Step right up for a Day of Magic!
(Susanne here, using her best sideshow voice.)
Magic! Magic! That's right! You're in for quite a show. Sleight of hand. Rabbit out of a hat. You won't believe your eyes.
Because today on the Inkwell, we're celebrating the release of Vanishing Act (Book 2 of Charm and Deceit) by Jennifer AlLee and Lisa Karon Richardson!
|Love the gown and bonnet!|
What better place to celebrate a Civil War-set novel than an 1860's themed soiree where we don pretty gowns, and our servers offer us delectable treats whilst entertaining us with the odd parlor trick?
|Would you care for a refreshing glass of fruit punch? Afterward, I shall produce a coin from behind your ear.*|
But wait a moment, kind sir. Pray tell, might you please explain what all this magic is about?
Let's examine the book, shall we?
Juliet Button doesn't even believe in ghosts, but she believes in supporting her makeshift family of misfits. Having spent years as assistant to her uncle, an illusionist, she now has all of the skills and know–how she needs to make an audience believe the impossible. So, she begins a career as a medium by the name of Miss Avila. She wants nothing to do with a detective with the power to destroy the life she's built, but when President Lincoln's youngest son is kidnapped, and the first lady comes to her for help, she can't refuse, even if it means facing Pinkerton agent Carter Forbes, who knows far too much about her already—and possibly falling in love.
A medium? Not an occupation many Christian heroines find for themselves. Juliet must be in a pickle.
And what is this about the kidnapping of President Lincoln's young son? Oh dear. Good thing we have a Pinkerton agent at our disposal. Dear Carter. Meanwhile, Poor Mary Todd Lincoln is worried sick.
|Mary Lincoln knew so much grief. How sad.|
It sounds as if the stakes in this novel are high, indeed. Add to it a spiritual journey and the element of romance between Juliet and Carter, and oh dear! I may swoon! (Never mind that I'm wearing a period-appropriate corset for the party that might or might not be cutting off my circulation.)
I have a feeling everything will work out in the end, don't you?
|President Lincoln and youngest son, Tad, who is safe and sound in this image!|
Meanwhile, here comes our server with a tray of cakes and other sweets! What's this? He would like a volunteer from the audience?
One of the Inkies has leaped to her feet, and in a swish of silk, she is at the front of the room. My, she is blushing as our waiter/illusionist gently assists her into a box on the table where he--gasp! He's going to cut her in half!
Oh dear. Perhaps it's best if I cease writing and rush to her aid. That saw he's wielding looks rather sharp. I'm not sure our waiter is a true illusionist and this seems a rather dangerous way to find out....
In the meantime, Jennifer and Lisa have graciously offered to give away a copy of Vanishing Act! Please leave a comment by 11:59 pm EDT, Saturday, Oct 19, and one name will be drawn at random.
* Jude Law at the premiere screening of "Midnight in Paris" on the opening night of the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival. (Pacific Coast News). All other images from Lisa Karon Richardson's "Charm and Deceit" pinterest page.