Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Revenge of the Mad Scientist - Lara Nance

Today, I'm spotlighting and reviewing Lara Nance and her fabulous Steampunk Adventure:
Revenge of the Mad Scientist

Now pay attention my easily distracted  pirates.  
Lots and lots of booty is at hand!
An autographed original map of 
Arabella's steampunk world
  will go to a one of you who comments and leaves an email address so she can contact you. 
(That's So much better than tattoos)

But there's more!
A $50 Amazon gift card 
an original steampunk necklace 
goes to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.  
But Wait!
There's still more!
(I feel like I'm selling Ginzu knives on TV)

If you sign up for her newsletter
 on her website between Jan 29 - Feb 3, 
you'll be entered for 
an autographed copy of her book 
as well as 
an original steampunk necklace.

So let's recap!
$50, necklaces, maps, and an autographed copy of Revenge of the Mad Scientist
could all be yours!
And we know when you follow instructions you tend to be a very lucky group, so put on your good behavior cap and go hunting for booty!

Pirate Rep: but Liza...we need her website to join her newsletter and win the book and 2nd necklace.
Liza: The link is hidden somewhere in this blog. Go find it! (You guys are the worse pirates ever!)

Revenge of the Mad Scientist
by Lara Nance



When Lady Arabella Trunkett’s father, the High Lord Minister of Urbannia is kidnapped, all clues point to the mysterious country of Gandiss and the world is thrown into political upheaval.

Arabella is convinced the more sinister nation of Carabarras is to blame, urged on by a mad scientist seeking revenge. So, she sets out on a perilous airship journey across a variety of exotic locales to save him, and halt the potential world war.

But airship pirates, secret assassins and slave traders aren’t her only trials. The fickle hand of fate has made the captain of the only airship available for charter, the man who left her at the altar. For eight years she's wished him dead. Now he's her only hope. 


Another scream sounded and then another. A group of people blocked her view and she didn’t hesitate in pushing them aside. She gasped when she reached a body sprawled on the floor and noted a trail of red blood tracking from a side room. She recognized the injured man as Conrad Bellows, her father’s assistant. Horrified, her champagne glass slipped from her fingers and shattered on the marble.

She pushed another man out of her way. What the hell was wrong with everyone standing around like statues while a man needed help? She knelt at Conrad's side. A knife protruded from his back but when she put her fingers on his neck she found him still alive, thank God. He struggled to his side and blinked as he looked up at her.

“Gone,” he whispered. “So…sorry, My Lady…gone.”
“Who is gone, Conrad?” She put a hand on his shoulder as panic shot through her.

“You’re, fa, fa, father…they took him.”

“What? Who took him?”

“Ahh, all in black, don’t know…” He closed his eyes and then slumped on the floor, unconscious.

Belle sucked in a sharp breath. She jumped to her feet and spun around. “Someone call for a doctor and help Mr. Bellows. Where’s my father?”

Never mind that I work 18 hours a day, I still asked to read and review this novel. It sounded too fun to let go by, and you know how I love having fun...

Liza's Review:

Revenge of the Mad Scientist is a non-stop action adventure steam punk from beginning to end. The strong resilient Lady Annabelle and her odd assortment of compatriots attempt to find and rescue her father and prevent a world war. However, some of their efforts come with a cost, so have tissues nearby when you read this book. All Lara's heroic characters are three dimensional and easy for a reader to love. The story plot is clever, and believable in a steam punk world. However, be warned. You should be prepared to buy another book, since instead of wrapping everything up in a nice tidy bow, the abduction of a main character right before the conclusion of this book pretty well guarantees the purchase of the next book.  I give it 4.5 stars, which in my world rounds to 5.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lara Nance grew up and lived in many cites throughout the South. She loves to write in a variety of genres, but the basis of all of her stories is a great tale that will take you on an adventure of imagination.

If you want to escape and lose yourself in a novel, you've come to the right place. Choose your genre and settle in to be entertained. From thrilling mysteries and steampunk tales, to paranormal romance and adventure, she's willing to explore a variety of compelling stories full of danger and suspense, along with a touch of romance.

Having been on the fencing team in college and now living on a sailboat convinces her that she was a pirate in another life, or possibly kin to Errol Flynn… However, due to the unfortunate demise of the romantic pirates of the past, she lives out her fantasies, thrills and adventures in her stories. Lara loves to weave interesting true historical tidbits into her fiction which invite the reader to explore further after the novel is finished.

Currently docked in Norfolk, Virginia (until the wind changes) Lara enjoys living on her sailboat and spends time reading, of course writing, indulging a variety of artistic endeavors, cooking and sailing with her husband, Joe and their Yorkie, Rio.


(Hint to pirates: You should have found the link to the website by now)

Buy link

Then if you want to gather more chances of winning this very fine booty,
you'll find a list of all the blogs participating in this blast.
(They won't be as fun as I am, but the booty's still good)
(Just page down until you find the list of blogs doing this Blast at the bottom of the link below)


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  2. Thank you for sharing the excerpt!

    shadowrunner1987 at gmail dot com

  3. The whole world building is wonderful!


  4. Love this and can´t wait for my chance to read! =)
    Happy Tuesday!
    fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

  5. Thanks for hosting me today! Love the review!! I hope you all love this story. You can actually download it FREE today and tomorrow if you have a Kindle app. Enjoy!!! XOXOX Lara


  6. I'm looking forward to reading this book, I'm glad I discoverd a new author!


  7. Thank you for the vivid excerpt and for making the story free on this day, I'm glad I picked it up!

    galaschick78 at gmail dot com

  8. Great blog, Liza. If Lara wants to warm up, she can sail south to the Virgin Islands. We have lots of good moorings and anchorages. I'll even invite her over for dinner and drinks (rum of course.) Tweeted.

    1. Ella, I LOVE the Virgin Islands. In fact I was married on Tortola at Cane Garden Bay. One of my most favorite places in the world. I'll take you up on the invite on our next visit! LOL Lara

  9. Ok, define steampunk, please!!! Anyway, another great blog post Liza! I say we all grab a boat and sail on down to Ella, get drunk and read our books out loud on the beach!!

    1. Nancy, Steampunk takes place in a Victorian atmosphere and steam is the power of the day. Think Jules Verne with a twist. I think it's romantic and adventurous.

  10. It sounds like a very exiting series, thank you for making the first book free!


  11. Thanks for the entertainment! And thanks for making the story free today; I'll hopefully get through it really quickly, 'cause it sounds like fun!

  12. Thank you all for the great comments! And I appreciate you having me today on the blog. Enjoy the adventure! XOXOXO Lara

  13. Fantastic post, as usual, Liza! And a BIG hello to my fellow CRW author! Great giveaway, Lara! Revenge sounds like an exciting read!! :D

  14. Sounds like a nice read.


  15. All of the excerpts for the tour have been great. Thanks for the free DL! Looking forward to reading it.

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  17. Lara! How did I miss that you were on Liza's blog today! The book sounds fabulous and I Iove the idea of a cliffhanger! And you should be grateful--Liza really behaved herself today! LOL


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