Wednesday, January 17, 2018

#Excerpt on #Giveaway Book Tour: BONESEEKER by Brynn Chapman @rrsmythe w/ @PrismBookTours

On tour with Prism Book Tours

(The Boneseeker Chronicles #1)
by Brynn Chapman
Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 213 pages
January 10th 2018 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc

Aspiring scientist Arabella Holmes doesn't fit the role of a 1900s lady. Her father, Sherlock, landed her a position at the Mütter Museum to pursue her dream of becoming a purveyor of abnormal science, or what her father calls a "Boneseeker."

Henry Watson’s two-fold mission at the Mütter Museum is to join their team of forensic anthropologists in unearthing unusual antiquities and to watch over Arabella. If only he could get her to speak to him, instead of hurling knives in his general direction. Assigned to a most secret expedition to investigate a mysterious skeletal hand discovered in upstate New York, Arabella and Henry are soon caught in a scientific debate, and the search for the truth may have deadly consequences for those involved.

Are the bones from a Neanderthal? Or are they living proof of fallen angels known as Nephilim?

Watson and Holmes must put aside their differences, trust their instincts, and rely on one another to survive to uncover the truth.

*This is a new version of a previously published edition

Praise for BONESEEKER:

Winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Contest

"Creative, meticulously researched, and terrific fun!"  ~Grace Burrowes, NY Times Best Selling Author

"The characters, the setting, the descriptions and the mysteries and relationships all work together seamlessly to create a truly wonderful story that I completely adored." ~Best Books Ever Blog

"The settings are intriguing and the way they are described make you feel as if you are immersed in the story. I could feel the gloom and damp. That is rare in so many books! Boneseeker is a book I highly recommend, and I give it 5 stars!" ~Christy's Cozy Corners Blog


“This! This is what I mean, Earnest. She”—he jabs an accusing finger at Arabella—“she is impulsive and arrogant and unnatural. She should not be considered for such an important expedition. A woman is much better suited for curation.”
Father steps forward, staring Stygian full-on despite the fact he’s a head taller. “Sir. You’ve forgotten innovative and cunning and possesses her father’s talent for ciphering and detection. Is this expedition not about bones?”
“Of course.”
“I dare venture no one on this eastern seaboard could match Miss Holmes’s knowledge of bones.”
“Arabella is a genius,” I add helpfully, daring to glance her way. And promptly wish I hadn’t.
Arabella’s face is tinged purple with indignation. She stomps forward, closing the distance in seconds. With a toss of her head, the tumult of curls flips from her face. Her blue eyes are vicious and beautiful. “I am a better scientist at twenty than half your staff of port-swilling, armchair-philosophizing, smoking-jacketed imbeciles. All debate, no action.”
Earnest gasps behind me. My arms tense, Stygian’s eyes go wild and bright.
Father puts a placating hand on her shoulder. “Arabella…”
She shrugs it off. “John, you know it to be true.”
His fingers land back on her shoulder and squeeze. “Arabella, decorum, remember? Surely all those lessons we taught in the parlor have not been forgotten?”
She averts her glare, and her chest heaves, taking in huge breaths, no doubt to calm herself.
Stygian’s color rises to rival Arabella’s, his black eyes murderous. He speaks over her head, as if ignoring a naughty child’s behavior. “Besides her obvious impulsive nature, she is a woman. Not all the men on board the steamship shall be museum employees, and I cannot vouch for their characters. She will be in danger.”
Father’s responding smile is wry.
Arabella’s head rises, and their gazes lock in unspoken communication.
Father turns to Stygian. “You need not worry about her safety. Arabella is not like other girls.”
“Yes, I am wholly aware,” he spits, viper-like. His eyes narrow to slits as his stare bores into her, dripping venom.
A protective surge flares in my chest, and I grind my teeth.
Father interjects, “Henry will also be on the voyage. I know he would be willing to assume responsibility for her safety.”
I nod, stand ramrod straight, and square my shoulders. We’re almost nose to nose as he unleashes the black look on me.
“Is this true, Mr. Henry Watson?”
“Of course.”
Arabella’s jaw pops open and snaps shut, as my father claws her shoulder.
“We will convene on this matter in a week’s time. Put it to a vote with the museum council.” Stygian spins on his boot heel and exits the lab, eyeing the splintered door as he rounds the corner.
I exhale, relief flooding through me. Turning, I smile at Arabella. “What went wrong? With your experiment?”
Arabella is not relieved. Arabella is trembling all over. She whirls, heading for the hallway and yelling over her shoulder, “I don’t need protection. From any man!” She stomps out the door in the opposite direction from Stygian. And is gone.
The lingering black smoke is the only proof she was ever present.
All three of us stare at the spot she’s vacated.
“Boldness, be my friend,” Father murmurs, quoting Shakespeare.
I keep my gaze straight ahead but can’t help my smile. “It will have to be.”

About the Author

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love--not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger's syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society's downtrodden. In fiction, she's a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. Her ancestry tree claims she's a descendant of the House of Stuart.

Other Books by the Author

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Tour Schedule

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Tour Giveaway

GIVEAWAY #1: To enter to win a BONESEEKER audiobook and the pictured charm necklace ("And though she be but little, she is fierce." - Shakespeare), send a copy of your kindle purchase of BONESEEKER to US only.

GIVEAWAY #2: To enter to win a BONESEEKER ebook and a $10 Amazon Gift Card, enter via the Rafflecopter below. Open internationally. Ends January 24th.

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