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Release Day Book Blast: The Lost History Of Dreams by Kris Waldherr @kriswaldherr #TheLostHistoryofDreams via @hfvtb #HFVBTBlogTours
Hello everyone! Today I have the great pleasure to be helping celebrate the release of The Lost History Of Dreams by Kris Waldherr, this book looks absolutely enthralling and I cannot wait to read it – it’s definitely on my next to buy list – so without any ado, take a look and lets wish Kris a very Happy Publication Day!!
In this captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale, a post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future.
When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead in his bath one morning in 1850, the task of burying his body falls to his estranged cousin, historian turned postmortem photographer Robert Highstead. De Bonne’s will instructs that he should be buried in an unusual chapel, a stained glass folly set on the Shropshire moors, built to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. It has since been locked to all outsiders—especially the rabid, cultlike fans of de Bonne’s final book, The Lost History of Dreams. Only Ada’s grief-stricken niece, Isabelle, holds the key—but she refuses to open the glass chapel unless Robert agrees to her bargain: Before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record the real story behind her aunt’s ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights.
Sweeping and darkly atmospheric, THE LOST HISTORY OF DREAMS is a Gothic mystery about love and loss that blurs the line between past and present, truth and fiction, and ultimately, life and death. And remember, all love stories are ghost stories in disguise.
Now available at LostHistoryBook.com.
The Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldherr
Publication Date: April 9, 2019
Hardcover & eBook; 320 Pages
A post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future, in this captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale.
All love stories are ghost stories in disguise.
When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead of a heart attack in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a historian turned post-mortem photographer, is charged with a simple task: transport Hugh’s remains for burial in a chapel. This chapel, a stained glass folly set on the moors of Shropshire, was built by de Bonne sixteen years earlier to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. Since then, the chapel has been locked and abandoned, a pilgrimage site for the rabid fans of de Bonne’s last book, The Lost History of Dreams.
However, Ada’s grief-stricken niece refuses to open the glass chapel for Robert unless he agrees to her bargain: before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record Isabelle’s story of Ada and Hugh’s ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights.
As the mystery of Ada and Hugh’s relationship unfolds, so does the secret behind Robert’s own marriage—including that of his fragile wife, Sida, who has not been the same since the tragic accident three years ago, and the origins of his own morbid profession that has him seeing things he shouldn’t—things from beyond the grave.
Kris Waldherr effortlessly spins a sweeping and atmospheric gothic mystery about love and loss that blurs the line between the past and the present, truth and fiction, and ultimately, life and death.
Praise for The Lost History of Dreams
“Scheherazade-like … haunting… Waldherr writes that ‘love stories are ghost stories in disguise.’ This one, happily, succeeds as both.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“An unexpected delight that grows steadily more compelling as its pages fly by.” —Booklist
“A sensual, twisting gothic tale that embraces Victorian superstition much in the tradition of A.S. Byatt’s Possession, Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.”—BookPage
“Eerily atmospheric and gorgeously written, The Lost History of Dreams is a Gothic fairy-tale to savor.” – Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of THE ALICE NETWORK and THE HUNTRESS
“The Lost History of Dreams is a dark, shimmering gem of a novel, glittering with love lost, secrets kept, and long-buried truths revealed. Wonder, memory, death and passion haunt every page of Kris Waldherr’s powerhouse Gothic debut.” – Greer Macallister, bestselling author of THE MAGICIAN’S LIE and WOMAN 99
“Brooding, romantic, and thoughtful, The Lost History of Dreams is a rare bird in that it shines throughout with wit. I loved every page of it.” – Erika Swyler, bestselling author of THE BOOK OF SPECULATION and LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS
“With luminous prose, stunning poetry and a fascinating cast of characters, Waldherr weaves a wonderfully atmospheric tale. Not to be missed!” – Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME and THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S DAUGHTER
“A riveting, addictive read. Sarah Waters fans will be entranced.” – Mary Sharratt, author of ECSTASY and DAUGHTERS OF THE WITCHING HILL
“A novel of haunting mystery and passion reminiscent of Wuthering Heights and Byatt’s Possession.” – Crystal King, author of FEAST OF SORROW and THE CHEF’S SECRET
“An atmospheric tale of lost love, family secrets, and an inquiry into how our own histories define us, I relished every poetic page.” – Heather Webb, international bestselling author of LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS and THE PHANTOM’S APPRENTICE
“With beautiful prose and poetry, Waldherr weaves a darkly seductive Gothic tale of love, art, death, and obsession. You’ll want to keep reading this one late into the night.” – Alyssa Palombo, author of THE SPELLBOOK OF KATRINA VAN TASSEL
“A sumptuous feast for all the senses.” – Clarissa Harwood, author of IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS and BEAR NO MALICE
About the Author
Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author, illustrator, and designer. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, and her fiction has been awarded with fellowships by the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts and a reading grant by Poets & Writers.
Kris Waldherr works and lives in Brooklyn in a Victorian-era house with her husband, the anthropologist-curator Thomas Ross Miller, and their young daughter.
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Welcome to the Release Day Blitz of Eye of The Seer, The second book in the new Derbfine Series by Ashley York is released today, so I have a special release day post. We have a bit out Eye of the Seer, a bit about Ashley and my review of book one Curse of the Healer.
In ancient Éire, men and women take to the legends for answers. Different-colored eyes are the mark of a Seer, it is said, and those who can see the future are in league with the devil. They cannot be suffered to live.
He wishes to prove himself…
Marcán of Clonascra bears the bloodline of Brian Boru, the legendary high king, and his prowess as a warrior has earned him great respect. But he was born with different-colored eyes, and there are some who would have him suffer a Seer’s fate. His fiercest adversary is Beibhinn, mother to Diarmuid, his close friend and king, and Astrid, the woman who holds his heart. If Astrid ever showed him any interest, he would fight Beibhinn and any army to wed her.
She is desperate to escape…
Astrid is sick of her mother’s belittling, but her brother is in no hurry see her married, so she decides to see to her own match-making. The man she approaches quickly reveals his lack of honor, but her overbearing mother pushes her to wed him anyway. When Astrid discovers Marcán’s love for her, she realizes that what she wants has been in front of her all along. True happiness awaits them, but only if they can put a stop to her mother’s plans.
Curse of the Healer by Ashley York Descendants of the High King series (Derbfine Series) Book one.
After the death of Brian Boru in 1014, a legend arose of a healer so great she could raise a man from the dead, with a power so strong it could make any warrior the next high king of Éire…and to steal it away from her, he need only possess her.
Fated to be a healer…
Aednat has spent her entire life training to be the great healer, knowing she must remain alone. When she meets Diarmuid, the intense attraction she feels toward him shakes her resolve to believe in such a legend. If she gives in to the passion he ignites in her, can she settle for being less?
Destined to be his…
Diarmuid of Clonascra is renowned for his bravery in battle. Only one thing daunt’s him: the prospect of taking a wife. The safest course would be to keep his distance from Aednat, the bold, headstrong healer who’s far too tempting for his peace of mind. But his overking orders him to protect her from a group of craven warriors intent on kidnapping her to steal her power.
What starts as duty for Diarmuid quickly transforms into something more. Aednat’s power might be at risk, but so is his closed-off heart.
This is first book I have read by Ashley York and I can absolutely say it will not be the last, what an absolutely wonderful way to be introduced to York’s writing. This is such a thrilling and intelligent tale that entwine’s myths and legends so effortlessly with an original love story.
In 1014 came a legend that stated a healer who had the greatest power a man would know, a healer who could raise the dead and make warriors into kings and if any man wanted her power and be the most powerful King of Eire all they had to do possess her and take her virtue.
Aednat is a healer in the making who as a child she was booted out of her clan by the then Chief – her grandfather none the less – for having a disability, a club foot and she was sentenced to a living as an outcast in the woods with the other people who had some sort of disability. Once her grandfather had passed away and her cousin became the new chief she was allowed back into her clan under the protection of her cousin Sean. Sean never did like the way Aednat was treated by her grandfather and the clan but at the time he couldn’t say anything to help her as he would have been severely punished for it. So when he becomes Chief he personally goes and collects his cousin, who becomes the jewel of his family. Sean knows just how special she is and just how much danger she could be in.
So he does what any protective head of the family does, he sends word for her protector.
Diarmuid is chief of Clonascra, another Clan and also a well renowned and powerful warrior in his own right. He s good friends with Sean and when he gets an urgent message from his friend to come quickly as he had a special mission for him, Diarmuid goes to his friend’s aid.
But what is it exactly Sean that wants of Diarmuid?
Sean is gathering all of the chiefs of the mighty clans in the area and asking them all to come together and to try to protect their people from invaders not just from foreigners but from danger much closer to home. Obviously Diarmuid believes that this is why he has been summoned, to help his friend with this alliance. But Sean has other ideas especially where Aednat is concerned.
Sean knows that because of her being a well-known and skilful healer in the making she is in very serious danger. Once the rebels and rival clans fin out about her, they will want her. She could be taken, abused and killed for her healing power and so Sean asks the only person in the world who he trusts to guard her – his best friend Diarmuid.
When the village is attacked by rebels Aednat is shocked to find out that they wanted her, and because of a legend that the rebels believe about possessing her and getting her healing powers they will stop at nothing to get her. There is only one way that she will have a chance of her being safe and only one person who can protect her; Diarmuid!
“Ye need to take her in hand.”Sean scoffed. “No one takes Aednat in hand. She’s a will of her own, and no man will bend her to his.”
Aednat is a great young woman she has ideas and opinions that for the time would have come across as witchery and evil, but in actual fact she is just a free thinking, opinionated woman who knows what she wants out of life. She knows she doesn’t want marriage, she hates the idea of becoming a mans object for the rest of her life. She is so much happier living on her own, but she’s not naive to think that is actually going to be able to happen.
After growing up in the dangerous outer skirts of the village, she knows how perilous life can be for her, not just the fact that she is just a woman, but she is a talented healer with a disability. Even with her powerful cousins protection she is still looked upon with scorn and fear, that is until she meets Diarmuid who looks on her with something that unsettles her.
Diamuid is a monosyllabic, brusque warrior and he is a hugely proud and honourable man who hates injustices. He is a good warrior and takes his duties very seriously, so when he finds out that Aednat is in danger he is the first to come to her rescue. As much as he would deny it he is a really good man and highly protective to this he cares about.
As soon as he knows the full details of how much danger she is in he knows full well that the safest place for her is by his side, yes he might growl and moan but deep down he has a heart of pure gold and from the moment he saw Aednat he was drawn to her and there is no way in hell that anyone is going to touch her, she is his and has been since the day he set eyes on her. He will protect her with his last breath.
“I will not let them have ye. Rest assured. Ye’ve been entrusted to me, and I care for what is mine.”
Diarmuid reminds me of a wild wolf, leader of his little wolf pack. He is wild, viscous when he needs to be, caring and loving a natural-born leader but he is also so very normal. I especially love how he makes fun of himself when not on guard he has a lovely wit, and when he wants to be he can be really charming, especially when he doing what we all do and have a moan about his family. Joking with Sean about his demanding mother and free-spirited sister Astrid.
When they first meet she thinks he is nothing but an angry, arrogant and egotistical brute. Who because he is this feared this feared warrior he can do and say what ever he likes, he thinks of her as a spoilt little brat who needs her arse slapped. That first meeting between them is highly amusing, they don’t hide how they really hate each, when they are bickering they feed of each others emotions that makes their arguments really get going and it even gets to stage where she gives him a well deserved slap.
They are both such opinionated and passionate people who obviously when together there is fireworks in one way or another, yet beneath the bad-tempered words they both have genuine feeling for each other, but can both of them get past the fact that they have been forced to endure each others company and see that they are both good, kind-hearted and sensual individuals who needs love in their own way?
“I wanted ye to be happy with a woman, Diarmuid. Someone to warm yer bed when ye’ve returned from battle. Is that so bad? I thought she could be the one.” Clearly Sean had a great blind spot where Aednat was concerned. A wife like her would never give him peace.
This is really very interesting I love the mixture of love story and legend, which intricately entwine’s throughout the story. It is a smart and mesmerizing tale and you become completely submerged in the era.
I genuinely really love this it is an intelligent and enjoyable read, York has created a beautifully written atmospheric, mysterious love story. I cant wait to read more of this series, especially Diarmuids right hand man Marcan, who is a seductive Rogue who could charm the birds from the trees with his gorgeous of Eyes and cute as a button wit.
I cannot recommend this enough, this can be enjoyed by any Historical Romance reader, it has everything Medieval Romance, Myth’s and Legend’s and a game of cat and mouse.
Curse of the Healer is out now and can be found at Amazon.
This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
“Two things you should know about me right up front. I’m a hard-core romantic! And I love history!
I believe true love does exist and once found, can transform your life from a solitary journey into a passionate adventure. Easier said than done sometimes but writing about the infinite number of possibilities, working out the exact when and where, and developing the character’s personal journey to get there, thrills me to no end.
I love history with larger than life heroes, chivalrous knights, lords and ladies, castles, manors, battles and conquests. These are the foundations for passionate, historical romance novels. That’s what I write. There is nothing like the intense emotions sparked between a driven, hard-working medieval warrior and a feisty damsel in a quandary, often not of her own making.
It only makes sense that I use my MA in History and all those research techniques to create romantic characters from the past. Although I’m writing fiction, I like to incorporate authentic places, events, and people, embellishing the past. I use real history but with an artistic flare. I love research, especially from primary documents, and could get lost in them! You’ll discover a world of fiction wrapped around historical people and events in my stories. Some events you may recognize, some you may recognize but a little different than you remember, and some are just from my imagination.
I’m fascinated by the High Middle Ages in Scotland, England, and Ireland. There are so many world-changing events taking place here from their participation in the Crusades to the Battle of Hastings that permanently connected the islands to the continent. Before the Declaration of Arbroath, before William Wallace, before the Doomsday Book, the area was ripe for great events and they never failed to deliver. It is on this combustible backdrop that I create characters with the same desires and motivations as we have today.
When I’m not writing, I enjoy cooking. It’s relaxing and I always like to find something new and easy. On Fridays I occasionally share simple recipes with Foody Friday. Sometimes entrees. Sometimes desserts. Sometimes snacks. Always delicious.”
The Hell Hath No Fury by Annabelle Anders, Release Day Blitz
Read on for an exclusive to the Blitz Tour Except, Get to know Annabelle and an exclusive to the Blitz Giveaway and my Review of her debut Historical Romance, Hell Hath No Fury.
Cecily Nottingham has made a huge mistake.
The marriage bed was still warm when the earl she thought she loved crawled out of it and announced that he loved someone else.
Loves. Someone else.
All he saw in Cecily was her dowry.
But he’s in for the shock of his life, because in order to keep the money, he has to keep her.
With nothing to lose, in an attempt to goad the earl into divorcing her, Cecily sets out to seduce her husband’s cousin, Stephen Nottingham.
Little does she realize that Stephen would turn out to be everything her husband was not: Honorable, loyal, trustworthy…
Handsome as sin.
Stephen returned to England for one reason. Save his cousin’s estate from financial ruin. Instead, he finds himself tempted by his cousins beautiful and scorned wife.
He isn’t sure what to do first, strangle his cousin, or kiss his wife. His honor is put to the test, right along with his self-control.
Amid snakes, duels and a good catfight, Cecily realizes the game she’s playing has high stakes indeed.
There are only a few ways for a marriage to end in Regency England and none of them come without a high price. Is she willing to pay it? Is Stephen?
A ‘Happily Ever After’ hangs in the balance, because, yes, love can conquer all, but sometimes it needs a little bit of help.
“Stephen!” she gasped, shocked by what he seemed intent upon doing. “What on earth are you doing?”
He looked up at her, smiling lustily. “Nothing.”
And then he went about his business.
Not in a million years had she ever imagined allowing a man to do… this!
And with his mouth no less!
“Oh, my God! Stephen, you are wicked,” she said, feeling quite wicked herself as she grasped the sides
of his head.
He was not to be deterred. His tongue stroked and sucked in much the same way he’d done with her
mouth, causing a new multitude of sensations to spiral inside of her.
He paused only a moment to look up at her.
“Surrender, Cecily.” He said. Giving her a lazy, sensual smile, “And prepare to die.”
A little about the music in the trailer by Annabelle Anders
The song for the trailer was written by myself and my sister, Marcie Stanley. Marcie’s beautiful voice is
featured while she plays the piano… Due to illness, Marcie doesn’t perform much anymore so it was
very special for me to be able to use the song that we wrote together, over twenty years ago.
The Song is titled “Disposable Relationship.” I have a few tweeks for the lyrics to fit Stephen and
Cecily’s situation. Next time Marcie is up to recording I’ll change them to this:
For you, I would have done anything.
For you, can NOT have my soul.
For once you looked at me with empty eyes, the consequences… began to roll…
You’re a disposable relationship, damn the ton I’ll see your body gone. I’m throwing away a piece of
my heart with you.
with the ash and the chamber pots of my life… you’re going down and I won’t cry… anymore…
There is nothing more frightening then a woman scorned, and this really showcases just how far women will go for the revenge they so desperately want.
And that is exactly what Cecily wants. Revenge…
I have come across real bad egg before, but Flavian Nottingham is one real nasty piece of work. He is egotistical, self righteous pain in the backside, who unfortunately can charm the bird out of the trees with his golden looks and manners. But in actual fact he is anything but, he is exactly how Cecily describes him; as a toad! The way he treats Cecily is really terrible and this guy deserves everything that’s coming to him!
Cecily wasn’t born an aristocrat her father is a Merchant/Business man, who has built up his Empire from scratch h she grew up learning the ropes and ways of business, she knows her ways around the books and banking and even legal documents. There is nothing that she cannot have she has everything a girl would want, the only thing her father can’t seem to purchase for her is respect and social standing, he cannot buy her someone to love her.
Then came along handsome, charming Flavian Nottingham. This god took an interest her, he charming her and made her fall in love with him and she thought he loved her too. So contracts were signed, the marriage was sealed and then he told her the awful truth …that he only married her for her !money and he didn’t love or feel anything for her.
Obviously Cecily was devastated but the hurt from her husband wasn’t finished there, he goes out of his way again and again to ostracize her from society and humiliate by flaunting his mistress about adorned in Jewels he had bought with Cecily’s dowry.
This really is the last straw for her so she decided that she needs to rid of him, now this is where her fabulous three friends come in and basically tell her, she needs to bump him off and live as a lavish widow, but she isn’t keen on that idea so with help of her toadish husband’s cousin Stephen she comes up with a plan that will force him to divorce her.
There is only two issues, one that someone is trying their damdest to murder her and secondly she falls head over heals for the cousin.
Cecily is in her own right an intelligent, strong-minded women but I felt as soon as she married Flavian and learnt the horrible truth she did loose s lot of her spark. She returned into some kind of simpering mouse who cries and whines – a lot! But once she has got over that and her friends start coming up with hilarious ways to get rid of him she really comes into her own.
I like the fact that she is from a normal background, it is so refreshing to have a working class woman as the lead but this is what Anders has done perfectly, the social divide between then is as clear as a bell, the way she gets ostracized just for her back ground really is quote appalling and true for the time.
Stephen is an enigma he keeps his emotions and the thoughts under wraps, he is a powerful man in his own right as handsome as sin but what I like about him is he respects her and takes as she is. Being business man and one of her father’s competitors he has a good solid intelligent head on those impossibly wide shoulders.
The two of them as much as they try to keep those feeling under wraps and under control the atmosphere sizzles with a built up tension. I especially like when they are plotting both their revenge on Flavian and it is highly entertaining watching as Cecily plot revenge on him and when Stephen asks her what she wants the fist it me she says is her husband’s head on a silver platter is very funny.
I adore this it is by far the funniest Historical Romance I have read, the plot is enjoyable very fun and I can see some really good things coming from this author. Her writing flows she has created a story that has you laughing out loud, gripped to edge of your seat and shouting at the book wanting to know what comes next.
This is highly recommended, really very good and a fabulous debut.
About the author
Married to the same man for over 25 years, Annabelle Anders is mother to three children and two
Miniature Wiener dogs. After owning a business and experiencing considerable success, she and
her husband got caught in the financial crisis and lost everything; their business, their home, even
At this point, she put her B.A. in Poly Sci to use and took work as a waitress and bartender.
Unwilling to give up on a professional life, she simultaneously went back to college and obtained a degree in Energy Management.
And then the energy market dropped off.
And then her dog died.
We can only be grateful for this series of unfortunate events, for, with nothing to lose and completely demoralized, she sat down and began to write the romance novels which had until then, existed only in her imagination.
She is happy to have found her place in life.
Annabelle is generously giving away some of her tasselled Hell Hath No Fury, Bookmarks. So to be in for a chance of winning one answer the question that Annabelle has set and follow the instructions… Over to Annabelle..
“I write under the name ANNABELLE ANDERS and my first book, Hell Hath No Fury released on 7-7-17. I love the date!
Anyway, my novel is an edgy Regency Romance. I say ‘ edgy’, because it’s a little off the beaten path. Whereas most heroines in Regency Romances begin the story NEEDING a husband, my character, Cecily, needs to get rid of one. The man she married (an earl) turned out to be a
complete and utter toad (not literally! LOL)”
To be in for a chance of winning a bookmark answer the following Question :
Does it bother you that the hero is not the man she is married to in the beginning?
E-mail your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your address and I’ll send you a Hell Hath No Fury tasselled Bookmark. (First 20 Respondents) Please include the name of the group or blog you are responding from ☺
I look forward to discovering your thoughts on this concept!
* I received this ARC copy from Love Affair With Fiction via the author in return of an honest review.
* The Promo including; Excerpt, Trailer and Author information were provided to Chick’s Rogue’s and Scandal’s exclusively for this Release Blitz.