Thursday, February 4, 2016

Virtual Book Tour & #Giveaway for Sky Garden by Jenny Schwartz


Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Book Tour, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for Sky Garden by Jenny Schwartz.  Please leave a comment or question for Jenny to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway, where Jenny will award a $25 Amazon/BN GC to one (1) randomly chosen commenter, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You may follow all of the stops on the tour by clicking on the banner above.  The more stops you visit, the better your chances of winning. 

Interview with Jenny Schwartz

Me:  What inspired you to write Sky Garden?

Jenny:  I wanted to write a novel about belonging, but one with a unique premise and setting. I chose the rooftops of London and a heroine haunted by her contact with a serial killer. That Lanie is an ex-medium intrigued me. How do stage psychics structure their performance? How much is real? And once the idea for the Horry Museum occurred to me, that was it! I had to write Sky Garden. I only wish an Edwardian house where visitors are welcome to touch the exhibits, even sit on them, was real.


Me:  When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Jenny:  I’ve always written. Seriously. Mum says I was scribbling, insisting that I was writing, before I could read or write. Apparently, I was very quiet and committed to it – not much’s changed!


Me:  What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?

Jenny:  My first year of school. I remember the Dick and Dora books. I would have been five, and there I was, reading about amazing adventures. “See Dick run. See Dora run. See Dick and Dora run.” Good grief! I actually remember the text.


Me:  What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

Jenny:  I read widely within romance, but paranormal romance would have to be a favourite. I also enjoy science fiction and fantasy, mysteries and historical non-fiction.


Me:  What is your favorite book?

Jenny:  Barbara Hambly’s Bride of the Rat God. If you haven’t read this early Hollywood paranormal romance, go find it now! If you have read it, isn’t it fabulous?


Me:   You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

Jenny:  I can’t pick!!! Okay. I’m going with James H Schmitz because he wrote The Witches of Karres. But really, ONE author? What about Ilona Andrews? Terry Pratchett? Georgette Heyer? Anne McCaffrey? Michelle Diener?


Me:  If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and why?

Jenny:  Oh gosh. Anywhere pre-power tools! My next door neighbour has been busy the last few days – busy driving me insane!

More specifically, I’d love to have seen the Oracle of Delphi, so Ancient Greece. Plus, what a beautiful landscape.

Me:  When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?

Jenny:  I love writing. The first draft is joyous, raw storytelling. Of course there are down days, but I know I’m VERY lucky to be doing something I love.


Me:  Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

Jenny:  My old golden retriever died last year. Toby is irreplaceable, so the house is currently dog-lacking. Except that we dog-sit my sister’s dog frequently! It’s so hard losing a loved pet.


Me:  What is your "to die for", favorite food/foods to eat?

Jenny:  Chocolate. Also, it being summer here, ice blended mochas. Mmmhmmm. There really is a reason I’m trying to take up exercise!


Me:  Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

Jenny:  Do it! Honestly, follow your heart and celebrate your own creativity. We’re creative when we cook and garden, buy clothes (truly, they express your personality), and in so many other ways, but telling a story, writing an entire novel, is deeply satisfying. You can do it! You don’t need advice, not for the first draft. Just get that story out.

Thank you so much for a thoroughly enjoyable interview! 


Sky Garden
By Jenny Schwartz

Publisher:  Jenny Schwartz
Release Date: November 24, 2015
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format:  eBook
Length:  254 Pages
ASIN: B018J7YW0E

Buy Link:  Amazon

* Sky Garden will be $.99 during the tour 



About the book:

On the rooftops of London, you can be anyone.

A year ago, Lanie Briers escaped a serial killer. She grew up in a theatre family and her act was mediumship, but not anymore. Life, now, is a hidden retreat above a quirky Bloomsbury museum, where she waits and watches.

Nick Tawes is an unexpected intrusion. He's a landscape architect filming a television series on roof gardens, and he intends to build one in Lanie's aerial territory. He has his own demons, old family troubles, that lure Lanie out of her refuge and into living again.


But as summer progresses and the sky garden grows, Lanie's enemy is closing in--because some secrets must go to the grave.


EXCERPT


Stories fed identity—and changed it.

Lanie had used stories to shock and survive. She’d used them carefully, crafting her old stage act of mediumship to draw out people’s stories and reflect them, eliciting gasps of awe at her insight. Magic, went the murmur. But it wasn’t magic. They were the same tricks conmen used.

And she’d used those tricks brutally, as the one weapon left to her. Survival had cost her the joy of performing.

But that was the past. She forced the memories away. Here was safe harbor, the library that was a sea captain’s final berth. A fantasy, but a comforting one.
She was searching for a spy glass to add to the photos she’d take when the electronic beep from the front door signaled the entrance of a visitor.

Showtime.

A tug at her jacket and a pat to her hair—Good, the chignon doesn’t wobble—and she was ready to perform.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jenny Schwartz is a hopeful romantic with a degree in Sociology and History — people watching and digging into the past. She lives in Western Australia and is working towards her dream of living by the sea. Jenny writes romantic suspense, as well as contemporary and paranormal romance.




  
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45 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the opportunity at winning this great giveaway

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    1. Good luck, James! Thanks for stopping in :)

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  2. Your Majesty (how can I not call you that when I love the title of your blog?)

    Thanks, again, for hosting me on this Sky Garden book tour. I thoroughly enjoyed the interview!

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  3. Thanks to the Queen for the intro to Jenny and her work.

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  4. Thank you for the excerpt, I enjoyed reading it :)

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    1. Thanks, Lisa :) I never tire of hearing "I enjoyed reading it" - so glad!

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  5. I am loving the cover of this book. This is a new author to me. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! Heaps and heaps! I designed the cover and was really nervous about it. Thank you for your comment!

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  6. Thanks for this captivating and intriguing feature which interests me. A very talented and creative author.

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    1. Traveler, thank you! What a lovely comment :)

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    1. So glad, Becky! Thanks for taking the time to comment and reassure me -- tell me! (Nervous author)

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  8. I hope to read this book.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    v_theberge@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Valerie :) Good luck with the giveaway!

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  9. Really enjoyed your interview. My first book was The Bobbsy Twins and How they grew. It sounds like you were born a writer. I really did enjoy the except. This book sounds fascinating.

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    1. Jane - the Bobbsy Twins weren't big in Australia -- at least, they weren't in any libraries that I encountered. So I had to google. They sound charming!

      Thanks so much for the kind words :)

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  10. I really enjoyed the interview. I live in the US and the book we read was "See Tom run. See Jane run. See Tom and Jane run." I guess they just changed the names to suit the country. Thank you for sharing and stirring some memory banks.

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    1. LOL - I had no idea they simply changed the names! How fun :)

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  11. Thanks for giving me another book for my wishlist.

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    1. Thanks for adding "Sky Garden" to your wishlist, Rhonda :) Hope you enjoy it!

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  12. Jenny, I really enjoyed your interview and I had never heard of Bride of the Rat God. I immediately "googled" it and it does sound interesting! Thank you for sharing and for the contest!

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    1. Betty, Bride of the Rat God seems to be one of the forgotten urban fantasy books that really deserves classic status. The other one - and I debated sharing this one as well in the interview - is Mercedes Lackey's "Sacred Ground". Good luck in the contest!

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    2. Thank you for the info, Jenny! And for the good wishes!

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    3. You're welcome, Betty. Happy weekend!

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  13. Thanks for all your terrific giveaways

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  14. Sounds interesting and I am adding to my wish list

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    1. Wonderful! Thanks, Pam, and good luck with the giveaway!

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  15. sounds interesting and thank for the giveaway.

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  16. Weekend was here and gone so quickly....thanks for the giveaway

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  17. I loved that Jenny googled The Bobbsy Twins. Did you have Nancy Drew books? (jozywails@gmail.com)

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    1. Hi Misty - yes, definitely Nancy Drew - and Trixie Beldon! But somehow not the Bobbsey Twins. I even encountered the sentimental books, like those of Gene Stratton Porter.

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  18. Happy Monday and thank you for the chance at winning

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  19. Snowy day here is Michigan. Thanks again for this chance to win

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    1. I'd love some of that snow! Heatwave here in my corner of Australia -- I can send you some sunshine? :)

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  20. Thank you for this chance and have a terrific day!

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  21. Thanks again Jenny for the chance at winning

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  22. Last day and I want to say thank you again for this giveaway

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    1. James, thanks so much for joining me on the Sky Garden blog tour. Good luck with the giveaway draw! (I'm not choosing the winner - so no bias in sending good wishes!)

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