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Blog Tour Day Five: FOODIE FRIDAY – Why British Food Doesn't Suck

Today I am guest-blogging about food. About food in Great Britain. About delicious, fabulous food in the British Isles, and no, it doesn’t suck. Don’t believe me? Go read!

Lorraine Bartlett: FOODIE FRIDAY – Why British Food Doesn’t Suck

BLOG TOUR:

May 5: The Word Wenches  How Research Gave Me the Home I Didn’t Want and the World I Needed
May 6: Get Lost in a Story  Welcome Patricia Burroughs Q&A
Mary Robinette Kowal: My Favorite Bit: Patricia Burroughs
May 7:  Suzanne Johnson: Q-and-A With Patricia Burroughs and Win a GC
May 8:  Celluloid Blonde Of [redacted] and Aubergine
Magical Words:  Of Adders and Writing Process
Fury Triad: Of Adders and Rattlesnakes
May 9: Lorraine Bartlett: FOODIE FRIDAY – Why British Food Doesn’t Suck

And because this is what it’s all about, don’t forget that you can buy my book. Really. You can. I won’t stop you.

 This Crumbling Pageant, is  available all sorts of places.

Amazon Kindle    Amazon Trade Paperback

BN-Nook    BN Trade Paperback

Kobo   iBooks

Hardcover links coming soon!

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Blog Tour Day Two: GLIAS and Mary Robinette Kowal

Two-fer  Tuesday!

Today I was so fortunate, I had two invitations to blog and so of course, I accepted them both. It’s the official launch day for This Crumbling Pageant, so why not?

First the amazing group of writers at Get Lost in a Story let me play along with their traditional Q&A format, in which I got to answer questions like, “Hiking boots or high heels?” and “What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done to research a book?” and “What color would you make the sky if it wasn’t going to be blue anymore and why?

And I’m thrilled to be the “My Favorite Bit” blogger on heroine of the revolution Mary Robinette Kowal’s page today!

I hope to see you there.

[And don’t forget, you can also buy the book. Well, I had to point that out.]

 

BLOG TOUR:

May 5: The Word Wenches  How Research Gave Me the Home I Didn’t Want and the World I Needed

May 6: Get Lost in a Story  Welcome Patricia Burroughs Q&A

Mary Robinette Kowal: My Favorite Bit: Patricia Burroughs

 

Be swept away into the first book of a dark fantasy series combining swashbuckling adventure, heart-pounding romance, and plot-twisting suspense.

Amazon Kindle    Amazon Trade Paperback

BN-Nook    BN Trade Paperback

Hardcover, Kobo and iBook links coming soon!

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A 3-Book Deal!

Yes, I can finally go public with the news, and I am ecstatic!

 

500-Pomegranate_close_upStory Spring Publishing offered me a 3-book deal that I couldn’t refuse for my fantasy series.

They are bringing out my trilogy in digital and print next year! They will be at various local and national conferences [with me, when possible] to promote it, and are experimenting with some exploratory marketing techniques that convinced me they were the real deal. [As a matter of fact, they will be at LoneStarCon3 with said ‘exploratory marketing techniques’ in hand, so look for them if you’re there.]

“Story Spring Publishing is thrilled to have acquired the Fury Triad for our Science Fiction/Fantasy line. We have Book One – This Crumbling Pageant – in production with an April 29, 2014 release. I first encountered this book as a freelance copy editor, and it shot to the top of my list of titles to acquire for our launch year. While I won’t admit to actually stalking her for it, I did suggest rather persistently that we’d be an ideal publisher for the series, because we’re actively seeking to bring our passion for the books we publish into developing innovative marketing and promotional opportunities.” says Diane Tarbuck, co-owner of Story Spring Publishing.

I’m absolutely honored they believe in my series so much, they’re using it to develop their blueprint for author relationships and for their marketing and promotion strategies.

Rat sittingI’m a lab rat!

[Disclaimer to PETA: No pooks will be harmed in the production of this advertising campaign.]

I’m relieved to finally be able to tell you, since I’ve been sitting on this news for a while. Do you know how hard it is for me to keep my lips zipped? I know I’ve been a tease, but really, it was harder on me than on you.

But finally–the real reason I’m beside myself.

Persephone Fury took up residence in my heart a few years ago when her magical world exploded into my imagination. Combining three of my passions – magic and England and history – her tale spun off in directions beyond my initial imaginings. She climbed my walls in storyboards, maps and images, filled my bookcase with research materials, and led the Resident Storm Chaser and me on trips to Wales, Cornwall and next on the agenda–Ireland. [He puts up with so much, and supports me beyond measure, and I adore him.]

So mark your calendars for 2014 and get ready to be swept away into a dark fantasy series that combines swashbuckling adventure, heart-pounding romance and plot-twisting suspense in equal measures.

Expect to hear more about Persephone Fury

A lot more.

So when the last and dreadful hour
This crumbling pageant shall devour,
The trumpet shall be heard on high,
The dead shall live, the living die,
And music shall untune the sky.
John Dryden, 1687

 

 

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WWW Wednesday (12-26-12)

Again, this meme is from shouldbereading.

The authors at Book View Cafe have started participating in this meme, by the way. This week Pati Nagle shares her WWW there. Come on over and look. She has some interesting reads, and also has a wonderful Yule novella new at BVC this week.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

• What are you currently reading?

Still reading Rivers of London (in the US it’s Midnight Riot). (I posted a Tuesday Teaser last week.) If you know London, you’ll probably find this one lots of fun and hella fascinating. I need to get a map of the Greater London area because I’d love to visualize some of the movements more fully, and there are other books in this series.

 

 

 

 

The Resident Storm Chaser and I just finished listening to the audiobook of The Man with the Golden Torc (Secret Histories, Book 1) by Simon R Green.  I’d listened to it before but knew he’d enjoy it. We like listening to books together when we’re driving. It’s how he “read” all of the Harry Potters, as a matter of fact.

This is another urban fantasy with an English setting. I’m glad I’ve discovered both these writers.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Even though it has been a few weeks since I actually finished The Casual Vacancy, I haven’t summed up my thoughts on it to post. I think primarily I’ve held back because I can’t really express them without spoilers and even though I can warn of them, I just hate writing spoilers. It’s a quirk of mine. But I will definitely be sharing my final thoughts in the next few days, before the year’s end. I’ll spoil my review with this, though: I give it five stars.

 

 

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I have several novels with Christmas themes or settings that I haven’t gotten to yet. I’m not sure whether to snag one of those before the holiday ends, or catch up with one of the books that has been on Pile O’ Books ™ for awhile without reaching the top.

I’m also thinking about taking on a Reading Challenge or two in 2013, and if I do, one may be to read 12 books that I already own but haven’t read yet. Anybody else in on that one?  Is there already an existing challenge for that, or do we need to create one? And if we do, does anybody want to make a nifty icon? 

Nifty icon on the way. Particulars will be posted soon!

I’m going to do the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge (see banner at the bottom of the right sidebar) because it seems easy for me, since I already read a lot of historical fiction, and because it has a pretty banner.

The Book That Launched the Contest is Now for Sale

By the way, my own romance novel with a Christmas setting is available at Book View Cafe, Amazon and now, at Kobo, if you’re looking for an inexpensive Christmas gift or some light reading for yourself. Also, as always, I will eventually be giving a $20 gift certificate to some lucky Amazon reviewer, so if you review, be sure you post it there to be eligible. /end shameless self-promotion

What about you? What have you been reading lately? Put the link to your WWW Wednesday entry in comments, or just tell me!

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WWW Wednesday (12-19-12)

Again, this meme is from shouldbereading.

The authors at Book View Cafe have started participating in this meme, by the way. This week Kelly McClymer shares her WWW there. Come on over and look. She has some interesting reads.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

• What are you currently reading?

I insist upon calling it Rivers of London but in the US it’s Midnight Riot. (I posted a Tuesday Teaser yesterday.)  I’m so annoyed by the American publishing establishment’s insisting upon changes from the original for no good reason that I can tell.

Do generic covers sell better in the US? Do we really need a cover with a man holding a gun in one hand before we will buy it? And is Midnight Riot truly a more evocative “buy me” title? I’m the Anglophile in this conversation so of course my opinion is, not only no, but hell no.

I’m loving this book, by the way. I am thrilled to discover urban fantasy that is set in the UK. Werewolves and vampires in American settings–especially sexy ones–just don’t intrigue me even a little bit so I’ve pretty much skipped the entire urban fantasy craze. But this combination of police procedural (New Scotland Yard) and paranormal is great fun.

• What did you recently finish reading?

The Twelve Clues of Christmas (A Royal Spyness Mystery) by Rhys Bowen was perfect “cozy mystery” listening while I loaded the Christmas tree with ornaments and lights. I love these books and I love the narrator.

I also read Marriage of Mercy, by Carla Kelly. I usually like her Regency romances quite a lot but this one was less compelling to me.

 

 

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I can never answer this question! But I do have an idea. Some years ago I discovered a fun mystery series, Her Majesty Investigates, by C.C. Benison. I inhaled Death at Buckingham Palace, Sandringham House (which included a Christmas panto) and Windsor Castle. I assumed Balmoral would follow, but… nada.  Nothing more for years. Then last week I found out that Bennison has a new series, and I downloaded the first book. Twelve Drummers Drumming: A Mystery (Father Christmas Mysteries) Now, you tell me, how could I resist?

The Book That Launched the Contest is Now for Sale

By the way, my own romance novel with a Christmas setting is vailable at Book View Cafe, Amazon and now, at Kobo, if you’re looking for an inexpensive Christmas gift or some light reading for yourself. Also, as always, I will eventually be giving a $20 gift certificate to some lucky Amazon reviewer, so if you review, be sure you post it there to be eligible. /end shameless self-promotion

What about you? What have you been reading lately? Put the link to your WWW Wednesday entry in comments, or just tell me!

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Teaser Tuesday (12-18-12)

So I’m doing another meme* from shouldbereading. I don’t plan to do this one often, but I was in the mood today, so, sue me.

Two sentences from my current read:

 

“Which is how I came to be standing around Covent Garden in a freezing wind at six o’clock in the morning, and why it was me that met the ghost.

“Sometimes I wonder whether, if I’d been one that went for coffee and not Leslie May, my life would have been much less interesting and certainly much less dangerous.”

 

Rivers of London is the title in the UK. And as usual, I much prefer the UK title and cover to the ones for the US, Midnight Riot. I downloaded it as a Kindle book so it doesn’t make that much difference, but I think I’m about to order the print book from the UK, as well, quite possibly because I’m so annoyed by the American changes. No, I can’t explain the way my mind works.

Which cover and title do you prefer?

I’m so glad I’ve found urban fantasy that is set in the UK. I have never been tempted by werewolves and vampires roaming American streets, but this Ben Aaronovitch stuff is right up my avenue.

 

* The meme:

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Guardian of the Balance

Irene Radford’s master-work series Merlin’s Descendants starts with the premise that Merlin had a daughter, a simple idea that takes root in the opening passages of Guardian of the Balance, the single time when Merlin breaks his vows of celibacy.

The book follows Wren through the political, magical and religious intricacies of an age when the great shift between the old ways and new was happening amidst passion, blood and betrayal.  It’s a book steeped in legend and mythology, exceedingly well-researched, yet striking off into new territory, taking the threads of Arthurian history as recorded and knotting them into new directions.

I was thoroughly captivated by this epic fantasy and its strong love story/subplot.  I recommend it.

Available in paperback at Amazon and the usual suspects, or ebook, [.epub or .mobi] through Book View Cafe, with the other ebooks to follow one per month from BVC until the series is complete.

 

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