Monday, October 23, 2023

Children of the Shadows: Author Guest Post + Giveaway


Children of the Shadows JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Children of the Shadows by Erica Vetsch, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Children of the Shadows

Title: Children of the Shadows
Thorndike & Swann Regency Mysteries #3
Erica Vetsch
Kregel Publications
Release Date:
October 23, 2023
Christian Regency Mystery

Detective Daniel Swann and debutante Juliette Thorndike once again team up to solve a dangerous mystery--while trying to keep their growing romance secret. 

Someone is preying upon the street children of Regency London. They seem to think no one will notice when urchins go missing--and even if they are noticed, who will care? 

Daniel needs to do something about the missing children. But with recent revelations about his past and an unexpected, somewhat unwelcome inheritance to deal with, this is a terrible time to dive back into the seedy underbelly of the crime world. Nevertheless, he's still a Bow Street runner, and his partner Lady Juliette is sensitive to the plight of these wayward youngsters. They're on the case, searching shadowed alleys and coal-drenched streets to find the missing. 

But the tangle of expectation and the dynamics of power cannot be easily ignored, even if there are children in danger. When Daniel's past threatens to overwhelm his future, he will need a miracle and the help of his friends to both apprehend the villain and unravel his tangled family web. And it may be that his new responsibilities demand that he leave the children of the shadows to their terrible fate--or lose everything. 

Erica Vetsch's popular Regency mystery series concludes with a bang, sure to satisfy readers who have hung on every page since book one.

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About the Author

Erica Vetsch

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling author and ACFW Carol Award winner, and has been a Romantic Times top pick for her previous books. She loves Jesus, history, romance, and watching sports. This transplanted Kansan now makes her home in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Author Guest Post

Researching Children of the Shadows  by Erica Vetsch

One of the things I love about being an historical fiction writer is the amount of research we get to do. I can fall down a rabbit hole of research quicker than ‘Sugar won the Derby’ as they say.  

While writing in the Regency is fairly specific, after all the Regency period only lasted about a decade, there are so many topics that crop up to research. Architecture, politics, food, entertainment, transportation, and so much more. 

I prefer to get most of my information through books. I start a lot of my inquiries on line, looking broadly, and then try to find books written about the subject, perhaps with a more specific slant to them.  

For instance, I looked into the overall demographics of London during the Regency, then working conditions, and then found books on what it was like for poor children living in London during the Regency.  

I needed to know about horses in London during the Regency, so I started with basic history...such as at any given time during the Regency, there were more than 300,000 horses in the city. Then I narrowed it down to horses for hire or cab horses, and I found a book that told me about the life expectancy of these horses, how long they might be of useful work, and what ailments and treatments they underwent. 

When doing my research, I try to find multiple sources that say basically the same thing, though this is not always possible, and I try to find books that are printed by reputable sources. University presses, publishers who specialize in printing historical texts, and first-person accounts are high on my list. I don’t tend to trust much of anything Wikipedia says until I can verify it somewhere else. Though Wikipedia isn’t a bad place to begin when looking up broad topics. Often the page I am reading will have some source material listed at the bottom of the article and I can investigate further. 

I need to manage my research time, because I could spend all my time researching a story and not get around to writing it. And there is no way to possibly know everything I will need to research before I start writing. Sometimes the oddest things pop up that I need to look up. 

Do you enjoy history? Do you like it when an author tries to incorporate actual events and people into their work? 

Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will win a complete paperback set of the Thorndike and Swann series, and a $10 amazon gift card

Children of the Shadows JustRead Tours giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight October 23, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on October 30, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog!

  2. I'm very excited to read these novels. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  3. Looks like a series I need to add to my already out-of-control TBR stack!

  4. Great interview! I always enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek into an author's life.

  5. Looks looks like it would be an amazing read.

  6. Randi, Thank you for sharing. Erica Vetsch is an exceptional author.

  7. It sounds like another exciting mystery!


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