January 29, 2013

Revenge of the Mad Scientist Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway

Hey everyone! Today we are taking part in the tour for Revenge of the Mad Scientist by Lara Nance. We have an excerpt, review and giveaway for you all.

When Lady Arabella Trunkett’s father, the High Lord Minister of Urbannia is kidnapped, all clues point to the mysterious country of Gandiss and the world is thrown into political upheaval.

Arabella is convinced the more sinister nation of Carabarras is to blame, urged on by a mad scientist seeking revenge. So, she sets out on a perilous airship journey across a variety of exotic locales to save him, and halt the potential world war.

But airship pirates, secret assassins and slave traders aren’t her only trials. The fickle hand of fate has made the captain of the only airship available for charter, the man who left her at the altar. For eight years she's wished him dead. Now he's her only hope.

My Review
Lady Arabella Trunkett’s father, the High Lord Minister of Urbannia is kidnapped during a party. Arabella or Belle as she goes by is convinced the country of Gandiss is not to blame as everyone likes to think. She knows someone doesn't want a peace treaty signed and this is a great way to stop it. Belle also receives a message and a ring from Lord Ismatan the ruler from Gandiss. He lets her know he had nothing to do with the kidnapping and gives her the ring in case she needs his help. Belle must go on a journey to find her father and stop a war. She will need some help and that help is in the form of Rett the man who left her at the alter. Belle will face many challenges to save her father.

Belle is a very amazing character. She is smart, sweet, very head strong, doesn't give up no matter what she faces and has that soft side that knows she needs help. I enjoyed reading about her adventures and getting to know more about her character. She will stay in your head.

This book is a fantastic addition to the steampunk genre. The author does a great job describing the world she writes. From fancy balls, to a desert, to airships you find yourself in many different places. The airships sound awesome and make me want one even if I don't like heights. There is a lot of mystery that keeps you guessing just who is the bad guy and who is being truthful. I love that it keeps you on your toes. If you have never read steam punk you may want to pick this one up to try. It is a great book that introduces you to a wonderful world. Lots of action, adventure, mystery and more await you!

4 out 5 Bats~Pam

“Benji I have to go after him. I have to find my father. The authorities are off on a wild goose chase and I can’t get to Her Majesty to explain for three days. Time is running out. By the time I get in to see the queen and convince her of the truth, the trail will be cold.”

Benji straightened his collar and cravat. “Then we have no t, t, time to lose.”

Belle stood. “Benji, I can’t take you with me. It wouldn’t be fair to put you in danger. Besides, I’m not really your legal guardian.”

“Blast it all, Belle. I’m seventeen. In a y, y, year I won’t even need a guardian.” He crossed his arms over his chest. “Besides, you c, c, care more about me than my bloody family ever did. You’re going to need my help and I won’t let you g, g, go without me.”

“No need to curse, Benji.” She eyed the stubborn tilt of his chin and the mulish look about his eyes and knew he was right. His fountain of knowledge would be indispensable on this trip. Look how much he had already helped. It might have taken her days to figure out the meaning behind that stickpin. She also knew he would stow away or even follow her if need be. So she might as well keep him with her where she could watch out for him. 

She sighed. “Very well. Pack your bags and call us a hack. We’re going to Carabarras.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lara Nance grew up and lived in many cites throughout the South. She loves to write in a variety of genres, but the basis of all of her stories is a great tale that will take you on an adventure of imagination. 

If you want to escape and lose yourself in a novel, you've come to the right place. Choose your genre and settle in to be entertained. From thrilling mysteries and steampunk tales, to paranormal romance and adventure, she's willing to explore a variety of compelling stories full of danger and suspense, along with a touch of romance.

Having been on the fencing team in college and now living on a sailboat convinces her that she was a pirate in another life, or possibly kin to Errol Flynn… However, due to the unfortunate demise of the romantic pirates of the past, she lives out her fantasies, thrills and adventures in her stories. Lara loves to weave interesting true historical tidbits into her fiction which invite the reader to explore further after the novel is finished.

Currently docked in Norfolk, Virginia (until the wind changes) Lara enjoys living on her sailboat and spends time reading, of course writing, indulging a variety of artistic endeavors, cooking and sailing with her husband, Joe and their Yorkie, Rio. 

Link to Website: www.laranance.com
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Lara will be awarding an autographed original map of Arabella's steampunk world to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop, and a $50 Amazon gift card and an original steampunk necklace to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. 

If people sign up for her newsletter on her website from Jan 29 - Feb 3, they will be entered for an autographed copy of her book as well as an original steampunk necklace.

Be sure to comment with your email address to enter!! You can find the rest of the stops at the link below to better your chances!
Grandprize Necklace
Newsletter prize!


  1. Your novel sounds great! Looking forward to reading this one!

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  2. Love this and can´t wait for my chance to read! =)
    Happy Tuesday!
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  3. Wonderful excerpt, the title alone had me in anticipation of a great read, I'm going to love reading this one! :)


  4. I love discovering new books and authors, thank you for sharing the fantastic excerpt! This one is going on my tbr list. ^^


  5. Those necklaces look amazing! n.kuhn.acn@gmail.com


    Thanks for hosting me today! I hope you all love this story. You can actually download it FREE today and tomorrow if you have a Kindle app. Enjoy!!! XOXOX Lara


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  8. I'm loving this and will definitely be looking for it!!! The necklaces are beautiful!

  9. Thank you for the vivid excerpt and for making the story free on this day, I'm glad I picked it up!

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  10. It sounds like a very exiting series, thank you for making the first book free!


  11. Hey all! Thanks for the nice comments. I'm glad you like the sound of the story and want to read it. I think you'll enjoy it. I appreciate the comments on the necklaces. I make them in my spare time between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. LOL
    XOXOXO Lara

  12. I'm impressed that you made the necklaces! I'm looking forward to reading this book.
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  13. Sounds like a nice read.