I’m thrilled that Library Journal has given Sonata for a Scoundrel a starred review!
“Mesmerizing and addictive … this highly engrossing read will keep historical fiction fans clamoring for more.” Read the complete review below~
Lawson, Anthea. Sonata for a Scoundrel. Fiddlehead. 2013. 272p. ebk. ISBN 9781301757350. $3.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
ves in two worlds—a family life of deteriorating poverty and an invisible world where music flows from her pencil to the page. Her compositions keep her father, brother, and their maid from starvation but nothing more. Each piece is sold under her the name of her brother, Nicholas Becker, an outstanding pianist whose recent fit of melancholy prevents him from attracting paying students. Entranced with the compositions of Nicholas Becker, virtuoso violinist Darien Reynard offers Nicholas a high-paying position as an accompanist and composer for his next tour. Nicholas arranges for Clara to join him on the tour, and the siblings work to keep Darien unaware of their deception. Relegated to the background, Clara sees her works inspire Darien to new heights of fame and glory. What she doesn’t see is how their mutual attraction inspires the truest music of all: love.
Verdict Mesmerizing and addictive, Lawson’s (All He Desires) Sonata blends elements of music fact with a sensual mix of historical fiction. Readers will identify with the accomplished but invisible Clara, who sacrifices professional recognition and love for the financial welfare of her family. Darien is a man of unrepentant passions and talent, qualities that will entice readers onward through the book. Balancing the elements of a good story with the sights and sounds of the music world in 1830s Europe, this highly engrossing read will keep historical fiction fans clamoring for more.
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“Mesmerizing and addictive … this highly engrossing read will keep historical fiction fans clamoring for more.” -Library Journal (starred review)
Clara Becker is a supremely gifted composer–a talent of little to use to a woman in 1830s Europe. Her compositions only have worth when they are published under her brother’s name, yet this deception barely enables them to scrape out a living in the poorest quarter of London.
Meets the Master…
Darien Reynard, the most celebrated musician in Europe, pursues success with a single-minded intensity. When he comes across Becker’s compositions, he knows that this music will secure his place in history. Darien tracks the composer down and, with some difficulty, convinces the man to tour with him. Mr. Becker agrees, but with the most unusual condition that he bring along his sister…
Set against the glittering backdrop of 19th century celebrity, Sonata for a Scoundrel is the newest full-length historical romance novel from RITA-nominated author Anthea Lawson.
Coming soon to APPLE
Print version found HERE.
From now through Saturday, Sept. 28, FEYLAND: THE COMPLETE TRILOGY is wildly discounted!
Normally $8.99, I’ve slashed the price for only a few days to a mere .99 cents. Save 88% on this award-winning YA Fantasy series! Grab or GIFT a copy today~
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Here it is – the GORGEOUS cover designed by Kim Killion. Thanks for the mad skills, Kim! And thanks, too, to models Jimmy Thomas and Jax Turyna for the romantic pose that captures the main characters, Dare and Clara, so perfectly.
I’m excited about this book – releasing later this month. Want to be the first to know when it goes on sale? Join my mailing list!
This is one of the first years that self-published books have been eligible to enter “Best Published” book contests – but this trend will be continuing! Especially as indie authors prove they have what it takes to compete directly with the traditional publishing industry.
I’m *thrilled* that FEYLAND: THE BRIGHT COURT is going up against NY trad-pubbed books and winning or finaling in a number of contests! Here are the stats so far:
Grand Prize WINNER! JABBIC Cover Contest
3rd place: PRISM Contest
4th Place: Write Touch Reader’s Award
Finalist: OCC Book Buyer’s Best
Finalist: Published Maggie Award for Excellence (Winners announced Oct. 5)
Semi-Finalist: Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books
Stay tuned for more!
FEYLAND: THE DARK REALM on Sale!
From now through May 31, The Dark Realm e-book is a mere .99 cents at all online retailers. Pick up a copy, send a surprise gift to a friend, and enjoy!
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Come hear local authors (including me!) read from their books, give a Q&A session, then a book signing, with coffee and treats in the lovely Lacey library. Hope to see you there!
Now Available! ~ All three books in one epic digital bundle ~
Faeries. Computer games. A boy from the wrong side of the tracks, and the girl he’s afraid to love...
What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the treacherous Realm of Faerie?
“Ms. Sharp is a master storyteller… The Feyland books have found a prized place on my all-time favorite books list.” — Rebecca McKinnon, The Crooked Word
“This is a great series that deserves more attention. The books are quick and exciting reads, and if you like stories based on fairy tales, or if you enjoyed both the portrayal of the fae in Mercy Thompson and October Daye and the virtual world of Ready Player One, you will love this series.” — Kate, Epic Chocolate Fantasy
“The series has come full circle with the great cast of characters and events that take place. Would recommend for everyone!” — Jen, What’s on the Bookshelf
Only $8.99 for all three books at AMAZON and B&N (more retailers coming soon!)
The Worth of Rubies, a Victorian short mystery, is now available in e-book format from all retailers!
Noble ladies are falling victim to a string of brazen public jewelry robberies, but the inquisitive Miss Isabelle Strathmore suspects more is afoot than mere theft…
Pick up your copy today, for only .99 cents~
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(Coming soon, Apple & Sony)
After some delays, I’m thrilled to announce that the third book in the Feyland trilogy, Feyland: The Twilight Kingdom, is now released (in ebook form, print coming soon)!
Computer games. A boy from the wrong side of the tracks, and the girl he’s forbidden to love.
~ Book 3 in the Feyland Trilogy – Award-winning YA Urban Fantasy ~
THEIR LAST CHANCE…
Jennet Carter and Tam Linn are almost out of time. Feyland, the most immersive computer game ever designed, is about to be released into the world—along with the Realm of Faerie’s dangerous magic.
WIN THE GAME…
The faeries, desperate to break free from their realm, have set treacherous plans in motion. Despite magical allies of their own, Jennet and Tam have no idea what dire threats await, both in-game and out.
OR DIE TRYING…
Battling for their lives against the united powers of the Dark Queen and Bright King, Jennet and Tam’s quest to stop the fey takes them into the perilous Twilight Kingdom, where illusion reigns—and magic can break all the rules.
Happy Holidays, and happy reading!