Excerpt: The Perilous Journey of The Not So Innocuous Girl [Rock Star Book Tours]

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE NOT SO INNOCUOUS GIRL by Leigh Statham Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 

About The Book:

  • Title: THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE NOT SO INNOCUOUS GIRL (The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl #1)
  • Author: Leigh Statham
  • Pub. Date: September 13, 2022Publisher: Cricket Press, LLC
  • Formats: Paperback, eBook
  • Pages: 286
  • Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, TBD, Bookshop.org

Synopsis:

This brand new edition of the book contains updated historical facts, an amazing new cover, and extra punk for your steam machines!

Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th-century French girls can only dream of: money, designer dresses, suitors, and a secure future. Except she can’t quite commit to a life of dull luxury and she suspects she may be falling for her best friend, Claude, a common smithy in the family’s steam forge.

When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love–only the trip proves to be more harrowing than she anticipated. Love, adventure, and restitution await if she can survive the voyage.

Based on the true story of The Daughters of the King, Louis the XIV’s social program to settle the wilds of Canada with women of noble birth, Marguerite’s steampunk adventure follows in the footsteps of nearly one thousand brave women and girls who were rewarded handsomely for trekking across the pirate infested Atlantic to create a home in a strange land.

Excerpt:

“All hands to stations. Code blue and 114 on levels C, D, and F. Passengers, remain in your cabins and secure your emergency devices should we encounter a need, which is unlikely at this moment.”

Marguerite snorted. “If this isn’t an emergency, I would hate to see what is!” Then a beat later she cried, “Our parachutes! Outil, we left them in the room!” Marguerite couldn’t believe she forgot them.

“We will be able to secure some ahead.”

The ship swayed and rocked; more screaming could be heard ahead, closer now. They came to the first bunk door. Marguerite was surprised to see the red outline of huddled bodies beyond the entrance, yet the door was closed. “I can see them!”

“Yes, the goggles are fitted with heat-seeking displays; you should be able to see persons in red and inanimate objects in pink, no matter their location. The closer a person is, the brighter they will appear.”

Marguerite twisted the knob and pushed inside. A fresh chorus of screams awaited her.

“Calm yourselves!” She realized then that the women were hiding in pitch-black and had just had their door thrust in upon them. “It’s me, Marguerite Vadnay. I’m here to help you.”

The room was much smaller than her bedroom above. Two sets of bunk beds lined either wall with a stack of small trunks, half the size of her own, in the center. A small bureau by the door was crowned by a mirror, now hanging askew on its nail.

“Oh lovely, the princess herself is here to save us,” a strange voice cried out in the dark.

“Outil, there is nowhere to lay Vivienne, we have to try another room.” She ignored the hateful words and pressed back out the door.

Glancing through the walls, she could see that every bottom bunk was full. She stepped over fallen timbers and finally came to a room that was devoid of red glow.

“Here, Outil!” She opened the door and quickly realized it was a storage room filled with linens and towels. She made quick work of a large pile of blankets, spreading them out on the floor.

BOOM!

Another tremor knocked her to her knees, but she pushed on, signaling for Outil to lay Vivienne down on the makeshift bed.

About Leigh Statham: 

Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho and now resides in North Carolina. She has published five YA novels including her latest, Girls of War, from Owl Hollow Press.

Her essays, poetry, and short stories can be found in the Remington Review, Southeast Review, North Carolina Literary Review, and several anthologies.

Leigh has an MFA in Young Adult literature from Converse College where she served as the Managing Fiction Editor at South 85 Journal for two years.

She is the winner of the James Applewhite Poetry prize honorable mention and Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction prize.

You can follow and contact her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Wattpad.

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Giveaway Details: 

1 winner will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.

1 winner will receive a signed finished copy of THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE NOT SO INNOCUOUS GIRL, US Only.

Ends September 27th, midnight EST.

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