Friday, January 28, 2022

#GIVEAWAY The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Matthews Blog Tour Interview with Mimi sponsored by Austenprose PR


Welcome to my stop on the Siren of Sussex blog tour here you can learn all about the novel, enjoy my interview with author Mimi Matthews and enter the generous #Giveaway that Mimi is sponsoring. #Giveaway deets below!

·       Title: The Siren of Sussex: Belles of London (Book ·       Author: Mimi Matthews
·       Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
·       Publisher: Berkley Romance (January 11, 2022)
·       Length: (432) pages
·       Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook 
·       Tour Dates: January 10-30, 2022


Victorian high society’s most daring equestrienne finds love and an unexpected ally in her fight for independence in the strong arms of London’s most sought after and devastatingly handsome half-Indian tailor.

Evelyn Maltravers understands exactly how little she's worth on the marriage mart. As an incurable bluestocking from a family tumbling swiftly toward ruin, she knows she'll never make a match in a ballroom. Her only hope is to distinguish herself by making the biggest splash in the one sphere she excels: on horseback. In haute couture. But to truly capture London's attention she'll need a habit-maker who's not afraid to take risks with his designs—and with his heart.

Half-Indian tailor Ahmad Malik has always had a talent for making women beautiful, inching his way toward recognition by designing riding habits for Rotten Row's infamous Pretty Horsebreakers—but no one compares to Evelyn. Her unbridled spirit enchants him, awakening a depth of feeling he never thought possible.

But pushing boundaries comes at a cost and not everyone is pleased to welcome Evelyn and Ahmad into fashionable society. With obstacles spanning between them, the indomitable pair must decide which hurdles they can jump and what matters most: making their mark or following their hearts?

My Interview with Mimi

Mimi Welcome to The Reading Frenzy

Your book The Siren of Sussex sounds very intriguing featuring a couple who have many obstacles to overcome. How common were inter-racial couples in Victorian England?
Not uncommon at all. Though not everyone in Victorian society accepted or fully approved of interracial relationships, they did exist and in increasing numbers as the century wore on.

I have to admit I’m an audiobook junkie and the narrator(s) can take a book to a whole other level How were the narrators for this book chosen and did you have any input?
My publisher wanted authentic casting for The Siren of Sussex. With that in mind, they held auditions for the roles of Ahmad and Evelyn. I was lucky to get to hear some of the audition clips and to give feedback on the actors I liked best. Penguin Random House Audio ended up casting my top picks, Vidish Athavale and Lydia Hanman, in the roles. I’m so excited for everyone to hear how amazing they sound!

Mimi, your impeccable research has been featured in major publications and is often used in high school and college English and history curriculums. Where did your fascination in nineteenth century English history come from?
I grew up reading Victorian novels and watching costume dramas alongside my mother. That fostered a love of the nineteenth century that only grew throughout my college and law school years. Toward the end of law school, I ended up writing a big paper on the British Courts of Chancery that furthered my fascination with the era. I’ve been researching and writing about it ever since.

This book has received rave reviews including starred reviews from Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. Are you an author who must read all reviews, do you avoid them at all costs or are you somewhere in between?
I used to read advance reviews of my novels and reviews that came in during release week; however, I’ve recently had to stop doing this. Instead, my assistant curates reviews for me so I don’t see the ones that are personally hurtful. And some are hurtful. I’m not sure how it benefits anyone if I read them.
It also doesn't benefit anyone who reads them.
This is why reviewers need to be very careful when reviewing a book. A review should never be hurtful!

If you could meet any historical figure from the Victorian era, who would it be and why?
It’s difficult to choose! Probably one of the Brontë sisters. It would be nice to meet them and talk to them about writing.

If you could time-travel back to this time period, would you?
Honestly, I prefer to enjoy the Victorian era from a distance. Though there’s lots to love, the poverty, lack of sanitation, and rather unevolved views on medicine, animal welfare, and women’s rights would be a big deterrent for me.

Mimi This is book 1 in your new Belles of London series. How will the books connect?
The main point of connection is through the four female main characters: Evelyn Maltravers, Julia Wychwood, Lady Anne Deveril, and Stella Hobhouse. Their friendship and the road each travel toward their ultimate happily-ever-after is what joins the stories together.

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions good luck with your new book!


“…a tender and swoon worthy interracial, cross-class romance in Victorian London…Readers will delight in this paean to women’s fashion and horseback riding.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Matthews brings the Victorian era to vivid life with meticulously researched details and an impossible romance made believable and memorable.”— Booklist, starred review

“Matthews deftly underscores racial and gender discrimination in Victorian London in this excellent start to ‘The Belles of London’ series; rather than overshadowing, it propels the romance. Romance aficionados who love fashion and animals will delight in this tender romance and will be excited to see Evelyn’s friends in future installments.” — Library Journal, starred review

"Unflinching, tender, and moving, the delicately crafted The Siren of Sussex might just be my favourite work from Mimi Matthews; it certainly is one of my favourite historical romance reads this year."— Evie Dunmore, USA Today bestselling author of Portrait of a Scotsman






USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a retired Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats.





The Giveaway Package:
1 winner (selected at random by Rafflecopter) receives the following:
Signed print copy of The Siren of Sussex
Horse scarf
Pewter sidesaddle brooch (made in Sussex, England!)
The Siren of Sussex tote bag
Three candles in scents: Fresh Hay, New Saddle, and Winter Ride
Box of Ahmad Tea (60 count, assorted flavors)
The Siren of Sussex bookmark
The giveaway is open from 12:01 am Pacific time 1/4/22 until 11:59pm Pacific time on 2/7/22.
The winner will be announced on Mimi's blog - – at 8:00 pm Pacific time on 2/8/22.
Click the link below to enter the Giveaway

The Siren of Sussex Book Tour Schedule

Jan 10    Cogitations and Meditations (Review)

Jan 10    Heidi Reads (Review)

Jan 10    Reading is My Superpower (Review)

Jan 10    Austenprose (Review)

Jan 10    Eli's Novel Reviews (Review)

Jan 10    Robin Loves Reading (Review)

Jan 11    Culturess (Review)

Jan 11    Gwendalyn's Books (Review)

Jan 11    Syrie James (Review)

Jan 11    Wishful Endings (Review)

Jan 12    Amanda's Book Corner (Review)

Jan 12    Quill Ink (Review)

Jan 12    Relz Reviewz (Review)

Jan 13    Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)

Jan 13    Roses are Blue (Review)

Jan 13    The Lit Bitch (Review)

Jan 14    History Lizzie (Review)

Jan 14    Life of Literature (Review)

Jan 14    My Bookish Bliss (Review)

Jan 15    The Caffeinated Bibliophile (Review)

Jan 15    Books and Socks Rock (Review)

Jan 16    Heather Moll (Review)

Jan 16    The Bashful Bookworm (Review)

Jan 17    Eleanor Lynn (Review)

Jan 17    Bookworm Lisa (Review)

Jan 17    Novel's Alive (Review)

Jan 18    The Calico Critic (Review)

Jan 18    Nerd by Nature (Review)

Jan 18    Bobs & Books (Review)

Jan 19    The Secret Victorianist (Review)

Jan 19    Savvy Verse & Wit (Interview)

Jan 19    Captivated Reading (Review)

Jan 20    Vesper's Place (Review)

Jan 20    Nurse Bookie (Review)

Jan 20    A Bookish Way of Life (Review)

Jan 21    Clarissa Harwood (Review)

Jan 21    Library of Clean Reads (Review)

Jan 21    Bonnie Reads and Writes (Review)

Jan 21    Christian Chick's Thoughts (Review)

Jan 22    The Literature Chick Book Blog (Review)

Jan 22    Red Headed Book Lady (Review)

Jan 23    Inkwell Inspirations (Review)

Jan 23    Stacy's Books (Review)

Jan 24    Elizabeth Mahon (Interview)

Jan 24    Jocelyne Reads Romance (Review)

Jan 24    One Book More (Review)

Jan 24    Lady with a Quill (Review)

Jan 24    From Pemberley to Milton (Review)

Jan 25    Confessions of a Book Addict (Review)

Jan 25    Stephanie Barron (Review)

Jan 25    Laura's Reviews (Review)

Jan 25    Reading with Emily (Review)

Jan 26    Bringing Up Books (Review)

Jan 26    A Darn Good Read (Review)

Jan 26    Lis Loves Reading (Review)

Jan 27    My Vices and Weaknesses (Review)

Jan 27    Katie's Clean Book Collection (Review)

Jan 27    Lu Reviews Books (Review)

Jan 28    The Reading Frenzy (Interview)

Jan 28    View from the Birdhouse (Review)

Jan 28    Austenesque Reviews (Review)

Jan 28    By the Book (Review)

Jan 29    Cup of Tea with that Book Please (Review)

Jan 29    Chicks, Rogues, & Scandals (Review)

Jan 29    Rosanne Lortz (Review)

Jan 30    Charlotte Brentwood (Review)

Jan 30    Leah Garriott (Review)

Jan 30    Just Another Teen Reading Books (Review)

Jan 30    Literary Time Out (Review)



  1. I really enjoyed this one. Getting the interview was great.

  2. Sounds like it could be a winner via audiobook.

  3. Thanks for sharing the interview, Debbie. Mimi is such a talented writer and I am looking forward to book two in the series, The Belle of Belgrave Square in October.