Book Shower — Unseemly Pursuits: A Concordia Wells Mystery

4 Feb
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An Unseemly Giveaway: See Below!

The Book Stork Has Arrived for K.B. Owen!

 A deadly secret that won’t stay buried…

It is the fall of 1896, and Miss Concordia Wells is hip-deep in the usual tumult of a lady professor’s life: classes, clubs, student pranks, and the unending drama generated by the girls she lives with on campus.  Complicating this normality is the new Lady Principal, whom the students have nicknamed “the Ogre.”  The woman seems bent on making Concordia’s life miserable.

And then there’s the exotic spirit medium, Madame Durand, who has befriended Concordia’s mother and has started a “Spirit Club” on campus.  Madame’s prognostications of doom are at first only mildly irritating – until events take a sobering turn.  An ancient Egyptian amulet donated to the college mysteriously disappears, the donor is found murdered, and his daughter – Concordia’s best friend – confesses to killing him.

Desperate for answers, Concordia unravels a 20-year-old secret, closely guarded by men now dead.  But such secrets can be dangerous for the daughters left behind, including Concordia herself.  Can she make sense of the mystery that has bound together their fates, before it’s too late?

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Congratulations to author K. B. Owen on her book Unseemly Pursuits: A Concordia Wells Mystery!

K.B., have a glass of virtual champagne and tell us about your new arrival!

This is the second installment of the Concordia Wells mystery series, set in the fall semester of 1896.  The college is still reeling from the disastrous events of the semester before (detailed in Dangerous and Unseemly), and Concordia and her mother are trying to mend their own fractious relationship.  The blurb above describes some of the complications that get in the way, and how Concordia is drawn into the fray.

What did you feed your muse during the book’s development?

Iced tea in the summer; Earl Grey in the winter!  In a “mad bluebird” mug 😉

Did you experience any complications during the growth of this book?

When I first wrote Unseemly Pursuits, my agent and I were still exploring the traditional publishing route with Dangerous and Unseemly.  But it soon became clear that traditional publishing wasn’t suitable for a niche series of this kind.  I had to sit Unseemly Pursuits on the back burner for a while and deal with the future of the first book.  But I’m so glad I did – the gap time gave me a much better perspective on the direction of the book!

What is your favorite feature of this book (ie. character, setting, plot, etc) and why?

I love the séance element to the story, because Concordia is very much invested in the world of the intellect. It’s enough to set her teeth on edge, and she simply doesn’t know how to deal with it except with wisecracks.

Describe the perfect reader for this book.

I think mystery readers would love the story, especially those who enjoy learning a little something about a different time period, get a kick out of humorous situations, and are drawn to an amateur female sleuth who gets herself into all sorts of trouble. But even readers who don’t typically read mysteries would enjoy it for the characters and situations they find themselves in. There’s something in here for nearly everyone.

Are you expecting any more books (wink, wink)?

So glad you asked!  I wouldn’t want to leave Concordia languishing without an adventure.  I’ve tentatively titled the next mystery“Unseemly Secrets,”and Concordia gets into all kinds of trouble in that one, including drawing the wrath of an unscrupulous secret brotherhood.  As in the previous books, the stakes become quite personal.

Thanks K. B. We wish you much joy (and lots of sales!)

About the author:K. B. Owen

K.B. Owen taught college English at universities in Connecticut and Washington, DC and holds a doctorate in 19th century British literature.  A long-time mystery lover, she drew upon her teaching experiences to create her amateur sleuth, Professor Concordia Wells. 

Unseemly Pursuits is the second book of the series.  The first book, Dangerous and Unseemly, was published in early 2013.

K.B. currently lives in Virginia with her husband and sons, and is busily planning the lady professor’s next adventure.

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SwagKitAn Unseemly Giveaway:

During K.B.’s Unseemly Pursuits month long book tour, taking place now through to the end of the first week of March, there’s a giveaway at each blog stop (including here!).  The winner, randomly drawn from the commenters at each stop, will get a free ebook copy of Unseemly Pursuits.  At the end of the tour, she’ll hold another random drawing from among the ebook winners for the final prize: a special Concordia Wells series swag package! It includes customized mug, keychain, JellyBelly mini-tin, and signed paperback copies of the first two mysteries: Dangerous and Unseemly and Unseemly Pursuits. Cool, huh? You can read, sip your coffee, and snack on candy in unseemly style. Check the sidebar home page of for the full schedule and more info.

 A Note from Nancy: Fellow Authors: Let me host your Book Shower! 

Launching a new baby?— er, book? — in the near future and want to tell the world? Let me throw you a Book Shower. It’ll have everything a regular shower has, except for favors, food, wine, gifts  and dumb shower games. But everything else.

For previous Book Showers, click here.

12 Responses to “Book Shower — Unseemly Pursuits: A Concordia Wells Mystery”

  1. rblerner2013 February 4, 2014 at 1:15 am #

    I think I would be interested in reading a book set at this time period as our town celebrates an 1890’s festival.

    • K.B. Owen February 4, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

      The 1890s in the U.S. were such an interesting time. The women’s suffrage movement was really getting going, “captains” of industry such as Carnegie and J.P. Morgan were at their zenith, and America was a powerhouse of invention. Enjoy your town celebration!

  2. K.B. Owen February 4, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    Nancy, thanks so much for throwing me a shower. What fun!

    • nancyelauzon February 4, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

      You’re most welcome! Your swag pack looks awesome, as does your book!

  3. Marcia February 4, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    Very cool idea to have a book ‘shower’. Great interview, too! I love K.B.’s books and can recommend them whether you’re a historical fiction lover or not. And Concordia is no wallflower or simpering femme fatale. She’s a smart and ambitious young woman. One many women can relate to.

    • nancyelauzon February 4, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

      Another female role model, like Nancy Drew 😉

      • K.B. Owen February 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

        Nancy Drew is one of my fave lady detectives!

    • K.B. Owen February 5, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

      Marcia, thanks! And you’re right, no simpering allowed. 😉

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