Monday, March 4, 2013

Bloom in Winter T.J. Brown

It wasn't that long ago I hosted T.J. Brown with her debut Historical novel, Summerset Abbey.  Like Downton Abbey, that book took off like wildfire and sold out it's first printing before it was even released.  The second printing has been going fast.

Already, the second book in the series is now available, Bloom in Winter.  This story continues to follow the Buxton sisters of Summerset Abbey and moves it forward after Prudence's marriage.  Please join me in learning a little about this next book, what's happening with the sisters, and getting the chance to visit with Teri once more.


After Prudence’s desperate marriage and move to London, sisters Rowena and Victoria fear they have lost their beloved friend forever. Guilt-ridden and remorseful, Rowena seeks comfort from a daring flyboy and embraces the most dangerous activity the world has ever seen, and Victoria defies her family and her illness to make her own dream occupation as a botanist come true. As England and the world step closer to conflict, the two young women flout their family, their upbringing, and their heritage to seize a modern future of their own making.

Victoria Buxton

With her delicate constitution but strong, unflappable spirit, Victoria has never followed societal conventions, the rules of fashion, or the pursuit of a husband. Instead, she finds herself drawn to the controversial—and dangerous—fight for women’s suffrage. But her dream is compromised, and her heart divided, when her struggles for equal rights collide with unexpected love.

Rowena Buxton

After yearning to no avail for a certain young pilot to fly back into her life, Rowena fears her chances for happiness have been jeopardized by recklessness and scandal. Burdened with guilt for bringing her sister, Prudence, to Summerset Abbey as a lady’s maid while she herself led a life of privilege, Rowena hopes to one day make amends. But her desire to set things right is complicated by her passion for flight and a sudden engagement…to the wrong man.

Prudence Tate

Raised like a sister to Victoria and Rowena, then banished to the servants’ quarters when their father passed away, Prudence has seen both sides of life, upstairs and down. But once the truth about her parentage was revealed, Prudence forged a new life for herself, married to a penniless veterinary student. Living in poverty in a shabby London flat, she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake—and there’s no turning back...


The next time Victoria opened her eyes, the light was on. She blinked a couple of times and was startled when a woman with a thick East End accent said, “You’re awake now, so don’t you be playing possum, and don’t start your screaming or else the doctor will be sending you to the asylum, and trust me, darling, you would rather be here.”

Victoria froze. The scent of bleach and urine still assaulted her nose. The one small window above her head let in no light and she could see bars at the top. Her heart pounded a little faster. “Tell me where I am!”

“You can say please, you know. Just because I’m a nurse and you’re a suffragette doesn’t mean you needn’t use your manners.”

Victoria tried to move and realized that not only was her arm chained, but her leg was as well.

The woman laughed. “You’ll not be kicking me again.”

“I’m sorry,” Victoria said earnestly. “Please. Where am I?”

The woman came closer. She wore a blue and white striped shirt, a long skirt of cheap wincey and a crisp white apron that covered her head to toe. A white linen cap covered her hair. She smelt strongly of lye soap, but it was infinitely better than the urine stench. Her eyes were a bright, saucy blue. “That’s more like it. You’re in Holloway prison.”

Victoria whimpered, her heartbeat accelerating and her chest tightening. She closed her eyes and counted, taking little breaths until the vise on her chest eased. Once she could breathe easily again, she asked, “Why am I here?”

“You don’t know?” the nurse sounded surprised. “That’s a new one. Most of you suffragettes are proud of your exploits! Don’t you remember?”

Victoria thought hard. She remembered being at the National Gallery with Mary and then Mary had… memories came flooding back and Victoria groaned.

“I see you’re remembering.”

She struggled to sit again and then gave up, settling back against the mattress. The pillow under her neck scratched, and she prayed it was the cheap linen rather than bugs. “Prison is different than I thought it would be.”

 * * * Giveaway * * *

T. J. will be awarding to a randomly drawn commenter, during the tour, a four-piece Whimsical Butterfly Tea Set. The tea set is handcrafted by artist April Cook of white stoneware slip and painted with a unique whimsical design of a butterfly in lime green and plum glaze. It is both dishwasher and microwave safe. The set includes a 32 oz. tea pot with lid, creamer and sugar bowl.  (To see more of April's designs, see (US ONLY)

About The Author

TJ Brown is passionate about books, writing, history, dachshunds and mojitos. If she could go back in time, she would have traveled back to England, 1910, Paris, 1927 or Haight-Ashbury, 1967. She resides in the burbs of Portlandia, where she appreciates the weirdness, the microbreweries, hoodies, Voodoo Donuts and the rain. 

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

TeriBrownwrites said...

Thanks for having me back, Maggie! This book was so fun to write. I learned a lot about the Suffrage movement. Ashamed I didn't know more before starting my research!

Maggie Jaimeson said...

It's so exciting that your next book is already out! I hope you sell out this printing too!

Paty Jager said...

Teri, This sounds like an interesting book. I like the era in which it's set and the strong women.

Elisabeth said...

Love reading your books, Teri. Can´t wait to read some more.

TeriBrownwrites said...

Thanks Everyone. I learned so much about the era... Love that time period!

Barbara Rae Robinson said...

Sounds like an interesting book, Teri! I haven't read the first one yet, but I plan to. I love series featuring siblings.


Evelyn Bohn said...

I picked up the first book because Maggie said it was like Downton Abbey. I have to tell you I like it even better than Downton Abbey because it moves more quickly. So, I'm definitely picking up this book today! Oh, sign me up for the tea set please. eviebohn AT gmail DOT com.

Maria D. said...

I love the covers for these books! The suffragette movement has a really interesting history - especially with how some men reacted so badly! It was really brought home to me when I watched the movie "Iron Jawed Angels". They had a scenes set in the prisons and what took place.

Thanks for the excerpt and the giveaway

junegirl63 at gmail dot com

bn100 said...

the characters sound interesting


Emily said...

How long did it take you to do all your research?


TeriBrownwrites said...

The story behind the books is interesting...I was actually very ill and hired a fact checker to help out!