Friday, June 8, 2012

It's Historic: Song for Sophia by Moriah Densley (W*n a copy!)


First, a reminder that the giveaway for the new Kindle continues at my sister site HERE. The ebook of Susannah Sandlin's Redemption is only $3.99 at Amazon right now, and a preorder will get you twelve extra entries in the Kindle giveaway. See details at Susannah's site. Today, she continues with her 12 favorite vampire countdown, with No. 5. Who might it be?

Now, let's talk about history. You know me. I'm all about speculative fiction (as the name of this blog might indicate). I very rarely dip my toes outside the paranormal or sci-fi pool. And yet here I am today, talking about a (gasp) historical romance.

Here's how such a thing happened. Moriah Densley, whose debut novel Song for Sophia was released on Monday, joined my little critique group known as The Mutineers. For a couple of years, she and Kat Latham and I have traded chapters and beta read each others' books and whined and moaned about all kinds of authorly stuff. Moriah is in Vegas, I'm in Alabama, and Kat's in The Netherlands (recently moved from London), so we've never met in person but have become online friends as authors are prone to do. Moriah is a classical musician with a frighteningly good knowledge of firearms (she's armed all my heroes), while Kat has been involved in international relief work all over the world. Amazing people.

Moriah writes paranormals, but it was her historical Song for Sophia that sold first, and I couldn't be happier--because I absolutely love this story. (So did the judges of this year's Romance Writers of America 2012 Golden Heart award, in which the book was a finalist.) Talk about your wounded heroes and heroines! Sophia has been physically abused and is on the run; Wilhelm is an autistic savant in an era when his only future would normally be in an asylum. These are not fluffy little characters running from party to party. Their story isn't always pretty, but it is often funny, often touching, frequently very sensual, and never dull.

Will I turn away from paranormals and begin reading historicals? Nah. But I can recommend this one very highly if you want to dip a toe in a different pool. Want to win a copy (digital only for now, sorry)? Read on...

ABOUT SONG FOR SOPHIA: “If she truly knows her business, a woman has the mind of a diplomat, a general, and Cleopatra, all in one.” Anne-Sophia Duncombe is ruined, a victim of her father's high-stakes gambling. Stolen moments at the piano are her boon. Wilhelm Montegue is a washed up war hero, rumored insane. His "condition" - modern diagnosis: savant autism - is the source of his gift for composing music. Anne-Sophia and Wilhelm thought they had missed their chance for love, but anything can happen in the music room. 
     Anne-Sophia is in exile, hiding from her villainous father, Lord Chauncey, who tried to force her into marrying the repulsive Lowdry, his partner in crime. She outsmarted them and ran away, but loneliness is its own captivity. As a last resort before the convent, Sophia attempts a radical scheme--a life of humility and disguise. 
     Wilhelm Montegue, Earl of Devon, is a washed-up war hero who drinks too much, offends his neighbors with his harsh wit, and breaks furniture when his temper flares. Always in the shadow of scandal and absent from society, he is the subject of intense gossip. The town whispers that he is insane and guilty of unnatural proclivities. He is barely excused by his brilliant mind and swarthy good looks.
     Lord Devon is bewildered that his newest housemaid has sparked such an irritating fascination in him. Why must she be the most exquisite woman he ever laid eyes on? Chaste and bound by honor, he vows to behave himself, even if her voice is a siren song. He knows she is keeping secrets, and he finds her scent of danger intoxicating…


Song for Sophia is available from: Amazon | B&N | iTunes

You know the routine--leave a comment to be entered to win. Have you read any historicals, and did you like them? As always, extra entries for a blog follow, a Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and a tweet or retweet. Now...make history!

22 comments:

  1. Whoa! this sounds awesome! congrats on the release, Moriah. Love me a good "insane" hero...not sure what that says about me, but we won't go there.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I absolutely love historical romance; besides paranormal it's my favorite genre. Recently, my favorite series/author has been Grace Burrowes. Her first book came out last year, I believe, and it was one of the few free/cheap ebooks I tried out that were so wonderful I immediately ran out and started buying up her others (in paperback, so I can share them with my friends!).

    +1 blog follow
    +1 twitter follow
    +1 RT (lenamoster)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love historical and contemporary romance which I switch off with paranormals to keep my interest fresh in each genre. This book sounds fantastic. Imperfect heroes with sharp edges are my favorites. I'll be looking out for this one for sure.
    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower
    Jen(at)delux(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  4. Suzanne, This is fantastic! Thanks so much for pimping my book. I'm a huge fan of your blog. This is so way cool for me! xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  5. Teri Anne, Thank you! I love a half-insane character too - at least we're in good company. Thanks for commenting, and good luck in the drawing.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Galena - A gal after my own heart, mixing historical and paranormal reads. I adore Grace Burrowes too. "The Heir" was fabulous, a 5-star read for me. I hope you get a chance to read my book :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Jen, Thanks for commenting. I'm with you on switching genres to stay interested. It's not so far-fetched to read both historical and paranormal; both require world-building and imagination. It works for me!

    ReplyDelete
  8. i'm more paranormal and urban fantasy romance but i have entered a challenge to discover other romance subgenre so a month will be consacred to historical but until then i can't tell you if i like or not.

    this introduction really caught my interest, i would be delighted to win this


    thanks you a lot for this opportunity

    all the best

    +1comment
    +1blog follow

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  9. I don't read many historicals but this one sounds so tempting. Thanks for the giveaway.
    +1 comment
    +1 blog follow
    +1 twitter follow

    ReplyDelete
  10. Miki- What an interesting challenge. I'd be curious to hear at the end what you liked or didn't like about reading historical. Hope my book fInds it's way on your list :) thanks for commenting.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Lisa. Thanks for visiting, and good luck in the drawing.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I'm looking forward to reading your book, Moriah! Are there any plans for it to come out in paperback? If so, I want to wait and buy it in paperback, but if it's only in ebook that'll work too.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hi again Galena! Apparently it's fast and easy (relatively) to publish an e-book than paperback, thus the e-book-first release. I'm told the paperback edition is coming "soon." I'm getting used to kindle, but still love to cuddle up with a paperback. Thanks for your interest in Song for Sophia! Hope it finds a spot in your TBR pile :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. i love reading Historical Romance because i'm a fans of HR beside PNR and YA :)

    eli_y83@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Eli. Nice to hear from such a well-rounded reader. Good luck in the drawing; I'd be interested to hear what you think of my HR.

      Delete
  15. i like the blurb! hope i'll get the chance to read this

    +2 comment and follow

    smile_1773@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. I haven't read any historicals but I hope to start this year.

    +1 comment
    +1 blog follow
    +1 twitter follow

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  17. I can't recommend this book highly enough! 5+ stars all the way. In fact, Song for Sophia is so well-written, I kinda have a hetero-crush on the author. It could be that she's a violin-playing, gun-wielding genius...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The secret crush is entirely mutual, Micah. Sorry for stalking your blog and leaving suggestive comments. (she writes intense dark paranormal for Crimson Romance, everyone).

      Delete
  18. I like historicals. This book sounds good.

    I follow the blog.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thanks for another giveaway Susanne, I do love historical romances, especially with a flawed hero like that. I absolutely adored The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie for instance, so I am sure I will love this one.

    Moriah, Congrats on the new release!

    +1 comment
    +1 blog follow
    +1 twitter follow

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  20. Aww...I love Historicals, such a lovely surprise to see this post n giveaway. More please!! :)

    +4: comment, blog & twitter follow, tweeted: https://twitter.com/LindaThum/status/212057835830394881

    thumbelinda03@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete