Happy Belated Release Day, Deanna Raybourn!

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Lots of new books are out today, but none of them are as exciting to me as Deanna Raybourn’s release from June 1. No offense to Hillary Clinton intended – I do know Hard Choices was released today, and I’m sure if insider accounts of political events are your cup of tea, it will be a great read for you. But I’d much rather tell you about Deanna’s e-novella Twelfth Night.

I missed posting about it because Twelfth Night was released on a Sunday rather than a Tuesday. This seems to be the case with all of Deanna’s novellas. This is the third one she has published now related to her Lady Julia series, and it catches readers up with where we left Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane at the end of The Dark Enquiry.

The Dark Enquiry was the last new release in the Lady Julia series, and it came out in 2011. Many readers (including myself) have been wondering if Deanna has any plans to return to Lady Julia for a full-length novel. If you’re a fan of the series, and you’ve been wondering the same thing, definitely read Twelfth Night. If you haven’t read anything by Deanna, I would recommend either Silent in the Grave (the first of the Lady Julia novels) or City of Jasmine, her standalone novel from March of this year.

Anyway, here is what Harlequin MIRA has to say about Twelfth Night:

To mark the passing of another decade, the esteemed (and eccentric) March family have assembled at Bellmont Abbey to perform the Twelfth Night Revels for their sleepy English village. But before Lady Julia and her handsome sleuthing husband, Nicolas Brisbane, can take to the stage, a ruckus in the stable yard demands their attention. An abandoned infant is found nestled in the steel helm of St. George. What’s more, their only lead is the local legend of a haunted cottage and its ghastly inhabitant—who seems to have returned.

Once again, Lady Julia and Nicholas take up the challenge to investigate, and when the source of the mystery is revealed, they’ll be faced with an impossible choice—one that will alter the course of their lives forever.

Any time Deanna throws Julia together with a crowd of her siblings, things get interesting quickly! It’s a very good and very fast read.

Happy Release Day, Deanna Raybourn!

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Finally, today is the publication day for Deanna Raybourn’s newest novel!

Here is what Harlequin has to say about City of Jasmine:

Set against the lush, exotic European colonial outposts of the 1920s, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn delivers the captivating tale of one woman who embarks upon a journey to see the world—and ends up finding intrigue, danger and a love beyond all reason.

Famed aviatrix Evangeline Starke never expected to see her husband, adventurer Gabriel Starke, ever again. They had been a golden couple, enjoying a whirlwind courtship amid the backdrop of a glittering social set in prewar London until his sudden death with the sinking of the Lusitania. Five years later, beginning to embrace life again, Evie embarks upon a flight around the world, collecting fame and admirers along the way. In the midst of her triumphant tour, she is shocked to receive a mysterious—and recent—photograph of Gabriel, which brings her ambitious stunt to a screeching halt.

With her eccentric aunt Dove in tow, Evie tracks the source of the photo to the ancient City of Jasmine, Damascus. There she discovers that nothing is as it seems. Danger lurks at every turn, and at stake is a priceless relic, an artifact once lost to time and so valuable that criminals will stop at nothing to acquire it—even murder. Leaving the jewelled city behind, Evie sets off across the punishing sands of the desert to unearth the truth of Gabriel’s disappearance and retrieve a relic straight from the pages of history.

Along the way, Evie must come to terms with the deception that parted her from Gabriel and the passion that will change her destiny forever…

After reading the e-novella “Whisper of Jasmine” earlier this month, I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.  Deanna’s descriptions of Africa in A Spear of Summer Grass were incredible, so I’m betting she will do a fabulous job with Damascus.  I was surprised to see Aunt Dove makes the jacket of the novel – she seemed fairly minor when Deanna introduced her in “Whisper,” but I did like her, so it will be fun to learn more about her.

In the novella, there is a nice hat-tip to Deanna’s Lady Julia series readers as well – I’m wondering if this will continue in City of Jasmine.  Either way, must get to the store and grab this soon!

Happy Release Day, Deanna Raybourn!

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What’s this?  It’s not Tuesday!

What a treat, to get a new release on a weekend.  I know Sheldon Cooper would say we’ve gone down the rabbit hole, but it’s okay – we’re just getting a sneak peak at Deanna’s forthcoming novel City of Jasmine through this e-novella, “Whisper of Jasmine.”

You saw where I wrote “treat,” right?  Let me elaborate – it’s FREE.

Here is what Harlequin has to say about “Whisper of Jasmine”:

New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn transports readers to a magical New Year’s Eve party in 1914, where two guests will discover the passion of a lifetime in this prequel novella…

Notorious socialite Delilah Drummond won’t be deterred by the war. Instead, she decides to throw the event of the year, and she’s handing out invitations with an eye for wanton fun and wild abandon.

There is the dashing explorer and archaeologist Gabriel Stark, a man at a crossroads in his life. Brilliant and restless, he’s just committed to a secret enterprise that forces him to play a public role very different from the man he truly is.

And then there is the charming if flighty Evangeline Merriweather. Evie has dreamed her whole life of adventure. Little does she know, she’s about to get more than she bargained for. Especially after her vivacious Aunt Dove acts as fairy godmother, if a saucy one, providing a scandalous gown and a whisper of jasmine on her skin….

Evie will shake cool Gabriel to his core, but just how far are they willing to take love at first sight?

One seductive night will change Evie forever. Watch for her next adventure, in the City of Jasmine.

I can’t wait to read this.  First – it features Delilah Drummond, the main character from A Spear of Summer Grass, who I found totally fascinating.  Second, I love this time period.  I also love the word “aviatrix.”  It sounds daring and sassy and dangerous all at the same time.

I also think the smell of jasmine is one of the most beautiful scents there is.  Deanna is an author who really knows how to use scent in her stories.  For an excellent interview with Deanna on how perfumes inspire her work and sometimes embody her characters, you can read this post on the blog Fragantica.

Did I mention that it’s free?  As in you can get it on your Nook or Kindle right now for $0.00.