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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Revenge of the Mad Scientist and steampunk fun



About Lara:

Lara Nance grew up and lived in many cites throughout the South. She loves to write in a variety of genres, but the basis of all of her stories is a great tale that will take you on an adventure of imagination.

If you want to escape and lose yourself in a novel, you've come to the right place. Choose your genre and settle in to be entertained. From thrilling mysteries and steampunk tales, to paranormal romance and adventure, she's willing to explore a variety of compelling stories full of danger and suspense, along with a touch of romance.

Having been on the fencing team in college and now living on a sailboat convinces her that she was a pirate in another life, or possibly kin to Errol Flynn… However, due to the unfortunate demise of the romantic pirates of the past, she lives out her fantasies, thrills and adventures in her stories. Lara loves to weave interesting true historical tidbits into her fiction which invite the reader to explore further after the novel is finished.

Currently docked in Norfolk, Virginia (until the wind changes) Lara enjoys living on her sailboat and spends time reading, of course writing, indulging a variety of artistic endeavors, cooking and sailing with her husband, Joe and their Yorkie, Rio.

Find out more at her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

Lara will be awarding an autographed original map of Arabella's steampunk world to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop, and a $50 Amazon gift card and an original steampunk necklace to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

BLURB:

When Lady Arabella Trunkett’s father, the High Lord Minister of Urbannia is kidnapped, all clues point to the mysterious country of Gandiss and the world is thrown into political upheaval.

Arabella is convinced the more sinister nation of Carabarras is to blame, urged on by a mad scientist seeking revenge. So, she sets out on a perilous airship journey across a variety of exotic locales to save him, and halt the potential world war.

But airship pirates, secret assassins and slave traders aren’t her only trials. The fickle hand of fate has made the captain of the only airship available for charter, the man who left her at the altar. For eight years she's wished him dead. Now he's her only hope. 


Excerpt:

Another scream sounded and then another. A group of people blocked her view and she didn’t hesitate in pushing them aside. She gasped when she reached a body sprawled on the floor and noted a trail of red blood tracking from a side room. She recognized the injured man as Conrad Bellows, her father’s assistant. Horrified, her champagne glass slipped from her fingers and shattered on the marble.

She pushed another man out of her way. What the hell was wrong with everyone standing around like statues while a man needed help? She knelt at Conrad's side. A knife protruded from his back but when she put her fingers on his neck she found him still alive, thank God. He struggled to his side and blinked as he looked up at her.

“Gone,” he whispered. “So…sorry, My Lady…gone.”
“Who is gone, Conrad?” She put a hand on his shoulder as panic shot through her.

“You’re, fa, fa, father…they took him.”

“What? Who took him?”

“Ahh, all in black, don’t know…” He closed his eyes and then slumped on the floor, unconscious.

Belle sucked in a sharp breath. She jumped to her feet and spun around. “Someone call for a doctor and help Mr. Bellows. Where’s my father?”


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Monday, January 28, 2013

Joyce Proell, her bucket list, and her novel Eliza



Hello. Thank you for having me here today.
Thanks for stopping by, Joyce! Now, onto the interview...
Some thoughts on my bucket list…
I’ve been asked to reveal the top three items on my bucket list. It may surprise some to know I don’t have such a list. Since I’m getting to be ‘of a certain age’, this request is rather timely and gives me the opportunity to consider a few things.
Hmmm. What to pick?
Of course the first and obvious choice is travel. I’ve never been to France. Since I studied French in high school and college and have always wanted to visit, I’ll put France on the list.
Hmmm. Now what?
I want to publish ten more books. To that end I will continue to write daily. Perhaps the biggest payoff to all this labor will be preserving all of my mental faculties until the day I die. I can only hope.  
Okay, that brings me to item three on the bucket list. This is really tough. Could it be I’ve already done almost everything I wanted to do in my life? Is that a good thing or something to worry about? Let’s see…I’ve gotten married, raised a wonderful daughter, had a successful career, shopped to my heart’s content, driven luxury cars and lived in beautiful houses. In truth, I’m not a person that ever wanted much beyond the basics of home, family and interesting work. Yet I’ve been blessed with the resources to do much of what I wanted whenever the fancy struck.
So what about that last item on the list? Maybe this one shouldn’t be about me. Maybe I need to think about doing something for someone else. I have two elderly parents. It would give me profound pleasure to see that the last years of their lives are comfortable and enjoyable. So, item number three on the bucket list will be doing whatever is possible to see this dream come true for them.  

Some thoughts on my best vacation ever…
Isn’t every vacation the best vacation ever? When thinking vacations, thoughts of National Lampoon’s Vacation movie came to mind. If you’ve seen the comedy, you know the Griswold family battles all sorts of obstacles and disappointments. But in the end, they make it to Walley World, their big dream, all smiles and happiness.
This movie reminds me of standing in a long queue at Disneyworld, under a scorching Florida summer sun, waiting to ride the twirling teacups. Then there was the time my husband and I drove like maniacs through Florence, Italy, in hopes of making an appointment at the Uffizi Museum. This occurred a few years before GPS, and we didn’t have a map. We were a mess by the time we stumbled upon the place.
Despite all the minor challenges of a vacation—of losing one’s way, of car problems, cranky kids, bad weather, unexpected health issues and cancelled flights, my family, friends and I always reached our intended destination, whole and happy and ready for a good rest.  
 As to the very best vacation? What can compare to sitting on a high bluff in Kauai and watching the sunset; or listening to the lonely foghorn in Bodega Bay; or trekking through a field of wildflowers in the Sierras; or discovering some fascinating piece of history in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London?  But the best vacations are the ones shared with family and close friends.

So here’s to great vacations. I’ve loved each and every one.   
Thanks for having me here today. Happy reading!
                                                                        Joyce 

Joyce will be awarding a $10 Amazon or BN.com gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.


I laughed when my husband suggested I write a book. Me? What did I know about writing? Yet the notion held possibility, so I hatched a plan. A year later, I sent off my first completed manuscript and promptly received a score of polite rejections. Bruised but undaunted, I forged ahead, new plan in hand. Later, armed with the knowledge acquired from writing classes, seminars and the help of fellow writers, I finished my second story. Eliza is that story.  


A little more info…
I grew up in Minnesota. In college, I studied psychology and earned a master’s degree in Social Work. After living in Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland and Reno, my husband and I make our home only miles from where I grew up. 
I worked in the field of mental health as a psychiatric social worker, administrator and later settled into private practice. Retired at a reasonably young age, I write full time. 
I’m an avid reader, a foodie and cook, a crossword puzzle fanatic and a daily walker.

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BLURB:  

A husband who wants you dead is the greatest motivation for change.

Posing as a widow, strong-willed Eliza Danton flees her marriage determined to bury the past and live a solitary life. Traveling by riverboat to the Minnesota frontier, her flight turns perilous when forces threaten to expose her deception. With problems mounting and her trust shattered, she is forced draw upon her only resource, a man whose captivating presence rocks the very foundation of her well laid plans. But love flourishes even in the toughest of times and when you least expect it. 

Attorney and contented loner, Will Heaton hides his tender heart behind an elusive facade. Grief is nothing new to him having lost a wife and child. But when a pretty widow thrusts a baby into his arms, he’s hooked. When he sees Eliza harassed by the same man he believes killed his wife, Will grabs at the chance to redress past mistakes and vows to keep her safe. 

Excerpt:
 


Elizabeth Douglas couldn’t think of a better incentive than a husband who wanted her dead. Thus inspired, she packed a bag, changed her name and now gripped the handrail of the Northstar as it shimmied up the Ohio. Despite the warm air, she shivered. Abe would look for her as certain as the glistening blades of the paddlewheel churned the muddied water. When a man loses his greatest possession he himself becomes possessed. 


If you ever leave me, I’ll kill you,’ he’d promised.

She didn’t intend to die, at least not yet. 

“Mrs. Danton!”

Startled to hear someone call her new name, she spun toward the voice.  She brushed a hand over the black silk crepe of her widow weeds, loathing the dress and the deception.

Against a backdrop of Pittsburgh’s receding factories Reverend Vernon Deeds minced around the thinning crowd on the ship’s deck. One arm clutched a chubby baby to his chest the other hand tugged a small lad behind him. Flushed, Vernon dropped the boy’s hand and pulled a crisply folded handkerchief from his coat pocket. He mopped his beaded brow. “Who would have thought June could be so muggy?”

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