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 Fiction Vixen for having us, and to all you readers for following along. And now without further ado, today’s look at King of Dublin!
The End of The World
Depending on which quote you believe, civilisation is either only three or nine meals away from anarchy. It’s probably not a theory that any of us want to put to the test, but history proves it more or less correct.
In times of disaster — both natural and man-made — it doesn’t take long for overstretched resources to reach breaking point. If there’s no help coming, or even the rumor that there’s no help, people very quickly turn on one another. Order can’t be maintained for very long if desperate people feel they have nothing to lose.
In King of Dublin, Darragh is a child when the world ends. His village is isolated, protected from the violence of the cities by a sense of community that has been in place for hundreds of years. In Cúil Aodha, the end of the world comes with a whimper instead of a bang.
And so often after disaster, comes disease:
Darragh could remember seeing some of it on television, back when the stations had still been broadcasting. It had felt remote and unreal. He hadn’t even realized how strange it was until Mr. O’Leary, the postmaster, had locked up the post office for good. For a while, things had kept on as usual. The remoteness of Cúil Aodha had protected them. The garda patrolled the village on foot—petrol was one of the first shortages—even though they were no longer paid. The teachers still turned up at the school to teach. The grocery store’s shelves went empty, but thanks to the farm, Darragh didn’t go hungry. All in all they had managed in the village and would have kept on managing had the pandemic not come to them as well—as remote as they were, it had still come.
In King of Dublin, there is nowhere and no-one untouched by the disaster.
Darragh is a survivor.
Ciaran is an idealist.
And Boru is a king.
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!
About King of Dublin
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.
She also writes queer-flavoured M/F as Heloise Belleau.
Chat with her on Twitter using the handle @HeidiBelleau.
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