But today we're talking about MAGIC UNDER GLASS:
A poor but resourceful heroine … a mysterious, handsome gentleman … a lonely estate … a menacing housekeeper … and a clockwork automaton … With ingredients like these, my Victorian novel-loving self was in heaven reading this book. And somewhere, the ghost of Charlotte Bronte is smiling. Sensory details abound in this lush fantasy, and the world-building is beautifully detailed. Truly, the reader can get lost in this tale of dark magic and true love.
Here's the official synopsis:
Nimira is a music-hall girl used to dancing for pennies. So when wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing accompaniment to a mysterious piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it will be the start of a better life. In Parry's world, long-buried secrets are about to stir. Unsettling rumors begin to swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry’s involvement in a group of corrupt sorcerers for whom the rules of the living and dead are meant to be broken for greater power. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing fairy gentleman is trapped within the automaton, she is determined to break the curse. But even as the two fall into a love that seems hopeless, breaking the curse becomes a perilous race against time. Because it's not just the future of these star-crossed lovers that's at stake, but the fate of the entire magical world.
Jaclyn Dolamore was homeschooled in a hippie sort of way and spent her childhood reading as many books as her skinny nerd-body could lug from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister Kate. She skipped college and spent eight years drudging through retail jobs, developing her thrifty cooking skills and pursuing a lifelong writing dream. She has a passion for history, thrift stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food. She lives with her partner and plot-sounding-board, Dade, and two black tabbies who have ruined her carpeting.
Thai food or Chinese?
Gotta be Thai. Coconut milk is amazing.
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Breaks. Stretches. Ergonomic work space.
What are you reading right now?
In Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford. A reread. I’m reading it aloud to my boyfriend and I’m realizing it’s even better read aloud.
In writing, are you a plotter or a plunger?
A plotter who is open to an occasional plunge.
Camping or four-star hotel?
Four stars not necessary. Private bathroom is, though. I actually found that I don’t like overly fancy hotels as much as just decent ones where I feel more relaxed.
Do you speak a foreign language?
No, but I’ve sporadically studied Japanese for the last 14 years. Don’t expect me to speak or understand much…the writing system is by far my favorite part.
Sears. Working the lingerie department. I was awesome at organizing bras.
Spring or fall?
Totally fall. There are probably few people who exceed my excitement for winter squash season.
Which celebrity shares your birthday?
Edgar Allan Poe. Janis Joplin. And don’t forget Jodi Sweetin, Stephanie from Full House! Yeeah, what a lineup.
Your five favorite movies.
My Fair Lady, Marie Antoinette, The Nightmare Before Christmas, the Lord of the Rings movies, Metropolis (the silent, not the anime).
Early bird or night owl?
Definitely a night owl, as anyone who has tried to call me before noon finds out.
Rain or sun?
Rain. Especially coldfront rain. I live in Florida and I’m SICK of sun.
Never. I am so scared of needles that as a child the dentist kicked me out rather than keep attempting to give me a novocaine shot.
What’s your favorite childhood Halloween costume?
Once I was Clearbrook the elf from the Elfquest comics, and while everyone thought I was Peter Pan or Robin Hood, it was a VERY accurate Clearbrook costume assembled from thrift store pieces and I was very proud of it!
Beach or mountains?
Mountains. I yearn for them. Once I started almost crying alone in the lingerie department of Sears on a slow day at work because it was the middle of summer and there was nothing going on and I hadn’t seen mountains in two years. (Why, yes, I am a bit melodramatic, what tipped you off? ^_~)
If someone made you sing karaoke – you couldn’t refuse! – what would you sing?
I LOVE karaoke and I would sing “Stormy Weather.”
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Jackie!