Today has been a very long time in coming. Namely, this is the day that The Peacock Throne release in the United States. Squee!
What you may ask is the fuss with this Peacock Throne? Well, to begin with, the Peacock Throne of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan is the most valuable single treasure made in the last millennia. Fashioned from 1150 kg of gold and 230 kg of precious stones, in 2015 the throne would be valued at $1,143,000,000. You read that right. If it still existed as it was created, it would be worth more than one billion, one hundred million dollars. It’s mind boggling when one actually tries to comprehend that. In fact when it was created, it cost twice as much as it took to construct the Taj Mahal which was commissioned by the same emperor.
|Anthony Douglas, Lord Danbury|
Far more importantly, The Peacock Throne was the first novel I ever wrote and its time has finally come! And we are celebrating! I’m giving away three copies of The Peacock Throne this week so make sure to leave a comment with your e-mail.
In the meantime, we’re partying here at the Inkwell. We’re starting with a full English breakfast including rashers of bacon, sausages, eggs, toast and we even have the beans. And we’ve added a few other touches for those carb lovers out there. (Me! Me!) These include scones and buttery, flaky croissant. Mm. This is buffest style, there was no persuading Marcus that he ought to be waiting on our guests. Simply not done even by the youngest son of a Marquess. Anthony, might not have stood on ceremony, but as an Earl, we could hardly ask him to act as wait staff and not Marcus. Luckily, Lydia offered the solution of the buffet. I kind of got the feeling that she has grown used to problem solving with those two around.
Here’s the story blurb:
When Miss Lydia Garrett's guardian is murdered, and the authorities refuse to investigate the odd circumstances, she vows to catch the culprit. The same night the Earl of Danbury is murdered in his bed. Against all odds it appears that the murders are related―and Anthony Douglas, the new Lord Danbury, is bent on revenge.
The clues point to the former earl’s first naval command. In 1758 the earl spirited away and hid the magnificent Peacock Throne at the behest of the Indian royal family. To draw out the murderer, Anthony and Lydia agree that they must locate the throne.
They are not the only ones interested in the Peacock Throne, however. Marcus Wiltshire, a British intelligence, has received hints that Bonaparte intends to return the throne to India and leverage its mystical significance to foment rebellion and cut England off from her most important trading partner.
When the amateur sleuths join forces with the professional agent, the quest for the throne leads them around the globe on an adventure steeped in danger, treachery, and romance.
Oooooh, this is so exciting! I remember when I met you at the first ACFW Conference I went to, and you told me about this cool book. I'm thrilled to actually be able to hold it in my hands at last. Can't wait to read the sequel!ReplyDelete
Hey DeAnna, It's been a long time coming, huh? I seem to remember you sharing some really cool blurbs about a dashing amateur detective named Drew at that same conference. Seems like we've both come a long way!Delete
Hee hee . . . yes, Drew rather took his time, didn't he? ;)Delete
Oh goodness! This looks soooo good! Super excited! Adding it to my tbr list! :-D Thank you for doing a giveaway! dance.yourself.silly18(at)gmail(dot)comReplyDelete
Hi Rachel! Thanks so much for stopping by. You are definitely in the drawing.Delete
Today is chocolate cake day, which seems to me like traveling around the world with Mr. Harting and Lord Danbury. Yet our very wise Lydia is able to keep herself focused on the tasks...recover the Throne and stay alive!ReplyDelete
Congratulations, Lisa. I'm so happy for you and completely loved this book.
That poor Lydia. I don't know how she's ever going to decide. Thanks Deb. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. You are the best!Delete
I kept thinking your daughter's name was Lydia. Is that right? It's one of my absolute favorites. I was campaigning for it for grandchildren...in a mild way of course.Delete
My daughter is Olivia, but close! I love the name Lydia through, too. It was a strong contender when we were picking a baby name.Delete
This does sound really interesting. I cannot imagine something being worth that much money. Wow! Thanks so much for the giveaway! momrain(AT)aol(DOT)comReplyDelete
It's a mind-blowing isn't it, Loraine? A single object of such immense value. And that estimate only calculated the value of the materials. Not the artistic value of the creation or it's historic value. Truly an object that could be described as priceless!Delete
Thanks so much for stopping by. You are in the drawing!
I'm so excited for you, Lisa. Those first books are extra special :)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Dina. Yeah, there's just something about it.Delete
Huzzah, Lisa! So excited for you! Can't wait to read it. I've been looking forward to it for a long time!ReplyDelete
Yay! Susie, I know you got your copy today. Hope, that after all this time it doesn't disappoint! I think waiting for reader reactions is even harder that waiting for "the" call from an editor. Had I but known what I was getting into!Delete
This sounds fascinating! I'm sure you must be over the moon right now--congratulations on its publication! And thanks for the giveaway, too! Danandlyndaedwards (at) msn (dot) com.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Lynda. Over the moon is an understatement! You are in the drawing!Delete
Ohhh...I enjoy a good mystery! Congratulations on this book! I look forward to reading it. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the draw.ReplyDelete
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Hi Elaine, I know you're a mystery reader! You are in the drawing!Delete
Congratulations, Lisa! I really love this book!ReplyDelete
Thanks Suzie, you have been an amazing supporter for years!Delete
Congratulations, Lisa! This sounds exciting AND with a gorgeous cover! Thanks for the chance.ReplyDelete
Hey Annie, they did a fabulous job on the cover, didn't they! You are in the drawing.Delete
Congrats to all of the winners! And thank you Lisa! I am so very excited to read this book! (Even my husband's interest is piqued by this book!)ReplyDelete
Congratulations to Rachel and Loraine!!! I'm excited about this one too! Thank you, Lisa! Have a great week!ReplyDelete