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Blue Hour by Vicki RighettiniBlue Hour by Vicki Righettini


Publisher: Mill City Press (Nov 17, 2015)
Category: Historical Fiction, Romance, Pioneer Woman, Strong Female Character, Western
Tour date Mar/Apr, 2017
ISBN: 978-1634138291
Available in Print & ebook, 560 pages

The Blue Hour

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IN THIS EPIC TALE of love, loss, and redemption, the year is 1861, a time when women are expected to be married by a certain age. At 26, spinster Emily Wainwright has no reason to believe her sheltered life will ever change—until the charming Samuel Todd unexpectedly crosses her path.

Samuel yearns to homestead and start a family in Oregon, but he first needs to find a wife. Blinded by Samuel’s good looks, and grasping at her final chance to have a husband and children, Emily accepts his marriage proposal. However, Samuel is not the man she thought he was, and her marriage becomes a cold, cruel prison, offering her no solace amidst the hardships of farm life.

When Samuel dies and a second chance at love and happiness arrives in the form of farmhand Cole Walker, Emily must overcome her bitter past—or risk losing Cole and the life she has always dreamed of having.

Praise for Blue Hour by Vicki Righettini


“All of Righettini’s characters are well-rounded, in particular Emily herself, whose personal growth throughout the novel is richly detailed and memorable.”-Historical Novel Society

“This novel is about second chances and the courage needed to take them.  The most compelling aspects of The Blue Hour are not the vivid, expansive descriptions of life on the vast (and seemingly never-ending) Oregon Trail or the well-drawn characters who dance (and often trudge) between hardship and hope. Instead, the brightest lights burst forth from nuanced moments tucked throughout the story.
Read this book if you want to immerse yourself in the wilds of western America in the 1860s or get lost in the even denser wilderness of love and loss. Maybe this recommendation needs to be simplified even further – read this book. It’s exhilarating to root for a character who is trying to navigate uncharted territory and make the greatest discovery of all.”-Underground Book Reviews

“The Blue Hour is one of the finest historical novels I’ve ever read. You will love the author’s writing and the detailed historical references. The characters are vividly portrayed, and I felt as if I knew them well. Long after I’d finished reading, I still thought about the story. It’s part adventure, part love story, and part survival. Highly recommended.”-Ann Creel, Author

Interview with Vicki Righettini


1- Which character do you love to hate?

It would have to be Samuel Todd. Despite the fact that he is thoroughly despicable, or maybe because of it, I enjoyed being inside his head, hearing his thoughts, seeing the way his mind worked. It reminded me of times I’ve played unlikeable or villainous characters onstage – the audience may hate them, but you as an actor don’t have that luxury. To create a multi-dimensional character, you have to understand and justify their choices, no matter how heinous, and that creates a sympathy with the character you can’t get watching from the outside. If readers dislike or even hate Samuel, I’ve done my job as a storyteller, but I also hope they see a glimmer of decency in him, however faint. It was sad for me when he’d served his purpose in the story and it was time to let him go. Simply put, villains are fun to write.


2- Where did you get the names for your characters in The Blue Hour?

Emily is named after my maternal great-grandmother, who lived to the age of ninety-six; I was lucky to have her in my life until my mid-20s. Emily was supposed to be my name, too. As the story goes, the whole time my mother was pregnant with me, it was “Emily, Emily, Emily.” But when I was born and the maternity nurse asked her what she planned to name me, without missing a beat she said: “Vicki.” She never explained why.

Andrew was the name of my father’s older brother. My mother wanted to name my younger brother after him, but my Italian grandmother insisted it was bad luck to name a baby after someone who was killed in WWII. So Mom named my brother David. (Just think, we could have been Em and Andy.) Norman is the first name of my maternal great-grandfather (Emily’s husband). I decided to use it for Andrew’s surname.

I’ve always believed I chose Samuel’s name at random, but have since changed my mind about that. Samuel’s character is a composite of three men I have known, but he’s largely based on my father, who had an identical twin named, you guessed it: Samuel. The two were so identical that as a kid I couldn’t tell them apart. I think perhaps my subconscious mind was at work when I chose Samuel’s name.


3- How much time and effort went into your research for the book?

In some respects, I’ve been researching this book all my life. As a child I was fascinated by the Western Expansion and the pioneers. I also come from a pioneering family: my mother’s side came to Pennsylvania from Germany in the 1700s; then moved to Kentucky and Illinois in the 1800s; then in the 1940s my mother and grandmother came to California, where I was born. I always imagined I’d have been one of those hardy pioneers, but after researching the book, I’m no longer so sure!

When I started the book in 2001, I wrote the prologue and the first couple of chapters before doing any formal research. Once I realized I had a story, I knew I had to put it into historical context, and to get my facts right. I began by visiting the End of the Oregon Trail Museum in Oregon City, where at the time there was a wonderful exhibit on childbirth practices of the era, home building, and details of daily life. I took copious notes and came home with a stack of books from their bookstore, including maps of the Oregon Trail, 1860s cookbooks, and books on Victorian era customs and style of dress. I also raided local bookstores for herbalism manuals, 19th century poetry, and more books about the Trail. My great-aunt also shared a journal from a family member who lived back then, which gave me a feel for the daily life and speech style of the period.

In all, I spent about six months poring over these materials and cataloging my notes, then about a year finishing the first draft and doing bits of additional research as questions arose. (For example, I wanted Samuel and Emily to celebrate Thanksgiving in Oregon, until my research showed that it wasn’t a national holiday until much later.)

During revisions I was aware that the second part didn’t adequately portray the hardship and sacrifice of the journey. Frankly, it sounded no more difficult than driving cross-country in a car without air-conditioning. So, I spent another year researching and rewriting that section until I was satisfied. Together, the writing, research, and revisions took about seven years from start to finish (not counting the eight years the first draft sat in a drawer, waiting for me to gather the courage to work on it). I was still fact-checking right up until publication, certain that some expert on the Oregon Trail would nail me on some tiny detail. It hasn’t happened yet, but…


4- Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself?

The cover was a joint effort between the designer at the publisher and myself. I knew I didn’t want covered wagons, women in gingham and bonnets, or cabins in the distance with tendrils of chimney smoke. In other words, no pioneer clichés. I was advised that omitting these images might confuse potential readers, but I felt strongly that Emily’s story is universal enough to appeal to a wider readership than just fans of pioneer tales.

It was challenging, however, getting the designer to deliver what I did want; not because he didn’t understand, but because it’s impossibly hard to describe a vision. It’s like trying to describe music, or flavor, or scent. He delivered some great artwork, just not what I envisioned.

So I took the bull by the horns and spent hours scouring the internet until I found the perfect image. Once the designer had that in hand, the rest was easy. I love the cover and think he did a terrific job. And the argument that it would confuse readers? I’ve had more people tell me they were drawn to the book precisely because of the beautiful cover. A picture really is worth a thousand words.


5- What are you currently working on?

Several readers have asked for a sequel to The Blue Hour, and it thrills me that they care deeply about the characters and want more. I made a stab at it, and have about forty manuscript pages, but the story wasn’t grabbing me. If I’m going to spend five or so years working on a book, it has to be something I’m obsessed with. Also, in writing The Blue Hour, I set many family and personal issues to rest. Now that I’ve done battle with those ghosts, I feel the need to move on. Perhaps with the passing of time, I’ll revisit Griffin Gulch and its denizens.

Right now, I’m switching genres and working on a mystery series that takes place in Portland, Oregon, a city I know and love. My amateur sleuth is Camilla Reed, a free-lance singer and voice teacher. Camilla is a transplanted Texan: funny, earthy, and smart, with a heart as big as her home state. But she just can’t seem to get her love life together. Her next-door neighbor, Ted Sullivan, a retired Boston cop and fellow transplant, would like to be more to her than just a friend, but he seems to mainly end up helping her with cases and house repairs.

An added detail is that Camilla is prone to migraine headaches. This puts her at a disadvantage, but it also grants her unusual powers of perception. Her heightened sense of smell, hearing, and other sensitivities, especially right before an attack, turn out to be remarkable sleuthing tools. This fits into the category of “write what you know.” As a chronic migraineur, I have years of personal experience to draw from. I’m enjoying turning this affliction around and showing it in a positive light.

In all, I’m planning a series of three books. The first manuscript is finished, and the second is underway. I’m having a blast writing these stories, so stay tuned.


6- I always enjoy looking at the names that authors choose to give their characters. Where do you derive the names of your characters?  Are they based on real people you knew or now know in real life? How do you create names for your characters?

I place tremendous significance on names and their meanings, including images a name conjures up. As stated earlier, I specifically chose names from my family for the central characters in The Blue Hour. But for the rest, and for naming in general, I use several methods:

  1. Pick something out of the air. I trust my intuition and this works most of the time.
  2. When that fails, I check one of one of three retired address books I keep in my writing desk. Many names in The Blue Hour came from there.
  3. If neither of those work, I pull out my book of baby names and page through until I find a name that fits the character’s personality and status.
  4. If I need a name from a specific culture or era, I’ll search the internet, looking for names with unambiguous pronunciation, and that won’t be too tricky to spell repeatedly.

Whichever method I use, I always check the origin and meaning. It’s uncanny how close I often get to the character’s traits without realizing it. For example, Emily is German for “industrious;” Andrew is Greek for “strong, manly, and courageous;” Darwin is English for “dear friend.”

Honestly, I can spend an entire day just on names!


About Vicki RighettiniBlue Hour by Vicki Righettini


Vicki Righettini is an award-winning, nationally produced playwright, and her recently-published historical novel, The Blue Hour, was a badge winner and Pitch Perfect Pick at Underground Books. Originally from Los Angeles, Vicki lived in Oregon for over twenty years, where she developed an abiding love of the land and the Oregon way of life. Before turning to full-time writing, she worked for forty years as a singer/actress and performing arts instructor. Her blog, Between a Book and a Hard Place, focuses on the ups and downs of the creative process (http://www.vickirighettini.com). Vicki lives in San Diego with her software-developer, Jeopardy!-champion husband, and the world’s shyest cat.

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Lady of the Tower by Elizabeth St. JohnLady of the Tower
by Elizabeth St. John


Publication Date: January 30, 2016
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Genre: Historical Fiction

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Orphaned Lucy St.John, described as “the most beautiful of all,” defies English society by carving her own path through the decadent Stuart court. In 1609, the early days of the rule of James I are a time of glittering pageantry and cutthroat ambition, when the most dangerous thing one can do is fall in love . . . or make an enemy of Frances Howard, the reigning court beauty. Lucy catches the eye of the Earl of Suffolk, but her envious sister Barbara is determined to ruin her happiness. Exiling herself from the court, Lucy has to find her own path through life, becoming mistress of the Tower of London. Riding the coattails of the king’s favorite, the Duke of Buckingham, the fortunes of the St.Johns rise to dizzying heights. But with great wealth comes betrayal, leaving Lucy to fight for her survival—and her honor—in a world of deceit and debauchery. Elizabeth St.John tells this dramatic story of love, betrayal, family bonds and loyalty through the eyes of her ancestor Lucy and her family’s surviving diaries, letters and court papers.

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Praise for Lady of the Tower by Elizabeth St. John


“Elizabeth St.John has brought the early Stuart Court in the years before the English Civil War vividly to life.” – Historical Novel Society Review

“Elizabeth St.John offers great drama and intrigue in her compelling debut novel The Lady of the Tower.” – M.K. Tod, author of Lies Told in Silence

“The Lady of the Tower is a good combination of a historical romance that is well researched, with the added spice of the author being directly related to the heroine.” – Tobsha Learner, best-selling author of The Witch of Cologne

Interview With Elizabeth St.John

T.R.: Please tell us something about the book that is not in the summary.  (About the book, character you particularly enjoyed writing etc.)

E.S.J.: The Lady of the Tower is based on a diary from the 1660s that I discovered many years ago in Nottingham Castle. Written by the heroine’s daughter, the vivid story of her mother brought my ancestors to life, and I was determined to honor the truth of her account of my seventeenth century family. As I researched more, I made the decision to only use contemporary sources to inform my fiction, and so as I read letters, court pleadings, despatches, their voices started to come alive. And, as I immersed myself more in their world, they became part of my life. Because they were real people, and connected to me, I felt I had an obligation to interpret their lives authentically, while at the same time describing human behaviors that transcend time and place.

T.R. Describe the room you are sitting in as though it was a scene in one of your books.

E.S.J: Through the window to her herb garden, Lucy watched a chaffinch gathering seeds to take back to its young in the nest. So you too are responsible for your children, alone, carrying a burden that should be shared. She looked at her well-stocked bookshelves, the elegant furnishings, paintings and tapestries. So many riches. And yet, empty, meaningless, with her husband away on yet another mission for the king. Her gaze returned to the verdant garden, purple lavender and blue-flowered rosemary flourishing. No time for regrets. There was work to do.

T.R.: What words do you use over and over that drive your editor crazy?

E.S.J. Grey. I think it’s the English weather. Grey. Grey. Grey.

T.R.:Which character do you love to hate?

E.S.J.: Well, not Barbara, who is the natural antagonist in the book. She was delicious to write. I think Aunt Joan. The diary described her as “ so ill-natured in her jealous fits…that her cruelties to my mother exceeded the stories of stepmothers.” That made me furious, that she could treat a little girl that way. I delighted in making her as nasty as I could.

T.R. Using the title of your book as an acrostic, describe your work or yourself.

E.S.J.: That’s a long one. Here’s how I feel about my work / the process I went through – and I picked the first words that came into my head!

T ruthful
H eartfelt
E xciting

L oving
A dventurous
D espairing
Y earning

O ptimistic
F earful

T entative
H eroic
E nterprising

T ender
O bservant
W inning
E picR edemptive

T.R.: Using only adverbs, describe the writing process for you.

Ha! I can never remember parts of speech, so I downloaded a handy dandy adverb mat. Here are the adverbs I chose! That was fun.

How – joyously
When – often
How Often – constantly
Where – everywhere
How Much – completely

T.R. You are sitting in a coffee shop. What does your writer mind see?

E.S.J.: Stories. People with stories. Faces that should be read. Conversations to eavesdrop. Gestures. Emotions – boredom, nerves, anxiety, happiness, sorrow, loneliness, friendship. Welcomes. Farewells. Meetings. Breakups. And people outside the window, intent on their destination, never seeing me as the observer. Spend a morning in a coffee shop and the whole world passes by.

T.R. What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?

E.S.J.: My favorite scene is set at Fonmon Castle, Wales, and it is when Allen returns to Lucy, realizing that she has captured his heart and he has to marry her. She is forced to consider his proposal and make the biggest decision in her life. I wrote this during a difficult time in my life, and have always gone to the sea to think things through. This drew on the actual account of Lucy and Allen’s courtship, fictionalized by my own experiences of decision making by the ocean. It is also set in one of my favorite parts of England, that I know well, and it was a joy to revisit it in my imagination as I wrote this scene.

T.R. What draws you to the historical fiction genre? 

E.S.J.: As a child growing up in England, history surrounded me, and my ancestors were my family. My parents loved history and reading, visiting churches and castles, and exploring our rich history. I never remember a time when I wasn’t thinking about or reading historical fiction.

T.R.: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

E.S.J. Mmm..that’s easy – I’m just waiting for the call from Hollywood! Colin Firth as Allen, and Cate Blanchett as Lucy.

T.R.: How much time and effort went into your research for the book?

E.S.J.: About twenty years of general research as a hobby, and two years of concentrated research to create and support the story.

T.R.: If you could be somebody else for a day who would you choose and why?

E.S.J.: Lucy Worsley, curating at HRP or making a series at Hampton Court or the Tower. I think she has one of the best jobs in the world!

T.R. What do you do when you are not writing?

E.S.J.: I am a management consultant in biotech providing support and education programs for patients with chronic health issues, which I find incredibly rewarding. I also love to spend time with my husband, dog and two cats, and read, swim, hike, cook, travel, entertain friends and visit my daughter who’s at Uni in England.

T.R: Thank you so much for being our guest today Elizabeth. 


About Elizabeth St.JohnLady of the Tower by Elizabeth St. John


Elizabeth St.John was brought up in England and lives in California. To inform her writing, she has tracked down family papers and sites from Nottingham Castle, Lydiard Park, and the British Library to Castle Fonmon and The Tower of London. Although the family sold a few castles and country homes along the way (it’s hard to keep a good castle going these days), Elizabeth’s family still occupy them – in the form of portraits, memoirs, and gardens that carry their imprint. And the occasional ghost. But that’s a different story…

Elizabeth is currently writing a sequel to The Lady of the Tower, following the fortunes of the St.John family during the English Civil War. The working title is “By Love Divided”, and it is due to publish in early 2017.

For more information, please visit Elizabeth St. John’s website. You can connect with Elizabeth on Facebook and Goodreads.

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Obama's OdysseyObama’s Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House by Connie Corcoran Wilson


My Thoughts

Connie Corcoran Wilson was a journalist with Yahoo back when they had independent journalists.  She was sent to cover the 2008 presidential race and she covered it from all angles.  All of her articles were posted on Yahoo and she even won Yahoo’s Content Producer of the Year for Politics for 2008 with over 3 million hits, for all of her excellent coverage.  Then, with very little warning, Yahoo sent an email to all content producers telling them that their services were no longer need and that all of their hard work was going to be removed.  Connie didn’t want to lose all of the articles she had written so she actually hired people to help her download all of her 2008 presidential election coverage.

The result of this work is ‘Obama’s Odyssey’ volumes I and II.  Volume I covers the primaries and caucuses, etc.  Ms. Wilson is a professed Democrat/ Independent so I have to say how much I admire her for covering both sides of the fence with such style and grace.  Her writing is fresh with a biting sense of humor.  As a retired teacher and grandmother, I have to wonder where she got all her energy from.  She criss-crossed the U.S. for days on end.  How did she keep up?

Some may complain that ‘Obama’s Odyssey’ seems a bit choppy because it is a

Obama's Odyssey by Connie Corcoran Wilson

Connie C. Wilson With Joe Biden, 2008

compilation of her articles from her coverage of the 2008 race however, I don’t see it that way.  There are many books like this that are compilations of an authors previous articles and/or essays.  Malcolm Gladwell is just one example of that.  Ms. Wilson also included a somewhat lengthy introduction explaining why she wrote the books.  I often find introductions of non-fiction books to be on the dry side but her introduction was not that at all.  It was one of the most entertaining introductions I have read in a long time.  So, don’t skip it!

I really enjoyed Volume I and look forward to reading Volume II.  It is the perfect series to be reading during the present day race for the White House.  It really is a must read, especially for political junkies such as myself but for anyone who is interested in the U.S. democratic process.

I know I am a bit early in saying this but get out and vote in November.    You have no right to complain, if you don’t do so!  But Teddy, you live in Canada.  Yes, I do but I am also a U.S. citizen.  I have dual citizenship. I was born and raised in the U.S., St. Paul, Minnesota to be exact.  I have a civic duty to both countries.

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Interview with Connie Corcoran Wilson, Author of Obama’s Odyssey

TR: What is it like being on different sides of the political fence with your family?

CCW:  We have the “no bumper sticker” rule. (Neither of us can put a bumper sticker on top of the other person’s bumper sticker.) Holidays are interesting. At Thanksgiving, one person (who shall remain nameless) told me they were going to move to Cabo San Lucas if a certain candidate (who shall remain nameless) were elected. I chose not to argue with this misinformed individual. So far, we’re doing better than Arnold (Schwarzenegger) and Maria (Schriver); if we can hang on for 2 more years, we’ll hit a half century of marital bliss and differing opinions on politics.

TR: It seems to me that you would make the kind of politician we sorely need again in the U.S.  One who would cross the aisle and collaborate with the other side.  If you were to run for any political office, what would your slogan be?

CCW: I did run for political office (1st Ward Alderperson in East Moline, Illinois.) I won the popular vote, despite incorrect reports in the morning paper, but my opponent cheated. It cost me $8,000 to prove the other side had cheated on the absentee ballots. However, there weren’t enough absentee ballots cast to overturn the outcome of the election. I selected pink and black as my campaign colors. I was too busy proving my opponent had cheated to think up a slogan. I went door-to-door to every absentee voter’s house with an attorney (my brother-in-law) gathering information and notarized signatures to prove the corruption and this case was not thrown out of court, when we appeared before a judge. The blog articles I wrote about the cheating in Rock Island County, Illinois made the papers in Orange County, California and across the nation, so that was rather cool. It was a one-time run to help the incumbent Mayor, but the other side cheated him out of re-election, too, although he was smart enough not to waste any money fighting it. The deck is stacked against the challenger, as the county has already printed the ballots and doesn’t want the expense of having to print new ones.

TR: You have reported in both the political and film arenas.  Do you see any similarities or common recurring themes?

CCW:  Well, John Kennedy, Jr., started his magazine (George) back in the day because he definitely saw a correlation between the world of politics and the world of Hollywood. I can’t disagree.

TR: This may not be very politically incorrect of me to say, but I had a crush on John Edwards during the 2008 race.  (Before we knew about the affair).  However, I wasn’t convinced he was necessarily presidential material.  What are your thoughts?

CCW:  I was with you on the crush. I did think that John Edwards was presidential, at the time (pre-affair fiasco). I tell the story in the first volume of how I told him to “pretend you’re having fun” when our picture was being taken together. The irony should not escape our readers.

TR: Connie, thanks so much for taking the time and stopping by today.  I really admire how you covered both the Democratic and Republican races, rather than just sticking to your party of choice.

CCW:  Thank you, Teddy. I was not able to put up with following this year’s crop of Republican candidates, so I had to pack it in for 2016, but, yes, I did follow the candidates of both parties in 2004, 2008 and 2012—even the Sarah Palins of the day. Lots of material this year. Canada is looking better than ever.

 

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About Connie Corcoran WilsonConnie Corcoran Wilson


Connie Corcoran Wilson is the award winning author of ‘The Color Of Evil’ series and the ‘Hellfire and Damnation’ Series. Book 3, ‘Khaki=Killer’ was named one of the Top Indie Thrillers of 2015 in the Dec./Jan. issue of Shelf Unbound magazine from among 12,000+ entries and one of her children’s books was named one of the Best  Books of 2014 by the Chicago Writers’ Association, while the Chicago chapter of the Illinois Press Women named Wilson their Silver Feather winner in 2012 and 2014.

Wilson is a University of Iowa grad in Journalism and English (additional study at Western Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, the University of Chicago and Berkeley) and a college professor with 6 decades of writing experience. She has written for 5 newspapers and many blogs, founded 3 businesses, plays 4 musical instruments, and has 2 children (born 19 years apart).

She followed the ’04, ’08 and ’12 presidential campaigns “live” for Yahoo, which named her its Content Producer of the Year for Politics in 2009. She is sometimes referred to as T.Q. (Trivia Queen) from her misspent hours in the British Pub Quiz room on AOL. She blogs at www.WeeklyWilson.com and maintains 4 ongoing fiction series while also writing about nonfiction subjects.(politics and movies).

Connie also has 7-year-old twin granddaughters who are great fun and for whom and with whom she writes the Christmas Cats series (www.TheXmasCats.com).

Connie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ConnieCWilson
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