Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: False Light (Art History Mystery #2) by Claudia Riess

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for False Light by Claudia Riess. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt as well as a the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card or a set of the Art History Mystery Books: Stolen Light and False Light by Claudia Riess. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the blitz for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: False Light
Series: An Art History Mystery #2
Author: Claudia Riess
Publisher: Level Best Books
Publication Date: October 27th 2019
Print Length: 370 pages
Genre: Mystery
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Academic sleuths Erika Shawn, art magazine editor, and Harrison Wheatley, a more seasoned art history professor, set out to tackle a brain teaser. This time the couple—married since their encounter in Stolen Light, first in the series—attempt to crack the long un-deciphered code of art forger Eric Hebborn (1934-1996), which promises to reveal the whereabouts of a number of his brilliant Old Master counterfeits. (Hebborn, in real life, was a mischievous sort, who had a fascination with letters and a love-hate relationship with art authenticators. I felt compelled to devise a puzzler on his behalf!) After publication of his memoir, Drawn to Trouble, published in 1991, he encrypts two copies with clues to the treasure hunt. On each of the title pages, he pens a tantalizing explanatory letter. One copy he sends to an art expert; the second, he releases into general circulation. The catch: both books are needed to decipher the code.

When the books are at last united 25 years later, Erik and Harrison are enlisted to help unearth their hidden messages. But when several research aides are brutally murdered, the academic challenge leads to far darker mysteries in the clandestine world of art crime. As the couple navigate this sinister world, both their courage under fire and the stability of their relationship are tested.

**The eBook is on sale for only $0.99!**

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EXCERPT:
Erika would not permit herself to sleep. She gave in to her selfish body only to allow it to lean its skull and spine against the wall as she went over, again and again, the day’s nightmare. Reliving it kept the memory raw; healing, impossible.

There was a light tapping on the door. She didn’t know how long she had been sitting there, only that the scant light in the room had dimmed. There was another tap.

“Miss Erika? May I come in?”

It was Grace. Erika had never heard the woman’s supplicating tone of voice, but who else could it be? “Grace?”

“Yes, Miss. Please, may I?”

A kind of dull curiosity moved her to answer, “Come in.”

Grace opened the door and entered the room. She was holding a tray, bracing one side of it with her forearm. She turned the knob with her free hand and shut the door, then better secured the tray. “I’ve brought you some cream of tomato soup and a muffin. You need some nourishment. Would you turn on the light? You wouldn’t want this old lady to trip, would you?”

Grace’s gentle prodding was so uncharacteristic that it caused Erika to rise to her feet and obey, as if to the command of a hypnotist. She clicked on the wall light and took the tray from Grace.

“Where should I put it?”

Grace scurried to the vanity table and pushed aside Erika’s pads and pens. “Right here is good.”

Erika did as she was told. Grace pulled out the chair from the vanity and reached up to touch Erika’s shoulder. “Now sit and have some soup.” She smoothed her scalloped white apron overlaying her starched black dress and stood there, waiting.

“I’m not hungry, Grace.”

“You don’t want to be hungry, but you are,” Grace said, without budging.

There seemed to be no choice but to heed Grace’s first prompt. Erika sat down. She had no intention of lifting the spoon provided. “Thank you.” She waited for Grace to exit the room.

Grace wasn’t going anywhere. She strode to the desk and dragged the desk chair to the vanity, placing it directly alongside Erika’s chair. She sat down. “You must take care of yourself—for yourself as well as your husband,” she said. “He loves you so. I have never seen him so distraught.”

“Harrison will be fine,” Erika said, staring straight ahead.

Grace shook her head. “Not if you aren’t.” She took Erika’s hand in her own. “I haven’t been very cordial to you. I apologize.”

“Apology accepted,” Erika said, feeling nothing.

“I have no children,” Grace said. “I worked for Harrison’s grandparents for fifty years. I’ve known Harrison all his life, and he is family to me; my only family. He is a dear man, but terribly na├»ve. It broke my heart to see his first wife take advantage of him. She nearly destroyed him. I was afraid you might do the same.”

“I won’t.” She withdrew her hand from Grace’s.

“I know you won’t. I see how you are with him. I see how you look at him.

My prejudice made me blind to this, but now I see.”

Erika turned to Grace. “I’m empty, Grace. Do you see that?” She returned her focus to the wall.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Claudia Riess, a Vassar graduate, has worked in the editorial departments of The New Yorker and Holt, Rinehart, and Winston and has edited several art history monographs.

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GIVEAWAY:
Claudia Riess will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card (INT) or three sets of Art History Mystery Books: Stolen Light and False Light (US only) to a randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter after the blitz. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the blitz each day. Good luck!

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60 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

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    1. Your enthusiasm is uplifting, especially in these trying times.
      Thanks, James!

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  2. I enjoyed the blurb and the excerpt.

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  3. Sounds great! What are YOU reading these days?

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    1. Right now in the middle of two books: David Foster Wallace's collection of essays, one of which is the title of book, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again. (A cruise--alternately hilarious and poignant.) Also Black Swan Green by David Mitchell. (Enjoyed The Bone Clocks more--more typically Mitchell.) How about you, Victoria? Any recommendations? Happy reading--and stay safe!

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  4. Sounds like a great book! I like the cover.

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  5. Looks promising, good to hear about this one!

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  6. Can't wait to read this, I love a good page turner!

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  7. The book sounds like a great read.

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  8. which author most inspires you?

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    1. Tough to name just one, but I'll start off with Umberto Eco. There's a more detailed answer on my website (under "About the Author"): claudiariessbooks.com. Thanks for the interest, Molli!

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  9. nicebook cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  10. happy april thanks for hosting beauiful excerpt

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    1. Thanks for your comment--and happy April to you, too!

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  11. Mysteries are my favorite genre!! This piqued my interest.. Thank you!!

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  12. Beautiful cover. It sounds like a really interesting book, very intriguing. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. I think the cover art is so very lovely...

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  14. I love mysteries and enjoyed the excerpt.

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  15. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! Awesome cover. Thank you for sharing

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  16. This sounds like a wonderful read.

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  17. Sounds like an awesome read. Love finding "new" authors"

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  18. Where is your favorite place to buy books and your favorite place to read?

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  19. Thank you for this awesome giveaway

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  20. I absolutely love the cover, the colors and the overall look, amazing

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  21. THANKS FOR HOSTING HAPPPY APRIIL

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  22. Sounds suspenseful and like a great read!

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  23. happy first friday of april. thank you for hosting this

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  24. happy saturday and thank so much for hosting . i cannot wait to read

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  25. happy saturday i love to read this book as it looks like a greAT READ

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  26. happy sunday i really hope things are going well. thanks for hosting

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  27. I like the book cover. This sounds like a good mystery that I will enjoy reading.

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  28. Sounds like a really good book. I love the cover.

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  29. Thanks for the excerpt. It really helps to get a feel for the characters and plot

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  30. happy monday i love this cover and the excerpt is extraordinary

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  31. Where do you get your inspiration?

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  32. happy tuesday i love that you are hosting this contest and love the book

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  33. How did you come up with the plot for this book?

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  34. happy wednesday have good week

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