Honorary Blogger Langley Hyde: Summer Reads + Highfell Grimoires Giveaway

Heather C:  The lovely Langley Hyde is here today at TBG talking her new steampunk book Highfell Grimoires (its amazing!) and a crazy summer reading incident.  Oh, and there is a giveaway!



Summer Reads

by Langley Hyde

Recently, my book Highfell Grimoires has had the honor of being named in the Publisher’s Weekly Best Summertime Books list (you can find it under the fantasy/sci-fi section) and that got me thinking. What’s a summertime book, exactly? 

Summertime books are supposed to be fluffy. But, asking an average college student what summertime read they’re going to pursue would evoke a variety of answers. One guy might give you a dogged look and say, “Anna Karenina,” while the girl next to him would say, brightly, “I’m going to reread everything by Horror McGoreson.” 

When I think of summertime reading, I think of Costa Rica and lying on my stomach on a sandy beach. I think of the feeling of a lightweight paperback in hand, a secondhand book whose scent is washed out by that of the sea, and an iguana beside me. The iguana, startled by two Japanese tourists, bolted—and sheltered in the dead center of my back. As the foot-and-a-half-long wild lizard “hid” on the sun-baked surface of my shoulders, as its inch-long claws rested on my flesh, I considered wresting it off. I decided that would be a terrible idea. So I turned another page, ignored the tourist, and waited for that lizard to skedaddle.

Summer books are good. No, more than good. They’re so gripping, so funny, so what-happens-next that when a reader is lying on a beach with a large wild lizard on her back, that hunkering down to turn the page seems like a great idea.

So I’m flattered and honored to have been selected for this summertime list, and I hope those picking up Highfell Grimoires will find it fun and riveting. 

Probably one of the coolest compliments to get, as a writers, is the “I had to stay up late to finish it!” because I know, as a reader, there’s nothing so great as a book in your hand that you can’t put down. That you refuse to put down against all reason. That you’d maybe ignore a gigantic lizard to finish getting through just that one last chapter…

So, now I’ve got a question for you: What’s the weirdest situation you’ve found yourself in while reading a book? 


About Highfell Grimoires

18617680Born to privilege, gifted in languages and spells, Neil Franklin has planned his brilliant future—from academic accolades to a proper marriage—and is intent upon upholding his family name and honor. The sudden death of his parents shatters all of that, leaving Neil and his younger sister beggared and orphaned.

When Neil’s estranged uncle offers him a bargain that will save him and his sister from debtor’s prison or exile, Neil eagerly agrees. Handing over the family grimoire as collateral for their debt, Neil devotes himself to working as a teacher for wayward youths at a charity school high in the clouds.

But Highfell Hall is not the charity Neil imagines it to be and the young men there aren’t training for the dull lives of city clerks. Amidst the roaring engines and within the icy stone halls, machinations and curious devices are at work. And one man, the rough and enigmatic Leofa, holds the key to the desire that Neil has fled from all his life and a magic as dangerous as treason.

Highfell Grimoires recently made the list for Best Summer Books 2014 at Publisher’s Weekly.

Available at Blind Eye Books and Weightless Books


About Langley Hyde

color with spirals web resLangley Hyde first fell in love with steampunk while studying abroad at Oxford University. There she spent most of her time reading about alchemy and heresy in Duke Humfrey’s Library or caressing manuscripts. Langley then lived in London, close enough to the Science Museum that she could regularly gawk at Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 2. Her favorite neighborhoods in London were Soho and Camden Town. She has also lived in New York, where she lurked in the Cloisters on the weekends, and Germany, near the old center of zeppelin manufacturing.

Her hobbies include making wire sculptures, talking to cats, and wearing tiny hats.

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The author has kindly offered up an ebook copy of Highfell Grimoires to one lucky winner.

The giveaway starts now and will end next Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST. After which the lucky winners will be randomly picked.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below with your email address and you’re in!  Or you can make it more fun by telling us: What’s the weirdest situation you’ve found yourself in while reading a book? 

Make sure to follow the blog for the winners’ announcement post or check back next Thursday, May 29th, 2014, to see if you’ve won!

Good luck!

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24 thoughts on “Honorary Blogger Langley Hyde: Summer Reads + Highfell Grimoires Giveaway

  1. This is great!

  2. Oh goody this looks like a good read.


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  4. jenf27

    Highfell Grimoires sounds fantastic. So glad to see another m/m steampunk novel come into the market – just added it to my TBR list. Congrats on being named to the Publisher’s Weekly Best Summertime Books list!

    My reading situation is more funny than weird. I was on a plane with my husband. I was sitting in the middle seat with him on my left and a tiny elderly lady on my right. She had earlier commented on my “cute” Kindle – I put DecalGirl decals on it (which I adore). I was deep in my book – an Amy Lane novel, I think, right in the middle of a steamy scene – and I could feel the lady fidgeting. My husband elbowed me and whispered, “She was reading over your shoulder.” Hah! I snuck a glance at her. The look on her face was priceless. 🙂

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  5. Sounds interesting.

  6. suze294

    I like Jenf27 funny reading situ! I dont really have any, but I always have my reader so doesnt matter where I am, I can read. If i’m on a boring night out, I can always have an extended comfort break!

    • langleyhyde

      @suze294 – I love bringing a great book with me too. It’s like being able to kick back on a brain vacation whenever I want.

  7. Lisa G

    This sounds great! I’m looking forward to reading this. Thanks for the chance at winning a copy.

  8. Ashley E

    I don’t know that I’ve ever been in a truly weird situation like yours! But I have found myself so desperate to finish a book, that I will take walks (gotta get that exercise), study (who am i kidding?), and make dinner (or attempt) will continuing to read. Priorities, amiright?

    • langleyhyde

      @Ashley – Wow! I am impressed at your multitasking. I’d set fire to the kitchen if I tried that. 😉

  9. Antonia

    This sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win a copy! My weird reading situations generally involve my getting so into a book that I don’t realize what’s going on around me. One time that did not turn out so well, years ago, I was reading on a beach, laying on my stomach on a blanket, and I got so into the book that I didn’t move. I forgot to turn over or reapply sunscreen and I finished the book, but got horrible sunburn all over my back and legs. I’m more careful reading outside now!

    • langleyhyde

      @ Antonia – Oh no, must have been a great book, though! I love the feeling of dropping right into a good story like that.

  10. Barbra

    I don’t have any “weird” reading stories, but way, way back when I was going to a boarding school (high school) I had Sweet Savage Love confiscated MULTIPLE times by the dean. We weren’t allowed to read “that kind” of book, so every time she snuck up on me and caught me reading it, she took it away, then I would go and rebuy it. I’m fairly sure she probably ended up reading it herself, and I eventually did finish it. 🙂 If I’d had a Kindle way back then I probably would have only had to buy it once.

    • langleyhyde

      @Barbra – I wonder what she did with all those copies? Did she burn them all in dark night rituals? Or perhaps re-gift them during Christmas, prompting certain questions from her associations about her having “that” kind of book? Or maybe she just kept them…all of them. 😀

  11. Joe

    That really sounds like a fun book! Please count me in. Thanks!

  12. fsteph55

    This sounds like a really great book and I am eager to read it.
    Weirdest situation was when I was traveling for work and was waiting for my flight at the airport. I was reading a pretty risky romance when I felt like someone was watching me. I looked up and an older gentleman was looking over my shoulder at what I was reading. I was on a pretty graphic scene, lol.

  13. Congrats on the Publisher’s Weekly recommendation!

    My experience wasn’t quite weird as it was a case of serendipitous timing. I was in Oxford at the time of the Harry Potter book 6 release. Like most of the city I stood in line for my preordered book and got it at the stroke of midnight. The moment it touched my hands I was devouring it. I stayed up the whole night to read it.

    Around dawn I got to the part where [spoiler] Dumbledore [spoiler] dies, and then some… uncouth musician, started playing the bagpipes across the street from my open window. Beautiful, mournful, and at the right time to make me burst into tears.

    Sometimes, life can give you a soundtrack.

  14. Didi

    I always love to read steampunk and this sounds like a marvelous story!!

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