Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Sebastiana Randone to the blog. She’s here to share about her book, The House. If this book sounds like the sort of book that you would be interested in reading, please find buy links below and pick up a copy or two.
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A timeworn house confronts a reluctant visitor, who has been placed mysteriously in an ancient wood. Sheltering in the house, she enters a room that transports her to a Georgian Estate in England, where a dramatic encounter with a belligerent lord, sets the tone for the narrative. Managing to escape through another magic portal, she suddenly finds herself in Regency era London. Here amongst a household of unusual characters she remains, before an extraordinary blood connection is established. As the eccentric cast act out their complex lives, her role switches to that of an observer. Having lived on a diet of historical fiction, prior to this adventure, her romantic idealism is challenged by all she sees and experiences. One day a handsome poet arrives and is immediately drawn to the beautiful time traveller. A surprising end lays in wait, with hidden truths, buried within the mysterious house.
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From an early age, Sebastiana developed a passion for reading, and from that moment has never been without a book.
The desire to write ‘one day’ had been pursuing for a long while. Finally that goal was realised with the debut release in March 2013 of “The House”; an adult fairy tale.
Having always been an avid reader of novels written in the 19th century, it naturally followed that her first book would be set in the Regency era. When devising the narrative for The House, Sebastiana drew on her fascination for the archetypal nature of fairy tales, mysticism and the concepts of reincarnation, past-life love and soul mates.
To read some of her blogs visit http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17722149-the-house
The House is available on Amazon
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EXCERPTS FROM THE HOUSE by Sebastiana Randone
She had developed into a very beautiful maiden; tall and svelte with thick golden hair, a long swanlike neck, and blue-green eyes that beguiled by their tendency to change colour with mood. These blue sapphires won young William over. She had had many suitors, but he was the only one that made her heart quicken with ever increasing passion. Above all, William Chatterham was ambitious, having created his wealth through speculation at a time when England was expanding her empire through industry and commerce. There were many opportunities available to those who were driven, especially those whose impetus was fuelled primarily by the desire to advance in station and social stature.
William was a son of a farmer, who had toiled long and hard. His father’s proclivity towards fiscal discipline meant the family lived a parsimonious existence, for which they were often derided and criticised, as is often the way with miserly folk. This lifelong adherence to economy however, eventually resulted in an inheritance that was surprising as it was substantial. When he was six, William’s mother passed away during child birth. The newborn, a girl, survived only to perish some days later.
Eighteen year old William was the only child when his exhausted father finally fell to his death. This ensured the young man a small fortune.
Sadness notwithstanding, suddenly William found himself in the novel predicament of a life that held much promise, as he confidently embraced this ascendancy with great expectation. William had no desire in emulating his father’s life. More predisposed to mental pursuits than manual labour, he spent his formative years construing ways to accrue wealth. He was a man of keen ambition, propagated by the desire to live a gentrified routine, consisting of fine clothes, food and wine, including marrying into a respectable family. A
culmination of the inheritance, as well as William’s innate acumen for investment and capitalising on opportunities, meant that the ascendancy up the stairway to wealth and privilege was guaranteed.
Upon introduction William fell instantly in love with Elizabeth. Her charms and beauty were dazzling to the young inexperienced man. He eagerly agreed to marriage with the alacrity of one who had yet to experience the joys of physical romance. Fortunately, Elizabeth reciprocated his advances. William, a very handsome man, with dark looks and tall stout physique, spoke the promise of a fairy tale union.