Monday, August 19, 2013

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - The Serpent's Tooth Trilogy by Kathy Fischer-Brown

Historical Fiction
Date Published: 6/13/2012 - 8/31/2012 - 2/6/2013

As a child, Anne Fairfield dreams of the father she never knew, the hero who died fighting the French and their Indian allies in a land across the sea. Her mother’s stories, and fantasies of her own devising, sustain and nurture her through a poor and lonely existence. Until one winter night, a strange man comes to call, and the life she has known comes crashing down like shattered glass.
Forced to confront sordid truths, secrets and lies, the headstrong young woman begins to learn that, like generations of women ruled by their hearts, she is destined to follow in their footsteps.
Set against the backdrop of 18th century England, Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter is the first book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy, which follows Anne from the rural countryside, to London society and into the center of the American Revolution.

 BOOK #2 (May contain spoilers)
Four years after a near fatal blunder uproots her from her home and inheritance, Anne Darvey, daughter of the Marquess of Esterleigh, finds herself an indentured servant on a farm near Fort Edward in New York, as the British army advances toward Albany. Driven by guilt over the pain she has caused her father and grief over her lover’s death, she sets out to deliver a message. The consequences lead to the discovery that all is not as it seems, and sets in motion events that lead to love and danger.
Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, Courting the Devil is the second book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy, which follows Anne from her childhood in the rural English countryside, to London society, and into the center of the American Revolution.

BOOK #3 (May contain spoilers)
Faced with an impossible choice, Anne Marlowe is torn between her husband’s love and the hope of her father’s forgiveness. As American forces follow up on their tide-turning victories over the British at Freeman’s Farm and Bemis Heights, Peter is drawn deeper into the shady network of espionage that could cost them both their lives.
Is his commitment to “the Cause” stronger than his hard-won love for Anne? Will her sacrifice tear them apart again...this time forever? Or will they find the peace and happiness they both seek in a new beginning?
The Partisan’s Wife follows Anne and Peter through the war torn landscape of Revolutionary War America, from the Battle of Saratoga to British-occupied New York and Philadelphia, and beyond.
#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
About 35 years ago, when I started writing seriously, I had an agent and ambitions to make writing a career. But life always seems to have a way of intervening — children, a mortgage, trying to save for the kids’ college — and publishing got shoved to the side. Now as I ponder the eventuality of Social Security, I don’t think in terms of career any more. But I still mean to write and publish for as long as I’m able.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
For me it’s the transfer from mind to paper (or rather the computer screen). A scene can be perfect in the imagination, almost like a movie, but it never survives completely intact in the translation. Getting a first draft finished is hard work, but once it’s done I love the rewriting and editing process. For me, that’s when the real creativity happens, the honing, sharpening, and shaping.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
In eighth grade I had a terrific English teacher, Miss Debevois, who was very encouraging and supportive. I’d show her everything I wrote outside of class and in her spare time she’d mark them up with comments and suggestions. Throughout the years I was also lucky to have a few mentors and some fantastic critique partners.

#4 – What is next for your writing?
Right now, I’m kind of recharging my batteries after finally seeing The Serpent’s Tooth trilogy in print. I have a number of projects, all vying for attention. I suppose I’ll fix on one fairly soon.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I was an avid reader long before I ever tried my hand at writing, and I now have a Kindle bursting with books to read. Mostly I read non-fiction (histories, social histories, biographies) when I’m working on a story. Summers are lazy times when I catch up on reading fiction. I just finished Nightingale, a historical romance by Juliet Waldron.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:
(This is for the entire trilogy, so it’s very simplified.)
Seeking the man she loves and atonement for her past, a young woman rises from poverty to London society and into the American Revolution.

This or That?

#1 - iPod or Mp3?  

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
Mashed potatoes

#4 – Comedy or Drama?

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?

#7 – Call or Text?

#8 – Public School or Home School?
Public School

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate?

#10 – eBook or Paperback?


As a child Kathy wanted to be a writer when she grew up. She also wanted to act. After receiving an MFA in Acting and playing the part of starving young artist in New York, she taught theater classes at a small college in the Mid-West before returning home to the East Coast, where over the years, she and her husband raised two kids and an assortment of dogs. During stints in advertising, children’s media publishing, and education reform in the former Soviet Unions, she wrote whenever she could. Her love of early American history has its roots in family vacations up and down the East Coast visiting old forts and battlefields and places such as Williamsburg, Mystic Sea Port, and Sturbridge Village. At the same time, she daydreamed in history classes, imagining the everyday people behind all the dates and conflicts and how they lived.
Claiming her best ideas are born of dreams, Kathy has written a number of stories over the years. Her first published novel, Winter Fire, a 1998 Golden Heart finalist in historical romance, was reissued in 2010 by Books We Love, Ltd.
When not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, photography, playing “ball” with the dogs, and rooting on her favorite sports teams.


August 20 - Rose and Bep's Blog - Review Book #1
August 21 - A Life Through Books - Review Book #1
August 22 -Texas Book Nook - Review Books 1&2
August 23 - Periodical Gazzette - Review All Books
August 24 - Must Read Faster - Review All Books
August 25 - Dalene's Book Reviews - Review All Books/Guest Post
August 26 - Busy Mom Book Reviews - Review All Books
August 27 - Noemi Betancourt - Review All Books / Guest Post
August 28 - My Cozie Corner - Review All Books
August 30 -  RABT Reviews - Review


  1. Thanks to Cami and Melissa for organizing this tour!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed, Shannon. I hope to see you at other stops on the tour.