Friday, 17 May 2013

Book Tour: The Folly at Falconbridge Hall by Maggi Andersen, Excerpt + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz tour for The Folly at Falconbridge Hall by Maggi Andersen, hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.

The Folly at Falconbridge Hall
Author: Maggi Andersen
Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing
Publish Date: December 2012
Vanessa Ashley felt herself qualified for a position as governess, until offered the position at Falconbridge Hall. 
Left penniless after the deaths of her artist father and suffragette mother, Vanessa Ashley draws on her knowledge of art, politics and history to gain employment as a governess. She discovers that Julian, Lord Falconbridge, requires a governess for his ten-year-old daughter Blyth at  Falconbridge Hall, a huge rambling mansion in the countryside outside London.

Lord Falconbridge is a scientist and dedicated lepidopterist who is about to embark on an extended expedition to the Amazon in search of exotic butterflies. An enigmatic man, he takes a keen interest in his daughter’s education, but Vanessa feels that he may disapprove of her  modern methods.

As she prepares her young charge to enter into the modern world, Vanessa finds the girl detached and aloof. As Vanessa learns more about Falconbridge Hall, more questions arise. Why doesn’t Blythe feel safe in her own home? Why is the death of her mother, once famed society beauty Clara, never spoken of? And why did the former governess leave so suddenly without giving notice?
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“Do you have a particular skill, Miss Ashley, which you can impart to my daughter?”
“No, my lord.” She drew in a breath. She had not expected such a question. “Sadly, I did not inherit my father’s artistic talent, but I have my mother’s enquiring mind and her interest in history and politics.”
“Politics?” He stared at her rather long, and she wished again that she’d had time to tidy herself. “We shall see how you get on. The rest of the day is your own. We will discuss your duties in the library tomorrow at ten. Mrs. Royce, my housekeeper, will show you to your room.” With an abstracted glance at his desk, he rose and went to pull the bell.
The mahogany desktop was completely covered with pens and papers, a microscope, a probe of some kind, a set of long-handled tweezers, a large magnifying glass and a small hand-held one, tomes stacked one on top of the other in danger of toppling, and the butterfly in its glass prison, its beautiful wings pinned down, never to soar again. Caught by its beauty and premature death, Keats’s poem Ode to a Grecian Urn, rushed into her head. “Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought…As doth eternity.”
The viscount swiveled, and his eyebrows shot up. “Pardon?”
Vanessa jumped to her feet as heat flooded her cheeks. She'd said the words aloud. She must have had too much sun. “Keats, my lord.”
“Are you a devotee of the Romantics?”
“Not especially.” Annoyed with herself and, irrationally, with him for pursuing it, she said, “Forgive me, it was a random thought.”
He folded his arms and studied her. “You are given to spouting random philosophical thoughts?”
She tugged at her damp collar. “Not usually. I’m a little tired, and it’s been so hot.”

About the Author

Maggi Andersen and her lawyer husband are empty nesters, living in the countryside outside Sydney with their cat and the demanding wildlife. Parrots demand seed, possums fruit, ducks swim in the stream at the bottom of the garden, and the neighbors chickens roam their yard providing wonderful eggs. She began writing adventure stories at age eight. Three children, a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing degree later, her novels are still filled with adventure and suspense, but are also passionate romances. Georgette Heyer among others, brought inspiration to her seductive Regencies and she also writes darker, Victorian novels, contemporary romantic suspense and young adult.She supports the RSPCA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals) and animals often feature in her books. 
Author Links: Website 
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Maggi will be giving one commenter a backlist e-book, and one commenter a $30 Amazon gift card!
Make sure you follow the tour and comment to increase your chances of winning! The tour dates can be found here.
Good luck!


  1. I could picture the excerpt. I think he would make me a tad uncomfortable & yet.....


    1. Vanessa faces a bit of a challenge, but then there's Blythe, a troubled motherless child.

  2. This looks great! Thanks for the chance!!

    1. Hi Casey, thanks for the comment. Good luck!

  3. Sounds like a unique romance with a little mystery thrown in.

    1. Hi MomJane! It's a marriage of convenience story and there's a mystery to unravel.

  4. Well, it’s Friday. Had fun following you around this week and looking forward to more good stuff next week. Have a great weekend!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    1. Hi Karen, good luck with the contest!

  5. I love this mixing genre stuff. So much more fun than just vanilla romance or mystery!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    1. Hi Andra, I like writing them. I hope you enjoy it should you get a chance to read it.


  7. Thanks so much for hosting me, Cerian!

  8. I enjoyed the excerpt

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  9. Maggi, I wish you lots of success with your book The Folly at Falconbridge Hall. Love the excerpt!
    have fun on your Tour!


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