Saturday, January 19, 2008
Here's a quick rundown of some of the interviews, features, and giveaways that you can expect to see at Loaded Questions in the coming days.
God's Behaving Badly
by MARIE PHILLIPS
A few nights ago I was up until 3am because I was close to ending this book and I just couldn't put it down. Gods Behaving Badly has a really great premise. Remember all of the gods that lived up on Mount Olympus? Apollo, Artemis, Zeus, etc. Well they're all back in Phillips' solid fictional debut. There are some changes, though. The gods are living in modern day London struggling to get by with a small fraction of the powers they were formally known to have. Aphrodite, the god of lust, love, and beauty is now working as a telephone sex operator. Artemis, the goddess of hunting is walking dogs for a living. Eternal life isn't all its cracked up to be as the gods grow weaker and weaker, living amongst the annoying mortals of Earth. Alice, a mortal who ends up working as a cleaner for what she believes to be one strange family, is a great heroine. She's mousy, frightened, and unable to speak her mind. Everything turns upside down when Apollo is made to fall in love with the quiet and unimposing Alice.
God's Behaving Badly is a great new novel that bucks quite a few stereotypes. I am happy to announce that Loaded Questions will be offering a feature on Gods Behaving Badly that will include an author interview and a free book giveaway of five hardback copies of the book! Stay tuned for more information in the next few days.
Lady of the Roses
by SANDRA WORTH
Anyone who knows me knows that I have always been interested in English monarchical history. So when I got an email from Sandra Worth about her new release,
Lady of the Roses I knew I wanted to get a hold of this book. Loaded Questions will be doing a special feature on Lady of the Roses that will include an interview with Sandra, a review of the book, and another free five book giveaway! I really look forward to reading this book and getting to chat with Sandra about her career and body of work.
Lady of the Roses is about a young lady, Isobel, who has been serving in the court of the Lancastrian Marguerite, Queen of England. Things are complicated by the fact that Isobel, despite being approached by many suitors, finds her self in love with John Neville, a Yorkist. The two lovers must find a way to survive the dangerous civil war taking place in England, the bloody march on London by the Duke of Lancaster, and the violent madness of Queen Marguerite.
Sandra Worth is well known for her dedication to research and her knowledge of the time period she writes in. Her previous novels include the Rose of York trilogy made up of: The Rose of York: Fall From Grace, The Rose of York: Love and War, and The Rose of York: Crown of Destiny. I am really pleased to have Sandra involved with Loaded Questions.
Fire Bell in the Night
by GEOFFREY S. EDWARDS
Any mention of this book must begin with giving a hand to it's author, Geoffrey S. Edwards, one of two winners of the Gather.com First Chapters Contest. The book takes place in 1850 in the midst of a debate about whether or not slavery should be expanded to the Mexican Cession territory which includes all of present day California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. Things begin to heat up amidst talk that a slave leader is quietly building an army, causing fear and nervousness in Charleston, South Carolina. It is this terror that leads to the arrest of a local farmer who is caught harboring a runaway slave. The farmer is charged with a capital crime. The trial further escalates matters and begins to get more attention from outside publications like the New York Tribune which sends a reporter, John Sharp, who, along with the help a friend and a fellow reporter seeks to get to the bottom of the issue, uncover a conspiracy and stop a war.
The reviews for this book have been stellar. I have been in contact with Geoffrey who has been generous enough to send along extra books so that we will also be able to give away five free copies of this book as well in the coming weeks! I am excited to read the book and conduct an interview with the author. Stay tuned for more details.
If you have read one of these books or have interest in them, please feel free to leave a comment here at Loaded Questions. In addition, if you have questions for any of these authors please share them via comment or email me at KellyHewittLS -at- gmail . com! I would be more than happy to ask your question as part of my upcoming interviews.