Friday, November 2, 2012

Oxford Whispers: On Tour with Author Marion Corslydon and a Giveaway

Two star-crossed lovers in the English Civil War
A painting with haunting powers
A murderous ghost back for revenge

Madison LeBon is dead set against the dead. She has vowed to ignore her Voodoo-stamped heritage and the psychic gift passed down through her Louisiana family. The world of the living is where she wants to belong. 

But her resolution shatters when the ill-fated lovers in a painting—the subject of her first history class at Oxford—begin to haunt her. The lovers warn her against their own nemesis, a Puritan from the English Civil War. 

In misty present-day Oxford, Madison embarks on a quest to unravel the secrets of the past and understand her personal bond with the painting. To protect herself, she must learn to accept her gift before life imitates art, in all its tragedy. 

College becomes more complicated when she falls hard for Rupert Vance, a troubled aristocrat and descendant of one of the characters in the painting. 

With the spirit of a murderer in hot pursuit, Madison comes to realize that her own first love may be doomed… 

Based on a real Pre-Raphaelite painting, Oxford Whispers is full of romance, drama and suspense.
Fall in love for the first time… Again

Enjoy as the author tells us a little about the time and location of her novel . . .

My debut novel, Oxford Whispers, is a paranormal romance. It’s the story of Madison LeBon, an American student at Oxford University, with psychic powers she prefers to ignore. But when the tragic lovers in a painting begin to haunt her, she must learn to accept her gift. Otherwise, life will imitate art and Madison's own first love will be doomed.
I was very lucky to study at Oxford University. It was one of the most magical times of my life. I was in my early twenties with my whole life ahead of me and NOBODY could stop me to make my dream come true… those were the days!

I fell in love with Oxford and clearly thought it was the most romantic city I had ever been. I thought it was also the perfect place to fall in love for the first time. At the time, I was already convinced I’d be an author one day. So, while I walked through the city, characters and scenes started taking shape. In the following years, I often came back to Oxford and started being kind of a location scout.

There’s a strong Voodoo component in the novel and in Madison—who is kind of an “Ivy-League Sookie Stackhouse”—because I was born in West Africa where Voodoo originates, and spent a lot of time in New Orleans and Louisiana. I’m a big fan of True Blood –hence the Sookie reference—and loved the storyline involving Lafayette and the ghost of that beautiful lady named Mavis who can’t move to the next world because she’s looking for the soul of her murdered baby (that’s in Season 4).

The Giveaway

Marion will be giving away a $20 New Adult Reading pack --i.e. selected NA titles on Amazon to one commenter on the tour
Meet the Author

I am a true citizen of the world. I was born in West Africa, grew up in the South of France, and studied in Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Cape Town, and Oxford before finally settling down in London. This wide variety of cities has provided lots of inspiration for my writing. Talk about culture exposure!

In addition to being an author, I work as an entrepreneur, wife and mother-of-one but spend a good deal of time with books, DVDs and listening to my mp3 player; all for the sake of inspiration, of course. My debut series, The Oxford Trilogy, has been a blast to write because I can indulge in my favorite types of music: Country and English rock.
My main goal as a writer is to make readers dream bigger and cause their hearts to beat a little faster. Since my writing is all about sharing dreams and stories, I love connecting with fellow readers and authors. 



  1. Wow, this book sounds really great. I always love learning tidbits about what goes into a story or reasons why certain locations are chosen. I wish you much luck on your debut novel Marion.


  2. She just pulls you in doesn't she Skyla?

    Marion--thank you for joining us today and nicely done on the book!

  3. Nice post. The book sounds good.