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!
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
Born 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
Langley 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!