Thursday, May 24, 2018

Silver Hollow Tour Stop Excerpts: Days 2-4

Hey fantasy avengers! So my internet quit on me Tuesday night and I've been busy catching up with the tour and work stuff ever since. It's always a little intimidating when you find 35 boxes in your personal e-mail, lol. Anyway, I hope y'll have been following along with the tour! It's been such fun to have been hosted by the following lovely bloggers and hope you'll take a moment of your time to see what we shared and talked about below:




1. Min's Reads & Reviews shares an excerpt. Check out her reviews, spotlights and more at her site: CLICK ME



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In the wee small hours of the morning, she crept back downstairs and to the flower strewn kitchen table. She held her breath as she pushed aside the other cards and pulled out the larger, yellowed parchment. She threw another log in the fire and simply stared at the name scrawled on the envelope.

Jessamiene Dameri Nimue Wenderdowne

No one knew her full name. Even the twins forgot she had two middle names, so the fact it was written front and center in bold calligraphy sent chills down her spine. Most disturbing of all was the fact they gave her a different, yet familiar last name other than her own. Familiar, because it was the name of the northern English village Drustan had been from. On the other side of the envelope was a seal that set her teeth on edge. Again, here was a symbol she recognized from her father’s mysterious past. She cut her finger on the envelope as she pried it open and pulled the parchment free. The letter was written in the same careful calligraphy as her name.

“Jessamiene,

My heart aches for the loss you now bear. No one deserves to lose their family so young, especially in so savage a manner. I, too, have borne similar loss and now share in your pain.
I have no doubt my brother has shared little with you of our ancestral home, or the legacy you share, dearest Jessamiene. Drustan held little love for our world and its responsibilities.”

Amie paused and read over the words a second time. “Brother?”

“My deepest regret in learning of his passing, is that I never had the chance to tell him how important he was to me, or how he will always be my brother both in blood and heart. Now that he is gone, I find myself wishing to know you, my only niece, perhaps so we may find comfort together. I also wish to impart the truth of our legacy, should you choose to accept it. I wish to give you the answers your father was unwilling to.

I know the sacrifice you will make to come to England, and I do not lightly view the circumstances you find yourself in. At present, my own circumstances are difficult at best. It cost more than I can say to be certain this parchment met your hands. I pray you guard it, dear one, but follow my instructions and all will be revealed.

Love,

Uncle Henry”

Amie lowered the letter and stared into the flames. She listened to the ticking of the grandfather clock in the hall and looked over the same style of antiquated penmanship Father forced her to practice every day. Most things Father had taught her seemed glaringly outdated. Now, judging by the heavy ink, the broken seal and parchment, she could see why. Was Wenderdowne more than a setting for the fairy tales Father told her as a girl, after all?


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2. Vickie from Rockin' Book Reviews, shared this lovely review. I'm a big fan of critical reviews, because they're the kind that help us grow and improve our craft :) 

REVIEW: 5 stars
This is a very good story. I really enjoyed reading it. The different types of magic and such were weaved into the story very well. Great work Jennifer.
The characters are well-developed and there is such diversity in the different characters, it makes for very interesting interaction between them.
The setting is easy to picture and enjoyable to get familiar with. The story flows well from chapter to chapter.
I would highly recommend this book to other readers. I can't wait for the next book with the continuation of this story.





3. Red Pillowsrun by the lovely Namrata Ganti shares her love of Silver Hollow in this excellent review: 

REVIEW: 4 stars 

Silver Hollow is the first in a series that introduces the reader to Amie and a world of magic. This story is well-written and completely UN-put-down able. In fact, I managed to get through this story in a day! 
The story follows Amie as she struggles to cope with the death of her parents. She has her best friends and their family to support her as she moves on to become a writer. After ten years, she is once again forced to think of the long-lost uncle who tried to contact her on the day of her parents funeral. What follows is a tale of discovery, finding oneself, acceptance, and finding love. This well-crafted story introduces us to so many characters with whom we cannot help but fall in love. There is so much to learn and love, so much to know, that as a reader you will be left yearning for more.
The bond Amie develops with her uncle and with the man who saved her life, as well as with the various people she meets is both heart-warming and heart-wrenching. How much can you trust a person? How well can you know someone? As secrets are revealed and memories of a past life come to the surface, Amie is faced with decisions that could shape her life and who she is. She discovers the truth about her parents, her friends and this alters her perception of who she is. I especially enjoyed the many references made to some characters of legends like King Arthur, Merlin, Titania and many others. This is a world filled with magic and non-magic, a place where for a long time secrets have been buried. Amie is destined to either fill the void and save everyone or destroy it once and for all. 
The story is sprinkled with romance and witty comments, many light-hearted moments that are sure to bring a smile to the readers lips. It is definitely worth the read and is a book that I would recommend in the fantasy-romance section now.




4. Don't miss this excerpt from E-Romance News (this is one of my personally favorite moments btw):


She didn’t ponder the mystery behind her lack of true love. Nor did she ask herself how she’d managed to avoid men in general, because it was then Amie caught sight of a familiar face among a dwindling sea of strangers.
The Brit on the street…
He stood alone at the mouth of the open barn doors, as though he had only just arrived. He wore the same odd getup from earlier that morning, worn duster masking what surely must be a costume.
He’s either an actor or one of those weird role-playing people, she mused as she watched him scan the crowd. His hair was unkempt as ever, surrounding a square and unreadable, unremarkable face, though he stood easily a head above most of the gathering. There was something almost familiar about this strange man’s face.
Amie found herself rising from her hiding place, as if another force beckoned her feet. Rather than skirt about the edge of the crowd like she was inclined, she walked across the dance floor, ignorant of the couples spinning around her.
Suddenly, his black eyes fixed upon her and widened in surprise before a slow smile tilted the corner of his mouth.









5. Mythical Books, a Romanian blog that has been around as long as I've been publishing (probably longer!) shares one of my favorite guest posts. It's always fun for me to revisit bloggers I've known from the beginning, when publishing was still new and the eBook craze was still fresh and exciting. So glad we're both in action still, six years later :)

Guest Post: Meet the Players Excerpt




Before you enter the world of Silver Hollow, it might behoove you to learn a wee bit about the characters you perchance to greet. So pause a while and peruse this list of people you mayhaps meet. 

Amie Wentworth 

Full Name: Jessamiene Dameri Nimue Wenderdowne
Favorite Color: sapphire (secretly) Yellow (Was her mother's favorite color.)
Quirks: Techy things tend to fry when she comes nearby.
Power: Breaking expensive things, as far as she’s concerned. However they swear she’s descended from a very rare magical bloodline.

Myrddin Emrys 

Full Name:Unknown 
Favorite Color: emerald green 
Quirks:  A penchant for general unpredictability and darting off on reckless adventures. 
Power:Unknown (legends have been written about his cunning wisdom though) 
Weapon of Choice: Words 










6. K.D. Jones, Author of A White So Red, and a personal friend & favorite of mine, was amazing as usual by interviewing me today. Let me tell you, only authors can ask the hard questions like these, lol. Thanks so much for featuring me on your gorgeous site, K.D!


Interview
  1. When and why did you start writing?
Like most authors, I’ve been telling stories in one form or medium for long as I can remember. It’s been a lifelong passion I didn’t take seriously until the middle of my failed college career. One day I reached a point where I could choose to keep studying a field I didn’t really care about, or I could finally write an original novel. So I quit school, picked up an extra job and learned how to self-publish. I haven’t regretted it.
  1. Is Silverwood a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
Yes, ironically the pen name came about the same time as the original incarnation of Silver Hollow. I was working on the early chapters and reading them aloud to my best friends (my “Jo & James”). I knew I wanted to write with a nom de plum and made up a list of potentials. “Silver” was in half of them, but my friends declared Silverwood sounded like an author they would read. I hope that reins true for my potential readers.
  1. Describe Silver Hollow in one sentence.
A disillusioned woman finds belonging with family she had forgotten in a dangerous and magical land. Hard to pin it down in one sentence!

View more excerpts by clicking on the pics below:







Tour Giveaway

PRIZE PACK #1: 1 winner will receive new Silver Hollow swag, themed bookmarks, stickers, bookish themed tote, and B&N Illustrated Hardcover Editions of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and The Story of King Arthur & His Knights (US only)
PRIZE PACK #2: 1 winner will receive signed swag (mainly Silver Hollow and Wylder Tales), ebooks of the Wylder Tales Collection, and a free voucher for Bound Beauty to be published later in 2018 (open internationally)
ENDS: June 6th

Monday, May 21, 2018

Silver Hollow Tour Stop Excerpts: Day 1


Hey fantasy avengers! Hope y'all already saw the launch post. I'm excited to have been hosted by the following lovely bloggers and hope you'll take a moment of your time to see what we shared and talked about below:




1. It's All About the Romance, run by the lovely Jaquie Biggar, USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense. Check out her free reads, excerpts and author news at her site: CLICK ME



Guest Post: Crafting Legends

To quote one of my favorite movies and actors, “One does not simply walk into Mordor.”
In the same vein, you don’t simply create a fantasy story without crafting its legends. This is best illustrated through epic fantasy novels like Game of Thrones. Throughout the ongoing series you are drawn deeper into the stories behind the stories. There is legend layered behind hundreds of years of history. Even contemporary fantasy like Harry Potter is full of the hidden history of this magical world. Not every author discovers all the hidden back stories right away of course. Sometimes you discover the legends in the process of exploring your characters. George R.R. Martin, for example, compares his writing method to a garden.







2. Paulette's Papers, run by the lovely Dani (read her About section to learn "why Paulette?"), shares an exclusive excerpt from the prologue: 



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All the nameless faces were staring at her as Amie approached the closed caskets. She glared at her blurred reflection on the black surface, chin set to hold back tears. She dropped a white rose on each casket, then turned back to the crowd of onlookers.


'Go ahead and think I’m heartless,' she thought. 'None of you deserved them and you don’t deserve me either.'


She forced herself to meet their eyes and dared the fakers to pity and mourn with her.


Something hot and electric zapped through her body as her gaze clashed with a man standing just outside the tent. He stood a head taller than everyone else, dark hair flattened to his head by the rain and black eyes enigmatic.


Thunder rumbled and cracked in the clouds overhead. A sudden cool wind kissed Amie’s neck. She rubbed her skin self-consciously. She caught her breath as people began to walk past her, breaking her line of sight and pushing the strange man from her mind...


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To read the excerpt in full visit 
Paulette's Papers: http://paulettespapers.com/?p=16523





3. Reading for the Stars and Moon, shared their honest and thoughtful review. I'm a big fan of critical reviews, because they're the kind that help us grow and improve our craft :) 

REVIEW: 3 stars

Silver Hollow was an interesting read, but it was sometimes hard to follow along with and wasn't a book that really hooked me from the beginning. I really enjoyed the worldbuilding in this novel, and the descriptions were very great at making you feel like you were actually there in the novel. I did feel like there were a lot of twists and turns, and I also really enjoyed that.

There was humor and sadness, and intrigue and romance. All in all, this book had everything I wanted, and everything that would make it a good book, but I think just because it was hard for to stay sucked into the story made it a book I didn't love, although I did enjoy it.

I would highly recommend this novel if you are a fan of fantasy worlds. I might try to reread it in the future to see how much my opinion has changed with being able to follow along more. I look forward to reading more by Jennifer Silverwood.





Stay tuned tomorrow for more tour stops & don't miss the Raffle! Good luck and may the odds be in your favor ;) Happy reading!



Silver Hollow Release Tour Begins!


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Launch for
Silver Hollow
By Jennifer Silverwood

Note from the Author

Welcome fantasy fans! If you’re reading this, you’re more than likely keen on the supernatural, the unexplained magic behind our increasingly tech world. Or...mayhaps you love anything with castles, ball gowns and romance. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. Silver Hollow is a place where the mythic and mundane collide, where madness is just another name for honesty and adults can believe in fairy tales again. It also happens to be my first full-length novel.

Let me tell you how it happened.

Following my mid-twenties “life crisis” in 2011, I made a tough choice. I decided to quit fooling myself, pursuing degrees in subjects I had zero passion for. I moved back home and got a nearby job to save up money and, you know, live off of. But mostly I chose to write. Stories had been pouring out of me for as long as I could remember. Most writers you meet will share similar origin stories. And like any great superhero tale, mine included that pinnacle moment. Where I chose to pursue my dreams of publication. I published Silver Hollow the following November. 2012 was a great year for Indie Authors. The eBook world was still relatively small and new. Best of all, we had ultimate creative freedom and people wanted to read our books. Silver Hollow took off and had I been a smart cookie, I would have written my sequels immediately.

Needless to say that didn’t happen.

Instead I chose the path less traveled and wrote two more stand-alones, two more novellas and the Wylder Tales series. But Silver Hollow never left my thoughts. It was my passion project, my first book baby, and let’s be honest it wasn’t too well-written. Six years later, I chose to release a completely revised and expanded edition.

Originally I thought, “Oh, I’ll just cut unnecessary fluff, tighten up scenes and update dialogue.”

Well, about midway down the rabbit hole, I discovered so many plot bunnies, they were keeping our heroine from moving forward. After sending the bunnies to a nice free-range farm next county over, I rewrote the middle of this book. Before the end I learned Silver Hollow could be so much more than I had expected. If I was willing to go beyond the original story. If I was brave enough to bring in elements I didn’t have the skill to write the first time. I went for it, because in this case I figured “go big or go home.” I rewrote and revised over 142,100 words, maxing out around 459 (word document) pages total. We certainly went big and by taking risks this book exceeded my expectations. I’m so blissfully happy with this edition I can’t wait to share it with y’all. And on that note, I can’t wait to get started on the sequel. ;)

A thousand thanks to the lovely Prism Book Tours and all the fabulous bloggers who are contributing to this tour. We have a lot of fun ahead this week, along with the chance to win some very bookish prizes! Happy reading and may the odds be ever in your favor.

― Jennifer



Hi everyone! So I know most of y'all who follow me here know this, but this tour is especially close to my heart. Since, you know, I'm the author ;). I've been so lucky and blessed to work with Tressa and Laura over at Prism Book Tours. They are lovely tour hosts and ladies and they always give 100% with every tour. Also, I'm excited and humbles to be featured by so many lovely bloggers in the coming week. So hand tight with us and keep an eye out here on this blog. I'll be reblogging each post for y'all :) Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway here!




Silver Hollow

(Borderlands Saga #1)

By Jennifer Silverwood

Urban Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 429 pages
May 31st 2018 by SilverWoodSketches



"I shouldn't have to tell you this isn't a fairy story..."

After her parents' car crash ten years before, Amie Wentworth trusts books more than people. She may be a writer, but she believes in reality over fiction. She ignores the unexplained mysteries surrounding her, never mind the dreams of a past life, or the fact she can fry technology with a touch. Not even a timely invitation from her long-lost uncle in England gives Amie incentive for anything other than ire.

Until she is stabbed in an alley and brought back to life by a handsome stranger. Soon Amie is dragged into the very sort of tale she is used to selling. To make matters worse, the man who saved her life keeps turning up and her would-be-murderer is still at large.

After crossing the Atlantic to her father’s homeland, she discovers a world beyond imagining. Silver Hollow is a place of ancient traditions and supernatural dangers, where everything is the opposite of what it seems and few escape sane. Faced with an impossible choice, Amie is forced to confront a deadly family legacy while remembering a life she soon wishes to forget.

**Previously published in 2012. This NEW EDITION has been FULLY REVISED AND EXPANDED. The original novel is now no longer available.**





About the Author


Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of two series—Heaven's Edge and Wylder Tales—and the stand-alone titles Stay and Silver Hollow.






Tour Giveaway


PRIZE PACK #1: 1 winner will receive new Silver Hollow swag, themed bookmarks, stickers, bookish themed tote, and B&N Illustrated Hardcover Editions of Grimm's Fairy Tales and The Story of King Arthur & His Knights (US only)
PRIZE PACK #2: 1 winner will receive signed swag (mainly Silver Hollow and Wylder Tales), ebooks of the Wylder Tales Collection, and a free voucher for Bound Beauty to be published later in 2018 (open internationally)
ENDS: June 6th

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Cover Reveal: "The Blue" by Nancy Bilyeau

The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau

Publication: Fall 2018 Endeavour Quill
Genre: Historical Fiction


What would you do to possess the most coveted color in the world? The year is 1758, and a headstrong woman artist, 24-year-old Genevieve Planche, is caught up in a high-stakes race to discover the ultimate color, one that threatens to become as deadly as it is lucrative. When Genevieve's mission is complicated by her falling in love with the chemist behind the formula, she discovers the world of blue is filled with ruthless men and women and how high the stakes really are. The story sweeps readers from the worlds of the silk-weaving refugees of London’s Spitalfields and the luxury-obsessed drawing rooms of Grosvenor Square to the porcelain factory of Derby and, finally, magnificent Sevres Porcelain in the shadow of Versailles. And running through it all: the dangerous allure of the color blue.




"Bilyeau’s sumptuous tale of mystery and intrigue transports the reader into the heart of the 18th century porcelain trade—where the price of beauty was death"’ 
-
E.M. Powell, author of the Stanton & Barling medieval mystery series.




Praise for Nancy Bilyeau's Fiction


"Bilyeau deftly weaves extensive historical detail throughout, but the real draw of this suspenseful novel is its juicy blend of lust, murder, conspiracy, and betrayal."
—Review of The Crown published in Oprah, which made the book a pick of the month. 

 "English history buffs and mystery fans alike will revel in Nancy Bilyeau's richly detailed sequel to The Crown."
—Parade magazine review of The Chalice 

 "The story in The Tapestry is fiction, but it is a sheer joy to have Henry’s court recreated with an eye to the reality of its venality, rather than the trendy Wolf Hall airbrushing of its violence and rapacity. The tone is always modern and light, but with none of the clumsy thigh-slapping faux period language. Bilyeau’s writing is effortless, vivid, gripping and poignant, bringing Tudor England to life with sparkling zest. If you want to see the Reformation from the side of the English people rather than the self-serving court, it is tough to do better than this trilogy."
—Review of The Tapestry by Dominic Selwood, published in The Catholic Herald 

 "As always, Bilyeau has done her historical homework, bringing the drama, and details of Henry VIII’s court to life. You’re basically watching the rise and fall of Catherine Howard, Thomas Cromwell, Walter Hungerford and Thomas Culpepper through Joanna’s eyes. Her private moments with the king were among my favorites in this book. This a true historical thriller. It’s a Tudor novel full of suspense, intrigue, brutality, and death. It’s a well researched page turner. If you’re looking for an exciting historical read, this will be on your list."
—Review of The Tapestry by Sandra Alvarez for Medievalists.net 

 “Nancy Bilyeau's passion for history infuses her books and transports us back to the dangerous world of Tudor England. Vivid characters and gripping plots are at the heart of this wonderful trilogy. Warmly recommended!”
—Alison Weir, author of The Marriage Game: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth I and many bestsellers 

"Nancy Bilyeau's polished, inventive debut has all the ingredients of the best historical fiction: a broad cast of characters, well-imagined settings, and vivid story-telling... In Joanna Stafford, Bilyeau has given us a memorable character who is prepared to risk her life to save what she most values, while Stafford's desperate search for a lost religious relic will satisfy even the most ardent mystery fans."
—Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches





About the Author




Nancy Bilyeau has worked on the staffs of InStyle, DuJour, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Good Housekeeping. She is currently a regular contributor to Town & Country and the editor of the digital magazine The Big Thrill. Her screenplays have placed in several prominent industry competitions. Two scripts reached the semi-finalist round of the Nicholl Fellowships of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. A native of the Midwest, she earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. THE CROWN, her first novel and an Oprah pick, was published in 2012; the sequel, THE CHALICE, followed in 2013. The third in the trilogy, THE TAPESTRY, was published by Touchstone in 2015. The books have also been published by Orion in the UK and seven other countries. Nancy lives in New York City with her husband and two children. For more information, please visit Nancy Bilyeau's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.





Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Author Interview: S.R. Malley "Trouble in Glamour Town"



Trouble In Glamour Town 

by S.R. Mallery

Publication Date: November 12, 2017
eBook & Paperback; 202 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1979566070
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Mystery



Murder. Corruption. Romance. 

Movie stars. A modern day TV shoot ‘em up? No. It’s 1926 Old Hollywood, and a film producer is gunned down in cold blood. In comes Rosie, a pretty bit-player, who, in spite of her stage-mother’s expectations, just longs to be happy. Silent screen idols Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, Lon Chaney, and Rudolph Valentino float in and out, as Los Angeles’ corruption is exposed, the era described, and a chase to find the killer revs up before there’s another hit.






Author Interview



JS: Hi S.R., thanks so much for sharing Trouble in Glamour Town with us! I loved how you set the novel during the early days of Hollywood with its glitz and silent stars. Could you tell us a little about the inspiration behind your novel?


S.R.M: First of all, much thanks for such great questions. AND your wonderful review!

Growing up with a father who wrote scripts from the Golden Age of Television well into the 1970s, I have always appreciated Hollywood, not only for its famous movies and stars, but also because of his stories about going out to Los Angeles in the early thirties to try and get into the film world. He talked about the wonderful Red Cars traveling from downtown City Hall all the way out to Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean. He described the gorgeous “Wannabe’s,” those starry-eyed, girls from all over the country, who, as often as not, would end up as waitresses at local drive-in diners before returning home. He also chuckled about the Hollywood parties he and his friend crashed, pretending to be ‘directors,’ so hopefully girls would go out with them. (He did admit it seldom worked).
         
But talkies were widespread by the 1930s. I became curious about the decade before that, when films and actors were silent, and in some ways, more expressive. And when I started my research and learned just how corrupt Los Angeles also was back then, that did it. 1926 it was!





JS: Trouble in Glamour Town is both murder mystery while highlighting the beauty of this lost era in history. Have you always been a fan of murder mysteries and do you have a personal favorite?


S.R.M: Actually, I have. I’ve enjoyed so many mysteries – on television, in films, and in books. I don’t have a personal favorite per se. And although in general, my books have not been mysteries (the exceptions were two short stories in my anthology, SEWING CAN BE DANGEROUS), I decided it was high time for me to write a complete novel that was an actual whodunit––but set in the past.





JS: I love how you seamlessly teach about the old stars like Lon Chaney for readers not as familiar with the era. As an author, who would you choose as your Old Hollywood mascot/avatar/spirit Animal?


S.R.M: It’s funny. Once I decided I was going to set Trouble In Glamour Town during the 1920s, I did what I always do when creating an historical book. I began reading, watching you-tube video clips, and researching about famous film people back then. I learned about Rudolph Valentino and his screaming fans, Mary Pickford not really being “America’s Sweetheart” behind closed doors, Gloria Swanson’s “grande” entrances, and so on and so forth. But the more I researched that era, the more I fell in love with Clara Bow and Lon Chaney. Why Lon Chaney, you may well ask? To me, his creativity and cleverness at makeup was astounding. Basically, he, alone, created an entire world of makeup special effects! And as for Clara Bow, her lovely, highly expressive face was riveting. I found out how, because she was a warm, free spirit and didn’t bend to the usual studio ‘rules,’ she was shunned by the rest of the Hollywood elite. Thus, I thought she would be a strong role model for my main female protagonist, who’s somewhat lost in her life.






JS: You have been a singer/composer, an award-winning quilter and an ESL/Reading Instructor. How would you say your life experiences have shaped your writing?


S.R.M: Because I started writing much later than most authors I know, I have, from time to time, wished I had begun much sooner. I would probably have at least ten more books in my stables. But recently, I’ve decided to embrace the fact that I was so varied in my work experience; it exposed me to people of all walks of life, and I have memories that still touch me greatly. It also has afforded me a basic view that works well with being an historical fiction writer: no matter the place or time, no matter the economic circumstances, people have been and always will be basically the same: kind and generous, as well as avaricious and mean. They just have worn different clothes and have used different vernacular!






JS: You mentioned wanting to work from home leading into writing professionally. What first led you to become a writer and what continues to drive you today?


S.R.M: Besides my father, I come from a family of writers, so for most of my adult life, I instinctively knew I wouldn’t touch that profession with a ten-foot pole. Too intimidating! Then, when my daughter was a teenager, I remember we were shopping for underwear in a department store. I got mine lickety-split. She took forever to decide. As I sat waiting outside the dressing rooms, I decided to try writing a short story. The year before my father had told me about the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, where so many young immigrant seamstresses died. Being a quilter, that haunted me. With only a general idea of where I would go, I started in. When my daughter appeared forty-five minutes later and said, “I’m done, Mom. Sorry I took so long,” I looked up at her, in a fog. I was hooked. Have been writing ever since.





JS: Historical fiction at its best is backed with thorough research. Would you say your research for Trouble in Glamour Town impacted the story? How much of it is based in true events? 


S.R.M: As my disclaimer says, my conversations were very loosely imagined based on what I read. Definitely not quotes. Other things I wrote about were accurate, such as how one started and cranked up an early Ford car, how the actors and actresses had to apply blue and yellow make-up because of the old lights and cameras, the City Hall corruption and its participants in Los Angeles back then, and also the vocabulary used, both in dialogues and even the narration. I realize it takes much longer to write historical fiction, but to me, the research is completely worth it!






JS: Are your main characters based on people you know, or do they live solely in your imagination?


S.R.M: I usually make up my main protagonists. I might use a trait here or there based on people I know but basically, it’s all from my non-stop, crazy mind. However, like in “Forrest Gump,” I enjoy dovetailing my main characters with actual people of the time.






JS: Could you share any upcoming projects you have planned next with us?

S.R.M: I’m currently working on two books. The first one is a novella called TENDER ENEMIES, which will be part of a boxed set entitled, LOVE UNDER FIRE, due out in November. Here is that book’s blurb:

It’s 1941 in New York City, a time before Pearl Harbor, when Nazi spies are everywhere in the U.S. and no one knows who’s working for whom. In comes beautiful Lily, paid to gather intelligence by setting up a “honey trap” for Joe Stiles, a supposed German infiltrator. Problem is, she soon faces a danger she isn’t prepared for––falling in love.


The second book is a sequel to my historical western romance, The Dolan Girls. Not sure when that will be coming out!

I also have a possible cozy/paranormal series in mind after that...we’ll seeeeeee.



JS: We can't wait for your next release! Thanks again for visiting with us today, and best of luck with the rest of your tour. Keep reading for a recap on my review, plus more about the author, below.



My Review

5 of 5 Stars


Truly great historical fiction rests in the little details, minute things that give authenticity. From the first scene in Trouble in Glamour Town, we are dropped into a past as troubled as today. A constant theme is in the contrasting grit buried beneath the surface glamour so present with the '20s. 


Nostalgia abounds as we come across Old Hollywood starlets of the silent screen. I grew up on these films, thanks to my grandparents, so I knew them immediately. However, if you're a fan of the roaring twenties, but a little rusty on your cinema trivia, never fear. S.R. Mallery has written introductions and indications so effortlessly, you won't realize you're being educated. While I was familiar with Old Hollywood films and its stars, there was much about the industry at the time that I found fascinating. Clearly, Mallery has done her research. 


I can't say enough about the writing here, really. This is a great story, everything you can want in your next read. The author's writing was so immersive, I easily stepped back into 1926. I loved how the mystery unveiled itself through multiple perspectives, giving us tastes of very visceral emotions.


Remember what I said about great historical fiction? Mallery is truly an author for readers to invest with. In Trouble in Glamour Town, S.R. Mallery has spun words into gold and given us an trip through time.









About the Author



S.R. Mallery, two-time READERS’ FAVORITE Gold Medal Winner, has been labeled nothing short of 'eclectic'. She has been a singer, a calligrapher, a quilt designer, and an ESL teacher. As a writer, History is her focus and is woven into her stories with a delicate thread. When people talk about the news of the day, or listen to music, her imagination likens the story to a similar kind of news in the past and is conjuring up scenes between characters she has yet to meet. S.R. Mallery's books include The Dolan Girls, Genteel Secrets, Unexpected Gifts, Sewing Can Be Dangerous And Other Small Threads, Tales to Count On, and Trouble in Glamour Town. For more information, please visit S. R. Mallery's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.






Blog Tour Schedule


Monday, May 7 Review at A Bookaholic Swede
Tuesday, May 8 Feature at View from the Birdhouse
Wednesday, May 9 Review at SilverWoodSketches
Thursday, May 10 Feature at Just One More Chapter
Monday, May 14 Review at Donna's Book Blog
Tuesday, May 15 Feature at So Many Books, So Little Time
Wednesday, May 16 Interview at SilverWoodSketches
Friday, May 18 Review at E. Lizard Breath Reads
Monday, May 21 Review at 100 Pages a Day
Tuesday, May 22 Feature at Broken Teepee
Thursday, May 24 Interview at Passages to the Past
Friday, May 25 Review at A Chick Who Reads  &  Review at LadyJ's Bookish Nook



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