hold their posts against insurmountable odds; and as the French search for inspiration to counter the nihilistic policy of an implacable enemy, they find they already have a secret weapon—their own Angel of Song.
 

British spies Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch race to find a missing child in this “thrilling” historical mystery set during the end of the Napoleonic Wars (Deanna Raybourn, New York Times–bestselling author).
 
In the wake of the Battle of Waterloo, Paris is a house divided. The triumphant Bourbons flaunt their victory with lavish parties, while Bonapartists seek revenge only to be captured and executed. Amid the turmoil, British attaché and intelligence agent Malcolm Rannoch and his wife, Suzanne, discover that his murdered half-sister, Princess Tatiana Kirsanova, may have covertly borne a child—and Malcolm suspects there was more than mere impropriety behind her silence.
 
As Malcolm and Suzanne begin searching for answers, they learn that the child was just one of many secrets Tatiana was keeping. The princess was the toast of Paris when she arrived in the glamorous city, flirting her way into the arms of several men—perhaps even those of Napoleon himself—and the father must be among them. But in the melee of the Napoleonic Wars, Tatiana was caught up in a deadly game, and now Malcolm and Suzanne must race against time to save her child from meeting the same fate . . .
 
“Grant nicely blends the political machinations of the time with the murder investigation.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“No one else can combine page-turning suspense, fascinating mystery, a palpable sense of time and place, with such unforgettable and masterfully-drawn characters. Superb!” —Deborah Crombie, New York Times–bestselling author 
 
“Inspired by a real-life unsolved mystery, this mesmerizing novel features characters that make a lasting impression.”--PEOPLE MAGAZINE

"More meticulously choreographed than a chorus line. It all pays off."--THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW


They say behind every great man, there's a woman. In this case, there are three. Stella Crater, the judge's wife, is the picture of propriety draped in long pearls and the latest Chanel. Ritzi, a leggy showgirl with Broadway aspirations, thinks moonlighting in the judge's bed is the quickest way off the chorus line. Maria Simon, the dutiful maid, has the judge to thank for her husband's recent promotion to detective in the NYPD. Meanwhile, Crater is equally indebted to Tammany Hall leaders and the city's most notorious gangster, Owney "The Killer" Madden.

On a sultry summer night, as rumors circulate about the judge's involvement in wide-scale political corruption, the Honorable Joseph Crater steps into a cab and disappears without a trace. Or does he?

After 39 years of necessary duplicity, Stella Crater is finally ready to reveal what she knows. Sliding into a plush leather banquette at Club Abbey, the site of many absinthe-soaked affairs and the judge's favorite watering hole back in the day, Stella orders two whiskeys on the rocks—one for her and one in honor of her missing husband. Stirring the ice cubes in the lowball glass, Stella begins to tell a tale—of greed, lust, and deceit. As the novel unfolds and the women slyly break out of their prescribed roles, it becomes clear that each knows more than she has initially let on.

With a layered intensity and prose as effervescent as the bubbly that flows every night, The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress is a wickedly entertaining historical mystery that will transport readers to a bygone era with tipsy spins through subterranean jazz clubs and backstage dressing rooms. But beneath the Art Deco skyline and amid the intoxicating smell of smoke and whiskey, the question of why Judge Crater disappeared lingers seductively until a twist in the very last pages.
Secrets, Tragedy, Courage,
Love.


Master of Illusion Book II continues the story of the tormented
genius, Angel, and his childhood friend, Elise, the prima ballerina who once
graced the stage as La Belle and now directs their own opera house, the Opéra
Magique. Their lives ensue in an entanglement of secrets, subterfuge, tragedy
and love through which they battle their fated hand. Though the skeletons of
the past continue to haunt, the veil concealing the truth begins to fall. 



It is Paris,1892, and the Opéra Magique is riding a wave of unparalleled
success, with the help of Sprite, the Master's popular, fairy-like assistant.
Walking the fine line required to keep in abeyance the mutual passions of her
star, the volatile magician known as the Master of Illusion, and her
goddaughter, the beautiful comtesse de Villefontaine, Madame Dupont needs all
her ingenuity to divert the jealous rage of the comte and the suspicions
of Police Chief Captain Moreau.



Few people know the truth behind the Master's identity, yet one of
them is, all unwittingly, about to give him away. But as their opera house and
lives are plunged, yet again, into unthinkable tragedy, fate thrusts Angel and
Elise—the Master and Madame—onto a new path of discovery: a path that holds
both alluring revelations and nightmares of untold suffering.



Angel and Elise battle choices of life and death, of courage and
sacrifice, as they
 finally discover the answers they've so
longed for. But, in discovering the truth of the past, the truth about Angel
and the truth about love, do they find the
 solace they so crave?



Can Angel and Elise overcome the barriers of fate, or will
they be destroyed in their determination to do so?

From the award-winning historical fiction author, Anne Rouen, comes the third installment to the Master of Illusion series. Angel of Song is a historical romance set in World War I on the Western Front. 

Born into the halcyon era of the Belle Époque, Parisian debutante Angelique de Villefontaine has been shielded all her young life by her influential guardian, the marquis du Bois, and his life-long companion, Madame Dupont. Despite the protection of her mentors, the allure of her ethereal beauty and surpassing talent cannot be restrained, and Angelique's life becomes a frenetic whirl of performance and social engagement, peppered with the seduction of fame and adulation. Though she has a voice of an angel, she is not without her demons.

Unbeknownst to Angelique, her guardian is frantically attempting to bring the antiquated French Military into the twentieth century. Acutely aware of growing political tensions and paranoia sweeping Europe, the marquis' efforts are rebuffed. Despairing, he sends his protégé on a mission hitherto unthinkable. Oblivious to this seething political clime, Angelique embarks on the most important tour of her budding career, only to be turned back by a murder that plunges the world into darkness.

Rendered hysterical by the horrors of war, Angelique rallies to help the wounded. Amidst rumours of an angel whose voice can inspire, soothe and heal, an eminent general makes an astonishing request. And the marquis must use all his ingenuity to protect his ward from enemies, both within their own military and without.

In the particular hell of the trenches, soldiers sacrifice their lives to hold their posts against insurmountable odds; and as the French search for inspiration to counter the nihilistic policy of an implacable enemy, they find they already have a secret weapon—their own Angel of Song.
 

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