Very excited to be part of Kimberly Richardson’s tour this week! I met her briefly at Fandom Fest (with the rest of the talented Kerlak crew) and trust me, she is a name to watch. She’s prepared a character post/interview today, so let’s get acquainted with the book Hilliard Ravensdale is from.
The Decembrists by Kimberly Richardson
Genre: Modern Gothic
Sophie Joyce, a young writer, soon becomes a part of best selling author Hilliard Ravensdale’s elitist world. Yet, what she desperately wants comes at a terrible price, revealing a secret from Hilliard’s past that will threaten to destroy them both. Award-winning author Kimberly Richardson turns her literary eye to the world of sex, control, uprisings, secrets, and lies, all wrapped within a story worthy to be called modern Gothic.
And now, let’s hear a little bit from Hilliard Ravensdale…
I am not a monster. Actually, I could care less what the rest of the world thinks, for Sophie still loves me and I know she will never leave me. Not with what she knows. Did I make mistakes? Of course. Yet, how can anyone learn if all they do is walk though Life with a perfect attendance record on their pretty little shirt? Besides, given my background, I had no other option; well, unless if I lived like Ian, then.
Sophie and I spend our time in the country while our daughter Meli is traveling the world after graduating from college with a 4.0 average, followed by obtaining a Masters degree in English Literature. Just like her father. My days and nights are spent writing (as if that’s a surprise), walking through the trails and making love to my Goddess. It’s all part of Life, then.
Sometimes, I wonder if my life could be any different if Veronica hadn’t asked me that question. Would my life be any less weird than it is now? Does it even matter? Ever since we moved out here, I see little bundles of wildflowers sitting on our porch from time to time, then. Sophie tells me that it’s only the Wee Folk. I don’t know.
Amanda called me the other day, wondering how we were. I told her that we were fine and that Meli is doing well as a young woman of the world. Ian was still cooking up a storm, publishing cookbooks and enjoying his new Life, then. After I hung up, I began to cry.
My fingers hurt a bit; Autumn is right around the corner, then. Time to finish this entry and go inside for dinner. Sophie made my favourite meal: baked chicken with steamed asparagus and sautéed chanterelles in garlic and olive oil. Maybe tonight, if I see any bunches of wildflowers placed on the porch, I’ll ask Them how Veronica is doing. Perhaps they’ll answer. Maybe not.
So, where do you and Sophie live now?
Actually, we are not too far from Memphis, TN, our home city, then. We both felt the need to get out of the city and to spend our time away from the craziness, although our lives are busier now than ever, then.
How is Sophie, by the way?
She’s fine; in fact, and she’ll kill me for telling you this, but she is pregnant again. We think it might be twins, then.
Congratulations! Has your family, given its history, ever had twins?
Not to my knowledge, although with the Ravensdale bloodline, anything was possible. I did hear of one relative back in the early 1800s in Wales who gave birth to quadruplets. They all came out with flaming red hair, then. I think the mother was stoned to death because people thought she was a witch. I don’t know what happened to her children.
Actually, she was the wise woman of the town; assisting with childbirth, giving out herbal medicines to the sick, then, and I think she spent a lot of her time “speaking” with the forest. At first, the town loved her because she was so good and kind to everyone, yet after she gave birth to her children, someone who apparently had a grudge against her for whatever reason stirred up matters against her and convinced everyone that she was a consort of the Devil . . . but I’ll save that story for another time.
Well, before we end this interview, I do need to ask one question – do you think of Veronica? I think of her less and less now, yet she is a part of my brain, then. She will always be a part of me, no matter what, and yet I know that I need to let her go. I . . . sorry, I’m not really in the mood to talk about her. Not yet. I guess I still need to heal, then. Do you mind if we end this?
Sure. Whatever you say.
Intrigued? How can you not be? I know I’m itching to find out the meaning behind all of this! Be sure to check out Kimberly Richardson, and her other book currently touring, Mabon and Pomegranate.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After found as an infant crawling among books in an abandoned library, Kimberly Richardson grew up to become an eccentric woman with a taste for jazz, drinking tea, reading books, speaking French and Japanese, playing her violin and writing stories that cause people to make the strangest faces. Her first book, Tales From a Goth Librarian, was published through Kerlak Publishing and named a Finalist in both the USA Book News Awards for Fiction: Short Story for 2009 and the International Book Awards for Fiction: Short Story in 2010. Ms. Richardson is also the Editor of the award winning Steampunk anthology Dreams of Steam, the award winning sequel, Dreams of Steam II: Of Brass and Bolts, and the upcoming Dreams of Steam III, all published through Kerlak Publishing. Other short stories and poetry by Ms. Richardson have been published through Sam’s Dot Publishing, Midnight Screaming and FootHills Publishing. Her first full-length novel, The Decembrists (Kerlak Publishing), will be out in 2012. Her other book, Mabon and Pomegranate (Kerlak Publishing), will be out in 2012 as well.
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Mabon and Pomegranate by Kimberly Richardson
Genre: Mythic Fiction
What would you do if you discovered that your dreams were real? Monica had no idea that moving to the small town of Mabon would be the answer to her prayers, and yet so much more…
Alexandra has it all: a great job, a wonderful husband, and very few worries in the world. Yet, when a black clad stranger enters her life, she is suddenly thrust into a world of myths and legends all contained in the skin of an infamous fruit.
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