Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cover Reveal: Lady Macbeth, Wyrd Queen of Scotland


Novel Blurb:

Something wicked this way comes . . .
Gruoch is born to rule, but long before she becomes Lady Macbeth, ancient forces claim her soul.
Marked by the old gods of Pagan Scotland, Gruoch learns arcane wizardry from the Wyrd Sisters and meets her true love, a druid named Banquo. But when powerful forces play with her fate, Gruoch finds herself married to Macbeth and the reigning Queen of Scotland, for better or worse. Can she fulfill her destiny without blood on her hands?
In this retelling of Shakespeare’s classic work, Lady Macbeth leads readers through an unforgettable tale of magic, love, and inescapable destiny.

About the novel:

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Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

The Bard turns 450 Today!



Thursday, April 17, 2014

SteamU: ‘Tis the Season by Emma Jane Holloway

I am so pleased to welcome back best-selling Steampunk author Emma Jane Holloway to SteamU. For today's post, Emma Jane is here to discuss "the Season." No, not a M. Night Shyamalan movie, rather, the Season refers to the most party-heavy social season in high-society! It was enough to make a Jane Austen heroine swoon! Learn more about "the Season" with SteamU Professor Holloway!



 
‘Tis the Season
by Emma Jane Holloway
 
Even without airships, scoundrels, and mad inventors, young ladies of the nineteenth-century had a lot to cope with. They had to endure the Season.

This event was part of the high-society social calendar, which was loosely tied to the sittings of the British Parliament. Typically, dedicated Parliamentarians would return to London from their country houses sometime early in the New Year, but their families would show up around Easter. Then, for several glorious months, young men and women would be thrown into each other’s company in hopes that suitable marriages could be made. Of course, this only applied to those families with money or titles, preferably both. A young lady would have several Seasons to find a husband. After that, she was considered officially on the shelf, and many would have little social or financial support to call her own.

So, it was with hope and trepidation that a young lady first entered the marriage mart. The longed-for moment that marked the change from schoolgirl to young woman came when one was presented to the reigning monarch—in this case, Queen Victoria. This was an elaborate, invitation-only ceremony that usually happened around Easter. The importance of the presentation diminished over the century, but it was meant to be the sign that a young lady was admitted to Society and was fit to wed a gentleman. The current crop of debutantes was sure to receive invitations to balls, parties, and musicales and to be the focus of Society’s attention—and the prettiest (or richest) would be spoken for by the time the fashionable set retired from London for shooting parties in August.

As the Season drew near, the Lord Chamberlain carefully reviewed the list of eligible young women, striking those with any hint of scandal from the list. An invite was only the first requirement. A debutante also needed a sponsor, a lady who had herself been presented and could vouch for a young girl’s character. Usually this was a mother or aunt, but it could also be a friend of the family.

Outfitting a daughter for the Season could be ruinously expensive. There would be outfits for balls, visiting, going to the theatre, and riding, all of which had to be custom-made. There were also special clothes for the Presentation ceremony itself. The Lord Chamberlain issued a list of requirements for the proper attire, down to the dimensions of the dress’s train.  There were also coaches who trained the debutantes in how to conduct themselves during the Presentation and curtsy for the queen. Apparently there was a trick to withdrawing gracefully from the Royal Presence without tripping over one’s train.

The Season shifted from London to the countryside once the weather got hot and then ended altogether when the hunting season began. The Glorious Twelfth, or August 12, marked the beginning of the grouse shooting. Anyone who mattered headed to Scotland for this. Then, later in the fall, folks returned to London for the Little Season—kind of a low-key version of the springtime festivities—before it was back to the country estates for Christmas. And then it was the New Year, and the whole cycle began again.

While to us it’s hard to imagine living by such a regimented calendar of comings and goings, it made sense to the people engaged in it. The House of Lords required the presence of the aristocracy. Once they were gathered together, alliances and connections could be forged and strengthened in a social setting. The economic fabric of the upper classes was maintained by carefully cultivated marriages. And in a time when the Thames could produce the Great Stink, it was no wonder the wealthy vacated the city during the hottest months, only to return once it cooled down again.

For the nobility, this social round was a smoothly operating clockwork of obligation and connection. For the merchants who supported this industry, it was a pretty piece of business. For the poor, it was an orgy of shameless conspicuous consumption.

And for the steampunk author, it is a rich vein of social history to explore, exploit, and maybe turn on its head in the interests of grand adventure.
 

About the Author:

 
Emma Jane Holloway is the author of The Baskerville Affairs series; A Study in Silks, A Study in Darkness, and A Study in Ashes.
 
About the Series:
 
Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London’s high society, but there’s a murderer to deal with—not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse . . .
 
In a Victorian era ruled by a Council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch, and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines—something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty’s secret laboratories. What’s a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she’s never found out?
But then there’s that murder. As Sherlock Holmes’s niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask . . .
About Emma Jane:

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Ever since childhood, Emma Jane Holloway refused to accept that history was nothing but facts prisoned behind the closed door of time. Why waste a perfectly good playground coloring within the timelines? Accordingly, her novels are filled with whimsical impossibilities and the occasional eye-blinking impertinence—but always in the service of grand adventure.
Struggling between the practical and the artistic—a family tradition, along with ghosts and a belief in the curative powers of shortbread—Emma Jane has a degree in literature and job in finance. She lives in the Pacific Northwest in a house crammed with books, musical instruments, and half-finished sewing projects. In the meantime, she’s published articles, essays, short stories, and enough novels to build a fort for her stuffed hedgehog.
 
 


 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Win big! Fae Books 8k Likes Giveaway!

I am pleased to celebrate Fae Book's 8k Likes Giveaway! Sarah Fae and her team are wonderful bloggers, and I am honored to get to participate in such a fantastic giveaway! Check out the details below to win a heap of great prizes (including some goodies from me)!
 
 
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Monday, April 7, 2014

The Fountain of the Earth by H. L. LeRoy



Title: The Fountain of the Earth

Author: H.L. Le Roy

Series: The Fountain of the Earth

Genre: YA Dystopian

Publisher: Tranquille Press

Release Date: Nov 22 2013

Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Paperback

Blurb/Synopsis:


The first in a planned series, The Fountain of the Earth is set on the West Coast following a catastrophic solar flare that has destroyed civilization, leaving only a few people struggling to survive. After witnessing the vicious murder of her mother, Terra Vonn (15) has a singular focus—exacting revenge on the killers. But before she can complete her plans, savagery intervenes and she is cast alone into a brutal post-apocalyptic world. As she trails the men south through a land filled with cannibalistic criminals, slave traders, and lunatics, the hunter becomes the hunted. Terra quickly learns that she is neither as tough nor as brave as she thinks she is. Worse, she may be the only one who stands between what little remains of civilization and destruction.

Terra Vonn is fighting to survive in a destroyed world,

Surrounded by unspeakable horror . . .

And things are about to get much worse.

Book Links

 
 

About the Author


H. L. (Holly) LeRoy is an American short story writer and novelist, author of the award winning Street Crimes anthology and the novel The Fountain of the Earth (Nov. 22, 2013), first in a series of young adult adventures. Born in San Jose, California, LeRoy currently resides in Pioneer, California with his family.

Author Links

 Blog ~ Goodreads ~ Twitter


 
 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

RBTL presents Absolution by Carlyle Labuschagne


 
 
Title: Absolution
Author: Carlyle Labuschagne
Series: The Broken Diaries  (#1)
Genre: SciFi/YA/Dystopian
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Late 2014
Editions/Formats It Will Be Available In: eBook 


Carlyle Labuschagne is a South African Debut Author working her way into the hearts of international readers with her First Young Adult Dystopian Novel “The Broken Destiny. She is not only an author but works as a Sales Rep and Marketing Manager by day. She holds a diploma in creative writing through the writing school at College SA. Loves to swim, fights for the trees, food lover who is driven by her passion for life. Carlyle writes for IU e-magazine India, an inspirational non-profit magazine that aims at inspiring the world through words. The drive behind her author career is healing through words. Carlyle is also the founder of the first annual book drive – Help build a library in Africa project.  “My goal as an Author is to touch people’s lives and help others love their differences and one another.”

A firm believer in - YA Saves!

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Excerpt

 
Spoilt, selfish love, and drunken obsession - I did it all for him. It was a good a place to fall as any. And I’d fall a million times over for him, into him and with him. Sweat, tears and blood, my sweet confessions of beautiful lies. Hurt, lust and deadly defiance – I did it all for him. Eclectic, enigmatic and insufferable is what holds me to this world, to do it all for him. It’s a constant craving, aching and twisting inside -for him. He is in my bloodstream, forever floating in my vision, an axiomatic high I burn for. When I inhale, it is for him. Defiance, is for him. At his touch I come alive, nothing else matters but that. He is the antidote to the forbidding Shadow disease growing inside of me. But for this kind of absolution there is no cure.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BTS Presents: Shades of Virtue by Jack Whistel


 
  
 
Title: Shades of Virtue

Author: Jack Whitsel

Series: Dragon Rising (Book 2)

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

Release Date: Mar 2014 Digital/April 2014 Print

Editions/Formats Will Be Available In: eBook & Print

Blurb/Synopsis:


The sequel to the award winning, Shadow of Kings continues with Shades of Virtue.

Nearly two years have passed since the Harhn incursion. While the Hugue recovers from the devastation, the Order of the Secret Throne resumes their agenda. Lord Yannic and his armies march the breadth of the Vol Thaldane to rally the divided human fiefdoms into the new realm of Shyrlandia, while engaging the Braug tribes and Harhn Hordes still plaguing the region. And like so many wearing the heraldry of the Dragon, he must confront the Order’s agenda, and question the sacrifices to be made for the greater good.

In the Hugue, a jousting tournament is about to commence that will determine who wins Lady Basina’s hand in marriage. With the tournament Champion also foreseen to have an impact on Shyrlandia’s future, the Council of Whispers dispatch Lady Lucia and her two apprentices, Dragana and Tallya to oversee the event. But the Order is not the only party interested in the tournament. From her tower in Kethalon, Rizela, the Darkfey sorceress, conspires and schemes to manipulate the tournament for her own ends. Amidst the spectacle of pageantry and martial prowess, Lucia must uncover the dark powers wishing to thwart the Order’s agenda, while supervising her headstrong apprentices. There is more at stake than winning a lady’s hand, for whoever wins the tournament will set events in motion that will forever impact the future realm of Shyrlandia, the Vol Thaldane, and the Hugue.

About the Author:


Jack Whitsel is an award winning author from Portland, Oregon. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Finance from Portland State University, but studies medieval history in his spare time.  His favorite genres are fantasy and historical fiction with a medieval emphasis. Shades of Virtue, (To be released in March 2014), is the second installment of the Dragon Rising series.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Chasing the Green Fairy is on tour!



All this week, Chasing the Green Fairy is on tour with Lady Amber. Readers who loved Chasing the Star Garden are treated to an all new adventure in this new book in the series. To celebrate, I have two things cooking for Lily this week. First, Chasing the Green Fairy is on sale!

Novel Description:

A sabotaged airship.
A recovering opium addict.
A messenger with life-shattering news.

With the 1824 British airship qualifying race only weeks away, Lily Stargazer is at the top of her game. She’s racing like a pro, truly in love, and living clean. But on one ill-omened day, everything changes.

Pulled head-long into the ancient secrets of the realm, Lily soon finds herself embroiled in Celtic mysteries and fairy lore. And she’s not quite sure how she got there, or even if she wants to be involved. But Lily soon finds herself chasing the spirit of the realm while putting her own ghosts to rest. And only accepting the truth–about her heart and her country–can save her.

 
 

Of course I won't leave you hanging without a giveaway! We all need more goodies. I found a superb necklace for you. I hope it doesn't accidently get lost in my jewelry box . . . and, of course, I have books . . .

Giveaway time:

  • The Airship Racing Chronicles ebooks: 1 Chasing the Star Garden and 1 Chasing the Green Fairy (remember, these books are steamy and best for those who like some heat in their reads)
  • This adorable absinthe spoon necklace

 
 
 
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