Monday, June 24, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Beneath Black Clouds and White by Virginia Crow

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Beneath Black Clouds and White by Virginia Crow. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as an interesting guest post about one of Virginia Crow's favorite historical event. There's also a tour wide giveaway! Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, and more. Enjoy!
Title: Beneath Black Clouds and White
Author: Virginia Crow
Publisher: Crowvus
Publication Date: April 11th 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction
Accompanied by his wife to Flanders, Josiah Tenterchilt meets a man who could not be more different from him: an apprentice surgeon named Henry Fotherby. As these two men pursue their own actions, fate and the careful connivance of a mysterious individual will push them together for the rest of their lives.

But it is a tumultuous time, and the French revolutionaries are not the only ones who pose a threat. The two gentlemen must find their place in a world where the constraints of social class are inescapable, and ‘slavery or abolition’ are the words on everyone’s lips.

Beneath Black Clouds and White is the prequel to Day's Dying Glory.

“Henry, you saved so many lives, but some men are beyond curing.”

“No, it was not that.” He turned to face his uncle once more. “He was court martialled and shot.”

“Good lord, Henry,” he said quickly. “Whatever for?”


“And you defended him?” His uncle scowled up at him and shook his head. “Do you want the revolution here in England? King George may struggle with himself but that is no reason to guillotine him.”

“I defended him because he was wronged,” Fotherby replied, as calmly as he could. “He was not able to consider his actions.”

“You cannot do it, Henry.”

“Do what?”

“Bring that into Wanderford Hall.”

“What do you mean?” Fotherby whispered, staring at the man before him.

“I tolerated your engagement to a woman of no birth and no money. I accepted her and her father into this house. But you cannot take the daughter of such a man and make her the mistress of Wanderford Hall.”

“It is not your house to tell me what I can and cannot do. I say that Miss Simmons shall be a fine mistress of Wanderford Hall. How can you judge a woman on the actions of her father? I should not care to think that I were judged on your actions simply because I am your nephew.”
Virginia grew up in Orkney, using the breath-taking scenery to fuel her imagination and the writing fire within her. Her favourite genres to write are fantasy and historical fiction, sometimes mixing the two together such as her soon-to-be-serialised books "Caledon". She enjoys swashbuckling stories such as the Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and is still waiting for a screen adaption that lives up to the film!

When she's not writing, Virginia is a music teacher in Caithness. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of music, especially as a tool of inspiration. She also helps out with the John o' Groats Book Festival which has just celebrated its 2nd year. Hopefully they'll be plenty more to come!

What is your favorite historical event and why?
This is by far one of the trickiest questions I’ve been asked! The honest answer is: there are too many! After much discussion and deliberation, I’ve opted for one which remains relevant to my latest book, Beneath Black Clouds and White.

On 22nd May 1787 a group of likeminded gentlemen met in John Phillips’ bookshop on George Yard in London. A quick visit to Google Maps shows that there’s little visible in the vicinity from this time, with large glass-fronted buildings. It was not a famous landmark, nondescript even then, but a humble little printing office and bookshop. There’s something very exciting about the fact one of the biggest moral revolutions in global history began in such a place. I remember learning in A-level History that one reason Martin Luther was so successful was because of the Gutenberg printing press, so perhaps it shouldn’t be such a surprise that the twelve men chose to meet here.

This meeting marked the creation of The Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade.

Abolitionist views were on the rise in Britain, with Quakers being most vocal in this viewpoint. As an institution, the established church would not condemn the slave trade, but there were an increasing number of its members who were beginning to challenge its moral grounding. The meeting in Phillips’ shop was significant because it brought together a cross-denomination group. Within the year, The Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade had recruited interest and support from two of the abolitionist movement’s most famous names, Josiah Wedgwood and John Newton.

Wedgwood created his famous cameo, featuring the line “AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER?” which became a symbol of abolition and, given the popularity of Wedgwood’s work, the cameo was soon appearing in society circles. The abolitionist movement was moving onwards and upwards! Newton, moved by the force of the new society finally published a pamphlet of his memories and experiences, Thoughts upon the African Slave Trade.

What was so great about this apparently insignificant event? It was catalytic. It would take another twenty years before The Slave Trade Act, but it all grew from the meeting on 22nd May 1787 – the beginning of the end for slavery.

And do you know what else is great about it...? It proves that amazing things can be achieved in bookshops! They provide a space for revolutions of thought, and are the playing field for openminded debate.
Virginia Crow will be awarding a paperback copy of Beneath Black Clouds and White (International Giveaway) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, follow the tour and leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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  1. Thank you for hosting me as part of my blog tour! I hope your readers enjoy the post!

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    1. Thank you! I think it captures some of the key themes in the book.

  3. the cover ad title do make me curious
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. Thanks! The title is a play on a line from a William Blake poem about racial equality: The Little Black Boy
      The poem is featured in the book.

  4. Sounds like a good read thanks for hosting this

    1. Thank you! I'm glad you liked the post, and I hope the book lives up to your expectations! The book was a bit of a heart-wrenching thing to research at times, but I loved writing it.