I am depending upon the kindness of strangers…

Today’s blog topic is loving, and there is nothing I’m loving harder right now than the advance praise for A CURIOUS BEGINNING! It’s a bizarre thing to work so hard on a book allllll alllllone and then send it out into the world to see what people think. This book was sent to writers I admire tremendously, and I was utterly thrilled that they liked it. Here’s what they had to say:

“No one write parasols, petticoats, and pistols like Deanna Raybourn.  Veronica Speedwell is a terror and a delight (but mostly the latter).  Hip hip hooray for a new Raybourn series!”–Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author of the Pink Carnation series and The Other Daughter

“With wicked intelligence, Deanna Raybourn has created a fresh and fascinating sleuth. Veronica Speedwell is sure to join the greats of mystery fiction. Impeccably plotted and meticulously researched, A Curious Beginning will leave you, as it left me, whimpering for more.”   –Alan Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce series

“Deanna Raybourn writes with wisdom, sass and a rich texture that is a joy to read. I love this book!  A Curious Beginning brings us the powerful Veronica Speedwell who triumphs over adversity and danger with wit, charm and uncanny determination. This is a real find for mystery lovers!” –Robyn Carr, New York Times bestselling author of the Virgin River series

“I’ve been a big fan of Deanna’s for some time and this book was a treat to read. How could I resist a royal scandal, and Irish plot and a really sexy hero who has a tendency to work with no shirt on? Deanna is one of the few writers who can make history feel immediate and exciting without losing a feel for the period.”–Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Her Royal Spyness series

A Curious Beginning is a fantastic read, both wickedly clever and devilishly amusing. Like a grown-up Flavia de Luce, Victorian explorer and naturalist Veronica Speedwell is a joy — slaying rapscallions, scoundrels and dullards alike with her bon mots — or sharpened hatpin. She’s an unflappable, unrepentant, and thoroughly delightful butterfly of a new heroine—and I’m already impatiently drumming my fingers awaiting the next book.”— Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series


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