My Guest, Author Lindsay Downs

Lindsay Downs

I would like to welcome my guest today, Lindsay Downs to talk about his writing.

Why do you write?

I’ve been an avid readers ever since I was old enough to hold a red leather bound first edition copy of Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake in my lap.

So it only seemed natural at some point in my life I take up pen and paper to start writing. At first my attempts were feeble with very little plot and the dialogue was horrible. Much to my relief none of my early works still exist except for their memories.

Over time my skills slightly improved which I attribute to my English teachers. Unfortunately, that’s when I learned if I was to succeed in school I had to write in a style which didn’t suit me. Acquiescing to their wishes I still kept thinking there had to be a better way to tell a story.

This came about in the mid 1970’s when I read a historical romance written by Sergeanne Golon, Angelique. This French husband and wife team opened my eyes to the real world of fiction. Stories about romance, beautiful damsels, handsome heroes and plots which kept me hooked. Of course, being a man, I had to keep my reading hidden from others as that wasn’t appropriate reading for men.

With this new found appreciation of the written word I took up other books and devoured them as a starving person would a plate of food. I them attempted to write again. I still wasn’t satisfied so I put it aside for years as other events entered my life.

Finally, in the early years of the new millennium I tried again to write and once again met with limited success. At least now I was able to get past the first page or two. Then, in 2006 a life changing event brought me back to my love, I took a job as a security officer. This allowed me plenty of time to read different genres.

My favorite was regency. As I poured through everyone I could get my hands on I knew this could be something I would never attempt. To slake my hunger for writing I took the easy way out and developed contemporary storylines. Now that worked as I based my characters around the military while keeping them sweet. Part of this was because of the publisher who only accepted that style and partly because love scenes tended to take me out of the main storyline.

Then it happened on one fateful day in early 2012. One of my publisher asked for volunteers to write a Christmas regencies. Even though I said I’d never try this genre, I took up the challenge and wrote A Christmas Surprise. Needless to say, I was hooked. It was released on November 7, 2012

Since then seven more have been released either through a publisher or self-published with A Bluestocking’s Christmas having been released on November 11, 2014.

And today, November 28, 2014 available for preorder, a three book boxed set, To Catch a Killer, of the Markson Regency Mystery series. Two have been previously released and the third is a new book. Several reviewers have called this series cozy mysteries. The release date is December 8, 2014.

Now that you know how I got to this point in my life as an author. I do it because I love telling stories and taking my readers to a time and place they couldn’t go otherwise. Plus, my characters won’t stop talking to me.

How has writing impacted your life?

I’m an introvert. Surprise, surprise, surprise. Being an author has helped me come out of my shell to a certain extent but not completely. I don’t socialize except on a few social network sites. That’s not to say I don’t talk face-to-face with people but it’s usually on my terms, which they aren’t aware of.

For example-the baristas at my favorite Starbucks know I’m an author and sometimes, while at the drive-thru ask what I’m working on. Of course I’ll answer them then drive off.

Even at the boarding house, where I live, I can control who I interact with. If any of you are familiar with that particular type of living arrangement, I spend 90% of my time hiding away in my room. Occasionally I’ve venture out and talk with someone but always with the excuse, if I get to uncomfortable, I’ve got to get back to writing.

At least I get out to a writers conference once a year. There I will socialize with others. Of course they are all authors so I wonder if that qualifies.

In conclusion, between 10 years ago and now I have improved as far as coming out of my shell. Maybe not as far as some but I’m happy with the progress I’ve made and if it wasn’t for writing I probably never would have.

What advice would you give to beginner writers?

Never give up and treat writing as a job not a hobby. Even if you can only write for 15 minutes a day, that’s a start. Do it at the same time every day and let the family know you’re going to be busy.

If you can take workshops either online or in person to learn the craft do it. Also join a writers group. These can usually be found through your local library or by talking with other authors. Join social networks sites.

Don’t chose the genre you want to write, let it chose you. That’s how, after all these years I’ve found a home with regency mysteries and regency romantic suspense.

One thing you need to remember, not everyone will love or even like your book so develop a tough skin as criticism will be coming your way.

Finally, never give up your dream to be published.

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Lady Brittany Sexton loves her newest book on Africa but she quickly learns keeping it in her possession is difficult. For her, the problem lies with Lord Samuel Palmer, who believes ladies should not read inappropriate tomes. Part of Lord Palmer’s fascination is the cryptic messages found in the margins. What quickly develops between Lady Brittany and Lord Palmer is even more confusing.

As Christmas draws nearer and with the book still in her possession, Lord Palmer follows her to her parents country estate. It’s there they, along with some friends, slowly make sense of the notes.

During all of this, Lady Brittany learns a fact about Lord Palmer that disturbs her greatly—why he desired the book. To clear her mind and think about her answer to Lord Palmer’s sudden proposal, she goes for a horseback ride, only for disaster to strike.

Once well, she returns home. Lady Brittany now has to make a life changing decision. Can she… will she marry Lord Palmer ?

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What does it take to be a bestselling author? Determination, skill, talent, luck or taking a risk with a venture into a totally new genre. For me it was a little of some and a lot of the others.

In 2008 when I got two books published I thought it was due to skill; little did I know it was more luck than anything. Over the next three years I wrote, submitted, got rejected. I then did what I tell everyone who asks; I wrote some more. I didn’t give up.

More on a dare than anything I tried my hand at a regency, one of the most difficult genres because of the rules, which I might add I broke almost every one. Within two days of its release the book was on a best seller list and stayed there for two months.

Turns out it is all of the aforementioned.

After two failed marriages, one from divorce while with the other died unexpectedly I decided upon retirement to move. That opportunity came in September 2012 when I migrated to Texas.

For me, as a multipublished author, it was one of the best things I’ve done to date. Now, every day I can write, creating stories to take my readers to places they can only dream about.

I’m also a member of the Published Authors Network (PAN) by the Romance Writers of America (RWA).

Where you can find me-

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Spotlight: Die I Will Not by S.K. Rizzolo

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Publication Date: November 4, 2014 Poisoned Pen Press Formats: Hardcover, Paperback

Series: John Chase Mystery Series Genre: Historical Mystery/Regency

Unhappy wife and young mother Penelope Wolfe fears scandal for her family and worse. A Tory newspaper editor has been stabbed while writing a reply to the latest round of letters penned by a firebrand calling himself Collatinus. Twenty years before, her father, the radical Eustace Sandford, wrote as Collatinus before he fled London just ahead of accusations of treason and murder. A mysterious beauty closely connected to Sandford and known only as N.D. had been brutally slain, her killer never punished. The seditious new Collatinus letters that attack the Prince Regent in the press also seek to avenge N.D.’s death and unmask her murderer. What did the journalist know that provoked his death?

Her artist husband Jeremy is no reliable ally, so Penelope turns anew to lawyer Edward Buckler and Bow Street Runner John Chase. As she battles public notoriety, Buckler and Chase put their careers at risk to stand behind her while pursuing various lines of inquiry aimed at N.D.’s murderer, a missing memoir, Royal scandal, and the dead editor’s missing wife. As they navigate the dark underbelly of Regency London among a cast driven by dirty politics and dark passions, as well as by decency and a desire for justice, past secrets and present criminals are exposed, upending Penelope’s life and the lives of others.

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Book One: The Rose in the Wheel Book Two: Blood for Blood Book Three: Die I Will Not

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About the Author

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S.K. Rizzolo is a longtime Anglophile and history enthusiast. Set in Regency England, The Rose in the Wheel and Blood for Blood are the first two novels in her series about a Bow Street Runner, an unconventional lady, and a melancholic barrister. An English teacher, Rizzolo has earned an M.A. in literature and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

For more information please visit S.K. Rizzolo’s website. You can also find her on Facebook and Goodreads.

Die I Will Not Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 17 Review at Back Porchervations

Tuesday, November 18 Spotlight at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, November 19 Interview at Back Porchervations Spotlight at Flashlight Commentary

Thursday, November 20 Interview with Curling Up With a Good Book

Friday, November 21 Review at Book Nerd

Monday, November 24 Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Tuesday, November 25 Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Wednesday, November 26 Review at Buried Under Books Review at Book Babe (The Rose in the Wheel) Spotlight at Layered Pages

Friday, November 28 Spotlight at Just One More Chapter

Monday, December 1 Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Tuesday, December 2 Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection

Wednesday, December 3 Interview at Caroline Wilson Writes

Thursday, December 4 Review at A Chick Who Reads Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Friday, December 5 Review at The True Book Addict

Monday, December 8 Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Tuesday, December 9 Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews Spotlight at Book Babe

Wednesday, December 10 Review at The Lit Bitch Review at Griperang’s Bookmarks

Thursday, December 11 Review at Jorie Loves a Story

Friday, December 12 Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

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My Guest Author Philippa Jane Keyworth

I would like to welcome Philippa Jane Keyworth to speak with me today about her writing.

Philippa, why do you write?

Ooo, what a question. This is like asking how my brain works. It’s a little crazy and I can’t quite work it out.

Writing is a very unique thing, kind of like art is to a particular artist. I remember having real trouble comparing myself to other writers when I first started to actively pursue writing, and sometimes I catch myself doing it now, though not on the same level as before.

The way I write is rather haphazard, but not because I am a haphazard person, if you talk to my husband he’d tell you I’m a little too into my checklists, but with writing I just get so excited. When I get excited I get carried away, and suddenly I’m blazing along writing without a thought to grammar, correct spelling, plot-holes or realistic characterization. All I care about when I’m writing something new is what is happening and how it’s all going to end.

You see, I start off with just a scene in my head and it’s usually on repeat. It sometimes happens when I’m listening to a song. Until I get that scene down it’s going to plague me and when I do I find myself carrying straight on to the next scene. Then plot lines begin to sprout, running ahead of my writing and swerving to the left and right. I know roughly what’s going to happen at the end, I’ve already started writing the beginning; the fun part is not knowing how I’m going to connect the two.

Then as it gets towards the end my writing becomes even sparser as I run downhill in a sprint to the finish line and yes! I’m done.

Then, I spend time typing up anything I’ve written by hand (usually in front of a favorite TV program) and save it all and…leave it.

I probably leave a manuscript to simmer for about six months or more. And I don’t think about it until I feel the time is right and it’s been long enough. I then read through the manuscript to fall back in love with the characters and storyline, someone suggested me doing that, I can’t remember if it was June Hur or M. M. Bennetts.

Then come the edits. I do lots of drafts until it’s up to the standard that I consider ready for a publisher to see.

But that’s a very rough idea of how I write. I mean, I fit that in between jobs and university, and in reality, every story I’ve written has been different, some taking longer, some taking a relatively short time, some very difficult dealing with harder subjects to handle. It all depends and there really isn’t a box I can put myself into. I just plain don’t want to and neither should any author feel they have to!

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How has writing impacted your life?

That’s a funny one. In some ways it really hasn’t, in other ways I guess it does. I mean, I don’t really consider the impact it has on my life as it is just part of it and has been ever since I was quite little.

The main thing, and one of the most amusing, is when I tell people I write stories. I don’t talk about it that much with people I don’t know very well, but if it does come up they usually either get very excited because they’re a reader or writer, or they have this hilarious confused expression before they move swiftly on to the next subject. Maybe this happens to other authors? I don’t know J

Writing is great fun, I expend loads of my feelings doing it, and I love talking to other writers. But one of the hardest things I find is balancing it with other things. Sometimes I think it’s such a good thing I have commitments besides writing and that I have a husband telling me I need to stop, otherwise I’d find myself a nice little cave somewhere and never come out. You’d find me years later hunched over a typewriter still tapping away.

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What advice would you give to beginner writers?

I still feel like a bit of a beginner writer. I think there’s always things to learn. Then again, if I were to say anything I’d say firstly, just write, write, write. You can always improve your writing by writing more. Then I’d say read lots and get a book on grammar and punctuation if you want to think of showing that manuscript to others. Then find some friends you trust and whose opinions you value and have them read your work. And if you want to pursue publishing be persistent.

Finally, the biggy in my opinion, is learning to be humble. Your work is going to be really precious to you. It always will be as it’s a bit of an outpouring from your heart. But remember that although the main themes are that, the package of grammar, sentence structure and paragraphing aren’t always fundamental to what you’re trying to get across, and that if they are coaxed into submission, people will understand your work better. So be willing to better your work and listen to loving advice that comes from people you trust.

Philippa Jane Keyworth

About Author:

Philippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband.

Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. In her early writing career, she dabbled in a variety of genres, but it was the encouragement of a friend to watch a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that began her love affair with the British Regency. Since then, she has watched every Regency film and TV series she could get her hands on and become well acquainted with Georgette Heyer’s novels which gave her the inspiration to write her own.

Both as a reader and a writer, Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you yourself would want to live in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters’ joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Her debut novel, The Widow’s Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), is a traditional Regency romance bringing to life the romance between a young widow with an indomitable spirit and a wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. The novel has been received well by readers and reviewers who have praised the heartfelt story and admirable characters. Her second novel, The Unexpected Earl (Madison Street Publishing, 2014), explores another romance in the Regency era when an impetuous young woman has her life turned upside down by the reappearance of the earl who jilted her six years ago.

So, what are you waiting for? Get swept away into another time with characters you will learn to love, and experience the British Regency like never before.

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Review: The Tiger Queens by Stephanie Thornton

The Tiger Queens

Publication Date: November 4, 2014 NAL Trade Formats: eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

In the late twelfth century on the sweeping Mongolian grasslands, following a violent feud between blood brothers, the victor Temujin ascends to power, declaring himself Genghis Khan. But behind one powerful man stand many strong women…

After her mother foretells an ominous future for her, darkness looms over Borte’s life. She becomes an outcast among her clan and after seeking comfort in the arms of an aristocratic traveler, she discovers he is the blood brother of Temujin, the man she was betrothed to years ago but who abandoned her long before they could marry. And he will only leave her behind again.

Temujin will make Borte his khatun, his queen, yet it will take many women to safeguard his fragile new empire. Their daughter, a fierce girl named Alaqai, will ride and shoot an arrow as well as any man. Fatima, an elegant Persian captive, seeks revenge against the Mongol barbarians who destroyed her city and murdered her family, but in the end will sacrifice everything to protect the Golden Family. Demure widow to Genghis’ son, Sorkhokhtani positions her sons to inherit the Empire when it begins to fracture from within.

As Genghis Khan sets out to expand his conquests and the steppes run red with blood, Borte and the women of the clan will fight, love, scheme, and sacrifice, all for the good of their family and the greatness of the People of the Felt Walls…

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Tiger Queens is the second book this year that I felt the five star rating wasn’t enough to give. This book out shines that rating. You can’t count the stars with stories like this and I felt so inadequate in writing my review for, The Tiger Queens by. The story speaks for itself and Thornton displays such brilliance in her writing there seems to be no words to express my inner feelings about this book. I felt I would fail with my words…

I’ve never studied the late twelfth century Mongolian culture or Genghis Khan in-depth. I’ve only heard and learned bit and pieces through my life…I must say on of the reasons why Historical Fiction is so appealing to me is because writers such as Thornton brings readers the greatness, tragedies, conflicts, triumphs, warfare, and so on of the past to life. We learn from their stories and we connect to the people that lived long ago. Their voices come alive and we learn we aren’t so different from them…..or are we? There are so many questions one ask about history and why people did the things they did and how it has even impacted us today in the modern world. What I like most about The Tiger Queens is the contrast of the Queens and conflicts these women face and how while each of these ladies has their own attributes that are unique, they connect on so many levels. Courage being one of them. Thornton does an outstanding job portraying that. Ever line, every paragraph, every page will hold your attention. There are so many wonderful layers to the story. Not only in wonderful character development and historical detail, but the human condition of that time. The bravery of it, the harshness, death, family loyalties, war and culture.

At the end of the story I was trying to make a decision on which heroine of The Tiger Queens by is my favorite. I was really leaning towards Genghis’s daughter Alaqai’s story. She does something (I won’t say, I don’t want to spoil it) I completely admire and she didn’t have to do and no one would have thought less of her if she didn’t. However, I hold each one of these extraordinary women in my heart.

There are few stories that have really impacted me on so many levels. The Tiger Queens is one of them. I would have to say that Thornton is one of the best Historical Fiction writers of our time. Truly a master of the craft.

Stephanie Moore Hopkins

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About the Author

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Stephanie Thornton is a writer and history teacher who has been obsessed with infamous women from ancient history since she was twelve. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alaska, where she is at work on her next novel.

“The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora” and “Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt” are available from NAL/Penguin. “The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan” will hit the shelves November 4, 2014, followed by “The Conqueror’s Wife: A Novel of Alexander the Great” in November 2015.

For more information please visit Stephanie Thornton’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan Blog Tour Schedule

Saturday, November 1 Interview & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Sunday, November 2 Review at Let Them Read Books

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Tuesday, November 4 Review at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, November 5 Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Thursday, November 6 Review at The Mad Reviewer Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

Friday, November 7 Review at Jorie Loves a Story Review at Scandalous Women

Monday, November 10 Review at Reading the Past Guest Post & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection

Tuesday, November 11 Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book Review & Giveaway at Book Lovers Paradise

Wednesday, November 12 Review at A Bookish Affair

Thursday, November 13 Guest Post & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Friday, November 14 Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict

Monday, November 17 Review at Turning the Pages

Tuesday, November 18 Review & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry

Wednesday, November 19 Review & Giveaway at The Lit Bitch Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

Thursday, November 20 Review at Layered Pages

Friday, November 21 Review at Just One More Chapter

Monday, November 24 Spotlight & Giveaway at Reading Lark

Tuesday, November 25 Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court

Wednesday, November 26 Review at WTF Are You Reading?

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My Guest Author Marina J. Nearly

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Marina Julia Neary is an acclaimed historical novelist, award-winning essayist, multilingual journalist, dramatist and poet. Her areas of expertise include Neo-Victorianism, French Romanticism and Irish nationalism. Her literary career to depicting military and social disasters, from the Charge of the Light Brigade, to the Easter Rising in Dublin, to the Chernobyl catastrophe. Neary declares that her mission is to tell untold stories, find hidden gems and illuminate the prematurely extinguished stars in history. She explores human suffering through the prism of dark humor, believing that tragedy and comedy go hand in hand. Her debut novel Wynfield’s Kingdom: a Tale of London Slums (Fireship Press) appeared on the cover of the First Edition Magazine in the UK and earned the praise of the Neo-Victorian Studies Journal. Her subsequent novels include Wynfield’s War (2010), Brendan Malone: the Last Fenian (2011), Martyrs & Traitors: a Tale of 1916 (2011), Never Be at Peace: a Novel of Irish Rebels (2014) and Saved by the Bang (2015).

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Why do you write?  

I chose literature as my medium of artistic expression because it’s cheaper than making movies, and I am a horrible painter.  My brain works by generating a series of pictures.  Since I cannot rely on paint and brushes, I have to rely on words.  I would absolutely love to be a filmmaker and produce gorgeous experimental costume dramas, but that requires a budget, and you have so little control over the final product, because there are so many other people involved, and so many things can go wrong. To quote a certain film director, it’s a miracle that movies even get made.  With writing, you have a lot more control over the final product.  It’s a great medium for an introvert.

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How has writing impacted your life?

I cannot say that writing made me a millioniare (so far).  I’m not noticeably richer or more famous than I was before my first book came out (although I did end up on the cover of a magazine in the UK).  I cannot say that people who know me treat me any differently than they did before. I cannot speak for everyone else, but some people expect that the release of their first book is going to dramatically change their lives and immediately hurl them into this glamorous new world, and when it doesn’t happen, they feel deflated.  It’s not my place to tell other writers how to measure their success, whether they should compete – or not compete – with Stephen King.  We all reach for the stars. It’s just that for some of us those stars hang lower than for others.  The reward is not always dramatic or apparent.  Since I write historical fiction, research is a huge part of the creative process.  I made friends with historians, museum curators, other writers of historical fiction.  That in itself is a very rewarding and enriching experience.

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What advice would you give to beginner writers?

I’ll be totally frank.  Be careful about joining informal groups for aspiring writers.  Without a professional moderator to keep those gatherings focused, it’s very easy to lapse into the pity-party mode.  I’ve been to a few of those “workshops”, which aren’t even workshops but rather rallies against the traditional publishing model.  A functional author group should have several components including constructive criticism as well as networking with more established writers.  If the group consists only of aspiring authors, they will not get very far on their own. It would be extremely helpful to have at least one established author as a mentor figure in the group, perhaps an editor, or a creative writing instructor.  This way the aspiring authors will get the benefit of various perspectives.  I would highly recommend joining a professional organization that holds regular networking events with agents and editors as guest speakers.  Again, you have to be careful about throwing too much of your money on a membership that you do not use.  What worked for me personally was becoming friends with authors whose books inspired me when I was younger.  Some of them are very approachable, actually.  They remember what it was like starting out, shopping their first manuscript around, so they are very helpful and sympathetic.  I wanted to extend special thanks to Stephanie Cowell and Sharon Kay Penman.  These two remarkable ladies, in spite of their popularity, always take a moment to respond to a message or an e-mail.

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The Role of History in My Novels by Jennifer Delamere

People often ask me where I get my ideas for my books. As an avid reader of history, I often take pieces of actual events and use them as either a starting point for my plot or to add depth and color to my stories. My first book, An Heiress at Heart (about a woman who impersonates someone else, basically stepping into her life) was partly inspired by a French movie called The Return of Martin Guerre—which was itself based on a real event.

Sometimes I’ll also pull a thread or two from a classic novel and develop it in a different direction. For example, An Heiress at Heart had a plot point which was inspired by a minor character in the Dickens novel David Copperfield. I changed her name and several of the circumstances, and then imagined what might have happened to this woman after the events of David Copperfield ended.

More bits of history that I’ve incorporated in my books include the Great Exhibition of 1851, the massive funeral procession for the Duke of Wellington in 1852, and a cameo appearance by Inspector Field, who was a real police detective of the time. I found out about Inspector Field from an article written by Dickens in his journal Household Words.

In my newest novel, A Bride for the Season, the heroine Lucinda Cardington is the patroness of a home to help “fallen women” by giving them a place to live and training to find honest work. This was based on a similar project developed by wealthy heiress and philanthropist Angela Burdett-Coutts and the author Charles Dickens. They called it Urania Cottage. Although Urania Cottage had its fair share of challenges and was closed down after about fifteen years, it enabled several dozen women to go on to better lives.

Another historical element in A Bride for the Season is photography. In 1853, photography had only been around for about a decade. The wet plate method was the state of the art. Taking just one photo involved the use of a glass plate negative, a large boxy camera, a portable “dark tent,” and an astonishing array of chemicals. Everything had to be on hand because the photo had to be taken while the chemicals were still wet on the glass plate. In order to be able to set a scene in Hyde Park, I gave the hero of the book a custom-built wagon for carrying all of his photographic supplies. This was inspired by Roger Fenton, who designed just such a wagon and took it to the Crimea in 1855, where he became one of the very first war photographers.

I love weaving these historical tidbits into my stories, and I hope my readers will enjoy this taste of life in mid-Victorian England as well.

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A Bride for the Season

Publication date: November 25, 2014

Grand Central Publishing

ISBN-13: 9781455518913

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London’s most amiable rogue has finally met his match.

Lucinda Cardington doesn’t care that she is close to being “on the shelf.” She has more serious pursuits in mind and is perfectly content to leave dreams of romance to silly young ladies like her sister. Yet when her sister places herself in a compromising situation with London’s most scandalous bachelor, the entire family’s reputation comes perilously close to ruin. Suddenly Lucinda is in the limelight…and in need of a husband.

James Simpson’s rakish ways have finally caught up with him. Snared in a scandal that for once is not his doing, he is forced to do the honorable thing and offer marriage to the lady. But her father won’t agree to a dowry unless James can also find a suitable husband for the lady’s elder sister—quiet, reserved Lucinda Cardington. As James gets to know the vibrant, charming, and passionate woman behind Lucinda’s shy exterior, he comes to the distressing realization that he doesn’t want her in anyone’s arms but his own…

About Author:

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A history fan, travel lover, and outdoor enthusiast, Jennifer Delamere writes sweet historical romance with plenty of joy and sizzle. Her debut novel An Heiress at Heart was a finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA® award. Her follow-up novel, A Lady Most Lovely, earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Jennifer loves reading histories, biographies, and travelogues, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the people and places in her books. For more information about Jennifer’s books, blog, and mailing list, visit http://www.jenniferdelamere.com.

 

 

Spotlight: Author Kathy Fischer-Brown Books

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Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter (Book One, Serpents Tooth Trilogy)

Publication Date: June 13, 2012
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Formats: eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

As a child, Anne Fairfield dreams of the father she never knew, the hero who died fighting the French and their Indian allies in a land across the sea. Her mother’s stories, and fantasies of her own devising, sustain and nurture her through a poor and lonely existence. Until one winter night, a strange man comes to call, and the life she has known comes crashing down like shattered glass.

Forced to confront sordid truths, secrets and lies, the headstrong young woman begins to learn that, like generations of women ruled by their hearts, she is destined to follow in their footsteps.

Set against the backdrop of 18th century England, Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter is the first book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy, which follows Anne from the rural countryside, to London society and into the center of the American Revolution.

Praise for The Serpent’s Tooth

4 Stars “Jane Austen showed us the gentle side of 19th century England; Kathy Fischer-Brown sets her work a century earlier and shows us how envy, revenge, and greed can work to effect long-term changes on one young woman…. The author does a wonderful job of showing all these complications clearly, with apt description, and I could easily see this series as a movie-maybe one day I will. So, if you are a fan of dark gothic themes, enjoy seeing the underbelly of British society and what goes on behind the scenes, as it were, I highly recommend you buy this trilogy.” — Long and Short Reviews

4 ½ Stars “…This is a dark novel that deals with the resentment and anger of a girl who has been misled and cannot seem to get past her grief …. While not a typical romance, this is a fascinating, complex story that I completely enjoyed. It is well written and entertained me with mystery, suspense, scandal, sinister characters and first love.” — Romantic Historical Lovers

Must Read “… the first book in ‘The Serpent’s Tooth Trilogy’ [is] a very well written plot filled with romance, suspense and danger. The author’s characters were developed well and believable…. Recommended for all suspenseful historical romance fans.” — My Cozy Corner Reviews

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Courting the Devil (Book Two, Serpent’s Tooth Trilogy)

Publication Date: August 31, 2012
Books We Love Ltd.
Formats: eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

Four years after a near fatal blunder uproots her from her home and inheritance, Anne Darvey, daughter of the Marquess of Esterleigh, finds herself an indentured servant on a farm near Fort Edward in New York, as the British army advances toward Albany. Driven by guilt over the pain she has caused her father and grief over her lover’s death, she sets out to deliver a message. The consequences lead to the discovery that all is not as it seems, and sets in motion events that lead to love and danger.

Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, Courting the Devil is the second book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy, which follows Anne from her childhood in the rural English countryside, to London society, and into the center of the American Revolution.

Praise for Courting the Devil

5 Stars “I liked this book even better than the first, perhaps because there were more kind, decent–even funny–characters than were in the aristocratic snake pit depicted in the first novel. The author’s knowledge of this theater of the American Revolution is accurate; she knows the period well. Her characters are three-dimensional, proper 18th Century people in a well-researched setting….” — Juliet Waldron, author of Mozart’s Wife

… a high caliber historical drama. I commend Ms. Fischer-Brown on her research and attention to detail. It moves well with interesting characters and story lines….Two thumbs up for Courting the Devil.” — Writer Wonderland

4 ½ Stars “…kept me in suspense and filled with anticipation of what was to come. This book was written with gentle reminders and hints of the past without rehashing the original story and the scenes were descriptive and engaging….I like the Anne of this book a lot more than the previous book. It is clear she has grown up a bit and sees things differently.” — Romantic Historical Lovers

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The Partisan’s Wife (Book Three, Serpent’s Tooth Trilogy)

Publication Date: February 6, 2013
Books We Love Ltd.
Formats: eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

Faced with an impossible choice, Anne Marlowe is torn between her husband’s love and the hope of her receiving father’s forgiveness. As American forces follow up on their tide-turning victories over the British at Freeman’s Farm and Bemis Heights, Peter is drawn deeper into the shady network of espionage that could cost them both their lives.

Is his commitment to “the Cause” stronger than his hard-won love for Anne? Will her sacrifice tear them apart again…this time forever? Or will they find the peace and happiness they both seek in a new beginning?

The Partisan’s Wife follows Anne and Peter through the war torn landscape of Revolutionary War America, from the Battle of Saratoga to British-occupied New York and Philadelphia, and beyond.

Praise for The Partisan’s Wife

5 Stars “In The Partisan’s Wife, the last book in the trilogy, the author picks up where the second book left off. I have to admit that I am totally impressed with the author’s research into the time period her books are written in, everything was just perfect. With more twists and turns, the author finishes off the trilogy with an unexpected ending. I would Highly recommend the trilogy for all suspenseful historical romance fans, but be sure to read them in order so your not missing out on anything.” — My Cozy Corner Reviews

5 Stars “This is the last book of the trilogy. The historical research is outstanding. Kathy does a great job with the characters and story, everything is very believable. The whole trilogy is a read I would recommend to any one that loves historical fiction.” — Goodreads Review

4 Stars “The story itself was wonderful. It was beautifully told with lots of detail and exciting pace. I found myself staying up late at night just to see what was going to happen next, and in the moments that I couldn’t read I was always thinking about it. The Serpent’s Tooth Trilogy is an excellent read that you shouldn’t let pass you by!” — Unabridged Chick

4 Stars “…the author wrote such descriptive details of the surroundings that I was able to paint a vivid picture of what each of our characters endured. Overall this was a very different type of romance story. The author had a unique idea and created a compelling story around it…. I really enjoyed these books and am glad Anne finally understood what it is she wanted and was able to move on.” — Romantic Historical Lovers

4 Stars “I absolutely loved this book! The attention to detail was incredible…. From the actions and speech patterns of her characters to the way the settings were depicted, I could feel like I was living during the Revolutionary War, watching the story as it unfolded….” — Once Upon a Book

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Winter Fire

Publication Date: November 6, 2010
Books We Love Ltd.
Formats: eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

When Ethan Caine pulled the unconscious woman from the half-frozen creek, he had no idea that his world was about to explode. Dressed in quilled doeskin of Iroquois design, she stirred up dark secrets from his past. At the same time, she was everything he desired. But she was more Indian than white, and on the run for murder. He needed to know the truth. He needed to find it within himself to trust her.

Banished by the Seneca Indians who adopted and raised her, ostracized by the whites in the settlement, Zara Grey wanted only to be accepted. “Ethancaine” treated her with kindness and concern. It was easy to trust him. But her Indian ways disturbed him, and in her heart she would always be Seneca.

Praise for Winter Fire

5 Stars “This historical story will take you back in time and capture your heart in an era of hard times, of family ties and of a love that is meant to be. I can’t say enough how great this story is. It is well plotted and flows so easily that before you know it… You can’t put it down. You have to see what will happen next. I “HIGHLY” recommend this book!! You can’t go wrong on this one.” — Amazon reader review

5 Stars “I liked this book so much, I read it twice. Moves along well and keeps your interest. Would recommend it.”— Amazon reader review

4 Stars “Kathy Fischer-Brown recreates the terror of the Indian wars and vividly evokes the wonder of newfound love.” — Faith V. Smith, Romantic Times

“Winter Fire is a beautifully written, well-researched novel of passion and honor…If you’re looking for an adventure, a history lesson, and a touching romance, you’ll find it wrapped up in Winter Fire. I highly recommend this wonderful tale.” — Jani Brooks, Romance Reviews Today

4 Stars “Kathy Fischer-Brown … does an excellent job of weaving in the cultures clashing against each other, the unfounded prejudices of societies that don’t understand each other, while still keeping the focus on the romance. This is a touching story, the characters are vivid, the history is accurate, and the details really give the story a sense of place.” — The Romance Studio

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As a child Kathy wanted to be a writer when she grew up. She also wanted to act on the stage. After receiving an MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts and playing the part of starving young artist in New York, she taught theater classes at a small college in the Mid-West before returning home to the East Coast, where over the years, she and her husband raised two kids and an assortment of dogs. During stints in advertising, children’s media publishing, and education reform in the former Soviet Unions, she wrote whenever she could.

Her love of early American history has its roots in family vacations up and down the East Coast visiting old forts and battlefields and places such as Williamsburg, Mystic Sea Port, and Sturbridge Village. During this time, she daydreamed in high school history classes, imagining the everyday people behind all the dates and conflicts and how they lived.

Claiming her best ideas are born of dreams, Kathy has written a number of stories over the years. Her first published novel, Winter Fire, a 1998 Golden Heart finalist in historical romance, was reissued in 2010 by Books We Love, Ltd., which also released Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter, Courting the Devil, and The Partisan’s Wife.

When not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, photography, playing “ball” with the dogs, and rooting on her favorite sports teams.

For more information visit Kathy Fischer-Brown’s website. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Kathy Fischer-Brown Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 6
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Monday, October 13
Spotlight at Susan Heim on Writing

Thursday, October 23
Review at Book Babe (Winter Fire)

Friday, October 24
Interview at Dianne Ascroft Blog

Thursday, November 13
Spotlight at Layered Pages

Tuesday, November 18
Spotlight at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, November 26
Spotlight at The True Book Addict

Sunday, November 30
Spotlight at Passages to the Past

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Spotlight: The Bitter Trade by Piers Alexander

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Publication Date: April 7, 2014 Tenderfoot Formats: eBook, Paperback; 448p

Genre: Historical Adventure/Thriller

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In 1688, torn by rebellions, England lives under the threat of a Dutch invasion. Redheaded Calumny Spinks is the lowliest man in an Essex backwater: half-French and still unapprenticed at seventeen, yet he dreams of wealth and title.

When his father’s violent past resurfaces, Calumny’s desperation leads him to flee to London and become a coffee racketeer. He has just three months to pay off a blackmailer and save his father’s life – but his ambition and talent for mimicry pull him into a conspiracy against the King himself. Cal’s journey takes him from the tough life of Huguenot silk weavers to the vicious intrigues at Court. As the illicit trader Benjamin de Corvis and his controlling daughter Emilia pull him into their plots, and his lover Violet Fintry is threatened by impending war, Cal is forced to choose between his conscience and his dream of becoming Mister Calumny Spinks.

The Bitter Trade won the PEN Factor at The Literary Consultancy’s Writing In A Digital Age Conference. Jury Chair Rebecca Swift (Author, Poetic Lives: Dickinson) said: “The Pen Factor jury selected The Bitter Trade based on the quality of writing, the engaging plot, and the rich and unusual historical context. Dazzling and playful!”

Praise for The Bitter Trade

“A fantastic debut novel” – Robert Elms, BBC Radio London

“The ambitious, cheeky Calumny Spinks is a great guide through the sensory overload of 17th century London, in an adventure that combines unexpected insights with just the right amount of rollicking ribaldry. I hope it’s the opener to a series.” – Christopher Fowler, author of the Bryant and May novels

“This debut novel is a gripping evocation of late seventeenth century London, rich in persuasive dialect and period detail and with a bold protagonist. An unusual thriller that just keeps you wanting to know more about the many facets of this story. You’ll never view your coffee in quite the same way again.” – Daniel Pembrey, bestselling author of The Candidate

“A very exciting and superbly researched novel” – Mel Ulm, The Reading Life

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About the Author

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Piers Alexander is an author and serial entrepreneur. After a successful career as CEO of media and events companies he became a Co-Founder and Chairman of three start-up businesses. In 2013 he was awarded the PEN Factor Prize for The Bitter Trade. He is currently working on the sequel, Scatterwood, set in Jamaica in 1692.

For more information visit Piers Alexander’s website. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

The Bitter Trade Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 13 Review at Back Porchervations Spotlight at Literary Chanteuse

Tuesday, October 14 Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, October 15 Interview at Back Porchervations Guest Post at Historical Tapestry

Thursday, October 16 Spotlight & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Monday, October 20 Review at Flashlight Commentary

Tuesday, October 21 Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book!

Wednesday, October 22 Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book!

Thursday, October 23 Guest Post at Historical Fiction Connection

Tuesday, October 28 Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, October 29 Spotlight at Unshelfish

Thursday, October 30 Review at Broken Teepee

Saturday, November 1 Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Monday, November 3 Review at Book by Book Review & Interview at Dab of Darkness

Tuesday, November 4 Review at Just One More Chapter Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Wednesday, November 5 Review at Turning the Pages Guest Post at Just One More Chapter

Thursday, November 6 Spotlight at Let Them Read Books

Monday, November 10 Review at A Book Geek

Tuesday, November 11 Review at Book Nerd

Wednesday, November 12 Spotlight at Layered Pages

Friday, November 14 Review at Anglers Rest Review & Giveaway at Booklover Book Reviews

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Book Review: The Spoils of Avalon by Mary F. Burns

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Publication Date: November 1, 2014 Sand Hill Review Press Paperback; 300p ISBN: 978-1937818289

Series: A John Singer Sargent/Violet Paget Mystery (Book One) Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Mystery

Review:

When The Spoils of Avalon Book Tour was presented to me the title drew my attention immediately. My first thought on reading the title was, ‘Cool, ancient relics….how interesting….” Then I read the book description:

The death of a humble clergyman in 1877 leads amateur sleuths Violet Paget and John Singer Sargent into a medieval world of saints and kings—including the legendary Arthur—as they follow a trail of relics and antiquities lost since the destruction of Glastonbury Abbey in 1539. Written in alternating chapters between the two time periods, The Spoils of Avalon creates a sparkling, magical mystery that bridges the gap between two worlds that could hardly be more different—the industrialized, Darwinian, materialistic Victorian Age and the agricultural, faith-infused life of a medieval abbey on the brink of violent change at the hands of Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell.

First in a new series of historical mysteries, The Spoils of Avalon introduces two unlikely detectives and life-long friends—beginning as young people on the verge of making their names famous for the next several decades throughout Europe and America: the brilliant and brittle Violet Paget, known as the writer Vernon Lee, and the talented, genial portrait painter John Singer Sargent.

Friends from the age of ten, Paget and Sargent frequently met in the popular European watering places and capitals, frequenting the same salons and drawing rooms in London, Rome, Paris, Florence, Venice, Vienna and Madrid. Both were possessed of keen minds and bohemian tendencies, unorthodox educations and outsized egos (especially Paget). Their instant, natural bonding led them to address each other as “Twin”, and they corresponded frequently when they were apart.

Henry James once described Violet Paget as having “the most formidable mind” of their times, and he was an active fan and patron of John Sargent, introducing him to London society and his own inner circles of literary and artistic genius.

How enthralling and exciting I thought. I love a good mystery and alternating periods to weave a story is something I am highly interested in and I was curious as to how this writer would pull it off. Firstly, I would like to get the unpleasantries out of the way….because in no way have they altered how I feel about the story, I just feel a few things needed to be stronger. Without giving the plot away or spoiling the allusion of the clergymans death and how it happen….I felt that part was a bit predictable and found myself already guessing to the cause and who done it in the beginning of the first half of the story….It just needed to be a little more thought out and integrate. However, I have a knack for figuring things out in crime thrillers….and I will give the author the benefit of the doubt regarding the mystery of the who done it…maybe that was her way of getting the reader to look elsewhere for guilty party.

I will mention that the ending fell a little short for me and I wanted a couple of explanations of things that had happen and I admit I’m not sure it worked for me- as far as in the convincing department. All in all, I wanted the mystery to be more developed then it was…I’m a sucker for wanting to figure things out then being surprised when it happens another way or not entirely the way I imagined it would happen. Having said this, Burns is a brilliant writer and has great potential in history crime thrillers. Her detail to the historical aspects/details are impeccable and atmospheric. I actually learned a few things I didn’t know before and looked it up after reading this intriguing story and found I was thoroughly impressed with how she used it to weave her premise….and yes, she writes a heck of a premise.

Burns knowledge of life of a medieval abbey, the violent changes and the Dissolution of the Monasteries that was taking place during the Henry VIII reign is spot on! Her portrayal of the Victorian era and her characters speech, manner and culture was solid. I found the dialogue virtually flawless and the characters were well developed.

I will be on the lookout for more mysteries and adventures of Violet Paget and John Singer Sargent from this author. Can’t wait!

Rated: Four stars.

Stephanie Moore Hopkins

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About the Author

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Mary F. Burns is the author of PORTRAITS OF AN ARTIST (Sand Hill Review Press, February 2013), a member of and book reviewer for the Historical Novel Society and a former member of the HNS Conference board of directors. A novella-length book, ISAAC AND ISHMAEL, is also being published by Sand Hill Review Press in 2014. Ms. Burns’ debut historical novel J-THE WOMAN WHO WROTE THE BIBLE was published in July 2010 by O-Books (John Hunt Publishers, UK). She has also written two cozy-village mysteries in a series titled The West Portal Mysteries (The Lucky Dog Lottery and The Tarot Card Murders).

Ms. Burns was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, where she earned both Bachelors and Masters degrees in English, along with a high school teaching certificate. She relocated to San Francisco in 1976 where she now lives with her husband Stuart in the West Portal neighborhood. Ms. Burns has a law degree from Golden Gate University, has been president of her neighborhood association and is active in citywide issues. During most of her working career she was employed as a director of employee communications, public relations and issues management at various San Francisco Bay Area corporations, was an editor and manager of the Books on Tape department for Ignatius Press, and has managed her own communications/PR consulting business, producing written communications, websites and video productions for numerous corporate and non-profit clients.

Ms. Burns may be contacted by email at maryfburns@att.net. For more information please visit Mary Burns’s website. You can also connect with Mary on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads, or read her blog posts at:

www.jthewomanwhowrotethebible.com www.literarygracenotes.blogspot.com www.portraitsofanartist.blogspot.com www.sargent-pagetmysteries.blogspot.com www.genesisnovel.blogspot.com

The Spoils of Avalon Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 3 Review at Buried Under Books

Tuesday, November 4 Review at Book Dilettante

Wednesday, November 5 Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Friday, November 7 Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict

Monday, November 10 Review at Just One More Chapter Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

Tuesday, November 11 Review at Layered Pages Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Wednesday, November 12 Guest Post at Passages to the Past

Thursday, November 13 Review at Curling Up By The Fire

Friday, November 14 Interview at The Maiden’s Court

Monday, November 17 Review & Interview at Jorie Loves a Story Interview & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Tuesday, November 18 Review at Impressions in Ink

Wednesday, November 19 Guest Post & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection

Thursday, November 20 Review & Giveaway at Beth’s Book Reviews

Friday, November 21 Review at Bibliotica

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SK Rizzolo’s John Chase Regency Mystery Series Book Blast!

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The Rose in the Wheel (Book One)

Publication Date: January 1, 2002 Poisoned Pen Press Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Series: John Chase Mystery Series (Book One) Genre: Historical Mystery/Regency

This well imagined, carefully detailed, and cleverly plotted debut draws on actual historical events of 1811 London.

Regency London knows Constance Tyrone as the conspicuously celibate founder of the St. Catherine Society, dedicated to helping poor women. One wet November evening a carriage mows down Constance outside her office. Curiously, while her corpse’s one foot is bare, the other is shod in a clean satin slipper despite the muddy road. Why was a gentlewoman abroad in the night? And if she died under the wheel, whose hands bruised her neck and stole her monogrammed crucifix?

Dismissing the idea of an accident, Bow Street Runner John Chase forms an unlikely alliance with Penelope Wolfe, wife of the chief suspect. A young mother paying the price for an imprudent marriage, Penelope is eager to clear her husband Jeremy, a feckless portrait painter whose salacious drawings of the victim suggest an erotic interest. Chase’s first task is to learn the identity of the mysterious benefactor who goes bail for Wolfe while Penelope traces the victim’s last movements. Barrister Edward Buckler, intrigued, shakes off his habitual lethargy and joins their investigation.

As horrifying murders on the Ratcliffe Highway claim all London’s attention, the trio discovers that it won’t be easy to unravel the enigma of Constance Tyrone, a woman who revives the legend of martyred St. Catherine.

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Blood for Blood (Book Two)

Publication Date: April 15, 2003 Poisoned Pen Press Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Series: John Chase Mystery Series (Book Two) Genre: Historical Mystery/Regency

In the spring of 1812, the Luddites are on the march, Lord Byron is taking London drawing rooms by storm, and Penelope Wolfe has become a lady’s companion. When one of the footmen turns up dead with a knife to the heart, Penelope and Bow Street Runner John Chase are entangled in a web of family secrets and political conspiracy that stretches far beyond luxurious St. James’s Square.

With the help of barrister Edward Buckler, Chase follows the trail of a mysterious mad woman caught peeping in the window at the corpse. Penelope struggles to fit into the fashionable world, encountering people who hide resentment and deceit under smooth smiles.

Set against a backdrop of millennial fervor with thousands awaiting the end of the world, BLOOD FOR BLOOD explores the simple truth that every drop of blood spilled will be avenged.

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Die I Will Not (Book Three)

Publication Date: November 4, 2014 Poisoned Pen Press Formats: Hardcover, Paperback

Series: John Chase Mystery Series (Book Three) Genre: Historical Mystery/Regency

Unhappy wife and young mother Penelope Wolfe fears scandal for her family and worse. A Tory newspaper editor has been stabbed while writing a reply to the latest round of letters penned by a firebrand calling himself Collatinus. Twenty years before, her father, the radical Eustace Sandford, wrote as Collatinus before he fled London just ahead of accusations of treason and murder. A mysterious beauty closely connected to Sandford and known only as N.D. had been brutally slain, her killer never punished. The seditious new Collatinus letters that attack the Prince Regent in the press also seek to avenge N.D.’s death and unmask her murderer. What did the journalist know that provoked his death?

Her artist husband Jeremy is no reliable ally, so Penelope turns anew to lawyer Edward Buckler and Bow Street Runner John Chase. As she battles public notoriety, Buckler and Chase put their careers at risk to stand behind her while pursuing various lines of inquiry aimed at N.D.’s murderer, a missing memoir, Royal scandal, and the dead editor’s missing wife. As they navigate the dark underbelly of Regency London among a cast driven by dirty politics and dark passions, as well as by decency and a desire for justice, past secrets and present criminals are exposed, upending Penelope’s life and the lives of others.

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About the Author

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S.K. Rizzolo is a longtime Anglophile and history enthusiast. Set in Regency England, The Rose in the Wheel and Blood for Blood are the first two novels in her series about a Bow Street Runner, an unconventional lady, and a melancholic barrister. An English teacher, Rizzolo has earned an M.A. in literature and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

For more information please visit S.K. Rizzolo’s website. You can also find her on Facebook and Goodreads.

John Chase Mystery Series Book Blast Schedule

Monday, November 3 Bookish Unshelfish Back Porchervations

Tuesday, November 4 Reading Lark Rainy Day Reviews

Wednesday, November 5 CelticLady’s Reviews A Bibliotaph’s Reviews

Thursday, November 6 The Lit Bitch Historical Tapestry

Friday, November 7 Passages to the Past Caroline Wilson Writes

Saturday, November 8 The Maiden’s Court The True Book Addict

Sunday, November 9 Brooke Blogs Let Them Read Books

Monday, November 10 Layered Pages With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Tuesday, November 11 To Read or Not to Read

Wednesday, November 12 Just One More Chapter

Thursday, November 13 A Book Geek 100 Pages a Day

Friday, November 14 Peeking Between the Pages

Saturday, November 15 Mel’s Shelves Historical Fiction Connection

Sunday, November 16 Book Nerd

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To win all three books in S.K. Rizzolo’s John Chase Regency Mystery Series please complete the Rafflecopter giveaway form in the below link. Giveaway is open internationally.

Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on November 16th. You must be 18 or older to enter. Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter on November 17th and notified via email. Winner have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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