The Girl from Oto by Amy Maroney Blog Tour with Giveaway :)

The Girl from Oto by Amy Maroney

Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Artelan Press
eBook & Paperback; 532 Pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
Series: The Miramonde Series, Book 1



A Renaissance-era woman artist and an American scholar. Linked by a 500-year-old mystery… The secrets of the past are irresistible—and dangerous. 1500: Born during a time wracked by war and plague, Renaissance-era artist Mira grows up in a Pyrenees convent believing she is an orphan. When tragedy strikes, Mira learns the devastating truth about her own origins. But does she have the strength to face those who would destroy her? 2015: Centuries later, art scholar Zari unearths traces of a mysterious young woman named Mira in two 16th-century portraits. Obsessed, Zari tracks Mira through the great cities of Europe to the pilgrim’s route of Camino de Santiago—and is stunned by what she finds. Will her discovery be enough to bring Mira’s story to life?

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***EXCERPT***
Mira moved quickly to the gates. A small door was cut into the larger one so that the castle dwellers could exit from within. She slipped through. Her skirts in her hands, she sprinted down the steep path away from the castle. As she descended the grassy hill and stumbled across the meadow in the dark, all she heard was the sound of her own breath. For a few moments she thought she had escaped unnoticed. Then the stillness was broken by frenzied shouts behind her. “Send the hounds out!” a voice roared. Was that him, Beltr├ín? Her legs churned through the tall grass, propelled by a burst of fear toward the ancient oak trees at the edge of the forest. She heard the gruff barking of dogs as they raced out the gates. In a moment the cool quiet of the forest enveloped her. She crashed through a thicket of shrubs and fell on her knees in the stream. The icy water shocked the breath from her lungs. Beyond the stream was a small stand of beech trees and a cluster of boulders. Mira splashed through the water, scrambled up the bank of the stream and clawed her way to the top of a large boulder. She lay flat on her back, panting. The first light of dawn filtered down through the trees. Silently she repeated the prayer Elena had invented when she was a child, a worn, beloved talisman that she carried within her heart: “I pray for the mothers, the children, the beasts in the fields, for the sun that warms us, for the moon that lights our darkest nights, and for the starry skies that guide us.” Her prayer was interrupted by a snarling hound looming over the rim of the boulder. It snapped at her until its teeth caught on her sleeve. She yanked back her arm, but not before the hound’s fangs sank into her flesh. Tearing her dagger free from its sheath, Mira plunged it into the animal’s eye. With a high shriek of pain, it released her arm and slid writhing to the forest floor. Slowly, the hound’s life ebbed away. She cradled her wounded arm, her eyes trained on the stream, awaiting the appearance of another hound. I have nothing to defend myself with now, she thought.  

Praise for The Girl from Oto

"I loved the lush descriptions and the hard-nosed female characters who find a way to get what they want in a man's world. An exquisite novel." -Martha Conway, winner of the North American Book Award for Thieving Forest "An absorbing debut novel. I couldn't put it down." -Deborah Swift, author of The Gilded Lily "A rich and intriguing evocation of the fifteenth century is interwoven with an emotionally satisfying mystery in the present day." -Emma Darwin, author of A Secret Alchemy "A powerful story and an intriguing mystery. A Red Ribbon winner and highly recommended." -The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, U.K. "From the very beginning, I was enthralled with Mira, Zari, and their entwined journeys through history and the world of art. As a curator and art historian, it's a rare treat for me to find a novel that so lovingly reflects our joys and challenges. The Girl from Oto delivers--and I can't wait to spend more time with Mira." -Jennifer Dasal, host of the ArtCurious podcast

About the Author

Amy Maroney lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. She studied English literature at Boston University and public policy at Portland State University, and spent many years as a writer and editor of nonfiction. When she’s not diving down research rabbit holes, she enjoys hiking, painting, drawing, dancing and reading. The Girl from Oto and Mira's Way are books 1 & 2 in The Miramonde Series. For a free prelude to The Girl from Oto, for the full scoop on the research behind the book, and for news about the sequel, please visit www.amymaroney.com.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 11 Review & Interview at Passages to the Past Tuesday, March 12 Review at Jorie Loves a Story Excerpt at Maiden of the Pages Thursday, March 14 Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit Friday, March 15 Feature at What Is That Book About Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots Saturday, March 16 Feature at Broken Teepee Sunday, March 17 Interview at T's Stuff Monday, March 18 Review at Pursuing Stacie Interview at Jorie Loves a Story Tuesday, March 19 Review at A Chick Who Reads Wednesday, March 20 Review at History From a Woman's Perspective Thursday, March 21 Feature at The Book Junkie Reads Friday, March 22 Review at Coffee and Ink Feature at CelticLady's Reviews

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we will be giving away 10 eBooks of The Girl from Oto by Amy Maroney! To enter, please use the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on March 22nd. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open to the US only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. The Girl from Oto

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