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Can you imagine facing a decision that could cost the life of someone you love either way to choose? I’m happy to have Nadine Brandes visiting today to share her brand new release, Fawkes. The premise certainly has me intrigued! Before we visit, let’s take a quick look at this new historical fantasy.
Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.
But what if death finds him first?
Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.
The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.
The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.
No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.
Welcome back, Nadine! Let’s start with a few fast favorites. What is your:
Favorite color? Mint Green!
Favorite season? Autumn and pre-Christmas winter. (I know that’s two. I cheated.)
LOL! Those two are connected, so maybe one elongated season? 😉 Favorite writing snack? Popcorn. (I air-pop it and make it deliiiiiiicious).
Favorite beverage? Black tea with cream and sugar.
Favorite animal? Frog! And also kittens.
Favorite movie? Fiddler on the Roof!
Favorite vacation destination? Somewhere I haven’t been.
Favorite ice cream flavor? Being lactose intolerant makes this tough, but I still adore Rocky Road!
I can’t eat dairy-based ice cream either, but cashew “ice cream” is pretty good… While we’re on the subject of favorites and sweets, what is your favorite dessert? Would you be interested in sharing the recipe?
Sticky Toffee Pudding! This is actually perfectly appropriate because it’s British and I discovered it when living in York, England as a recent college graduate. My recipe won’t let you down.
Ingredients for cake portion:
1 c + 1 Tbs flour
1tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
¾ c pitted dates
1 ¼ c boiling water
¼ c butter (softened)
¾ c brown sugar
1 large egg beaten
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of cloves
Ingredients for toffee sauce:
½ c butter
½ c heavy cream
Chop up dates and soak them in the boiling water and baking soda.
Make the sauce by mixing all sauce ingredients in a pot and bringing to a boil while stirring. Boil on med heat until thick, stirring constantly (about 8 minutes).
Put ½ the sauce in the bottom of the prepped glass baking dish (11 x 7) and put this in the freezer while prepping everything else.
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and baking powder. Beat.
Gradually add flour, then fold in the date mixture.
Pour into baking dish, bake at 350 until set or firm (about 35 minutes).
Spoon 1/3 of toffee sauce on top, place under broiler 1 minute.
Serve hot with a side of vanilla ice cream & drizzled toffee sauce.
That sounds so yummy! You mentioned living in York. Did you do any traveling for research for Fawkes? If so, could you tell us about it?
Funny you should ask. With all my books I try to get as hands-on as possible with the research. So with Fawkes, I traveled to London England with my handsome husband to gather descriptions, solidify research elements, and to hunt down old carvings inside ancient prison walls. It was quite good fun and I’m ready to go back.
How fun! What does your ideal writing space look like (whether you actually write in an area like this or not)? What do you have to have handy, and what would you surround yourself with to make it easiest, and most inspiring, to write?
A coffee shop. Maybe that sounds boring, but going to write in a coffee shop takes me away from the distractions. I love the bustle of people and trains and sounds of life. That is my favorite soundtrack. But it can’t be a busy chain-type coffee shop. It needs to be the small, independently owned, personal and cozy coffee shop nooks. ☺ With a lot of windows.
Distractions at home are so different from distractions away. Somehow it’s easier to tune out commotion around us than the dirty dishes in the sink! Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I’m working on another historical fantasy set in Imperial Russia (1918) and ooooh boy….this is going to be a wild ride. I can’t say more than that, but it will release sometime in 2019.
How’s that for just a teaser?! Can you share (briefly) about something you feel the Lord has been teaching you recently?
He’s really been impressing this verse upon me during my most recent writing process: The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still. Exodus 14:14
I’ve needed the constant reminder that, once I finish my manuscript and turn it in, the fight is no longer my fight. God is the one who is fighting for the readers. He will get the book into the right hands. And it’s no use me worrying about the book’s reception or reader disappointment. My only job is to be obedient to what God has called me to do—and that is write. After that, I need to be still.
That’s so true. If we could really grasp that… to focus on Him and being obedient to what He’s called us to do…He’ll handle the rest! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us, Nadine!
Your turn! What is your favorite dessert?
More about Nadine:
Nadine Brandes once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She is the author of the award-winning Out of Time Series and Fawkes (July 2018) Her inner fangirl perks up at the mention of soul-talk, Quidditch, bookstagram, and Oreos. When she’s not busy writing novels about bold living, she’s adventuring through Middle Earth or taste-testing a new chai. She and her Auror husband plan to live in a Tiny House on wheels. Current mission: paint the world in shalom.
You can connect with Nadine online:
Website/Blog – http://nadinebrandes.com
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Goodreads – http://goodreads.com/NadineBrandes
Facebook – http://facebook.com/NadineBrandesAuthor
Twitter – http://twitter.com/NadineBrandes
Nadine has generously offered to give away a signed hardcover of Fawkes to one winner. (Or, if they already have Fawkes, any book of their choice that she has written.) Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.