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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Blog Tour: WEATHER WITCH by Shannon Delany

Title: Weather Witch
Author: Shannon Delany
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publishing Date: June 25, 2013
Editions: print and e-copy
Length: 336 pages

In a vastly different and darker Philadelphia of 1844, steam power has been repressed, war threatens from deep, dark waters, and one young lady of high social standing is expecting a surprise at her seventeenth birthday party–but certainly not the one she gets!

Jordan Astraea, who has lived out all of her life in Philadelphia’s most exclusive neighborhood, is preparing to celebrate her birthday with friends, family and all the extravagance they might muster. The young man who is most often her dashing companion, Rowen Burchette, has told her a surprise awaits her and her best friend, Catrina Hollindale, wouldn’t miss this night for all the world!

But storm clouds are gathering and threatening to do far more than dampen her party plans because someone in the Astraea household has committed the greatest of social sins by Harboring a Weather Witch.

Shannon Delany is a speaker, author, farmer, mother and wife. She frequently should look busier than she does, but luckily she writes very quickly and many of her farm animals are mostly self-sustaining. She is often plagued by new story ideas (which she loves) and ideas for new art projects she fully intends to do between everything else. She loves to travel, has no respect for bullies, and briefly managed a talented musician as a result of her love of music. She is a lifelong learner and is happy to talk to nearly everyone and darn near anything! She has recently become a radio host for Authors on the Air where she interviews talented writers, publishers, and agents and generally has a good time!

Shannon Delaney will be giving away the following to XX lucky winners:
  • a signed copy of Weather Witch
  • a Weather Witch coffee mug with special goodies (all connected to the story)
  • signed copies of 13 to Life and Secrets and Shadows
  • a handcrafted mask
  • a special metal and crystal bookmark
  • a mini top hat
  • a silhouette of their own profile cut and matted by me (it'll take a few weeks after getting their profile before I can get it to them, of course).

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Marion Kruse was one of several characters who crept out of the shadows of my mind and 
essentially said, "My story also needs telling." Here is just a bit of Marion's part in WEATHER 
WITCH, taken from Chapter Nine.

The young man no longer stuck to the shadows, no longer waited until nightfall to work his 
magick--or mischief as those Grounded would claim. He was tall and broad of shoulder with 
dark hair and gray eyes and a coolness about him that made people think of first frosts and 
snowfalls. And with good reason.

Because Marion Kruse was a cold-hearted young man.

Truth be told, He wanted nothing more than to return to a simpler time. A time he didn't wander the roads and towns doing small things to amuse himself and set others to wondering. 

He wanted nothing more to be back at his mother's feet, reading books about pirates and scoundrels that made her laugh and tell him and his brother to never grow up to be wicked--that goodness was its own reward.

He wanted nothing more than to grow fat on Chloe's generously proportioned biscuits and call 
her "nanny" again. Nothing more than to go fox hunting with his father and friends (even that 
frustrating pretty boy Rowen Burchette) and dance with an attractive girl.

He wanted nothing more than to go back to before he'd been Made.

But Marion had been taught that going back was nigh unto impossible.

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