Monday, September 30, 2013

New Release & Giveaway - SHADOW BENEATH THE SEA by Joanna Lloyd

SHADOW BENEATH THE SEA - Joanna Lloyd’s newest historical romance releases September 30, 2013!
A great act of war; a greater act of love.
1915: Britain and Germany are at war and the waters off Great Britain have been declared a war zone. In six days the luxury ocean liner, Lusitania, sails from New York to England with 1,959 passengers on board.
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The story of the 202nd Atlantic crossing of the luxury liner, Lusitania was one of the great maritime disasters of the last century. The actions of the German U-boat captain, as the great ship cruised the Irish coast, spawned a flood of conspiracy theories, investigations, a court case, hard questions of the British Admiralty, and targeted Captain William Turner as the scapegoat. The whole truth of this disaster was closely guarded to protect the actions or non-actions of the Admiralty.
However, there sailed on this ship a group of fictional characters whose motives for travel were as varied as their personalities. In the time it took to cross the Atlantic Ocean, in the microcosm of this floating universe, lies and deceit festered, secrets changed lives, money was made and lost and a deep and lasting passion ignited between Lillian Marshall and Edward James.
Although her whole body buzzed with enough adrenaline for her to flee to the furthest reaches of the ship, she sat as if glued to the chair. He hesitated for a moment, but she issued no invitation for him to join her. Unfazed by her lack of manners, he pulled up a chair and sat. Although his continued silence unnerved her, Lillian kept her eyes cast downward, finding her skirt particularly interesting.
Finally he spoke. “What’s going on over there, Lillian?” Her head jerked up, unprepared for such a question. She had expected him to make weak excuses about forgetting to inform her he was engaged to Lavinia Armitage.
“Wha … what do you mean?”
He leaned over and reached for her chin, lifting her head until their eyes met. “I’m sorry to say this, but I don’t trust your father. I’m certain I saw him deal from the bottom of the deck.”
A cold chill crept up her spine, and she licked her lips, her mouth suddenly as dry as an empty coal bin. Before she could answer, there was a collective gasp in the room. The colonel had folded his cards and relaxed back into his chair. Walter and Zeke stared, unblinking at each other.
“Did you hear me, Walt? I am calling you and raising ten thousand dollars.”
Her father pulled out a large handkerchief, patted his throat and put his money on the table. Lillian saw the nervous gesture, but it didn’t match the gleam of excitement in his eyes. “Show your cards, Zeke.”
Edward grabbed her arm. “Tell me, now, Lillian. Quickly, before they end this.”
Tears welled in her eyes at the lies she was about to utter, but her future depended on this money. “There is nothing to tell, Edward. You have allowed your imagination to get the better of you.” His gray eyes searched her face, begging for the truth, and in that moment she knew she had wronged him as much as he had wronged her.
Author's Bio:

Born in Papua New Guinea, I, like many other ex-pat's, were sent to boarding school in Australia. After thirteen years in Sydney, I gravitated to the lush warmth of Far North Queensland. Now that my two boys are safely married and raising their own families, I have the time to indulge my love of books and writing. I have always had a voyeuristic fascination with people, how they think and why they act in certain ways. This led to studies in Psychology and years of workplace and family law mediation. All of which convinced me it is impossible to know what another is thinking and the most bizarre fiction could never emulate real life.
What wonderful fodder for a writer! When the iconic John Lennon wrote "All you need is love", he knew that every living being seeks out love in some form. My novels are about love - romantic, passionate, parental, selfless and self-serving. I will spend the rest of my writing life exploring and writing about the many levels of love. Maybe the day will come when I truly understand it.
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Joanna has been kind enough to offer a giveaway of SHADOW BENEATH THE SEA either through Amazon or as a PDF. To win a copy of this fabulous historical romance simply leave a congratulatory message along with a valid email address. It's that simple.
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Jenny Brigalow said...

Congratulations on your publication!
I love your philosophy on writing and I love history. Looks like a winning combination. Good luck.

Serena Clarke said...

This story sounds so wonderful - what a fascinating setting. Congratulations Joanna!

Zoe said...

Looks great Jo! Love me a shipboard romance...

Elizabeth Ellen Carter said...

It was a maritime tragedy subsumed in popular culture because of the Titanic, but the Lusitania is an amazing subject for a historical romance, well done Joanna!

It was the Lusitania disaster that finally propelled the United States into the Great War.

What a marvellous time to explore the human tragedy (not to mention romance) of this period with the approach of the centenary of World War One.

Louise Guy said...

Congratulations on release day, Joanna! The excerpt already has me hooked and I can't wait to read Shadow Beneath the Sea. All the best for wonderful reviews and huge sales. Louise (

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jo on your second book release!! I've brought my copy, and can't wait to get stuck into it on my kindle. Big hugs and cyber champagne toasting to you. Tam xxxx

Andrea Cooper said...

Congrats on your release! I've shared :)

Erin Richards said...

Sounds like another great book to add to my TBR. Congrats on your new release, Joanna!


Jinni said...

Congrats on this release!

Joanna Lloyd said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your lovely and encouraging comments Jenny, Serena, Zoe, Elizabeth and Tam! It really was an amazing story which got lost in the Titanic hype and I loved researching and writing it. Hope you enjoy my version of it.

Allison Butler said...

Congratulations, Joanna!!!

SHADOW BENEATH THE SEA sounds fabulous. Can't wait to read it!
Hugs and best wishes:)

Venetia Green said...

What an intriguing excerpt, Joanna! It's a great setting for a story.

Joanna Lloyd said...

Great to see you here Andrea, Erin, Jinni and Allison and thank you for your good wishes and support. There are so many amazing events in our history that beat anything we can dredge up in our imagination aren't there?

Mary Preston said...

Congratulations on your new release.

I love my history wrapped up in a great story.


Joanna Lloyd said...

Hi Venetia and Mary. Thanks for leaving a comment and good luck with the giveaway!

Nas said...

Congratulations on your release! And congrats to the winner. Sounds like a great read.