It is my pleasure to be part of the blog tour hosted by the lovely Laura A. Grace of Unicorn Quester for Curse and Consequence, a regency novella with magic from the fabulous Savannah Jezowski! It is a lovely story and one of my absolute favourites of her works.
To get started, here is a bit about the book itself:
About Curse and Consequence
When Love visits Ravenhead Hall, sparks fly…quite literally.
Miss Rea Abernathy only wants to honor the family who has taken her under their wing, rescuing her from a life of poverty. But thanks to two determined suitors, she finds herself in a state far worse than the one from which her benefactress saved her.
When Mr. Sedgwick Whitby sets his sights on his mother’s sweet-tempered pig keeper, his orderly life is thrown into chaos: Rea’s station is less–than-desirable, and another gentleman may be pursuing her. Hoping to get his annoyingly charming twin brother out of the way, Sedgwick purchases a simple curse from a disreputable faery which consequently plunges them all into a misfortune far more serious than troubles of the heart.
With time running out to break the curse and tempers flying high, can Sedgwick and Rea set things right and find love after all? Jane Austen meets dragons in this frolicking fantasy romance about a comely pig keeper, two wealthy gentlemen, and the curse binding them all together. Perfect for fans of Diana Wynne Jones and Gail Carson Levine.
About the Author
Savannah Jezowski lives in Amish country with her Knight in Shining Armor and a wee warrior princess. She is the founder of Dragonpen Designs and Dragonpen Press, which offers author services such as cover design, developmental edits, and interior formatting. Her debut novella “Wither” is featured in Five Enchanted Roses, an anthology of Beauty and the Beast, and is a prequel to The Neverway Chronicles, a Christian fantasy series filled with tragic heroes and the living dead. She is also the author of When Ravens Fall, a Norse Beauty and the Beast retelling. She is featured in several Fellowship of Fantasy anthologies, including Mythical Doorways, Tales of Ever After, and Paws, Claws, and Magic Tales. When she isn’t writing, Savannah likes to read books, watch BBC miniseries, and play with cover design. She also enjoys having tea with her imaginary friends.
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Exclusive Book Excerpt:
Sedgwick frowned at the faery’s cutting remark and let his attention drift to Miss Abernathy again. His heart skipped erratically as he admired the graceful way she tried to keep step with Hugh’s theatrical movements. She wore a shockingly simple day dress that gathered just below her bust, yet she looked stunning with her pale hair pulled loosely back, allowing wayward curls to dance about her flushed cheeks. Even though she lacked all the jewels, elegance, and fuss of the other ladies, he thought her the most beautiful woman at the party.
Miss Abernathy had become his mother’s ward about eight months ago. The daughter of a disgraced baronet who’d gambled himself into debtor’s prison, she would have been out on the streets had it not been for Mother’s tender heart—although Mother’s finicky prize pig may have been a deciding factor as well. Miss Abernathy seemed to have an affinity for the four-legged and feathered varieties.
“Are you sure she’s the one you want?” his companion asked critically. “She’s barely passable, even for a human.”
Sedgwick stifled a sharp reply. He didn’t care about her humble looks or the lack of frills. There was something about her. It wasn’t just her way with animals, which was why his mother had taken her in: to pamper her prized falcons and pigs—dirty, noisy things Sedgwick would be only too happy to see the end of. No, there was something else about the poor girl that always seemed to eat away at him.
She was a genuinely nice person, and that was rare in the world.
He couldn’t help but love her.
The dance ended to demure applause, and the couples began to drift back toward their seats and the refreshments. Miss Abernathy resisted the pull of Hugh’s hand and glanced about the lawn until her eyes met Sedgwick’s. Her mouth curved into a shy smile.
Sedgwick stared at her across the lawn, her features as familiar to him as breathing. Hugh stepped between them and laughed again as he leaned close to Miss Abernathy and pretended to sweep a coin from behind her ear. She pushed his hand away, too clever to fall for his silly tricks. She eased to the right a smidgeon, peeking at Sedgwick around Hugh’s broad shoulder.
“People say twins should be soul mates,” he told the faery, feeling as if he needed to explain the purpose behind what he was about to do. “I suppose it stands to reason we’d both want the same girl.”
The faery twisted his disgusting lips into something that only vaguely resembled a smile. “Fated from birth to be friends and rivals, is it?”
He was beginning to feel very glum. “We couldn’t be more opposite if we tried.” In fact, he wouldn’t be surprised if Hugh was only interested in Miss Abernathy because Sedgwick wanted her. Hugh was incredibly adept at complicating things.
The faery studied him, fingers twitching impatiently. “So do we have a deal, then?” he asked. He sounded bored, ready to move onto some other mischief if Sedgwick changed his mind.
Sedgwick took a stabilizing breath and hoped he wouldn’t regret this for the rest of his life. But if he wanted Miss Abernathy to be a part of that life, Hugh simply couldn’t be in the picture. “Yes, we have a deal. Do as we discussed—don’t hurt him. Just make it so no one would ever want to marry him.”
The faery grinned that terrible, crooked smile. “She’ll be asking for your hand by supper time.”
So, I was a beta-reader for this novella, and while I have yet to finish the completed version of the novella, the beta version was fabulous. So it can only be even more fabulous and that means you all must get yourselves a copy!
Sedgwick and Hugh are both so believable and endearing, even while you want to smack them both upside the head sometimes. I can very much feel for Sedgwick’s dilemma and Hugh, as annoying as he could be, definitely doesn’t deserve what the curse does to him. Or does he… 😉
The way the mysteries of Faerie are just a part of every day life makes the magic of this novella even more heightened. The fact that danger can lie around every choice is something that is very real for us in our world as well. I absolutely love that Jezowski includes dragons in this regency story–and what a sweet dragon it is. Hugh and Sedgwick’s mother also makes an appearance as an integral character, and she easily became one of my favourites. I loved her relationship with each of her sons.
The humour is so sweet and clean, based on situational comedy and wit which is far more to my taste than much of the raunch that modern-day comedy consists of. Hugh especially is such a hilarious character. Even when you want to yell at him for some of the things he says, you’re also fighting back a grin.
Lastly, Rea, sweet Rea. She is fabulous. That is all I can say–read and see for yourself! 😉
Basically, if you love humour, dragons, regency England-type settings, brothers at odds, mothers in arms (so to speak), and girls who know when and how to speak for themselves… pick up Curse and Consequence!
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, July 1st
- Katherine Brown Books: Book Review
- C O Bonham: Book Review
- Beka Gremikova: Book Review & Book Excerpt
Tuesday, July 2nd
- Jessica Belmont: Book Review
- Lands Uncharted: Guest Post on Magic
- The L. Palmer Chronicles: Guest Post on Themes of Curse and Consequence
Wednesday, July 3rd
Thursday, July 4th
- She Hearts Fiction: Guest Post on Themes of Curse and Consequence & Book Review
- Flowers of Quiet Happiness: Book Review
Friday, July 5th
- Annie Louise Twitchell: Book Review
- Selina J. Eckert: Book Spotlight
- Kyle Robert Shultz: Book Review & Author Interview
- Pooled Ink: Book Review
Saturday, July 6th
Sunday, July 7th
- Unicorn Quester: Blog Tour Wrap-Up