Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: The Perilous Journey Of The Much Too Spontaneous Girl by Leigh Statham @LeighStatham @chapterxchapter @month9books

The Perilous Journey Of The Much Too Spontaneous Girl
(The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl #2)
by Leigh Statham
Publication Date:  September 20, 2016
Publisher:  Month9Books

Lady Marguerite Vadnay and her trusty automaton, Outil, have settled into life in New France rather well. Marguerite is top of the class at flight school and her future as an aerpilot is nearly secure. She has everything she wants— except a commission on the pirate hunting dirigible The Renegade. Using every card in her aristocratic arsenal, Marguerite wiggles her way onto the finest warship France has to offer. But as usual, Marguerite’s plans endanger the lives of those she holds dear— only this time no one else is going to save them. As Marguerite and Outil set off on a rescue mission they may not return from, she finally realizes it’s time to reorder her cogs.

This steampunk adventure is littered with facts from The Golden Age of Piracy and follows (not too closely) some of the lives and adventures of the brave men and women who sailed the seas as privateers, pirates and soldiers.

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Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th century French girls can only dream of: Money, designer dresses, suitors and a secure future. Except, she suspects her heart may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithie in the family’s steam forge. When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love. Only the trip proves to be more harrowing than she anticipated. Love, adventure and restitution await her, if she can survive the voyage.

An Interview with Leigh Statham

What inspired you to write The Perilous Journey Of The Much Too Spontaneous Girl?

I came across the true story of the Daughters of the King while I was doing some personal genealogy research. The idea of these brave teenage girls sailing to Canada on their own to pick out husbands was so incredible, I just had to write about it. After it was published I began digging deeper into the stories of the pirates of the time and found more historical gems. Pretty sure I won’t be able to let Marguerite and her pirate friends go very soon.

When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I have always loved writing. I have journals full of stories and the laments of a little girl from the time I was old enough to write. I wrote horror for quite a while as a teen and then bad poetry in college. I took a break from writing after college so I could see the world and “gain life experience”. That was the biggest mistake I ever made. If you are going to write, always write. The experience will come and you will be a better writer for it.

What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?

I had a tree house as a little girl. I remember taking books up there to read when the weather was good. I remember loving Harriet the Spy and A Wrinkle in Time. I also remember running out of things to read and not being able to get a ride to the library one summer, so I took The Complete Works of Shakespeare up there. It’s funny what you’ll push yourself to read when you are hiding from your mother and her list of chores.

What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

I love to read all genres. I struggle with fantasy (funny huh?) if the world is too complicated. I have to be able to jump right into a book and feel like I’m part of the story.

What is your favorite book?

This is a trick question. There are about five million books tied for first today. But if I randomly had to pick a book I love, today I’d say The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath. I recently reread this book and loved it all over again. For something more contemporary, I also read All the Truth That’s in Me, by Julie Berry, and absolutely loved it. Both of those women are experts at writing tension and keeping their readers on the edge of their seats.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

As I said above, this has to be a trick question. When I think of collective works, I’d have to say my favorite authors are probably (because I’m not going to pick just one) Madaline L’Engle, Neil Gaiman, Tolkien, Lois Lowry, and Cate Tiernan. Why? World building. Every single one of these authors is an amazing world builder. I can get lost in their stories and characters and forget myself and my problems any time I want. And isn’t that the goal of any good writer?

If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and why?

Some people might think this is crazy, but I would have loved to live through the 1800’s. Maybe even on the American frontier. I’ve always loved stories from that era, the birth of the industrial revolution, trains, horses, ships, the world waking up from a long dusty dream.

When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?

Writing is difficult no matter who you are. If anyone tells you any different, they aren’t writing quality work. Unless you’re Hemingway: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

I have a ton of allergies, but I love animals, so I have to chose carefully. Otherwise we’d probably live on an ark overflowing with fur babies! Right now I have chickens, a fluffy inside dog, two outside cats complete killers and we just got a parakeet today. His name is Charlie the Unicorn.

What is your "to die for", favorite food/foods to eat?

Thai food. Weird, huh? But I just don’t find it very often, especially not good Thai food. Fix me up with some green curry and coconut milk... yum!

Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

Read and write every day. If you aren’t reading you can’t write. If you aren’t writing, you’ll never be an author. 

Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.

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·        One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)
·        Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of books 1 and 2 in the Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl series by Leigh Statham (INT)

Ends October 7, 2016