I’d completed over two years of exhaustive research and writing for the second book of my contract with Bantam (which began with Summer of Love) and turned in The Golden Nineties, now retitled The Gilded Age (on Nook and Kindle). Gerald Jonas, the science fiction and fantasy reviewer for The New York Times Book Review, gave the book a cover-worthy quote—“A winning mixture of intelligence and passion”—and plucked the book (out of a field of 1,200 science fiction and fantasy books traditionally published that year) as one of twelve on his New York Times Notable Books list.

During the previous two years, Summer of Love (on Nook and Kindle), had been chosen as a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book, so this was more good news!

When I say exhaustive research, please take a look at Lisa Mason Talks Time Travel With Laura Vosika (Part 5). I’d found an entire library of books about the world during the 1890s, the United States, and San Francisco in particular. Several eminent journalists in the 1930s and 1940s published detailed and lively accounts of the City before the 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire all but demolished San Francisco. I found an actual guidebook published in 1890, a bound volume of The Argonaut for the years of 1896 and 1897, an illustrated book about traveling from New York to San Francisco on the Overland train, recipe books, the Montgomery Ward and Sears & Roebuck catalogs, and novels written during the period.

By the time The Gilded Age was done, I’d developed my own Fin de Siècle Voice, in contrast to my more minimalist, slightly profane, hip, science fictional voice. When asked to contribute work to two hardcover anthologies to be published by HarperPrism, I wrote shorter works in the Voice, Daughter of the Tao (free exclusively on Kindle Prime until March 1, 2013) and Every Mystery Unexplained (free exclusively on Kindle Select until March 1, 2013).

But I just wasn’t done with the Voice and all that terrific research. Another book was waiting to be born!

Next: #Writing Lily Modjeska Part 2: A Fin de Siècle Murder Mystery

Celestial Girl, Book 1: The Heartland (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) is on Nook and Kindle! Also available in the UK. If you love romantic suspense or historical mystery, this is both. Please give Lily Modjeska a try!

Coming soon! Book 2: Jewel of the Golden West, Book 3: The Celestial Kingdom, and Book 4: Terminus in four affordable installments. The Omnibus Edition will include all four books.

Lily is a typical woman in Toledo, Ohio, 1896: repressed and dependent on her husband. But when Johnny Pentland is found dead at a notorious brothel, Lily discovers her husband is not the man she thought he was.

Pursued by Pentland’s enemies, Lily embarks on a journey that will take her across the country to San Francisco and across the ocean to Imperial China as she unravels a web of murder and corruption reaching from the opium dens of Chinatown to the mansions of Nob Hill.

Her journey becomes one of the heart when she crosses paths with Jackson Tremaine, a debonair, worldly-wise physician. Lily and Jackson begin a conflicted, passionate relationship as they encounter the mysterious Celestial Girl and her dangerous entourage.

From the author of The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, on Nook and Kindle, Summer of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on Nook and Kindle, and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel (a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book) on Nook and Kindle.

Of The Gilded Age, the New York Times Book Review said, “A winning mixture of intelligence and passion.”

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The Garden of Abracadabra is also available in three affordable installments on Nook and Kindle.

Summer of Love is available free on Kindle Select until March 1, 2013 in the Summer of Love Serials 1 through 7.

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