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Karen Essex

KAREN ESSEX is the author of Kleopatra, Pharaoh, and the international bestseller Leonardo’s Swans, which won Italy’s prestigious 2007 Premio Roma for foreign fiction. An award-winning journalist and a screenwriter, she lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Dracula in Love
Written by Karen Essex
Anchor | Trade Paperback | July 2011
$14.95/16.95(Canada) | 978-0-7679-3122-9 (0-7679-3122-X)

London, 1890. Mina Murray Harker, the rosy-cheeked, quintessentially pure Victorian heroine, becomes Count Dracula’s object of desire. To preserve her chastity, five male “defenders” rush in to rescue her from the vampire’s evil clutches. This is the story we have been told. But now, from Mina’s own pen, we discover a... Read more






Leonardo's Swans
Written by Karen Essex
Anchor | Trade Paperback | January 2007
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-7679-2306-4 (0-7679-2306-5)

Isabelle d’Este, daughter of the Duke of Ferrara, born into privilege and the political and artistic turbulence of Renaissance Italy, is a stunning black-eyed blond and an art lover and collector. Worldly and ambitious, she has never envied her less attractive sister, the spirited but naïve Beatrice, until, by a quirk... Read more






Stealing Athena
Written by Karen Essex
Anchor | Trade Paperback | April 2009
$15.00/17.50(Canada) | 978-0-7679-2618-8 (0-7679-2618-8)

Stealing Athena is the story of two women, separated by centuries but united by their association with some of the world's greatest and most controversial works of art. Aspasia, a philosopher and courtesan to visionary politician Pericles during Athens's Golden Age, defies societal restrictions to become fiercely influential in Athens' power... Read more





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