Monday, September 15, 2014

Unlikely Traitor Blog Tour and giveaway!!

Happy Monday to you! I am delighted to have with us today Clare Langley Hawthorne! She has a great new book out and it is really good! Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy!!
unlikely traitors large banner640

by Clare Langley Hawthorne

Traitors_Cover.inddUnlikely Traitors
(Ursula Marlow Mysteries Book 3)

Historical Cozy Mystery
File Size: 588 KB
Print Length: 203 pages
Publisher: Open Road Distribution (July 8, 2014)

Ursula Marlow thought she was done with death, but when her fiancĂ©, Lord Wrotham, is arrested on charges of treason, her world is turned upside down. It is the winter of 1913, and the British Parliament, unsettled on the question of Home Rule for Ireland, is shaken over allegations of a plot to sell naval military secrets to Kaiser’s Germany and liberate Ireland from English rule. For the first time, Ursula must work together with Chief Inspector Harrison to uncover the truth about Lord Wrotham’s involvement, as well as his mysterious past.
As the investigation continues, Ursula is drawn into the shadowy world of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and a web of espionage and betrayal. She must race against time to clear Lord Wrotham’s name and thwart a plot that threatens not only British national security, but also her life.

My review:

I was very intrigued with this book! It captivates you from the beginning and keeps you interested and hooked until this in. A great plot and story line and the characters are strong!! This is a great read for those who love suspense and mystery!

My interview with Clare

Tell us about yourself?

I’m a ‘recovering’ attorney, wife, and mother of twin 9- year old boys. Writing has always been my passion, even as a girl growing up in Australia. I come from a pretty nomadic family – my parents are English, I was born in Canada and my sister in Australia – in fact she’s the only one who still lives in Melbourne! I currently live in Colorado with my husband, twin boys, and our beloved collie, Hamish. I credit my parents for instilling in me a love of literature and history and my writing group for encouraging me to seek publication for my Ursula Marlow novels.
What inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer and even as a child I was scribbling stories. I think I was inspired by all the amazing books I read as a child and how they seemed to jump-start my own imagination.
How did you come up with these great books?

Ursula Marlow literally walked into my head one day, dressed in suffragette colors. I then found myself researching Edwardian history and drawing upon my own experiences traveling down the Orinoco river in Venezuela. Before I knew it, the first novel, Consequences of Sin, had begun.
Can you tell us a little of what you are working on now?

I’m currently completing a middle-grade ‘alternate history’ book and revising an adult mystery set during the First World War.
What research did you have to do for your books?
I do a lot of book based research as well as travel. I love reading journals, newspapers and magazines from the period as well as walking the streets of London to get a feel for how it must have been (even though London has changed a great deal since Edwardian times!).
When you are not writing what do you love doing?

Walking my collie, reading aloud to my boys, and attempting to do the New York Times Crossword every day.
What are three things you want your readers to know?

That I am passionate about my writing and my characters; that I value their comments and feedback as readers; and that I feel immensely lucky to be able to pursue my dream of being a writer.
If you could have a dinner party with three authors, living or dead, who would you pick and what would you serve as a meal?

Jane Austen
Georgette Heyer
Dorothy L. Sayers

I’d like to come up with something pretty witty on the
menu but I think so long as we have something suitably English we’d be fine – I would probably serve roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, minted peas, and a Trifle for dessert. These are some of my favorites after all!

clare photo
About This Author
Clare Langley-Hawthorne was raised in England and Australia. She was an attorney in Melbourne before moving to the United States, where she began her career as a writer. Her first novel, Consequences of Sin, featuring the Oxford graduate, heiress, and militant suffragette Ursula Marlow, was published in 2007. The second book in the series, The Serpent and the Scorpion, was published in 2008. Consequences of Sin was a San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area bestseller and a Macavity Award nominee for best historical mystery. Clare now lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, twin boys, and collie, Hamish.

Purchase Links
Amazon     B&N     Kobo
 Leave a comment and an email for a chance to win one of her three books!! 


  1. This sounds like a good series!

  2. Fascinating. What a wonderfully diverse life you have lived geographically. I'm sure that has helped inspire your writing.
    libbydodd at comcast dot com

  3. This sounds like my kind of book. Added to my TBR list. Thank you for the Goodreads button, Shelley.

  4. What an interesting sounding book.
    Becky Prazak

  5. A historical, cozy mystery...yum!

    patucker54 at aol dot com

  6. WInner of this book is... Dawn Fraiser!! CONGRATS!!!!

  7. Thanks so much Dawn - congratulations! and thank you for Shelley for hosting me!

  8. I have this series in my TBR pile!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  9. Nice to read your article! I am looking forward to sharing your adventures and experiences. FBA shipping


First in Series- Miss Julia Speaks her Mind by Ann B. Ross

Happy Monday! This week's First in Series is Miss Julia Speaks her Mind by Ann B. Ross Released on August 22, 2000. Seri...