Award-winning Author Releases Last Book in Historical Fiction Trilogy Set During Albigensian Crusade

F. Scott Kimmich's final book in his Ordeal by Fire trilogy, "The Magdalene Malediction," presents readers with the harrowing journey of a direct descendant of Jesus and her quest to survive during XIII Century political and religious turmoil.
By: F. Scott Kimmich
The Magdalene Malediction
The Magdalene Malediction
NORWALK, Conn. - April 22, 2019 - PRLog -- It is mid-13th century towards the end of the Albigensian Crusade when Miranda and her friends escape the fortress of Montsegur, setting sail for Provence. They carry ancient scrolls that hold a secret hidden for centuries, one that exposes Miranda as direct descendant of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, thus putting her in imminent danger. So begins the final part of this historical fiction trilogy in "The Magdalene Malediction" by F. Scott Kimmich. (ISBN 9781457560569, Dog Ear Publishing, 2019).

It is said the ancient scrolls had been cursed by Mary Magdalene herself, a rumor the protagonists take quite seriously when they are kidnapped by pirates and detoured to Moor occupied Spain. Here they find their challenges are just beginning - Miranda falls for the Muslim wazir, Al Azraq, but is dismayed when she learns the truth about him, and they all get caught up in the political aspirations of Jacme I, King of Aragon. The conflict between the Moors and the crusaders draw the protagonists into a battle for their lives.

In a recent interview with Reader Views, Kimmich reveals his inspiration for the story, "My mother was born and raised in Provence and could sing songs in the old language which was spoken instead of French in the 13th century. One of the strong traditions in the Midi of France today is that three Maries, including Mary Magdalene, came ashore on what is now the southern coast of France. A huge basilica was built over her tomb in the 12th century. Hence the background story that Miranda was a descendant of Mary Magdalene as revealed in the second novel of the trilogy."

Early indications show high praise for "The Magdalene Malediction" as one reviewer states, "The writing is outstanding, Kimmich persuasively pulling me into the pages of another world. From steamy romance scenes to veritable blood baths, to breathless suspense and trepidation, this author has a way with words that paints complete pictures during the entire reading experience."

About the Author

F. Scott Kimmich
, born in Indianapolis, is an honors graduate of Haverford College. He is a winner of the French Government Scholarship and taught English conversation at the high school level in Chartres, France.  Kimmich is retired and lives with his wife Kate Tepper in Norwalk, CT.  They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

"The Magdalene Malediction" by F. Scott Kimmich. (ISBN 9781457560569, Dog Ear Publishing, 2019) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact:  Review copies available upon request.

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