Thursday, September 5, 2013

Lady Darby, the Second


Lady Darby, Book 2
Berkley Publishing

Scotland, 1830

Lady Kiera Darby is no stranger to intrigue-in fact, it seems to follow wherever she goes. After her foray into murder investigation, Kiera must journey to Edinburgh with her family so that her pregnant sister can be close to proper medical care. But the city is full of many things Kiera isn't quite ready to face: the society ladies keen on judging her, her fellow investigator-and romantic entanglement-Sebastian Gage, and ultimately, another deadly mystery.

Kiera's old friend Michael Dalmay is about to be married, but the arrival of his older brother-and Kiera's childhood art tutor-William, has thrown everything into chaos. For ten years Will has been missing, committed to an insane asylum by his own father. Kiera is sympathetic to her mentor's plight, especially when rumors swirl about a local girl gone missing. Now Kiera must once again employ her knowledge of the macabre and join forces with Gage in order to prove the innocence of a beloved family friend-and save the marriage of another...

Anna Lee Huber is the award-winning author of the Lady Darby historical mystery series. Her debut, The Anatomist’s Wife, has won and been nominated for numerous awards, including two 2013 RITA® Awards and a 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award. She was born and raised in a small town in Ohio, and graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN with a degree in music and a minor in psychology. She currently lives in Indiana, and enjoys reading, singing, traveling and spending time with her family. Visit her website.

Oh, Go Ahead and Ask
ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
ANNA: Not nearly often enough. I wish my schedule allowed for more time to read, but I usually get lost in at least one story a week.

ANGI: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
ANNA: Trite as it sounds, my husband. He found a way for me to be able to write full-time and pursue my dream. He has always been my biggest cheerleader. I’m not sure I would have made it without him.
ANGI: There is never anything "trite" about having a hero for a husband !!

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
ANNA: Gage accepts Kiera for who she is and appreciates all her quirks. I always think of the chorus of Mindy Gledhill’s song “Anchor” – “There are those who think that I’m strange. They would box me up, and tell me to change. But you hold my close and softly say that you wouldn’t have me any other way.” We all long for someone to do just that. Nothing is more endearing or attractive.

ANGI: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your MORTAL ARTS?
ANNA: I listened to the Inception Soundtrack constantly when I was writing Mortal Arts, so it would be the perfect playlist. It certainly sets the mood.

ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
ANNA: Usually on my couch curled up with my cat and a cup of tea, or in bed. I read as often as I can.

ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
ANNA: The sound of the ocean crashing against the shore. I also love the sound of a gentle breeze blowing through the trees.

ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
ANNA: Ooh, tough. I love both. But probably Action Adventure.

ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
ANNA: I was in the fourth grade. It was titled Prom Duty, and it was about a group of teens who form a band and play for their Senior Prom.

ANGI: What is your biggest vice?
ANNA: I am not a very spontaneous person, and wish I could be better at living in the moment. I know it sometimes irritates my husband, who can be very impulsive.

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: In a previous GLIAS interview you said "I always thought Maleficent from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty was always a particularly nasty piece of work – intelligent, cruel and vindictive.  I wouldn’t have wanted to go up against her.  And it made me like Prince Philip all the more because he dared to." Do your heroines face villains who are as cruel?  
ANNA'S GOTTA ANSWER: Yes. And certainly in Mortal Arts. The worst thing about the latest villain Kiera faces is that they believe they are right, that there actions are justified, and yet they are still incredibly cruel.
 ANGI: I just found out that Angelina Jolie is portraying Maleficent in a live-action film due to release in March 2014. Very cool.

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A Lady Darby Mystery, Book 3
releases July 2014

Lady Darby Historical Mystery Series

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ANNA WANTS TO KNOW: I love movie soundtracks. Do you have a favorite soundtrack, or is there one that particularly inspires you?


  1. Good morning Anna and welcome back to GLIAS. This book sounds as amazing as your RITA nominee. The best of luck with it.

    Soundtracks? The wordless ones that I write to: Knight & Day, Longmire, Sherlock Holmes, Jaws, Real Steal. And then words that I like to sing favorite is That Thing You Do.


    1. Oh my gosh, Angi, I LOVE "That Thing You Do." Nobody knows that song when I mention it, and it's one of my favorites--and favorite soundtracks. Just another reason we get along . . .

  2. Hi Anna,
    Welcome to GLIAS! I love the premise of your series--Lady Darby sounds like one to reckon with herself!

    I'm with Angi--I love the music soundtracks to movies. I have an obscure favorite--Mr. Holland's Opus. The music covers pretty much every emotion--for any mood you're in!

  3. Well... for classic, I love Dirty Dancing!

  4. the phantom of the opera soundtrack

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  5. I liked the soundtrack to A Knight's Tale. Don't watch a lot of movies, usually too busy reading..:)
    My uncle was projectionist for the local theatre. I got to see the Disney movies when they came out and Maleficent scared the devil outta me....

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  6. Hi Anna! SO lovely to see one of my favorite authors visiting GLIAS :)

    I am a huge soundtrack fact, I write to them. Each of my first three books was written to a different soundtrack, something I thought fit the mood of the book.

    As for favorites, I adore the HP 6, 7 and 8 soundtracks...anything by Rachel Portman (particularly the Legend of Bagger Vance), Hans Zimmer is amazing... Oh, I could go on and on!

  7. I am really looking forward to the next Lady Darby mystery. I sped through the Anatomist's Wife!

    My favourite soundtrack that I listen to is actually the Amadeus soundtrack. Love it.

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  8. Some great new soundtrack suggestions I'm going to have to try. There are so many good ones out there. I'm always looking for new ones. :)

    Heather - I write to them as well. Or instrumental classical music.

    MJC - Thank you!