Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: HOUSE OF RUIN by Miriam Newman @miriamnewman @GoddessFish

by Miriam Newman
GENRE: SciFi Romance


When the beleaguered citizens of the capitol city of Thelona are swept by plague in the absence of their ruling class, which has fled it en masse, desperation finally pushes them to take to the streets. With their city burning, the Lords of Thelona have no choice but to shoulder the burden of responsibility. In the absence of their Highest, they turn to Caius, Scion of the House of Bardin. He has unwittingly placed himself in the path of his ruler’s ambitions and also endangered his human slave, Lela.


Lela hoped for a peaceful day next day, since many of their guests had departed, but at mid-morning she heard Gracchu’s mutter from the front doorway.  “Well, here comes trouble.”

The women were once more scrubbing down the sooty entryway that seemed like it would never be clean.  One by one, though, they stood to crane their necks and peer out the door.  It was so unusual for Gracchu to comment upon any visitor that she and the others feared some catastrophe, but the tears Lela felt start in her eyes were those of mirth and she looked at Dinitra helplessly. The dignified housekeeper was red in the face and took a moment to collect herself.

“Oh, go on then,” Dinitra said, giving their mountainous house guard an ineffectual shove.  “Go help her!”

Shooting her an evil look, Gracchu stomped ungraciously down the circular drive and through Caius’s iron gate towards which an apparition struggled

Vena had not lost a single pound since Lela had seen her before Solstice.  If anything, the dressmaker had increased in girth, and the sight of her unequal battle with gravity as she hauled herself up Camini Hill threw the watching women into gales of laughter.  If they had not known her vanity, they would have had more sympathy.

But Vena, who had just survived conflagration, was gowned in a vast expanse of priceless silver brocade.  The jewels encasing rolls of fat at her neck should have guaranteed her death; how she had made it through the citizenry alive was a question no one would ever be able to answer.  Her towering mountain of jet-dyed hair was seriously askew, but it too was threaded with real silver.  Teetering on heeled footwear, she could not have outrun anyone.  Lela suspected sheer bravado and the stunned disbelief of onlookers had preserved her dressmaker’s life.  Probably by the time footpads had stopped speculating on whether her jewels could possibly be real Vena had tottered past them and down some bolt hole known only to her.

“Bring wine,” Dinitra instructed one of the young slave girls.  “Plenty.” 

Interview with Miriam Newman

What was the hardest scene from your book to write?
I think, for me, the hardest scene for me to write was the one where Lela, Caius’s human slave, meets his mother.   This woman holds the power of life and death over her and Lela has heard terrible things about her.  According to all reports from the other slaves, the Lady was a negligent mother who gave birth to Caius only under duress and cared nothing for him afterwards.  Lela discovers to her consternation that this patrician lady she hated on sight actually loves her son and is risking a great deal, possibly her own life, to save his.  And that was not an easy thing to convey while still maintaining the mother’s noble arrogance.

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I have chosen to write romance because of its ability to reach across subjects and link them with the common theme of love underlying every other sub-genre.

If you write in more than one genre, how do you balance them?
This speaks direction to question 2.  I don’t limit myself, because whether I am writing history, fantasy or science fiction the thread that ties them together is love and commitment.  I balance that strictly as the Muse moves me.  I am not consulted.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Oh, gosh, I love Caius.  I love all my heroes—that is what makes writing them fun.  He is so conflicted between arrogant nobility and basic decency, and he’s a hunk. 

What book that you have read has most influenced your life?
The book I can most remember actually is fantasy—The Once and Future King by T. H. White.  I was very young when I first read it, and I have re-read it many times, always finding something new.  But the sheer power of imagination in that book is timeless.  It taught me to dream.

Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
Well, I’ve had a checkered career, professionally speaking.  Starting out as a secretary, I attended two different colleges all the way through my 40s, working in various areas of social service as I went.  I have always been attracted to service careers for an income, and to writing as my avocation.  Following my husband’s death, the writing demon was finally loosed while I worked part-time in anything that would support it--health care, a dairy brokerage and I even ran a house cleaning service.  Now I work part-time in municipal government, writing mostly at night and on weekends.

Can you tell us something about your book that is not in the summary?
What underlies the book is my never-ending quest to educate people while entertaining them.  People may see a reflection of our own world history in this series.  It is not an accident.  Book I:  House of Bardin is still available.  Book III:  House of the 12th Planet, should be out within the month.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. I bring that background to my writing along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18-year career in various areas of psychiatric social services and many trips to Ireland, where I nurture my muse. My published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance. Currently I live in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals. You can see my books at

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Miriam Newman said...

Hello, Avid Reader, and thank you for hosting~

Victoria Alexander said...

Sounds like a book I'll enjoy reading!

Pamela Seres said...

Thank you for hosting such an amazing DCL author like Lady Miriam Newman!

Miriam Newman said...

Thanks, Victoria. I hope so, too, and the sequel will be out in March.

Bernie Wallace said...

I hope your book is a success. It sounds interesting.