I am so happy to welcome Genevieve here today. Her book is not one I would have normally picked up. She contacted me about this book and her words really “intrigued” me. I am so glad she reached out to me!! You will be too!!
Thanks for the invitation, Lori!
I feel … as I sit awaiting inspiration … that I am somewhat of a fish out of water here. No, that’s not right. Not out of water; I am breathing fine, after all. It’s just that it appears I’ve taken a little leap into the next pond over.
You see, I don’t write mystery. Okay, okay. I’ll wait for you to finish gasping and shaking your head with disappointment. Another moment? Sure. No problem.
Ready? Excellent. Now, if anyone is still there, first of all, thank you. Now I’d like to introduce you to a genre that many literary agents told me was somewhat of a mystery.
I write “Historical Romance”. That’s a simple enough concept, except what I write is more what I’d call historical ‘adventure’, rather than romance, but romance readers are eating it up, so if they want to call it a romance, that’s just fine with me. Carrying on with the fishy metaphor, please allow me to lead you into a murkier pond. Step carefully now. My historical adventure crosses over to include a touch of fantasy. Some readers have even hinted that it’s almost “literary” fiction. I had a few people suggest it could be YA, but I draw the line at that. My daughters won’t be reading “Under the Same Sky” until they’re at least able to drive!
And then there’s the question of the beautiful cover. Penguin is my publisher, and you might have heard that most authors have little to no say in the creation of their cover. I’m not the least bit disappointed—I think it’s gorgeous and eye-catching. But to me it screams romance, which I neither write nor read very often. So I shall bow humbly and beg you not to judge a book by its cover.
Being amongst you all today makes me want to cross the genre line one more time and make my novel into a mystery … of sorts. Let’s see if I get this right.
The year is 1746. Maggie Johnson is gifted with “the Sight”, which is a power kept secret from all but her family, because if it were to be discovered by the rest of the world, she could be burned at the stake. Except, impossibly, there is someone else who knows. Half a world away, Andrew MacDonnell, a Scottish Highlander who has dreamed of a faraway little girl since he was just a wee lad, knows all about Maggie’s dreams. How? Because he has the same gift. There is no mystery in the battle Andrew and the others fight that April on Culloden moor. The Scots fighting for the Stuart cause are wiped out by the superior English troops, and they are either killed, imprisoned and tortured, or forced to flee. Andrew shouldn’t have survived, injured and exhausted as he was, but from across the sea Maggie was with him, flooding his heart and muscles with her power, giving him what he needed so he could disappear from the field of death. But she cannot save herself when she and her sisters are kidnapped by vicious white slavers, and it is only when he appears in her mind that she is given the means to escape.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is just the first few chapters. Have I intrigued you?
Well are you intrigued? I sure was and by page 13 I was so engrossed in the story I couldn’t put it down. This is not a “Historical Romance” it is so much more and it is filled with mystery!!!
Under the Same Sky
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Gregg Gulbronson
Cover Design by George Long
I read this book last year and wanted to include it on my Best Books of 2011 but since technically is wasn’t available until January 3, 2012 it couldn’t be included, but it will be in the running for 2012. This book is amazing. To think because it is not classified as a genre I usually read, I may have missed out on this story. This is the type of book my whole blog is about, a book you can escape into, a perfect escape, an adventure not to be missed. As soon as I finished this story and the snippet of the next I had to email Genevieve. I loved the story so much but my enthusiasm was so great I was having trouble putting it into words. Today I still feel like I am gushing but I really want to get across to all of you that you will enjoy this book, especially if you are like me, someone who has basically stepped away from the romance genre.
This story is beautifully written and captivating. There are places where it is purely poetic. Genevieve you are more than welcome in this pond. I am anxiously awaiting Sound of The Heart coming out in May.
About This Author
Genevieve Graham graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance (playing the oboe). While on a ski vacation in Alberta, she met her future husband in a chairlift lineup and subsequently moved to Calgary to be with him. They have recently settled in a small, peaceful town in Nova Scotia with their two beautiful daughters. Writing became an essential part of Genevieve’s life a few years ago, when she began to write her debut novel, Under the Same Sky.
Genevieve will be at Kaki’s Blog on January 7 talking about the “ugly truth” of historical fiction! Be sure to check it out!
Have we “intrigued” you enough that you would like to win a copy of this story?
I am giving away my gently read copy to one lucky winner!!!
U.S. AND Canadian Residents Only
Contest Will End January 19 at 11:59 p.m. CST
Comments on “Welcome Author Genevieve Graham!!”
I am intrigued! I would love to read this.
Wow. Thank you so so much for that beautiful review! You made me all teary-eyed! I love the way our connection came to be – you unsure of my genre, me unsure of your blog’s genre, and yet the book still clicked. I’m SO happy about that, and I hope more of your followers will give “Under the Same Sky” a peek. Thanks again for having me here!
The book sounds amazing and I would love to read it.
My first love of romance was in historicals, so I am sure I would love this book! I am so glad you brought it to my attention! I can’t wait to read it, it sounds wonderful!
Thank you for another fabulous giveaway opportunity!
Really enjoyed the review. Under the Same Sky really looks like a good book. I would love to read it.
This book sounds so fascinating. It is definitely going on the reading list for this year.
While I love mysteries, romances are fun for a change of pace. This one sounds intriguing.
Thank you all so much for popping on here! This is truly exciting, seeing you all here, knowing you’re interested in my debut! I’m so glad Lori invited me to share today.
Linda K – don’t think of it as a romance … it’s an adventure! 🙂 And a mysterious one at that.
I really want to have your book in hand, so I can share with my mom and sis! I am trying to finish up other books so I can give it full attention :0)
I’ve always been a fan of historical fiction and so love that you are combing it with another love of mine romance and mystery.
I felt EXACTLY the same about Genevieve’s novel 🙂 It was wonderful, sweet, but also sometimes quite shocking (you know what I mean, right?!). I did not expect it to be so much more than just a romance, but it turned out to be a perfect blend of many other genres and I LOVED LOVED LOOOOVED it 😀
Plus, Genevieve is a doll, she’s such a sweet person!
awww Evie! (wish I knew how to do a blushing smiley face!). Yes, there’s a shocking bit but, well, “the story told itself” is my excuse. And what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right?
Lisa, I love the blend as well, and I threw in some fantasy as well – not too crazy, just enough – I hope! 🙂
I love blog tours! I get to meet so many fun people I’d never meet otherwise!
This is so great. I know al of you will love this book!!
Whether or not it is a “historical romance”, I would still like to read it. All the elements I would love to have in a book are there–mystery, adventure, HISTORY, and a love connection. Wishlisted!
I love all kinds of mysteries and this one sounds really good! I’m sure I would enjoy it!
This sounds like a really good mystery. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com
In case any of you are interested, Barbara at Publishers Weekly is running my book trailer on her blog today … might give you another image of the book … http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/beyondherbook/
Hi Genevieve, I can’t wait to read your book. I love romance with action and HEA. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.
I am … ever so slowly … learning not to judge the contents of a book by its cover. See, I don’t read romance. It’s OK if there’s some romance included in the book, but I don’t want it to be the central theme, and usually don’t want it touched on too heavily while I’m trying to get into the mystery/suspense/fantasy/thrill/drama of the book.
I also found as I’ve started putting my “Best of” lists together for the books I read last year that many, if not most of them .. well, they don’t fit neatly into a “category” or “genre”. I like that. I’m not a big fan of writing being pigeonholed into one or the other. In MY dream reading world, books would be classified correctly .. somewhat like this:
Suspense for YA and adult readers with paranormal/romance/sci-fi elements and a bit of mystery thrown in as well
See .. .THAT would be a good characterization!
This one sounds fabulous, and I think it belongs on my to-read list!
It sounds like a different type of story but it is intriguing.
This story sounds like it would be really good!
Certainly intrigued me!
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