Friday, June 15, 2018

Review Tour: The Villainous Viscount Or The Curse Of The Venns by Lucinda Elliot

Congratulations to tour winner Solange T. and to host winners Laura's Interests and Travel the Ages.

Goddess Fish Promotions is organizing a Virtual REVIEW ONLY Tour for The Villainous Viscount Or The Curse Of The Venns by Lucinda Elliot, a 285 page Historical Gothic Spoof, Historical Regency novel available now. The tour will run every Monday for 4 weeks starting on August 13, and the book is available in PDF, mobi and ePub formats.

Lucinda Elliot will be awarding free Kindle or pdf copies of all of her books to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and free Kindle or pdf copies of all of her books to a randomly drawn host. Additionally, Goddess Fish Productions will be awarding a $5 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host.
An appreciative satire of the cliches of classical Gothic, with the eponymous Villainus Viscount, a haunted castle, a family curse, and a spirited heroine.

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. Not only that, but her name featured some way down on the list of eligible heiresses he planned to court. Still,Clarinda 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 a wrongdoing 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 of the cliches of classical Gothic, gives the reader a warm-hearted 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.

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