Novelist Sandra Gulland Creates INK, an e-Publishing Company: Bestselling Historical Novels Now Available Worldwide

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Historical fiction author Sandra Gulland was faced with a dilemma. For the last decade the original English editions of her bestselling novels have only been available in Canada and the U.S. So, in response to reader requests, the author decided to remedy the situation by creating her own e-book publishing company: Sandra Gulland INK. Now, all four of her novels are available to readers worldwide.

Historical fiction author Sandra Gulland was faced with a dilemma. Her bestselling novels are internationally published in 17 countries. Among them is her celebrated Joséphine B. Trilogy, of which Historical Novels Review said: “The rich tapestry of this Trilogy is not to be missed.” Readers in Germany, France, Israel, Poland and other countries have access to her captivating work. Yet, for the last decade the original English editions have only been available in Canada and the U.S. – this despite the glowing reviews in England when originally published there and a spot on the Guardian bestseller list.

So, in response to reader requests, the author decided to remedy the situation by creating her own e-book publishing company: Sandra Gulland INK. Now, all four of her novels are available to readers worldwide.

“I am fourteen today and unmarried still.”

With that short but poignant sentence, the Joséphine B. Trilogy begins with The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Joséphine B. There, the reader meets Josephine Bonaparte in the exotic and lush Caribbean island of Martinique, where an old island woman predicts that one day she will be queen. It's a prediction that not only proves to be true, but one which Gulland discovered was actually told to the young Joséphine.

By way of fictionalized diary entries, the reader follows Joséphine’s early years, shares in her heartbreak, and watches as this resilient woman, the original queen of reinvention, catapults herself into the heart of society where she will meet Napoleon — whose destiny will prove to be irrevocably intertwined with that of her own.

And that’s just the beginning of the extraordinary life of a truly remarkable woman. The novels Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe and The Last Great Dance on Earth follow. “It's extremely satisfying to be able to make these novels available to readers everywhere. Technologically, this would not have been possible even five years ago."

Gulland, a prolific author and obsessive researcher, followed upon the success of the trilogy with her “dangerously seductive” (Montreal Gazette) Mistress of the Sun, the story of the Sun King's lover Louise de la Vallière, set in the decadent and creatively lush 17th-century French court of Louis XIV. This internationally bestselling novel is also now available worldwide for the first time through Sandra Gulland INK.

"The creative potential in e-book publishing is tremendously exciting," Gulland says. "I have a number of future INK titles in mind."

About Sandra Gulland: An American-Canadian, Sandra Gulland was born in Miami, Florida, and lived in Rio de Janeiro, Berkeley and Chicago before immigrating to Canada in 1970 to teach in an Inuit village in northern Labrador. Settling in Toronto, she worked as a book editor for a decade before moving with her husband and two children to a log house in northern Ontario, where, in 1985, she began writing full-time. She and her husband now live half the year in Ontario, and half in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She has just completed another historical novel set in mid-17th century France. It will be published in 2014 by HarperCollins in Canada, Doubleday in the US — and INK everywhere else. A self-confessed Net Nerd, Sandra writes a blog on The Writing Life ("Well, actually, it's on surviving the writing life") and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads as well as Pinterest. For more on Sandra Gulland INK publications, see her website, http://www.SandraGulland.com.

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