Blog Tour: ‘The Revelation of Louisa May’ by Michaela MacColl Guest Post and Contest Giveaway

Blog Tour: ‘The Revelation of Louisa May’ by Michaela MacColl Guest Post and Contest Giveaway

Blog Tour: ‘The Revelation of Louisa May’ by Michaela MacColl Guest Post and Contest GiveawayThe Revelation of Louisa May by Michaela MacColl
Published by Chronicle Books on April 28th 2015
Genres: Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover
Louisa May Alcott can't believe it—her mother is leaving for the summer to earn money for the family and Louisa is to be in charge of the household. How will she find the time to write her stories, much less have any adventures of her own? But before long, Louisa finds herself juggling her temperamental father, a mysterious murder, a fugitive seeking refuge along the Underground Railroad, and blossoming love. Intertwining fact, fiction, and quotes from Little Women, Michaela MacColl has crafted another spunky heroine whose story will keep readers turning pages until the very end.

About Michaela MacColl

Michaela attended Vassar College and Yale University earning degrees in multi-disciplinary history. Unfortunately, it took her 20 years before she realized she was learning how to write historical fiction. Her favorite stories are the ones she finds about the childhood experiences of famous people. She has written about a teenaged Queen Victoria (Prisoners in the Palace, Chronicle 2010) and Beryl Markham’s childhood (Promise the Night, Chronicle 2011). She is writing a literary mystery series for teens featuring so far a young Emily Dickinson in Nobody’s Secret (2013) and the Bronte sisters in Always Emily (2014). She has recently begun a new series with Boyd’s Mill/Highlights called Hidden Histories about odd events in America’s past. The first entry in the series is Rory’s Promise and will be published in September 2014. She frequently visits high schools and has taught at the Graduate Institute in Bethel, CT. She lives in Westport CT with her husband, two teenaged daughters and three extremely large cats.

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Thank you Book Nerd Canada for hosting The Revelation of Louisa May blog tour.  I’ve never been here before, but I’ll be back. Just looking at your book reviews has increased my TBR pile by 20%!  

The Revelation of Louisa May is a murder mystery. Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, is my “detective.”  The victim is a man who is so evil he really needs killing.  Louisa’s “partner in crime” is an old friend, who has transformed at college into a figure of romance. There are guest appearances by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau (dear friends of Louisa’ family).  A fugitive slave, an attractive woman with a mysterious agenda and a laconic sheriff round out the cast.

This book is third in a series of literary mysteries for Chronicle Books (the first was Emily Dickinson in Nobody’s Secret and the second was the Bronte sisters in Always Emily).  They are a blast to write because I get to combine my two favorite things: biography and literature.  If I do my job right, it feels like Jo March (the beloved protagonist of Little Women) inhabits Louisa May’s body! In fact, Louisa modeled Jo after herself – down to the minutest physical description and mannerisms. Jo likes to throw herself into a “vortex,” a writing frenzy from which she’ll emerge days later. Louisa was the same. She would turn a long pillow on its side to warn her family that she was writing. She wrote so fast she trained herself to be ambidextrous so she could just throw her pen from one hand to the other when she tired.


Jo March in a “vortex”

Jo writes her stories because she loves them, but also because she sees writing as the surest way to earn money for her impoverished family. She says to her sisters, “just wait till I make my fortune, and you shall revel in carriages and ice cream and high-heeled slippers, and posies, and red-headed boys to dance with.”Louisa May felt exactly the same way. Her true life family was desperately poor and she promised her mother and sisters that she would become rich through her pen: “Seeing so much money flying about, I long to honestly get a little and make my dear family more comfortable.”

In the Revelation of Louisa May, Louisa is at her wits end. Her father is a philosopher who refuses to get a job… on principle. Her mother, the model for the wise and tranquil Marmee, is leaving town to get a job to support the family. A fugitive slave shows up needing shelter. An old friend, grown suddenly attractive, appears with a proposition for Louisa.  Her sister Beth is frail and hardly ever leaves the couch. There’s housekeeping and cooking to be done. And she’s wrestling with a story that will become her first (unpublished!) novel. A slavecatcher comes to town uncovering secrets and trying to blackmail Louisa and her friends. And did I mention a murder? How Louisa manages to juggle all this is at the heart of my story. I hope you like it!

Please visit me at or Author Michaela MaColl on Facebook or follow me at @michaelamaccoll.

contest giveaway

rules and regulations

  • Ends on March 1st, 2015 at 12:01AM (EST)
  • Canadian and American  icon_canada icon_united-states residents only.
  • Canadian residents must answer the skill-testing question correctly to qualify.
  • Chronicle Books will be in charge of shipping.
  • Book Nerd Canada will not be responsible for lost or damaged packages.
  • Total prize value is approximately $18 CAD.
  • The winner will be announced on Twitter and in the Rafflecopter Widget.
  • For the complete set of rules and regulations click here.

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tour schedule

Tuesday 4/28/2015 Teenreads
Wednesday 4/29/2015 A Dream Within A Dream
Thursday 4/30/2015 The Children’s Book Review
Friday 5/1/2015 Book Nerd Canada
Saturday 5/2/2015 Booking Mama
Sunday 5/3/2015 Chapter by Chapter
Monday 5/4/2015 Mother Daughter Book Club
Tuesday 5/5/2015 Forever Young Adult


  1. Jamie Welch

    May 31, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    I haven’t read anything by this author before but it sounds interesting!

    • giselle

      June 2, 2015 at 8:02 PM

      Me neither, but it sounds so interesting

  2. Bookish Glamma

    May 3, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    I read Cinder and absolutely loved it. It is the book that is responsible for changing what I thought I knew about sci-fi. I am looking forward to reading The Revelations… I love the idea of a fictional book with Louisa May Alcott.
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  3. MArianne

    May 2, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    This book sounds amazing

  4. Anne

    May 1, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    What a fascinating and great feature and giveaway. I haven’t read any books by Marissa Meyer. Thanks for this interesting post.

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