Winners Wahoooooooo

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas. My family is winding down (thank goodness) and we’ve certainly been blessed this season. This was my families first Christmas in our new home and I can’t get enough of all things Christmas…probably because I hate putting it all away and I’m now in ‘procrastination’ mode. 

Anyway, the winners have been picked for my Holiday E-book Giveaway and I want to say thanks so much to everyone who participated. I also want to thank all my super, awesome author friends who generously donated one or more of their books to my pile: Joanne Wadsworth, Laura Thalassa, Amy Jones, Katy O’Dowd, Julie Campbell, Sean Hayden, Jen Wylie, and Heather Van Fleet, thank you. This giveaway wouldn’t have been as great without you all. See below for a full list of WINNERS! Wahooooooo.  Off to bed now. Night 🙂

Lindsay Thibodaux

Ann Archambault Waters

Mark Bolles

Brittany Wendtland

Maari Krogfoss

Keisha Rector Carpenter,

Kim Baggett Light

Angela Nelson

Holly Letson

Csilla Kerekes

Sara Morrison

Congrats to you all 😀 Thanks everyone who entered. I’ll have more fun things to win in the new year. Merry Christmas 

Holiday E-book Giveaway Author Spotlight: Katy O’Dowd

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The fabulous Katy O’Dowd is just awesome and is one of our many authors who have generously donated to the pile,The Lady Astronomer. The Lady Astronomer graces our book giveaway with its spunky characters and witty dialogue. Wanna read this steampunk masterpiece? Click >>>here<<< and sign up. Don’t forget to like Katy’s page as well!

Also, if you’ve read Katy’s work before and loved it, she’ll have a new story out in the spring/summer of 2014! See below for a sneak peak 😉

YAY! Congrats, Katy! Much love to ya this holiday season. Thank you so much for adding to my pile of books to giveaway 😀 

~BREAKING NEWS~

MEMENTO MORI

Take tea with the Victorian Mafia – organised crime has never been so civilised

They say revenge is a dish best served cold – in the Lamb residence it is more likely served out of a fine bone china cup.

The untimely demise of Thaddeus Lamb (murdered, poor fellow) leaves his son Riley in charge of Assam and Earl Grey, prostitutes and extortion. Under the watchful eyes of a street philosopher who prints everything he hears, Riley and his family grieve for Thaddeus in the best way possible – retribution.

To make matters worse, the assassin O’Murtagh is leaving a trail of bodies behind, which pave their bloody way to the Lamb’s highly glossed front door.

Through a series of informants who, unfortunately, have to be disposed of; a nasty turf war over brothels and dollymops; and somebody who is depleting the coffers, life in the Lamb household falters but does not crumble, and retains its genteel veneer of calling cards, tea shops and chocolate sponge – all the social niceties, etiquette and manners that come as part of being in the upper echelons of London Victorian society.

Riley slowly starts to unravel the terrible deception that has been carried out against the Lambs, but betrayal, murder and heartbreak make for uneasy bedfellows, and he and his family can never truly rest easy, even when the Lambs have carried out their own law. 

And when the cadavers start piling up, Riley and those he loves find themselves in more trouble than they could ever have anticipated.

Honestly, it’s enough to drive anyone to drink – one lump or two? The matrons of Regent’s Park will never be the same again.  

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Character Interview from The Lady Astronomer by Katy O’Dowd

Today we welcome Katy’s crazy crew from The Lady Astronomer. Sit back and enjoy the show, folks 😉

The Lady Astronomer

Angela: what is it about astronomy you love most? If you could be a constellation, which would it be?

Freddie: Well hello dear Mrs. McP! And how very nice to meet you and to be asked my opinion on anything! Do you know, not only do my siblings Lucretia and Al tell me that I do tend to waffle on a touch, they also have the complete temerity to stop listening to me and walk off to do their own thing. How very dare they! Anyway, what was it that you were asking? Ah yes, what do I love the most about astronomy? Why, charting the night skies, being an explorer in the dusky depths, oh to have a ship that would bring me nearer – it is something I am working on. As for what constellation I could be? Hmmm. I’d choose to be all of them if I was being completely honest, but I suppose if pushed I would pick Pegasus, as he romps amidst the inky starlit sky. Ah me.

Angela: what is it like working Lucretia?

Freddie: Well, Lucretia you see is a very demanding girl, oh yes indeed, and as the eldest of the family it somewhat falls upon me to take the lead…  pardon me for a second, won’t you? Lucretia! Is that you laughing?!

Anyway, where was I? Ah yes, she is a great worker and we compliment each other’s skills to perfection. Excuse me again, she appears to be choking…

Angela: Lucretia, what is it like working with Freddie? Lucretia, can you tell us about your hats and why you enjoy making them?

Lucretia: You’ll have to give me a moment, I can’t seem to stop laughing…

Freddie, despite his scattiness is one of the most intelligent men I have ever met – he has left the room briefly otherwise I would never, ever say that within his hearing, his head is quite big enough as it is! Oh, here, he’s back with some tea for us.

And speaking of heads, hats. I don’t actually make them any more, as I’m spending all of my time working with Freddie at the moment. But I did love making them, until the matrons who were requesting them were getting more outlandish with their requests – I mean to say, if someone sees them and asks where they got the hat from, I do have a reputation after all.

Angela: Can you each talk about your experience with the Clockwork Court?

*complete silence from the sibs*

*Freddie reaches over and takes Lucretia’s hand, her monoscope is looking suspiciously steamed up*

Freddie: I’ll answer for both Lucretia and I – it was the most terrible time, yet something wonderful has come out of it: we have been charged with another commission by the King himself! Ah, no, I can’t say more, that would be telling.

Angela: Freddie, do you plan to make more telescopes?

Freddie: Oh yes! We will never stop – and the orders have been coming in thick and fast.

Angela: Did you feel pressured by the king to make the forty foot telescope?

Lucretia: I think Freddie did feel incredibly pressurized, but he loved it even though it has given his grey hairs where there were none before.

Freddie: I say, dear girl! What grey? I must off and have a look in one of my telescope’s mirrors! Lucretia, come with me and point out the offending locks! Mrs. McP, we shall leave you in the capable hands of Orion and Leibniz.

Angela: Leibniz, I believe you are a great knitter?

*the lemur scowls and knits*

Angela: And Orion, how does it feel to be clockwork now?

*the owl has wound down and cannot answer*

*Lucretia comes back into the room, picks up the lemur and winds up her owl*

Lucretia: Freddie is in a lather over his hair – can I be of assistance in translating for you? We don’t actually communicate in words, as such, but I know my lemur and owl quite well.

Angela: Please – I was asking Leibniz about his knitting and Orion about being clockwork, but I’d be really interested to know about how they get on.

Lucretia: Oh, they love each other.

*Lucretia is smiling – and how is she to know that the lemur and the owl can talk to each other perfectly well thank you very much?*

Leibniz: Hooty McOwlFace!!

Orion: Monkey!!

*tea cups fly as the lemur and owl tussle*

*Lucretia stands to separate the two*

Lucretia: Thank you Mrs. Mc P, for your time, I’d better… oh dear…

There you have it. I hope you enjoyed today’s interview. Be sure to check out tomorrow’s post.

Katy’s website: http://www.katyodowd.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5311518.Katy_O_Dowd

Twitter: @katyod

More Listed Characters for the Interview

As promised, the final list of characters I’m interviewing. Ready? See below!

 

Sabaksa’s Tale by J. A. Campbell 

Sabaska's Tale (Tales of the Travelers, #1)

Interview includes: The one and only Sabaska, Anna, and Cahir.

Want to learn more about Sabaska’s world? How Anna is dealing with Cahir’s betrayal? Why Cahir decided to help Anna in the end?   List questions in comments.

 

My Soul to Keep by Sean Hayden

My Soul to Keep (Rise of the Fallen, #1)

See Sean’s witty characters chat it up: Connor, Clarisse, Caelyn and of course, Jessica will be there supporting Connor 😉 

 

The Lady Astronomer by Katy O’Dowd

The Lady Astronomer

Meet Katy’s crazy, fun characters: Freddie, Lucretia, and we can’t have one without the other, we’ll also chat with the lemur, and the owl!

 

Now, on to my characters from Hope’s Decree

Hope's Decree (Fated, #1)

Trinity, Blain, and it wouldn’t be the same without Morpheus.

Eek! I can’t wait to have all these great character’s over. The interview’s will be up next month, so be sure to keep checking in. 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Want to ask your favorite character a specific question? Be sure to leave them in the comments. 

Blog Tour, Interview and Stuff

Hey y’all. Sorry I’ve been gone. I really suck at blogging, but I suck more at tweeting. I’m trying to be a better twitterer and blogger. Anyway, Starting tomorrow, Hope’s Decree will be on tour with Lady Amber’s Tours. YAY! I’m super excited. I’ll try to be sure I link everyones interviews and such (as long as I can figure out how to do that).

Today Katy O’Dowd, author of THE LADY ASTRONOMER invited me over to her blog. <<click) Her questions were so much fun. If you’d like to read more about me, go hop over and take a looksy. 

I’d also like to thank everyone who has bought Hope’s Decree so far. You guys rock! Like so much 😀 I’d also like to send out a special thanks to a few people, who without them, I’d be up shit creek. We will call them, The Proofreaders.

Karia Kaukinen
Dori Estabrook along with Dori’s wonderful daughter 😉
Devin E Jaramillo

Rayna Gogal Rose

and the two unknowns

Thank y’all so much for reading and making sure I had plenty of commas and so on. Love ya!!!!

 

Have a great night. Tomorrow we will kick off Hope’s Decree’s Blog tour! Whoop Whoop. 

 

Blog Tour~~The Lady Astronomer by Katy O’Dowd~~Lady Amber’s Tours

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Do y’all like steampunk? Well, look no further! We have Katy O’Dowd’s book: THE LADY ASTRONOMER, along with expert, author bio, and more.

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Fun Facts about the brilliant Katy O’Dowd

I wrote The Lady Astronomer for my eldest son – he was jealous that I had used my younger son’s name in something else I was writing.

I work with an Astronomer on books that require his expert knowledge – the idea for The Lady Astronomer came to me while reading another book that he recommended I read.

The Lady Astronomer is inspired by the life of Caroline Herschel (1750-1848). She suffered from both Smallpox and Typhus, was a milliner, soprano, her brother William’s Assistant – he discovered Uranus, then known as George’s Star for the King who funded the build of the ‘Great Forty-Foot’ telescope – and most importantly, perhaps, became the first woman in recorded history to discover a comet. Not to mention the first woman in the UK to receive a working wage, from the King if you don’t mind.  (<<<Awesome)

The Blurb:

(I still have a thing with the word Blub. Doesn’t It sounds like word-burpage?)

Lucretia’s life as an astronomer is quickly turned on its head by her eldest brother when he is commanded by the king to build the grandest telescope in the land. Her nights spent on rooftops gazing at the stars are replaced by adventure as the family move to be nearer the king. In a race to build the Forty-foot telescope on time, misfortunes take their toll. The lady astronomer finds court life to be more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Can she find the strength inside to overcome the obstacles threatening her destiny? Only the stars will tell.

!Publisher!

The Lady Astronomer was published by Untold Press www.untoldpress.com on 26th September 2012. It is currently available as an eBook and paperback.

ASIN:

B009HIIKS0

Where to buy

(important information people)

You can purchase The Lady Astronomer on Amazon USA and Amazon UK.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Lady-Astronomer-ebook/dp/B009HIIKS0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350384152&sr=8-1&keywords=the+lady+astronomer

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Lady-Astronomer-ebook/dp/B009HIIKS0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350384405&sr=8-1

Katy’s Fabulous Bio

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Katy is an arts and entertainment journalist and has worked for Time Out, Associated Newspapers and Comic Relief and her articles have appeared in The Times (London), Metro (London) and many other arts and entertainment publications, paper and online.

She reviews for the Historical Novels Review and the British Fantasy Society, is a commissioning editor at Pendragon Press and is co-editor of the Nasty Snips II Project for that press.

Alongside writing with her Dad under the pen-name Derry O’Dowd, whose first book ‘The Scarlet Ribbon’ was chosen to launch the History Press Ireland’s fiction line, she writes under her own name.

‘The Lady Astronomer’, a YA Steampunk novel, is out with Untold Press. She is currently writing a Steampunk adult series because writing for tweens and teens is damnably hard work. However, the good people at Untold might just have persuaded her to write a sequel and short set in the Lady Astronomer’s world

Links:

(Katy is so super nice. Be sure to check her out)

Katy blogs at http://www.katyodowd.com

Twitter @katyod

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/katy.odowd

Contact:

katy@pictureandword.com

EXPERT

(The good stuff)

Siphonaptera jumped on to the flat roof, hidden by his tiny size and the darkness of the still night. Though stars peppered the skies with diamond dust, their light would no more have illuminated the predator than a candle at one end of a particularly dank, gloomy tunnel.

He paused on his long hind legs, lifted his head, and fixed a beady eye on his prey. Three warm bodies for him to gorge on. If his front legs had been longer he would have rubbed them together in glee at the thought of the crimson blood lying in wait within his unknowing quarry. Blood. His tube-like mouth parts quivered in anticipation. He jumped again and came ever closer. His tiny belly rumbled and he stopped before realising the noise was so minute, nobody could possibly have heard it. Victory would be his! Just one more jump. Two. Three. The excitement of wanting, and knowing it was within reach, filled him in a great rush. And then he knew no more.

A sudden shriek made Lucretia’s heart leap and her hand fly to her chest. Her head whipped round and her left eye, hugely magnified behind her monoscope, fixed on her ring-tailed lemur crouched nearby.

“Leibniz, how many times have I asked you not to make noise when I’m at a critical juncture?” She sighed. “What do you have there, boy?”

The lemur sauntered over, arms behind his back.

“Show, Leibniz. Show.” She raised herself from the roof and brushed down her dress.

Leibniz reluctantly held his arm forward and opened his paw. Within lay a smudged smear that had once been Siphonaptera. Lucretia peered until she could make out what it was. She stepped back and grimaced. “Well, feel free to eat it. I hate fleas.”

The lemur’s pink tongue picked the squashed flea up gently and deposited it into his mouth. Leibniz closed his eyes in appreciation and savoured the tiny flavour before it disappeared, which it did rather too quickly for his liking. He scratched his bottom, sat down, and looked up enquiringly at Lucretia. His long black and white striped tail curled like a question mark.

“Don’t ask me.” She shrugged. “Let’s get on with some more work before sunrise.” So saying, she lay down on her stomach again and lifted her Newtonian sweeper telescope to her good eye.

“Now, where was I?” She muttered, trying to find the exact patch of sky she had been studying before being so rudely interrupted.