20 June 2010

Guest Author: Carrie Lofty

This week we're welcoming Unusual Historicals' founder and moderator, Carrie Lofty (that's me!), as she celebrates the release of SONG OF SEDUCTION. This is the first of two romances set in Napoleonic Austria that Carrie has contracted with Carina Press, Harlequin's new digital-first venture, which launched this month. Carina Press titles are available in all electronic formats wherever e-books are sold.

Tormented by guilt. Haunted by scandal. Freed by love.

Austria, 1804

Eight years ago, composer Arie De Voss claimed his late mentor's final symphony as his own and became an icon. But fame has a price: fear of discovery now poisons his attempts to compose a redemptive masterpiece. Until a new muse appears, intoxicating and inspiring him...

Mathilda Heidel renounced her own musical gift to marry, seeking a quiet life to escape the shame surrounding her birth. Sudden widowhood finds her tempted by song once more. An unexpected introduction to her idol, Arie De Voss, renews Mathilda's passion for the violin--and ignites a passion for the man himself.

But when lust and lies reach a crescendo, Arie will be forced to choose: love or truth?

I'm pooped from writing blog posts for the last two weeks! If you want to see what I've been up to, please check out the list of lovely topics I've covered thus far.

For Unusual Historicals, however, I thought I'd do something a little different. Here I present a selection of photographs of Salzburg, Austria that are important settings in SONG OF SEDUCTION. I've never been to Salzburg, much to my heart's lament, but these pictures have nearly convinced me otherwise...

In snowy winter Salzburg, where we set the scene...

Mathilda Heidel, a doctor's widow, leaves her plain working-class home on Steingasse (Stone Lane) to live with friends.

Across town, on Getreidegasse (Grain Street), lives renowned musician Arie de Voss, who composes and broods in near-seclusion.

Mathilda once saw Arie conduct his symphony, Love and Music, in Rittersaal (Knight's Hall) inside the royal palace.

She meets him again beneath the Dom (Salzburg's main cathedral), beside a fountain featuring the Virgin Mary, during Carnival celebrations.

Curious about Mathilda, who is now his student, Arie walks through Petersfriedhof (St. Peter's Cemetery), the oldest Christian graveyard in Salzburg, with his mentor, Michael Haydn.

Later, after many flirtatious escapades and a few fights, Arie and Mathilda make out in a Durchgänge (foot path) off Getreidegasse.

But their happy ending slips away! Mathilda crosses the River Salzach to make peace with her past and find her future: Arie.

By performing together in Carabinierisaal (Carabineer Hall) inside the royal palace, they conquer the final obstacle that threatens their love.


Obviously I left a lot out! You'll want to read the whole book...

If you'd like the chance to win a copy of SONG OF SEDUCTION, leave a comment or question for Carrie. Maybe: Where would you visit, if you could visit anywhere in the world? Why? And what would you like to know about beautiful Salzburg? I want to chat about what I've learned! I'll draw a winner at random in one week. Void where prohibited. Best of luck!


Blythe Gifford said...

I've already downloaded Song of Seduction and begun reading, but it was a treat to get the visual tour. Thanks!

Marg said...

If this is open internationally I would love to be entered.

I have been to Salzburg. Not for long, but it was fun to wander around, and sing Sound of Music songs. I visited in winter, and it was snowing, so it looked really magical, but very different to the pictures that you have posted here. I would love to go back.

Carrie Lofty said...

Marg, the copy I'm giving away is an e-copy, so it's open to everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Blythe, I hope you enjoy it :)

Cara Wallace said...

Great pics! Carrie, have you lived/worked/studied in Salzburg? How did you become so familiar with it?

Carrie Lofty said...

Cara, I've never been! *sobs*

I just got hooked on the idea of it because of the movie Amadeus, then went crazy on the research :)

Tili S. said...

I want to read this book for so many reasons, but the silliest is this: "Tili" is actually short for "Matilda". :)

Kishane said...

I don't really know anything about music, so what makes Salzburg so relevant to music? (I'm guessing it has something to do with amadeus and Sound of Music?)

Music themed books ftw!

librarypat said...

Love the pictures. They really make a big difference. Your imagination will create a picture from what is written, but a few of these scenes would be too hard to do justice to when describing. I have read several reviews and they have been good. Now that I have these visuals in mind, I am even more eager to read it.

Virginia said...

Love the pictures! I read your first book and really enjoyed it. Can't wait to get this one!

LilMissMolly said...

I just love historical fiction. It's nice to see a place featured in Europe that's not England or the UK!

Carrie Lofty said...

Better late than never! Here's our winner:


Thanks for stopping by, everyone!