Please join me in welcoming Jessica Sly to the blog to chat about her debut novel, The Promise of Deception!
Jessica Sly is a professional copy editor by day and an author by night. Drawing story inspiration from her world travels and lifelong love of all things nerdy, she immerses readers in rich historical adventures with a speculative twist. Jessica recently traded the glacial winters of Minnesota for the humid summers of Tennessee and can be found frequenting Nashville-area coffee shops and entertaining her sassy cat, Leia.
THE PROMISE OF DECEPTION by Jessica Sly
SERIES: Isles of Illusion #1
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Mountain Brook Ink
RELEASE DATE: December 5, 2021
Adelynn Spencer, a spirited member of the Edwardian London upper class, struggles under the conditions of her engagement to Detective Inspector Baze Ford. But during the gala announcing their betrothal, events take a fatal turn when Adelynn experiences a vivid dream of a man dying with a knife buried in his chest. To her alarm, Baze and his men later discover the man exactly as she witnessed.
When Adelynn sees a second dream—a second victim—she tries to convince Baze that there are more sinister things at work. Choosing hard evidence over Adelynn’s outrageous claims, Baze dismisses her and turns his attention to the location of the most recent crime, the Empress Theatre. Determined to uncover the truth of her visions, Adelynn investigates on her own. She infiltrates the theater and becomes spellbound by the charming spectacle of the resident magician.
As Baze wrestles with the decision to harden his heart or take action to protect the woman who means everything to him, Adelynn ventures further into the clutches of magic and murder. Can she keep her mind safe and draw the killer out of the shadows?
Hi Jessica! Welcome to the blog!
Jessica: Apples. (Honeycrisp.) Oranges require prep time. Apples you can just grab and go.
Carrie: yes! And honeycrisp are the best!
Jessica: Winter for sure. I’m from Minnesota (I know, not all Minnesotans like the cold), but I have a low tolerance for the heat, and I think snow is so beautiful.
Carrie: I’m with you!!
Jessica: Coffee, but I can’t do black. It has to have sugar, milk, and preferably chocolate. I’ve tried so hard to like tea but just can’t do it (I’m open to recommendations!).
Carrie: I’ve tried so hard to like both coffee and tea, to no avail, so my recommendation is hot chocolate 😀
Jessica: Print. I like the convenience of the e-book, but there’s something special about holding a book and seeing it displayed on a bookshelf.
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Jessica: I feel like I answer this question differently every time I hear it. 😊 So hard for me to decide. But right now in my current mood, I’d have to pick the ability to fall asleep right away and sleep for the exact amount of time that my body needs that night. (I may or may not have just woken up from a nap.)
Carrie: oh that sounds like a lovely superpower to have (as someone who suffers from insomnia)
Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?
Jessica: This one’s a fun question because I have to avoid going to bookstores or I’ll spend several hours there . . . and usually walk out with a huge stack of books. So, I have a checklist of areas I check, so the order I go in depends on how the bookstore is laid out. I’ll wander through the fiction and fantasy sections to check to see if my favorite authors have released anything new (or to see if there are any new Lord of the Rings versions even though I own it already. 😊). I love little knickknacky things, so I love perusing those areas. I also love movies and piano books, so I’ll usually head to the entertainment and music area. Then I’ll go over to the Christian fiction section and see if there’s anything new out or if there are any I don’t own. Finally, if a bookstore has it, I love going through the discount section, but that’s usually where I get in the most trouble. 😊 And I actually collect bookmarks, so before I leave or check out, I’ll take a look through the bookmark stand.
Carrie: I mean… if they don’t want us to spend several hours there, then bookstores shouldn’t have all those fun sections, right? 😉
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Jessica: I looked up Edwardian poisons the other day. And then when I found a few poisons of interest, I googled around to learn specifically how they worked. You know you’re a writer when . . . 😊
Q: What surprised you about your book or your characters as you wrote The Promise of Deception?
Jessica: One of the things that surprised me about the book was how many times the fiction would cross over with research. There were a few creative choices I made in the narrative that were later validated in crazy coincidental ways through deeper research. For instance, the heroes find little blue flowers left as clues by the antagonist, and I chose the flower because of the region where it’s grown. But after I’d already settled on it, I was doing deeper research and stumbled across some lore that says that if the flower is ever picked, death will soon follow. That about made my mouth fall open. Such a cool detail for something that’s supposed to instill fear in the heroes!
Carrie: oh i love how that worked out! so fun!
Q: Were there any songs that inspired you as you wrote The Promise of Deception?
Jessica: I really love the song Parting Glass (my favorite versions are Celtic Woman and Peter Hollens). It’s a farewell song that has a beautiful, melancholy sound. And actually, readers will find references to it scattered throughout my book.
Carrie: ooo I need to look that up!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from The Promise of Deception?
Jessica: Of course, I would love for readers to be touched by the message of faith, but I would also just love it if readers found an escape and are able to just lose themselves in the story. That’s what I love about reading, that it can transport you to different places and introduce you to so many unique characters. That’s what I hope readers take away from my book.
Carrie: there’s nothing quite like losing yourself in a great story 🙂
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Jessica:I’ll be flying home to spend a week with my family for the holidays. Other than that, I’m hard at work on book #2 of the series right now, so I’ll be heads down on that!
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