Giveaway, Guest Post, and Excerpt: "The Ambassador's Daughter"

As part of the blog tour for "The Ambassador's Daughter" by Pam Jenoff, I have a guest post by the author and an excerpt from the book! I'm also hosting a giveaway for a finished copy of the book!

Now on to the book!

"The Ambassador's Daughter"
by Pam Jenoff

Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Release Date: Jan 29, 2013 
Summary from  

Paris, 1919.The world's leaders have gathered to rebuild from the ashes of the Great War. But for one woman, the City of Light harbors dark secrets and dangerous liaisons, for which many could pay dearly.

Brought to the peace conference by her father, a German diplomat, Margot Rosenthal initially resents being trapped in the congested French capital, where she is still looked upon as the enemy. But as she contemplates returning to Berlin and a life with Stefan, the wounded fiancé she hardly knows anymore, she decides that being in Paris is not so bad after all.

Bored and torn between duty and the desire to be free, Margot strikes up unlikely alliances: with Krysia, an accomplished musician with radical acquaintances and a secret to protect; and with Georg, the handsome, damaged naval officer who gives Margot a job—and also a reason to question everything she thought she knew about where her true loyalties should lie.

Against the backdrop of one of the most significant events of the century, a delicate web of lies obscures the line between the casualties of war and of the heart, making trust a luxury that no one can afford.

Guest Post:

Question:   When you come up with an idea for a novel how do you envision the book?

Pam Jenoff's Answer: A book for me often starts with an image or scene – a woman walking a child across Krakow’s main market square during the war for example, or a woman waking up in a Nazi prison.  Often times I don’t know who the person is or how he or she came to be in a particular situation – I have to write to find out as the story unfolds.  I typically let myself write freeform whatever comes out, dialogue, scenes, internal narrative, in no particular order.  Then, when I reach about 150 pages or so, the mass of writing becomes unwieldy, and I start to organize it into chapters, using a separate outline document to keep track of it all.  I have some sense where the story will wind up, though not how we will get there – and there are always things that surprise me along the way.


“The decision to come had not been mine. ‘I’ve been asked to go to the peace conference,’ Papa informed me unexpectedly less than a month ago. He had previously professed no interest in taking part in the ‘dog and pony show at Versailles,’ and had harrumphed frequently as he read the details of the preparations in the Times. ‘Uncle Walter thinks…’ he added, as he so often did. I did not need to listen to the rest. My mother’s older brother, an industrialist who had taken over the electronics firm their father founded, could not attend the peace conference himself after contributing so much to the war machine.”

Participate in a Live Chat with the author, Pam Jenoff at on Tues, Feb 5, at 3:30 PM


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  1. This one looks so good! I love romances, especially from Paris!! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  2. i can't wait to read this!! thank you for the giveaway!!!
    Paris was my first European city i visited many years ago!! hope to go back soon!!!!

  3. I have seen this one around, might be for me

  4. Sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing and for the giveaway!

  5. It's always interesting to hear how authors are inspired to write a book. Thanks for this guest post!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  6. Thanks for sharing Pam. I echo Wendy's thoughts...every author has different style for writing and I love hearing how a book comes to be.

  7. Great guest post and excerpt. Love finding out where ideas come from.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  8. I enjoyed The Diplomat's Wife by Pam Jenoff. I look forward to reading her new release!

  9. Oh! I'm on the tour for this one, and set to start in a few days. I like getting a glimpse of the author's thoughts before I read their book. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I'd love to read about Paris in 1919 and the conflicts Margot faces.


  11. Oh yeah, I heard of this one before and I thought it sounded great! Unfortunately I'm booked for the year so I had to pass it up. Maybe next year... ;)

  12. I really love how Pam starts a story! That seems so different, but I love it like it really allows her creative juices flow!

  13. OOOOOOOOOOOOO I would love to be reading this--with a cup of tea and a good book--sounds great I love its starts in Paris how romantic

  14. Sounds really good and I really like the whole idea of Paris at the verge of the 20's, that whole period is just awesome :D

  15. I would love to read this book cause it sounds so interesting. I enjoy books from this era. Thanks for the chance.
    :)Jeanne Bates Tennant

  16. I love Pam Jenoff. I can't wait! I love the sound of this one.

  17. This sounds like a great book! I love historical fiction.

  18. I like how Pam comes up with her ideas.

  19. I love the time period of this book! I would love to read it. Thank you for the chance.

    GFC: Na

  20. Thanks for the excpert. This is one I know I would enjoy.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  21. The cover really catches my eye! Love to read it.

  22. thank you for the chance. i love reading!

  23. I'd love to read about Paris in 1919. I am a history buff

  24. Interesting review...makes me want to read the setting!

  25. Oh this sounds intriguing. I always love war time love stories

  26. I would love to win this book. I majored in French in college and I love French culture. WWI was quite the interesting period in history. I don't think that anyone ever imagined a war of that magnitude. Merci beaucoup for the giveaway. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.


Thanks so much for your lovely comments!