Floats the Dark Shadow

If you love historical fiction, if you love mystery, if you love Paris, you might love Floats the Dark Shadow by Yves Fey.

During this blog tour, Yves will be awarding a hardback copy of Floats the Dark Shadow (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking on the banner at the bottom of this post.

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Floats the Dark Shadow is the winner of four Indie awards in both mystery and historical categories.

Young American painter Theodora Faraday struggles to become an artist in Belle Époque Paris. She’s tasted the champagne of success, illustrating poems for the Revenants, a group of poets led by her adored cousin, Averill. When children she knows vanish mysteriously, Theo confronts Inspecteur Michel Devaux who suspects the Revenants are involved. Theo refuses to believe the killer could be a friend—could be the man she loves. Classic detection and occult revelation lead Michel and Theo through the dark underbelly of Paris, from catacombs to asylums, to the obscene ritual of a Black Mass. Following the maze of clues they discover the murderer believes he is the reincarnation of the most evil serial killer in the history of France—Gilles de Rais. Once Joan of Arc’s lieutenant, after her death he plunged into an orgy of evil. The Church burned him at the stake for heresy, sorcery, and the depraved murder of hundreds of peasant children. Whether deranged mind or demonic passion incite him, the killer must be found before he strikes again.

My Review:

Once I began reading Floats the Dark Shadow, I was so immersed in Belle Époque Paris that I felt I could see the dark streets, smell the perfumes, and taste the gritty air. Yves Fey’s writing is authentic and lyrical, using masterful strokes much as Theo, the main character of her book, does with her art.

The story opens with the crime. Children are disappearing from the streets of Paris, and not much is being done to find out what’s happening to them. Inspector Michel Devaux gets involved in the case, and as he works to find the criminals, the reader is led into a dark underground society.

Part history, part mystery, and part occult, this novel will keep you reading late into the night.

I was lucky enough to get to a copy of this award winning book in exchange for an honest review.

Excerpt from Floats the Dark Shadow:

A thousand candles burned in the darkness of the catacombs.

A thousand flames wavered, golden lights bending and rising with the doleful ebb and flow of the music.

Repelled and fascinated, Theo watched their flickering glow caress the curved domes of the skulls. Tinted by candlelight, the naked bones took on a sepia patina like sacred reliquaries carved from amber. A shiver swept her. Nothing—not her delight in the outrageous, nor the wickedly delicious thrill of the forbidden, not even the inspiration the images would bring to her art—nothing overcame her sense of oppression. They were deep in the earth. Room after endless room of bones surrounded them.

The black hollows of the eye sockets seemed to watch the concert as attentively as the audience of chic Parisians still clothed in mortal flesh and fancy silks, still breathing the dank, stifling air of the chamber. As the last notes of Chopin’s Marche Funèbre echoed, the gathering applauded with fervent solemnity, saluting the musicians’ skill and their own daring in coming here. Elegant in their tuxedos, the orchestra lowered their instruments with a flourish and rose, first bowing to their guests, then once again to their skeletal hosts. Theo smiled and clapped with them, fighting off her apprehension.

“They call this the Empire of Death.” Averill leaned close and Theo bent to meet him. In the eerie light, the smile hovering at the corners of his mouth shifted from sweet to sinister and back again. His breath caressed her face and she caught a hint of absinthe. The scent churned up a chaos of emotion—concern, frustration, anger, yearning.

A pang of jealousy.

How perfectly Parisian, she thought, to be jealous of a liqueur.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Yves Fey AuthorYves has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon, and a BA in Pictorial Arts from UCLA. She has read, written, and created art from childhood. A chocolate connoisseur, she’s won prizes for her desserts. Her current fascination is creating perfumes inspired by her characters and by Paris. She’s traveled to many countries in Europe and lived for two years in Indonesia. She currently lives in the San Francisco area with her husband Richard and three cats, Marlowe the Investigator, and the Flying Bronte Sisters.




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Writing Process Blog Chain

Good day, everyone! My fabulous writing friend Cathy C. Hall invited me to join this blog chain. She always has something fun and funny going on, so how could I resist? So here it goes with my link in the chain:

What am I working on?

I’m currently finishing up some edits and revisions in the second book of The California Argonauts series. Gold Rush Deluge continues the story of Lucinda and George as they head to Sacramento, just in time for the 1850 floods, cholera, and fires. It’s hard to believe all those things happened in one year. Lucinda begins working with a doctor who also happens to be a murderer, (oops!) George envisions a plan to build levees and dams to protect the city of Sacramento, but Hardin Bigelow got the credit for that amazing project. Mix into that a society woman who wants to claim George for her own, and you have a love triangle/murder mystery/historical fiction story that I hope you’ll enjoy.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

There are stories and more stories of the gold rush. Many of them take place in the Yukon, and there are a few stories set in Australia and in California. But mine is the only one I know of in which the heroine wants to be a doctor. The stories are filled with medical practices and anecdotes from the mid-1800s. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first female doctor in the United States. She led the way for women to join the medical profession as doctors. She’s the inspiration for this series.

Why do I write what I do?

That’s simple. I write it because I find California history fascinating. (The teacher in me is showing.) The part I enjoy the most is the research. When I’m procrastinating about writing, I research. When I want to relax and have some downtime, I research. I find the personal stories and diaries the most interesting. Each time we drive to the Sierra Nevada mountains, I’m reminded of the people who came out here in wagons. Their strength and fortitude kept them alive, and I honestly don’t know if I could have lasted a month in their shoes. Their stories are truly amazing.

How does your writing process work?

I do a good deal of procrastinating/research. Then I think about the story, a what if scenario, and I get a picture in my mind. After that, I start sketching out a three act plot line. Then I embellish the plot points, and start adding more details. About that time, I start adding more details and characteristics to the characters. Finally, I write. Usually, I can write the novel in about six weeks. But it could take months or even years for me to get it edited and revised into a good story.

How about you? How does your writing process work? I’ve invited some other writers to join me in this blog chain, and I’ll be publishing the links to their posts soon. So keep the love going and check out:

Bridgette Booth, author of The Literature Club Project

Mindy Shafer, author of Hannah, Hannah, One-and-Two

Previous posts in the Writing Process Blog Chain:

Margo L. Dill, author of Caught Between Two Curses

Cathy C. Hall, author of bunches of fabulous and funny stories for children and adults.

Next Stop on the Writing Process Blog Chain (Hint: It’s Me)


Aye ‘n’ begorrah! My good friend and funny writer, Cathy C. Hall is on the Writing Process blog chain, writing about her latest shenanigans!

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2009-02-10 16.23.12 Sure, t’is a lovely day to be writing.

It’s a wee bit rainy on this St. Patrick’s Day morning, but that’s all the better for this lass to keep her pounding at the keys. If the sun were shinin’ bright, a certain strawberry blonde might be up to all sorts of shenanigans. So a big thank you to the good Lord who brings the rains, and a big thank you to Margo L. Dill, who is any day now releasing her new novel, CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO CURSES! Margo invited me to answer a couple questions on the writing process (and if you want to know all about Margo’s news and process, check out the last stop on the blog chain here.)

On to the Writing Process questions!

1. What am I working on?

Whew! Just last night, I had a wee bit of a panic attack, wondering how I would…

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Now Released!


Wow! Brenda Maxfield just released another book in her series. These are terrific reads, suspenseful, yet clean for teens. I love her fresh writing!

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Greetings, Friends!  I’m over-the-moon excited to introduce you to Lizbet’s Lie. You know how some books just get to you when you read them? They wrench your emotions from the bottom of your gut?

Well, this book did that to me while I was writing it. The characters made me so mad! They would NOT cooperate. And they were downright mean. Lizbet didn’t deserve it. Not even a little.

Here’s the blurb:

Assaulted and pregnant, sixteen-year-old Lizbet Morgan is shipped off to give birth in secrecy and hand her baby over to strangers. When she returns home to her family’s strict religious community, she is expected to pick up where she left off.

But the nightmare isn’t over. Her friend Johnny isn’t the only one asking questions, and Lizbet fears that the reason for her absence will soon be discovered.  She must decide whether to tell the truth or…

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The Widow for Read an eBook Week

If you’re anything like me, you can never have enough books. When they’re free, it’s even better. During Read an eBook Week, which ends tomorrow, you can find excellent indie free and near free books.  Today I’m featuring a Regency novel, The Widow. I picked it up this week, and have added it to my summer TBR stack. Here’s the blurb from the book page:

The WidowRecently widowed Mary Scofield is forced to return to her family’s farm, penniless and with a baby. She sets her sights and her hopes on marrying a local gentleman, knowing his rank would elevate her to a much higher social class and his money would bring her out of poverty. As she applies her skills to obtain his proposal, a stranger appears in town and quickly becomes her rival for the gentleman’s attention. This stranger is nearly her double: a widow with a baby, nearly the same age, pretty, and having the same skills and talents. Fate throws the two together, and Mary soon finds her plans for marriage are ruined.

This story, set in the North-East of England, follows the events surrounding the two young widows for the short time their lives are brought together. Their world is on the brink of change as their cottage industry, and only source of income, is rapidly being made obsolete by the factories and their farms are being swallowed by new mines. They face nothing but utter poverty, and the workhouse, in their future. When tragedy strikes one of them, they each must decide if they will chose the way of forgiveness or of revenge. Their decisions forever change the lives of all around them in ways they never could have imagined.

Get The Widow free today by using COUPON CODE RW100.

The Gilded Mile for Read an eBook Week

It’s still Read an eBook Week, and you still have time to pick up some free or near free books at Smashwords.

A Gilded MileA Gilded Mile has been in my TBR stack for a little while now, and I intend to read it this summer after school is out. When I read the beginning I was immediately intrigued. The story takes place during the Australian gold rush of 1851. Here’s the book blurb:

Gold was discovered in Victoria in September, 1851. One year later, Melbourne has become the service and recreation centre for two hundred thousand miners; a frontier boom-town where diggers live for the moment and spent fortunes in a few weeks of riotous living. As most of the former police force defected to the diggings, law-abiding citizens know to remain in their homes at night or carry pistols and knives for protection.

Abandoned during the frenzy of the Gold Rush, a seven-year-old girl struggles to survive in this hostile, lawless and unsanitary environment. Homeless and starving, Molly scavenges and begs for food, while trying to avoid the coppers, drunks and predatory street gangs. Her extraordinary intellect has enabled her to survive until now, but it will require all of her courage and a great deal of luck if she is to survive and prosper.

You can pick it up for free this week using the COUPON CODE REW75. Enjoy!

Shrilugh free during Read an eBook Week

If you haven’t read Shrilugh, you’re missing out! Myndi Shafer is offering it free for Read an eBook Week. Just use COUPON CODE RW100. I guarantee you’ll be hooked just from the book blurb:

ShrilughA recent high-school graduate wrongly accused of trying to murder her step-sister flees her vengeful stepfather with an otherworldly stranger through a mystical Door.

Nothing can explain to Aydan Fulbert how she survived the savage attack in the woods. Why her left eye, instead of being blinded by the injuries she’d sustained, had simply turned a shocking shade of silver. And nothing can explain the fact that she can hear the Stranger speaking in her mind – or that she can answer him back without using her mouth.

Nothing can explain it – unless he’s telling the truth.

Nothing can explain the things the Stranger knows about her – things that she, until just a few hours ago, hadn’t known herself: that she’d healed faster from her injuries than was humanly possible. That the cruel family she’d been raised by isn’t biologically hers. That her stepfather is now hell-bent on bringing her to his own form of justice for a crime she didn’t commit.

Nothing can explain it – unless he’s telling the truth.

Nothing can explain why she so easily agreed to go with the Stranger. Why she didn’t find the notion of another world ludicrous and impossible. Why she didn’t cut and run the minute he explained where he wanted to take her.

Nothing can explain it – unless she believes he’s telling the truth.

Aydan knows she’s being intentionally naive. She knows her decision to follow the stranger is at best, reckless. At worst, deadly.

…unless he’s telling the truth.


When you finish Shrilugh, you’re going to want to read the next book in the Shrilugh Saga, The Darkening. So you may as well pick it up now, while it’s on sale for 25% off. Use COUPON CODE REW25.