Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hoppy Easter - Spirit of Lost Angels

Woohoo!!  Amidst all the chocolate, bunnies and... hoppiness!  I have a seriously great read for a lot of winners. It's time (drum roll please) to bring in... the angels!!

Or rather... one angel, really... more of a talisman, actually. Oh, I'll hush now and let you check it out for yourself...



Spirit of Lost Angels
Spirit of Lost Angels
by Liza Perrat
Paperback, 378 pages
Published June 2nd 2012 by Perrat Publishing

Her mother executed for witchcraft, her father dead at the hand of a noble, Victoire Charpentier vows to rise above her poor peasant roots.

Forced to leave her village of Lucie-sur-Vionne for domestic work in Paris, Victoire suffers gruesome abuse under the ancien régime. Can she muster the bravery and skill to join the revolutionary force gripping France, and overthrow the corrupt, diabolical aristocracy?

Spirit of Lost Angels traces the journey of a bone angel talisman passed down through generations. The women of L’Auberge des Anges face tragedy and betrayal in a world where their gift can be their curse. 

Amidst the tumult of revolutionary France, this is a story of courage, hope and love.


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Please welcome Liza Perrat to Colorimetry to talk about her book!!


What kind of research did you do for Spirit of Lost Angels?

A lot. Before I wrote the novel, I knew nothing about the French Revolution, or the 18th century. I read everything about the period I could get my hands on: fiction and non-fiction. The best part was watching all those revolution-related movies; relaxation and entertainment under the guise of research! Pre-revolutionary France was a time of great turmoil at all levels of society, as people were, finally, questioning the old regime. I wanted to explore what led the people to revolt, and how this affected the mass of the population: the peasants and the poverty-stricken. More particularly, I hoped to show how women were affected by this conflict; how they reacted, struggled and fought, and how they evolved in the face of such great upheaval.

Do you have a favorite scene?

My favourite scene, or rather scenes, would have to be in La Salpêtrière asylum of Paris. I was fascinated, and appalled by the conditions under which the women were imprisoned, and the rules women had to learn to survive. Located in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, it was known as a cruel and harsh place to which people suffering from “mental” problems were sent … as well as other “conditions” such as beggars, prostitutes, epileptics, orphans, Jews, drunks, witches, blind women, adulteresses, magicians, bohemians and suicidals. The old, the young, the children, all imprisoned together, sent there by husbands, doctors, neighbours…

I have written a post about La Salpêtrière on my blog:

Can you share more of how you met your husband in Bangkok?

I’d been working as a midwife in Sydney, and was on my way to a 12-month midwifery job in Saudi Arabia, a fairly fashionable thing to do for Australians in the late 80s. I’d planned a month in Thailand, 3 months trekking in Nepal, then a month in India, before arriving in Saudi Arabia. Meeting a man was the furthest thing from my mind. On my first day in Bangkok, I caught an overnight bus south, and sat next to two young French lads. I knew not a word of French, and one of them couldn’t speak English, so we “conversed” via his friend, who had some English. We spent a wonderful month in Thailand together and, as I headed off for Nepal, he asked me to come to France. We got married a year later and, twenty-four years on, I’ve still never taken that job in Saudi Arabia.


Ha! How fun!!  Thank you for coming to visit... and sharing about your book and your life! 

Thank you kindly, Laura, for giving me this opportunity to feature on Colorimetry.



Liza grew up in Wollongong, Australia, where she worked as a general nurse and midwife for fifteen years.

When she met her French husband on a Bangkok bus, she moved to France, where she has been living with her husband and three children for twenty years. She works part-time as a French-English medical translator.

Since completing a Creative Writing course ten years ago, several of her short stories have won awards, notably the Writers Bureau annual competition of 2004 and her stories have been published widely in anthologies and small press magazines. Her articles on French culture and tradition have been published in international magazines such as France Magazine and France Today.

She is represented by Judith Murdoch of the Judith Murdoch Literary Agency and has completed four novels, and a short-story collection (Friends, Family and OtherStrangers from Downunder)

Spirit of Lost Angels is the first in a historical series set against a backdrop of rural France. The second novel in this series – Wolfsangel – will be published in December this year. Liza is working on the third in the series – Angel of the Blood Rose – the story of a 14th century French midwife, set against a backdrop of the Black Plague.


Giveaway:



Available to WIN!  2 Print copies & 3 eCopies of Spirit of Lost Angels by Liza Perrat. This is an international giveaway!
Must be of age to enter, able to receive winnings - like valid mailing address, way to read eBook, etc. All my rules under the About tab apply and it's a fun page to read, anyway, so check it out! :-D

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64 comments:

  1. did your husband and you travel many places after meeting on that one trip?

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    1. Hi bashashhazbaz,
      Thanks for your question. My husband and I both love travelling, so we've seen quite a bit of Asia and Europe over the years. We also lived together in Australia for 4 years before moving back to France, 20 years ago.

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  2. Have you seen the PBS series The Midwife? If so, what do you think about it?

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      Thanks for your question. I most certainly have seen The Midwife series, and adored it! I also reviewed the book for the Historical Novel Society:http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/7508681-liza-perrat?format=html&order=d&search%5Bquery%5D=Call+the+Midwife&sort=review&utf8=%E2%9C%93&view=table

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  3. Hmmm no questions. Just comments telling you how great the book sounds and thanks for being an author!

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    1. Thanks, aLilLacey!
      It's my greatest pleasure, being an author!

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  4. I am questionless right now, but this book looks amazing, and I would love to read it!

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    1. Thanks for your comment, flychild7,
      I hope you get a chance to read it then!

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  5. What's your favorite romance book to read when you feel down? Thanks for chance to win! The book looks great :D

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    1. Hi Christiane,
      Thanks for your comment. I'm not much of a romance reader.. I prefer medieval fiction when I want to lose myself in a book!

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  6. Love the cover of the book!!! What was your fav book as a child?

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    1. HiAsh,
      Thanks for your compliment re the cover; I'm lucky to have a wonderful designer! My favourite book(s) as a child would have to be Enid Blyton's Famous Five series. I devoured them.

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  7. Lisa, you are a very accomplished woman. I was an operating room nurse for ten years. I can appreciate your nursing skills. Vicki

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    1. Thank you, Vicki!
      Do you still work as a nurse?

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  8. Hmmm no questions. Just comments telling you how great the book sounds and thanks for being an author!

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    1. Thanks, Laurie,
      I hope the book lives up to your expectations, if you get a chance to read it!

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  9. What book scared you if it's one?:) thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. Hi Simona,
      You are welcome, for the giveaway.
      Misery, by Stephen King scared me, and also The Alienst, by Caleb Carr, was particularly frightening!

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  10. Stopping by for the hop!!! Thanks :) mikiajanai AT yahoo DOT com

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  11. I LOVE to read and historical fiction is one of my faves! Thank you so much for the chance to WIN this great sounding book! =)

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    1. You are welcome, chattykat59. Thanks for your comment.

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  12. Happy Easter and thank you for the international giveaway! :)

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    1. You are welcome, Kristia, and I hope you had a lovely Easter!

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  13. Your story about meeting your husband sounds like it was a meant to be kind of thing...thanks for sharing
    Amy Brewer

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    1. You are welcome, Amy!
      Glad you enjoyed the (husband) story.

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  14. SPIRIT OF LOST ANGELS sounds like such a fantastic read. Love the story of how you met your husband.

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  15. I'm really interested in reading these books. They look great. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  16. OMG! Looks and sounds Awesome! Love the interview! Thank you! :)

    rafflecopter name: Joss A.

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    1. Thanks, Irene,
      You are welcome, and glad you enjoyed the interview!

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  17. Thank you so much for sharing with us today. I read a series years ago that took place in this era and I loved it. I am looking forward to finding another love.

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  18. I don't have any questions but I wanted to say that I love that book cover. Being a fellow reddish-head, I appreciate seeing my kind on books!
    mestith at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, Meghan,
      Glad you like the (reddish-head) cover.

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  19. love liza book's cover ;)
    thx u for the giveaway...

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  20. Just wanted to say that you are so lucky to met your husband in a very unsuspecting place Liza :) And oh, I love the book cover. It's gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Aline,
      I think I was lucky too, meeting my husband in the most unlikely of places!

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  21. Victoire sounds like a great character! Love the cover!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. Your book sounds very good. What is your favorite genre to read?

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    1. Thanks, Sherry,
      My favourite would have to be historical fiction. I also enjoy a good psychological thriller, and some literary fiction.

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  23. I enjoyed your story of how you met your husband..i think it's incredible that you met in Bangkok :) Your book sounds like a great read. Thanks for your giveaway!
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

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  24. The book sounds really good! I would love to know if you do research and how long does the research take?
    Thank you so much for a chance to win and for being a part of this fun and awesome blog hop!!

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      Thanks for your comments and questions. Since there have been so many good comments and questions here, I've decided to write a blog post to try and answer some of them; it should be posted here within a few days.

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  25. I've had my eye on this book for awhile so it would be wonderful to win a copy!

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  26. what was your inspiration for the book? Thanks for a chance at the giveaway.

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  27. Have you taken any other courses besides the Creative Writing class?
    awhartness@yahoo.com

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  28. Congratulations on the publication of your book, Spirit of Lost Angels! It seems like a very interesting read. I'd love to win a copy. Who are some of your favorite historical fiction authors and how have they influenced your writing?

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  29. What`s your favorite childhood book?
    Thanks! :)

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  30. Your book sounds great :) I'm definitely putting it on my list.

    What's your favourite part of research for historical novels? I love to go to research libraries and dig through primary source documents. The older the better :)

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  31. I think this sounds like a good read. I do not have any questions though. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Charity and John, and you are welcome!

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  32. I entered your Hoppy Easter giveaway.
    It would be great to win a print copy of
    Spirit of Lost Angels by Liza Perrat.
    Thank you for doing this interview and thanks to
    Liza Perrat.
    I enjoy reading and discovering new authors
    and i think i would enjoy this book.

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  33. My only comment is thank you and I'd love to read this! momlovesdeals at gmail dot com

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  34. Hi bashashazbaz,
    Thanks for your comment. My husband and I both love travelling, so we've visisted quite a bit of Asia and Europe. And we lived together in Australia for 4 years, before moving back to France 20 years ago.

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