A big welcome today to Nicki J Markus as part of her blog tour for Her Majesty’s Milken from Fireborn Publishing.
Characters—Her Majesty’s Milken
Even when a story idea starts with a plot concept, my tales always end up being very character-driven, so once I had the basic narrative framework in mind, the main characters in Her Majesty’s Milken came to me very quickly. From the start, I knew that I wanted to do a class divide, pitting a lower-class burglar against a gentleman thief, and an important part of any character development for me is giving them each appropriate names—ones that reflect their personality, their role in the story, or both. Sir Wesley Smythe is a prime example of this. He is an amateur inventor and his surname (a variant on smith, from blacksmith) reflects his tinkering with cogs and gears. Meanwhile, Grace is so named because of her abilities as a house burglar, slipping into homes and through rooms, unseen.
Her Majesty’s Milken
Nicki J. Markus
11 August 2017
Heat Level: 1
When part-time pilferer Sir Wesley Smythe seeks out famous housebreaker the Mayfair Milken, he little suspects he could soon be using his skills in service of the crown.
Whitechapel resident Grace is the pluckiest thief in all of London. Her housebreaking feats in the heart of fashionable Mayfair have earned her the nickname the Mayfair Milken. All members of high society fear for their valuables—all except Sir Wesley Smythe.
Sir Wesley, one of London’s most eligible bachelors and a keen amateur mechanist, thrills at each new report of the Milken’s exploits. Prone to a little light pilfering himself, he longs to meet his idol, only to be shocked at the discovery that the Milken is a woman.
However, they are not the only thieves in the city, and when they uncover a plot to steal from Queen Victoria, they must work together if they wish to foil the criminal.
Video Excerpt: https://youtu.be/N2Gu_yKrrso
Written Excerpt: https://tablo.io/nicki-j-markus-asta-idonea/her-majestys-milken-excerpt
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074N4KS91
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074N4KS91
Author Bio & Links
Nicki J. Markus (aka Asta Idonea) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.
Nicki launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!
As a day job, Nicki works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.
Amazon Author US: https://www.amazon.com/Nicki-J-Markus/e/B004JM0UC8
Amazon Author UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nicki-J-Markus/e/B004JM0UC8
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