Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Meet Celia & more importantly - learn about her new book

Fellow Author Celia Kennedy has written a new novel called Venus Rising.  Venus Rising is on a Blog Tour this week, check the Facebook event for contests and giveaways each day.

Venus Rising - Akshaya Bertrand, an exotic beauty from India, is also a Professor of Art History at an elite small college in New England. The patina of the Ivy League campus is the perfect canvas for the exotic beauty from India. It is also an environment that she can navigate safely. A small world that she can minimize, make manageable.

Dr. Jared Harrison, a journalist who's been based in the Middle East, accepts a position as a guest lecturer at this exclusive college. Having just left India, Jared arrives barely in time to set up office on campus. Attending a faculty mixer as the semester begins, he catches glimpse of Akshaya Bertrand. Immediately, he learns from those who have tried and failed, that the beautiful professor is an enigma. Proclaimed to rival Lakshmi, Venus, Aphrodite, Milda, Frigg, or Cliodhna, she is a seductive piece of sculpture behind a wall of glass.

Whilst searching for a way to slip past her armor and into her life, Jared confronts the images and tragedies of the people affected by the war torn world of the Middle East. The two find themselves drawn to each other, sensing the depth of the each other's scars and compassion. While these traits serve to bond them, they must also walk the precarious path of letting each other heal.

Funding from the college provides an opportunity to combine Akshaya’s love of art and Jared’s skill as a war correspondent.  They travel to Afghanistan and India for work, and it is here that both finally face the past that has shaped them and the present that defines them. Amongst beauty and poverty as well as war and friendship they find the answers to their individual truths.
I will be participating in the book tour for Venus Rising but I do have to admit that I have not finished reading Venus Rising yet.  It is loaded on my kindle and ready to go, but I have been so busy blogging and getting ready for National Novel Writing month coming up, that I haven't been able to read as much as I would have liked to.  I am sure, however, that I will enjoy Venus Rising because I definitely enjoyed Celia’s first Book, Charlottes Restrained.  It was quirky and fun with a great cast of characters (see my review for that book)

You can learn lots more about Venus Rising from Celia’s website  

*** For a chance to win a copy of my book, The Misadventures of Me and My Uterus be the first person to correctly post an answer to the following question on the Venus Rising Book Tour Facebook event: What is the name of the next book Celia is working on?  (hint the answer is on her website)


  1. Kathleens Undressed :)

  2. By the way - I LOVE the title of your book, The Misadventures of Me and My Uterus. Awesome.

  3. Yeah! You are the Winner & thanks, I hope you enjoy my book.