Monday, December 5, 2016

Parallels Between Historical and Modern Politics

A few days ago on Facebook, I had an interesting conversation about how I would like to see authors promote their work. Readers don’t want to see continual, “BUY MY BOOK” in their faces none stop. I love to see authors talk about their characters and drawing themes from their stories. Why did they write what they did and so on…? I did mention that readers do not like to see none stop political post from authors. I talked a little about that HERE and an interesting conversation sparked from this between two authors and myself.

One author said, “I think the posting about politics thing depends on the author and his/her genre. I choose not to because 1) I write Regency romances which have little to do with politics (at least not modern politics), and 2) I have always used books as an escape from stress (and what's more stressful that politics, particularly this year)? But if someone wrote contemporary political thrillers, talking about politics on social media would actually fit with his/her brand and book(s). I think readers in that genre would find that perfectly acceptable, too

Then the conversation about comparisons of politics from the past and the modern day sparked an interest from award winning Alison Morton who writes a fabulous post about the Third Reich for inspiration for her latest book, INSURRECTIO.

One of the passages in her post that caught my attention was this: "The backgrounds in the fictitious Roma Nova and 1930's Weimar Germany are different, but the ground is equally slippery under both. Weimar was caught between idealism, hide-bound and self-interested mindsets, economic and political instability."  To read Alison’s full post click HERE. I highly recommend you do.

Do you write Historical fiction or Alternate History? What are some of the politics themes you can draw from your story that we can compare to today’s modern politics?

Alison Morton is an award winning author of her Roma Nova series at indieBRAG!

Stephanie M. Hopkins

Friday, December 2, 2016

Kendra Donovan Series by Julie McELWAIN

Back in April, I interviewed author Julie McELWAIN about her debut novel, A Murder in Time. See full interview here and I have been waiting for her sequel, A Twist in Time, to come out. Well, guess what?! I was able to get an ARC of the story and I can’t wait to read and write a review about it. I hoping to this weekend. That remains to be seen. I have a buddy read to finish up and another for review. Next week I HAVE to turn in three full book reviews. Here is to hoping! 

To find out more about her first book, check out my full review of A Murder in Time here.


The sequel to A Murder in Time.

Pub Date 11 Apr 2017

When Kendra Donovan’s plan to return to the 21st century fails, leaving her stranded in 1815, the Duke of Aldridge believes he knows the reason—she must save his nephew, who has been accused of brutally murdering his ex-mistress.

Former FBI agent Kendra Donovan’s attempts to return to the twenty-first century have failed, leaving her stuck at Aldridge Castle in 1815. And her problems have just begun: in London, the Duke of Aldridge’s nephew Alec—Kendra’s confidante and lover—has come under suspicion for murdering his former mistress, Lady Dover, who was found viciously stabbed with a stiletto, her face carved up in a bizarre and brutal way.

Lady Dover had plenty of secrets, and her past wasn’t quite what she’d made it out to be. Nor is it entirely in the past—which becomes frighteningly clear when a crime lord emerges from London’s seamy underbelly to threaten Alec. Joining forces with Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly, Kendra must navigate the treacherous nineteenth century while she picks through the strands of Lady Dover’s life.

As the noose tightens around Alec’s neck, Kendra will do anything to save him, including following every twist and turn through London’s glittering ballrooms, where deception is the norm—and any attempt to uncover the truth will get someone killed.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Exclusive Author Interview Annoucement

Coming up tomorrow-December 1st- on my Layered Pages WordPress is my interview with best-selling author C.S. Harris! She will be talking to me about her book, Good Time Coming.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

Manic Monday & Bookish Delights

Today at Layered PagesWordPress, I am sharing with you David Morrell’s Opium-Eater (Thomas De Quincey trilogy) a Victorian mystery trilogy, is truly brilliant. Every historical detail is impeccable; you hang on to every word. His characters are unforgettable and he transports to you the Victorian London streets with vivid imagery, as if you were really there. Murder mysteries at its finest! Also, I share weekend happenings, thoughts and discovery of a show on Netflix! Be sure to check out my post and support book bloggers! We support you.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Upcoming Interview @ indieBRAG

I've got a REALLY fantastic interview coming up with award winning author & graphic designer Lee Davis tomorrow at the indieBRAG Blog,here. Don't miss it! -Stephanie M. Hopkins 

Lee Davis

Friday, November 11, 2016

Bookish Things & Reflections

Today over at my Layered Pages WordPress  I have shared some bookish happenings and some reflections about what has been going on this week during election time. Click on the link here to check out what I have to say. Also, I mention some great posts from my fellow book bloggers! I hope you all join me in supporting book bloggers, authors and great reads!

Now I am going to take a short break and enjoy a quick cup of tea before getting back to work. Enjoy your weekend and thank you for visiting Layered Pages! Many blessings.