Sunday, July 7, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: Lizzie Borden by Elizabeth Engstrom

Lizzie Borden
by
Elizabeth Engstrom

Genre:
Historical Mystery, Thriller
Did she do it?

A hundred years ago, it was the Trial of the Century. A young woman stood accused of brutally murdering her father and stepmother in a crime so heinous that it became a benchmark in human tragedy.

A hundred years later, the Lizzie Borden case still resounds in the imagination. There are those who staunchly defend Lizzie’s innocence while others vehemently declare that she did it, and that the murder was justified.

In Elizabeth Engstrom’s brilliant novel, the dark psychology of the Borden household is laid bare. Lizzie, her sister Emma and their parents Andrew and Abby Borden, are sharply illuminated—as are the paranoia and concealed hatred that secretly ruled the family. Domestic violence and dysfunctional families are not inventions of modern times.

Every door in the Borden house is metaphorically locked, and each room holds the terrible secrets of its occupant…Engstrom skillfully and subtly builds a psychological plot, moving the reader inexorably toward the anticipated savage denouement.” —Publishers Weekly

Abby settled back into her bed, the fear of the dark shadows gone, the anger at Andrew gone, the worry over Lizzie having another headache gone. All that was left was that creeping feeling of doom.

It had been intensifying lately, that feeling. That terrible feeling that something was about to happen. The present status could not remain so for very much longer; everyone seemed to be strung just a little bit too tight. And when people are just a little too close, just a little too crowded, well, things begin to happen.

Like jewelry and money disappearing and reappearing in the barn.

A shiver ran through Abby. It was such a violation, that little robbery. It was such a slap in the face by some member of this household. That was a day she almost gave the ultimatum to Andrew: We move or they move. But the tensions had eased some after that, and of course, there had been no repeating offenses, nor had Abby any reason to think there would be. The point, whatever it was, had apparently been made.

The thought of the robbery was inseparable from this feeling of dread that she had, this moving black shadow that was just a little darker than the dark, when nothing was there. The robbery was an omen, she thought, of ominous things to come, and if she were a real wife, and a real mother, she would insist that Andrew take her out of this house and save them all from themselves.

But she was not a real wife, and Andrew knew that, and she was not a real mother, and both Emma and Lizzie knew that.

So she would make do, as she always had, spending her time with Sarah and her many troubles, and the occasional birthing that came along in her little circle of acquaintances, and she would hope that when the end came, whatever it may be, that it be swift and sure, silent and without warning.

Elizabeth (Liz) Engstrom grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois (a Chicago suburb where she lived with her father) and Kaysville, Utah (north of Salt Lake City, where she lived with her mother). After graduating from high school in Illinois, she ventured west in a serious search for acceptable weather, eventually settling in Honolulu. She attended college and worked as an advertising copywriter.


After eight years on Oahu, she moved to Maui, found a business partner and opened an advertising agency. One husband, two children and five years later, she sold the agency to her partner and had enough seed money to try her hand at full time fiction writing, her lifelong dream. With the help of her mentor, science fiction great Theodore Sturgeon, When Darkness Loves Us was published.

Engstrom moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1986, where she lives with her husband Al Cratty, the legendary muskie fisherman, and their Duck Tolling Retriever, Jook. Liz holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing and a Master of Arts in Applied Theology, both from Marylhurst University. A recluse at heart, she still emerges into public occasionally to speak at a writers conference, or to teach a class on various aspects of writing the novel, essay, article or short story. An avid knitter and gardener, she is on faculty at the University of Phoenix and is always working on the next book.

My Writing Day
by Elizabeth Engstrom
I read anything and everything. I prefer dark fantasy, which is mostly what I write, but I cannot read fiction while I’m writing a first draft. I find my work is influenced too much by what I read, so I read nonfiction while I’m writing a first draft. Once that is over, I’m back to reading whatever strikes my fancy.

As to my routine: I get up in the morning, go to the computer, spend a few minutes on email and social media while I wake up, have a little bit to eat, then I start my writing project. I start with reading what I wrote the day before. I don’t have a page count goal every day, because sometimes when the writing is smooth I can actually product ten pages. When the writing is intricate, like at the climax, I fall to my level of training, which is two pages a day. I can always write two pages a day. I learned to do that when I had young children and no time for writing. Also, when the plot is thorny, I don’t want to outpace my creativity. Some things need to be written and then contemplated, rewritten and re-contemplated. There comes a time, though, when I’m finished for the day. When that happens, I print out what I’ve written that day, add it to the stack of previous days’ work, and then go do something quiet while I think about what I’ve done and what I’ll do the next day. If it’s winter, I knit. If it’s summer, I go out into the garden, or go for a bike ride. And the next day I do it all over again. I get up and go to work, just like everybody else.
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38 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good read and the cover is nice.

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  2. I'm really interested in the story of Lizzie Borden so this sounds really interesting

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  3. I like the Lizzie Borden story, so I'm sure I'll like this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. I like the cover, my daughter would enjoy this book. It sounds intriguing.

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  5. I really like the cover and it sounds like a good read

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  6. I still think it was the sister that did it. Emma wanted to marry and the father said no. Emma was mad and went out , who knows where. Later people said a slim small framed man entered the house the day the parents were killed. It could have been Emma dressed as a man . Lizzie was out back in a shack washing clothes and I think she said she didn't hear any thing. Who did it?? maybe Emma.

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  7. Looks like a great Historical Mystery!

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  8. Great premise! Thanks for sharing the excerpt with us! :)

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  9. What do you most enjoy about writing?

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  10. I like the book cover as it's different from most covers.

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  11. Almost sounds like a true story.

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  12. This sounds fascinating and I would love to read more.

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  13. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I've always thought she did it.

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  15. I like the cover. It def draws me in. Thank you

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  16. I'm interested...did she or didn't she?

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  17. I have read a lot of books based on Lizzie. I'm reading this one right now and really enjoying it!

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  18. For this particular genre, the cover looks too mundane- clock doesn't seem sinister enough.

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  19. I've always been fascinated with the Lizzie Borden story, so this book sounds like something I'd love to read.

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  20. Oo! I love researching the Lizzie Borden case. And this is a very nice cover!

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  21. I think this sounds like a very good book.

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  22. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    The book looks like an amazing read!

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  23. Lizzie Borden story has been told many times and I enjoy reading every sordid deal of each.

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  24. I think the cover is interesting, but I think I would've preferred a real photograph.

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  25. I think it looks great and sounds like a great read.

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  26. Neat cover! I thought the drips they were clock hands at first.

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  27. For such a dark story theme I am surprised by the tame looking cover.

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  28. I've always been interested in the story of Lizzie Borden so this book really appeals to me.

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  29. The cover is awesome. This on tbr list!

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  30. the cover looks spooky and cool looking.

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