Monday, December 1, 2008

Lloyd Lofthouse and My Splendid Concubine

Lloyd Lofthouse is the author of the historical fiction novel My Splendid Concubine.

In the video below, Lloyd discusses the challenges of research for historical fiction writers. If you're considering writing an historical fiction novel, you'll want to listen to what Lloyd has to say.

About the book: No Westerner has ever achieved Robert Hart’s status and level of power in China. Driven by a passion for his adopted country, Hart became the “godfather of China’s modernism,” inspector general of China’s Customs Service, and the builder of China’s railroads, postal and telegraph systems, and schools.

But his first real love is Ayaou, a young concubine. Soon after arriving in China in 1854, Hart falls in love with Ayaou, but his feelings for her sister go against the teachings of his Christian upbringing and almost break him emotionally. To survive he must learn how to live and think like the Chinese.

He also finds himself thrust into the second bloodiest conflict in history, the Taiping Rebellion, where he ends up making enemies of men such as the American soldier of fortune known as the Devil Soldier.

During his first years in China, Robert experiences a range of emotion from bliss to despair. Like Damascus steel, he learns to be both hard and flexible, which forges his character into the great man he is yet to become. Full of humanity, passion, and moral honesty, My Splendid Concubine is the deeply intimate story of Hart’s loyalty and love for his adopted land and the woman who captured his heart.

You can visit Lloyd's website at

The MY SPLENDID CONCUBINE VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR '08 will officially begin on December 1 and end on January 30. You can visit Lloyd's blog stops at in December and January to find out where he is appearing!

As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors' blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available. A winner will be announced at the end of every month!


Dorothy Thompson said...

Wow, thanks for posting his v-log, Cheryl! I asked him if he'd be interested in starting his own radio show...this guy is not shy! Lloyd, if you're reading this, good luck on the rest of your virtual book tour! You did a great job with your v-logs and we'll be seeing more of them in the days ahead!

Cheryl said...

I loved this one. I can't believe how well some of your clients have embraced this V-log idea. I'm still waiting for one of mine to bite. Maybe Bev would be willing to do it next month.

Good luck with your tour, Lloyd!


Morgan Mandel said...

Now authors not only have to research their books, but also figure out how to look great in videos!

Morgan Mandel

Lloyd said...


Thank you for your comments. Authors by their nature tend to be loners and avoid bright lights. Most of us would rather be at home in a quiet room writing, reading or procrastinating. However, with the advent of the Internet along with and the "EXPLOSION" of books due to POD and self publishing, the competition for the attention of readers has become a challenge even the traditional publishing community is struggling with. Authors that want people to read their work must find innovative ways to gain the attention of that potential audience. V-Logs are one of the tools and Microsoft’s Move Maker is easy to use. For me, it helped that I spent thirty years teaching in the public schools, which is like a three ring circus anyway. It also helped that, thanks to my wife, I had access to costumes that fit the era of my novel in addition to the fact that she earned her MFA in film at the Chicago Art Institute. I had help.

Lloyd Lofthouse
author of My Splendid Concubine