Hi! We’re Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau, authors of the new post-apocalyptic romance King of Dublin. We’re touring the web talking about Ireland, the post-apocalyptic genre, a behind-the-scenes look at our book, and even a sneak peek or two! And what would a blog tour be without a contest? We’re giving away two ebooks and a souvenir from Ireland to one lucky commenter, so read on!
Thanks so much to Sinfully Sexy Books for having us, and to all you readers for following along. And now without further ado, today’s look at King of Dublin!
When it came to writing something post-apocalyptic, one of the first things we decided was that we didn’t want to set our story in the United States. The United States is so often the default setting for every post-apocalyptic story ever written, and for good reason. It’s iconic. Where would Planet of the Apes be if, instead of stumbling across the Statue of Liberty at the end, they’d found some random European monarch or poet? Talk about a lousy ending.
But in any apocalyptic scenario, of course it’s not just famous New York landmarks that will suffer. It’s everyone, everywhere. So why not Ireland?
We settled on Ireland for a few reasons: to change the default setting from the US, to give us a society with a rich tradition of storytelling, and because Ireland is one of the countries in the world currently in dire economic circumstances. We needed that economy to collapse. We needed the government to fail. We needed something dark and chaotic for Boru, the self-proclaimed King of Dublin, to rise up from.
Boru’s court is in College Green, a square in the heart of Dublin. On the northern side is The Bank of Ireland. The Bank of Ireland was originally built as the Irish Houses of Parliament, before parliament was abolished in 1801. Here, in the old House of Lords chamber, Boru reigns over a ruined Dublin.
On the eastern side of College Green is Trinity College. In our post-apocalyptic world, this is where Boru’s men, including Darragh, live. It’s also where Boru’s slave, Ciaran, takes refuge to read the ancient texts in the library. It’s Ciaran’s refuge against the horrors he faces in Boru’s court, and it’s where Darragh catches his first glimpse of the man behind the slave persona.
If there is one landmark we left unscathed by our apocalypse, it’s Newgrange.
Newgrange is a prehistoric monument in County Meath. It’s older than Stonehenge and the pyramids. A burial chamber, a place of worship, an observatory; its purpose remains the subject of debate even today. But once a year, during the winter solstice, the light from the rising sun enters an opening in the roof of Newgrange, and illuminates the long passage and the main chamber inside.
In Irish mythology, Newgrange was believed to be burial place of the kings of Tara, or the home of the most powerful of the Tuatha de Danann, the Dagda.
Ciaran, the scholar, runs toward Newgrange. Darragh, the pragmatist, worries about how conspicuous a hiding place it is. And superstitious Rabbit, just to be on the safe side, leaves an offering for the Dagda.
Whether Ireland’s history calls to you or its mythology does, or even if you’re a more straight-forward practical sort of post-apocalyptic reader . . . there’s something for you in King of Dublin. We hope you’ll give it a read!
The King of Dublin by Lisa Henry & Heidi Belleau
Title ~ King of Dublin
Authors ~ Lisa Henry & Heidi Belleau
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Release Date ~ 23rd February 2014
Genre ~ M/M Post Apocalyptic, Non Con, Dub Con
Twenty years after a deadly pandemic ravaged the world, Darragh Fearghal Anluan and the people of his village have carved out a hard but simple life in the Irish countryside. But with winter comes sickness, and Darragh must travel to Dublin in search of medicine. What he finds there is a ruined city ruled by a madman, where scavenging is punishable by death . . . or conscription.
Ciaran Daly came to Ireland with aid and optimism, but instead was enslaved by the so-called King of Dublin. After months of abuse from the king and his men, he has no reason to believe this newcomer will be any different. Except Ciaran finds himself increasingly drawn to Darragh, whose brutish looks mask how sweet and gentle he really is.
The tenderness Darragh feels for the king’s treasured pet is treason, but it’s hardly the only betrayal brewing in this rotten kingdom. Rebellions and rival gangs threaten the king’s power, but not nearly as much as Darragh and Ciaran—whose only hope for freedom is the fall of the king.
You can read an excerpt and purchase King of Dublin here.
About the Authors
Lisa Henry lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.
She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.
She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.
Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, Canada. She now lives in the rugged oil-patch frontier of Northern BC with her husband, an Irish ex-pat whose long work hours in the trades leave her plenty of quiet time to write.
Her writing reflects everything she loves: diverse casts of characters, a sense of history and place, equal parts witty and filthy dialogue, the occasional mythological twist, and most of all, love—in all its weird and wonderful forms.
When not writing, you might catch her trying to explain British television to her daughter or sipping a drink at her favourite coffee shop… email: firstname.lastname@example.org
She also writes queer-flavoured M/F as Heloise Belleau… HeloiseBelleau.com.
Thanks for following our tour! To celebrate our release, we’re giving away a great pair of prizes! Up for grabs are: a book from BOTH of our backlists (that’s one Lisa Henry title and one Heidi Belleau one!) and a King of Dublin-themed souvenir from the National Irish museum, mailed straight to your door! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a way for us to contact you, be it your email, your twitter, or a link to your Facebook or Goodreads account. Please put your email in the body of the comment, not just in email section of the comment form, because we won’t be able to see it otherwise! Two weeks after King of Dublin’s release, on March 8th, we’ll draw a winner from all eligible comments! Be sure to follow the whole tour, because the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win this awesome prize!