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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Beneath Black Clouds and White by Virginia Crow - Book Tour - Book Sale - Book Trailer - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Virginia Crow and her new book, “Beneath Black Clouds and White”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a paperback copy of the featured book, “Beneath Black Clouds and White.”  Also, come back daily to interact with Virginia and to increase your chances of winning!

This book is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.
Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Beneath Black Clouds and White
by Virginia Crow


GENRE: Historical Fiction



Accompanied by his wife to Flanders, Josiah Tenterchilt meets a man who could not be more different from him: an apprentice surgeon named Henry Fotherby. As these two men pursue their own actions, fate and the careful connivance of a mysterious individual will push them together for the rest of their lives.

But it is a tumultuous time, and the French revolutionaries are not the only ones who pose a threat. The two gentlemen must find their place in a world where the constraints of social class are inescapable, and ‘slavery or abolition’ are the words on everyone’s lips.

Beneath Black Clouds and White is the prequel to Day's Dying Glory.



Fotherby relinquished her hands and began running at once toward Wanderford Hall. Never had the distance seemed so great, nor the hill so steep, but he ran on. He did not spare a thought for Portland, nor the woman, but continued to run. If he had not known the way or became lost amongst the trees, he had only to follow the beacon atop the hill. As he crashed through the trees and charged across the lawns of the Hall towards the fountain, he gave a cry at the enormous flames that were visible through all the windows, and the thick billowing smoke that rose from the structure. He flung himself against the timbers of the door, but it was to no avail for they had been locked. It took him several minutes before the door gave beneath his blows and he collapsed into the building.

He coughed into his sleeve as he beheld the aggressive fire consuming the interior of the house. The huge painting of his ancestors blistered and burned before him, and he looked about for a moment before calling out to his father and uncle. But, as he did so, the smoke caught in his throat and he began coughing violently. Fotherby could not allow himself the time to weep but rushed back into the house, calling his father as though he expected the old man to hear. He rushed towards the stairs and began climbing but, three steps from the top, the timber structure collapsed beneath him and he plunged to the floor below.





World-building can be the most important element of your book. What media outlets, role-models and real-life inspirations did you draw from while writing this book?

At some point in their lives most people have wished they could time-travel.  I do on several occasions.  It’s this which caused me to begin exploring Historical Fiction as my chosen genre.  When I read through the choice of blog topics, this one stood out as being a great opportunity to share the twisty-turny voyage I take when I’m putting my story together.

Creating a world which has already been proven in history is precarious.  There are rules to it – after all, you can’t change history, can you?  Otherwise it becomes a totally different genre.  But what you can do is add to history.  There are certain characters and locations in my books who were entirely real, brushing shoulders with those who were entirely fictitious.  And then there are those who are somewhere in between.

For example, when our hero, Henry Fotherby, goes to take his exam at Surgeons Hall in London, his experience and perception of the building is based on that of a young gentleman whose journal I read.  Because the building was a real building, and one that several hundreds of people have engaged with over the course of its existence, it had to be real.  But Wanderford Hall, Fotherby’s country house, is entirely fictious.  My visits to Buxton – Fotherby’s local town – have only ever been passing through.  Deep research into the designs and dates of the town’s massive upgrading told me exactly how St Anne’s Well looked, where it was within the old town, where the taverns were situated, and the peculiar little island in the river where Fotherby has his duel.  Most of my research for the places came via the digital archives of libraries, or local directories of locations.

People were a little bit more difficult.  I could reference figures who were seen as heroes at the time, like General Baird, or Wellesley (who wouldn’t be promoted to Wellington for several years), but I didn’t want the book to explore these men as characters – history has already done that for them!  Besides, there is already so much research out there about them, it was time to redress the balance and tell the story of the everyday heroes.

Most of my characters were entirely made up, some even with invented names, but there is one character in the book who bridges the gap between fiction and fact.  This person was Doctor Shipton, who was a real physician from Buxton.  I’m a real ancestry addict and I found this gentleman listed while I was doing some research.  His characteristics and interactions with my other characters are entirely based on what I needed from such a character, but he was a real person.  I’m not sure if he has any living descendants but, if he does, I hope they’re pleased with how I’ve portrayed him!

There’s also a gap between reality and fantasy where you can sow a few seeds!  When history is a bit thin on the ground with its facts, you can fill in some of the missing pages.  On one occasion in the book, a character is referenced as an inspiration to the William Blake poem “The Little Black Boy”.  And it worked!  Someone once told me that my books felt entirely believable, and I think the reason is that I combine about 95% historical accuracy, with 5% speculated plot.  Although the storyline is (almost) complete fiction, my characters behave and engage as people of the time did.

So, with the help of journals, directories, maps and censuses, Beneath Black Clouds and White managed to bridge the precarious chasm between historical fact and historical fiction.



Virginia grew up in Orkney, using the breath-taking scenery to fuel her imagination and the writing fire within her. Her favourite genres to write are fantasy and historical fiction, sometimes mixing the two together such as her soon-to-be-serialised books "Caledon". She enjoys swashbuckling stories such as the Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and is still waiting for a screen adaption that lives up to the film!

When she's not writing, Virginia is a music teacher in Caithness. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of music, especially as a tool of inspiration. She also helps out with the John o' Groats Book Festival which has just celebrated its 2nd year. Hopefully they'll be plenty more to come!







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**Beneath Black Clouds and White is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!**

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Virginia will be awarding a paperback copy of Beneath Black Clouds and White (International Giveaway) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Virginia ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

    1. Thank you so much for hosting me on your FABULOUS blog, Ally!