I’m am so excited to be on the tour for THE ARCHITECT OF SONG by A.G. Howard. I have always been a huge fan of the author’s and when I learned of this first book in her new series I couldn’t wait to get an early peek.
I loved meeting Juliet and all the characters in this novel. And I really want to talk about them all, and all the many surprise twists, but that would be very spoiler-y. So I will just say that I loved this book. It was interesting and captivating and romantic and heartbreaking. And I cannot wait for everyone to get the chance to read it this August.
In the meantime, I have an interview with Juliet to share. So if you’d like to know more about her, be sure to check out her answers to my questions below.
And if you’d like to enter the giveaway for some seriously awesome prizes, scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter.
The tour has two stops per day and continues through the end of next week. So if you’d like to learn more about this gorgeous book don’t forget to follow along. I’ll be updating the post with direct links to all the stops as they happen.
About THE ARCHITECT OF SONG
Title & Series: THE ARCHITECT OF SONG (Haunted Hearts Legacy #1)
Author: A.G. Howard
Release date: August 15, 2016
Publisher: A.G. Howard
Formats: Paperback, eBook
A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.
For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.
To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.
International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.
New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+.
The Book Trailer
The Character Interview
Q&A with Juliet Emerline
Q. What song or sound or voice do you miss most now that you are no longer able to hear? If you could hear one thing (or one person) what (or who) would that be?
The voice and sound I miss most is one and the same: Mama and her songs. Even her humming—no words, only the melody—was such a comfort to my heart. What I would ache most to hear is the healthy cry of my own newborn babe, one day when I become a mother myself.
Q. What five characteristics/traits are most important to you in a potential betrothed?
3. Compassion for all life—including animals and plants
4. Respect for others differences and beliefs
5. An appreciation for creativity that we can share and pass on to our children
Q. Do you think it’s possible to love more than one person?
I believe it’s possible for more than one soul to have an impact on your life so profound that your singularity in the world is both challenged and forever changed by them. And oftentimes, such emotional encounters lead to feelings of deep devotion and love.
Q. What are your views on the Rational Dress Society?
As of the moment, I feel their reform of undergarments is a step in the right direction, alongside the subtle movements of women’s education and egalitarianism. However, I should like to see it taken a step further one day … where even our outer garments might be modified without eliciting ridicule from those who have more prudent views. Whether a woman chooses to wear trousers or skirts should not reflect upon her moral aptitude. I should also like to see the Society push for sensible active garments so horseback riding or swimming are as easily accessible for women as for men. Why should men be more comfortable than women, after all?
Q. Please describe your most favorite hat creation?
The first hat I ever made, when I was nine. It was the anniversary of Papa’s death, and—as it was raining outside—I was stuck within, no way to escape from the grief of Papa’s absence. Mama laid out her stash of fabric swatches and bright, colorful feathers, flowers, and beads, then allowed me to have my pick. With the patience of a saint, she showed me how to pour all my feelings into the craft. The therapeutic dip and rise of the needle and thread, alongside the rainbow of colors surrounding me, soothed my sadness and gave me something positive to concentrate on. I converted a staid straw hat into a discombobulated reflection of my mixed emotions: the black netting and velvet ribbon represented my heartache, but the white wired-chiffon trim mirrored the peace I felt when spending time with Mama. The florals and beadwork lifted my spirits, putting me in mind of sunny spring days spent in a valley carpeted with fragrant wildflowers and lush green grass—so soft my feet sink with each cool, itchy step. And the feathers represented songbirds taking flight in the trees. My senses were awakened, and my melancholy mood laid to rest. In the end, it was far too chaotic to be a masterpiece, but I have it still, and each time I look upon it, I remember how I felt in that moment … simultaneously accomplished and alive. That experience led to my vocation, and to my eternal love for color.
And from the author…
The spotlight prize today = three The Architect of Song swag packs.
About A.G. Howard
A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.
When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
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- 1 – heart locket necklace
- 1 – Architect of Song poster
- 1 – faux leather journal
- 1 – 5X7 musical print
- 3 – The Architect of Song swag packs
- 1 – LitCube surprise box
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The Tour Schedule
7.25.16 | Dark Faerie Tales – Guest Post-Hybrid Author
7.25.16 | A GREAT read – Review
7.26.16 | Lisa Loves Literature – Review
7.26.16 | Bookfever – Review
7.27.16 | Fiktshun – Character Interview
7.28.16 | The Reading Café – Review
7.28.16 | Adventures of a Book Junkie – Review
7.29.16 | Please Feed the Bookworm – Review
7.29.16 | 21st Century Once Upon a Times – Review
8.1.16 | Once Upon a Twilight – Exclusive Excerpt
8.1.16 | Ramblings of a Daydreamer – Review
8.2.16 | My Friends Are Fiction – Guest Post-Fashion
8.2.16 | Sarcasm & Lemons – Review
8.3.16 | Cornerfolds – Review
8.3.16 | BookHounds YA – Review
8.4.16 | Bookiemoji – Exclusive Excerpt
8.4.16 | Owl Always Be Reading – Review
8.5.16 | Mundie Moms – Review
8.5.16 | Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post-Playlist
8.5.16 | The Cover Contessa – Review