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!

Holiday E-book Giveaway is LIVE

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~It’s LIVE~

Enter for a chance to win some great books! See the list of authors and their books below…

Amy Maurer Jones: Wildflower (Wildflower, #1)

Heather Van Fleet: Resisting Fate (Predetermined, #1) AND A Long Time Coming (Perfect Timing, #2)

J.A. Campbell: Sabaska’s Tale (Tales of the Travelers, #1) AND Steampunk Trails 

Jen Wylie: Broken Aro (The Broken Ones, #1) 

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

Joanne Wadsworth: Warrior (Magio-Earth, #2)

Laura Thalassa: The Unearthly (The Unearthly, #1)

Katy O’Dowd: The Lady Astronomer

Angela McPherson: Hope’s Decree (The Fated, #1) 

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~~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.