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Xandrine by suburbanbeatnik Xandrine by suburbanbeatnik
This is the heroine of my French Revolution historical romance WIP, The Captive Heiress, Marie-Alexandrine la Tour d'Auvergne (aka Xandrine). Here's a quick synopsis:

It's 1793. France, having recently deposed its king, now fights to preserve the fledgling French Republic. Marie-Alexandrine la Tour d'Auvergne-- better known as Xandrine-- is a poor aristocrat from the country with hardcore Republican sympathies. However, her entire world is turned upside down when her mother and stepfather are arrested for harboring refractory priests. Shortly after, she herself is abducted by a young revolutionary proconsul, Jean-Christophe Raset. He reveals to her that she's become a Person of Importance to the Republic because she's in direct line of inheriting Bouillon, a contested and highly strategic territory on the Flemish frontier. 

She's taken to Paris for an arranged marriage, where she is plunged into politics. She has fallen in love with Jean-Christophe, and they have an intense and passionate affair, but it looks like their relationship is doomed, since she has to marry another man. Jean-Christophe is good friends with radical journalist Camille Desmoulins, and he takes his side in his effort to free all the people imprisoned during the Terror. Now Xandrine finds herself in the middle of the two big factions of the Jacobin club, the Robespierrists and the Dantonists, embarking on a deadly feud that might destroy the Republic itself. 

Can Xandrine survive the Reign of Terror? How can she save herself and her family and her love? 

DRAMATIC CHORD! 

It'a going to be a long book, but I'm very excited about it. It should be done early next year. Watch this space for more info! 
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TheBrassGlass Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional General Artist
I love her dress and hair in this sketch. :3
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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