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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Blast: Steampunk, mad scientists, and jewelry

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.

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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: “Oh!” She jumped up, put a hand in her purse and withdrew the handkerchief. “I forgot to tell you about this. I found it on the floor in the room from which Father was taken. I’m positive he left it as a clue but I’m not sure what it means.”

Benji took the piece of cloth with the stick pin and his youthful face screwed up in concentration as he examined it, then he bolted to his feet “D, d, dash it all, Belle. Do you know what this is?”

She shook her head and her heart raced at his tone.

“It’s a ceremonial j, j, jewel given to the Sarcs of Carabarras.”

Her eyes widened. She’d heard of the secret group of assassins but didn’t know any more than the general public. She hoped her adopted boy genius had more details. “You’d better explain.”

“The Sarcs are t, t, taken as children and trained within the secret organization. When they finish their t, t, training, they’re given a task to fulfill. Usually that means k, k, killing someone. If they're successful, they’re given the t, t, title of Sarc and one of these.” He held up the gold and ruby pin. “They wear it on the inside of their c, c, cloaks and never take it off until they die.”

“Or until it falls out of their cloak while they’re kidnapping someone…or…that someone steals it as a clue.” Belle hadn’t really examined it, so she reached out and took it from him. She turned the pin around seeing it in a new light. The golden head resembled some type of flower and the large ruby was planted in the middle of the blossom. She looked up at Benji.

Where to buy:
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12 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great book, Bella sounds like a wonderful heroine!

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  2. Love this and can´t wait for my chance to read! =)
    Happy Tuesday!
    //Linda
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  3. Wonderful excerpt, the title alone had me in anticipation of a great read, I'm going to love reading this one! :)

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  4. Airships and pirates sound very exiting!

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  5. Thanks for hosting me today! I hope you all love this story. You can actually download it FREE today and tomorrow if you have a Kindle app. Enjoy!!! XOXOX Lara

    http://www.amazon.com/Revenge-Mad-Scientist-Book-ebook/dp/B008XJ8LJ2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1359479936&sr=1-1&keywords=revenge+of+the+mad+scientist

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  6. Thank you for the vivid excerpt and for making the story free on this day, I'm glad I picked it up!

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  7. You mentioned that you liked Jules Verne books, which of his book inspired you for writing Steampunk?

    emiliana25(At)web(Dot)de

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  8. I'm glad you dropped by! I love Steampunk, it's a favored genre though I don't read nearly enough. My own fault!

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  9. Thanks for having me today! I love all the great comments.
    Emiliana, Around the World in Eighty Days is my favorite Jules Verne book and the inspiration for my own story. What a great tale! Timeless!
    Hope ya'll enjoy the adventure! XOXO Lara

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  10. All of the excerpts for the tour have been great. Thanks for the free DL! Look forward to reading it.

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  11. Sounds like a nice read.

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  12. Lady Arabella Trunkett - now that's a proper name for a heroine.

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