Today’s book promotion comes from Deborah Valentine and her book called The Knightmare. If you like historical time travel/fantasies, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!
Book: The Knightmare
Author: Deborah Valentine
Genre: Historical Time-Travel Fantasy
Release Date: February 18, 2013
Sometimes a man has to go back in time to find his future…
When Formula 1 racing driver Conor Westfield is involved in a horrific racing accident, he is determined to devote himself to getting back behind the wheel and resuming the career that has been his obsession. But as he is recovering from his injuries Conor’s childhood nightmare recurs, a strange jumble of terrifying images that feel more like memories than dreams. Can it be mere coincidence that the very next morning he is informed a mysterious woman with whom he had very brief affair has died and left him as her heir? But this was no ordinary woman, no ordinary affair. Dogged by a feeling of déjà vu at every turn, Conor travels to Amsterdam to identify the body. At her home he finds an illuminated book that transports him to the year 1209 and a past life as a Knight Templar embroiled in two missions—one secret, both dangerous. There he finds the woman he left behind and a life lived in the shadow of a tragedy that cries out across 800 years for resolution. Weaving history with the present, fact with fantasy The Knightmare is an unforgettable story of adventure and alchemy, betrayal and sacrifice, and truly extraordinary love.
(Book contains some swearing. PG rating)
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Deborah Valentine is a British author, editor and screenwriter who once lived in California but far preferred the British weather and fled to London, where she has resided for many years. She is the author of three books published by Victor Gollancz Ltd in the UK, and Bantam and Avon in the US. Unorthodox Methods was the first in the series, followed by A Collector of Photographs and the Ireland-based Fine Distinctions. A Collector of Photographs was short-listed for an Edgar Allan Poe, a Shamus, a Macavity and an Anthony Boucher award. Fine Distinctions was also short-listed for an Edgar. They featured the characters of former California sheriff Kevin Bryce and artist Katharine Craig, charting their turbulent romance amid murder and mayhem. On 14 November 2013, they will available as eBooks on Orion’s imprint The Murder Room imprint. With the publication of The Knightmare she has embarked on a series of novels with a supernatural twist.
Q & A:
The best thing about writing this book?
Being with those characters and in the medieval world (without all the creature comfort inconveniences). It was a chance to really let my imagination rip.
Where did you get your idea for this story?
As a teenager I read the tragic medieval love story of Abelard and Heloise and it’s stuck with me all these years. They had a son and I was toying with the idea of what kind of psychology he would have bearing in mind what happened to his parents, when I saw a friend of mine, a bit of a ‘hooray Henry’ who wanted to be a F1 driver, race. What a transformation in a fellow! He became totally focused, totally strategic in his approach. And with that my medieval Knight Templar was born, a medieval workaholic trying to avoid emotions and avoid his parents’ mistakes and running headlong into his own series of unfortunate decisions. Of course, I threw in a bit of magic, alchemy and a crusade or two for good measure.
What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Read voraciously. Write obsessively. Be professional and learn about publishing all the way round. Edit!
What is your favorite book?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
Coffee. If it’s not water, wine or coffee, it’s not worth drinking.
I want to thank Deborah Valentine for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read The Knightmare!