Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Riddle of Prague by Laura DeBruce: Spotlight and Excerpt

 







The Riddle of Prague

by Laura DeBruce

 

BLURB 

When 18-year-old Hana Silna travels to Prague to reclaim her family’s home, she discovers a riddle that may lead to a long-last flask. 

The contents of that flask could change the fate of the world. When a ruthless enemy kidnaps her family Hana has to find the flask to rescue them. On her quest she meets a mysterious man with a penchant for poetry, a Gypsy girl with a haunting past, and Alex, an all-American boy who’s trying to save his sister from a crippling disease.   It’s hard to trust anyone when the stakes are this high — especially when surrounded by experts in deception. 

There’s only one flask, and Hana desperately needs to find it. 


 

EXCERPT

 

The Nomad 

The American girl arrives in Prague today. Finally! Finally things will happen. Everything will change. 

I possess secrets—old and valuable secrets. Never mind, for now, who I am or what my name is. Those things have never mattered much. I am history’s silent witness and its victim. And I confess, here in the dark, that I am also a perpetrator of crimes. Ruthless, bloody crimes. 

Straw into gold, water into wine, blood into life! I have long witnessed Prague’s obsession with alchemy. Now it is my turn! I shall become like quicksilver. I shall transform secrets into power and power into money. 

The American girl arrives today, and soon terrible things will happen. At the end of it all, I will be free.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links

 

Laura DeBruce is a documentary filmmaker and writer. She grew up traveling all over the world thanks to her father’s work with the U.S. Embassy. She and her husband spent twelve years living in Europe including Prague, Paris, Amsterdam and London where she found inspiration to write The Quicksilver Legacy Series. In Prague she worked as a lawyer for the first private nationwide television station in the former Communist bloc.  It was there that she fell in love with the ancient city of Prague and its legends. 

 

She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and son and an unruly Golden Retriever. 

 

Website with blog and trailer:  http://theriddleofprague.com/



 

 
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11 comments:

Elise-Maria Barton said...

Enjoyed your bio~ you must have seen and experienced so many fascinating things! *Jealous* but that's why I read so much :)

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

MomJane said...

A rather frightening excerpt. Sounds like a fascinating story.

Rita said...

Great excerpt.

Laura DeBruce said...

Thank you for hosting The Riddle of Prague!

There are, indeed, some scary parts in the story. For the most part, middle schoolers readers & up have been O.K. with it.

Thanks for taking a look at the excerpts!

patrick siu said...

I have enjoyed learning about your book. Thanks for sharing it.
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Mary Preston said...

The Gypsy culture does fascinate. Was there a lot of research involved?

gemiinii said...

I love reading the bio of authors!

Laura DeBruce said...

Thanks for checking out the excerpt, and, again, Laurie, thanks for hosting! Mary, I did a great deal of research and lived in Prague for many years. My husband actually worked for an organization that helped Roma groups in the Czech Republic.

GABY said...

It must have been great to live at different countries around the world! I'd love to visit Prague some day, it's so different from what I'm used to see hehe. I've never been at Europe.

Madonna said...

I liked the excerpt. It sounds like an interesting book, would like to read it.