The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello Now Available!

Published by Diversion Books

In this dazzling first book in the EMPRESS CHRONICLES series by the author of THE MOMENT BEFORE, one courageous girl seeks keys to the past to unlock the future…

When city girl Liz is banished to a rural goat farm on the outskirts of Portland, the 15-year-old feels her life spiraling out of control.  She can’t connect to her father or his young girlfriend, and past trauma adds to her sense of upheaval.  The only person who seems to keep her sane is a troubled boy who is fighting his own demons.  But all of this changes in one historical instant.


One-hundred fifty years earlier, Elisabeth of Bavaria has troubles of her own.  Her childhood is coming to a crashing end, and her destiny is written in the form of a soothsaying locket that has the ability to predict true love.  But evil is afoot in the form of a wicked enchantress who connives to wield the power of the locket for her own destructive ends.


When Liz finds a timeworn diary, and within it a locket, she discovers the secrets and desires of the young Bavarian princess who will one day grow up to be the legendary Empress of Austria. It is in the pages of the diary that these two heroines will meet, and it is through their interwoven story that Liz will discover she has the power to rewrite history—including her own…

Readers of books like Rachel Harris’s MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY will love THE EMPRESS CHRONICLES

Suzy Vitello is a proud founding member of a critique group recently dubbed The 
Hottest Writing Group in Portland, and her short stories have won fellowships and prizes (including the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Award, and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship).

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  1. This sounds fantastic, Jennifer! I love this sort of story so I'll definitely put it on my tbr. :)

    Hope things are going well with you, girl. Did your kids start school this week? I hope you're hanging in there. *hugs*

    1. I agree! And I'm pulled in because I'm really looking forward to reading My Super Sweet Sixteen Century, and it says if you like that, you'll like this. Did that make any sense? lol

      Yeah, Janie started a couple weeks ago, and she seems to like junior high a lot more than fifth grade. I'm glad! I can't help but feel like I'm having a mid-life crisis - Janie's in junior high, and Jack will be starting kindergarten, then what for me?? I'm having empty nest syndrome ALREADY, and they haven't even gotten into high school and driving yet. >.< Thanks for the hugs, Brandee, I really need them! :D

  2. I haven't heard of this one before but I really like the cover, and the story sounds pretty interesting, especially with the comparison to MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY.

    1. I agree! Love the cover and am interested in the comparison. Definitely on my TBR. :) Thanks for stopping by, Alise! :D


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