There's a few more available slots for THE RAVEN'S SEAL, a historical mystery that will appeal to fans of Dickens:
From a young age, New Zealand–born author Andrei Baltakmens was entranced by the novels of Charles Dickens. His love of those books compelled him to earn a Ph.D. in English literature, focused on Dickens and Victorian urban mysteries, a genre Dickens helped to create. During his time as a staff member at Cornell in Ithaca, New York, Andrei first began to develop the idea that would become his new novel, The Raven’s Seal (Nov. 2012, Top Five Books). At once an homage to England’s greatest novelist and a ripping good read, The Raven’s Seal opens in the fictional English city of Airenchester in 1775.
The Raven’s Seal weaves a Dickensian tale of poverty and privilege, wrongful imprisonment, wicked villains, colorful supporting characters, and a selfless hero and heroine who must solve a mysterious murder while uncovering a sinister conspiracy.
With the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s birth earlier this year, a renewed interest in the author’s work has exploded. If you’re a devotee of Dickens but have exhausted his novels—and let’s face it, he’s not going to be writing any more—you can satisfy your appetite for more by immersing yourself in the world of The Raven’s Seal.
“The opening passages of The Raven’s Seal were first written in the A.D. White Library at Cornell University, in the quiet between semesters,” writes Andrei. “But the original idea of the prison—and prisoner—wrapped in a Dickensian mystery had been with me much longer. My first conception of the Bellstrom Gaol was a patchwork of images (Dickens’ Newgate and Marshalsea among them) and therefore entirely fictional, as was the city, rather like Dickens’ Cloisterham, that surrounded it. With the Cornell Library, I began to draw out and give substance to those first strands of inspiration. As I researched the history of prisons, the gaol of the eighteenth century emerged as the ideal stage for the corrupt, brawling, chaotic scene I wanted to create.”
We are planning a November blog tour -- and the author will be available for guest posts or q&a. As well, we can offer one copy as a giveaway to each host's blog. Excerpt attached. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested, providing the URL of your blog and a little bit about your blog's readership. Thank you so much!
Looks like I need to reiew some of Dickens' works before I read this one.This blog was interesting.