Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: Violins Played Before Junstan (The Celwyn Series #1) by Lou Kemp

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for Violins Played Before Junstan by Lou Kemp. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the blitz for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Violins Played Before Junstan
Series: The Celwyn Series #1
Author: Lou Kemp
Publication Date: September 17th 2022
Print Length: 397 pages
Genre: Magical Realism Fantasy
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While on a mission to avenge the death of his lover, the immortal peyote-eating magician Celwyn is hired to deliver an automat, Professor Kang, to a priest. But Celwyn quickly learns that everything the priest told him was a lie. Now his ship, the Zelda, is stuck in a horrific storm and Celwyn knows he must reconsider his allegiance if he is to steer his vessel in the right direction and continue his quest.

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EXCERPT:
San Francisco, 1865

Late in the evening, thick ribbons of fog moved like a living animal, breathing, then thinning to vapor before revealing the shadows between the wooden barrels that lined the docks. Beyond the Opera House’s silhouette, oily glimmers of the bay cut through the darkness, only to be obscured by the fog again.

As Celwyn neared the docks, he heard virulent cursing above the commotion from a carriage as it charged down the cobblestones toward him. When the coach drew level, the driver raised a whip above his horse. On its descent to the horse’s back, the tip suspended mid-air and snake-like, the whip shimmied out of the coachman’s hand.

The man steered the hackney to a stop. As he slithered out of the high cab, the whip followed him, wrapping around his ankles, lifting him feetfirst into the air. His cursing echoed to screams as he disappeared into the night sky. A moment later, a splash could be heard, and a satisfied smile crossed Celwyn’s lips; he couldn’t stand to see anyone mistreating an animal. The horse trotted down the street, rather jauntily, back toward the stable yard as the magician stepped around a snoring drunk and into Salty’s tattered and dingy atmosphere. Celwyn could have sworn it was the same drunk he stepped over last night.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Early work was horror and suspense, later work morphed into a combination of magical realism, mystery and adventure painted with a horrific element as needed.

I’m one of those writers who doesn’t plan ahead, no outlines, no clue, and I sometimes write myself into a corner. Atmospheric music in the background helps. Black by Pearl Jam especially.

I'd love to hear from you and what you think of Celwyn, Bartholomew, and Professor Xiau Kang.

Milestones:
2009 The anthology story Sherlock’s Opera appeared in Seattle Noir, edited by Curt Colbert, Akashic Books. Available through Amazon or Barnes and Noble online. Booklist published a favorable review of my contribution to the anthology.

2010 My story, In Memory of the Sibylline, was accepted into the best-selling MWA anthology Crimes by Moonlight, edited by Charlaine Harris. The immortal magician Celwyn makes his first appearance in print.

2018 The story, The Violins Played before Junstan is published in the MWA anthology Odd Partners, edited by Anne Perry. The Celwyn series begins.

Book 1, The Violins Played Before Junstan reissue with the publisher, the 4 Horsemen on 10-17-22. The 4 Horsemen will publish the remaining books in the series beginning with Music Shall Untune the Sky, The Raven and the Pig, The Pirate Danced and the Automat Died. The companion book, Farm Hall continues the story of Pelaez, another immortal magician and Celwyn's brother will also be available.

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GIVEAWAY:
Lou Kemp will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prizes. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility with this giveaway.)

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69 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  2. Thanks for hosting. Sounds like a great book.

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  3. this sounds like a wonderful book

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  4. Thank you for hosting and I really like the set up of your site-- especially the Halloween color background! Goddess is great, and I appreciate their expertise in setting up all of my stops. If anyone has any questions, please ask.

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    1. Thank you! And thank you for stopping by. The ladies at Goddess Fish Promotions are awesome!

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  5. That was an awesome excerpt. good work

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  6. Excellent excerpt, Violins Played Before Junstan sounds like a fantasy that I might enjoy and I like the cover!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a splendid day!

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  7. Congratulations on the book!

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  8. I love the cover and think the book sounds interesting.

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  9. After reading the book excerpt I would like to read this book-I really like the book cover-thanks

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  10. Good evening, if given the chance, would you like to see this book and series made into a movie and if so, who is in your dream cast?

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  11. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  12. I like everything about this book - genre title and cover!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  13. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  14. The book sounds fun. It is not a genre I normally read but this one peaks my interest.

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  15. I would love to read this one sounds amazing.
    heather hgtempaddy

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  16. What do you think of the world today?

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  17. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  18. The book sounds riveting. The cover is fantastic.

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  19. It's snowing at my house. Do you like snow?

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  20. The book cover caught my eye- after reading I would like to read this book

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  21. Happy Friday!

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  22. Hope you have a nice weekend.

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  23. sounds like a wonderful book to read

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  24. Sounds like a great read!

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  25. What is your dream vacation?

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  26. thanks this sounds like a really interesting book

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  27. What part of the book was the most fun to write?

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  28. Do you like Winter?

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  29. Will you watch the lunar eclipse?

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  30. Do you ever encounter obstacles while writing?

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  31. The magical fantasy book looks fun to read. Thanks for the introduction.

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  32. looks like a fun one

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  33. What is your next book?

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  34. Sounds like a very interesting story.

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  35. bad link to instagram. should be: https://www.instagram.com/authorloukemp/

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  36. its -29 here this morning think I need to live in a warmer climate

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  37. This sounds like a great fantasy read. I like the cover and excerpt.

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  38. Do you do anything special to treat yourself after finishing a book?

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  39. What do you think of the world today?

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  40. What is the coolest moment in being an author and coolest authors you've personally met or would like to meet. You can answer all or any of these if you see this post! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  41. What are your plans for the holiday?

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  42. What are your Thanksgiving traditions?

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  43. Sounds so interesting! Thank you for sharing

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