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ABOUT THE BOOK:
 
 
THE DEVIL’S GIFT by best-selling author Laura Landon is one
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Publication date: June 25th,
2017

Genre: Victorian Romance
 
Jackson Rafferty, second son of the eleventh Earl
of Devlin, held his dying brother in his arms and swore he’d avenge his murder.
That pact made in blood led him to the back halls of Kingston Manor and the
woman who would stand between him and pursuing the man Jack knew had killed his
brother. That man was her father.

 

Miss Jenevieve Kingston has a secret. Keeping it is the only thing
keeping her father alive. When a rogue by the name of Jack Dawson comes
dangerously close to spoiling everything, Jenna forces him from her home. But
not before he has worked his way into her heart.

Now he’s back, proving he is not who she thought he was. But how can she trust
him after weeks of deception?

 

EXCERPT:
“It’s rather funny, don’t you
think?” the Earl of Devlin said as he continued to make his way down the
street. “Father thought if you were gone, I would step in to take your place.
He thought your absence would make me assume some responsibility in running
Devlin Downs. Instead…”
“Instead, what?” Jack asked, feeling
more uncomfortable by the second.
When Sheridan stopped on the
sidewalk and turned, Jack felt a cold chill race down his spine. The color left
his brother’s bronzed face and a haunted look filled his eyes.
“Refusing to marry Kingston’s
daughter is probably the first selfless act I’ve ever committed.”
“How can you say that?”
Shad paused and Jack knew his
brother was weighing how much he should reveal.
“How much do you know about
Kingston?”
“Very little. I only know about the
agreement he made with Father for you to marry his daughter.”
“A pact made in blood,” Shad said
barely loud enough to be heard. “Marrying into that family would have condemned
us all. Or worse.”
“What are you talking about? If
there’s something we should go to the authorities with—“
Shad dropped his head back and
laughed. “The authorities. Oh, that’s rich, Jack. You’ve been in government
service too long. The authorities are the last ones you can trust.”
“That’s not true, Shad. I have
connections that have nothing to do with the local authorities. Tell me what
you know and I’ll figure out what to do.”
The Earl of Devlin smiled sadly at
his brother. “You always could fix everything. I should have known to come to
you right away.”
“Yes, you should have. Now, what do
you know?”
Sheridan hesitated as if knowing
what he was about to do was the same as stepping off a ledge. Once you took the
first step, there was no going back.
“Promise you’ll be careful, Jack. I
don’t know all the details. In fact, I’m confused on some of them, but somehow
the Kingston name is behind it.”
“Behind what?”
“Behind—”
A nondescript carriage clattered
noisily by on the far side of the street. A few yards further on a drunken trio
assaulted a familiar tune. Shad’s words halted abruptly. At the same moment
Jack saw the surprised look on Shad’s face he heard a muffled pop and knew
instantly what was happening. In horror he saw Shad’s features sag as he
crumpled to the ground in front of him.
Jack threw his body over Shad but no
second shot came. Jack cautiously lifted his head and looked around. In the
faint light he focused on the area from which he felt the shot had come. All
was quiet. The street was empty.
Jack knew that even if he left his
brother to race after the assassin, he wouldn’t find anyone. Whoever had shot
Shad was long gone.
“Shad, how badly are you hit?” Jack
asked, kneeling beside his brother. “Can you—”
Jack stopped. He was going to ask if
he was able to stand, or if Jack should send for a doctor. But he knew the
answer. Shad couldn’t stand. And it was already too late to send for a doctor.
Shad was dying.
“Hold on, Shad. I’ll take care of
you.”
Shad lifted his trembling hand and
pulled Jack down to whisper.
“Don’t let…”
Shad coughed through the rattle in
his throat.
“…get you…
“…too.”

 

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ABOUT LAURA LANDON:
 
Laura Landon is a Prairie Muse Platinum,
Kindle Press, and Amazon Montlake bestselling author. Laura enjoyed ten years
as a high school teacher and nine years making sundaes and malts in her very
own ice cream shop, but once she penned her first novel, she closed up shop to
spend every free minute writing. Now she enjoys creating her very own heroes
and heroines, and making sure they find their happily ever after.
A vital member of her rural community, Laura directed the town’s
Quasquicentennial, organized funding for an exercise center for the town, and
serves on the hospital board.

Laura lives in the Midwest, surrounded by her family and friends. She has
written nearly two dozen Victorian historicals, thirteen of which have been
published by Prairie Muse Publishing and are selling worldwide in English, one
in Japanese, and several in German. Two are Scottish historicals.In October 2012, Laura experienced an amazing day when Amazon’s Montlake
Romance published not one but three of her newest novels. Two of these have
been optioned for publication in Russia and Turkey. Several are also available
in German. To date Montlake had published seven of Laura’s Victorian
historicals and Kindle Press three.

Always beautifully set and with a mysterious twist or bit of suspense, Laura’s
books average over a million and a half pages a month read by her loyal
readers.

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In addition to a thriving career as a novelist, author Darin Gibby is also one of the country’s premiere patent attorneys and a partner at the prestigious firm of Kilpatrick Townsend (www.kilpatricktownsend.com). With over twenty years of experience in obtaining patents on hundreds of inventions from the latest drug delivery systems to life-saving cardiac equipment, he has built IP portfolios for numerous Fortune 500 companies. In addition to securing patents, Gibby helps clients enforce and license their patents around the world, and he has monetized patents on a range of products.

Darin’s first book, Why Has America Stopped Inventing?, explored the critical issue of America’s broken patent system.  His second book, The Vintage Club, tells the story of a group of the world’s wealthiest men who are chasing a legend about a wine that can make you live forever. His third book, Gil, is about a high school coach who discovers that he can pitch with deadly speed and is given an offer to play with the Rockies during a player’s strike. Gil soon discovers, however, that his unexpected gift is the result of a rare disease, and continuing to pitch may hasten his own death.

With a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree, he is highly regarded in Denver’s legal and business community as a patent strategist, business manager, and community leader. He is also a sought-after speaker on IP issues at businesses, colleges and technology forums, where he demonstrates the value of patents using simple lessons from working on products such as Crocs shoes, Izzo golf straps and Trek bicycles.

An avid traveler and accomplished triathlete, Darin also enjoys back country fly-fishing trips and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. He lives in Denver with his wife, Robin, and their four children.

His latest book is the thriller, Chasing Hindy.

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About the Book:

 

ADDY’S DREAM AS a patent attorney is to help bring a ground breaking energy technology to the world. Addy’s hopes soar when she is wooed by Quinn, an entrepreneur, to join his company that has purportedly invented a car that can run on water using an innovative catalyst. After resigning her partnership to join Quinn, Addy discovers things aren’t as they seem. The patent office suppresses the company’s patent applications and her life is threatened by unknown assailants if she doesn’t resign.

When she is arrested for stealing US technology from the patent office she realizes Quinn has used her. Now, Addy must find a way to clear her name while salvaging her dream of propelling this technology to the world, all while powerful forces attempt to stop her.

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

Not at all.  I went to engineering school in college, and you never have to write in those classes.  Going to law school taught me how to write, and that’s where I gained my passion for writing.

What was your inspiration for Chasing Hindy?

The genesis behind Chasing Hindy came from a surprising source—a hypnotist. When I was in high school, we had an assembly where a hypnotist put a group of volunteers under hypnosis. One of the questions he asked them was what would be the fuel of the future. What fuel would people pump into their tank? Almost without exception they all said, “water!” The hypnotist then told the audience that every time he asked that question he received the same answer.

That was several decades ago, but I’ve always wondered whether that could possibly be true—and why all these people thought we’d all be driving cars that used water. In the following years, I realized that a car wouldn’t run on water per se, but from hydrogen that is extracted from water. The question, of course, is that if we know how to produce hydrogen, why aren’t there hydrogen cars? The answer is quite simple. As an engineer and patent attorney I know the science behind extracting hydrogen from water. The problem is that it takes more energy to do this than to just run a car on gasoline, or even electricity.

But what if somebody invented a way to make it happen? That’s the germ of an idea that led to Chasing Hindy.

Then, of course, is finding an idea for a main character. For me, a good character is far more difficult than finding a story idea. Not only does the character need to make the story line happen, but the readers need to relate to what the character is experiencing. I struggled with such a character for years, and, in fact, rewrote the book several times with other characters that just didn’t seem to work.

What made the story finally click was my discovery of Addy—a patent attorney with a dream to change the world. I decided on a female character (who was also a patent attorney) for several reasons. Perhaps the main reason was that female patent attorneys are in short supply and I wanted to encourage women to enter the profession. So I created Addy to hopefully show what a difference one person can make, and through her experience more women would want to become patent attorneys. What I love about Addy is her determination to make the world a better place, no matter the cost.  But you’ll have to read the book to see what obstacles she must overcome.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I like to take a character through a journey where her innermost beliefs are challenged, and even rocked to the core, in order to see how she will respond. Life is about journeys, and I think every book should take the reader on quest that changes the character and tells an important life lesson.  For example, my last book, Gil, is about transcending opposites and how opposition can be used to open your heart to compassion.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

Chasing Hindy took me over 15 years and five rewrites.  The reason why is because I could never find a main character that I liked. That all changed when I came up with Addy, whose story I mention above.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

Sometimes too disciplined.  Since I am a full time patent attorney, I take every free minute to write.  It’s usually at five in the morning, on weekends or on a plane.  I love writing on airplanes because there is nobody who can interrupt your thought process.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

As I mentioned above, finding a main character was the most difficult.  But explaining how a car can actually run on water was also a challenge.

What do you love most about being an author?

Writing.  As Stephen King is fond of saying, as long as you can wake up and write, life is going to be okay.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I went with a small press—Koehler Books. Koehler published my last two books, The Vintage Club and Gil, and we’ve had a great working relationship.  As such, I decided to use them for Chasing Hindy as well.

Where can we find you on the web?

I am at http://www.daringibby.com

 

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