It's great to have Marie Treanor here today with something completely new--an adventure into hot Gothic! It looks great! Also, check out her giveaway contest at the end of this post.
New Book, New Series, New Genre by Marie Treanor
There is a special thrill that comes with the release of every new book. I’ve published about fifty now in one form or another, and it never seems to go away – although perhaps I celebrate a bit differently nowadays. My champagne tends to be virtual and my release day so hectic that there’s no time for meals out or quiet drinks with my husband! Funnily enough, I don’t feel the loss, perhaps because I celebrate on-line with my fellow romance readers and other authors, who all understand what’s gone into making this day happen.
So, I would like to pour a fizzing glass of bubbly for Marsha and all Marsha’s readers, with grateful thanks for helping me celebrate The Dead of Haggard Hall today – cheers!
Because, The Dead of Haggard Hall is even more exciting than usual for me. It’s not just a new release, it’s the start of a new series called Darke of Night, featuring Barbara Darke, an unusual Victorian medium. And, since it’s historical Gothic, it’s also a new genre for me. Or a new mix of genres!
I’ve always loved Gothic books and films, from Dracula to Victoria Holt’s novels, Bela Lugosi’s films to Penny Dreadful, so I suppose it was inevitable that Gothic elements should creep into my own writing – after all, I do write mainly paranormal romance, which lends itself quite wonderfully to Gothic atmospheres, eerie old houses and dark, dangerous heroes. But until The Dead of Haggard Hall, I never really set out to write a Gothic novel as such. And when the character of Barbara came to me, and then Patrick, they were set very much in the candlelight and shadows. They had to be Victorians, albeit unconventional ones, and their story had to be deeply sensual.
Of course there is a danger in plastering modern sexual customs onto “respectable” Victorian society – especially ladies – to please the palates of today’s readers. I could have made this a no sex novel, or a “behind closed doors” novel (I did that to some degree in Ghost in the Rain, a novella which is part of the multi-author A World of Gothic series), but when you think about it, although understated, the sexual attraction in Dracula, Jane Eyre, Rebecca, and Victoria Holt, is central to the story and I do believe steamy works very well with Gothic set in any era. And more to the point, it is who Barbara is – as you’ll understand when you read the book! J. I think of it as hot Gothic...
So yes, I’m thrilled to be celebrating The Dead of Haggard Hall today – let me refill those glasses with some fresh bubbles! Thanks for joining me!
The Dead of Haggard Hall
Darke of Night
Genre: Gothic/historical/paranormal romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Date of Publication: 26th July 2016
Number of pages: 216 (paperback)
Word Count: 71,000
Cover Artist: Kelly Martin
Spirit possession is easy to remedy. Possession of the heart is another matter.
After vicar’s widow and natural medium Barbara Darke loses her respectable teaching position, she reluctantly agrees to become companion to her former pupil Emily, now the bride of young Sir Arthur Haggard.
Once settled at Haggard Hall, Barbara finds her friend is beset by ghostly voices and unexplained deaths. In a maelstrom of dark spirits and wicked emotions, Barbara battles to lay Emily’s ghosts to rest—both hampered and helped by Arthur’s skeptical cousin Patrick, who provokes and attracts her in equal measure.
It would be a mistake to trust a secretive, guilt-ridden man suspected of driving his wife to suicide, if not outright murdering her. And it could well be lethal to give in to her own desires, confused as they often are with the lusts of the dead.
But Arthur and Emily are in genuine physical danger, and suspicion is falling closer and closer to Patrick—the man who haunts Barbara’s sensual dreams. The man who stands to inherit Haggard Hall.
Warning: Contains a medium whose body is open season for spirit possession, and a scandal-ridden journalist who only believes what he can see—and touch.
Marie Treanor lives in Scotland, in a chaotic house by the sea, together with her eccentric husband, three much too smart children and a small dog who rules them all. Most days, she avoids both housekeeping and evil day jobs by writing stories of paranormal romance and fantasy.
Marie is the award winning author of over forty sexy paranormal romances - Indie, New York and E-published.
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