Gambit For Love of a Queen

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King Louis XIII is a weak leader with no love for his wife Queen Anne. Power, saving face, and honor are paramount, always. Laurel — the secret leader of France's spy network — has absolutely no doubt that he would plunge France into another devastating war if he learns Anne has been kidnapped. Join the musketeers and Laurel and find the queen. God may save the queen, but who saves the heroes? More

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About Kat Jaske

Bonjour. I’m Kat Jaske.
Las Vegas resident––well
more precisely Henderson,
Nevada, which is right next
•Married to Bryant Jaske-Moser and mother of Daniel Jaske-Moser
*Runner – Helped my crosscountry
team win state championship
Ohio state championship (5-K race). I’m
even more proud of the next year when
our team placed fourth, but I ran a
personal best State Course time of a little
over 19 and a half minutes.
• Fencer – Yes, with swords, especially
sabers. You know, the musketeer thing.
Or Zorro.
• Singer
• Active in church
• Love my black cat, Minnesota and her younger sister Abigail
• Writer – Historical fiction, science fiction,
fantasy, poems, articles, all sorts of items
for students and parents

Many of my ideas for writing or teaching come to me when I am running. Unfortunately, I can’t carry a journal with me, so I have to wait until I finish, walk in the door, and then grab a pencil and paper, or a computer, and put them down. I have always loved reading and writing, voraciously. Mom’s favorite story is about the time she had to punish me for something (which I am probably innocent of doing) by saying, “No reading. Do not go to your room. Sit here and watch TV.” I hated TV.

Writing takes passion (a love of words in my opinion) and when you have that passion, it permeates everything. Word scrambles and other word games and puzzles and other thinking games are “cool”.

I graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C. in three and a half years with a double major in English and Psychology. After working two years and saving every penny I could, I headed to France and spent two years studying there. Then returned to the U.S. to work a couple years before attending UNLV where I finished my Masters of Education and teaching certificate.

Now I spend time teaching my students the finer points of the French language and culture, and encouraging them to read and write.

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Carol reviewed on March 12, 2013

The adventure continues. Action with a little romance and the Muskateers.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Kay Ortgiesen reviewed on Dec. 17, 2010

It's really refreshing to read an author who can weave a great story from multiple characters' points of view. Orson Scott Card has stated that it is very hard to have more than one or two main characters and keep all their interactions interesting and unique. Kat Jaske has several characters all nicely developed and interesting in their own way, and they all present themselves as unique people. I loved Jaske's For Honor, and that's why I read this next book. Gambit introduces a great new adventure for the heroes, who must find and rescue the kidnapped Queen Anne of France. Laurel is gaining a little more control of her actions, and she even is accepting the fact that she might be in love with Aramis. But adventure calls, and they have to stay alive while rescuing the queen. Some of the heroes are injured, or captured or possibly killed and I felt the emotions of everything that was taking place. This is a great adventure to lose yourself in for awhile.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Kar Edward reviewed on Nov. 24, 2010

This is great storytelling! I met all these people in the book For Honor and loved the interesting characters and the creative story. If Laurel, or any of the musketeers, would walk into the room, I would know them instantly. Now, the Queen of France has been kidnapped and Laurel again tries to take matters into her own hands—she is still her impetuous self, acting like a modern, independent woman trapped in seventeenth-century France. Calmer heads prevail, and the musketeers convince her that all of them working together stand a better chance of finding the Queen and getting her out, and of keeping the King in the dark about his pregnant wife's disappearance. Luckily, King Louis XIII is not too bright and he doesn't really like his wife, so he doesn't care if she is around or not. That is, until he just wants to check that his heir-to-be is still safe and sound. A heart-stopping adventure takes place as they search for the Queen and as they (try to) avoid the assassins sent to stop them. I was sucked in by the story and the personalities and couldn't stop cheering the heroes (and heroine) and hating the villains. Life is not always fair and deaths of some people you love do happen. It's a very satisfying ending with a hint of the next adventure.

In one scene, D'Artagnan is undercover as a lowly servant in order to try to get information on where the Queen is being held captive. Athos has previously given him a lecture on how important this role is and how D'Artagnan must be the obedient servant, no matter what. . . . The talking swirled about him, sometimes nothing more than gibberish, sometimes a word or phrase he could decipher. It eddied up and down, from loud to quiet.

Wisely, D’Artagnan kept silent as he went about the tasks the housekeeper had assigned him for the morning, some of the least desirable tasks involving a great deal of scrubbing and moving of heavy objects. He was under no illusions about how much he was disliked simply for being French and for what was viewed as outright impertinence. But there would be no more of that, not after Athos’ little talk—more like scolding. D’Artagnan had been ordered to pretend to be obedient and do exactly as was requested of him and to do the job even better than was requested. Annoying, and distinctly inconvenient, to say the least. . . .

Another scene features Athos as the undisputed leader as they began their hopefully not-suicide attack on the kidnappers. Porthos's joking personality shows through. . . . "Are we still of a mind to do this thing?” Athos asked his companions, his voice scarcely expressing the seriousness of the situation.

Danger was terribly real. Impossible to ignore, and the outcome could be decidedly dire. After a brief moment, Porthos and Yvette both nodded. Athos was relieved Porthos put up no argument with regard to his sister this time. He could not have handled that at the moment. Plus, he may well have found himself very tempted to agree with Porthos in trying to protect Yvette from further danger.

"Porthos, you are sure you know where a secret entrance to the castle is?"

"Athos, are you seriously doubting the great Porthos’ word?"

"Non, but I am seriously considering reaching down his throat and tearing out his tonsils with my bare hands if he does not answer the question promptly," Athos informed his friend with a complete lack of levity. . . .
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

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