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The Merest Loss by Steven Neil

Genre: Historical Fiction

Tour Dates: 18th - 28th November 2018

Publication Date: 15th December 2017

Formats available: Mobi, Epub (available to all reviewers) or Paperbacks (UK only)

Standalone Novel

Publisher: Matador

Estimated Page Count - 368

Types of post available: Reviews, guest posts, extracts or Q&As

A story of love and political intrigue, set against the backdrop of the English hunting shires and the streets of Victorian London and post revolutionary Paris

When Harriet Howard becomes Louis Napoleon’s mistress and financial backer and appears at his side in Paris in 1848, it is as if she has emerged from nowhere. How did the English daughter of a Norfolk boot-maker meet the future Emperor? Who is the mysterious Nicholas Sly and what is his hold over Harriet?

Can Harriet meet her obligations and return to her former life and the man she left behind? What is her involvement with British Government secret services? Can Harriet’s friend, jockey Tom Olliver, help her son Martin solve his own mystery: the identity of his father?

The central character is Harriet Howard and the action takes place between 1836 and 1873. The plot centres on Harriet’s relationships with Louis Napoleon and famous Grand National winning jockey, Jem Mason. The backdrop to the action includes significant characters from the age, including Lord Palmerston, Queen Victoria and the Duke of Grafton, as well as Emperor Napoleon III. The worlds of horse racing, hunting and government provide the scope for rural settings to contrast with the city scenes of London and Paris and for racing skulduggery to vie with political chicanery.

The Merest Loss is historical fiction with a twist. It’s pacy and exciting with captivating characters and a distinctive narrative voice.

About Steven Neil

Steven Neil has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the Open University and an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. In his working life he has been a bookmaker’s clerk, management tutor, management consultant, bloodstock agent and racehorse breeder. He is married and lives in rural Northamptonshire.

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18th November

  1. Thesecretworldofabookblogger - Review

  2. Boon's Bookcase - Extract

  3. B for bookreview - Extract

19th November

  1. Historical Fiction with Spirit -Review

  2. Proud Book Reviews - Review

  3. Rae Reads - Guest Post

20th November

  1. Ali - The Dragon Slayer - Extract

  2. Jaffareadstoo - Review

  3. The Magic Of Wor(l)ds - Promo

21st November

  1. Me and My Books - Review

  2. Carole's Book Corner - Extract

  3. What's Better Than Books? - Review

22nd November

  1. Whispering Stories - Q&A

  2. Books and Me - Review

  3. Writing With Wolves - Review

23rd November

  1.  Mai's Musings- Review

  2.  Dash Fan Book Reviews - Guest Post

  3. Zooloo Book Blog - Review

24th November

  1. Jess Bookish Life - Review

  2. BeadyJans Books -  Guest Post

  3. Cup of Toast - Review

25th November

  1. Novel Deelights - Guest Post

  2. Bookish Reviews Tours & Giveaways - Review

  3. Kimber Li

26th November

  1. Short Book and Scribes - Guest Post

  2. Jera's Jamboree - Q&A

  3. donnasbookblog - Review

27th November

  1.   Laura Morningstar - loving life everyday - Review

  2.  Celticlady's Reviews - Extract

  3. Books Are Cool - Review

28th November

  1. Writing from the Heart -Review

  2. Nemesis Book Blog - Guest Post

  3. Over The Rainbow Book Blog - Extract

  4. Ellesea Loves Reading - Review

  5. WWBB - Q&A

  6. Jazzy Book Reviews - Extract

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