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Monday, September 9, 2013

Blog Tour- The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler

I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler. Here's a little bit about the book and then I've got an interesting little guest post from Sonia.

At the turn of the twentieth century, Spiritualism and séances are all the rage—even in the scholarly town of Cambridge, England. While mediums dupe the grief-stricken, a group of local fringe scientists seeks to bridge the gap to the spirit world by investigating the dark corners of the human mind.

Each running from a shadowed past, Kate, Asher, and Elsie take refuge within the walls of Summerfield College. But their peace is soon shattered by the discovery of a dead body nearby. Is this the work of a flesh-and-blood villain, or is something otherworldly at play? This unlikely trio must illuminate what the scientists have not, and open a window to secrets taken to the grave—or risk joining the spirit world themselves.

The Dark Between, a supernatural romance about the powers that lie in the shadows of the mind, is perfect for fans of Sarah Rees Brennan, Alyxandra Harvey, and Libba Bray.

In The Dark Between, Elsie Atherton has a passion for photography. Female photographers weren’t that common in 1901, but they certainly did exist. Some even made a profession out of it.

Women have been involved with photography since the earliest cameras were in use. Most often they were wives or family members of photographers, and they acted as assistants. In England, women began to independently explore photography as an art form in the middle of the 19th century. By the early 20th century, one could find professional female photographers throughout Europe and America.

For Elsie, the most influential female photographer was Julia Margaret Cameron, who worked to elevate portrait photography to a serious art form. In The Dark Between, Elsie is particularly fond of photographs like Alethea, a portrait of Alice Liddel (who was famous for inspiring Alice in Wonderland) and “Maud” (see below), which illustrated Tennyson’s Idylls of the King.

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Learn more about early female photographers.

Next time, we’ll talk about the strange phenomenon of Spirit Photography . . .

There's also a giveaway being held on Sonia's website where you can enter the various code words given at each tour stop. My code word is PORTRAIT.
- Contest open to U.S. only
- Readers can enter multiple times if they visit each blog on the tour and submit an entry with the various secret codes; one entry per person per code word.

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