Monday, November 18, 2013

Aloha to Anne Cleeland and DAUGHTER OF THE GOD-KING


On this day in 1887, Sherlock Holmes begins his "Adventure of Dying Dectective" as a short story in The Strand.  Likewise, on this day in 1896, Holmes starts his "Adventure of Sussex Vampire", also a short story in The Strand.   I believe Sherlock Holmes would appreciate the political intrigue that Miss Hattie Blackwood faced in Anne Cleeland's DAUGHTER OF THE GOD-KING.   Anne joins me today to chat about historical action adventure.  From her bio (link),

Anne Cleeland holds a degree in English from UCLA as well as a degree in law from Pepperdine University, and is a member of the California State Bar.

She writes a historical fiction series set in the Regency period as well as a contemporary mystery series set in New Scotland Yard. A member of the Historical Novel Society and Mystery Writers of America, she lives in California and has four children.

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Valley of the Kings
Image by Nikater (link)

Kim:  You are a California girl! What is your favorite sight, sound, and smell from the Golden State? 

Anne:  California is like a country unto itself, between the beaches, the mountains, the deserts and everything in between. Once a year my extended family travels to a guest ranch just north of Yosemite National Park, and it is awe-inspiring country, with craggy, snow-capped mountains surrounding flowery meadows—a wonderful chance to relax and ride horses away from our normal busy lives. We look forward to it all year long. 

Kim:  It would be obvious that your education and experience would help you write your contemporary mystery series set in New Scotland Yard. But does it help you with your historical fiction series set in Regency period? What is your go-to resource to research this era?

Anne:  I’ve read about a million Regency romances, and I think you begin to absorb a sense of the period from the other authors who have gone before you—authors like Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer and Stephanie Laurens. When I need to check on specifics, I run to Wikipedia and Google—researching is so much easier nowadays!

I think Regencies have such a huge following because the setting provides an immediate tension; young women in society had to operate under strict rules, while love and longing simmered just beneath the surface. Meanwhile, while tea was being sipped in formal drawing rooms, the world was in absolute turmoil. I use this contrast in Daughter of the God-King; the heroine has lived a protected and uneventful life until the world intrudes and she is suddenly swept up in cataclysmic events.

Kim:  I grew up fascinated with Ancient Egypt.   What inspired DAUGHTER OF THE GOD-KING?

Anne:  There is an automatic tie-in between Egypt and the Regency era because it was during this time period that the treasures of Egypt—locked away for centuries—were finally unearthed for everyone to see. England went through an Egyptian craze, with Egyptian-style furniture and jewelry all the rage. And of course, Egypt is romantic and mysterious at the same time, and the setting is perfect for an adventure story.

Kim:  What's next for Anne Cleeland

Anne:  I have a few more books already written that continue with this theme; it is 1814 and the villains are trying to amass treasure to fund Napoleon’s next war. One is set in India, one is set in Algiers, and one is set in Spain.

I also am working on my contemporary mystery series—those of you who are fans of British detective books may like that series, which also has a strong romantic plotline. Murder in Thrall is on sale now, and Murder in Retribution will be available summer of 2014. Please visit if you’d like to read an excerpt. 

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Battle of the Pyramids by François Baron Lejeune
Public Domain (link)

Mahalo, Anne, for being my guest today.  I posted my five star review of DAUGHTER OF THE GOD-KING on Amazon (link) and Goodreads (link).   

The Cursed Tombs of Egypt Hold Many Secrets...

Miss Hattie Blackhouse has never been close to her parents...and no wonder, since the Blackhouses are renowned scholars who spend most of their time excavating ancient tombs in Egypt. But news of their disappearance forces Hattie to leave England and embark on a voyage that will reveal the long-buried secrets of her past. An encrypted senet board and a gold medallion lead Hattie on a perilous quest to track down her missing parents—and discover why people associated with the Blackhouses continue to turn up dead. What she uncovers is a secret that could alter the course of history...

Filled with intrigue, romance, and ancient secrets, Anne Cleeland's thrilling novel takes you on an unforgettable Egyptian adventure.

The Temple of Hathor at Dendera
Image by Steve F-E-Cameron (link)

Sourcebooks is giving away a print copy of DAUGHTER OF THE GOD-KING to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  What are your thoughts on Egypt - lured by the mythology?  Enchanted by the history?  Curious about the treasure?

2.  This giveaway is open to readers in the US and Canada.

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, November 23, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 24.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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  1. How could one not be fascinated by Egypt - all of it. Land of the Gods.

  2. I would love to see the pyramids.

  3. I would love to visit Egypt but think I will wait until everything there is more settled.

  4. I would also love to see the pyramids and King Tut's tomb.

  5. I have friends that go to Egypt every year on holiday. They absolutely love it!! I would love to see the pyramids.

  6. Debby, it is a shame that Egypt has had so much trouble lately--it must be killing the tourist trade. I've never been but I'd love to go!

  7. I love pretty much anything about Egypt :) As a kid, I'd spend hours reading books on Egyptian mythology and I would love to visit someday. Congrats to Anne on the new release and thanks for sharing!

  8. I have always wondered if there were more hidden passage ways in the pyramids and if there might be more riches hidden away somewhere in them. It's just so incredible that they were even built, they are so massive.

  9. Egypt is one destination i hope to visit soon!! i'm fascinated by its history & treasures!!!!

    thank you for the giveaway!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  10. I have long been intrigued by Egypt's history, tombs and treasures. I have some research books even regarding the excavations and discoveries in that country. In 1986 my husband and I toured the Holy Land, which included a brief foray into Jordan and a longer one in Egypt (since the Holy Family left Jerusalem to hide in Egypt). We traveled around Egypt and the Valley of the Kings via train which followed the Nile River to various sites. It was quite an adventure and we loved every single minute of it! Mystery stories about treasure in Egypt have also interested me for quite awhile.

  11. I'm definitely lured by Egypt's mystery and history! It is one place I have always longed to go to. I'm sure a lot of people feel that connection. It's a powerful place, even ever so distant.

  12. The mythology surrounding Egypt intrigues me. Would love to see the treasures, too.

  13. I've always been interested in archeology - stories set in Egypt have always fascinated me,

  14. I have always found Egypt fascinating. I've always wanted to visit there too, but would be hesitant now to do so.

  15. It's just SUCH an intriguing place!