Monday, August 27, 2012

Why You Should Be Reading Jillian Stone

It is my utmost pleasure to begin the premiere week of Jillian Stone's A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis. She's a member of GLIAS and an Unsinkable Sister who won the RWA Golden Heart for her debut book AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY.  I waited impatiently for her Gentlemen of Scotland Yard trilogy to begin and can't wait to get my hands on the second installment.

So why should you be reading Jillian Stone? It's elementary... (sorry, I just had to say that >>grin<<) But in all serious, I used pure deductive reasoning for the basis of my decision.



ISBN-10: 1451629052

★★★★1/2 Romantic Times BOOK REVIEWS
"The Gentleman of Scotland Yard return on another daring mission of dark London and darker secrets. Stone is a force, entangling readers in her powerful well-crafted mystery and allowing the romance and suspense to share equal time. A colorful backdrop, historical details of the industrial era and forensic science merge seamlessly into a fast-paced plot that is filled with surprises and adventure."


ISBN-10: 1451629001

★★★★ Romantic Times BOOK REVIEWS
"Stone's taut mystery/romance sets the stage for her Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series. The sexy smart characters will appeal to modern readers as much as the suspense. Their repartee heat up the pages promising a treat for readers."

Did you see these covers? Take a second look.
I mean, when you get Matthew Fox to pose for a Victorian've got to read the story. Right?


   What on earth? Something—a presence—loomed up from behind Fanny. A rough hand went around her face and clamped over her mouth. Another arm pulled her against a hulking frame and dragged her toward the shadows.
   She fought back with all her might, kicking and dragging her feet. The toe of her shoe caught on the edge of the gate and slammed it shut. With a grunt, the large oaf who seized her muttered under his breath and squeezed harder. Wrenching her neck, Fanny glimpsed a transport van at the end of the alley. The kind of paneled vehicle used for moving furniture and belongings. The back door was open. Dear God, they meant to put her inside.
   She was being abducted.

   RAFE FLEW OUT the alley, feet keeping pace with his racing thoughts. Christ, where was she? He took a corner so fast he nearly tumbled onto the bloody pavers. Regaining his balance he lengthened his stride. There, straight ahead, a furniture van wobbled down the street at a blistering fast pace. “Fanny!” Common sense and a nose for crime said he’d find her inside. She had to be.
   The clumsy conveyance would have to slow considerably to make the tight turn at George Square. Rafe vaulted over the iron fence and cut across a small patchwork of park surrounded by a quiet row of shops and townhomes. He pulled out his Webley and fired above the driver’s head. The man snapped the reins and the horses bolted around the turn.

LOGICAL DEDUCTION #4: Bond+Holmes+Byron
"Put James Bond in a time machine and transport him to late Victorian London, add a good bit of Sherlock Holmes, a splash of Lord Byron and you get pretty close to The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard. Although the detectives are reality-based characters, the plot lines, sleuthing methods and gadgetry edge on Steampunk."  ~~from the Gadget Gallery on Jillian's website. 

Three fantastic elements all in one read!

The late Victorian Era. The time of the industrial revolution. The beginnings of forensic science. The telephone. The phonograph. The machine gun. Coca Cola is incorporated. Streetlights. Saltwater taffy. Popcorn machine. Softball. The slot machine.The Kinetoscope. And of course, a writer's favorite tool: the ballpoint pen. 

Commenters: Of all the inventions listed above, which one is your favorite? Jillian is giving away a signed copy of A DANGEROUS LIAISON WITH DETECTIVE LEWIS to a lucky commenter chosen at random starting today through Thursday––which means you have four chances to win if you comment every day! ;)

and not the last on my LOGICAL DEDUCTION list:
   Jillian Stone
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Jillian will be spending Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday featuring different aspects from A DANGEROUS LIAISON with DETECTIVE LEWIS. I'm looking forward to them. Hope you'll join us each day for the fun.

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REMEMBER the drawing. A copy of Jillian's newest release could be yours.


Angi Morgan said...

So excited about this book!!
Congrats on the fantastic release schedule, Jillian. We don't have too much longer to wait for the last Yardman in the trilogy. And I didn't mention that you've got a novella coming out too...


Gjillian said...

Love the blog, Angi! I am so honored to have you launch the second release in the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series here at Get Lost in a Story.

And thanks to all our GLAIS reader/commenters for stopping by to say hello and share your thoughts today and everyday!

Tammy Yenalavitch said...

I am so excited about this book. I loved An Affair With Mr. Kennnedy. Congrats on your new release and I am going to buy this book if I do not win it!!

Tammy Yenalavitch said...

and my favorite invention is a tie between the telephone and the phonograph.

Ingeborg said...

I would have to say the telephone. When you think about it it's incredible that you can talk with someone who lives in another country.

Brenda Rumsey said...

Congrats on the new book. I can't wait to get a copy. Love your characters. On the inventions I would have to go with the phonograph (I love listening to music) and the ballpoint pen (made things so much easier to write).

Eli Yanti said...

Congrts on the new release, Jillian

I would choose telephone or phonograph

Gjillian said...

Thanks Brenda!

Yeah, the phonograph is a truly wonderful invention, and the ball point pen much less messy!

FYI: Did you know you won your choice of a Romantic Suspense RITA finalist novel? See Winner's page!

Gjillian said...

Hi Tammy!

So happy you enjoyed Mr. Kennedy. And yes, please do buy this book if you don't win...Lol!

Just think how far we've come from the phonograph to the iPod in 130 years!

Gjillian said...

I wonder what Alexander Graham Bell would think about the iPhone...what a marvel!

Gjillian said...

Hi Eli,

Thanks for the comment. The telephone and the phonograph seem so indispensable today...on the other hand we now live in a world that has become so fast that we will need computer chip implants just to keep up!

JenniferK said...

I would be absolutely lost without the telephone so I'm glad that it was invented. I don't think my daughter would know what to do with herself if she couldn't use it at least once a day. Thanks for the giveaway.

Kaylyn D. said...

Great Post. My favorite invention listed here is the slot machine. It is so much fun as long as you only gamble in moderation.

Diane D - Florida said...

Thank you for this great excerpt from your new book Jillian. Now, as for favorite inventions, a few of the above are, in my opinion, the best ones.

1. The telephone. This way we can speak to our loved ones who are far and away from us, crossing oceans, and countries.

2. Streetlights. Thank goodness for them lighting our way and keeping us, hopefully, safer at night. Without them, the streets would be inky dark, with who only knows what lurking about.

3. The ballpoint pen. I was so glad when this came out. No more inky splotches on my fingers and clothes, caused from filling up my pen out of the inkwell at school.

Thank you for this opportunity to win "A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis". I thoroughly enjoyed "An Affair With Mr. Kennedy".

Maureen McGowan said...

Huge congrats on your release, Jillian!!!!

Gjillian said...

Hi JenniferK,

I e-mail so much now, that when I get to actually talk on the phone it's such a treat! I feel like I've made human contact.

Gjillian said...

Kaylyn D.,

Slots are fun! I'm not much of a gambler, though. I have to be hanging out with friends that suggest going to a casino before I ever think of it!

Gjillian said...

Thanks Maureen,

I'm very excited about Deviants, as well!

Gjillian said...

Hi Diane D,

I have had so much fun doing the research for The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard books. I scour the internet for tidbits like: Which parts of London got electricity first, and what did the first British desk telephones look like?

You know how much it means to me that you enjoyed An Affair with Mr. Kennedy. I do hope you also enjoy Rafe and Fanny's adventure/romance!

Sandra Sookoo said...

Congrats! Can't wait to get my grubbies on your new one :-)

May said...

I am going to go with the telephone. :) Can't imagine life without it... for better or for worse!

Loved An affair with Mr. Kennedy so looking forward to this new book too!

bn100 said...

Congratulations on the book! I'd say telephone.


Gjillian said...

Hi Sandra!

Thanks so much for stopping by, it means a lot to me! And I do hope you hope enjoy this's an adventure and a love story!

Gjillian said...

HI May,

Are you a talker or a texter? I'm afraid I'm turning into a texter!

Glad you enjoyed Mr. Kennedy. Now, are you ready for a road trip with Rafe and Fanny? ;)

Gjillian said...

Thanks bn 100,

I understand the smart phone of today is the personal computer of the future. That's just before we get the chips implanted in our brain...yeesh!

Loves 2 Read Romance - Laura said...

Congrats on your latest book. I haven't gotten a chance to read the first book of your series. But I will have to fix that. I love the concept and time period. Out of all the inventions mentioned I will have to go with telephone although actually talking to someone on the phone is starting to become rare. My next favorite would be the phonograph since I love music.

LilMissMolly said...

All of these books sound wonderful. I'm a phone person!

Lexi H said...

Ahhahaha! It's elementary!
Love it. For me what drew me to Jillian was her great covers. How can you walk past that and NOT pick it up?? Precisely.

Gjillian said...

Hi Laura,

The phonograph, fast forward > iPod is one of my favorites as well. I do hope you get a chance to read both Gentlemen of Scotland Yard stories, thanks!

Gjillian said...

Hi LilMissMolly,

I used to be a phone person, now I'm a texting person. Lol!

Gjillian said...

Hi Lexi H,

I do love the covers, as well. Thanks!

Diane P. Diamond said...

I really do appreciate all the research an Author does to make the story more authentic. I understand that this can take up a lot of time.


Lexi H said...

Do you get much say in your covers? Either way, you are blessed by the cover gods!

Karen H in NC said...

Jillian...I didn't realize you won RWA Golden Heart for An Affair with Mr. Kennedy. I have that book on my TBR shelf waiting for the release of the remaining books before I start to read them. Maybe I'll start it sooner.

I love the time period your writing about. So many outstanding inventions that totally make our lives easier today. My favorites? Coca Cola, Salt Water Taffy and Popcorn machine. You can see where my hearts is, can't you? And of course, the telephone. I spent 23 years of my life working for Michigan Bell Telephone Co. I owe a lot to that invention! LOL

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Laney4 said...

I was going to say the ballpoint pen because I would be lost without writing things down. My memory has deteriorated SO MUCH since my mid forties that I don't trust my memory unless I can "see" it. They say seeing is believing!

Then I realized I could still use a pencil instead. That works for me. So now what invention? It has to be the telephone. My sister lives over 2000 miles away and I absolutely positively love being able to speak with her. Mind you, with the advent of Skype on a personal computer, that would be covered, but I realize we wouldn't have the computer without the phone technology in the first place, so that's a moot point.

Yup, I'll go with the phone, Watson!

Linda said...

I would have said the ballpoint pen but with computers & other electronic gadgets nowadays, hardly anyone needs to write anymore! Streetlights I think cos I don't like the dark much....

Gjillian said...

WOOT! Congratulations to Karen H in NC You have won a signed copy of A DANGEROUS LIAISON WITH DETECTIVE LEWIS! You will be hearing from me shorty!