Today, I’d like to welcome to Preternatura author CJ Archer, whose novel The Medium is a terrific blend of historical fantasy and romance, with a YA hero and heroine to love (and it’s a YA that should appeal to all ages). CJ is an Australian author who combines her love for history and romance in her books. You can learn more about her at her website.
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ABOUT THE MEDIUM: Seventeen year-old spirit medium Emily Chambers has a problem. Actually, she has several. As if seeing dead people isn’t a big enough social disadvantage, she also has to contend with an escaped demon and a handsome ghost with a secret past. And then there’s the question of her parentage. Being born an entire year after her father’s death (yes, a year) and without the pale skin of other respectable English ladies, Emily is as much a mystery as the dead boy assigned to her….Jacob Beaufort’s spirit has been unable to crossover since his death several months ago. It might have something to do with the fact he was murdered. Or it might not. All he knows is, he has been assigned by the Otherworld’s administrators to a girl named Emily. A girl who can see and touch him. A girl who released a shape-shifting demon into the mortal realm. Together they must send the demon back before it wreaks havoc on London. It should be a simple assignment, but they soon learn there’s nothing simple when a live girl and a dead boy fall in love.
Now, let’s hear from CJ. Welcome!
Give us the “elevator pitch” for your book. In Victorian London, where being different will earn you the label of “freak”, a girl who can see dead people struggles against society’s attitudes, a shape-shifting demon, and her own desire for a handsome ghost.
Describe your favorite scene from THE MEDIUM–and why is it your favorite? Without giving too much away, it’s the scene between Emily and Jacob after she’s received some particularly nasty barbs about her appearance and questionable ancestry. What he says to cheer her up gave me shivers – in a good way!
Favorite book when you were a child. I had many late nights reading the Trixie Beldon books. I re-read the first one recently and golly gosh but it’s full of trite old-fashioned expressions, like, well, golly gosh.
Book you’ve faked reading (Moby Dick is leading the votes on this question!): Fake reading a book? Me? Never! Of course I’ve read all the classics. Every single Shakespeare, Dickens, and other famous dead authors. Loved them all, especially Moby Dick. Moby is one amazing giraffe 😉 *Suz: Best answer to this question, ever! *
Book you’re an evangelist for: The Lymond series by Dorothy Dunnett. Amazing historical detail, adventure, mystery, and a romance that had my heart pounding all the way through the final book.
Favorite line from a book: The opening two lines from Deanna Raybourn’s Silent In The Grave is fun:
To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband’s dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor.
Book you most want to read again for the first time: This is a difficult choice. It goes back to the Dorothy Dunnett Lymond series mentioned above, or maybe Juliet Marrillier’s Daughter of the Forest. Both authors have a lush storytelling style that kept me turning those pages until I reached the sigh-worthy ending.
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Ready to read The Medium? I love these genre blends–do you have a favorite historical paranormal? I’m a fan of Colleen Gleason’s Regency vampire books.
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