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Sneak Peek: Against a Brightening Sky by Jaime Lee Moyer

Against a Brightening Sky by Jaime Lee MoyerBy 1919 the Great War has ended, peace talks are under way in Paris, and the world has been forever changed. Delia Martin, apprentice practitioner of magical arts, and her husband, Police Captain Gabriel Ryan, face the greatest challenge of their lives when fragments from the war descend on San Francisco.

Against a Brightening Sky is the thrilling conclusion to Jaime Lee Moyer’s glittering historical fantasy series. We hope you enjoy this excerpt.



In an age of empires, princes were raised to rule, and often, to fight and die. That time of soldier kings was over by Armistice Day. Far too many kingdoms had shattered in the Great War, the power of their rulers broken forever.

Some kings and princes had gone into exile, saving themselves and their families. Others had simply vanished. The papers were full of their pictures and speculation about whether they were alive or dead. Fortunes hung in the balance in some cases, the peace of knowing what had happened to a loved one in others.



Interview with Jaime Lee Moyer

Jaime Lee Moyer’s A Barricade In Hell went on sale today! We had the opportunity to ask Jaime a few questions about her newest book.

A Barricade in Hell by Jaime Lee MoyerWill you tell us a little about A Barricade In Hell and what inspired you to write it?

A Barricade In Hell takes place in 1917, just before the U.S. entered The Great War. The U.S. was split over the war, with one faction urging the president to declare war on Germany, and a large segment of the population declaring we should stay out of what they saw as a European conflict. It was a time of uncertainty and change, and the war in Europe touched and overshadowed almost everyone’s lives. That included my characters.

I’ve always had this horrified, sad fascination with The Great War that dates back to childhood. Nine million soldiers died in that war, something I have a hard time comprehending.

I have an equal fascination with early female evangelists, women like Mary Baker Eddy and Aimee Semple McPherson.  The scandals that revolved around some of the early women evangelists, especially McPherson, were the equal of today’s tabloid stories about movie and TV stars. And yet, people continued to flock to their appearances and believe in their message.

These two things came together in my head to explain why the U.S. took so long to enter WWI.

What’s the most bizarre thing you learned while researching A Barricade In Hell?

That Kaiser Wilhelm’s inner circle of advisers was deeply into the occult, and that the Kaiser himself was involved in their séances. Wilhelm’s top-level military officers were horrified by this and urged the Kaiser to distance himself from any association with the occult.

What’s your favorite word?


Which books are currently in your to-read pile?

I won’t give you the whole list, just the top five that I plan to read next.

I’m about half way through Elizabeth Bear’s Steles of the Sky.

Cold Steel by Kate Elliot

Pegasus by Robin McKinley

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens by Jack Wetherford

Ancillary Justice by Ann Lecke

What’s the first book you remember loving?

The Borrowers by Mary Norton. I was probably eight or nine when I found Norton’s books in the library. I read The Borrowers and the sequels at least a dozen times or more.

What’s your favorite method of procrastination?

My absolute favorite is going through old picture archives, places like The Library of Congress, The National Archives, or historical societies that have digitized their files. I tell myself it’s “research” and I’m really working, but that’s not always true. Sometimes I just like looking at old photographs.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Only one; music. Every book and story has a soundtrack that sets the mood, the tone and emotion.

All three Gabe and Delia books had the same soundtrack. I listened to Apocalyptica’s haunting cellos and Ludovico Einaudi’s ghostly piano for more than three years. These are the only books or stories I’ve ever written to instrumental music, or anything approaching classical.

Starred Review: Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer

Image Placeholder of - 10“Both major and minor characters spring to life in this polished historical fantasy/mystery that should appeal to a wide variety of readers and could cross over to mainstream readers as well.”

Jaime Lee Moyer’s Delia’s Shadow got a starred review in Library Journal!

Here’s the full review, from the August issue:

starred-review-gif Since the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 that killed her parents, Delia Martin has been able to see ghosts. Accepting a teaching job in New York City helped keep the spirits at bay for a few years, but now one persistent presence, a young woman Delia calls Shadow, is demanding that she return to San Francisco to bring the spirit — and, perhaps, Delia herself — the peace she seeks. The city Delia finds upon her return, though, is a more sinister one in which a killer who stalks the streets may, in fact, be the same person who murdered the young woman who is now Delia’s ghostly companion. Moyer’s first novel captures the feel of San Francisco in 1915, with its genteel upper class and ambitious working class, as well as the excitement for the future brought about by the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. VERDICT Both major and minor characters spring to life in this polished historical fantasy/mystery that should appeal to a wide variety of readers and could cross over to mainstream readers as well.

Delia’s Shadow published on September 17th.

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