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Interview and giveaway: The House of Kane

The House of Kane

The House of Kane

Book Title:  The House of Kane by Barbara Casey
Category:  Adult Fiction,  198 pages
Genre: Mystery / Suspense
Publisher:  ArcheBooks Publishing
Release date:  February 2014
Format available for review:  Print, ebook (gifted Kindle and PDF)
Will send print books:  Internationally
Tour dates: Aug 15 to 26, 2016
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There is some light profanity.)


Aislinn Marchánt, a writer and editorial consultant, is hired by the major New York publishing company, Kane Publishing House, to help determine why several submissions sent to them have mysteriously disappeared only to be published later by another publisher. Are the editors at Kane simply not being diligent enough with the in-coming material, or is there something more sinister going on? Working from her West Palm Beach home, Aislinn quickly becomes involved with the House of Kane as well as with Caldwell Kane, the man who hired her.

As Aislinn works toward uncovering the various layers of truth of her former husband, her elderly neighbor, and Kane Publishing House, she continues to research her own novel, the story of a love between two people that becomes fractured because of the misunderstandings created by two different cultures. Her research takes her to a botanica where a Santerian priest reveals the truth in her own life and a destiny that is joined to that of Caldwell Kane.

Praise for The House of Kane:

Simultaneously wise and poignant, exotic and suspenseful, House of Kane is a fascinating story of loyalty, treachery and the power of destiny. With an insider’s view into the world of high stakes publishing, Barbara Casey weaves a masterful story that haunts the reader long after the final page.
Nancy Steinbeck, Author of The Other Side of Eden: Life with John Steinbeck

Barbara Casey’s House of Kane is a touchingly tender love story, set in an intrigue-riddled
publishing industry. Her characters are interesting and varied. Her story is refreshing and engagingly told. Aspiring writers will want to read House of Kane to tap her wisdom about getting into print.
John DeDakis, Former CNN Senior Copy Editor, Author of Fast Track

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How did you do research for your book?

There are several things going on in my novel, The House of Kane. For one thing, it takes place against the backdrop of the publishing industry, which I pretty well had covered since I have worked in publishing as an author, editor, agent, and publisher for over 25 years. But some of the other themes, such as lightning-strike victims, Santeria, homeless veterans, and medical procedures I researched through the internet and personal interviews, and gathering statistics from published reports. The House of Kane was considered for a Pulitzer nomination the year it was published.

Which was the hardest character to write?

Clarence, or C.T., who was the homeless veteran, was probably the most difficult because of his hallucinations and other strange behavior. I have to say, though, he was also the most fun to write.

The easiest?

Aislinn, my main protagonist in the story, was the easiest to write because I could so easily identify with her with my experience as a writer and editor.

In your book you make a reference to Santeria. How did you come up with this idea?

I became familiar with Santeria when I lived in Florida and did quite a bit of research on it for another novel I was writing at the time, Shyla’s Initiative. Since the setting for The House of Kane takes place between Florida and New York, it was fitting to tie in that element to what was threatening Aislinn. Incidentally, Shyla’s Initiative won the IPPY Award.

What made you write a book about publishing?

My first book was published in 1990, and I was involved in publishing even before that. Writing is my passion, and creating a book about publishing just seemed natural. Of course, in The House of Kane, there is more going on than just publishing—romance, mystery, and the unexplained—but it is the publishing aspect that grounds the story and gives the story its focal point.

Meet the author: 

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Originally from Carrollton, Illinois, author/agent/publisher Barbara Casey attended the University of North Carolina, N.C. State University, and N.C. Wesleyan College where she received a BA degree, summa cum laude, with a double major in English and history. In 1978 she left her position as Director of Public Relations and Vice President of Development at North Carolina Wesleyan College to write full time and develop her own manuscript evaluation and editorial service. In 1995 she established the Barbara Casey Agency and since that time has represented authors from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. In 2014, she became a partner with Strategic Media Books where she is involved in acquisitions and day-to-day operations and oversees book production.

Ms. Casey’s two middle-grade/young adult novels, Leilani Zan and Grandma Jock and Christabelle (James C. Winston Publishing Co., Trade Division) were both nominated for awards of excellence by the SCBWI Golden Kite Award, the National Association of University Women Literary Award and the Sir Walter Raleigh Literary Award. Shyla’s Initiative (Crossquarter Publishing Group), a contemporary adult novel (occult romance/mystery), received a 2003 Independent Publisher Book Award and also an award of special literary recognition by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. The Coach’s Wife (ArcheBooks Publishing), also a novel for adults (contemporary/mystery), was semi-finalist for the 2005 Dana Award for Outstanding Novel and listed on the Publisher’s Best Seller List. The House of Kane (ArcheBooks Publishing), released in 2007, was considered for a Pulitzer nomination. Another contemporary novel for adults, Just Like Family, was released at Christmas 2009 when it received “Special Recognition from the 7-Eleven Corporation.” The Cadence of Gypsies, a novel written for new adults, was released in 2011 and was reviewed by the Smithsonian Institute for its List of Most Notable Books. Her novel for adults, The Gospel According to Prissy, received a 2013 Independent Publishers Book Award for Best Book in Regional Fiction. In 2016, Ms. Casey’s biography/true crime Kathryn Kelly: The Moll behind Machine Gun Kelly was released as well as The Wish Rider, the sequel to her young adult book The Cadence of Gypsies.

Her award-winning articles, short stories, and poetry for adults have appeared in both national and international publications including the North Carolina Christian Advocate Magazine, The New East Magazine, the Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer, the Rocky Mount (N.C.) Sunday Telegram, Dog Fancy, ByLine, The Christian Record, Skirt! Magazine, and True Story. A thirty-minute television special which Ms. Casey wrote and coordinated was broadcast on WRAL, Channel 5, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also received special recognition for her editorial work on the English translations of Albanian children’s stories.

Ms. Casey’s award-winning science fiction short stories for adults are featured in The Cosmic Unicorn and CrossTime science fiction anthologies. Ms. Casey’s essays and other works appear in The Chrysalis Reader, the international literary journal of the Swedenborg Foundation, 221 One-Minute Monologues from Literature (Smith and Kraus Publishers), and A Cup of Comfort (Adams Media Corporation).

Ms. Casey is a former director of BookFest of the Palm Beaches, Florida, where she served as guest author and panelist. She has served as judge for the Pathfinder Literary Awards in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Florida, and was the Florida Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators from 1991 through 2003. She is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and writers’ conferences around the country including the SCBWI Regional Conference, the Harriett Austin Writers Conference in Athens, SIBA (Southeastern Independent Book Sellers Association), Florida Writers Association, and the University of Auburn, Montgomery. She makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three dogs.

Connect with the author:Website


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Interview with Thomas Maloney, author of The Sacred Combe

The Sacred Combe

The Sacred Combe

Thomas Maloney
Scribe Publications UK

UK Release date:
May 12, 2016
also available as ebook
Literary fiction


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Interview and giveaway: The Inquisitor’s Niece

The Inquisitor’s Niece
by Erika Rummel

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Publisher:  Bygone Era Books, Ltd. (March 31, 2016)
Category: Historical Fiction
ISBN: 978-1-941072-38-7
Tour Date: May/June, 2016
Available in: Print & ebook, 394 Pages

The path of true love never runs straight. Alonso and Luisa love each other, However there are a few obstacles to their happiness: the husband she was forced to marry; her uncle, the Regent of Spain; and Alonso’s Jewish family. Mix in the meddlesome Natale, whose loyalty is always to the highest bidder, and you have a story of a courageous couple determined to be happy together, despite the cards being stacked against them.

Using the tumultuous period of Spain immediately following the deaths of Ferdinand and Isabella as her canvas, Erika Rummel paints a portrait of an era where Cardinals hold supreme power, Jews are forcibly converted to Christianity, and the spies of the Inquisition are everywhere.

Praise for Head Games by Erika Rummel

“Head Games is a unique and entertaining adventure with heart. There are the thrills of the adventure itself and we get to see the depth of the characters as they experience their fast paced South American quest. The story felt new and fresh!”-Valerie Mitchell, Mama Likes This

“This is a fast paced page turner.  A suspenseful, thrilling roller coaster ride with lots of twisty, loopy sections.  Head Games is an apt title for this enthralling read. “- Joy Renee, Joy Story

“Identity’s a big theme in this work, so if you’ve ever felt you were someone other than yourself, if you thought you might like to try living in someone else’s skin, if you’ve wondered whether your friends and loved ones were not exactly who they claimed to be, then this psychological labyrinth might just be your winding road to a good read”.- Carole Giangrande, Words to Go

About Erika RummelInquisitor’s Niece Erika Rummel

Erika Rummel is the author of more than a dozen non-fiction books and three novels: ‘Playing Naomi’, ‘Head Games’, ‘The Inquisitor’s Niece’.

She won the Random House Creative Writing Award (2011) for a chapter from ‘The Effects of Isolation on the Brain’, which is forthcoming. She is the recipient of a Getty Fellowship and the Killam Award.

Erika grew up in Vienna, emigrated to Canada and obtained a PhD from the University of Toronto. She taught at Wilfrid Laurier and U of Toronto.  She divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles and has lived in Argentina, Romania, and Bulgaria.

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(ready made questions)

How much time and effort went into your research for the book?

Years of research! In fact I first wrote a biography of Cardinal Cisneros, Inquisitor General (title: Jimenez de Cisneros. On the Threshold of Spain’s Golden Age) – then made him a character in my novel.

How long did it take you to complete?

This novel started out as a complex story interweaving the lives of three men and the woman who appeared in their dreams. On the advice of friends I simplified the story, but it took me a very long time to make up my mind what to cut out. And in a way I’m still sorry I did. Maybe I should write another novel picking up on what I let go?

Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself?

The covers of my previous two novels were designed by my painter husband. They are rather artistic, perhaps a little too artistic – no one ever commented on them. This time my publisher presented me with a number of commercial covers and allowed me to choose one. Readers clearly love the mysterious scene of a cloaked woman running through a forbidding-looking vault. I get lots of comments. My take-away lesson: A cover must be more than esthetically pleasing. It must be evocative.

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?

My favourite is the cliff-hanger scene in which Luisa rescues her lover, and they escape their pursuers. It’s a classic good guys vs. bad guys situation, and of course the good guys win. Isn’t that how we all want life to pan out?

Describe the room you are sitting in as though it was a scene in one of your books.

The sun is slanting through the window, and I have to angle my computer to make out what’s on the screen.  My desk isn’t very tidy. There are piles of papers and post-its stuck everywhere, and a large envelope labelled “Action!”, which I try to ignore because when I’m in the mood to write, that’s the only action I want to take.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Reading! I took early retirement from university teaching (you guessed it – I taught history).  The job required reading a great deal of non-fiction to keep up with the literature in my field. Now I am at leisure to read what I want, and I enjoy it immensely.  I do miss the contact with colleagues and students, but I get in more face-time with friends. I love coffee chats, don’t you?


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