Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Musical and Literary References in the Weather Witch World

Today on my blog I have author Shannon Delany. Her new book Stormbringer (book 2 in her Weather Witch trilogy) releases today and I am so excited to have her on my blog. I love her series and can't wait to read Stormbringer. So let's get started and learn more about Weather Witch and Stormbringer:

The Weather Witch series is written in a style somewhat reminiscent of novels from the past. In some ways it is a fictional homage to earlier books and stories. And, as part of that there are certain literary references that are made to things actually written around that time. Edgar Allan Poe and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" are referenced, a quote from an author writing somewhere around the time of the action in the series (1830s-1840s) kicks off each chapter and there are songs referenced throughout Weather Witch, Stormbringer, and Thunderstruck.
Some are authentic and traditional songs like those Maude sings to Meggie before bed and some, like "Reeling" are modern constructions ("Reeling" being by the talented Wade Mulvihill) devised to create a mood or freeze a moment.
Here's part of "Reeling"--a song that shows up throughout the series.
No storm that ever strikes

Shall leave me helpless and fraid
And if darkness lingers heavy
I'll be fearless and brave

But if ever I am wary

If ever I am scared
I will listen to the wind
For the answer's always there

Music and literature are both very important parts of culture and the world of Weather Witch, Stormbringer, and Thunderstruck has a distinct culture I hope you delve into and explore.
Hear Shannon read from Weather Witch:
Hear Wade sing one version of "Reeling":
Read an Excerpt from Weather Witch:

Find Shannon online:

Book 1:
In a vastly different and darker Philadelphia of 1844, steam power has been repressed, war threatens from deep, dark waters, and one young lady of high social standing is expecting a surprise at her seventeenth birthday party–but certainly not the one she gets!

Jordan Astraea, who has lived out all of her life in Philadelphia’s most exclusive neighborhood, is preparing to celebrate her birthday with friends, family and all the extravagance they might muster. The young man who is most often her dashing companion, Rowen Burchette, has told her a surprise awaits her and her best friend, Catrina Hollindale, wouldn’t miss this night for all the world!

But storm clouds are gathering and threatening to do far more than dampen her party plans because someone in the Astraea household has committed the greatest of social sins by Harboring a Weather Witch.

Book 2 releasing today January 14, 2012:
In the intrigue-filled follow up to Weather Witch, Jordan Astraea, once a young Philadelphia lady of good social standing, is now in the final stages of her brutal training to become a Conductor—the Weather Witch who serves as a living battery to keep the massive airliner Artemesia aloft. Meanwhile, Rowen, determined to rescue her after losing his only other true friend and being wanted for murder, has found himself forced aboard a much different air vessel, this one manned by a dangerous crew and carrying a cargo so treasonous, that, if finding its destination, will herald a storm of revolution for the still young United States.

With a spirit for adventure, romance, fantastic world building and cunning imagination, Shannon Delany delivers the sensational follow up to Weather Witch in the second book of the trilogy.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would like to say Thank You to Shannon for letting me celebrate her release day today. 

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