Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Spark Unseen Blog Hop, Day 3


Today I am super excited to be part of the A Spark Unseen Blog Hop!!  In this post you'll find an insider look at one of the books many settings, a quote from A Spark Unseen, and an awesome giveaway for a copy of The Dark Unwinding!  Be sure to click the banner above to get all the details about the hop and the rest of the stops, or click the arrows at the bottom of this post to move forward or backward among the participating blogs!

If you haven't read The Dark Unwinding yet, let me tell you: YOU ARE MISSING OUT!  I adored this book and gave it a glowing 5-cupcake review last year. Check out my review here.

Now here's a bit about the newest book in the series, A Spark Unseen:



The thrilling sequel to Sharon Cameron’s blockbuster gothic steampunk romance, THE DARK UNWINDING, will captivate readers anew with mystery and intrigue aplenty.
When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead.

But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust–if anyone–to protect her uncle from danger once and for all.
Filled with deadly twists, whispering romance, and heart-stopping suspense, this sequel to THE DARK UNWINDING whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.

Want a little taste? Here's a quote from A Spark Unseen:


And now, author Sharon Cameron tells us a little about one of fantastic Parisian settings that Katharine will face in her new adventure:

The Catacombs
As a lover of all things hidden below the surface, the Paris underground fascinates me. Stone quarrying from Roman times onward means that the entire city of Paris sits on a honeycombed labyrinth of tunnels. In modern days these tunnels have come to be known as The Catacombs and are the meeting places of anyone and everyone, from teens to urban explorers to the chic party giver. But 200 years ago these tunnels were also the perfect place to stash things that no one had any use for. Like the dead.

By 1788 the high mortality rate, lack of city planning, and custom of burying the dead in consecrated soil (the ground surrounding a Christian church) meant that graveyards were full to bursting. Literally, as in bodies popping out of the ground every time it rained. Quick lime was poured over the bodies to make sure they decomposed quickly, and when they had, they were dug up, the bones piled in stone receptacles, and the ground used again. And again. And again. An unacceptable practice for a city whose main water source was its wells! The solution? Stick the all those extra bodies in the catacombs! It took years of constant horse-drawn funeral processions to accomplish this. And then, somebody came along and decided that all these piles of bone really could use a spot of organizing.

And so, beneath the city of Paris , there are places like this:



And this:

The remains of an estimated six million bodies went into the catacombs to create these creepy designs. And who knows how many more might be down there, lost and forgotten, like the bone pile Katharine Tulman finds herself climbing through in A Spark Unseen.






SHARON CAMERON
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GIVEAWAY!
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The Dark Unwinding!
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8 comments :

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    1. No, sorry, Frannie. It's US and CAN only (if you click on "Terms and Conditions" on the Raff entry, it's in there).

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  2. These books sound so cool! I can't wait to read their creepy wonderfulness!

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  3. Thanks for posting! I'd love to win this for our library's YA collection.

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  4. Can't wait to read this series! I've read so many wonderful reviews.

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  5. I'm SO excited, and I just can't hide it! (BTW, am I the only one who hasn't been able to find the hidden letters?)

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  6. Is it strange that I'd love to see those catacombs one day? :P I have yet to start this series but it sounds amazing! Definitely adding it to my TBR.

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  7. This series has been hyped up so much ever since this blog hop started, and I've been told that it's a great book to start with if you're trying to warm yourself to the historical fiction genre, so I may just have to pick this one up. The fact that the catacombs are made out of bone is totally scary at the same time kind of really artistically creative, and I have no idea how someone could even think of that as an idea so props to them!

    Fantastic post! <33

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