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The Villainous Viscount

Hello fellow readers!

Do you like to dabble in the supernatural? Does the thought of a Gothic novel leave you swooning like a virginal maiden? Are dark cobweb filled hidden staircases the very lure you in? The Villainous Viscount is a tale to excite your senses and leave chills down your spine!

I found this to be a great example of a new Gothic novel told in a traditional way. It took me a bit of time to connect with the hero but I can see that the author was keeping him to a more traditional type of rake. It takes a while to redeem himself but I think the reader will find it believable in the end. I must say, I love a well-written satire.

I enjoyed the main characters. They were thought-provoking and non-traditional (from a story standpoint). The supernatural elements were a fun side plot to the romance. If you enjoy a more classic Gothic novel, give The Villainous Viscount a read!

THE VILLAINOUS VISCOUNT OR THE CURSE OF THE VENNS
BY LUCINDA ELLIOT

An appreciative satire of the cliches of traditional Gothic.

When Clarissa Greendale inherits the fortune of disreputable uncle she hardly knows, she does not expect to find herself forced into marriage with an aristocratic fortune hunter and wild, brawling, debauched social outcast. Still, she has always found Harley Venn set off the most unmaidenly tinglings in her; that is one consolation.

Yet neither did Clarinda expect to inherit the legacy of evil from half a century before. For the wicked if beguiling Lord Venn seems to have inherited a family curse, which, having dispatched the main perpetrators of the old crime, now moves on to their heirs, who are just as wild a set of rakes as their elders. There are rumours of violent deaths preceded by appearances from an inexorable hooded spectre, of inexplicable strikes of lightning, and of haunted mirrors.

The light-hearted Harley Venn dismisses all these as conjuring tricks. He even hires a drunken charlatan of a professional magician to prove it.

Clarinda is far from sure that there is any rational explanation. Still, it would take more than an enforced marriage to an incorrigible pugilistic libertine or persecution from malevolent spectres to damage her steely nerves and sense of the ridiculous.

This lively Gothic comedy, written as a good natured satire, gives the reader a kind and courageous heroine, a rascally but beguiling anti-hero and an authentic historical background to the delightfully over-the-top adventures, a cast of wholly believable characters, an engaging love story and many chills on its way to its tumultuous conclusion.

AMAZON US | AMAZON UK | BARNES & NOBLE

Publication Date: February 24, 2017
Paperback & eBook; 284 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-0992736156

Genre: Fiction/Satire/Gothic/Romance

About the Author

Lucinda Elliot loves writing Gothic style stories, which isn’t surprising because she was brought up in a series of big old isolated houses which her parents were refurbishing (it wasn’t so fashionable back then). After that, she lived, studied and worked in London for many years and now lives in Mid Wales with her family.

She loves writing about strong women to complement gung-ho males.

Her interests do include weight training and body shaping,and she was once a champion Sportsfighter, but apart from that her interests are quite geeky. Reading classic novels, conservation, gardening, and even names and their meanings (bring on the carrot juice). She loves a laugh above anything.

For more information, please visit Lucinda’s website. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, December 7
Review at Probably at the Library

Tuesday, December 8
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Wednesday, December 9
Review at Robin Loves Reading

Thursday, December 10
Review at Jessica Belmont
Feature at I’m Into Books

Friday, December 11
Interview at Books & Benches

Monday, December 14
Review at Novels Alive

Tuesday, December 15
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Wednesday, December 16
Review at Bookworlder
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink

Giveaway

Enter to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on December 16th. You must be 18 or older to enter.  https://gleam.io/competitions/dTYiR-villainous-viscount

Thank you to Amy at HFVBT and to the author, Lucinda Elliot, for letting me kick off this blog tour!

Melissa has been in love with books since she was a child. As a young girl, in her Holly Hobby decorated room, she would sit and tape scraps of paper to her books so that she could organize them by the Dewey Decimal System. She is a huge advocate for helping children learn to love reading. Along with hosting an online Regency based book club and a book club at her home, she started a book club for kids at her son’s school. These days, Melissa can be found at the library writing a book review or tucked in some quiet corner having a love affair with a newly discovered romance novel.

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