Wednesday, May 02, 2012

GUEST BLOG and GIVEAWAY: Lilia Birney and TO CATCH A THIEF-TAKER

This post is part of a Virtual Book Tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be giving away a $50 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour...it might be you! But, only if you leave a comment--you can't win if you don't play! Click on the banner above to see her other stops and go comment there too!!


Roaring in the Twenties by Lilia Birney


Hi everyone! First, I would like to thank Judy for hosting me on my blog tour for To Catch a Thief-Taker. She's asked me a lot of interesting questions, but I think the one I found most intriguing was about historical time periods--which one is my favorite?

Well, I have to admit that it's easier for me to talk about what historical periods I don't like. I am such a history nerd that I will read almost any historical-set novel. I even got my bachelor's in history, after changing from an English major. But, if I had to pin down one era, I would say that I love the Roaring Twenties.

When I say that, people in the writing business just cringe. They say that it's not historical enough, or that it simply doesn't sell. So I have stuck to the tried-and-true, and I write in Regency England. It is, after all, my second-favorite era in history. But there's something about the 1920s that makes it irresistible to me. Maybe it's the Art Deco sleekness of design. The hot jazz music and gorgeous silent films. The beaded dresses and adorable bobbed haircuts? Delicious. And the romance writer in me loves that this era was a great time of sexual revolution, particularly for women. Why not write a romance novel set in an era where women really began to take charge in the bedroom?

I'm a huge fan of the PBS series Downton Abbey, and I am so happy this third season will be taking place in the 1920s. Maybe it will reignite the popularity of this era. What do you think? Would you read a book set in the 1920s? What's your favorite era in history?

About the Author:
Lilia is a reader and writer of historical romance. While the Regency is her favorite era, she loves anything from the Revolution to the 1940s, with a special interest in American history. Her first novella, From Air to Eternity, was published by Night Shift Publishing in 2011. Her newest series,The Liberated Ladies, explores the lives of four very independent women in Georgian England. Lilia lives in New Bern, North Carolina.

Find the author online:

Twitter: liliabirney
Email: liliabirney@hotmail.com
Blog: http://www.canyonlandpress.com/

When Lady Penelope Annand's trusted servant goes missing, she is determined to get to the bottom of the matter. Even if that means hiring a thief-taker to track down her maid's whereabouts. But when the darkly smoldering Pierce Howe takes charge of the situation, Penelope finds herself growing more attracted to him by the second--even if she's infuriated by his high-handed manner. She doesn't trust any man--not after the way her first husband wronged her--so why is she so quick to believe in a thief-taker?

Pierce Howe has made a name for himself as one of London's most reliable thief-takers, leaving behind his family's sordid past to create a life of his own. But when Viscountess Annand, known in society as The Ice Goddess, demands that he track down her wayward maid, all his carefully-constructed defenses begin crumbling. As the Ice Goddess shows that she does indeed have a melting point, the thief-taker must decide if he can risk it all and tell her the truth about his past.

11 comments:

Alisha Robinson said...

Awesome! Of course I would!!! The 20's were so ... cool ... really they just have this air of dapper about them. I'm a history fan too and although I tend towards the classical ages the 20's are definitely up there for me!

Judy said...

Thanks for coming by, Lilia! I would buy a book set in the '20s as well...and I LOVE Downton Abbey! Can hardly wait for the new season. Whose your favorite character?

Joanne said...

This is a great blog tour. I love history and learning through reading. This book sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it.

MomJane said...

My favorite books are those about the regency era. However, I would love to read more stories about the roaring twenties. I love that time also. I am really enjoying Downton Abbey as well.

Lilia Birney said...

Hi everyone! Thanks for hosting me, Judy. So glad to hear that you all love the 1920s as much as I do. I think my favorite character on Downton Abbey is the Dowager Countess, with Lady Sybil running a close second. Who gets your vote?

Catherine Lee said...

I love the 20s! Flappers, the speakeasy, art deco, jazz...there was a lot going on in the 20s. Just think of the great literature: Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, Conrad, Kahlil Gibran, D.H. Lawrence, Sinclair Lewis, Virginia Woolf, Hemingway, etc. I think that the 20s were some of the best years for American literature.

marybelle said...

By the 1920's women are really starting to really there independence. I do love the Regency period, but I find all history fascinating.

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Jibriel said...

I love the Regency period as well, especially after going to England for a semester, the Museum of London has a great collection of that time period and I loved to listen about the women who fought for their rights at the time.
Also I have bought more than a few books about this time period before, so I'm looking forward to this one.

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Ellie Lang said...

It's an interesting time period in world but also in women's history, I'm looking forward to reading this one!

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Lyra L7 said...

Can I second the Downton Abbey comment? :)
Seriously the 20s are fascinating time and I'm happy to read a lot of books as long as they intrigue me and yours does.

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Emiliana25 said...

I love regency novels and this one sounds really promising!
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