The Yellow Lantern Summer Blog Tour & Giveaway – Grave Robbing

I’ve invited Angie Dicken to join us today to talk about Grave Robbing.

It’s release month and I am excited to share about grave-robbing…uh, well, excited is a strange word to use! HAHA!

When I started this project, grave-robbing was a very unknown topic to me—one that I considered with great caution as I am a pretty sensitive person when it comes to anything really graphic. I took care to consider how I might write this story for someone like me, but without glossing over the subject. My main goal was to root a redemption story into the true-crime of graverobbing.

During my research, I came across some interesting facts about this true crime in Massachusetts. as well as in history at large. Graverobbing was not just a practice of the 19th century, but a practice that has been employed throughout history.

I’d like to share some made-up headlines that popped into my head as I researched, along with links to websites that elaborated on the subject during my studies.

Join me as we “Dig in” to this topic of my newest release, and then let me know what you found most surprising about this true crime. (Be sure to click on the tag lines below to visit the various sites)

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HEADLINES (by Angie Dicken):

Spunker Club: Medical Society Desperate For Bodies!

 What elite medical school could have possibly been thick in the practice of graverobbing long ago?

Families of the Dead Demand Protection!
The Act of the Sepluchres of the Dead, 1815

Finally, the governor listens to angry family members who discover their deceased have been stolen away.

And, here are some possible headlines Josie Clay might have read after her own encounters with grave-robbers:

What in The World is Burking?

Burking was the term for killing someone to use their body for medical research. This was after William Burke was tried and convicted in 1829 for suffocating an individual for the purposes of medical research.

Finally, We Can Dissect in Peace. 1831 Massachusetts Anatomy Act

In 1831, anatomical dissection was legalized in Massachusetts after being lobbied for by Dr. John Collins Warren who donated his own body for dissection in efforts to expand medical knowledge.

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Forced to Spy for Grave Robbers
True Colors – Fiction Based on Strange-But-True History

In 1824, Josephine Clayton is considered dead by everyone in her Massachusetts village—especially the doctor she has assisted for several months. Yet, she is still very much alive.

After the doctor’s illegal dealing with his body snatcher to obtain her body, Josephine awakens, positioned as the next corpse for his research. To cover up his crime, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. They strike a deal–Josephine will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission–posing as a mourner to help the body snatcher procure her replacement.

At the mill though, Josephine is praised for her medical remedies among the other female workers, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager, Braham Taylor. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.

What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?

The Yellow Lantern (August 1, 2019)

AngieDicken  Angie Dicken is a third generation Greek American, the granddaughter of strong men and women who endured hardship to grow American roots. My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah is set near the birthplace of her grandfather, a Greek coal miner’s son, and published 100 years after his birth. Angie is a contributor to The Writer’s Alley blog and an ACFW member since 2010. She lives with her husband and four children in the Midwest where she enjoys exploring eclectic new restaurants and chatting with friends over coffee.

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Author Interview & Giveaway with Angie Dicken – The Yellow Lantern

I’m super excited to have Angie Dicken here visiting with us today chatting about her new book, “The Yellow Lantern” set to release in August. Be sure to stay with us till the end and enter the #Giveaway!

For those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of reading any of Angie’s books, allow me to introduce you…

AngieDicken  Angie Dicken is a third generation Greek American, the granddaughter of strong men and women who endured hardship to grow American roots. My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah is set near the birthplace of her grandfather, a Greek coal miner’s son, and published 100 years after his birth. Angie is a contributor to The Writer’s Alley blog and an ACFW member since 2010. She lives with her husband and four children in the Midwest where she enjoys exploring eclectic new restaurants and chatting with friends over coffee.

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About the Book:

TheYellowLanternIn Massachusetts in 1824, Josephine Clayton awakes on the table of the doctor she’s assisted all these months. She was presumed dead by all and has become the doctor’s next corpse for his medical research. Frightened, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. A deal is struck–Josie will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission–posing as a mourner to help his body snatcher procure her replacement. At the mill though, Josie is praised for her medical remedies among the mill girls, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager Braham Terrance. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.

What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?

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Trisha:  Welcome Angie, I’m so glad you can visit with us today to talk about your upcoming book The Yellow Lantern. Let’s jump right into the questions!

mushroom-3014641_1920Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Angie:  I’d have to say Fall since I moved to the Midwest (ten years ago). Changing color, apple orchards, sweater weather…love!

Trisha:  Fall is a beautiful season!

 

tree-1409101_640Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Angie:  I really enjoy getting up early before everyone else. I love my coffee on the deck with the birds chirping, reading and writing in peace. J

Trisha:  I too enjoy the quiet peace of mornings.

 

books-315677_640Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Angie:  One of my first Christian Fiction reads ever was Liz Curtis Higgs Thorn in My Heart. And…Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers!

Trisha:  You’ve listed two of my long-time favorites!!

 

mobile-616012_640Q:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Angie:  Actually, you would find the Pandora station, Native American World Drums. I am writing a novella set on the frontier, and I love this music! The instruments are soulful.

Trisha:  Ohhh, I love a good Native American story! I can’t wait!!

 

book-863418_640Q:  What do you love about this story?

Angie:  I loved weaving suspense throughout it. I’ve never written suspense before, and it tapped into some new creative juices for me.

Trisha:  It sure is suspenseful, with a handful of surprises tossed in for good measure! I’m sure it will be well received!

 

guy-2609361_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise?

Angie:  The main grave robber, Alvin! I can’t say much, but all I can say is, secondary characters can do some crazy things. 😉

Trisha:  Alvin took me by surprise too. I thought I had him pegged down. I won’t spoil it for our friends and say more.

 

coffee-1629158_640Q:  What is something you hope readers will tell others about this story?

Angie:  That they didn’t know how it would turn out until the last page. I love that comment!

Trisha:  It’s sooo true! The ending could have gone several directions, and will keep the reader guessing!

 

correcting-1870721_640Q:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Angie:  One of the first scenes ever written showed Josie discovering her younger sister on the doctor’s table after being buried alive. I like how it turned out—the heroine having the experience instead.

Trisha:  Oh, wow! That would be awful to see your younger sister on the doctor’s table. Thank you, Angie, for chatting with us today about The Yellow Lantern!

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