Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Angela Bell & A Lady’s Guide to Marvels and Misadventure

Posted February 23, 2024 by meezcarrie in Angela Bell, Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, romance / 41 Comments


Angela Bell interview

Please join me welcoming author Angela Bell to the blog today to talk about her debut whimsical Victorian romance, A Lady’s Guide to Marvels and Misadventure! I’m so excited to be chatting with Angela and to read this book soon!

Angela Bell

Angela Bell is a twenty-first-century lady with nineteenth-century sensibilities. She resides in Texas with her charming pup, Mr. Bingley Crosby. One might categorize her books as historical romance, but Angela likes to describe them as a cuppa Victorian whimsy because it sounds so much more poetical. Whenever you need a respite from the modern-day hustle, you’re welcome to visit her parlor at AuthorAngelaBell.com, where she can be found waiting with a pot of tea and a great book.


A Lady's Guide to Marvels and Misadventure by Angela BellA LADY’S GUIDE TO MARVELS AND MISADVENTURE by Angela Bell
GENRE: Historical/Victorian Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: February 27, 2024
PAGES: 379

Miss Clara Marie Stanton’s family may be eccentric, but they certainly aren’t insane.

London, England, 1860
When Clara’s ex-fiancé begins to spread rumors that her family suffers from hereditary insanity, it’s all she can do to protect them from his desperate schemes, society’s prejudice, and a lifetime in an asylum. Then Clara’s Grandfather Drosselmeyer brings on an apprentice with a mechanical leg, and all pretense of normalcy takes wing.

Theodore Kingsley, a shame-chased vagabond haunted by the war, wants a fresh start far from Kingsley Court and the disappointed father who declared him dead. Upon returning to England, Theodore meets clockmaker Drosselmeyer, who hires him as an apprentice, much to Clara’s dismay. When Drosselmeyer spontaneously disappears in his secret flying owl machine, he leaves behind a note for Clara, beseeching her to make her dreams of adventure a reality by joining him on a merry scavenger hunt across Europe. Together, Clara and Theodore set off to follow Drosselmeyer’s trail of clues, but they will have to stay one step ahead of a villain who wants the flying machine for himself–at any cost.

“Utterly charming! What an original and adorable story. Angela Bell’s debut is a book I can, without hesitation, highly recommend.”–JEN TURANO, USA Today bestselling author

“Bell’s voice will draw you immediately into her world, and her characters will hold you there. A must-read!”–ROSEANNA M. WHITE, Christy Award-winning author

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Hi Angela! Welcome to the blog!

Angela: Thank you ever so much for hosting me, Carrie! I’m tickled pink to have the opportunity to chat with you today.

Angela: Apples. While I do enjoy orange juice on occasion, I’d much rather have a hot cup of cider with a slice of apple pie. Although, I might be a touch biased after having just spent a glorious autumn in northern Minnesota where I had the joy of picking apples at the most darling little orchard.

Carrie: yum! My mouth is watering just thinking about cider and pie and crisp apples 😀

Angela: Definitely winter! As one who resides in the southernmost region of Texas, where summer is scorching, sweltering, and seemingly eternal, I view winter as a most welcome and rather magical season.

Carrie: I grew up in northernmost Illinois and I still view winter as a magical season, though I haven’t had a really good one since we moved to Georgia.

Angela: Both! I absolutely refuse to limit myself to one animal companion when God has created two such adorable options. Having said that, my heart is rather taken by my charming rescue pup, Mr. Bingley Crosby.

Carrie: oh i love his name!! so cute!

Angela: Tea’s the thing, dearie! Loose leaf, preferably, brewed strong and hot. My favorite blend is Scottish Morn from Harney & Sons.

Carrie: the name of that tea sounds so cozy!

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Angela: After way too much thought (can overthinking be a superpower?), I believe my superpower would be dialogue. Not only is dialogue my favorite thing to write, but I have a tendency to narrate dialogue for random people, animals, and inanimate objects that strike my fancy. When I say narrate, I mean spontaneously break into dialogue—yes, out loud—complete with amusing accents and fictious backstories. For example, I’ve been known to narrate entire conversations between my Lhasa Apso Bingley and my sister’s Great Pyrenees, Jane. My dialogue superpower has also given voice to anything from a ceramic owl figurine to my overworked tea kettle. 

Carrie: haha i love that! My husband has the same superpower lol

Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently!

Angela: Oh goodie, I adore this question! There’s nothing I enjoy so much as recommending great books! Here are six, five-star reads I loved in 2023: “The Vanishing at Castle Moreau” by Jaime Jo Wright, “Positively, Penelope” by Pepper Basham, “In This Moment” by Gabrielle Meyer, “Wedding at Sea” by Melissa Tagg, “The Weight of Air” by Kimberly Duffy, and “Yesterday’s Tides” by Roseanna M. White.

Carrie: Yesssssssss these are all wonderful!! You have great taste in books 😉

Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?

Angela: A tufted leather recliner, tucked away in a little corner, is where I do most of my writing. With a cup of tea at hand, a canine companion curled at my feet, and shelves of beautiful books in view, it makes for a rather cozy and inspiring prospect. To quote Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, “in my own little corner, in my own little chair, I can be whatever I want to be. On the wings of my fancy, I can fly anywhere, and the world will open its arms to me!”

Carrie: That sounds delightful!

Q: What are you most excited for readers to experience as they pick up this delightfully fun adventure?

Angela: I’m most excited for readers to meet the sometimes outlandish, always endearing, and often hilarious characters who will accompany them on said adventure! Miss Clara Marie Stanton, with her sass and desire to care for her family. Theodore Kingsley, with his charm and desire to mend broken things. Grandfather Drosselmeyer, with his wisdom and desire to take his granddaughter on a real adventure. Mrs. Stanton, with her impish spirit and desire to advocate for the animal kingdom. I hope readers experience as much joy and laughter upon making the acquaintance of these characters as I did in writing their story.

Carrie: they sound so fun!!

Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in A Lady’s Guide to Marvels and Misadventure?

Angela: Oh, most certainly! “A Lady’s Guide to Marvels and Misadventure” draws inspiration from Around the World in 80 Days and The Nutcracker ballet, so there are numerous easter eggs and references to those stories sprinkled throughout the novel. There are also little head nods to some of my favorite books and movies hidden in the narrative that I hope will make readers smile.

Carrie: ahhhhh i can’t wait to read this!

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from A Lady’s Guide to Marvels and Misadventure?

Angela: My prayer is that the stories I write will give readers a respite from the modern-day hustle and headlines. That each book would serve as a haven, providing readers with a healthy escape between the pages and allowing them to face the rest of their day with a cheered heart and an uplifted soul.

Carrie: i love that – yes ♥

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.

Angela: Thank you for being such a super host, Carrie! This interview has been an absolute delight.

I’m currently working on another whimsical and romantic Victorian Era tale for Bethany House, but I can’t divulge too much at present except that I’m incredibly excited about this story!


A Lady's Guide to Marvels and Misadventure giveaway

Bethany House is offering a print copy of A Lady’s Guide to Marvels and Misadventure by Angela Bell to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read A Lady’s Guide to Marvels and Misadventure by Angela Bell?

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41 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Angela Bell & A Lady’s Guide to Marvels and Misadventure

  1. Nanacy

    I would like to read A Lady’s Guide to Marvels and Misadventure by Angela Bell because it sounds like a charming book.

    • Lisa Vance

      I love mysteries, especially when there’s an animal in the story or something similar. This story looks like a lot of fun.

  2. Christopher S

    We need to see more books that sound like FUN to read! It sounds like a fun adventure…. err misadventure that is!

  3. Teri DiVincenzo

    I’ve had my eyes on this debut since the cover reveal! It just seems like it’s just my kind of book.

  4. Sarah Lynne Dupree

    I want to read this book! It sounds like a charming and unusual book that I know I won’t be able to put down.

  5. Roxanne C.

    A delightful interview and the book endorsements have me convinced that this book is one that I must read.

  6. Dianne Casey

    I really want to read the book because it’s a genre I enjoy reading. On my TBR list, looking forward to reading the book.

  7. TJ

    The title and cover immediately caught my attention. This sounds like a fun and whimsical story. I noticed from the character names, a nod to The Nutcracker, which is one of my favorite works of music (and ballet). A Victorian-era story is also intriguing. So, yes, I am putting this on my “want to read” list.

  8. Jessica

    Reading your synopsis of the story has me so intrigued! And, this would be a new author to me, so that is also intriguing.

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