I am a long time fan of A.G. Howard. Her books are always so romantic, vivid and her voice so unique. I adore each of her books and this was no exception. This book swept me away and captivated me. One aspect of Howard’s writing that has always stood out to me was her amazing fashion sense. She weaves beautiful descriptions into her books and you can see the character’s clothes and style.
About the Book
Title: THE ARCHITECT OF SONG
Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: August 15, 2016
Publisher: A.G. Howard
Formats: Paperback, eBook
A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.
For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.
To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.
International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.
New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+
Available for preorder in June!
About the Author
A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.
When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
Guest Post- On Fashion
Hi! On this leg of the tour, I’m going to share the book trailer for those who haven’t seen it, and talk about fashion.
Anyone who’s read the Splintered Series knows to expect a representation of fashion in my books. I’m a visual writer, so when I’m building my characters, that includes what their style would be. This decision not only has to fit the character as an individual, but also compliment the atmosphere of the book.
For example, Splintered, as a young adult Alice in Wonderland spinoff, is funky, goth, and Victorian-esque, so this influenced Alyssa’s (my MC’s) wardrobe—but her clothes were also influenced by who she was internally. The Gothic Lolita fashion subculture (pictured below) personifies Alyssa’s style. The tone fits her perfectly: underneath her quiet sweetness is a melancholy soul and a dark side she has yet to tap into.
My new adult novel, The Architect of Song, is set in Victorian England, so Juliet (my heroine) is pigeonholed by the fashion strictures of that era. Again, gothic tones darken this novel, but it’s a heavier, old-world-atmospheric aura. Since she’s mourning her mother’s death, she’s most often seen in the sort of ensemble below:
However, Juliet’s independent nature—magnified by the fact that she’s deaf and already feels constrained so she’s not willing to let society constrain her further with crinoline cages or suffocating corsets—also plays a role, as you’ll see in the story.
Another fashion fact about The Architect of Song . . . the living hero/anti-hero (the man who isn’t a ghost), is a viscount / architect who’s drawn to bright flashy colors that rarely match—symbolic for what he brings into Juliet’s life: vibrant chaos.
Now, here’s the trailer for The Architect of Song where you can see some visual references to the fashion of the era:
The lush red dress worn by my heroine at the end of the trailer (on the book cover) makes a cameo in the book, but due to Juliet being in mourning, she only gets to hold it up to her. Still, I decided to keep it on the cover because it’s vivid like the viscount’s eccentric color palates, and it sets the perfect gothic tone for the underlying mystery and danger Juliet must confront to first find herself, and in the end, find truth and lasting love.
Every author has a particular style they weave into their books . . . something that is individual to them. It’s part of their voice. In time, their readers come to look forward to those subtle ingredients. When they see one of that author’s titles on the shelf, they start to crave that flavor again—hungry to sample the new story—expecting that despite the different plot and setting, they’ll be satisfied like they were in the past. And it’s the author’s responsibility to assure they are, down to the last savory word.
I promise my readers—be they new or returning—to stay true to the visual aspects of rich setting and fashion, as well as the emotional and sensual, romantic nuances, even when branching out into new genres.
I hope you’ll read The Architect of Song, and find some of the same flavors you’re either looking for in a new series, or that you may have already savored in the Splintered books. 😉
The prize spotlight today is Juliet’s fashionable heart locket—which plays a magical and profound role in this gothic love story.
All tour prizes (INTL) 13 separate winners :
2 – signed The Architect of Song paperbacks
3 – The Architect of Song e-books
1 – heart locket necklace
1 – Architect of Song poster
1 – faux leather journal
1 – 5X7 musical print
3 – The Architect of Song swag packs
1- LitCube Surprise Box
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