Saturday, March 19, 2016

Blog Tour | Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors by H.L. Burke

Nyssa Glass is a reformed cat burglar turned electrician's apprentice, settled into a life repairing videophones and radio-sets. However, when her past comes calling, she finds herself framed for murder and forced into one last job. No one has entered Professor Dalhart's secluded mansion in almost a decade, at least not that returned to tell the tale.
If Nyssa wants to ensure her freedom, she'll brave the booby-trapped halls and mechanized maids. Nyssa has skills, but this house has more than its share of secrets. As she steps into the cobwebbed halls lined with dusty mirrors, she has to wonder. Is the House of Mirrors really abandoned?
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From the Author

Of all my guilty pleasures, I think adventure games are my favorite. I used to go to this site that would give you two hour trials of various games, and I'd occasionally kill an afternoon downloading the free trial and doing my best to beat it before the game locked me out. They were pretty simple games,without a ton of story or production value, but every so often I'd find a gem, one that I might even end up buying because the challenges took me much longer than the trial period … or because I wouldn't mind playing it again and again.

The premise to a lot of these games is similar. A protagonist (usually represented by you) is dropped into a situation and must solve a mystery or defeat a series of challenges to get out again. These can range from escaping a ghost town or abandoned house to navigating a film set to solving a murder mystery. The best have an atmosphere that becomes a character itself, either whimsical and fun or downright spooky.

I love these sorts of games.

Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors owes a lot to these games.

·         The hero in these games spends a lot of time alone, trying to discover the truth. Nyssa is on her own inside of Dalhart Manor, except for the disembodied voice belonging to a sarcastic computer system.

·         The setting is in someways a character itself, driving the story along with its atmosphere and evoking an emotional reaction. Dalhart Manor is as creepy as all get out, but there's also a sadness beneath the surface. It gives up it secrets slowly, almost in a calculated way, trying to scare Nyssa away so she can't complete her mission and solve its mystery.

·         The hero faces a series of challenges. Nyssa has to break into a house, fight killer robots, solve puzzles, and outwit the bad guys. Every time she catches her breath, another challenge presents, knocking her back a step or forcing her to fight her way forward.

So yeah, I totally love adventure games, and journeying with Nyssa through Dalhart Manor provides me with that experience only in written form. I'm hoping readers will want to come along for the adventure too. 
Author Bio:
Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic. 

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture. 

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are. 

She is the author of a four part fantasy/romance series entitled "The Scholar and the Dragon," YA/Fantasy "Beggar Magic," and MG/Fantasy "Thaddeus Whiskers and the Dragon," among others . Her current projects are a young adult Steampunk fantasy and an epic fantasy trilogy. 

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