Was Lafayette a Romantic Adventurer or Ambitious Cad? By S. P. Grogan, first novel ever written on Marquis de La Fayette released

The coming-of-age story of the Marquis de La Fayette in the court of Queen Marie Antoinette
By: S.P. Grogan
Lafayette Book Cover small art
Lafayette Book Cover small art
LAS VEGAS - July 10, 2018 - PRLog -- Addison & Highsmith Publishers

Lafayette: the novel

Courtier to Crown Fugitive, 1757-1777

by S.P. Grogan

Retail:  $14.99  Mass Market Softcover  ISBN: 978-0-9801164-9-6     400 pages

$9.99 eBook   ISBN: 978-0-9801164-2-7

Was American Revolutionary Hero, Lafayette, a Romantic-Adventurer or an Ambitious Cad?  A new perspective for readers to decide!

         Breathing life into the mythology.  The world knows the Hero of Two Worlds, Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette, best known today as Lafayette.  But author S.P. Grogan wants us to delve into Lafayette's submersion into those major events in France during the 1760's -1770's which forged his character with the impassioned drive toward his ultimate goal: to be a victorious soldier bathed in glory.

This period of Lafayette's early life, always vague with little historic facts, has been fleshed out beginning with Gilbert's rural birth in the Auvergne hills to his 19th birthday as an active player in Queen Marie Antoinette's dissolute clique.

Lafayette: the novel

Courtier to Crown Fugitive, 1757-1777
reveals the untold stories:

       How La Fayette became the richest orphan in France, and those who plotted to control his fortune.

       His betrothal to a 12 year old girl whose marriage would bring him into the most powerful military family in France.

       Was Lafayette shrewd or naïve? To advance his own plans, he will purposefully offend the Royal family, and face destruction of his career.

       Seeking the perfect mistress causes him to challenge his best friend to a duel.

       How his membership in the Masonic secret society first educated him to espouse: liberté, égalité, fraternité.

       And was La Fayette, merely a Soldier of Fortune and a minor footnote on the world stage, or was he the true spark that ignited the explosive war between France and England?

       Follow his 'confused' flight against a Royal arrest warrant to fight for the 'Lost Cause' in the American Colonies.

Lafayette: the novel is available through all major and independent bookstores and as an eBook on all major online platforms:  Amazon, Kindle, Nook, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Overdrive, Smashwords. Distributors: Baker & Taylor, Ingram Spark.

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Author Quotes:

"In my historic research," explained author Grogan, "I was surprised to discover the central question becomes:  was the Marquis de La Fayette a romantic adventurer or an ambitious cad? This is the mystery that readers must decide for themselves."

"My goal", said Grogan, "is to present a modern character study of Lafayette's growth into the hero that Americans finally saw in him.  Most historians accept without question what Lafayette himself wrote about his early youth and quickly move on to his time in the American Revolution. Yet, what was going on in France in the 1770's was fascinating in the terms of undercurrent turmoil amidst the Age of Enlightenment."

"I believe my novel may show that historical fiction is more accurate to the times than the mythology created by historians who deal with limited facts.  I seek to tie the loose ends of past guess work into acceptable reasoning of what might have occurred."

         Author background:

S.P. Grogan spent five years in researching Lafayette, with research in libraries and museums in the U.S. and France. His past writings have been fiction with historical twists.  His early writings and business career memorabilia were recently installed as a gift in the UNLV Library Archives and Special Collections under the 'SP Grogan Collection'.

Read S. P. Grogan's other award winning historical novels/mysteries: Vegas Die (Old mobsters being murdered, the Vegas Mayor the #1 suspect);     Captain Cooked ( Hawaiian royalty with Big Island recipes); With Revenge Comes Terror (Terrorist Attack on America, Reality TV Stars to the Rescue); Atomic Dreams at the Red Tiki Lounge (Post World War II fantasy, Goddess Pele fights the God of War with atomic bomb in the mix).   For more Lafayette information visit www.spgrogan.com or contact author: grogan.sp@gmail.com

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