Coronavirus is on our minds constantly right now. I’m not going to write about it, because I don’t have anything groundbreaking to add that hasn’t already been covered ad nauseam.
Honestly, I’m at a loss for words. Each morning I wake up wondering what kind of world I will be stumbling into. I drink my coffee and try to avoid the news on my laptop, but the worldwide impact is impossible to ignore.
We need to stay informed and support one another, but most of all, we need to do our best to keep on living. We need to take care of ourselves, which means we should find healthy escapes that remove us from the vortex of uncertainty—even if that’s only for a half-hour.
I’ve seen emails come through from various companies I’m subscribed to about their Coronavirus situations. I was saddened to read an email Saturday morning from Multnomah County Library, announcing that all public libraries in the Portland area would be closed until further notice.
This particular announcement left a very hollow feeling inside of me that I can’t explain. Of everything I’ve heard and seen online, this one hit me hard. To have our access to free print books taken away overnight is tough to swallow.
I can’t do much in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, but there is one thing I can do as an author…offer an easy escape for the book lovers out there.
This week—until Thursday, March 19 at 11:59 pm PDT—Beneath the Satin Gloves is FREE on Amazon.
I am only able to provide the ebook format at no cost. I do realize that many of you prefer print over digital formats.
So, I am also offering a discounted copy of the paperback edition of Beneath the Satin Gloves at $2 off ($10.99) until the end of March. This sale price merely covers the costs of printing and distribution, which goes to Amazon.
Although time travel isn’t usually a go-to genre for me (I find it’s too often spoiled by the usual tropes, cultural inaccuracies, and philosophical blundering), I have to hand it to Skrabanek.
Beneath the Satin Gloves is a brilliantly written addition to this genre, holding the tension between the past and present without letting either get out of hand or go overlooked.
The spy element of this book is brilliant too. Not at all the usual mystery plots or espionage tale, this novel is full of unexpected turns and well-written character development/revelation.
All of which brings me to the setting. World War Two is a common enough subject for fiction these days, and so my hopes were not terribly high with regards to this element of the book.
However, Skrabanek has successfully given her own twist to the subject, writing from the perspective of a female spy working to bring down Nazi Germany from the inside.
The confusion of the protagonist at being placed in this situation (having come from the present era) made this a particularly enjoyable read, as it allowed Skrabanek to explore the themes of the novel from an unabashedly modern perspective without fear of historical discrepancies.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book…an unexpected gem.” – Katherine, Reviewer on Amazon