Friday, November 11, 2022

Check out Julia Ibbotson’s fabulous novel — A Shape on the Air #HistoricalFiction #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub @JuliaIbbotson @cathiedunn

A Shape on the Air

Dr Du Lac Series #1

by Julia Ibbotson

November 7th - 11th, 2022

Publication Date: January 2022 (second edition)
Series: Dr DuLac Series
Publisher: Julia Ibbotson
Pages: 398
Genre: Historical Romance / Timeslip Mystery

A haunting Anglo-Saxon time-slip of mystery and romance

Can echoes of the past threaten the present? They are 1500 years apart, but can they reach out to each other across the centuries? One woman faces a traumatic truth in the present day. The other is forced to marry the man she hates as the 'dark ages' unfold.

How can Dr Viv DuLac, medievalist and academic, unlock the secrets of the past? Traumatised by betrayal, she slips into 499 AD and into the body of Lady Vivianne, who is also battling treachery. Viv must uncover the mystery of the key that she unwittingly brings back with her to the present day, as echoes of the past resonate through time. But little does Viv realise just how much both their lives across the centuries will become so intertwined. And in the end, how can they help each other across the ages without changing the course of history?

For fans of Barbara Erskine, Pamela Hartshorne, Susanna Kearsley, Christina Courtenay.

Praise for Julia Ibbotson

“In the best Barbara Erskine tradition …I would highly recommend this novel”
~ Historical Novel Society

“Amazing …a really great book …I just couldn’t put it down”
~ Hazel Morgan

“Well-rounded characters and a wealth of historical research make this a real page-turner”
~ Amazon review

~ Amazon review

“Julia does an incredible job of setting up the idea of time-shift so that it’s believable and makes sense” 
~ Amazon review

“Viv/Lady Vivianne … lovely identifiable heroine in both time periods….I love her strength and vulnerability. And Rory/Roland is simply gorgeous!”
~ Melissa Morgan

“gripping … a very real sense of threat and danger, an enthralling mystery … a wholly convincing romance, across both timelines”
~ Anne Williams

A Shape on the Air is available on #KindleUnlimited.

Julia Ibbotson

Julia Ibbotson is fascinated by the medieval world and the concept of resonances across time. She sees her author brand as a historical fiction writer of romantic mysteries that are character-driven, well-paced, evocative of time and place, well-researched and uplifting page-turners. Her current series focuses on early medieval dual-time/time-slip mysteries. 

Julia read English at Keele University, England, specialising in medieval language/ literature/ history, and has a PhD in socio-linguistics. After a turbulent time in Ghana, West Africa, she became a school teacher, then a university academic and researcher. 

Her break as an author came soon after she joined the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme in 2015, with a three-book deal from Lume Books for a trilogy (Drumbeats) set in Ghana in the 1960s. She has also indie-published three other books, including A Shape on the Air, an Anglo-Saxon timeslip mystery, and its two sequels The Dragon Tree and The Rune Stone. Her latest, Daughter of Mercia, is the first of a new series of Anglo-Saxon dual time mystery/romances where echoes of the past resonate across the centuries. 

Her books will appeal to fans of Barbara Erskine, Pamela Hartshorne, Susanna Kearsley, and Christina Courtenay. Her readers say: ‘compelling character-driven novels’, ‘a skilled story-teller’, ‘evocative and well-paced storylines’, ‘incredible writing style’, ‘intricately written’, ‘absorbing and captivating’,  and ‘an absolute gem of a trilogy’.

Connect with Julia:

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  1. Thank you so much, Cathie, for featuring A Shape on the Air, today, the first of my Dr DuLac series. It's really appreciated, along with the fabulous book tour you've been organising this week for me. It's been lovely! x

  2. Thank you, Julia. You're very welcome. I'm so glad you enjoyed your week. Take care. x