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BLOG TOUR – GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: “Circus of the Damned” by Cornelia Grey


Gaslamp Fortnight – A Steampunk Book Tour: Oct 27th – Nov 7th

Authors L.A. Witt, Alexis Hall, and Cornelia Grey come together on a Steampunk book tour to celebrate the releases of Precious Metals, Prosperity, and Circus of the Damned.

Join us on adventures through the lawless, untamed, kraken-infested skies! Trek the snowy wilds of the Klondike in the company of a Mountie! Visit a soul-stealing circus where entertainment is at your own risk! Riptide’s Gaslamp Fortnight will tempt you with the steampunk and gaslamp worlds of Cornelia Grey, Alexis Hall, and L.A. Witt.

And Gaslamp Fortnight is featuring a fabulous giveaway! Comment on the tour stops for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to Harlots and Angels Steampunk Corsetry and get your own custom corset or personalized steampunk gear.




Hello, everyone, and thank you so much for having me here to chat a bit about my latest book – The Circus of the Damned! Or, more precisely – about a little but essential part of my writing process…

Every writer has their own favourite writing rituals and habits, I imagine, and they are as varied as all our different stories. My personal favourite? Is tea!

I am a bit of a tea hoarder, I confess. I got used to it while living in London: it would seem that, after spending some time in that city, one automatically takes up tea drinking. All of my flatmates, including tough Sicilian guys who had probably never seen a cup of tea before setting foot in England, quickly start t putting on the kettle when Must be something in the air!

In Italy, it’s not very popular, and therefore there are only a handful of varieties commonly sold in stores, with a few others available in herbal shops and online. So, whenever I travel abroad, I try to bring back a few interesting blends to add to my stash. London, of course, offers a never-ending supply; and I was lucky enough to travel to Japan (where I am at the moment, too!), which is another tea heaven…

I also have a thing for mugs and, over the years, I have collected quite a few. And, whenever I sit down to write, I like to always have a cuppa sitting beside me. It’s a little ritual I have – taking my time to select the blend that best suits my mood, and a mug to match, before getting started.

I wrote The Circus of the Damned mostly at nighttime, as I usually do, while staying at my old home in Italy. It was such a pleasure to sit there, in my kitchen, in the silence of the night, taking my time to prepare for a writing session! While writing this novel, there were a few blends that I favoured:

– white tea with apricot, by Touch Organic

– black tea with bluebottle petals, by Neavita

– fennel tea by Twinings

– a homemade blend of black tea, rose and peach I picked up last year in Tokyo

– white tea with elderflower, by The London Tea Company

– Twining’s chamomile and honey


Can you tell I have a sweet tooth when it comes to tea? :)

As for the mugs, I mostly went for ones in warm colours, since I wrote most of the book in autumn and winter, and I needed some cheering up! I used some in brick red, antique pink, cream white with plum polka dots, and one with an Indian motif in gold, red and purple.

I am in Japan at the moment, and will be traveling for a few more months at least, so I don’t have access to my tea stash, nor do I have the luxury of a quiet living room where I can spend the nights writing. But, even as I write this post, I have beside me a black ceramic cup with some matcha (green tea in powder) mixed with dried milk, which I absolutely love. I’m going to have to stash a few packets in my luggage when I get back!

What about you, dear readers? Do you have any favourite tea flavours to suggest, for me to drink as I work on the next instalment in the Deal with a Devil series?

Thank you very much for stopping by!

Cornelia xxx


About The Circus of the Damned

22465349Magician Gilbert Blake has spent his entire life conning drunkards in the seediest pubs in the darkest towns, careful to hide the true depths of his power. But when he spends a little too much time in Shadowsea and the infamous slumlord Count Reuben gets wind of his abilities, hiding within the Circus of the Damned may be Gilbert’s only chance at survival.

But there’s more to the Circus than meets the eye. Every time a performer dies, a new one must take his place, or the entire circus suffers the consequences. And while the handsome ringmaster Jesse isn’t one to coerce unwilling performers into giving up their souls to the devil, a recent death in their ranks makes Gilbert exactly what they need.

Yet the longer Gilbert stays with the Circus, the more danger he seems to bring them. Being with Jesse is more than Gilbert could have hoped for, but as Count Reuben’s men continue to search for Gilbert and the Circus loses another performer, they all face running out of time long before the Devil claims his due.


Cornelia Grey

Cornelia Grey is a creative writing student fresh out of university, with a penchant for fine arts and the blues. Born and raised in the hills of Northern Italy, where she collected her share of poetry and narrative prizes, Cornelia moved to London to pursue her studies.

After graduating with top grades, she is now busy with internships: literary agencies, publishing houses, and creative departments handling book series, among others. She also works as a freelance translator.

She likes cats, knitting, performing in theatre, going to museums, collecting mugs, and hanging out with her grandma. When writing, she favors curious, surreal stories, steampunk, and mixed-genre fiction. Her heroes are always underdogs, and she loves them for it.

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$250 gift certificate to Harlots and Angels Steampunk Corsetry and get your own custom corset or personalized steampunk gear. Each new post you comment on earns you an entry into the drawing, so be sure to check out the rest of the tour schedule too!

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Harlots and Angels Bio

Hello I’m Sharon Ince and I own Harlots and Angels. We are a UK based company that creates unusual sewing and crafting patterns, clothing, corsetry, props and accessories with a wide range of themes from Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Victorian, Gothic and Burlesque.

We have produced work for a large diversity of clients, including The Disney Corporation, the BBC costuming department, Sky TV, Working Title films as well as several Hollywood production companies and local theatre and film productions.

I have always loved to design and I’m self-taught. In fact I started at the early age of about 5 years old and have never stopped. I love to work with leather, sew natural fabrics, sculpt, and build my house with stone and wood; though my real passion is to design.

When I am starting out on a new design the hours fly by and I’m lost in the perfect bliss of experimenting, mathematical calculation, followed by the thrill of seeing the idea become reality.

My love of Gothic literature, mad inventors and scientists and all things Victorian has always filtered through my thoughts and designs, so when I first discovered the emerging Steampunk community some years ago many of my creations found their family niche.


9 comments on “BLOG TOUR – GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: “Circus of the Damned” by Cornelia Grey

  1. livrancourt
    November 7, 2014

    I had a chance to read an advance copy of Circus of the Damned and just loved it. Now that I have a visual of you in a quiet room, drinking tea and writing, I think I like it even more. Thanks so much!


    • Cornelia Grey
      November 7, 2014

      Thank you so much, dear! I’m so glad you liked it :)
      Really, it was such a pleasure to write it that way. I miss that house!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. llesarlorraine
    November 7, 2014

    In Japan? I’m so envious. Have you managed to visit the Traditional Tea Houses and have a tea ceremony? I’ve always wanted to do that and visit the cherry blossom trees in spring, there supposed to be amazing! Enjoy your trip.


    • Cornelia Grey
      November 7, 2014

      Hello, dear, thank you so much for stopping by!
      Last year I actually came here in April, so I got the chance to see the cherry blossoms and attend a tea ceremony in Kyoto. It was beautiful!
      Now it’s almost time to see the red maple leaves. I already saw some in Nikko, they should arrive in Tokyo in a couple of weeks… can’t wait :)!


  3. Give A Rush
    November 7, 2014

    Only in the recent handful of years have I been drinking tea. I don’t like just plain ol’ tea either nor the lemon flavoured sort and only drink it on cold (ish) weather (same as hot cocoa). At the moment I’m drinking an earl grey with lavender with a sprinkle of vanilla flavored creamer. Your white tea with apricot sound delish! I’d have to see if I can find it here in the US.
    Your story sounds intriguing. Steampunk as with my tea drinking are new (ish) to me and so far I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read. Just recently I read a book that mixed historical with steampunk and I really liked it. I hope I’ll like yours as well.


  4. Margo
    November 7, 2014

    Definitely adding this book to my TBR pile. Looks fabulous! The corsets are pretty nifty too. (drools…)


  5. Carolyn
    November 7, 2014

    I drink tea almost every day, but I have to confess to not being very adventurous. I am not at all versed in tea brands or flavors either, but I have one with blueberry that I love.

    I hope people are finding Circus of the Damned as delightful as I did!


  6. Trix
    November 9, 2014

    I’m more of a coffee nut, but I do enjoy tea sometimes…


  7. Allison
    November 10, 2014

    Other than standard teas I enjoy one called PeachTranquility. It is full of peachy goodness.


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