Book Review / / London in the Dark and Author Interview

Today I have the very lovely Victoria Lynn on my blog! Victoria is such a sweetheart and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her over the past year and watch her write amazing novels. She just published her very first one, London in the Dark. If you enjoy historical mysteries, you’re in for a treat!!!! CLICK HERE to buy.

 

 

~My Review~

 

First of all, can we just drool over that cover for a minute? It’s just so…so London-y. SOOOOO pretty and beautiful and I need it on my shelf.

London in the Dark is a story full of family values, a little romance, and, of course, mystery. The single aspect of this book that made my heart happy is the historical accuracy. I couldn’t find anything that seemed out of place so kudos to Victoria for doing her research! Another thing I absolutely loved about this story is there the sub plots. The whole book isn’t just focused on the mystery, it’s also about family relationships. Something else about this book is the CHARACTERS!!!! (Especially Dudley. Definitely Dudley.) Cyril made me frustrated sometimes, but I really did like him. :)

Anyone who enjoys historical mysteries and stories set in London, this is your book.

(Side note: this book is best read in conjunction with Downton Abbey. ;-) )

 

~The Interview~

 

Welcome to my blog, Victoria! I’m so happy you’re here!!!

Thanks so much Ivy! I am so happy to be here!

 

  1. Is London in the Dark a character-inspired story or a plot-inspired story? (Meaning…did the characters come to you first, or did the plot idea come first?)That is such an awesome question. I would have to say more character inspired. Though there was a tiny bit of plot involved. The idea came when I had the thought of what it would be like to be the sister to someone like Sherlock Holmes. Granted, Cyril is very different, but it was that idea that sparked the story and then Olivia and Cyril sprang to my mind.

 

  1. What scene/part was your favorite to write? Why?

Ooh, my favorite scene. . . It was probably the scene in the middle of the book where Olivia Hartwell gets into some pretty serious trouble and is held captive. The reason it is my favorite is because it was probably the most vivid in my head and it was one of the first scenes that I actually “saw” in my head.

 

  1. What made you want to write a mystery?

I love them. I read quite a few of them and I think that influenced what I wanted to write about, but it was also that the whole feel and direction of the story wouldn’t have been the same without it. Plus, I really wanted to break some cliches with this book. It feels like most of the mysteries out there are murder mysteries (which aren’t my favorite) So I really wanted to change that and make something more like what I would want to read.

 

  1. What tips would you give someone who wants to write mysteries?

Outlining and Plotting ahead of time are paramount to writing a good mystery. Having those plans laid ahead of time is such a time saver and removes a lot of the stress for me. I write the entire storyline down before I write the book so that I don’t miss anything. You need to have the answer to the mystery before you can write it. So I detail all of the ins and outs of the mystery itself, so now all I have to think about is the characters and actual story while I write.

 

  1. What is the number one thing/tip/strategy that helps you write?

My motto has always been “Just Write.” One will never get anything done until they actually work at it. I really needed to say this to myself a lot because I would come up with a million excuses to wait on writing, but if I always waited, I would never have a book. So “Just write” would be my number one tip and strategy! :D

 

 

Victoria also has a giveaway for London going on Goodreads, so check it out HERE.

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Victoria and I did a post swap, so head on over to her blog and read her sweet review of Left to Die, as well as an exclusive interview! (Mkay, exclusive might be pushing it, but it sounds so cool!!)

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What are some of your favorite mysteries?

Shadow of the Hersweald / / Blog Tour

Welcome to the launch of Shadows of the Hersweald, the third novella in the Legends of Light series! If you enjoy Christian fantasy and fairy tale retellings, you’ll want to check out this Hansel and Gretel novella.

 

 

 

They would have to come that afternoon. Haydn glared at the rutted road twisted away from the gate beneath him, slithering into the shadows of the Hersweald. And what was the flaming idea behind leaving him in charge? Tregaron in the hands of a criminal… that would put them all in the good graces of the province governor, no questions asked.

A battered soldier from a defeated army, Haydn knows there is only one end to the arrival of the Prince’s governor. Except he hasn’t counted on the Prince himself. Or the pardon which his recent foe has declared to acquit all those who fought against him.

A pardon Haydn detests.

A pardon that refuses to punish the rebels now threatening his own village. And his sister.

Guilt-ridden from his own actions during the war, Haydn knows there are others who have no conscience at all. Others who are using the freedom of the pardon to forward their own desperate schemes.

With enemies closing in on all sides, a pardon that refuses punishment, and nightmares of murder and fire haunting his every thought, will Haydn recognize the truth or will his fear condemn everything he loves to destruction?

 

Although the history of Aslaria and the conflict between the Prince and the rebel, Tauscher, flow chronologically through the series, each novella in the Legends of Light series is a stand-alone story. Each novella focuses on one of the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit while twisting fairy tales in a clean, exciting, and inspiring manner.

Buy now on Kindle, iTunes, and Smashwords

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And now for some quotes from the book!!

 

 

 

About the Author

Hope Ann is a Christian authoress who lives on a small farm in northern Indiana. She was homeschooled and now helps teach several of her eight younger siblings.

She has been writing for over five years and has so many story ideas that she doubts she will ever stop. Her favorite genre to write is high fantasy with a touch of the allegorical. A close second is futuristic suspense. Her goal is to not only entertain with her stories but to provide inspirational fiction for young adults.

Predictably, she loves reading fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, and futuristic suspense. Her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Frank Peretti, Mark Twain, and Serena Chase.

Her hobbies include photography, movie making, knitting, tree climbing, writing e-mails to friends, listening to Celtic music, and collecting shiny trinkets for story inspiration.

You can visit Hope’s blog at authorhopeann.com, or follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.

So Much Awesomeness

THAT IS A LAME TITLE, I KNOW.

*sigh*

Give me a break. I somehow managed to catch this dumb cold my family got (LITTLE KIDS STARTED IT) and now the cold medicine is making me woozy.

Stupid cold aside, onto the awesomeness.

 

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First of the awesome awesomeness is Mr. Douglas Bond, who has been mentoring me for a few years, interviewed me on his blog. *insert crazy dancing and squealing* Isn’t that wonderful?!? I’m so blessed to have him as a mentor.

 

Second of the awesomeness is I got to meet Miss Jesseca Wheaton of Whimsical Writings!!!! She was visiting Emily McConnell, whom I’d met a few months prior. Emily and I really hit it off back in April, but due to busy schedules hadn’t been able to meet up since. It was wonderful for me to see Emily again, and meet Jesseca at the same time!

img_2860Emily, Jesseca, and I (squinting in the very bright sun ;-) )

 

*sighs happily* We had such a good time together. We met at a coffee shop and talked there for three hours (though it felt like 5 minutes). Emily and Jesseca had to go home after that to be available for some younger siblings, but Emily invited me to come along so we could keep talking. (How sweet is that?!?) We talked and laughed for another three hours–and definitely could have kept on going! It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. We exchanged books, contemplated the woes of focusing on any given project (well–that was just Emily and I. Jesseca is very good at focus and concentration), talked about coffee, played with Emily’s animals, drank apple cider …

And oh my goodness, Jesseca is such a sweetheart. I’m so glad it worked out to get together. We’re already scheming for next time she comes!!! :)

 

Just as a side note, if you ever get the chance to meet any of your blog friends, DO IT!!!!! It is SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!