Spice Road (The Spice Road Trilogy #1) by Maiya Ibrahim. Blog Tour

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Welcome to my stop on the book tour for

Spice Road (The Spice Road Trilogy #1) by Maiya Ibrahim.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: January 24th, 2023

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Rep: Middle Eastern, Arabian, Lebanese


The first book in an epic fantasy series for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Hafsah Faizal and Elizabeth Lim, set in an Arabian-inspired land. Raised to protect her nation from the monsters lurking in the sands, seventeen-year-old Imani must fight to find her brother whose betrayal is now their greatest threat.

In the hidden desert city of Qalia, secret spice magic awakens affinities in those who drink the misra tea. With an affinity for iron, seventeen-year-old Imani wields a dagger like no other warrior, garnering her the reputation as the next greatest Shield for battling the dangerous djinn, ghouls, and other monsters that lurk in the sands beyond city limits.

Her reputation has been overshadowed, however, by her brother who tarnished the family name after he was discovered stealing their nation’s coveted spice – a tell-tale sign of magical obsession. He disappeared soon after, believed to have died beyond the Forbidden Wastes, and leaving Imani reeling with both betrayal and grief.

But when Imani uncovers evidence her brother may be alive and spreading their nation’s magic beyond the desert, she strikes a deal with the Council to find him and bring him back to Qalia before he can reveal the city’s location. Accompanied by Qayn, a roguish but handsome djinni, and Taha, a powerful beastseer whose magical talents are matched only by his arrogance, they set out on their mission.

Imani will soon discover there are many secrets that lie beyond the Forbidden Wastes – and in her own heart – but will she find her brother before his betrayals endanger the fate of all of Qalia?

In this epic and action-packed fantasy, one young heroine navigates the treacherous road between protecting the ones you love and staying loyal to the place you call home.

Content Warning: politics, colonialism


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Spice Road by Maiya Ibrahim is vibrant fantasy, full of swords and sorcery !

Maiya Ibrahim, brings Qalia and Alqibah worlds vividly to life. This immersive enemies to lovers fantasy is set in an Arabian-inspired land. Full of Monsters and myths from Middle Eastern folklore.

We follow seventeen year old Imani, who is the the infamous Djinni-Slayer, the youngest member of the Shields, protectors of the city of Qalia. Imani is gifted with the magical ability to transform her ancient dagger into other weapons. Aided by a tea called Spice, who’s magical properties that comes from the ancient Misra Tree.

Her presumed treasonous brother Atheer, has been missing and assumed dead after his theft of misra. When things come to light he might not be so dead after all. When Imani and her younger sister, Amira are given information about their brother, they find themselves in a retrieval group set out to bring Atheer back. To much to her dismay Imira is paired with her rival Taha and his scouts. Together along with her sister, and a Djinni, who claims he has befriended her brother, they leave the comforts of everyone and everything they know to retrieve her brother.

Faced with danger and the harsh reality of the vast desert land, and what it’s people have had to endure. Imira slowly realizes how much she is narrow minded. The reader Is given first hand Imira inner thoughts as she finds herself in back and forth relationship with Taha, as they make their way.

A plot driven book who’s slightly stubborn and quite sassy character, faces harsh realities about the world she thought she knew. I enjoyed the enemies to lovers troupe and the banter. The magical system was unique and I thought the beautiful world building and folklore was gorgeous.

I am excited for the next installment.

Happy Reading Friends

Thanks to @tbrbeyondtours @getunderlined @maiya_ibrahim @delacortepress @delacortepresskids @randomhousekids @atrandombooks @prhlibrary


Maiya Ibrahim is the debut author of SPICE ROAD, publishing January 24, 2023 from Delacorte Press and Hodder & Stoughton. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology Sydney. When she isn’t writing, reading, or spending time with her family, she enjoys video games, gardening, and expanding her collection of rare trading cards. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

She is represented by Peter Knapp of Park & Fine Literary and Media, Claire Wilson of RCW Literary, and Mary Pender-Coplan of United Talent Agency.

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Woodborn by Heather Nix

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

Woodborn by Heather Nix

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*Cover Art by Anna Doušová
Woodborn by Heather Nix
(Song of Gods #1)

Expected Publication Date: January 21, 2023

Genre: Sapphic Fantasy/ High Fantasy

CW: This is a sapphic fantasy novel, featuring a great deal of blood. Full list here

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“I do not know how I lived in darkness for so many years with this bright world just waiting for me to grasp it.”

Maelwen is a young witch trapped in a harsh and unforgiving life. Friendless and alone, she endures terrible abuse in order to survive in the desolate land of Iowain.

Across the continent, Cicerine, a virtuous young faun, lives in the idyllic glade of KanitoshWoods. Alongside her mother and closest friend, she is raised with dutiful reverence for the god, Idyth—led by the mysterious Father Farragen.

After escaping her tormentor and seeking a new life of her own, Maelwen finds a fresh start in the seedy trade city of Konidas. Meanwhile, a terrible tragedy befalls the glade, and Cicerine must flee to the same seaside town, leaving behind all she has ever known.

As a dark and menacing force spreads across Idythia, can Maelwen’s gifts and Cicerine’sdeveloping power stand against the threat which faces them all? Alongside found family, new friends, and a crew of sapphic pirates, the line between good and evil is tested as the continent prepares for an epic battle.


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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Woodborn by Heather Nix, is a stunning sapphic dark fantasy.

Heather Nix delivers a vividly descriptive, interesting, and well-written read here, with characters and a setting that totally captivated and intrigued me. I was totally taken and fascinated with each character’s own story. The narration is solid told in very distinct multiple POV’s. The two characters that stand out for me are, Maelwen the witch and Ceci a half human faun. The writing is smooth, and the author easily switches back and forth between characters effortlessly. The book has depth, with gender identity, and sexual preferences representatives The there also is traumatic scenes that I thought were handled perfectly. The spice was just enough to add some heat to the tale, also it kept me flipping through the pages. Fair warning friends, once you start reading this book you won’t be able to stop. Overall I really enjoyed reading this book, and I am excited to read Heather Nix next written work.

A captivating dark fantasy book, that will give you the best book hangover !

Happy Reading Friends


My bare feet pad along the floor of my small apartment as I head toward the bedroom. The desolate and stark journey from Iowain to Konidas took three days’ time, and I arrived two months ago today. I slept on the open ground, wrapped in my cloak beneath the wide sky, full of stars. I did not encounter a single living creature as I flew. The nights were silent but for the whistle of the wind and the soft rustle of my cloak, becoming as familiar to me as a part of my ‌body. Tiny pinprick scars now run along my arms and back from wrist to wrist, where it stitches to my skin for flight, looking like a seam pulled undone. They are the only wounds which my body has not healed. It feels odd, like finding something I did not know belonged to me. The cloak currently lies draped over a chair in my sitting room, humming softly to me as I sit on my bed. Months ago, I only dreamed of freedom. Now, I have it.

This apartment sits over a tavern in Konidas. The owners are human, plump, and kind-hearted. The night I arrived here, the tavern was the first open business I found, and I shook off the chill at a barstool with a tankard of frothy ale. The barkeep made small talk, and after the ale loosened my tongue, I let slip that I had just arrived and had made no arrangements for housing. I had planned on renting a room at the inn by the docks, despite the cost—rooms were rented by the day or the hour, not monthly. Without renting one of the rickety, dilapidated homes in town or an apartment above one of the small businesses, the cost of living in a transient city like Konidas is high. However, by the end of the night, I had made my first friend, the barkeep, Shell. She is the daughter of the tavern owners who coincidentally, and conveniently, had an empty apartment upstairs. I can’t help but feel like this is all too easy, too good. I have never had a home or a friend, and this comfort is unnerving. Some god or goddess must have been on my shoulder, guiding me toward complete strangers who somehow trusted me enough to offer up an apartment within hours of my arrival. I would say thanks if we still recalled the names of the gods. I paid them upfront for three months, a show of good faith that I can at least be counted on in that regard. I am not a friendly face, but money is just as good when it comes to trust. For the second time today, I pull out my sack of coin from beneath my mattress and count it. Jarrus’s savings and my meager hoard made a fair sum, and I have a decent amount left, but soon I will need to come up with a way to make more. I slide beneath my blankets and with a small smile allow myself to drift to sleep—almost happy for the first time in my life.

I wake with the dawn, the pale pink light of sunrise filtering through my small window. There is a marked quiet to the morning and my brow furrows as I look around. My cloak has gone quiet. The persistent hum has stopped, and my senses feel dulled. I am tired, despite my night of sleep, and my body aches. Hunger grabs onto the pit of my stomach with a twisting cramp and I stand, unsteady on my feet. I dress in a pair of charcoal gray pants and a silk blouse, and I pull my long hair back into a leather tie. The staircase down to the tavern seems to shift beneath my feet, and I grip the railing to keep from falling. Shell is busy wiping down the bar, and I can smell something cooking in the kitchen, but it makes my stomach turn. Nearly gagging, I push my way through the door and out into the morning bustle.


Heather Nix is the debut author of Woodborn, the first book in the Song of Gods series. Born and raised in sunny San Diego, CA she longs to return to the forests of the Pacific Northwest. She is the mother of two human and three cat children, and enjoys tattoos, tabletop RPGs, and creating feminist art in her limited spare time. Heather is passionate about writing queer fantasy and strives to create nuanced characters who resonate with underserved communities.

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The Rose and the Thistle: A Novel

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The Rose and the Thistle By Laura Frantz

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• Title: The Rose and the Thistle: A Novel

• Author: Laura Frantz

• Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, Inspirational Fiction

• Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Co (January 3, 2023)

• Length: (416) pages

• Format: Hardcover, Trade paperback, & eBook

• ISBN: 978-0800742669

• Tour Dates: January 2 – 16, 2023




In 1715, Lady Blythe Hedley’s father is declared an enemy of the British crown because of his Jacobite sympathies, forcing her to flee her home in northern England. Secreted to the tower of Wedderburn Castle in Scotland, Lady Blythe awaits who will ultimately be crowned king. But in a house with seven sons and numerous servants, her presence soon becomes known.

No sooner has Everard Hume lost his father, Lord Wedderburn, than Lady Hedley arrives with the clothes on her back and her mistress in tow. He has his own problems–a volatile brother with dangerous political leanings, an estate to manage, and a very young brother in need of comfort and direction in the wake of losing his father. It would be best for everyone if he could send this misfit heiress on her way as soon as possible.

Drawn into a whirlwind of intrigue, shifting alliances, and ambitions, Lady Blythe must be careful whom she trusts. Her fortune, her future, and her very life are at stake. Those who appear to be adversaries may turn out to be allies–and those who pretend friendship may be enemies.


From the desk of Gwendalyn-

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

“You are still my English rose . . .
while I remain your
Scottish thistle.”

An exquisite historical fiction with picturesque settings, and wonderful superb details.

The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Frantz is heady historical romance set in Scotland during the perilous times of the Jacobite uprising in 1715.

Lady Blythe Hedley and her lady’s companion, barely escape with their lives as they fly through the night from northern England to the Wedderburn Castle in Scotland. Lady Blythe’s father, the Earl of Northumberland is embroiled heavily in the Jacobite cause. Which supported the restoration of the senior line of the House of Stuart to the British throne. Even though her father had already laid out plans just encase such a situation should arise. Nothing prepared Blythe and her dearest companion and confidante, for the challenges they will face in Scotland.

Everything is in chaos upon their arrival at Wedderburn Castle, as Blythe finds herself thrown in a house of mourning. Her godfather late Lord Wedderburn, has just passed away, and the eldest son, Everard Hume is coming terms with his new role as heir. Being the eldest of seven brothers he is now tasked with keeping his families estate intact as the shifting tides of religious upheaval threatens to tear all of England, and Scotland apart. Trying to keep the lady Blythe’s presence a secret is important, but the demanding English Rose might be a more of challenge than he can handle. Harboring the young lady who is a practicing Catholic, and that her father is a Jacobitism supporter, could mean disaster for Hume’s outward loyalty to the Crown….and to Everard and Blythe’s heart !

Oh this was a lovely historical fiction that I fell in over the hills love in with. A blossoming friendship that slowly turns into something more. Both main characters overcoming religious and background challenges, to learn how to except each other for who they are.

A moving and treasured book that leaves with a warm heart and a delightful smile on your face after long after closing the book. This is my first foray with this author and I completely understand her wide following. Her writing is superb, along with historical atmospheric imagery, that had me completely invested within the characters lives.

I am so excited to find this very talented author, and I look forward to going back and reading her past work!

Happy Reading-




• “A masterful achievement of historical complexity and scintillating romance sure to thrill readers with its saga of love under siege.”— Booklist, starred review

• “A deeply atmospheric story of faith, love, and sacrifice that is as captivating as it is enthralling.”— Sarah E. Ladd, bestselling author of The Cornwall Novels

• “Marked by majestic Scottish scenery and a memorable trip to Edinburg, The Rose and the Thistle is a delightful historical romance set during a tumultuous time.”— Forward Reviews



Christy Award-winning author, Laura Frantz, is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Proud of her heritage, she is also a Daughter of the American Revolution. When not at home in Kentucky, she and her husband live in Washington State.


The Witch of Tin Mountain

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

The Witch of Tin Mountain

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Publication Date: February 1, 2023
Lake Union Publishing

Genre: Historical Fiction


In Depression-era Arkansas, something wicked has come to a haunted mountain town in a novel of uncanny suspense by the author of Parting the Veil.

Blood and power bind three generations of women in the Ozark Mountains. So does an evil that’s followed them across the decades.

1931. Gracelynn Doherty lives peacefully on Tin Mountain, helping her adoptive granny work her cures. Despite whispers that the women are witches, the superstitious locals still seek them out, whether they suffer from arthritis or a broken heart. But when evangelist Josiah Bellflower comes to town touting miracle healing, full bellies, and prosperity, his revivals soon hold Tin Mountain in thrall—and Granny in abject fear.

Granny recognizes Josiah. Fifty years ago, in a dark and desperate moment, she made a terrible promise. Now Josiah, an enemy, has returned to collect his due.

As Granny sickens and the drought-ridden countryside falls under a curse, Gracelynn must choose: flee Tin Mountain and the only family she knows or confront the vengeful preacher whose unholy mission is to destroy her.




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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

The Witch Of Tin Mountain

By Paulette Kennedy

A stunning story of the multi-generational Werner family of witches, who experience an ominous entity bound by a curse. This compelling book is mostly set deep in the Ozark’s mountains. Spanning from the years of 1881 to 1931, we follow Gracelynn, and Deirdre and Anneliese.

A propulsive storyline, offering both drama and historical authenticity to appeal to anyone interested in strong female characters and exceptional writing.

The Innovative world building and incisive character development make this compulsively readable. Paulette Kennedy seamless narration is effortless to follow when switching from different points of views, along with different time periods. Steeped in folklore and superstitions, the back hills of the Ozark’s are vividly brought to life in rich imagery and dialogue.

The women in this story are strong and resilient. I could easily connect with them as endured trials and events that shaped them into who the are. The pacing was steady and from the first page to the last I was completely absorbed into these women’s lives. I really enjoyed reading about the granny woman who use healing with herbalism and mountain magic. The author really outshines with her details to southern mountain dialogue. Paulette Kennedy captures the sites and sounds that give this book a complete atmospheric experience. She also tackles some important issues, that are relatable even today. She respectfully gives would be readers this information, in her content warning at the beginning of the book.

I truly enjoyed this book, and I have a feeling I am already on to being a life long fan of this author’s work. I highly recommend this book to my friends family, and I am patiently waiting on Mrs Kennedy’s next book!


“With LGBTQ representation, Kennedy’s captivating second novel is perfect for historical fiction readers who enjoy a bit of witchcraft, folklore, and mystery.” —Booklist

“Kennedy weaves an achingly beautiful tale full of dark folklore, powerful women, and spine-tingling suspense. Deirdre’s and Gracelynn’s stories will grab you by the heart and stay with you long after the last page.” —Hester Fox, author of A Lullaby for Witches

“Brilliant and enthralling, The Witch of Tin Mountain left me breathless. Gracie and Deirdre are two unforgettable characters, and their stories twine in an intricate braid of complex beauty. Kennedy has secured her place as one of the very best in historical fiction.” —Olivia Hawker, bestselling author of One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow

“Kennedy’s sophomore novel weaves a mysterious, gorgeous tale that spans three generations of witches living in Arkansas—and the man who haunts them. A stunning work filled with fear, dark folklore, an Ozarkian voice that grabs you by the throat, and suspense that will keep you guessing, The Witch of Tin Mountain is the perfect read for a bleak winter’s day under the covers…with a flashlight.” —Maria Tureaud, author of The Last Hope in Hopetown

“Hauntingly atmospheric and crackling with life, The Witch of Tin Mountain is an unforgettable story of family, magic, love, hypocrisy, and the power—for good or evil—we all carry with us. The richly painted Ozark setting leaps from the page, and all three interlaced story lines are captivating, heartbreaking, and triumphant in equal measure. I inhaled this book in two days. Witchy readers won’t want to miss it.” —Allison Epstein, author of A Tip for the Hangman

“Atmospheric and haunting, The Witch of Tin Mountain flawlessly weaves folklore and history into a compelling generational story of love, evil, and magic. With vivid characters and an immersive dive into the beauty and superstitions of her native Ozarks, Paulette Kennedy delivers a darkly captivating novel that readers will devour.” —Erin Litteken, author of The Memory Keeper of Kyiv

“Paulette Kennedy has surely cast a spell with The Witch of Tin Mountain. This multigenerational saga beautifully illuminates a little-known (and often misunderstood) corner of America and its history while also providing spine-tingling, eerie chills and thrills along the way. I absolutely devoured this spooky, atmospheric book!” —Alyssa Palombo, author of The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel

“Kennedy beautifully captures the earthy, rural, charismatic traditions in her native Ozarks…Gritty and atmospheric, her alluring sophomore novel weaves spiritualism, demons, feminism, and folklore with more than a few twists before the book’s satisfying ending. I loved every page!” —Constance Sayers, author of The Ladies of the Secret Circus and A Witch in Time

“The Witch of Tin Mountain is a skillfully plotted home run about three generations of strong women who are bound by history and a curse. Kennedy will delight you with unexpected twists and turns where suspicions and accusations rule the land. Thoroughly enjoyed, a true feast for readers everywhere.” —Andie Newton, USA Today bestselling author of A Child for the Reich

“The Witch of Tin Mountain is lush, gripping, and deliciously creepy. Paulette Kennedy, author of the standout debut, Parting the Veil, transports readers to the heart of the Ozarks, a place as brutal as it is hauntingly beautiful, and the home of three generations of women whose special powers make them the target of an evil man set on destroying them. With elegant prose and captivating storytelling, Kennedy spins a fiercely feminist page-turner about the power of love, loyalty, and family—reminding us that it’s the women in our lives who give us strength and provide a light during our darkest hours. This spectacular sophomore novel proves that Kennedy is an author to watch, in the world of gothic fiction and beyond.” —Elissa Grossell Dickey, author of The Speed of Light and Iris in the Dark

“The Witch of Tin Mountain drew me in from the very first chapter. Paulette Kennedy takes readers on a journey across generations into the heart of the Ozark mountains where women rise above sexism with cleverness, strength, and—if you listen to the ne’er-do-well traveling preacher—witchcraft.” —Jennifer Bardsley, author of Sweet Bliss

“Electrifying! This multigenerational tale that travels across time and space is woven together like a delicate tapestry, and it will stay with you long after the last page.” —Mansi Shah, author of The Taste of Ginger and The Direction of the Wind

“Rich with sense of place, brimming with historical detail, and deliciously spiced with authoritative dialect, this tale of women’s resourcefulness and passion and power is pure magic. Kennedy knows the Ozarks and is uniquely qualified to bring the Ozarks culture alive. A thoroughly readable novel!” —Louisa Morgan, author of The Great Witch of Brittany

About the Author

Writing historical fiction for the romantic-at-heart reader who craves page-turning twists and a touch of the supernatural, Paulette Kennedy infuses her stories with realistic detail to create a cinematic, immersive experience for the reader.

As a history lover, she can get lost for days in her research—learning everything she can about the places in her novels and what her characters might have experienced in the past.

Originally from the Missouri Ozarks, Paulette now lives with her family in a quiet suburb of Los Angeles. In her free time, she enjoys tending to her garden, knitting, and finding unique vintage treasures at thrift stores and flea markets.


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Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat

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Review at Amy’s Booket List
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A Blossom at Midnight

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Welcome to my stop on the Creative Blog Tour for

A Blossom at Midnight by A.L. Knorr hosted by MTMC Tours. @mtmctours & @alknorrbooks!

Also check out My Instagram for the giveaway!! Thanks to MTMC Tours & the author for the copy.

Title: A Blossom at Midnight

Author: A.L. Knorr

Series: The Scented Court #1

Publication Date: January 2022
Genres: Young Adult, Epic Fantasy

Format: eBook, Paperback, Hardcover

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Ends on January 14th, 2022. Winners will be announced on @mtmctours’ Instagram account.


One earns a coveted place among royalty. Another is imprisoned by her betrothed, while the third is exiled until he can prove his worth. Can these three fae prevent a war?

Dreaming of escaping her simple country life and tired of keeping her winged familiars a secret, half-fae Jessica finds herself swept into a breathtaking world of an elite retinue of fae performers known as the Calyx. As she learns to master her abilities, Jess is expected to entertain at glittering balls in the richest kingdom in Ivryndi, alongside far more experienced and beautiful flora fae. She is sworn to secrecy as she discovers the source of their wealth–the perfumes that royals travel from far-flung and exotic kingdoms to possess. As her exciting new life—and magic—blossoms, Jess learns that her mother has been keeping a secret of her own, one that changes everything.

Rejection has left fae courtier Laec wallowing in wine and disdainful of what he sees in the mirror. When Queen Elphame offers him a foreign commission, he jumps at the chance for a fresh start, but when he meets a beautiful and mysterious stranger on the road, he soon learns that healing his heart may inflame the very trouble his queen sent him to prevent.

Beautiful and eligible Çifta believes in the importance of duty. Wishing to please her father, she agrees to marry a powerful unseelie prince. But when she discovers his cold heart and attempts to break the engagement, she suddenly finds herself in chains. Alone and trapped in a damp fortress, she cannot see a way out.

When a visit to another realm sparks a dark turn of events, it sets these three fae on a collision course. Will they wilt under pressure or become a thorny threat to evil?

Welcome to the continent of Ivryndi, where flora and fauna magic reign, and an unseelie prince with a mysterious power threatens it all. If you love stories steeped in the beauty of nature, slow-burn romance, and endearing characters (including a whole cast of insects and mammals) you’ll never forget, enter the dreamy otherworld of A Blossom at Midnight. At over 500 pages, this title delivers an epic-length fantasy experience by an award-winning author.


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Welcome to the continent of Ivryndi, where flora and fauna magic reign, and an unseelie prince with a mysterious power threatens it all.

-A Blossom at Midnight by A.L. Knorr-

A.L. Knorr delights readers with another stunning magical book! A Blossom at Midnight, is the first installment in The Scented Court series.

A wonderful fantasy book, I cannot quite say just how impossibly good this is, from the first page I was completely mesmerized , I flew through the pages at lighting speed. Never really contemplated the page count, because the pacing was spot on, and I was immersed within the main characters lives. It is an addictive, dramatic story that flawlessly entwines fantasy, action adventure within a stunning, captivating storyline. Told in multiple thread narratives, that eventually come together. We follow Half-Fae Jessica, who longs for more adventure than her small community can offer her. A saddened Fae courtier Laec, who’s been rejected and is on a royal commission by the Queen. Çifta, lovely who is a dutiful daughter and knows that she must obey her father’s wishes and agree to an arranged marriage. Only to be held captive by her fiancé when she realizes that she no longer can marry the man her father wants her to.

The author excelles at creative folklore and world building, with rich imagery that sinks the reader right into its pages. I feel in love with characters, and the drama and twist held my attention from start to finish.The Innovative world building and incisive character development make this compulsively readable. I can’t wait for the next installment

The Innovative world building and incisive character development make this compulsively readable. I can’t wait for the next installment

Happy Reading

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About A.L. Knorr:

USA Today Bestselling Author, A.L. Knorr is an award-winning Canadian fantasy writer. Readers love her vivid characters and mesmerizing stories of elemental transformation, adventure, friendship, and love. The bestselling Elemental Origins Series can be read out of order, but if you want to read in the order they were written, they are listed below chronologically.

Dive into the new YA noblebright fantasy series; The Scented Court. If you love earth magic, insect and animal characters, slow-burn romance, and fables steeped in the beauty of nature, you’ll love A Blossom at Midnight.

Known for strong female protagonists, realistic magic, adventure and intrigue, sweet romance, and well-crafted plots that keep you turning pages late into the night, A.L. Knorr is a masterful storyteller.

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BOOK BLITZ TOUR : The Stolen Heir

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Welcome to my stop on

BOOK BLITZ TOUR : The Stolen Heir

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BOOK BLITZ TOUR : The Stolen Heir
(The Stolen Heir Duology #1) by Holly Black

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Publishing date: January 3rd, 2023

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Return to the opulent world of Elfhame, filled with intrigue, betrayal, and dangerous desires, with this first book of a captivating new duology from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black.

A runaway queen. A reluctant prince. And a quest that may destroy them both.

Eight years have passed since the Battle of the Serpent. But in the icy north, Lady Nore of the Court of Teeth has reclaimed the Ice Needle Citadel. There, she is using an ancient relic to create monsters of stick and snow who will do her bidding and exact her revenge.

Suren, child queen of the Court of Teeth, and the one person with power over her mother, fled to the human world. There, she lives feral in the woods. Lonely, and still haunted by the merciless torments she endured in the Court of Teeth, she bides her time by releasing mortals from foolish bargains. She believes herself forgotten until the storm hag, Bogdana chases her through the night streets. Suren is saved by none other than Prince Oak, heir to Elfhame, to whom she was once promised in marriage and who she has resented for years.

Now seventeen, Oak is charming, beautiful, and manipulative. He’s on a mission that will lead him into the north, and he wants Suren’s help. But if she agrees, it will mean guarding her heart against the boy she once knew and a prince she cannot trust, as well as confronting all the horrors she thought she left behind.


Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels, including the Novels of Elfhame, THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, the Spiderwick Chronicles, and her adult debut, BOOK OF NIGHT. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award and the Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into 32 languages worldwide and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret library.

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The Myrtle Wand

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Thanks for joking me for my review of

The Myrtle Wand

The Myrtle Wand
by Margaret Porter

Publication Date: October 11, 2022
Gallica Press

Genre: Historical Fiction


The Myrtle Wand, a retelling and a continuation of the classic ballet Giselle, restores original story elements to transform a tale of blighted romances and betrayals into a quest for redemption and restorative love.

Princess Bathilde de Sevreau, her school friend Myrte, and the peasant girl Giselle have heard the legend of the vilis, ghostly maidens who rise from their graves by night to roam the forest, seeking revenge on faithless lovers. Each will fear being ensnared by that spectral sisterhood…

Bathilde, destined for a marriage of convenience with Albin, Duc de Rozel, leaves her ancestral château for the Sun King’s sophisticated and scandalous court. As participants in royal ceremonies and entertainments, the princess and the soldier gradually recognize their deep feelings for each other, as well as mutual hopes for a happy and satisfying union. But the tragic consequences of Albin’s brief masquerade as a commoner and the amorous Louis XIV’s quest for a mistress divide the betrothed couple. Together and separately, they must overcome conflicting duties and unexpected dangers to determine their fate.


“An absorbing and touching tale . . . a fully realized, moving portrait of the storied court of Louis XIV.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

“Lushly atmospheric . . .rich with historical detail. Porter imagines the story behind the iconic Giselle, transporting us to France during the early reign of the Sun King.” ~ Leslie Carroll, author of Royal Romances


From the desk of Gwendalyn-

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


𝐛𝐲 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐭 𝐏𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐫

Publisher: Gallica Press October 8, 2022)

Thanks to @authormargaretporter my absolutely gorgeous book.

A stunning historical novel set in 17th-century France, during the early reign of King Louis XIV, the Sun King.

Margaret Porte’s riveting details and exceptional characterization catapult readers into lush 17th-century France, during the early reign of King Louis XIV, the Sun King.

A creative continuation tale of the famous classical ballet, Giselle. The author Margaret Porter, seamless prose, and lush world building will captivate you. From start to finish I was completely immersed within the books pages.

Following the death of her mother, Princess Bathilde de Sevreau, is sent to the convent school the Ursulines in Niort, France. Being very young Bathilde is taken under the wing by an older student, Myrte Vernier. The two girls form a close endearing sisterly bond, as the years pass. Both knowing that their future will be decided for them with arranged marriages.

Princess Bathilde de Sevreau is able to take holidays away from the covent with her farther to visit the Queen, there she meets King Louis and his vivacious brother Phillipe. Setting a course for Bathilde future, as she will need her wits about her as she navigates through intrigue in the decadent Sun King’s court.

Margaret Porter propulsive storyline, offering both drama and historical authenticity to appeal to anyone interested in or adores historical fiction. I was captivated from page one. I found this story to be entertaining, well thought out, perfectly paced, and exciting to read.

A beautiful historical fiction with a touch of magical realism. Readers will fall in love with the characters as they face heartache, betrayal and finally redemption.


MARGARET PORTER is award-winning, bestselling author of The Myrtle Wand (October 2022), The Limits of Limelight (September 2021), Beautiful Invention: A Novel of Hedy Lamarr, and twelve other historical novels. After studying British history in the U.K., she worked professionally in theatre, film, and television. A historian and avid traveler, Margaret returns to Great Britain and Europe for research. She lives in New England with husband and dog, dividing her time between an architecturally unique book-filled house in a small city and a waterfront cottage on one of the region’s largest lakes.

More information is available on her website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.



Hello Readers

Welcome to my stop on the Book Blast for

A Gentleman Will Never…Forget a Lady by Emily Windsor! #ForgetaLady #EmilyWindsor #HFVBT


Publication Date: December 1, 2022

Genre: Regency Romance
Series: The Governess Chronicles, Book 3

Get swept away to a romantic and rugged land in this joyful and heart-warming Christmas tale…

Having lost her beloved, Lord Tristan, to a storm at sea, Lady Gwen Evans is planning a life of travel, writing books on her adventures.
But will the arrival of a dark, scarred gentleman one December’s eve disrupt all her plans?

With wassailing on frosty nights, dragon myths in the snowy Welsh hills, a rather unladylike list of D.I.S.G.R.A.C.E. and Hide and Seek in the seductive dark, this will be a Christmas never to forget…

‘Witty and wonderful. The storyline is unique and intriguing. And the amount of love in this story is absolutely beautiful.’ ★★★★★ Once Upon A Time

“Christmas is but a few weeks away. A time for wonder.”

Praise for ‘A Gentleman Will Never…Forget a Lady’

‘The only word that could describe this book is enchanting. I loved every moment.’ ★★★★★ Reading Rebel Reviews

‘…brimming with emotion. Filled with wonderful characters, secrets, longing, healing, new beginnings, ghouls, wassail… ’ ★★★★★ Flippin’ Pages

‘An achingly beautiful novel… I LOVED this book!’ ★★★★★ Gloria’s Happily Ever Afters

‘…breathtakingly resplendent. You will become just as enchanted with Windsor’s creations as I have been because it’s utterly magical.’ ★★★★★ sammstormborn reviews

‘Emily Windsor continues to write beautiful stories, and I was totally captivated by this one, as Tristan and Gwen found their way back to each other. I love the warmth, the family connections, and the satisfying resolution, which occurs during the Christmas holiday, the season of miracles.’ ★★★★★ Roses Are Blue Romantic Fiction Reviews


About the Author

Emily Windsor grew up in the north of England on a diet of historical romance and strong tea.

Unfortunately, you couldn’t study Regency slang, so she did the next best thing and gained a degree in Classics and History instead. This ‘led’ to an eight-year stint in engineering.

Having left city life, she now lives in a dilapidated farmhouse where her days are spent writing, fixing the leaky roof, battling the endless vegetation and finding pictures of well-tied cravats.


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A Gentleman Will Never Forget a Lady


Secrets of Isoria by Cristina Macari

Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for

Secrets of Isoria by Cristina Macari hosted by MTMC Tours.

Set in an elite academy for sorcerers filled with magic, romance, betrayals, and jaw-dropping twists and turns. Secrets of Isoria is the first installment in a spellbinding YA Contemporary Fantasy series published on December 13th,

Title: Secrets Of Isoria (Secrets of Isoria #1)
Author: Cristina Macari
Publication Date: December 13th, 2021
Genres: YA Contemporary Fantasy, Paranormal

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Uncovering the past can save the future.
Sixteen-year-old Orion Candor has always felt like an outsider. Concealing her weird, unexplained abilities hasn’t been easy, and a near-death experience turns her world upside down. She learns she has elemental powers and must train at an elite academy in Isoria, a hidden country for sorcerers. But dark forces begin to test Orion in ways she couldn’t have imagined.
Fear and treachery haunt Isoria’s streets as the country’s most malicious sorcerer, Cyril Obsidian, craves domination. But Orion discovers her late grandmother hid clues leading to a relic that can turn the tide of evil. Determined to solve the mysteries of her past, Orion finds herself on the run from Cyril and entangled in a spy ring with questionable motives—the same spy ring her grandmother once belonged to.
In a world that thrives on deception, Orion must choose her allies carefully. One wrong move and she could lose Isoria’s last chance at freedom—along with her life.


💬 If you could choose an elemental magical ability to be born with, which one would you choose ?

𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐩 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐈𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚 𝐛𝐲 @cristinamacari!

Uncovering the past can save the future.

Secrets of Isoria by Cristina Macari is first installment in Secrets of Isoria series!

A girl born with elemental ability to control air. In this action packed fantasy we follow sixteen year old Orion, who has returned to the town she was born in, Crystal Manor.

There she unravels clues about her grandmother Corinne, uncovers a hidden world of magic, along with dangerous spy rings, and magical relics! ..

Cristina Macari has a way of connecting you to her characters and has you totally believing in them which allowed me to be totally invested in their lives. The Innovative world building and incisive character development make this compulsively readable. I can’t wait for the next installment


Cristina Macari is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series, Secrets of Isoria. She grew up in New Jersey and is the proud child of Italian immigrants. She holds a B.S. in History and double minored in Creative Writing and International Business at the Ramapo College of New Jersey. She has always loved the idea of magic hiding in our modern world and gets lost in creating in-depth worlds filled with secrets and danger. She hopes that she can help readers escape the everyday with her writing while entertaining and finding themselves and those they care about in her books. Just like her character, she hopes readers will discover they too have a place in this world. When she’s not writing or reading, she can be found horseback riding, spending time in nature, gaming, weightlifting, doing yoga, or playing piano.

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All the Lost Places by Amanda Dykes

Hello Bookish Babes

Welcome to my stop on the incredible Book Tour for

All the Lost Places by Amanda Dykes

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All the Lost Places: A Novel

Author: Amanda Dykes

• Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Inspirational Fiction

• Publisher: ‎Bethany House Publishers (December 13, 2022)

• Length: (400) pages

• Format: Hardcover, Trade paperback, & eBook

• ISBN: 978-0764239502

• Tour Dates: December 5 – December 19, 2022




When all of Venice is unmasked, one man’s identity remains a mystery . . .

When a baby is discovered floating in a basket along the quiet canals of Venice, a guild of artisans takes him in and raises him as a son, skilled in each of their trades. Although the boy, Sebastien Trovato, has wrestled with questions of his origins, it isn’t until a woman washes ashore on his lagoon island that answers begin to emerge. In hunting down his story, Sebastien must make a choice that could alter not just his own future, but also that of the beloved floating city.

Daniel Goodman is given a fresh start in life as the century turns. Hoping to redeem a past laden with regrets, he is sent on an assignment from California to Venice to procure and translate a rare book. There, he discovers a city of colliding hope and decay, much like his own life, and a mystery wrapped in the pages of that filigree-covered volume. With the help of Vittoria, a bookshop keeper, Daniel finds himself in a web of shadows, secrets, and discoveries carefully kept within the stones and canals of the ancient city . . . and in the mystery of the man whose story the book does not finish: Sebastien Trovato.


From the desk of Gwendalyn

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

All the Lost Places by Amanda Dykes Is Truly Amazing Historical Fiction

Amanda Dykes powerful elegant prose will have you completely captivated. Told in dual periods, we follow 1904 San Francisco, Daniel Goodman, who longs for redemption. Sebastien Trovato, abandoned as a baby and taken in by artisans in early 1800s Venice, seeks to know the mystery of his origins.

The story of these men unfolds beautifully through the author rich imagery and vivid characterization. Even though they are centuries apart they are centered around the magical city of Venice, and tethered to a book called the Book of Waters.

Spellbinding and poetic, Amanda Dykes use of metaphors, and her ability to bring the lushness of the enchanting Venice to life, will leave you breathless. Longing and Beautiful, the characters and their struggles will draw you in, and the little romance and a mystery add so much to the book. A novel that will stay with you a very long time after you finish reading it. Longing and Beautiful, the characters and their struggles will draw you in. All the Lost Places is moving thought provoking tale that I truly can’t even write a review to even give this books justice. This is one stunning piece of historical fiction, I have to say it’s the best HF out of all the books I have read in 2022. If there is one book that I would recommend for historical fiction readers, it would be this book

A must read, seriously buy this book!




• “This lyrical dual-narrative historical from Dykes (Set the Stars Alight) dives into the histories of Venice, Italy, and Venice Beach, California.”— Publisher’s Weekly

• “Introspective, surprising, and achingly beautiful.”— Booklist starred review

• “Dykes’s pen is fused with magic and poetry. Every word’s a gentle wave building into the splendor that is All the Lost Places, where struggles for identity and a place to belong find hope between the pages of a timeless story.”— J’Nell Ciesielski, bestselling author of The Socialite

• “Luscious writing, authentic characters, and an ending that satisfies to the core of the spirit, this novel is another winner from Amanda Dykes.”— Heidi Chiavaroli, Carol Award-winning author of Freedom’s Ring and Hope Beyond the Waves


Amanda Dykes’s debut novel, Whose Waves These Are, is the winner of the prestigious 2020 Christy Award Book of the Year, a Booklist 2019 Top Ten Romance debut, and the winner of an INSPY Award. She’s also the author of Yours Is the Night and Set the Stars Alight, a 2021 Christy Award finalist.




Under a Veiled Moon

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Welcome To My Stop On The Blog Tour For

Under A Veiled Moon By Karen Odden


• Title: Under a Veiled Moon

• Series: An Inspector Corravan Mystery (Book 2)

• Author: Karen Odden

• Genre: Historical Mystery, Detective Mystery, Victorian Mystery

• Publisher: ‎Crooked Lane Books (October 11, 2022)

• Length: (336) pages

• Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook

• ISBN: 978-1639101191

• Tour Dates: November 14 – December 19, 2022


In the tradition of C. S. Harris and Anne Perry, a fatal disaster on the Thames and a roiling political conflict set the stage for Karen Odden’s second Inspector Corravan historical mystery.

September 1878. One night, as the pleasure boat the Princess Alice makes her daily trip up the Thames, she collides with the Bywell Castle, a huge iron-hulled collier. The Princess Alice shears apart, throwing all 600 passengers into the river; only 130 survive. It is the worst maritime disaster London has ever seen, and early clues point to sabotage by the Irish Republican Brotherhood, who believe violence is the path to restoring Irish Home Rule. 
For Scotland Yard Inspector Michael Corravan, born in Ireland and adopted by the Irish Doyle family, the case presents a challenge. Accused by the Home Office of willfully disregarding the obvious conclusion and berated by his Irish friends for bowing to prejudice, Corravan doggedly pursues the truth, knowing that if the Princess Alice disaster is pinned on the IRB, hopes for Home Rule could be dashed forever.

Corrovan’s dilemma is compounded by Colin, the youngest Doyle, who has joined James McCabe’s Irish gang. As violence in Whitechapel rises, Corravan strikes a deal with McCabe to get Colin out of harm’s way. But unbeknownst to Corravan, Colin bears longstanding resentments against his adopted brother and scorns his help.
As the newspapers link the IRB to further accidents, London threatens to devolve into terror and chaos. With the help of his young colleague, the loyal Mr. Stiles, and his friend Belinda Gale, Corravan uncovers the harrowing truth—one that will shake his faith in his countrymen, the law, and himself.


• “[An] exceptional sequel . . . Fans of Lyndsay Faye’s Gods of Gotham trilogy will be enthralled.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

• “Victorian skulduggery with a heaping side of Irish troubles.” —Kirkus Reviews

• “Charismatic police superintendent Michael Corravan is back in a gripping sequel about the mysterious sinking of the Princess Alice. Odden deftly weaves together English and Irish history, along with her detective’s own story, in a way that will keep readers flipping pages long into the night.” —Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author of Mother Daughter Traitor Spy and the Maggie Hope series.


Under a Veiled Moon: An Inspector Corravan Mystery by Karen Odden is an exceptional historical crime fiction!

The second installment in the Inspector Corravan Mystery, Under a Veiled Moon is an exceptional historical crime fiction! Set to the backdrop of when the Princess Alice, a pleasure steamer, who in the September made her daily trip along the Thames and collided with a huge iron hulled collier. A devastating disaster, hundreds dead, some say that the Irish Republican Brotherhood might be behind catastrophe.

Michael Corravan is acting superintendent of the Wapping River Police. With his Irish background and connections, others feel he might not be able to stay completely unbiased. Irish born, and taken in and cared for by the Doyle family from White Chapel. Corravan must navigate through the upheaval political intrigue, and corruption.

Under a Veiled Moon by Karen Odden, sets the bar that few will be able to follow. This is one book that will keep you up way into late hours of night. Once I started reading I found myself unable to set the book aside.

The back alleyways and gritty docks of Victorian England, comes alive through incredible details and rich rewarding prose. This page turner of a read will not only captivate you with its dynamic main character, you will also be fully immersed within its rich details. Michael Corravan, is a no-nonsense realistic character, that is incredibly easy to fall for. Odden shines through,with Corravan methodical police investigating techniques. The twist and turns, make for a rewarding reading experience.

Karen Odden is one of my all time favorite historical crime writers, and Under a Veiled Moon is a phenomenal historical fiction.


• Read an exclusive interview with author Karen Odden





Karen Odden earned her Ph.D. in English from New York University and subsequently taught literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has contributed essays to numerous books and journals, written introductions for Victorian novels in the Barnes & Noble classics series and edited for the journal Victorian Literature and Culture (Cambridge UP). Her previous novels, also set in 1870s London, have won awards for historical fiction and mystery. A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and the recipient of a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Karen lives in Arizona with her family and her rescue beagle Rosy.




Hello There Gracious Readers

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour

The Sisters of Sea View By Julie Klassen

Book Information

• Title: The Sisters of Sea View

• Series: On Devonshire Shores (Book 1)

• Author: Julie Klassen

• Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction

• Publisher: ‎Bethany House Publishers (December 6, 2022)

• Length: (448) pages

• Format: hardcover, trade paperback, & eBook

• ISBN: 978-0764234262

• Tour Dates: November 28 – December 12, 2022


Some guests have come for a holiday, others for hidden reasons of their own . . .

When their father’s death leaves them impoverished, Sarah Summers and her genteel sisters fear they will be forced to sell the house and separate to earn livelihoods as governesses or companions. Determined to stay together, Sarah convinces them to open their seaside home to guests to make ends meet and provide for their ailing mother. Instead of the elderly invalids they expect to receive, however, they find themselves hosting eligible gentlemen. Sarah is soon torn between a growing attraction to a mysterious Scottish widower and duty to her family.

Viola Summers wears a veil to cover her scar. When forced to choose between helping in her family’s new guest house and earning money to hire a maid to do her share, she chooses the latter. She reluctantly agrees to read to some of Sidmouth’s many invalids, preferring the company of a few elders with failing eyesight to the fashionable guests staying in their home. But when her first client turns out to be a wounded officer in his thirties, Viola soon wishes she had chosen differently. Her new situation exposes her scars–both visible and those hidden deep within–and her cloistered heart will never be the same.

Join the Summers sisters on the Devonshire coast, where they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, love, and new beginnings.


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

The Sisters of Sea View By Julie Klassen

Series: On Devonshire Shores (Book 1)

A Delightfully Charming Historical Fiction.

Author Julie Klassen, first installment in her new warm hearted series titled, On Devonshire Shores. Following their father’s untimely death, the Summer sisters along with their ailing mother, find themselves in dire circumstances. The Summer families reduced funds, threatened’s to separate them, the oldest sister Sarah takes things into her own hands. She convinces her other genteel sisters to open their home, the Sea View as a guest house, in the seaside town of Sidmouth. The area is known as a tourist destination off the coast of Devonshire.

The wonderful Historical details and beautiful drawn out characters made for a rich and rewarding reading experience. The first half of the book is set up perfectly, giving the reader much needed insightful information about the area around Sea View, along with its occupants. The storyline never drags, and keeps to a steady pace, which I found lovely.

Told in distinct multiple narratives, focusing on the three older sisters Sarah, Emily, and Viola. The paid guest staying at Sea View make for an interesting assortment of characters, and add some much to the story. As the sisters rise up to the new challenges that are presented to them, you will find them appealing and relatable. I cherished the light romance, with just enough angst to satisfy my romantic heart. To me the book looks at what it means to be humble, and to rise up to overcome obstacles either physically or socially, giving us strength moving forward.

This enduring book gives so many subtle nods to Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott, that will attract readers to its clever and witty characters.

I highly recommend this book to my family and friends, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this captivating series





• “Jane Austen fans will delight in this nimble series launch…Klassen excels at weaving her various story lines, each emphasizing the colorful qualities of her characters and allowing them the space to shine. Readers will be eager for the next installment.” —Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)


• “Julie Klassen delights with a winsome love story…” —Publisher’s Weekly, on A Castaway in Cornwall

• “I couldn’t put it down! It you are a historical fiction fan you need this one on your radar! It was a spooky delight full of heart. ”—Anne Mendez, The Lit Bitch, on Shadows of Swanford Abbey

• “…a wonderfully engaging novel full of intriguing characters and storylines. I highly recommend it and can’t wait for more in the series.” —Laura Gerold, Laura’s Reviews, on The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill






Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. Her books have sold over a million copies, and she is a three-time recipient of the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and Christian Retailing’s BEST Award and has been a finalist in the RITA and Carol Awards. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.




Beneath His Silence Book Tour + Review

Hello Gracious Readers

Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour for

Beneath His Silence By Hannah Linder


Beneath His Silence By Hannah Linder

• Genre: Historical Suspense, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction

• Publisher: ‎Barbour Publishing (November 1, 2022)

• Length: (320) pages

• Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook

• ISBN: 978-1636094366

• Tour Dates: October 31 – November 13, 2022


Will Seeking Justice Lead to Her Own Demise?

A Gothic-Style Regency Romance from a Promising Young Author

Second daughter of a baron—and a little on the mischievous side—Ella Pemberton is no governess. But the pretense is a necessity if she ever wishes to get inside of Wyckhorn Manor and attain the truth. Exposing the man who killed her sister is all that matters.

Lord Sedgewick knows there’s blood on his hands. Lies have been conceived, then more lies, but the price of truth would be too great. All he has left now is his son—and his hatred. Yet as the charming governess invades his home, his safe cocoon of bitterness begins to tear away.

Could Ella, despite the lingering questions of his guilt, fall in love with such a man? Or is she falling prey to him—just as her dead sister?


From The Desk Of Gwendalyn Anderson

Beneath His Silence By Hannah Linder gives readers alluring elements of Jane Eyre

This gothic-style regency suspense features an enemies to love trope! A wonderful mix of mystery and suspense, along with a hidden identity. A rich and rewarding faith based book that kept me flipping the pages from start to finish.

Strong willed and courageous Ella Pemberton, takes up the task left by her deceased father to find out what really happened to her sister Lucy. Who died under mysterious circumstances. She travels to the estate where her late sister and her husband lived, Wyckhorn Manor. Determined to to uncover the events that surround the mystery of her beloved sister. Ella decides to apply for the position of governess when it becomes available, under the name Ella Woodhart.

A tortured soul Lord Henry Sedgwick resides at the secluded Wyckhorn Manor

Taking care of his young son, after the devastating loss of his wife. The manor house is steeped in family secrets, and not just the death of his wife Lucy.

Readers will enjoy atmospheric imagery and the steady incline of suspense. I thought the characters were wonderful and the storyline unfolded perfectly.






• “Fast-paced danger and suspense from an exciting newcomer to Regency fiction.”— Julie Klassen, award-winning author of A Castaway in Cornwall

• “A strong story of loss and forgiveness, resentment surrendered to faith, and the mercy of God. Readers will enjoy this turbulent mystery with a smile-worthy ending.”— Kristen Heitzmann, Christy Award-winning author of Secrets and The Breath of Dawn

• “This book has everything I love…a dark and broody hero, a spunky heroine on a mission, and a deeply delicious creepy manor home. Beneath His Silence is a rather gothic tale set in Regency England, filled with plenty of intrigue, danger, and romance to make for a very satisfying read.”— Michelle Griep, Christy Award-winning author of Lost in Darkness






Hannah is a debut Regency Suspense author with Barbour Publishing.

Hannah Linder resides in the beautiful mountains of central West Virginia. Represented by Books & Such, she writes Regency romantic suspense novels. She is a double 2021 Selah Award winner, a 2022 Selah Award finalist, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Hannah is a Graphic Design Associates Degree graduate who specializes in professional book cover design. She designs for both traditional publishing houses and individual authors, including New York Times, USA Today, and international bestsellers. She is also a local photographer and a self-portrait photographer. When Hannah is not writing, she enjoys playing her instruments–piano, guitar, and ukulele–songwriting, painting still life, walking in the rain, and sitting on the front porch of her 1800s farmhouse.




Godmersham Park: A Novel of the Austen Family

Hi There

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for

Godmersham Park by Gill Hornby.

Title: Godmersham Park: A Novel of the Austen Family
 Author: Gill Hornby
 Genre: Historical Fiction, Biographical Historical Fiction, Austenesque
 Publisher: ‎Pegasus Books (November 1, 2022)
 Length: (416) pages
 Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook 
 ISBN: 978-1639362585
 Tour Dates: October 24 – November 13, 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction, Biographical Historical Fiction, Austenesque
Publisher: ‎Pegasus Books (November 1, 2022)
Length: (416) pages
Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook

Book description:

A richly imagined novel inspired by the true story of Anne Sharp, a
governess who became very close with Jane Austen and her family by the #1International bestselling-author of Miss Austen.


On January 21, 1804, Anne Sharpe arrives at Godmersham Park in Kent to take up the position of governess. At thirty-one years old, she has no previous experience of either teaching or fine country houses. Her mother has died, and she has nowhere else to go.

Anne is left with no choice. For her new charge—twelve-year-old Fanny
Austen—Anne’s arrival is all novelty and excitement. The governess role is a uniquely awkward one. Anne is neither one of the servants, nor one of the family, and to balance a position between the “upstairs” an “downstairs” members of the household is a diplomatic chess game. One wrong move may result in instant dismissal. Anne knows that she must never let down her guard.

When Mr. Edward Austen’s family comes to stay, Anne forms an immediate attachment to Jane. They write plays together and enjoy long discussions. However, in the process, Anne reveals herself as not merely pretty, charming, and competent; she is clever too. Even her sleepy, complacent, mistress can hardly fail to notice.

Meanwhile Jane’s brother, Henry, begins to take an unusually strong interest in the lovely young governess. And from now on, Anne’s days at Godmersham Park are numbered.

Advanced Praise:

“This is a deeply imagined and deeply moving novel. Reading it made me happy and weepy in equally copious amounts…I read it straight through without looking up.”— Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Bookclub

Hornby’s skillful mix of fact and fiction captures the complexities of the Austens and their era, and her crisp, nimble prose sparkles throughout. Best of all, Hornby genuinely channels the sentiment of 19th-century English literature. Janeites aren’t the only readers who will relish this smart, tender
tale.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review

“…a well-written and delightfully observant novel…an excellent read.”— The
Historical Novel Society


Thank you @Pegasus_Books @AustenProse #AustenProsePR for my gorgeous print copy of #GodmershamPark upon my request. All opinions are my own.

Godmersham Park: A Novel of the Austen Family by Gill Hornby

Through Gill Hornby literary imagination we are granted a gracious storyline centered on Miss Anne Sharp. In January of 1804, in the county side of Kent, a lesser known character Miss Sharp spent two years at Godmersham park as a governess to young Fanny.

Fanny Austen, was the daughter of Edward Austen who is brother to Jane Austen. Gill Hornby writes vividly, creating a somewhat melancholy story from Fanny’s Austen’s diaries.

Numb from the loss of her mother, thirty-one year old Anne Sharpe is unable to comprehend what was her father’s motive for casting her out of her home with only enough money to survive. Anne’s predicament meant that she would either be forced to marry her family’s man of business or gain some sort employment.

Anne finds it hard to adjust to her life, her position is neither part of the servants or that of the family. Anne finds her young charge charming and delightful, they have an instant connection.

When Henry Austen and his sister Jane, arrive at Godmersham Park Anne feels the rippling effect. Hornby does a fabulous job displaying the Irony and clever wit, that is the equation for Austen styled literature.

Watercolor of Fanny Austen Knight, 
by Cassandra Austen


Gill Hornby is the author of the novels Miss Austen, The Hive, and All Together Now,
as well as The Story of Jane Austen, a biography of Austen for young readers. She lives
in Kintbury, England, with her husband and their four children.



The Belle of Belgrave Square Review And Giveaway

Hello Gracious Readers

Welcome to my stop on The Belle of Belgrave Square

By Mimi Matthews

The Belle of Belgrave Square By Mimi Matthews

Series: Belles of London (Book 2)

• Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction

• Publisher: ‎Berkley Romance (October 11, 2022)

• Length: (432) pages

• Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook

• ISBN: 978-0593337158

• Tour Dates: October 3 – 23, 2022


A BookBub Best Romance of 2022

A London heiress rides out to the wilds of the English countryside to honor a marriage of convenience with a mysterious and reclusive stranger.

Tall, dark, and dour, the notorious Captain Jasper Blunt was once hailed a military hero, but tales abound of his bastard children and his haunted estate in Yorkshire. What he requires now is a rich wife to ornament his isolated ruin, and he has his sights set on the enchanting Julia Wychwood.

For Julia, an incurable romantic cursed with a crippling social anxiety, navigating a London ballroom is absolute torture. The only time Julia feels any degree of confidence is when she’s on her horse. Unfortunately, a young lady can’t spend the whole of her life in the saddle, so Julia makes an impetuous decision to take her future by the reins—she proposes to Captain Blunt.

In exchange for her dowry and her hand, Jasper must promise to grant her freedom to do as she pleases. To ride—and to read—as much as she likes without masculine interference. He readily agrees to her conditions, with one provision of his own: Julia is forbidden from going into the tower rooms of his estate and snooping around his affairs. But the more she learns of the beastly former hero, the more intrigued she becomes…


• “A grand cross-class romance, a twisty mystery, and emotional internal struggles combine to excellent effect…fans and new readers alike will root for this well-earned love story.”— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

• “[C]ombines deception, risk, and a resourceful heroine to create an intoxicating, suspenseful romance. Highly recommended.”— Library Journal (starred review)

• “If you’re a fan of Beauty and the Beast, this regency romance will rapidly become a new favorite of yours. Wallflower meets an infamous war hero in this fascinating and intriguing love story.”— BuzzFeed

• “Mimi Matthews never disappoints, with richly drawn characters and couples whose individual shortcomings become strengths, when paired together. In this Beauty and the Beast retelling, we get to root for two underdogs who get to rewrite their own stories.”— Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here

• “The Belle of Belgrave Square is such tremendous, good fun: a heroine with a big horse, an even bigger novel-reading habit, and a hidden anxiety; a hero with a crumbling estate, a trio of wary children, and a literary secret—what’s not to love? Mimi Matthews paints Victorian England with vivid humor, and her Belles of London is set to go on for at least a few more much-anticipated installments. Julian Fellowes fans will rejoice!”— Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Diamond Eye




This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

This Book Is Pure Perfection !

The Belle of Belgrave Square By Mimi Matthews, is second installment in the Belles of London. A wonderful emotional proper romance, that is by far my all time favorite book by this very talented author.

Captain Jasper Blunt is a scared war hero, his time spent in the Crimean War has earned him a reputation as a ruthless cold hearted man. Along with his well none personal drama. In need of a wealthy heiress, he is in town as a guest, staying at the home of Viscount Ridgeway. If all goes well this season he will acquire a wife that comes with a substantial dowery that will help with renovating his dilapidated Goldfinch estate in Yorkshire.

Julia Wychwood, would much rather be far away from glittering ballrooms a social soirées. Comfortable amongst her books and upon her beloved horse Cossack.

She has a very small circle of friends that are a form of protection from the madding crowds that make up extensive rounds of the ton’s parties. Her social anxieties drive her to escape away from the attentions of wound be suitors. She is the most happiest deep within her precious books. Longing for a quite life of her very own, she suffers at the callused hands of her parents, who live their lives in a perpetual state of ill health. Keeping Julia at hand in London, to make sure she does her duty to them by caring for them. Sacrificing their own daughters own happiness to benefit theirs.

Drawn to each other more than just an extensive dowery, Jasper’s and Julia’s slow burn budding romance is what fairytales are made of, heartfelt and swoon worthy. A marriage of convenience that gives readers everything that they would want and more. There is a little mystery with hidden identities and a locked room in a tower.Jasper’s family antics are a delight to read.

Mimi Matthews, dual narration pulls readers into a delightful and absolutely gorgeous book. A novel of ordinary people struggling through life, who find each other and the bonds of love, family and friendship can be forged with an adoring newfound family.

Rich in details and prose, Matthews excels with her newest book. The Belle of Belgrave Square, exceeded all my expectations. It’s a gorgeous love story, with the right amount of romance and mystery to keep you perfectly entertained from start to finish.

There are so rewarding nods to Hades and Persephone, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and the tale of Bluebeard’s wife.

Along with more nods to -The Law and the Lady, -Lady Audley’s Secret and -The Blue Castle


“That wasn’t a rescue. That was not a minor service”. Jasper’s eyes held hers, his voice dark with promise. “When I rescue, Miss Wynchwood you’ll know it.”

Miss Wynchwood was a wallflower. A self-proclaimed oddity with two failed season behind her.


Join Mimi at her Victorian Reading Room Facebook Group for exclusive access as she shares her love of writing, historical romance, Victorian fashion, brooding heroes, independent heroines, and of course, her beloved pets!


Discover intriguing insights into The Belle of Belgrave Square and Mimi’s writing life in this exclusive interview at austenprose.com.


Mimi has generously offered a fabulous giveaway that book tour participants can add to their post and on social media. Here are the details:

Giveaway period: October 3 – October 30

Terms & Conditions:

Giveaway hosted by Mimi Matthews. No Purchase Necessary. Entrants must be 18 years or older. Open to US residents only. All information will remain confidential and will not be sold or otherwise used, except to notify the winner and to facilitate postage of the book to the winner. Void where prohibited.

Giveaway Details:

1 winner (selected at random by Rafflecopter) receives a paperback copy of The Belle of Belgrave Square, signed and annotated by the author with personal comments, underlining of her favorite lines, and other highlights by Mimi Matthews.

Giveaway is open from 12:01 am Pacific time 10/03/22 until 11:59pm Pacific time on 10/30/22.

The winner will be announced on Mimi’s blog on 10/31/22.

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USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a retired Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats.




Hello Loves,

Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour for

In the Shadow of a Queen By Heather B. Moore

@HeatherBMoore, @ShadowMountn, @Austenprose

#IntheShadowofaQueen #HistoricalFiction,#inspirationalFiction, #BookTwitter, #BookTour #AustenprosePR

• Title: In the Shadow of a Queen

• Author: Heather B. Moore

• Genre: Historical Fiction, Inspirational Fiction

• Publisher: ‎Shadow Mountain Publishing (October 4, 2022)

• Length: (384) pages

• Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook

• ISBN: 978-1639930500

• Tour Dates: September 26 – October 9, 2022




Based on the True Story of the Free-Spirited Daughter of Queen Victoria.

Princess Louise’s life is upended after her father’s untimely death. Captive to the queen’s overwhelming mourning, Louise is forbidden to leave her mother’s tight circle of control and is eventually relegated to the position of personal secretary to her mother―the same position each of her sisters held until they were married.

Already an accomplished painter, Louise risks the queen’s wrath by exploring the art of sculpting, an activity viewed as unbefitting a woman. When Louise involves herself in the day’s political matters, including championing the career of a female doctor and communicating with suffragettes, the queen lays down the law to stop her and devotes her full energy to finding an acceptable match for her defiant daughter.

Louise is considered the most beautiful and talented daughter of Queen Victoria butfinding a match for the princess is no easy feat. Protocols are broken, and Louise exerts her own will as she tries to find an open-minded husband who will support her free spirit.

In the Shadow of a Queen is the story of a battle of wills between two women: a daughter determined to forge her own life beyond the shadow of her mother, and a queen resolved to keep the Crown’s reputation unsullied no matter the cost.



• “Peek into the House of Hanover and view the strength of two women: Queen Victoria and her daughter Princess Louise. This story weaves compassion and conflict into breathtaking and gripping historical detail.”— Julie Wright, author ofA Captain for Caroline Gray

• “Moore crafts an intriguing portrait of the independently minded Princess Louise and her tensions with the English royal family. Moore sets the stage with meticulous research, and she expertly combines fact with fiction, with psychological insights on Victoria’s mercurial moods and the impact of her controlling nature. It adds up to a worthy portrait of a woman divided by duty and self-determination.”— Publishers Weekly

• 5 STARS – “I always enjoy Heather Moore’s historical novels. This one did not disappoint! She is impeccable with her research and always does an excellent job of bringing people from the past to life.”— Julia Daines, bestselling author of Haven Cross, and Whitney Award Finalist


From The Desk Of Gwendalyn ♥︎

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

In Shadow Of The Queen

By Heather B. Moore

@ShadowMountn @AustenProse #AustenProsePR


In the Shadow of a Queen by Heather B. Moore is an excellent historical fiction. Moores’s newest book centers on the headstrong Princess Louise, one of Queen Victoria’s daughters.

An intimate look into the British Royal Family from the years of 1861 when Princess Louise is twelve years old, and the book comes to a close in the year 1871, when she is twenty-three. Moore shines in this meticulously researched historical fiction. The readers is placed front row and center into the day to day lives of Queen Victoria’s nine children.

Overnight the royal family lives come to a shattering halt as the Queen and her children submerge into a deep and lengthy period of morning upon the death of Prince Albert. At a young age Louise, shows so much artistic promise, but she is destined to follow the course her mother has set out for her. Being a royal princess comes with a certain amount responsibilities, your life is not your own. She struggles with the strict rules and traditions placed on her. Clever in her strategic maneuvering, Louisa forges her on way, and her journey is told through the authors seamless narration.

A lovely book, full of rich details along with journal exerts that began every chapter.



Heather B. Moore is a USA Today best-selling and award-winning author of more than seventy publications, including The Paper Daughters of Chinatown. She has lived on both the East and West Coasts of the United States, as well as Hawaii, and attended school abroad at the Cairo American Collage in Egypt and the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel. She loves to learn about history and is passionate about historical research.



Kingdom of the Feared BOOK BLITZ

Hello Lovely Readers

Welcome to the Book Blitz for

Kingdom of the Feared (Kingdom of the Wicked #3) by Kerri Maniscalco.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Publishing date: September 27th, 2022



From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stalking the Jack the Ripper series comes the steamy conclusion to Kingdom of the Wicked trilogy.

Two curses.
One prophecy.
A reckoning all have feared.

And a love more powerful than fate. All hail the king and queen of Hell.

Emilia is reeling from the shocking discovery that her twin sister, Vittoria, is alive. But before she faces the demons of her past, Emilia yearns to claim her king, the seductive Prince of Wrath, in the flesh. Emilia doesn’t simply desire his body, she wants his heart and soul—but that’s something the enigmatic demon can’t promise her.

When a high-ranking member of House Greed is assassinated, Emilia and Wrath are drawn to the rival demon court. Damning evidence points to Vittoria as the murderer and she’s quickly declared an enemy of the Seven Circles. Despite her betrayal, Emilia will do anything to solve this new mystery and find out who her sister really is.

Together Emilia and Wrath play a sin-fueled game of deception as they work to stop the unrest that’s brewing between witches, demons, shape-shifters and the most treacherous foes of all: the Feared.

Emilia was warned that when it came to the Wicked nothing was as it seemed. But, have the true villains been much closer all along? When the truth is finally revealed, it just might end up costing Emilia her heart.

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

She is the #1 NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and the forthcoming Kingdom of the Wicked.

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Forestfall By Lyndall Clipstone Blog Tour

Hello Friends,

Thanks for joining me on my stop for

Forestfall (World at the Lake’s Edge #2) by Lyndall Clipstone.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: September 27th, 2022

Rep: Demisexual

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Some oaths can never be broken…

The curse that haunted Lakesedge Estate has been broken, but at great cost. Violeta Graceling has sacrificed herself to end the Corruption. To escape death, Leta makes a desperate bargain with the Lord Under, one that sees her living at his side in the land of the dead.

But this world of souls and mist hides many secrets. And when Leta realizes she is still connected to Rowan by a tethering spell, she will risk everything— even her soul— to try and reach him.

Torn between power and love, life and death, Leta struggles to keep hold of her humanity as she falls further and further under the spell of the world Below… and the Lord Under.

Content Warning: Body horror ; Gore and blood (including description of wounds); Discussions of death and grief; Descriptions of drowning and deep water; Drowning-related imagery; Self-injury


Forestfall by Lyndall Clipstone, was one of my highly anticipated books for 2022.

A lush gothic tale that is everything bit as hauntingly magical as the first book. This high stakes, enchanting book is a direct continuation of the much loved 2021 Lakesedge. Picking up just a few days following the ending of the last book, Clipstone gives readers two points of views, that of Violeta and Rowan.

Violeta struggles with her increasing attraction to The Lord Under, as she is still in World Below. In the World above Rowan seeks to rescue Violeta from the clutches of the dark lord. The writing was captivating and the angst was on high, in this dark romance fantasy. The dual POV’s and the sub characters were enjoyable, and I especially loved the love triangle. The world is more expanded, along with complexity of the characters personalities. The atmospheric imagery was a perfect start to the spooky season. I loved this follow up book, and I am excited to read what’s next from this very talented author.

”Beyond seven forests, beyond seven lakes, there was a monster who lived deep below the earth…”


Lyndall Clipstone writes about monsters and the girls who like to kiss them. A former youth librarian who grew up running wild in the Barossa Ranges of South Australia, she currently lives in Adelaide, where she tends her own indoor secret garden. She has a Bachelors in Creative Writing and a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management.

Her debut novel, Lakesedge, has been published in three countries, was a Dymocks Books bestseller, and has been nominated for numerous awards. The sequel, Forestfall, will publish in 2022.

She is represented by Jill Grinberg at

Jill Grinberg Literary Management.

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September 26th
Nine Bookish Lives – Interview
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review

September 27th
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
Books Over Everything – Review
Forever In A Story – Top 5 Reasons to Read Forestfall & Mood Board

September 28th
Epic Book Society – Top 5 Reasons to Read Forestfall
Balancing Books And Beauties – Review & Mood Board

September 29th
Never Hollowed By The Stare – Promotional Post
A Part of Your Book World – Review & Playlist

September 30th
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
Avni Reads – Top 5 Reasons to Read Forestfall

October 1st
And On She Reads – Review
One Book More – Review & Favorite Quotes
Betwixt the Sheets – Promotional Post

October 2nd
thisbellereadstoo – Review & Favorite Quotes
BookBriefs – Review


September 26th
wraithreads – Promotional Post
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice
gwendalyn_books_ – Blogger’s Choice

September 27th
thebookwebb – Promotional Post
hoardingbooks.herdingcats – Review & Favorite Quotes
books_over_everything – Blogger’s Choice
foreverinastory – Blogger’s Choice

September 28th
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
simplybeccamee – Review
bookish.by.trade – Journal Spread & Top 5 Reasons to Read Forestfall
balancing_books_and_beauties – Blogger’s Choice

September 29th
gryffindorbookishnerd – Promotional Post
starryworld – Creative post
daniereads87 – Review
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September 30th
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October 1st
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October 2nd
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Hello Everyone

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for


Publication Date: September 1, 2022

Genre: Historical Fiction

From the author of The Underground River comes this compelling new novel of female perseverance. Set in the aftermath of the Civil War, The Physician’s Daughter is the story of two people trying to make their way in a world that is struggling to escape its past.

It is 1865, the American Civil War has just ended, and 18-year old Vita Tenney is determined to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a country doctor like her father. But when her father tells her she must get married instead, Vita explores every means of escape – and finds one in the person of war veteran Jacob Culhane.

Damaged by what he’s seen in battle and with all his family gone, Jacob is seeking investors for a fledgling business. Then he meets Vita – and together they hatch a plan that should satisfy both their desires. Months later, Vita seemingly has everything she ever wanted. But alone in a big city and haunted by the mistakes of her past, she wonders if the life she always thought she wanted was too good to be true. When love starts to compete with ambition, what will come out on top?


“Vividly realised, and impeccably researched, with a determined female lead”
–Kayte Nunn, author ofThe Botanist’s Daughter

“In the proud tradition of female characters from Jo March to Meredith Grey, Vita Tenney takes her place as a determined woman unwilling to let society or her family control her destiny. I was captivated by The Physician’s Daughter. The novel stays with you.”
–Tony Phelan, executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy and Council of Dads

“A riveting read set during the American civil war about a pioneering young woman dead-set on becoming a doctor.”
–Inga Vesper, author of The Long, Long Afternoon


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

The Physician’s Daughter, is Martha Conway’s newest novel. A superb historical fiction that is set post Civil War.

In 1865 we follows Vita Tenney Culhane, who’s aspirations to be a doctor is completely disregarded because she is a woman. Boldly she confronts her farther, who is the village doctor in Lark’s Eye, Massachusetts. Dr. Arthur Tenney dismissing his daughter notions of wanting to aspire to be like him and follow in his footsteps. Instead he secures her a husband, just returned from war, Jacob Cultane. Vita and Jacob’s marriage of convenience, might just prove to be something more to both of them.

Her desire to attend medical school comes with challenges and setbacks. As a woman who seeks to attend Cleveland Medical College, in the late 19th century she is a heroine that we can all root for. The struggles for women are daunting during this time period. Those who want to throw off the bonds of strict society and overcome obstacles place before them, are brave and courageous women. Martha Conway draws the reader effortlessly into Vita’s life. Meticulously researched and beautifully written, this is a book that I will treasure on my library shelf. Wonderfully detailed, with seamless narration and a thought provoking storyline. Once you begin reading you will find yourself unable to stop.

I highly recommend this book to my family and friends! a 5 ⭐️ read for me


Martha Conway is the author of several novels including The Underground River, which was a New York Times Book Editor’s Choice (titled The Floating Theatre in the U.K. and Europe). Her novel Thieving Forest won the North American Book Award for Best Historical Fiction.

Martha’s short fiction has appeared in the Iowa Review, Mississippi Review, The Quarterly, Carolina Quarterly, and other publications. She has reviewed fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Iowa Review, and is a recipient of a California Arts Council fellowship in Creative Writing. In addition to writing, Martha is an instructor of creative writing at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program. She received her BA from Vassar College in History and English, and her MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Born and raised in Ohio, she now lives in San Francisco with her family, where the fog reminds her of lake-effect cloud cover in Cleveland.


Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 26
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Tuesday, September 27
Review at Amy’s Booket List

Wednesday, September 28
Review at Bookworlder

Friday, September 30
Review at Reading the Past

Monday, October 3
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Tuesday, October 4
Review at Novels Alive
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, October 5
Review at The Page Ladies

Friday, October 7
Review at Cover Lover Book Reviews

Sunday, October 9
Review at Older & Smarter

Monday, October 10
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Tuesday, October 11
Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Friday, October 14
Review at Coffee and Ink
Excerpt at A Darn Good Read
Review at Reading Is My SuperPower


The Autumn of the Grimoire Book Tour

Hello Witchy Babes

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

Autumn of the Grimoire by J.L. Vampa

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We are celebrating the official release of the highly anticipated novel by J.L. Vampa, Autumn of the Grimoire and we’re thrilled to be part of the launch! Read on for more details and a chance to win a fantastic giveaway!


Autumn of the Grimoire (Sisters Solstice Series #1)

Expected Publication Date: September 22, 2022

Genre: Gothic Fantasy/ Dark Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Phantom House Press

Some witches cast spells. Others slay kings.

A mysterious Grimoire. A marriage full of dark secrets. A History sculpted by a quartet of ancient Sister witches.

For three hundred years, Sister Autumn has incited wars, burnt villages, killed kings, and released plagues at the bidding of the Grimoire. Meanwhile, her Sister Winter, Sister Spring, and Sister Summer have brought forth only peace.

When an Order from the Grimoire sends Agatha to the Kingdom of Merveille, she already anticipates the worst. Unless she wants to face the wrath of the Goddess, Agatha must keep her head down and do as she’s commanded.

But when the Grimoire Orders her to marry a pompous prince and play the role of a peasant “accepted” by vicious aristocrats, she finds herself at the center of a war between the classes and an age-old prophecy.

Within the court, many players harbor dark secrets—including her new husband. With her newfound influence, Agatha joins forces with the city’s Blacklisted in order to blur the lines between the common man and the elite, unravel the mysteries in her marriage, and decide once and for all if she will defy the Grimoire and face the brutal consequences.

As secrets unfold, will Agatha continue to slay on behalf of the Grimoire, or forge an uncharted History with her unlikely allies?

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Autumn of the Grimoire by J.L. Vampa, is the perfect book to kick start your fall reads.

An addictive book that will have you captivated right from the beginning. Every Solstice and every Equinox, the Sisters of Solstice meet. The sisters represent each season, bond to do the bidding of the sacred text of the Grimoire, when it’s their season. We follow The sister of Autumn, named Agatha, who is the youngest of the four Sisters Solstice. Sister Autumn was designed to be the brutal hand of the Goddess of three, Hespa. This time Agatha {Aggie} is told to travel to Merveille and seek the Grand Magus. Once there she is tasked with marrying a Prince Grimm.

I fell in love with the characters in this book, along with the authors seamless narration. Rich in details the atmospheric imagery catapults the reader within pages of this captivating storyline. The author gives the perfect amount of fantasy romance, along with dynamic skillful character development.

If you enjoy well-written witchy fantasy, then I definitely recommend you read this one!

  • Witches
  • Strong female protagonists
  • The chosen one
  • Arranged marriage
  • Hate to Love / Enemies to Lovers
  • Animal familiars
  • Dark cottage core vibes
  • Wonderful atmospheric imagery

A special shout out to @rachel_art.fantasy @amillionworldsdesign

for stunning art work of Grimm and Agatha.


The gargantuan doors closed with an ominous clank and Prince Thackery stalked toward her, stopping only a stride away. “How dare you stand there and deign to say nothing?” he ground out.

Her nerves bent a knee to her fury at his unexpected outburst. Agatha let a spiteful smile adorn her lips. “And what would you have me do, then? Throw myself at your feet and argue that I am worthy to be your bride?” Surprise flashed across the prince’s face at her gall, but he swiftly shoved it away. She swung an arm out wide. “Or would you have me faint upon the chaise because of my utter fortune to be your betrothed?” She took a step closer to him. “Because I will do neither of those things.”

His lip curled. “A bit bold for a peasant, aren’t we?” Agatha cursed her cheeks for heating. Perhaps she was a fool not to play the part of a meek little mouse, but she couldn’t stop the storm of rage bubbling up inside of her. “I do not wish to marry you any more than you wish to marry me.” A muscle in the prince’s jaw flexed. “Then help me fight this madness! Deny the proposal that has been asked without my will.” Agatha snickered. “And risk the loss of my head at the hands of our darling Crown?” She crossed her arms at her chest, matching the prince’s stance. “I think not.”


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About the Author

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J.L. Vampa’s four-book New Adult Fantasy series, SISTERS SOLSTICE, will begin on September 22, 2022. Jane Lenore (J.L.) Vampa is a published author of Dark Fantasy and Victorian Gothic fiction. J.L. also owns a macabre-style bookish shop, Wicked Whimsy Boutique. She lives in Texas with her musician husband and their two littles who are just as peculiar as they are.

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September 21st

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September 23rd

@libraryofash (Review) https://www.instagram.com/libraryofash/

@haunted.by.candlelight (Review) https://www.instagram.com/haunted.by.candlelight/

@wicked_bibliophile (Review) https://www.instagram.com/wicked_bibliophile/

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A Lesson in Love and Death Blog Tour

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Welcome to the book tour for the gorgeous, genre-blurring book, A Lesson in Love and Death by W.H. Lockwood! Read on for more details and a chance to win a $25 Amazon e-gift card!

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A Lesson in Love and Death (Endymion College #1)

Expected Publication Date: September 26th, 2022

Genre: Cozy Horror Romance/ Dark Academia

Anna James dreamed of only two things in life: to read books and to not die.

The day she is offered a scholarship to study literature at the beautiful, exclusive and gothic Endymion College, is the happiest day of her life, but soon after arrival, Anna finds it is nothing like the brochure.

Instantly thrust into a dangerous conspiracy, sent to live in a haunted dormitory with a captivating rival, Anna struggles to keep control of her only chance at a better life and to maintain her already tenuous grip on reality.

Things soon go from bad to worse when a séance goes awry, and finding herself pursued by a terrifying spectre, Anna finds comfort and a kindred spirit in her professor of literature: young, devastatingly handsome and completely off-limits.

Anna must find a way to fight both her desire and a relentless supernatural force out for blood, all while completing her work on time to hold on to her precious scholarship.

Darkly humorous, crushingly awkward, deeply romantic, Endymion College: A Lesson in Love and Death is a celebration of the books we love and an action-packed, supernatural, feminist, horror story all rolled into one.

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Anna James.”

Anna… Ah, I see your roommate has already been and got her key. One moment.”

The handsome yet bored-looking man disappeared into a dimmer and smaller room, only to return seconds later with a faded envelope. “So, we have a small problem, Anna. Your key is missing. Whoever had it last year didn’t bring it back. But it’s all right. We found this one. Except it comes with a warning.”

The man, clearly amused, leaned close in a conspiratorial manner, and raised one expectant eyebrow at Anna as she took the faded envelope from him. The words ‘Do Not Open’ were written across the front in beautiful cursive. Anna’s big eyes and delicate fingers traced over the words.

Don’t worry, it’s not as sinister as it sounds,” he continued. “In here is, or should be, a skeleton key. It will open all the doors in your apartment. Which is fine, because there are only two, but one of those is the old hanging door.”

Hanging door?”

Hanging door. You’ll see when you get there. You’re on the second floor. There used to be a staircase leading up the exterior of the building to the door. That staircase has long since rotted away, and now only the door remains. A hanging door. A door to nowhere.” He smiled a dashing smile and Anna couldn’t decide if he had gone insane with boredom or if he was flirting. Or both.

Oh, I see.”

His tone and face changed in an instant. “Do not open that door. I don’t care what happens. Don’t let the air through, don’t look at the view, don’t touch the thing. Health and safety, you know? It’s rotting in its hinges and it could fall out at any moment. I shouldn’t even be giving you this, but, well, I know how it is. You can’t always rely on your roommate.” He tapped on an old, laminated map that was stuck to the counter with brown, peeling sticky tape. “You’re in the old building, here.”

Older than this building?”

Oh yes. A good two hundred years older. Go back the way you came and straight across the courtyard. Your building is opposite this one. You will be in the east wing, so turn right when you go inside. You’re on the top floor at the very end of the building. You have the corner view.”

Anna was absolutely delighted. She signed for her key, thanked the man, and made to leave.

Ms James?”

Yes?” As Anna looked at him, she noted a strange intensity in his manner, in his stormy, blue eyes.

That key—that’s our little secret. Really, I probably shouldn’t have given it to you. Don’t tell anyone and don’t let anyone else borrow it. Not even your roommate. And whatever you do, don’t bring it back here…”

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

A Lesson in Love and Death by W.H. Lockwood, is first installment in the Endymion College series. We follow Anna James as enters Endymion college, on a scholarship. She receives a strange skeleton key to her assigned apartment and an odd peculiar hanging door.

“ A hanging door. A door to nowhere “. last year’s student never returned it. A clear warning comes with it, “ Do not open the door”. Do not tell anyone about the key and don’t let anyone borrow it. After meeting her slightly odd new roommate, Candi Lenoir , along with a teacher named Eve.

On her first night in her dormitory, Anna sees an an apparition of a boy. There is more incidents that lead up to a seance. Menacing spirt that intends to harm Anna and her new found friends.Things take a turn as Anna seeks out more help from the local clergy as the tension builds. I soared through this one, with tidbits of the occult and a dash of romance with a handsome professor.

The book is full of suspense and secrets, gothic architecture, and menacing ghost. The author does a wonderful job creating dark atmospheric imagery, with little mysteries within mysteries to keep the reader satisfied. The ending leaves some loose ends not tidied up, which adds to the anticipation for the next book in the series. A promising start to what could be an enjoyable reading experience, perfect for the upcoming spooky season.

A cozy academia paranormal fiction, with dark gothic styled world building, and romance.

Excited to read the next installment in the Endymion college series

About the Author

W.H. Lockwood writes feminist gothic and historical fiction, dark academia and cosy horror, all with a romantic twist.

Raised on a diet of Point books and Pepsi, only willing to leave her den to attend chess club at public school, W.H. Lockwood started writing at a young age and has kept this passion throughout her life.

Always a voracious reader, she obtained an undergraduate degree in literary studies from a gorgeous sandstone university, following that with a master’s degree in publishing and editing, then another master’s degree in astronomy, thus uniting her two great loves of the arts and science, leaving her utterly unqualified to cope with the real world.

These days, W.H. Lockwood works as a professional editor and can often be found aimlessly wandering through the coffee shops and bookstores of the beautiful city she calls home.

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September 19th

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@the_pageling (Review) https://www.instagram.com/the_pageling/

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September 20th

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Lecari’s Live Journal (Review) http://www.lecari.co.uk

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September 21st

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@itsabookthing2021 (Review) https://www.instagram.com/itsabookthing2021/

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September 22nd

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September 23rd

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A Kingdom of Flame and Fury Blog Tour

Hello Friends

I am so excited to share

A Kingdom of Flame and Fury with you all today!

Read my review and the exclusive excerpt and a chance to win a signed copy of the book!

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A Kingdom of Flame and Fury (The Four Kingdoms #1)

Publication Date: May 26th, 2022

Genre: Dark Fantasy/ Dark Romance

At ten years old, Raven was mysteriously willed to be the next ruler of Seolia, a kingdom nestled within the realm of The Four Kingdoms. Orphaned as a baby, she has spent fifteen years ruling over a kingdom she believes she did not earn all while hiding secrets: she possesses dark magic and she thirsts for blood. Now at almost twenty-five years old and with a sudden addiction to stealing life, Raven must fight through her new procured darkness to save her soul, but when a mysterious stranger arrives in her kingdom, she starts experiencing vivid dreams that detail who she truly is. As she slowly starts to unravel her story, what she uncovers at the end of the spool will change the course of her life and her kingdom forever.

A Kingdom of Flame and Fury is book one in a steamy and thrilling new fantasy series: The Four Kingdoms

This is book one of an epic dark fantasy adventure series and contains scenes of graphic and mature content. Reader discretion is advised.

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I was quiet for a while. Five drinks in and the thick liquid was replacing my blood. “I think I’m in love.” My words were slurred as they tumbled out. “She has purple hair.” Her hair was black, but I saw it when it was purple, and it looked so real.

Arthur chuckled as he cleaned out a glass left by another patron.

“Are soul mates real?” I had never believed in them, having spent at least fifteen years fucking my way through the female population of three of the four kingdoms. Nothing I felt ever resembled love. Or like. More like tolerance.

“Soul mates and twin flames are rare, and they’re both destined to be together.” He leaned his forearms down against the bar top and looked at me. “I think my wife was mine. I never looked at another woman like I saw her. It was something else.”

“What’s the difference between soul mates and twin flames?”

Arthur smiled at me, probably because he couldn’t understand what I said as I tipped back my sixth glass of rum. “Soul mates can be anyone. A friend, a lover, someone you met briefly.”

Raven wasn’t anyone.

“Twin flames are two halves of one soul. There’s an intense connection that can’t be replicated. There’s pain associated with flames, both people mirroring one another. When you find your twin, you can’t be apart from them without going a little mad.”

Mad, as in getting drunk in a pub mid-afternoon because I couldn’t be with her? If so, I was mad.

“How do you know so much about them?” He didn’t seem like the type who would believe in things like this. I didn’t think I could ever be one, either. Yet, here I was, getting wasted in a pub because I was wholly convinced that purple-haired demon was meant to be in my life.

“My wife did,” he answered. “She read often. A lot about how magic used to live in our realm. Mates and flames are a rarity, and they used to be treasured. When they existed, there would be celebrations for days. At least, that’s what her books used to tell her. I haven’t met any, nor have there been any pairings in a very long time. It always intrigued her, so she’d sit on one of these stools every night and tell me about them, or anything else she read.” There was a sadness in his voice as he recalled time spent with his wife, whom I assumed he lost. “Do you think your girl with purple hair may be one of those to you?”

I swished the rum around in my glass as I thought about his question through my unfocused mind, laden with alcohol. “Twin flame,” I said. “I think she’s my twin flame.”

And if they were such a rarity, I was determined to do nothing but treasure her.

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Quote: “Straighten your crown, dear girl. Face those who don’t believe in you with pride in who you are.”

A Kingdom of Flame and Fury, is book one of “ The Four Kingdoms “ by Whitney Dean. This is one book to check out if you enjoy steamy dark fantasy that features an intense love triangle and obsession. Political intrigue, shift-changing magical abilities, along with elemental magic. Told in dual prospectives, and morally grey characters that will have completely immersed. An addictive book with a stellar ending full of betrayal, and spice! 🌶🌶🌶🌶

Just Look at the brand new alternate cover for AKOFAF. Isn’t Gorgeous

I wanted to represent Raven on the cover being held up by puppet strings because her every move was being controlled by an outside force that she wasn’t aware of yet. The back of the dust jacket is Raven as one of her shifts, Blaze, and Zeke. Zeke always encouraged that fiery side of her while others in her life wanted her to shove it down. – Whitney Dean

It was designed by @Romannaboch on IG.

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About the Author

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Whitney was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas and raised in Allen, Texas. She resides in a quaint little town in Arkansas with her husband and two children, along with her labradoodle, Simba.

Her love of reading came from the Harry Potter series when she was seven years old, and frequent trips to the most magical place on earth. Because of it, the fantasy realm has taken up residence in her brain for a very long time.

While her writings include real-life pain and angst, she is a fan of happily-ever-after’s and always strives to bring that forth in her stories.

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Millstone of Doubt Blog Tour

Hello Gracious Readers,

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

Millstone of Doubt by Erica Vetsch

• Title: Millstone of Doubt: Thorndike and Swann Regency Mysteries (Book 2)

• Series: Thorndike and Swann Regency Mysteries

• Author: Erica Vetsch

• Genre: Historical Mystery, Historical Romance, Inspirational Fiction

• Publisher: ‎Kregel Publications (September 20, 2022)

• Length: (304) pages

• Format: Trade paperback & eBook

• ISBN: 978-0825447143

• Tour Dates: September 19 – October 3, 2022


A Bow Street Runner and a debutante in London Society use their skills to find the killer of a wealthy businessman, but the killer’s secrets aren’t the only ones they will uncover.

Caught in the explosion of the Hammersmith Mill in London, Bow Street runner Daniel Swann rushes to help any survivors only to find the mill’s owner dead of an apparent gunshot–but no sign of the killer.

Even though the owner’s daughter, Agatha Montgomery, mourns his death, she may be the only one. It seems there are more than a few people with motive for murder. But Daniel can’t take this investigation slow and steady. Instead, he must dig through all the suspects as quickly as he can because the clock is ticking until his mysterious patronage–and his job as a runner–comes to an abrupt and painful end. It seems to Daniel that, like his earthly father, his heavenly Father has abandoned him.
Lady Juliette Thorndike is Agatha’s bosom friend and has the inside knowledge of the wealthy London ton to be invaluable to Daniel. She should be in a perfect position to help with the case. But when her trusted instructor in the art of spy craft orders her to stay out of the investigation, Lady Juliette obeys. That is, until circumstances intervene, and she drops right into the middle of the deadly pursuit.

When a dreadful accident ends in another death on the mill floor, Daniel discovers a connection to his murder case–and to his own secret past. Now he and Juliette are in a race to find the killer before his time runs out.


• “An artfully told story that will have you wondering at the outcome until the final pages are read.” —Ruth Logan Herne, USA Today best-selling author

• “…a fully satisfying mystery. I can’t wait to read the next one!” —Jocelyn Green, Christy Award–winning author of Drawn by the Current

• “I am sure fans of the first book in this series will revel in the deepening relationship between Daniel Swann and Juliette Thorndike.” —Alissa Baxter, author of The Viscount’s Lady Novelist 

• “Millstone of Doubt captivated me from the first sentence and kept me guessing the entire novel…Erica Vetsch is the master of all things Regency.” —Lorri Dudley, author of The Duke’s Refuge

• “5 Stars. Millstone of Doubt is a compelling Regency mystery with plenty of romance. Michelle Griep fans (or any Regency fan in general) will love this novel.”— Jennifer Purcell, ChristianBooks.com




This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Millstone of Doubt: Thorndike and Swann Regency Mysteries (Book 2)

By Erica Vetsch

Series: Thorndike and Swann Regency Mysteries

Pub Date: September 20, 2022

Publisher: ‎Kregel Publications

Genre: Historical Mystery, Historical Romance, Inspirational Fiction

Millstone of Doubt by Erica Vetsch is the second installment in the Thorndike and Swann Regency Mysteries. Another curious mystery is afoot, one that Mr Daniel Swann and Lady Juliette Throndike find themselves thrown together again.

London 1816, Debutante, Lady Juliette Throndike first season out in London’s society and she has promised herself not to fall for any man. Juliette’s {Jules} parents along with her uncle Bertie work behind the scenes of society as agents to the crown. Since Juliette’s abduction last month her uncle has provided her with some necessary self defense instructions to better prepare herself as fledgling agent, and develop her skills in spy craft.

Mr Daniel Swann, a detective from the Bow Street Magistrate’s Court, twenty-fifth birthday is fast approaching. This would bring to end the support from his mysterious patron would end. He would no longer be obligated to cary out the multitude of tasks in exchange for financial support.

When a explosion of a flour mill and what looks like the murder of Juliette’s good friend Agatha’s father, Mr Garfield Montgomery. Garfield Montgomery who owns the flour Mill that was threatened and may be have targeted by the Rabble rousers who don’t use critical thinking, instead they use vengeance and violence as away of stating their viewpoints on industrial progress. Causing more harm and job loss to the workers and their families.

This book follows first book in the series The Debutante’s Code. Told in dual perspectives, this warmhearted regency romance, provides underlying meaningful messages to its readers. I enjoyed the light hearted romance and the way mystery unfolds. The characters are likable, and you will find yourself drawn into their lives.


Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling author and ACFW Carol Award winner and has been a Romantic Times top pick for her previous books. She loves Jesus, history, romance, and watching sports. This transplanted Kansan now makes her home in Rochester, Minnesota.



Charlie Lavender and the Origin of Everything

Hello Friends Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for

Charlie Lavender and the Origin of Everything by Carson Patrick Bowie hosted by MTMC Tours.

Charlie Lavender and the Origin of Everything
By Carson Patrick Bowie
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Book one in a YA Fantasy series

releasing on September 20th, 2022

from Lab Partners Publishing!

Title: Charlie Lavender and the Origin of Everything

Author: Carson Patrick Bowie

Series: Volume One: Orientation

Publisher: Lab Partners Publishing

Publication Date: September 20, 2022
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


A bundle of awkwardness and social anxiety, Charlie Lavender isn’t sure about starting her freshman year in small-town Normal, Illinois. Little does she know her new best friend, a love triangle, and…a magical owl(?) are waiting for her in the Fall of 1993.

She definitely didn’t expect ominous priests, probable witches, and a secret, several-thousand-year-old war would also become part of everyday life.

Welcome to Normal, where nothing ever is.

As she and her newfound friends search for the truth about a world of magic just out of view, the real question is, can Charlie accept the last thing she ever expected to happen? For the first time ever, she’s fitting in.


𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐢𝐞 𝐋𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 & 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐎𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠

𝐁𝐲 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐏𝐚𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐁𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐞

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Thanks to the author @carson.patrick.bowie and @mtmctours for my incredible book box and gorgeous print Arc.

“𝙄𝙛 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙞𝙚 𝙇𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙞𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙗𝙚 𝙨𝙪𝙗𝙩𝙡𝙚.”

Charlie Lavender & the Origin of Everything by Carson Patrick Bowie, will delight readers everywhere. A witchy magical coming of age novel, that is not short of spectacular. Set in Norma Illinois, where everything is not. The author delivers a YA fantasy, with atmospheric 90s nostalgia. The smooth transitioning dual time frames, and lush magical realism adds to wonderful storyline. What really captured my heart and soul was the realistic characters, that I couldn’t help but fall in love.

I completely related to social anxiety and perils of high school that Charlie experiences, along with the love triangle. Some of the most key elements of the book is the importance of friendship and family. The air of secrecy of witches and a magical world, along with the science had me captivated. The writing was seamless and I am impatiently waiting for the next installment.

This is one author that you should take notice and follow.. simply an amazing book.!

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About Carson Patrick Bowie:

Carson currently resides in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada, along with his two teenage sons, and two rescued cats. He misses the Scholastic book fair and is passionate about great storytelling regardless of the medium. He’s a member of the LGBTQ+ community a disappointment to his father, and believes with all of his heart that representation for all communities is vital. Carson is reasonably fond of Dungeons & Dragons, unreasonably fond of Dan Levy, and he has, when left unattended, been known to use run-on sentences. He is also incredibly proud of both of his sons.

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The Witch and the Tsar

Hello Readers

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for

The Witch and the Tsar by Olesya Salnikova Gilmore

The Witch and the Tsar by Olesya Salnikova Gilmore
Historical Fantasy
09/20/2022 by Ace

Thanks to AceBooks / #BerkleyPartner @berkleypub @olesyaauthor for my copy


In this stunning historical fantasy debut, an isolated witch will risk all that she has to save her country and her people from dangerous gods and the twisted hearts of men.
As a half goddess possessing magic, Yaga is used to living on her own, her prior entanglements with mortals having led to heartbreak. She mostly keeps to her hut in the woods, where those in need of healing seek her out, even as they spread rumors about her supposed cruelty and wicked spells. But when her old friend Anastasia—now the wife of the tsar, and suffering from a mysterious illness—arrives in her forest desperate for her protection, Yaga realizes the fate of all of Russia is tied to Anastasia’s. Yaga must step out of the shadows to protect the land she loves.
As she travels to Moscow, Yaga witnesses a sixteenth-century Russia on the brink of chaos. Tsar Ivan—soon to become Ivan the Terrible—grows more volatile and tyrannical by the day, and Yaga believes the tsaritsa is being poisoned by an unknown enemy. But what Yaga cannot know is that Ivan is being manipulated by powers far older and more fearsome than anyone can imagine.

Olesya Salnikova Gilmore weaves a rich tapestry of mythology and Russian history, reclaiming and reinventing the infamous Baba Yaga, and bringing to life a vibrant and tumultuous Russia, where old gods and new tyrants vie for power. This fierce and compelling novel draws from the timeless lore to create a heroine for the modern day, fighting to save her country and those she loves from oppression while also finding her true purpose as a goddess, a witch, and a woman.

Early Praise for The Witch and the Tsar:

“An utterly enchanting, wholly immersive debut that deftly reimagines the legend of Baba Yaga. This one is unmissable.”—Alexis Henderson, Author of The Year of the Witching 

“A rich and vivid tapestry of old Russia in an age when Tsar Ivan the Terrible grappled not only with political foes but with the legendary witch Baba Yaga and her command of magic and pagan gods. An evocative journey into old Russian myth and history, and a poignant exploration of what it means to be both human and immortal.”– Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of The Splendor Before the Dark

“Weaves myth and history into a poignant tale of love and war and gods in the flesh, with impeccable imagery and a heroine whose strength and courage stayed with me long after the final page. Fans of The Witch’s Heart, Circe and The Bear and the Nightingale are sure to fall in love with Gilmore’s compelling debut.” – H.M. Long, Author of Hall of Smoke

Hello friends let’s take a journey to long ago Mother Russia. A world of rich history, folklore and magic


Leaving the guard to keep watch outside, I ushered the tsaritsa into the darkened innards of my hut. Little Hen was used to clients coming and going and usually behaved herself enough by staying low to the ground so as not to frighten anyone. I hastily lit a few stubby beeswax candles. The scent of burning honey filled the air as I turned back to my royal visitor, swallowing hard.

Her tears had dried, her dull brown eyes taking on a chillingly distant look. Where were the flecks of gold, the quick wit, the uncharacteristic warmth of someone of her social standing? Her vibrancy was gone. Her skirts rustled like dried-up leaves as she sank onto the stool I offered her with the tired, defeated air of one who wishes never to rise again.

A few wandering chickens clucked at my feet. Noch hooted from a shadowy corner. The tsaritsa probably found this-me-uncivilized, disgustingly rustic, even.

But she only said, “It has been months. The doctors do not know what it is. I do.” She struggled out of her cloak. “I am dying.”

The bell-sleeved, flower-patterned letnik gown dragged her down as if bloated with seawater. A little shiver darted up my spine, almost prompting me to ask the tsaritsa how many dresses she wore. For wealthy women, it was customarily a minimum of three. But it was clear it was not the dresses plaguing her.

There was sweat on her brow, a redness at her mouth and eyes, though her skin was missing the telltale blotches and swellings of pestilence. An internal imbalance was possible, but those were the hardest to heal. An illness of the mind or spirit? Stooping under the dry herbs and flowers hanging from the slanted ceiling, I crossed the room to an iron cauldron bubbling over a fire that never went out. Iron possessed mystical and protective powers.

“It has been some time since you visited me,” I said slowly, brushing aside a purple lavender blossom. “Thirteen years?”

“With the wedding, I . . .”

“I have heard weddings eat into time like moths. What about after? I tended to your family for years. To be forgotten so quickly by you and your mother was quite the revelation.” I bent over the cauldron and ladled out hot water into a bowl fashioned from bone. Steam billowed into my face as I flushed with resentment. Or maybe disappointment.

How would the great Earth Goddess Mokosh feel about such neglect? I thought about my beloved mother, the protector of women-of their work and destiny, the birth of their children. I glanced up at her symbol, the wooden horse’s head hanging above the cauldron.

We provide succor regardless of wounded pride, she had once told me. Pride is an illusion and the path to conceit. Gods may be guilty of it, Yaga, but not you.

But our gods, the ancient ones born of the Universe, had been worshipped then. While Mokosh had not spoken of it, tales say she helped to create the Earth with Perun, the Supreme God and Lord of the Heavens, and many other gods besides. Perun forged the sky with his thunderbolts; Mokosh gave birth to the land. Her spindle spun the cloth of humanity, thread by thread, woman by woman, life to death, generation after generation. She was Moist Earth, mother of all living things and my actual mother.

Eventually, mortals began to worship the Christian god. While some believed in the old gods as well as him, I doubted the tsaritsa was of their number, living as she did in the center of the Orthodox Christian faith in Russia. Yet before her ascent to the court, she had gladly partaken of what infuriatingly limited talents I had inherited from Mokosh.

“I made you a tsaritsa,” I said. “I provided your mother with the herbs and charms that got the court to take notice of a dead aristocrat’s daughter. Or have you forgotten?”

Excerpted from The Witch and the Tsar by Olesya Salnikova Gilmore Copyright © 2022 by Olesya Salnikova Gilmore. Excerpted by permission of Ace. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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About the Author:

Olesya Salnikova Gilmore was born in Moscow, Russia, raised in the U.S., and graduated from Pepperdine University with a BA in English/political science, and from Northwestern School of Law with a JD. She practiced litigation at a large law firm for several years before pursuing her dream of becoming an author. She is most happy writing historical fiction and fantasy inspired by Eastern European folklore. She lives in a wooded, lakeside suburb of Chicago with her husband and daughter. The Witch and the Tsar is her debut novel. Learn more online at www.olesyagilmore.com
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Hello There

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour

The Witches of Moonshyne Manor

Title: The Witches of Moonshyne Manor
Author: Bianca Marais
Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary
Publisher: MIRA
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback arc, Ebook
Release Date: August 23, 2022
Rating: ★★★★★


A coven of modern-day witches. A magical heist-gone-wrong. A looming threat.

Five octogenarian witches gather as an angry mob threatens to demolish Moonshyne Manor. All eyes turn to the witch in charge, Queenie, who confesses they’ve fallen far behind on their mortgage payments. Still, there’s hope, since the imminent return of Ruby—one of the sisterhood who’s been gone for thirty-three years—will surely be their salvation.

But the mob is only the start of their troubles. One man is hellbent on avenging his family for the theft of a legacy he claims was rightfully his. In an act of desperation, Queenie makes a bargain with an evil far more powerful than anything they’ve ever faced. Then things take a turn for the worse when Ruby’s homecoming reveals a seemingly insurmountable obstacle instead of the solution to all their problems.

The witches are determined to save their home and themselves, but their aging powers are no match for increasingly malicious threats. Thankfully, they get a bit of help from Persephone, a feisty TikToker eager to smash the patriarchy. As the deadline to save the manor approaches, fractures among the sisterhood are revealed, and long-held secrets are exposed, culminating in a fiery confrontation with their enemies.

Funny, tender and uplifting, the novel explores the formidable power that can be discovered in aging, found family and unlikely friendships. Marais’ clever prose offers as much laughter as insight, delving deeply into feminism, identity and power dynamics while stirring up intrigue and drama through secrets, lies and sex. Heartbreaking and heart-mending, it will make you grateful for the amazing women in your life.

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Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader, and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais is magical tale of found sisters.

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.”

Six octogenarian witches who make up a modern day coven. An impending threat to demolish their Moonshyne Manor, a magical heist that went haywire, along with Persephone, a feisty TikToker. makes for delightful fun book. These ride or die sisters, were so engaging and I loved everything about this book. The storyline was creative and the characters were so engaging and enjoyable. All around a great book, I am so happy to be adding this one to my favorite book list for 2022.

Thank you to @htpbooks and @biancamarais_author for the early review copy of this novel.

About the Author:

Bianca Marais cohosts the popular podcast The Sh*t No One Tells You About Writing, aimed at emerging writers. She was named the winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award for Creative Writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies in 2021. She is the author of two novels, Hum If You Don’t Know the Words and If You Want to Make God Laugh, as well as the Audible Original The Prynne Viper. She lives in Toronto with her husband and fur babies.

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Saturday, October 23rd


Half an hour before the alarm will be sounded for the first time in decades—drawing four frantic old women and a geriatric crow from all corners of the sprawling manor—Ursula is awoken by insistent knocking, like giant knuckles rapping against glass. It’s an ominous sign, to be sure. The first of many.

Trying to rid herself of the sticky cobwebs of sleep, Ursula throws back the covers, groaning as her joints loudly voice their displeasure. She’s slept in the buff, as is her usual habit, and as she pads across the room, she’s more naked than the day she was born (being, as she is, one of those rare babies who came into the world fully encased in a caul).

Upon reaching the window, the cause of the ruckus is immediately obvious to Ursula; one of the Angel Oak’s sturdy branches is thumping against her third-floor window. Strong winds whip through the tree, making it shimmy and shake, giving the impression that it’s espousing the old adage to dance like no one’s watching, a quality that rather has to be admired in a tree. Either that, or it’s trembling uncontrollably with fear.

The forest, encroaching at the garden’s boundary, looks disquieted. It hangs its head low, bowing to a master who’s ordered it to bend the knee. As the charcoal sky churns, not a bird to be seen, the trees in the wood whisper incessantly. Whether they’re secrets or warnings, Ursula can’t tell, which only unsettles her further.

That infernal billboard that the city recently erected across from the manor property—with its aggressive gigantic lettering shouting, ‘Critchley Hackle Mega Complex Coming Soon!’—snaps in the wind, issuing small cracks of thunder. A storm is on its way, that much is clear. You don’t need to have Ivy’s particular powers to know as much.

Turning her back on the ominous view, Ursula heads for the calendar to mark off another mostly sleepless night. It seems impossible that after so many of them—night upon night, strung up after each other seemingly endlessly—only two remain until Ruby’s return, upon which Ursula will discover her fate.

Either Ruby knows or she doesn’t.

And if she does know, there’s the chance that she’ll want nothing more to do with Ursula. The thought makes her breath hitch, the accompanying stab of pain almost too much to bear. The best she can hope for under the circumstances is that Ruby will forgive her, releasing Ursula from the invisible prison her guilt has sentenced her to.

Too preoccupied with thoughts of Ruby to remember to don her robe, Ursula takes a seat at her mahogany escritoire. She lights a cone of mugwort and sweet laurel incense, watching as the tendril of smoke unfurls, inscribing itself upon the air. Inhaling the sweet scent, she picks up a purple silk pouch and unties it, spilling the contents onto her palm.

The tarot cards are all frayed around the edges, worn down from countless hours spent jostling through Ursula’s hands. Despite their shabbiness, they crackle with electricity, sparks flying as she shuffles them. After cutting the deck in three, Ursula begins laying the cards down, one after the other, on top of the heptagram she carved into the writing desk’s surface almost eighty years ago.

The first card, placed in the center, is The Tower. Unfortunate souls tumble from the top of a fortress that’s been struck by lightning, flames engulfing it. Ursula experiences a jolt of alarm at the sight of it for The Tower has to signify the manor; and anything threatening their home, threatens them all.

The second card, placed above the first at the one o’clock position, can only represent Tabitha. It’s the Ten of Swords, depicting a person lying face down with ten swords buried in their back. The last time Ursula saw the card, she’d made a mental note to make an appointment with her acupuncturist, but now, following so soon after The Tower, it makes her shift nervously.

The third, fourth and fifth cards, placed at the three o’clock, four-thirty and six o’clock positions, depict a person (who must be Queenie) struggling under too heavy a load; a heart pierced by swords (signifying Ursula); and a horned beast towering above a man and woman who are shackled together (obviously Jezebel). Ursula whimpers to see so many dreaded cards clustered together.

Moving faster now, she lays out the sixth, seventh and eighth cards at the seven-thirty, nine and eleven o’ clock positions. Ursula gasps as she studies the man crying in his bed, nine swords hovering above him (which can only denote Ursula’s guilt as it pertains to Ruby); the armored skeleton on horseback (representing the town of Critchley Hackle); and the two bedraggled souls trudging barefoot through the snow (definitely Ivy). Taking in all eight sinister cards makes Ursula tremble much like the Angel Oak.

Based on the spread, Ursula absolutely should sound the alarm immediately, but she’s made mistakes in the past—lapses in judgment that resulted in terrible consequences—and so she wants to be a hundred percent certain first.

She shuffles the cards again, laying them down more deliberately this time, only to see the exact same shocking formation, the impending threat even more vivid than before. It couldn’t be any clearer if the Goddess herself had sent a homing pigeon with a memo bearing the message: Calamity is on its way! It’s knocking at the window, just waiting to be let in!

And yet, Ursula still doesn’t sound the alarm, because that’s what doubt does; it slips through the chinks in our defenses, eroding all sense of self until the only voice that should matter becomes the one that we don’t recognize anymore, the one we trust the least.

As a result of this estrangement from herself, Ursula has developed something of a compulsion, needing to triple check the signs before she calls attention to them, and so she stands and grabs her wand. She makes her way down the hallway past Ruby’s and Jezebel’s bedrooms at a bit of a clip before descending the west wing stairs.

It’s just before she reaches Ivy’s glass conservatory that Ursula breaks out into a panicked run.

Excerpted from The Witches of Moonshyne Manor @ 2022 by Bianca Marais, used with permission by MIRA Books.


The House With the Golden Door

Hello Friends welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

The House With the Golden Door By Elodie Harper

Title: The House With the Golden Door

Author: Elodie Harper

Release Date: September 6, 2022

Genre(s): Adult — Mythology

Buy Link: https://bookshop.org/a/11727/9781454946625


The life of a courtesan in Pompeii is glamorous yet perilous . . .

Amara has escaped her life as a slave in the Wolf Den, the city’s most notorious brothel, but now her survival depends on the affections of her patron: a man she might not know as well as she once thought. At night, in the home he bought for her, the house with the golden door, Amara’s dreams are haunted by her past. She longs for her sisterhood of friends—the women at the brothel she was forced to leave behind—and worse, finds herself pursued by the cruel and vindictive man who once owned her. To be truly free, she will need to be as ruthless as he is. Amara knows her existence in Pompeii is subject to Venus, the goddess of love. Yet finding love may prove to be the most dangerous act of all.


The House With The Golden Door by Elodie Harper,

Thank you to @turnthepagetours and @elodielharper

The House with the Golden Door by Elodie Harper is just as captivating story as the The Wolf Den. Elodie Harper creates a world that is immersible, and harsh.
We follow a greek woman Amara, solid into slavery and living in a brothel as a prostitute, in Pompeii, known as the Lupanar or ‘Wolf Den.
Following the events of the end of Wolf Den, The House with the Golden Door is a continuation of Amara’s turbulent life. She has left the brothel and is walking a fine line of a courtesan.
Harper does a wonderful job in giving the reader class structure and traditions. Meticulously researched, you are easily catapulted into this world.

The characters grow and expand,I am excited to read what’s next from this author

Author Info
Elodie Harper is a journalist and prize-winning writer. She is currently a reporter and presenter at ITV News, and before that worked as a producer for Channel 4 News. Elodie studied Latin poetry both in the original and in translation as part of her English Literature degree at Oxford, instilling a lifelong interest in the ancient world. The Wolf Den, the first in a trilogy of novels about the lives of women in ancient Pompeii, was a number one London Times bestseller. Elodie lives in the UK. You can visit her at elodieharper.com and find her @ElodieLHarper.


The Portraitist: A Novel of Adelaide Labille-Guiard by Susanne Dunlap

Hello Gracious Readers

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

The Portraitist: Adélaïe Labille-Guiard

By Susanne Dunlap

The Portraitist: A Novel of Adelaide Labille-Guiard by Susanne Dunlap
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Publication Date: August 30, 2022
She Writes Press

Based on a true story, this is the tale of Adélaïde Labille-Guiard’s fight to take her rightful place in the competitive art world of eighteenth-century Paris.

With a beautiful rival who’s better connected and better trained than she is, Adélaïde faces an uphill battle. Her love affair with her young instructor in oil painting gives rise to suspicions that he touches up her work, and her decision to make much-needed money by executing erotic pastels threatens to create as many problems as it solves. Meanwhile, her rival goes from strength to strength, becoming Marie Antoinette’s official portraitist and gaining entrance to the elite Académie Royale at the same time as Adélaïde.

When at last Adélaïde earns her own royal appointment and receives a massive commission from a member of the royal family, the timing couldn’t be worse: it’s 1789, and with the fall of the Bastille her world is turned upside down by political chaos and revolution. With danger around every corner in her beloved Paris, she must find a way to adjust to the new order, carving out a life and a career all over again—and stay alive in the process.


“An imaginative work that brings the story of a little-known artist to vivid life.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Deeply researched and imagined, The Portraitist offers a fascinating and dramatic plunge into the world of a brilliant female artist, struggling to make her mark before and during the turbulent and treacherous era of the French Revolution. I loved this novel.” –Sandra Gulland, international bestselling author of The Josephine Trilogy

“Written with breathless drama, The Portraitist follows the rise of the gifted portraitist Adélaïde Labille-Guiard in Paris during the last years of the late eighteenth century. The novel is a luminous depiction of Paris and those terrible times seen through the astute, compassionate eyes of a woman who had to paint. Every bit of lace, or royal carriage or bloody cobblestone is alive in the writing. The rain drumming on the skylight and a misbuttoned coat speak. Go to those streets with this book in your hand to follow her footsteps and those long-gone turbulent times will come alive to you as if they were yesterday.” –Stephanie Cowell, award-winning author of Claude and Camille

“In The Portraitist, Susanne Dunlap skillfully paints a portrait of a woman struggling to make her way in a man’s world — a topic as relevant today as it was in Ancien Regime France. Impeccably researched, rich with period detail, Dunlap brings to life the little known true story of Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, who fought her husband and society to make a name for herself as a painter to the royal family, the very apex of success– only to find everything she had built threatened by the Revolution. A stunning story of determination, talent, and reversals of fortune. As a lifelong Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun fan, I am now questioning my allegiances!” –Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Country and Band of Sisters

“[The Portraitist is a] luminous novel of Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, whose livelihood and longing for respect are threatened by the institutions that deny women artists their due, compounded by the tumultuous events of the French Revolution. Deftly written and impeccably researched. Highly recommended.” –Michelle Cameron, award-winning author of Beyond the Ghetto Gates


The Portraitist: Adélaïe Labille-Guiard

By Susanne Dunlap

Publisher ‏ : ‎ She Writes Press

Pub Date August 30, 2022

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 296 pages


Susanne Dunlap, brings the 18th century France portraitist artist, Adélaïe Labille-Guiard, richly to life.


Set pre-Revolutionary France, Dunlap’s newest historical fiction she tells the story of the artist Adélaïe Labille-Guiard, not as a victim, but as revolutionary. She becomes one of the earliest female members of the Royal Academy of France, and also the first first female artist to receive permission to set up a studio for her students at the Louvre. She was an advocate for women who desired to be artists, giving them instructions and a place to develop their craft.

Most professional women painters who were usually born into families of artists or artisans. Not so with our heroine, Labille-Guiard, who was born to a Parisian shopkeeper. Unlike her advisory Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, who was the daughter of a painter, and later Vigée on in life married Jean-Baptiste Pierre Le Brun, a connected art dealer. This allowed Vigée to rise swiftly and gain a foot hold in portrait paintings to the Royal Parisian Family. She became good friends with the Queen, and the official painter of Queen Marie Antoinette.

Adélaïe, Labille-Guiard goes against her father’s good judgment and marries Louis Nicolas Guiard. Immature and easily deceived, she realizes her husband Nicolas is not the man she thought he was. Instead of remaining she is granted legal separation from her husband, which at that time was hard to come by unless there was factual evidence. While separation was legal, divorce was out of the question.

Adélaïe life long dream is to be a sought after portraitist, already accomplished pastelist. She further her artist education by taking classes with the young François André Vincent at the Louvre. Determined to be recognized in her own right, she stays stead fast, and dedicates her life to her art.

The author uses historical facts along with meticulously research to bring Adélaïe, Labille-Guiard character vividly to life. Wonderful atmospheric details along with a character I thought that she was an extremely well-written. Dunlap seamless narration Adélaïe ‘s realistic, believable character jump off the page. She is compassionate and one that you can easily root for.

I enjoyed the realistic rivalry that may or may not have been created by male painters during this time. Both women use what they can to bring profits as they struggle to rise in a male dominated art world. The author’s carefully constructed storyline was everything I wished it to be, both enlightening and captivating from start to finish. The character development and complex relationships, and the setting and world building with its unique artistic details, making for a highly compulsive read.


If you are not a fan of Susan Dunlap, this book will sure make you one!

I highly recommend this addictive book to my family and friends ⚜️

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


Enter to win a paperback copy or Audiobook of The Portraitist by Susanne Dunlap!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on September 8th. You must be 18 or older to enter.


The Portraitist


Susanne Dunlap is the author of twelve works of historical fiction for adults and teens, as well as an Author Accelerator Certified Book Coach. Her love of historical fiction arose partly from her studies in music history at Yale University (PhD, 1999), partly from her lifelong interest in women in the arts as a pianist and non-profit performing arts executive. Her novel The Paris Affair won first place in its category in the CIBA Dante Rossetti awards for Young Adult Fiction. The Musician’s Daughter was a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Bank Street Children’s Book of the Year, and was nominated for the Utah Book Award and the Missouri Gateway Reader’s Prize. In the Shadow of the Lamp was an Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award nominee. Susanne earned her BA and an MA (musicology) from Smith College, and lives in Biddeford, ME, with her little dog Betty. For more information, please visit Susanne Dunlap’s website. You can follow author Susanne Dunlap on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest, and BookBub.

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The Children of Gods and Fighting Men

Hello Readers

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

The Children of Gods and Fighting Men

A novel set in 10th century Ireland, published from AdAstra/Head of Zeus coming September 1st.

Read on to find out more about the book and author, how you can preorder, and of course see the stunning cover art from Micaela Alcaino (@micaelaalcaino).

Amazon UK


Amazon US

Make sure you preorder it now! And add it to Goodreads

Highlander meets The Last Kingdom as feuding clans of magical undying vie for control of tenth-century Ireland in this assured and captivating debut. Themes of motherhood and conflicted obligation lie at the heart of Shauna Lawless’s historical fantasy, explored through the eyes of two powerful women compelled to navigate a land where men hold sway, or think they do. I was hooked from page one‘ — Anthony Ryan

The Children of Gods and Fighting Men is the first book of the Gael Song series – and is due for release on the 1st September 2022.

The first in a gripping new historical fantasy series that intertwines Irish mythology with real-life history, The Children of Gods and Fighting Men is the thrilling debut novel by Shauna Lawless.

They think they’ve killed the last of us…

981 AD. The Viking King of Dublin is dead. His young widow, Gormflaith, has ambitions for her son – and herself – but Ireland is a dangerous place and kings tend not to stay kings for long. Gormflaith also has a secret. She is one of the Fomorians, an immortal race who can do fire-magic. She has kept her powers hidden at all costs, for there are other immortals in this world – like the Tuatha Dé Danann, a race of warriors who are sworn to kill Fomorians.

Fódla is one of the Tuatha Dé Danann with the gift of healing. Her kind dwell hidden in a fortress, forbidden to live amongst the mortals. Fódla agrees to help her kin by going to spy on Brian Boru, a powerful man who aims to be High King of Ireland. She finds a land on the brink of war – a war she is desperate to stop. However, preventing the loss of mortal lives is not easy with Ireland in turmoil and the Fomorians now on the rise…


The Children of Gods and Fighting Men by Shauna Lawless

A stellar fantasy of mythologies, along with Irish, historical rivalry, set in 981 AD.

Shauna Lawless gives readers a stunning tale, told in in dual perspectives of two strong female characters. Vikings and Irish kings, along with Witches made for a compelling storyline.

We follow the ruthless and cunning, Gormflaith, who is one of the last remaining Fomorian, an immortal race. Seeking to rise her son Sitric, to the seat of king of Dublin, she will stop at nothing to get her way. The Fomorian, an immortal race that has the ability of Fire magic. Hiding from their magical rivals the Tuatha Dé Danann, who have all but annihilated their kind.

Fodla, who is known as a Descendant, of the Tuatha De’ Danann. She is blessed with the magical ability of healing. When her beloved sister Rónnat, is banished to an island after becoming pregnant by a mortal. She takes up the responsible of the care of her nephew, Broccan. She finds herself tasked with spying on Brian Boru, who ultimately becomes the high king of Ireland from 1002 to 1014.

A captivating debut to what looks like a thrilling series, full of political intrigue and drama. Strong female POV’s that really standout, and I quite partial to Gormflaith character. The characters are well developed and all are morally grey or dark, which suits me just fine. This is one of those books that you just have to read to know what feeling I’m getting at. This one of those books that sucks you in and keeps you hungry for more. It’s a unique and unforgettable story told through a brilliant narrative.


I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy!

Thank you Head of Zeus and Ad Astra for the ARC.

The Author

Shauna Lawless is an avid reader of Irish mythology and folklore. As an Irish woman, she loves that Irish mythology has inspired so many stories over the years, however, she wanted to explore the history and mythology of Ireland in a more authentic way. She lives in Northern Ireland with her family.

Follow Shauna on twitter @shaunaLwrites – or on her blog and website at www.shaunalawless.com


Beguiled by Cyla Panin

Hello everyone!

I am so excited to be apart of blog tour for

Beguiled by Cyla Panin.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: August 23rd, 2022

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A dark and enthralling story about a young woman who makes a deal with a spirit to try and gain her independence—and the twisted price she has to pay for it

Ella is a 17-year-old weaver whose entire livelihood depends on her loom. She dreams of opening her own shop, but when her father died in debtor’s prison, she had to support herself by taking whatever clients she could get. In order to buy her supplies she goes into debt of her own, and when her loom breaks, Ella realizes she needs more help than a repairperson can give her. She, like everyone, has heard about the old washerwoman spirit called the Bean-Nighe who will grant any one wish—for a price.

But Ella is desperate, so she asks the Bean-Nighe to fix her loom. And it works. The loom is fixed, and she’s creating beautiful pieces she could have never imagined before. All she has to do is feed the loom a drop of blood each time she weaves—a small price to pay for such magnificent silks. And when she brings two bolts to a rich client, she meets a mysterious young man named Callum and bargains for an invitation to his exclusive party. At that party, he’s so mesmerized by her talent, he offers Ella a place to live and patronage for her art. It seems like Ella’s fortune is finally turning for the better . . . until she begins to notice the loom taking more from her than she offered.

As she becomes entangled in the lives of the city’s rich, swept into Callum’s allure, and trapped by the Bean-Nighe’s magic, Ella must figure out a way to secure her future while she still has a future at all.

Content Warning: mild self-harm, gaslighting and emotional abuse


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

BEGUILED By Cyla Panin Is An Enchanting YA Fantasy.

Beguiled follows a seventeen-year-old struggling weaver Ella, who is barely able to get by. She only has one customer, and when a series of events happens leaving her weavers loom broken. She is unable to fulfill her order, and goes down to the river and seeks out the Bean-nighe, a type of ban-sìth that haunts desolate streams and washes the clothing of those about to die.

Casting aside all good judgment she makes a careless deal, that call for one drop of blood each time she sets done to use her weaving loom. Wanting a better life, Ella sets about changing her circumstances, but everything comes with a cost. Innocently drawn into a world of power and decadence by the mysterious Callum. Dreaming of owning her own textile shop, she risk everything for independence. She produces gorgeous magical bolts of material, that can influence whoever the wearer desires.

Cyla Panin, masterfully creates a memorable tale, atmospheric and slightly dark. She draws you in slowly. Setting up the book perfectly with an assertive heroine, that wants more in life than what she has been dealt. The world building and magical elements were spot on, and they didn’t overshadow the characters. The book was engaging and kept me entertained from start to finish with its twists.


Cyla Panin is an MG, YA and Adult Author who prefers to look at the world through a dusting of magic.

After spending most of her childhood wanting to escape into the wonderful worlds her favourite authors created, she’s now using her own words to craft magical places. When not writing, Cyla can be found playing dinosaurs with her two young boys, watching swashbuckling and/or period TV shows with her husband, and, of course, reading.

Her YA debut, STALKING SHADOWS will be out with Amulet, Abrams Fall 2021. She is represented by Chloe Seager of the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV, and Film Agency.

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August 22nd
Kait Plus Books – Interview
Nine Bookish Lives – Promotional Post
This Soul’s Devouring Words – Review & Favorite Quotes

August 23rd
Pages & Plots – Promotional Post
Phannie the ginger bookworm – Review & Playlist
Gwendalyn’s Anderson – Review
Avni Reads – Review

August 24th
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
Littlefoot Reader – Review
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review

August 25th
A Court of Coffee and Books – Interview
The Moon Phoenix – A reel aesthetic/teaser
Books and Babble – Review
Sadie’s Spotlight – Promotional Post

August 26th
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post
Thindbooks Blog – Review
The Nerdy Nook – Review & Favorite Quotes

August 27th
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
Rae’s Reading – Review & Favorite Quotes
The Girl Who Reads – Review
The Momma Spot – Review

August 28th
The Clever Reader – Interview
Dear Rivarie – Top 5 Reasons to Read Beguiled & Mood Board
One Book More – Review & Favorite Quotes


The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Hello and welcome to my stop on the book tour for The Drowned Woods By Emily Lloyd-Jones

@tbrbeyondtours & @em_llojo

#thedrownedwoods #TBRBeyondTours #emilylloydjames

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: August 16th, 2022

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A magical, ethereal fantasy from IndieBound bestselling author Emily Lloyd-Jones.

Once upon a time, the kingdoms of Wales were rife with magic and conflict, and eighteen-year-old Mererid “Mer” is well-acquainted with both. She is the last living water diviner and has spent years running from the prince who bound her into his service. Under the prince’s orders, she located the wells of his enemies, and he poisoned them without her knowledge, causing hundreds of deaths. After discovering what he had done, Mer went to great lengths to disappear from his reach. Then Mer’s old handler returns with a proposition: use her powers to bring down the very prince that abused them both.

The best way to do that is to destroy the magical well that keeps the prince’s lands safe. With a motley crew of allies, including a fae-cursed young man, the lady of thieves, and a corgi that may or may not be a spy, Mer may finally be able to steal precious freedom and peace for herself. After all, a person with a knife is one thing…but a person with a cause can topple kingdoms.

The Drowned Woods—set in the same world as The Bone Houses but with a whole new, unforgettable cast of characters—is part heist novel, part dark fairy tale.


The Drowned Woods

By Emily Lloyd-Jones

Publisher‏ Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pub Date August 16, 2022

‧͙⁺˚*・༓☾ ༺♥༻☽༓・*˚⁺‧͙

⁣⁣Emily Lloyd-Jones newest book is set into the same world as The Bone Houses.

The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones is an adventurous heist infused with nuisance mythology of the Welsh Myth Cantre’r Gwaelod. Which happens to be an ancient sunken city governed by cruel Prince Garanhir.

⁣⁣ Eighteen-year-old Mererid “Mer” is the last living water diviner who has been hiding from a cruel prince. Branded as a slave, she has escaped his clutches and is on the run, when she Is rescued by Renfrew, her former trainer, and former spy master to the prince. A treacherous plan to destroy the magical well that protects the prince’s lands is hatched. Joining forces is Fane, a bold young man, who is indebted to the otherfolk for avenging his family’s murder. He traded seven years of service as an ironfetch for the fae, for seven human lives. His charismatic sidekick, a corgi named Trefor, who sneezes when near magic, who just might be a spy for the otherfolk. Ifanna, a somewhat sketchy lady thief, and heir of the Thieves Guild.

This book had me hooked from start to finish – I literally couldn’t put it down. This was unique and absorbing, I found myself completely immersed in Emily Lloyd-Jones vibrant world. The characters are fleshed out, and I enjoyed them all, along with the corgi. The storyline was super easy to follow along with different POV’s.

I have to say this is one of my favorites this year.


-A high stakes heist

-Dark magic

-Morally gray characters

-Ragtag unlikely group of misfits

-A corgi named Trefor


Emily Lloyd-Jones grew up on a vineyard in rural Oregon, where she played in evergreen forests and learned to fear sheep. She has a BA in English from Western Oregon University and a MA in publishing from Rosemont College. She currently resides in Northern California, where she enjoys wandering in redwood forests. Her young adult novels include Illusive, Deceptive, The Hearts We Sold, The Bone Houses, and the forthcoming The Drowned Woods. Her debut middle grade, Unseen Magic, will release in 2022.

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August 15th
Brinns Books – Review & Favorite Quotes
Whimsical Dragonette – Review & Favorite Quotes
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review
& She Reads – Review

August 16th
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
Pages & Plots – Review
A Court of Coffee and Books – Review & Favorite Quotes
Thindbooks Blog – Review

August 17th
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
Books Over Everything – Review
One More Chapter – Review
Avni Reads – Review & Favorite Quotes

August 18th
Abigail’s Lost in a Book – Review
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review & Favorite Quotes
Balancing Books And Beauties – Review
Lost Girl in Bookland – Review
The Bookish Coven – Review & Favorite Quotes

August 19th
Nine Bookish Lives – Promotional Post
The Clever Reader – Review
Midsummer Night’s Read – Review
Metaphors and Miscellanea – Review & Favorite Quotes

August 20th
dinipandareads – Review & Favorite Quotes
Books and Bookish – Review & Favorite Quotes
bookloversbookreviews -Promotional Post
Beneath A Thousand Skies – Review

August 21st
The Nerdy Nook – Review & Favorite Quotes
Books We Lovee – Review
itsKooreviews – Review & Favorite Quotes
Rampant Reading Reviews – Review & Favorite Quotes


River of Ashes Blog Tour

Hello Friends

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

River Of Ashes

River of Ashes by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
(St. Benedict, #1)
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: August 2nd 2022
Genres: Adult, Psychological Thriller

Selected as one of Apple’s Most Anticipated Books for Summer, River of Ashes by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor (Vesuvian, Aug 2, 2022) is a gripping Southern Gothic series debut inspired by real people and places, including the abbey located in the actual town of St. Benedict, Louisiana. Reminiscent of the Gothic horror/family-sagas by V.C. Andrews, book one of the St. Benedict series, “… offers an inside look into the mind of a psychopath,” says Pearry Teo, PhD, Award-winning Director of The Assent, “and is a cautionary tale that the scariest monsters are the ones you know but never suspect.”

“A psychological portrait akin to Lord of the Flies.” ~Midwest Book Review


ALONG THE BANKS OF THE BOGUE FALAYA RIVER, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.

And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.

The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Star quarterback. Handsome. Charming. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.

He is also a psychopath.

A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the haunted abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.

As the victim toll mounts, it becomes clear that someone must stop Beau Devereaux.

And that someone will pay with their life.

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

River of Ashes is the first novel in the St. Benedict series by authors Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor. We follow high school seniors, twins Leslie and Dawn Moore, and the popular boy Beau Devereaux.

Rich and handsome, the high school quarterback, Beau Devereaux comes across as a stellar young man. Except for one thing, that if you peel back the layers of his personality you will uncover a true psychopath. Who violent tendencies are just below the surface. He is a manipulator and seeks out young girls. Dating Dawn Moore, the captain of the cheerleading squad, he becomes obsessed with obtaining his girlfriend’s twin sister Leslie.

The books urban gothic setting, Bogue Fayala River, Louisiana, helps create a thrilling atmosphere. Written in third person, the reader is given from row and center into these three teens lives. One that just happens to be a sinister psychopath.

It’s dark and disturbing, which I found very addictive!

TW : graphic and depicts sexual assault.


Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author of over twenty-seven novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight.

Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers Association, Weis writes mystery, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals.

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Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.

He is an award-winning author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face. IG: @lucasastorauthor


Violet Made of Thorn Book Tour

Hello Gorgeous Readers

Welcome to my stop on the book tour for

Violet Made of Thorn book tour

Violet Made of Thorn

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Publishing date: July 26th, 2022

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A darkly enchanting fantasy debut about a morally gray witch, a cursed prince, and a prophecy that ignites their fate-twisted destinies—perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince and Serpent & Dove.

Violet is a prophet and a liar, influencing the royal court with her cleverly phrased—and not always true—divinations. Honesty is for suckers, like the oh-so-not charming Prince Cyrus, who plans to strip Violet of her official role once he’s crowned at the end of the summer—unless Violet does something about it.

But when the king asks her to falsely prophesy Cyrus’s love story for an upcoming ball, Violet awakens a dreaded curse, one that will end in either damnation or salvation for the kingdom—all depending on the prince’s choice of future bride. Violet faces her own choice: Seize an opportunity to gain control of her own destiny, no matter the cost, or give in to the ill-fated attraction that’s growing between her and Cyrus.

Violet’s wits may protect her in the cutthroat court, but they can’t change her fate. And as the boundary between hatred and love grows ever thinner with the prince, Violet must untangle a wicked web of deceit in order to save herself and the kingdom—or doom them all.


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

“That you are worthy of so much more, little star.

That you should never again kneel for the scraps of kings. “

Violet Made of Thorns is a debut book by Gina Chen. It features memorable unapologetic anti-heroine that is both refreshing and intriguing.

Orphaned and living on the streets in the Moon district, gifted with ability to see bits and pieces of the future through threads. When a chance opportunity presents its self, she takes it, rising herself up from bottom and becoming King Emilius seer. Used by the Kings own ambition, she finds herself in a constant struggle with the Kings son Cyrus. A curse looms over Cyrus’s life and the kingdom’s future hangs in the balance.

Gina Chen delivers quite an a phenomenal atmospheric, fantastic fantasy tale. Full politically motivated characters, along with a solid storyline that propels this story. Seamless narration by one of my favorite characters of all times in a YA fantasy. The romance is not instant, because both Violet and Cyrus having been sparing back and forth since they both were younger. Their backstory adds so much to the present day tale. The magic and details were engaging and fun to read about.

Truly a captivating fairytale styled fantasy, that made for an delightful reading experience.

The journey to love never runs smooth, and yours, your father would not approve.

They will catch you by surprise, hidden in disguise,

but leave your grasp by midnight strikes.


Gina Chen tells stories about fantastic worlds featuring heroines, antiheroines, and the kind of cleverness that brings trouble in its wake. A self-taught artist with a degree in computer science, she generates creative nonsense in all forms of media and always has a project stewing. Violet Made of Thorns is her debut fantasy novel. For more info, visit actualgina.com and follow @actualgina on Twitter and Instagram.

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July 25th

The Caffeinated Rareder – Review
A Realm of Books – Review
One More Chapter – Review
Rae’s Reading Lounge – Review & Favorite Quotes

July 26th
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
Metaphors and Miscellanea – Review & Favorite Quotes
B for Bookslut – Review
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review
A Court of Coffee and Books – Review & Favorite Quotes

July 27th
Abigail’s Lost in a Book – Review
Stuck in the Stacks – Review
Pages & Plots – Review
Clouded Galaxy Reads – Review & Favorite Quotes

July 28th
The Clever Reader – Review
We Write at Dawn – Review & Favorite Quotes
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review
& She Reads – Review
Modest Hiccup – 15 Reactions While Reading Violet Made of Thorns

July 29th
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
Brinns Books – Review
Kait Plus Books – Journal Spread
Books Over Everything – Review

July 30th
Binded by Letters – Review
dinipandareads – Review & Favorite Quotes
Koo’s Reviews – Top 5 Reasons to Read Violet Made of Thorns
YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy Addicts – Review & Favorite Quotes
Sadie’s Spotlight – Promotional Post

July 31st
Nine Bookish Lives – Promotional Post
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review
thisbellereadstoo – Review & Mood Board
Betwixt The Sheets – Mood Board


Love Every Lasting + Giveaway + Review

Hello Gracious Readers

Welcome to my stop for

Love Every Lasting by Michelle Helen Fritz and E.A. Shanniak

@MichelleFritzP1 @hfvbt

Love Every Lasting by Michelle Helen Fritz and E.A. Shanniak
Publication Date: July 14, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Series: Bramley Hall Regency Romance, Book 3


Miss Grace Buchanan has given up any hope of marrying. She’s been too occupied raising her younger siblings while her drunkard father spends all of their funds. When a horrid sickness envelops the cottage, she meets the new Parson of Bramley, whom she’s never forgotten. All she desires is an everlasting love, but with her family dynamics, it makes any sort of relationship a touch complex.

When tragedy is set to strike, Matthew Morten is called home suddenly. It’s time for him to take his place as the parson of Bramley. With his meddling mother and a sickness that is sweeping through the town, Matthew has to lean on his faith to get him through. But when he sets eyes upon one industrious woman, he can’t seem to keep her, nor her hazel eyes, far from his thoughts.

Will these two wounded souls find a Love Ever Lasting, or will responsibilities and family drama keep them forever apart?

Love Ever Lasting is a clean Regency Romance and the third book in a three-story series that will entertain and delight you with its swoon-worthy heroes and the compelling leading ladies that capture their hearts. Each book can be read as a standalone, but are best read in release order.

Available on Amazon


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

From the desk of Gwendalyn G. Anderson

Love Every Lasting by Michelle Helen Fritz and E.A.

Publication Date: July 14, 2022

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Series: Bramley Hall Regency Romance, Book 3

Mathew Morten, finds himself traveling from Sussex, to Bramley, hastened to his father bedside before illness takes him. Once there he promises his beloved father he would stay in Bramley and take over the parsonage. Shortly after assuming his duties, a sicknesses draws Mathew, and his much need services into action.

Grace Buchanan mother passed away when she was just thirteen, leaving her to care for her four younger siblings. Now nineteen, she has given up on any kind of life of her own. She knows full well that no suitor would agree to a marriage with her, along with four other Buchanan children who would Accompany her.

Her siblings day to day care is still her responsibility, along with keeping her surly drunken father happy. Her father’s temperament has her walking on eggshells, and she knows that she she needs to keep her father away from his own children, for their benefit. When an unforeseen tragedy happens, Grace’s life and her siblings change.

Mathew is a sincere gentleman, who is caring and honorable, happily helping this less fortunate. So when the opportunity to help Grace, his generous nature brings both Grace and her young siblings closer to Morten family.

Will family drama keep this lovely couple budding romance from flourishing?

This was such a warm and delightful book. Full of found family dynamics and caring for loved ones. It was pure joy to read about Grace and Mathew’s story, along with the other sub characters . The writing is smooth, and you find your are full invested in the lives of the people within this book. Beautifully written, the character are fleshed out and three dimensional. This is a lovely proper romance, one that will stay with you long after you close the book. I highly recommend this book to my family and friends!

About the Authors

Michelle Helen Fritz was born and raised in Maryland and Arizona with lots of traveling throughout the States. She began her literary career as a personal assistant to Indie authors and loves to see the process of an idea turn into a finished book. Michelle loves to write about dashing heroes, and the compelling women that tempt them, with a dash of intrigue, an abundant amount of romance, and scenes that hopefully make her readers swoon. She is the mother of four children whom she homeschools and currently resides in Maryland with her own jaunty hero who makes all of her dreams come true.

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E.A. (Ericka Ashlee) Shanniak is the author of the successful fantasy romance series – A Castre World Novel. She is hobbit-sized, barely reaching over five feet tall on a good day. When she wears her Georgia Romeo’s not only does she gain an inch, she is then able to reach the kitchen cabinets. Ericka loves to write at her desk that her daughter’s cat destroyed. Fortunately for everyone, she can see over it.


Ericka resides in the small town of Coldwater, Kansas with her husband, two kids, two dogs and two grumpy cats. The cats were her kids’ idea.

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Blog Tour Schedule
Thursday, July 14
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks
Excerpt at Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Romance
Saturday, July 16
Feature at Passages to the Past
Monday, July 18
Review at Bookworlder
Tuesday, July 19
Review at Ms. Darcy Reads
Friday, July 22
Excerpt at Heidi Reads
Monday, July 25
Feature at Lisa Everyday Reads
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Tuesday, July 26
Review at Pages and Paws
Wednesday, July 27
Review at Cover Lover Book Review

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The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on July 27th. You must be 18 or older to enter
Love Ever Lasting

The Oath & The Valley by A.M. Linden Tour

Hello My Bookish Friends

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for

The Oath & The Valley by A.M. Linden!

#TheOath #TheValley #AMLinden #HFVBTBlogTours

The Valley by A.M. Linden
Publication Date: June 28, 2022
She Writes Press
Paperback & eBook; 464 pages
Series: The Druid Chronicles, #2
Genre: Historical Fiction/Medieval

Llwddawanden is a hidden sanctuary where remnants of a once-powerful pagan cult carry on their ancient ritual practices, supported by a small but faithful following of servants, craftsmen, and laborers.
Cut off from the outside world by both geography and conviction, the Druids of Llwddawanden continue to venerate the Great Mother Goddess and to view themselves as the first-born and favorite of Her mortal children. While the belief that the most important of all divine beings gave birth to their ancestors and that Her spirit inhabits the body of their highest priestess is a tenuous conclusion in view of their reduced lot in life, the Druids of Llwddawanden believe it and are, for the most part, committed to carrying on the traditions handed down to them by their forbears.
Herrwn, the shrine’s chief priest and master bard, has the responsibility of overseeing the education of Caelym, the orphaned son of the cult’s previous chief priestess, as well as keeping the peace within the upper ranks of their order—two tasks that grow more difficult as the rivalry over which of the three highest priests will claim Caelym as his disciple grows, and as mounting conflicts between the current chief priestess and her only living daughter threaten to rend the fabric of a society that has endured for more than a millennium.

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

The Valley by A.M. Linden is second installment in The Druid Chronicles series. A.M. Linden newest book takes us back before The Oath. The Valley is more of a prequel story. As the spread of Christianity advances, people start to change faiths, turning away from old traditions of the pagan gods and goddesses. A sect of Druids living in a secluded valley of Llwddawanden, still follow Great Mother Goddess. We follow Herrwn, the shrine’s chief priest and master bard, as the continuous division amongst Druids grows steadily.

Once again I was completely drawn into the engaging writing, of the very talented author, A.M. Linden. A beautiful created historical world with pagan rites and rituals. Readers will be absorbed deep within these characters fleshed out lives. The political drama within the religious sect, keeps you turning the pages. Loyalties will be questioned, and Herrwn will become a peacekeeper, as choices arise that could change everything.

The Oath by A.M. Linden
Publication Date: June 15, 2021
She Writes Press
Paperback & eBook; 336 pages
Series: The Druid Chronicles, #1
Genre: Historical Fiction

In the wake of a betrayal that threatens an end to their way of life, the last members of a secluded pagan cult send the youngest of their remaining priests in search of Annwr, their chief priestess’s sister, who was abducted by a Saxon war band fifteen years ago. With only a rudimentary grasp of English and the ambiguous guidance of an oracle’s prophecy, Caelym manages to find Annwr living in a hut on the grounds of a Christian convent.
Annwr has spent her years of captivity caring for the timid Aleswina, an orphaned Saxon princess who was consigned to the cloistered convent by her cousin, King Gilberth, after he assumed her father’s throne. Just as Caelym and Annwr are about leave together, Aleswina learns that Gilberth, a tyrant known for his cruelty and vicious temper, means to take her out of the convent and marry her. Terrified, she flees with the two Druids–beginning a heart-pounding adventure that unfolds in ways none of them could have anticipated.

“Linden’s well-researched tale eloquently brings to life a lesser-known period of transition in Britain…The author has created a strong foundation for her series with well-developed characters whom readers can embrace…[a] layered, gripping historical fiction…”
–Kirkus Reviews
“A fantastic well-crafted, well-written historical novel, about early medieval Anglo-Saxon Britain and with great characters! 5 stars”
–Readers’ Favorite
“Linden uses a fairy tale-like style almost as though this story has been passed down orally over the centuries. Though the kingdoms are fictional, Linden’s tale draws on meticulous historical research, especially in her dramatization of the Christian persecution of the druids.”
“The story rolls along at a lively pace, rich with details of the times and a wide cast of characters….Those interested in goddess-worshipping religions will be drawn to the novel. Any reader curious about 8th-century Britain will enjoy Linden’s innovative focus on the little-known Druids as well as early medieval Christians. Her plotting, shifting points of view of the three engaging protagonists, and evocative writing style make The Oath a pleasure to read. Highly recommended!”
–Historical Novels Review
“The Oath urges readers along on a richly textured quest among the Saxons and Celts of 8th-century Britain. Young and rather humorously naïve Druid priest-healer Caelym swears to ‘rescue’ a damsel in distress who turns out to be neither a young damsel nor in distress. With a feminist slant, this engaging tale brings the conflict between Druids and early Christians to vivid life through sympathetic and well-rounded characters. I particularly enjoyed the ironic voice of the aging midwife Annwr. Brava!”
–Sara Stamey, author of The Ariadne Connection
“Thrilling historical fiction with heart and soul.”
–Tim Pears, author of The West Country trilogy
“The Oath will appeal to a wide-ranging readership, reflecting Linden’s rich imagination and gift for weaving tales within tales evoking the romance of medieval Britain. Vibrant, determined, and relatable characters with disparate ethnic and religious identities discover their own strengths, and each other’s, as the intricate and engaging plot unfolds.”
–Anne Marie Tietjen, PhD, clinical psychologist and instructor at Western Washington University
“Linden’s knowledge and passion for history is soaked into every word of The Oath, combined with an obvious skill at storytelling. Linden succeeds at every level, but the world building is truly spectacular. Historical fantasy is hard to do well, but Linden makes it look easy. What could be dry details are presented so effectively that the world is elevated to almost being a character of its own. And in a cast of characters as well drawn as these, that’s saying something. I can’t wait to see what else this skilled author comes up with!”–Bishop O’Connell, author of the American Faerie Tale series

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Advance Praise
“A. M. Linden brings her imagined druid community to life with a skillful combination of research and informed guesswork. The Valley provides an intriguing glimpse into an 8th century Britain that might have been.”
–Juliet Marillier, author of the Sevenwaters and Warrior Bards series
“With the attention to detail, explanation of ancient rituals, and the mythology within the clan’s legends, this novel builds a community, exploring a people about which little is actually known. It’s an extraordinary portrayal, breathing life into a long-dead civilization….Highly recommended!”
–Chanticleer Book Reviews

About the Author
Ann Margaret Linden was born in Seattle, Washington, but grew up on the East Coast before returning to the Pacific Northwest as a young adult. She has undergraduate degrees in anthropology and in nursing and a master’s degree as a nurse practitioner. After working in a variety of acute care and community health settings, she took a position in a program for children with special health care needs where her responsibilities included writing clinical reports, parent educational materials, provider newsletters, grant submissions and other program related materials. The Oath is the first installment of The Druid Chronicles, a five-volume series that began as a somewhat whimsical decision to write something for fun and ended up becoming a lengthy journey that involved Linden taking adult education creative writing courses, researching early British history, and traveling to England, Scotland, and Wales. Retired from nursing, she lives with her husband, dogs, and cat in Bellingham, WA.

Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, June 28
Review at Jessica Belmont
Excerpt at Jathan & Heather
Wednesday, June 29
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Thursday, June 30
Excerpt at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Friday, July 1
Review at The Page Ladies
Monday, July 4
Review at Jorie Loves a Story (The Oath)
Tuesday, July 5
Interview at Books and Benches
Wednesday, July 6
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Friday, July 8
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Monday, July 11
Review at Bookworlder
Review at Novels Alive
Tuesday, July 12
Review at Potpourri of Opinions
Wednesday, July 13
Guest Post at Jorie Loves a Story
Thursday, July 14
Excerpt at What Is That Book About
Friday, July 15
Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective
Monday, July 18
Review at Jorie Loves a Story (The Valley)
Wednesday, July 20
Review at The Book Junkie Reads
Friday, July 22
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink

Two readers will win copies of The Oath & The Valley by A.M. Linden!
The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on July 22nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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The Nurse’s Secret – Review +Giveaway

Hello Lovelies

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for

The Nurse’s Secret by Amanda Skenandore

@amandaskenandore @kensingtonbooks @hfvbt #TheNursesSecret #AmandaSkenandore #HFVBTBlogTours

The Nurse’s Secret by Amanda Skenandore

Publication Date: June 28, 2022

Kensington Books

Genre: Historical Fiction


From acclaimed author and registered nurse Amanda Skenandore, The Alienist meets The Light of Luna Park in a fascinating historical novel based on the little-known story of America’s first nursing school, as a young female grifter in 1880s New York evades the police by conning her way into Bellevue Hospital’s training school for nurses…

In the slums of 1880s New York, Una Kelly has grown up to be a rough-and-tumble grifter, able to filch a pocketbook in five seconds flat. But when another con-woman pins her for a murder she didn’t commit, Una is forced to flee. Running from the police, Una lies her way into an unlikely refuge: the nursing school at Bellevue Hospital.

Based on Florence Nightingale’s nursing principles, Bellevue is the first school of its kind in the country. Where once nurses were assumed to be ignorant and unskilled, Bellevue prizes discipline, intellect, and moral character, and only young women of good breeding need apply. At first, Una balks at her prim classmates and the doctors’ endless commands. Yet life on the streets has prepared her for the horrors of injury and disease found on the wards, and she slowly gains friendship and self-respect.

Just as she finds her footing, Una’s suspicions about a patient’s death put her at risk of exposure, and will force her to choose between her instinct for self-preservation, and exposing her identity in order to save others.

Amanda Skenandore brings her medical expertise to a page-turning story that explores the evolution of modern nursing—including the grisly realities of nineteenth-century medicine—as seen through the eyes of an intriguing and dynamic heroine.

“A spellbinding story, a vividly drawn setting, and characters that leap off the pages. This is historical fiction at its finest!” – Sara Ackerman, USA Today bestselling author of The Codebreaker’s Secret

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

The Nurse’s Secret by Amanda Skenandore is an immersive historical fiction.

Una Kelly, a plucky young woman who’s survival on the streets of New York, as a pickpocket comes to a halt. When Una is falsely accused of a crime she hasn’t committed, she knows that she needs to get off the streets. Seeing an article about Bellevue’s nursing school, she uses her adaptability skills, to con her way into the program. New York City’s Bellevue Hospital is the first hospital in the U.S. to initiate a nursing school based on the principles of Florence Nightingale. They only accept single women, with good breeding and morale character. Una uses her street smarts and false documents to get excepted. Learning as she goes, without the benefits of a proper upbringing and education. She excels in her hands on approach, to circumstances that would normally make any young woman squeamish.

There is a murder mystery and a budding romance. Una is clever and resilient, a true heroine you can root for. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a wel, written novel. Great for historical fiction readers. Excellent research of 1800’s medical practices. Another phenomenal book by Amanda Skenandore

I received a copy of The Nurse’s Secret from the author via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Amanda is the author of Between Earth and Sky, winner of the American Library Association’s 2019 Reading List Award for Best Historical Fiction, and The Undertaker’s Assistant, released from Kensington in July 2019.

She grew up in the mountains of Colorado and sang and danced her way through 68 cities on both sides of the Atlantic with the service organization Up with People before starting college. Her love of historical fiction started early with the stories of Kenneth Thomasma, Mark Twain, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

When she’s not writing, Amanda works as an infection prevention nurse. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their pet turtle Lenore.

Amanda Skenandore is a historical fiction writer and registered nurse. Between Earth and Sky was her first novel. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Readers can visit her website at www.amandaskenandore.com.

You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BookBub, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 28
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks
Interview at Books and Benches
Review at A Potpourri of Opinions

Wednesday, June 29
Review at MTM Reads

Thursday, June 30
Review at Smashley Reads
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss
Review at Library of Clean Reads

Friday, July 1
Review at Bookworlder

Monday, July 4
Review at Reader_ceygo

Tuesday, July 5
Review at Momma Doc Reads

Wednesday, July 6
Review at The Page for review Ladies

Thursday, July 7
Review at Dive Into a Good Book

Friday, July 8
Review at Girl Who Reads

Saturday, July 9
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, July 11
Review at Book Reviews and More

Tuesday, July 12
Review at Rebecca is ReadingI

Wednesday, July 13
Review at Momfluenster

Thursday, July 14
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Older & Smarter
Review at McCombs on Main

Friday, July 21
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Monday, July 18
Review at Novels Alive

Tuesday, July 19
Feature at Impressions in Ink

Wednesday, July 20
Review at Passages to the Past

Friday, July 22
Review at Coffee andI Ink


Enter to win a copy of The Nurse’s Secret by Amanda Skenandore!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on July 22nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Direct Link: https://gleam.io/QHkOT/the-nurses-secret

Thank you!




Hello Gracious Readers,

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for

A Dress Of Violet Taffeta By Tessa Arlen

Title: A Dress of Violet Taffeta: A Novel

Author: Tessa Arlen

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: ‎Berkley (July 5, 2022)

Length: (352) pages

Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook

ISBN: 978-0593436851

Tour Dates: June 27-July 11, 2022

Lady Lucy Duff Gordon

A sumptuous novel based on the fascinating true story of La Belle Époque icon Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon, who shattered the boundaries of fashion with her magnificently sensual and enchantingly unique designs.

Lucy Duff Gordon knows she is talented. She sees color, light, and texture in ways few people can begin to imagine. But is the male dominated world of haute couture, who would use her art for their own gain, ready for her?

When she is deserted by her wealthy husband, Lucy is left penniless with an aging mother and her five-year-old daughter to support. Desperate to survive, Lucy turns to her one true talent to make a living. As a little girl, the dresses she made for her dolls were the envy of her group of playmates. Now, she uses her creative designs and her remarkable eye for color to take her place in the fashion world—failure is not an option.

Then, on a frigid night in 1912, Lucy’s life changes once more, when she becomes one of 706 people to survive the sinking of the Titanic. She could never have imagined the effects the disaster would have on her fashion label Lucile, her marriage to her second husband, and her legacy. But no matter what life throws at her, Lucy will live on as a trailblazing and innovative fashion icon, never letting go of what she worked so hard to earn.




“Fans of the 1991 BBC series The House of Eliott will find familiar comfort in Arlen’s descriptions of fabrics, colorworks, and evolving fashions.” —Library Journal

“Tessa Arlen’s novel is as elegant as a Lucille gown, full of movement, color and beauty…For anyone interested in fashion, in the Gilded Age, in stories about strong, visionary woman, Tessa Arlen’s novel is a must read!” —Jeanne Mackin, author of The Last Collection

“A sumptuous treat of elegant prose, evocative descriptions, and compelling emotions. Arlen’s writing absolutely shines.” —Anna Lee Huber, USA TODAY Bestselling author of A Perilous Perspective

“Tessa Arlen delivers a fascinating tale based on the real-life fashion icon, Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, who went up against a male dominated industry and revolutionized it…A must read for fashion fans everywhere.” —Renee Rosen, USA Today bestselling author of The Social Graces

“…written in a sumptuous, engaging style that appeals to all the senses and brings Lucy, her creations, and her world vividly alive.” —Alyssa Maxwell, author of The Gilded Newport Mysteries



This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

A Dress Of Violet Taffeta By Tessa Arlen is a captivating book

about the innovated Belle Epoque icon Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon. A pioneer clothing designer in late 1800s England. The author richly chronicles the life of Lady Duff Gordon. The story is set in the gilded age, Lucy Wallace along with her younger daughter Esme finds themselves abandoned and destitute. Her trifling husband, ran off with a showgirl and she has had to dismiss all her household staff, except talented Celia. Strong willed and determined she does the unthinkable and divorces her husband in 1893! Taking things into her hand, she sets about about to changing the course of her life. Lucy starts to design her own dresses, and realizes that her talent is profitable. Each design was creatively unique, making them sought after by socialites and entertainers. She became a revolutionary in fashion industry during the Edwardian era.

Tessa Arlen has Wray propulsive storyline, offering both drama and historical authenticity to appeal to anyone interested in strong heroines and female friendships. The books detailed imagery along with the dual narration, made for a compelling reading experience.

I highly recommend this book to my family and friends

Evening dress designed by Lucy Duff-Gordon, 1918


Tessa Arlen writes historical fiction when she is not toiling away in her garden. She is the author of the Edwardian mystery series: Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson; the Woman of World War II mystery series. Poppy Redfern. And two standalone historical novels: In Royal Service to the Queen, and A Dress of Violet Taffeta. 





Read an in-depth interview with author Tessa Arlen revealing insights into her new historical fiction novel, A Dress of Violet Taffeta.






The Crimson Thread – Giveaway + Review

Hello Gracious Readers

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for

The Crimson Thread by Kate Forsyth!

Amazon | Audible | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound

Publication Date: July 5, 2022
Blackstone Publishing

Genre: Historical Fiction

In Crete during World War II, Alenka, a young woman who fights with the resistance against the brutal Nazi occupation, finds herself caught between her traitor of a brother and the man she loves, an undercover agent working for the Allies.

May 1941. German paratroopers launch a blitzkrieg from the air against Crete. They are met with fierce defiance, the Greeks fighting back with daggers, pitchforks, and kitchen knives. During the bloody eleven-day battle, Alenka, a young Greek woman, saves the lives of two Australian soldiers.

Jack and Teddy are childhood friends who joined up together to see the world. Both men fall in love with Alenka. They are forced to retreat with the tattered remains of the Allied forces over the towering White Mountains. Both are among the seven thousand Allied soldiers left behind in the desperate evacuation from Crete’s storm-lashed southern coast. Alenka hides Jack and Teddy at great risk to herself. Her brother Axel is a Nazi sympathiser and collaborator and spies on her movements.

As Crete suffers under the Nazi jackboot, Alenka is drawn into an intense triangle of conflicting emotions with Jack and Teddy. Their friendship suffers under the strain of months of hiding and their rivalry for her love. Together, they join the resistance and fight to free the island, but all three will find themselves tested to their limits. Alenka must choose whom to trust and whom to love and, in the end, whom to save.



This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Kate Forsyth newest book The Crimson Thread, is one of those books that stays with long after you close it.

A thrilling reimagined tale of the Minotaur in the Labyrinth myth, that takes place in Crete during the 2WW.

May 1941 the war has arrived in Crete, when the largest airborne invasion of Fallschirmjäger (German paratroops) where used. A moving thought provoking book about a young girl named Alenka Klothakis, who’s younger half-brother, has always been condemned for his German father’s nationality. He welcomes the German invasion, and is a Nazi sympathizer.

Alenka a translator at the archaeological dig at Knossos will risks everything, when she puts her life in danger to debilitate German invaders. Set against the backdrop of WW2 in Crete Islands when the Germans pushed the British, Commonwealth and Greek forces back. Resulting in British evacuation, and some forces surrendered, other with aid of locals hid in the mountains. This story is about the valiant Cretan resistance, and those brave Allied soldiers who were left behind. In a series of events brave Alenka, saves the lives of two men. Best friends, Jack Hawke and Teddy Lloyd are Australian soldiers. Both men are drawn to the brave Alenka, and become rivals, who vie for her attention.

Meticulously researched, Kate Forsyth weaves historical facts into her own created fiction. Allowing the reader to be fully immersed in her tension filled storyline. Wonderful atmospheric imagery along with Cretan cultural adds to this richly detailed story.

The Crimson Thread leaves no doubt that Forsyth has been named, “One of the finest writers of this generation”.

Kate Forsyth is an amazing author!


Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the internationally bestselling author of 40 books for both adults and children.

Her books for adults include ‘Beauty in Thorns’, the true love story behind a famous painting of ‘Sleeping Beauty’; ‘The Beast’s Garden’, a retelling of the Grimm version of ‘Beauty & the Beast’, set in the German underground resistance to Hitler in WWII; ‘The Wild Girl’, the love story of Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world’s most famous fairy tales; ‘Bitter Greens’, a retelling of the Rapunzel fairytale; and the bestselling fantasy series ‘Witches of Eileanan’ Her books for children include ‘The Impossible Quest’, ‘The Gypsy Crown’, ‘The Puzzle Ring’, and ‘The Starkin Crown’

Kate has a doctorate in fairytale studies, a Masters of Creative Writing, a Bachelor of Arts in Literature, and is an accredited master storyteller.


Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 28
Excerpt at Novels Alive

Wednesday, June 29
Review at Novels Alive
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Interview at Jathan & Heather

Thursday, June 30
Review at The Lit Bitch

Friday, July 1
Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Monday, July 4
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss

Tuesday, July 5
Review at My Reading Getaway

Wednesday, July 6
Review at Books, Writings, and More

Thursday, July 7
Review at Girls Just Reading

Friday, July 8
Review at Dive Into a Good Book

Sunday, July 10
Review at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, July 11
Review at Jessica Belmont

Tuesday, July 12
Excerpt at Bonnie Reads and Writes

Wednesday, July 13
Review at The Page Ladies

Thursday, July 14
Review at Momma Doc Reads

Monday, July 18
Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Tuesday, July 19
Interview at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Wednesday, July 20
Review at Passages to the Past

Thursday, July 21
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, July 22
Excerpt at CelticLady’s Reviews

Saturday, July 23
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, July 25
Review at A Darn Good Read

Tuesday, July 26
Review at With a Book in Our Hands

Wednesday, July 27
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Thursday, July 28
Review at Bibliotica

Friday, July 29
Review at Reading the Past


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Of Legends and Roses

Welcome to the book tour for Of Legends and Roses by Ashley W. Slaughter.

Read on for details and the chance to win a fabulous giveaway! Oh and stay tuned for the release of the second installment in the series Of Deceit and Snow which comes out this November!

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Of Legends and Roses (The Crowned Chronicles #1)

Publication Date: August 31, 2021

Genre: YA Fantasy

A realm touched and forgotten by magic.
A young queen orphaned by disease.
A prince after her heart.

Queen Rosemary Avelia knows little about ruling a kingdom, and even less so about the ancient legends of her land. Since no one has been born Talented in centuries, she simply scoffs at the idea of magic. However, when the charming Prince Gryffin Danicio arrives just as her kingdom is under a deadly threat, he shows her that not all kingdoms of the Magian Peninsula have so quickly dismissed the legends of the Talented. Perhaps the Talented should not so easily be forgotten.

Of Legends and Roses is the first book in The Crowned Chronicles, a series following passionate and determined Queen Rosemary as she faces reign, love, the threat of war, and the mystifying world of the Talented.

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I heard Zeke’s voice again. Point your blade downward.

With every emotion swirling through my head, I almost laughed; even in his absence, Zeke was trying to tell me what to do.

But I listened to him as I pushed up from the cobblestoned street and let the tip of my sword hang downward toward the ground. Don’t relax. I tried to feign fatigue, which really wasn’t too much of a challenge, but I kept my arms taut. Ready.

A wicked smile spread across my opponent’s face, and he strode forward, his weapon glinting in the sun, ready to strike.

Then, just before I was within his sword’s reach, I shot the tip of my blade upward, and I thrust my sword forward with every fiber of strength contained within me.

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Of Legends and Roses by Ashley Slaughter is the first installment in the Crowned Chronicles series.

A gripping unforgettable fantasy, with captivating world building. Told in first person narration, along with memorable characters

We follow Queen Rosemary, who’s rein has started earlier than she would have liked. After the death of her parents to Atroxis, her world was turned upside down. Now she shouldering an incredible responsibility of taking care of sisters and her kingdom. Following the advice of her advisors, she summits to a entourage of decimal prospective husbands. The goal is to find her next king consort. She finds them all lacking, until the charismatic Prince Gryffin Danicio arrives. When several assignation attempts on Rosemary life, she realizes more is a foot.

A riveting reading experience 📖📕

About the Author

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Ashley Slaughter

Ashley W. Slaughter was born and raised in south Louisiana, among sugarcane fields lining the banks of the Mississippi River. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2018 and worked as a wildlife biologist before pursuing her career as an author. Writing has always been a passion of hers, as shown through her near-to-bursting manila folder of short stories she’d written throughout grade school, and the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed her to rediscover this passion. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, spending time with her husband and pets, and, of course, reading.

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Dark Blue Waves by Kimberly Sullivan!

Dark Blue Waves by Kimberly Sullivan

Publication Date: May 27, 2022

Genre: Time Travel Romance/Regency

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When you wake up in Bath, England two hundred years in the past, how far can a love of Jane Austen get you?

Janet Roberts dreams of an academic career in literature, so she can hardly believe her good fortune when she’s accepted into a Jane Austen graduate seminar in Bath, England. Settled in Georgian splendor among her seminar colleagues, Janet and her classmates live, eat and breathe Jane Austen.

An accident interrupts this idyll when Janet regains consciousness in her own room—back in Regency England. For a scholar of nineteenth-century literature, this should be a dream come true.

But Janet quickly learns there’s a world of difference between scholarly knowledge of the written page and maneuvering real life as a reluctant time traveler.

Her burgeoning friendship with Emma Huntington eases her entrée into nineteenth-century society. However, Emma’s brother, the handsome, proud and frustratingly magnetic Sir Edward, is far less welcoming.

While desperately attempting to make sense of her dilemma, Janet treads a thin line between trying to blend into her new world and not being unmasked as the imposter she is. Can she find the way to return to her twenty-first century life before her secret is discovered? After working so hard to create a rewarding nineteenth-century life for herself, does she even want to?


“Sullivan has crafted a detailed and immersive time-traveling romance populated with colorful characters and plot twists that would make Jane Austen proud.” -IndieReader Review

“A transporting drama of love, desire, and hope. Sullivan’s deft, assured narrative is interwoven with wry humor and shrewd observations as she delves into love, passion, courage, integrity, honor, duty, and sacrifice. The assured prose, visceral images, and sharp dialogue create a suitably period feel, and the swift plot advances unpredictably. Janet is an endearing heroine, and her inner turmoil at the core of the story is beautifully conveyed. Steeped in period feeling and written with intelligence and authenticity, this time-travel tale makes for a winner.” -The Prairies Book Review

“A captivating story about finding love and discovering where you belong. Sullivan’s novel is absolutely enchanting, and it’s a joy to see Janet reassess her contemporary prejudices, offering a compelling take on both the time period and on period literature. Dark Blue Waves is an effortlessly charming novel about following your heart, which is recommended for all fans of Austen and historical romance.” -Self-Publishing Review


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Dark Blue Waves by Kimberly Sullivan is a fun and charming book.

We follow Janet Roberts, who is over joyed when she is accepted Jane Austen graduate seminar, in the delightful town of Bath, England.Everything is not as she would like it to be, as she finds out. She also will have to intern with an architecture firm, that has been chosen for her. When a chance accident happens, Janet his hit on the head, and wakes up in 1813. As it would seem, her incredible time slip is during the time of one Janet’s favorite authors, the Jane Austen herself.

Readers will find this will be over joyed with wonderful regency details, a all the lovely Jane Austen references. Janet’s struggles with becoming acclimated with the 200 period differences, was lively to read about. The mystery was exciting and I felt drawn to Janet’s character.

Over all it was a creative and fun book to read. I highly recommend this to readers who enjoy historical time travel, and Jane Austen

About the Author

Kimberly grew up in the suburbs of Boston and in Saratoga Springs, New York, although she now calls the Harlem neighborhood of New York City home when she’s back in the US. She studied political science and history at Cornell University and earned her MBA, with a concentration in strategy and marketing, from Bocconi University in Milan. Afflicted with a severe case of Wanderlust, she worked in journalism and government in the US, Czech Republic and Austria, before settling down in Rome, where she works in international development, and writes fiction any chance she gets. She is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) and The Historical Novel Society and has published several short stories and two novels: Three Coins and Dark Blue Waves. After years spent living in Italy with her Italian husband and sons, she’s fluent in speaking with her hands, and she loves setting her stories in her beautiful, adoptive country.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, June 27
Feature at Bookworlder
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Tuesday, June 28
Guest Post at The Romance Book Fairy

Wednesday, June 29
Review at Booking with Janelle

Thursday, June 30
Excerpt at Books Blog
Review at Bonnie Reads and Writes

Friday, July 1
Review at Books, Writings, and More

Monday, July 4
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy

Tuesday, July 5
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Wednesday, July 6
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink


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Dark Blue Waves


The King’s Inquisitor

Hello Lovelies

Today I bring you a stunning historical fiction

The King’s Inquisitor By Tonya Ulynn Brown

The King’s Inquisitor
By Tonya Ulynn Brown

Publication Date: July 1, 2022

Publisher: Late November Literary

Page Length: 369

Genre: Historical Romance


The queen of Scotland is dead. Her almoner’s son, William Broune, has fulfilled his father’s wish that he should serve the king, James VI, at court. William finds himself caught between loyalty to the king or loyalty to his conscience. As William is forced to serve as the king’s inquisitor in the North Berwick witch trials, he must make a decision. Will he do what the king asks, and earn the wife, title, and prestige he has always desired, or will he let a bold Scottish lass influence him to follow his heart and do the right thing?


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Thanks to the Historical Fiction Book Company and the Author For my early Arc to read and review !♡

From The Desk Of Gwendalyn Anderson

The King’s Inquisitor by Tonya Ulynn Brown

Book Two of the Stuart Monarch series.

The King’s Inquisitor by Tonya Ulynn Brown is the second installment in the Stuart Monarch Series.

1590 Scotland

Witch-hunt panic is on the rise, and King James VI is determined to bring those that might have anything witchcraft to trial. When a dangerous storm arose in the North Sea, causing Anne of Denmark, his soon-to-be bride, to turn back. James was impatient for Anne to arrive in Scotland, so he took it upon himself to retrieve her. On their return voyage, they were beset by violent storms. King James was convinced that these ungodly, vicious storms were caused by the works of dark arts. James appointed a committee of witch hunters who Sought out those who posed un-Godly threats to his throne.

William Broune, whose widowed father is the Almoner of St Andrews Parish, and childhood friend of King James VI, and his principal job is an advocate. William, along with other key men attend the King during an inquisition in North Berwick. Broune finds himself caught up in his sovereign’s religious zeal to eliminate those that practice the dark arts. King James designates William as the King’s Inquisitor, and he is unable to refuse this appointment. If he is successful in bringing down this unnatural threat against god-fearing Christians, he will be rightfully awarded for his service to his monarch.

The dashing king’s man, William Broune, second-guesses the authenticity of the claims brought against several people who are accused of witchcraft. Pushed to do what he is tasked with, he goes about questioning the accused, along with the legitimacy of their crimes. William tries to be fair to those that are accused. His reluctance to be involved in the witch hunts is noted since it goes against his conscience.

Alisa Blackburn is a fiery young woman who has a tender heart for those less fortunate. While her only brother is away in London, she shoulders the burden of keeping her mother’s, and her own head, above water. Alisa diligently cares for her declining mother in the best way she can. Witch-Hunt hysteria is on the rise sparked by the King’s frenzy. Alisa questions those who are accusing her townsfolk of witchcraft and wants nothing to do with them. Her run-in with the vile unscrupulous Bailiff Seton causes her heightened anxiety. Seton secures a betrothal from Alisa’s uncle and is convinced that she has no say in being his wife. So when the handsome king’s man, William becomes interested in her she wants nothing to do with him, or so she thinks.

The diabolical, Deputy Bailiff David Seton made it his personal duty to bring anyone he deemed suspicious into accountability. Seton sees himself as untouchable when he is appointed apprentice to one of the King’s men. Using his elevated position for ulterior motives, he casts blame on those he declares involved with witchcraft. His one goal is to acquire Alisa as his wife and add to his coffers.

Tonya Ulynn Brown excels in bringing sixteen-century Scotland vividly to life, during one of its turbulent times. Emotionally charged, and fast-paced, this gripping tale captures the witch-hysteria that held Scotland in terror. King, James VI took a personal interest in bringing those accused of witchcraft to trial. Masses of innocents were tortured and burned, and thousands lost their lives as the Scottish witch inquisition moved from town to town.

Brown’s book gives an intimate look into two fictional characters’ lives who were in the grip of this madness. Told in dual narration, between William Broune and Alisa Blackburn, the reader is catapulted into the sixteenth century during this historical event. The flow between both POVs is seamless and easy to follow.

Brown’s meticulous research shines through, with authentic descriptive details, along with an absorbing storyline. The novel’s fictional characters are interwoven with noted real historical characters of Geillis Duncan, and Agnes Sampson, just to name a few. This adds a layer of depth to the novel, making it more meaningful. The author has a way of connecting you to her characters, which allows you to be completely invested in their lives. I especially enjoyed Williams’s character as it developed. He starts to follow his moral compass, his heart, and conscience, which meant William must go against his King and forgo prestige and a noble wife. The romance never felt rushed and complimented the plot line.

The King’s Inquisitor is a propulsive storyline, offering both drama, and historical authenticity that will appeal to anyone interested well written historical fiction.

I enjoyed every minute of this book, and I thought The King’s Inquisitor by Tonya Ulynn Brown, made for an enjoyable page.


“Ever the champion of the oppressed, William, “ Blantyre laughed. In that you remind of your father. But only in that. “

“Her hair was not as dark as it had appeared the night before, but even the lack of sunlight could not dim the copper flecks in her chestnut locks. Her hair was tucked in a linen caul that hung to the nape of her neck. But the tiny, loose wisps around her face rebelled, being drawn innocently towards those alluring, amber eyes. “

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About Tonya Ulynn Brown

Tonya Ulynn Brown was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio but now calls southeastern Ohio home. She spent her younger years right out of college living in Europe and teaching English as a second language. She attributes her time in Eastern Europe as being one of great personal growth, where her love for history, the classics, and all things European was born. Tonya holds a Master’s degree in Teaching and is an elementary school teacher where she uses her love of history and reading to try to inspire younger generations. Along with all the historical characters that she entertains in her head, she lives with her husband, two sons and a very naughty Springer Spaniel


Not Good for Maidens

Hello There!

Welcome to my stop on the book tour for

Not Good for Maidens by Tori Bovalino.

Not Good for Maidens by Tori Bovalino.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Horror
Publishing date: June 14th, 2022

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Rep: Sapphic, Asexual, Bisexual


Salem’s Lot meets The Darkest Part of the Forest in this horror-fantasy retelling of Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market.”

Lou never believed in superstitions or magic–until her teenage aunt Neela is kidnapped to the goblin market.

The market is a place Lou has only read about–twisted streets, offerings of sweet fruits and incredible jewels. Everything–from the food and wares, to the goblins themselves–is a haunting temptation for any human who manages to find their way in.

Determined to save Neela, Lou learns songs and spells and tricks that will help her navigate this dangerous world and slip past a goblin’s defenses–but she only has three days to find Neela before the market disappears and her aunt becomes one of them forever.

If she isn’t careful, the market might just end up claiming her too.

Content warnings: on-page gore, on-page body horror, violence, trauma


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Thanks to @tbrbeyondtours & @toribovalino @pagestreetya for my print copy

♥︎A Dark and Bloody Drenched Goblin Fairytale ♥︎

A generational story of magical women, the Wickett Witches who are descended from a long line that protect mortals from the Goblin Market in York that reappears every year. The book is told in dual narrative in different time periods.

May, who was banished and survived, the Goblin Market in her hometown of York. But only just barely. Seventeen Louisa Wickett-Stevens, living in Boston, with her mother, Laura and her aunt May. She has a almost normal upbringing life even though somethings her aunt and mother do are a little odd. Lou struggles with her mother’s decision not to ever return to the town of York. Or not give any reason for not doing so. So when Lou’s younger aunt Neela goes missing, in York there is nothing Lou won’t do to find her. Or so she believes

The market Shall Arrive The Eve Of The Solstice And Endure Until The Tool Of Midnight Lammas

The author doesn’t shy away from the sexual nature in her reinvented horrifying tale of the original Goblin Market. In this retellings she works into a queer take on it. Let me tell you it works perfectly, making this book a standout amongst all other fairytale retellings out there. If you are an accomplished reader, you find the weaving back and for between present day characters or past ones in dual time periods easily to follow. It thought the writing was solid and the pacing on target. The tension builds and so does the gore. It really is a deliciously fiendish tale, with incredible world building that this mere mortal never wanted to return from.

-Please check the trigger warnings on this book!

Tori Bovalino retells Christina Rossetti’s famous Victorian poem, “Goblin Market” (1862)


Tori Bovalino grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and never knew she wanted to live abroad until she was already in London. She’s awful at picking favorites, but her consistent go-to books are Pride and Prejudice, Fire, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. She’s enamored with books that make her cry.

Tori holds a BA in English fiction writing and anthropology and a minor in German from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is currently on the Creative and practice-based PhD course at RHUL, researching the relationship between Russian folklore and YA fantasy novels. In her free time, Tori enjoys reading (duh), embroidering, and traveling.

She is represented by Dr. Uwe Stender and Amelia Appel at TriadaUS Literary Agency. She writes short stories, poetry, and novels.

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Muskets and Minuets Blog Tour

Hello Gracious Readers

Thanks for Joining me and The Coffee Pot Book Club on tour with…

Muskets and Minuets By Lindsey S. Fera

May 30th – June 3rd

Publication Date: 19th October 2021

Publisher: Zenith Publishing (an imprint of GenZ Publishing)

Page Length: 486 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction 


Love. Politics. War.

Amidst mounting tensions between the British crown and the American colonists of Boston, Annalisa Howlett struggles with her identity and purpose as a woman. Rather than concern herself with proper womanly duties, like learning to dance a minuet or chasing after the eligible and charming Jack Perkins, Annalisa prefers the company of her brother, George, and her beloved musket, Bixby. She intends to join the rebellion, but as complications in her personal life intensify, and the colonies inch closer to war with England, everything Annalisa thought about her world and womanhood are transformed forever.

Join Annalisa on her journey to discover what it truly means to be a woman in the 18th century, all set against the backdrop of some of the most pivotal moments in American history.

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Lindsey S. Fera

A born and bred New Englander, Lindsey hails from the North Shore of Boston. A member of the Topsfield Historical Society and the Historical Novel Society, she forged her love for writing with her intrigue for colonial America by writing her debut novel, Muskets and Minuets. When she’s not attending historical reenactments or spouting off facts about Boston, she’s nursing patients back to health in the ICU.Social

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May 30thThe Coffee Pot Book ClubBrook’s JournalThe Historical Fiction CompanyViviana Mackade’s Official BlogMay 31stB for BookreviewBooks & BenchesCandlelight ReadingArchaeolibrarianCelticLady’s ReviewsJune 1stRuins & ReadingLet Your Words Shine…Gwendalyn’s BooksLinnea Tanner’s Official BlogJune 2ndCrowvus Book BlogThe Historical Fiction BlogMJ Porter’s Official BlogOh look, another book!Paul Walker’s Official BlogJune 3rdHistorical Fiction ReviewsLet Us Talk of Many ThingsThe Books DelightJudith Arnopp’s Official BlogA Thousand Suns


A Deadly Legacy by Malia Zaidi


Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for

A Deadly Legacy by Malia Zaidi

A Deadly Legacy by Malia Zaidi

Publication Date: March 15, 2022 Paperback & eBook Genre: Historical Mystery Series: A Lady Evelyn Mystery, Book 6 A few months after the Carlisle Detective Agency opened its doors, Lady Evelyn and her partner, Hugh, are twiddling their thumbs. The cases are slow to trickle in, leaving the detectives feeling uninspired. So, when Evelyn’s Aunt Louise asks her to join the local chapter of the Women’s Institute, she has no excuse to decline the invitation. Yet what she expects to be a tedious gathering, turns out to be anything but. She meets former suffragettes and outspoken women, eager for change, forcing Evelyn to reexamine her own prejudices. A decidedly less welcome surprise is the body she comes across only a few days later. Evelyn need hardly be a professional detective to recognize a murder when she sees one. Amid planning her wedding and navigating family affairs, she sets out to solve the case. The investigation takes Evelyn and Hugh into the past, examining the war years, which left the present far from untarnished. Is the victim’s history connected to her death? Could her involvement in the war have given someone a motive for murder? The questions pile up, and Evelyn and Hugh must race against the clock to discover the truth, before more lives are lost, not least, their own…

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

A Deadly Legacy by Malia Zaidi is the sixth installment in the Lady Evelyn series.

It’s been a slow start since the Carlisle Detective Agency doors have opened. So when Evelyn aunt goes out of her way to invite to a local woman’s chapter, she can’t decline. An unexpected murder ignites her amateur sleuth instincts kick in. Lady Evelyn must balance family drama and the details of planning her own wedding with Hugh, and solve a murder mystery.

The storyline is well paced with reveals that come at just the right time, the authors narration flows effortlessly and smoothly. Making this book a fast read one that I completely inhaled. I was thoroughly entertained and enjoyed how this story unfolded right from the very beginning. And I was totally wrapped up in the lives of Evelyn, along with old and new characters. There two distinct parallel pot lines interwoven that eventually meet. The suspense is a subtle slow build, creating just the right enough tension.

A wonderful read one I truly enjoyed

Have a wonderful day ♡

About the Author

Malia Zaidi is the author of The Lady Evelyn Mysteries. She studied at the University of Pittsburgh and at the University of Oxford. Having grown up in Germany, she currently lives in Washington DC, though through her love of reading, she resides vicariously (if temporarily) in countries around the world.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, May 19 Review at Passages to the Past

Monday, May 23 Excerpt at Heidi Reads

Friday, May 27 Excerpt at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Monday, May 30 Guest Post at The Cozy Book Blog

Tuesday, May 31 Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, June 2 Guest Post & Excerpt at Older & Smarter

Saturday, June 4 Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Monday, June 6 Excerpt at bookworlder

Thursday June 9 Excerpt at Coffee and Ink


Enter to win all 6 books in the Lady Evelyn Mystery series!

Book One: A Poisonous Journey

Book Two: A Darker Shore

Book Three: The Study of Silence

Book Four: The Golden Hour

Book Five: The Quality of Mercy

Book Six: A Deadly Legacy

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on June 9th. You must be 18 or older to enter.


A Deadly Legacy


Desperately Seeking A Duchess +Excerpt +Review

Hello, fellow romance lovers!

Desperately Seeking A Duchess by Christi Caldwell Blog Tour

Desperately Seeking A Duchess by Christi Caldwell

Series: All The Duke’s Sins #2
Publication Date: 5/31/22
Period: Regency
Number of Pages: 336

What happens when an impoverished duke with a reputation for being a rogue collides with a strong-willed heiress who wants to explore the world? An unlikely friendship . . . and unexpected passion.

Cailin Audley does not fit in with Polite Society. A life spent among the working class taught her to value her independence in a way no newfound fortune or glittering ballroom could ever erase. When a major misstep sees the new heiress whisked away to the English countryside, Cailin soon realizes the vexing lengths her family will go to see her settled. But having risked her heart once before, Cailin has no interest in the men of the ton—especially not the frustratingly charming Duke of St. James.

Courtland Balfour, the Duke of St. James, devoted brother and notorious rogue, despises what he must become—a fortune hunter. With the ducal coffers drained by his late spendthrift of a father, Courtland knows his duty lies at the altar, and he will do anything to ensure a future for his siblings. Just his luck that the one lady who could make this new fate bearable, who enflames him like no other, is the one woman who wants nothing to do with him or his title.

When an act of desperation inadvertently lands him and Cailin at the heart of another scandal, Courtland knows better than to waste his chance. Surely he can convince Cailin to love him?


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

DESPERATELY SEEKING A DUCHESS by Christi Caldwell is the second delightful installment in the All the Duke’s Sins Series.

We follow Courtland Balfour, the Duke of St. James and Cailin Audley. Courtland’s father left his family in dire straits, a looming burden of debt and know carries the weight of making sure that his siblings are taken care of. There is only one thing left to do, even though it’s against his moral judgment. He seek out and marry an heiress. His loyalty and dedication to his family is above all else.

Cailin Audley, an illegitimate daughter of a Duke life is completely turned upside down when she is recognized and becomes an heiress. In the past she worked and resided amongst the working class, now she has hard time fitting in and adjusting to the rules of polite society.

Readers will enjoy Christi Caldwell’s heartfelt storyline and the struggles of each of the main characters. The couples chemistry was enjoyable and the HEA was perfect.


Courtland gave his head a wistful shake, as for the first time since he’d arrived, he felt a frisson of . . . guilt, about asking anyone to give up the comfort of obscurity here for the garish opulence that was the Town.

Ace whinnied noisily, and Courtland absently stroked the loyal creature between the eyes. His nostrils flaring, Ace arched his head back into that favorite-of-his touch.

From the corner of his eye, Courtland caught a faint flutter, and he swung his attention to find a person watching him.

The less-than-furtive figure in the cottage pressed her forehead against the glass.

“It appears we have company,” he murmured, patting Ace once more. “Which isn’t terrible, as it means the sooner I finish, the sooner we’re free to return to London.”

Ace gave a toss of his head in clear equine disapproval.

“It appears we are of like opinions then, on that score,” Courtland said, winking at his horse.

Once again, those curtains parted slightly, and a young woman peeked through the crack in the fabric.

Enormous, saucer-sized blue eyes, filled with mistrust, met Courtland’s gaze.

The sister, then.

He grinned. “Good afternoon,” he called, and sketched a bow. “I’m here to speak with Mr. Audley.”

Judging by the stretch of silence to follow, the young woman was anything but impressed. Alas, while he was on the other side of a doorway, without a line of sight to his quarry, she was afforded an unhindered view that put Courtland at a distinct disadvantage.

Giving Ace another pat, Courtland started down the walkway.

“Stop there!” she shouted, a healthy dose of anger and suspicion freezing him halfway down the path.

Anger and suspicion, both of which, as a duke, he was unaccustomed to being greeted with.

“What do you want?” she called, her voice muffled by the oak panel.

What did he want? Or what did he need?

A fortune.


His siblings settled.

All of which indirectly accounted for his being here.

Bringing himself back to the matter at hand, Courtland offered another smile and held his empty palms up. “I want nothing more than to speak with your brothers . . . or you,” he cajoled, using soothing tones meant to bring her outside.

At last, the wood panel swung wide, affording him his first full, unobstructed view. And Courtland went absolutely motionless.

Oh, hell.

The young woman, with her full, ivory-hued cheeks and golden blond hair, had the height of a child, but the hardened stare of a woman some three decades her elder. Unfortunately for Courtland, that flinty stare was leveled at him.

Along with her ancient-looking firearm.

Reflexively, Courtland’s palms went flying up in surrender.

The late summer sun glinted off the end of the barrel. That enormous weapon looked all the more enormous when held as it was by one of her spritely size.

He swallowed hard and cursed long and harder inside his head.

The young woman flicked a derisive glance over Courtland’s person, before settling it upon his face, her gaze bored; and his ears went hot, as for the first time in his life he knew what it was to have a woman find him lacking.

“Why does it not surprise me at all that a fancy London fellow like you would come here issuing orders to me?” she drawled, the lyrical, lilting quality of her voice in almost farcical juxtaposition to the threat hanging on her words, and the very real threat of murder she directed his way.

Courtland kept his smile firmly affixed, and when he spoke, did so in the careful, placating tones he used with his easily riled younger sisters. “Perhaps had you taken a moment to hear me out and discuss the business that brought me here, then I wouldn’t have had to issue them, Miss Audley.”

Her flaxen eyebrows went shooting up. “Are you . . . challenging me?” The rifle wavered on her arm.

Oh, bloody hell. He was usually better at speaking to the fairer sex. Much better. It should so happen that the one time he failed to charm would likely land him a bullet in the chest-and a swift end to his miserable existence.

“Well?” she demanded, dipping slightly and adjusting the weapon on her arm.

He winced. “I believe you’ve already determined that I was challenging you, and as such, it hardly seems necessary to confirm with a verbal statement, Miss Audley.” He bit out each syllable, giving up on the gentle warmth he’d previously attempted.

She lowered the rifle slowly, and he took heart. “Now,” he said, taking a step forward. “If you would be so good as to lower your weapon all the-“

A loud report thundered in the afternoon quiet, cutting off the remainder of his words, and he flew back, hitting the ground so hard the air was sucked from his lungs.

Bloody hell. This was how he would end his short reign as duke-by taking a bullet straight to the chest.

Excerpted from Desperately Seeking a Duchess by Christi Caldwell Copyright © 2022 by Christi Caldwell. Excerpted by permission of Berkley. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


Photo by Kimberly Rocha

Christi Caldwell is the USA Today bestselling author of the Sinful Brides series and the Heart of a Duke series. She blames novelist Judith McNaught for luring her into the world of historical romance. Christi lives in Charlotte, North Carolina where she spends her time writing and being a mommy to the most inspiring little boy and empathetic, spirited girls who, with their mischievous twin antics, offer an endless source of story ideas.

Learn more online at christicaldwell.com.


The Stardust Thief

Happy Friday

Today I am showcasing

The Stardust Thief

Title: The Stardust Thief

Author: Chelsea Abdullah

Genre: Fantasy

Age Range:  Adult

Publisher: Orbit

Release Date: 5/19/22


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The Stardust Thief

by Chelsea Abdullah

Inspired by stories from One Thousand and One Nights, this book weaves together the gripping tale of a legendary smuggler, a cowardly prince, and a dangerous quest across the desert to find a legendary, magical lamp.

Neither here nor there, but long ago . . .

Loulie al-Nazari is the Midnight Merchant: a criminal who, with the help of her jinn bodyguard, hunts and sells illegal magic. When she saves the life of a cowardly prince, she draws the attention of his powerful father, the sultan, who blackmails her into finding an ancient lamp that has the power to revive the barren land—at the cost of sacrificing all jinn.

With no choice but to obey or be executed, Loulie journeys with the sultan’s oldest son to find the artifact. Aided by her bodyguard, who has secrets of his own, they must survive ghoul attacks, outwit a vengeful jinn queen, and confront a malicious killer from Loulie’s past. And, in a world where story is reality and illusion is truth, Loulie will discover that everything—her enemy, her magic, even her own past—is not what it seems, and she must decide who she will become in this new reality.


The Stardust Thief

(The Sandsea Trilogy #1)

by Chelsea Abdullah @chelsabdullah

A huge thank you to @orbitbooks_us @hachettebooks @chelsabdullah for sending me a copy of this book.

-A legendary smuggler

-A cowardly prince

-A quest for a mythical lamp



-A cliffhanging ending

The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah is an epic start to a trilogy inspired by One Thousand and One Nights.

A sand shifting quest fantasy with multi-perspective narration Phenomenal world building with lush descriptive setting. storytelling within a story, that is infused with lore and legend. Nods to such classic tales from One Thousand and One Nights as “Aladdin,” “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,”

“Death in a free land is better than life in a gilded cage.”

“Let us speak of lies and truths, and of the story hidden between them.”

“If there is only to be one more tale tonight, let it be the one about the storyteller who changed her fate with her fables. Let it be a story about stories and the power they have to sway mortal hearts.”


Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel

Hello Lovely Readers

Thanks for joining me today on my stop on the blog tour for

Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel

By Natalie Jenner

• Title: Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel
• Author: Natalie Jenner
• Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction
• Publisher: ‎St. Martin’s Press (May 17, 2022)
• Length: (368) pages
• Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook
• ISBN: 978-1250276698
• Tour Dates: May 2-29, 2022
Book Description:

Natalie Jenner, the internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, returns with a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world in Bloomsbury Girls.

Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare bookstore that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager’s unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans:

Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiancé was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances–most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction.

Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she’s been working to support the family following her husband’s breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own.

Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she’s working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future.

As they interact with various literary figures of the time–Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others–these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow.



This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

St. Martin’s Press Pub Date: May 17

In post-war London, three resilient women are about change everything in a week known bookshop

Still reeling from the ravages of World War Bloomsbury Books is still standing and has been operating for 100 years. It’s still bound by tradition, but just as society is starting to changing, the historic bookstore still clings to its all male dominating business codes and rules. Three women are about to change all that.

Told in multiple POV’s we follow Vivian, Grace,and Evie as the navigate working in the well known bookshop Bloomsbury Books. Each of them have their own individual story to tell, with struggles and emotions. Natalie Jenner does a wonderful job in in her creating in a detailed working book store. The strong, independent female characters are witty and well developed. There is a strong comradeship between the main characters that build over time. An enjoyable light romance, that doesn’t take away from the storyline, it enhances it. Readers will enjoy famous literary figures of the past that make appearances in the book.

This such an engaging book, one that once I started reading I couldn’t stop!

Pure reading joy! 📕


Narrated by esteemed stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, enjoy the full unabridged edition of Bloomsbury Girls. “Stevenson delivers the satisfying triumph at the end with perfect polish.” —AudioFile Magazine


Advanced Praise

“Jenner follows The Jane Austen Society (2020) with another top-notch reading experience, using the same deft hand at creating complex, emotionally engaging characters [against] a backdrop chock-full of factual historical information… Fans of Christina Baker Kline, Kate Quinn and Pam Jenoff [will] appreciate this gem.”—Booklist (starred review)

“An illuminating yarn… Fans of emotional historical fiction will be charmed.”
Publishers Weekly

“Bloomsbury Girls is an immersive tale of three women determined to forge their own paths in 1950s London. Jenner has proven to be a master at spinning charming, earnest characters and paints a vivid picture of postwar England. I wanted to stay lost in her world forever!” —Stephanie Wrobel, internationally bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold

“Bloomsbury Girls is a book lover’s dream, one of those rare reads that elicits a sense of book-ish wistfulness and nostalgia. Jenner has created a colorful cast of characters in a story about friendship, perseverance, and the ways that determined women can band together in a man’s world. You’re in for a treat.” —Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary

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A message from the author

Dear readers, I am immensely grateful for the outpouring of affection that so many of you have expressed for my debut novel The Jane Austen Society and its eight main characters. When I wrote its epilogue (in one go and without ever changing a word), I wanted to give each of Adam, Mimi, Dr. Gray, Adeline, Yardley, Frances, Evie and Andrew the happy Austenesque ending they each deserved. But I could not let go of servant girl Evie Stone, the youngest and only character inspired by real life (my mother, who left school at age fourteen, and my daughter, who does eighteenth-century
research for a university professor and his team). Bloomsbury Girls continues Evie’s adventures into a 1950s London bookshop where there is a battle of the sexes raging between the male managers and the female staff, who decide to pull together their smarts, connections, and limited resources to take over the shop and make it their own. There are dozens of new characters in Bloomsbury Girls from several different countries, and audiobook narration was going to require a female voice of the highest training and caliber. When I learned that British stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, CBE, had agreed to narrate, I knew that my story could not be in better hands, and I so hope you enjoy reading or listening to it. Warmest regards, Natalie

Author Bio:

Natalie Jenner is the author of the instant international bestseller The Jane Austen
Society and Bloomsbury Girls. A Goodreads Choice Award runner-up for historical fiction and finalist for best debut novel, The Jane Austen Society was a USA Today and 1 national bestseller and has been sold for translation in twenty countries. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie has been a corporate lawyer, career coach and, most recently, an independent bookstore owner in



The Admiral’s Wife by M.K. Tod

Hello my lovely Friends

Today is my stop on the book tour for

The Admiral’s Wife by M.K. Tod

The Admiral’s Wife

By M.K. Tod

Publication Date: 11th April 2022

Publisher: Heath Street Publishing

Page Length: 390 Pages

Genre: Dual-Timeline

Buy Links:

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The lives of two women living in Hong Kong more than a century apart are unexpectedly linked by forbidden love and financial scandal.

In 2016, Patricia Findlay leaves a high-powered career to move to Hong Kong, where she hopes to rekindle the bonds of family and embrace the city of her ancestors. Instead, she is overwhelmed by feelings of displacement and depression. To make matters worse, her father, CEO of the family bank, insists that Patricia’s duty is to produce an heir, even though she has suffered three miscarriages.

In 1912, when Isabel Taylor moves to Hong Kong with her husband, Henry, and their young daughter, she struggles to find her place in such a different world and to meet the demands of being the admiral’s wife. At a reception hosted by the governor of Hong Kong, she meets Li Tao-Kai, an influential member of the Chinese community and a man she met a decade earlier when he was a student at Cambridge.

As the story unfolds, each woman must consider where her loyalties lie and what she is prepared to risk for love.

Trigger Warnings:
Brief sex scenes


“Family secrets and personal ambitions, east and west, collide in this compelling, deeply moving novel.” — Weina Dai Randel, award-winning author of THE LAST ROSE OF SHANGHAI

“Irresistible and absorbing.” Janie Chang, bestselling author of THE LIBRARY OF LEGENDS


M.K. Tod

M.K. (Mary) Tod’s interest in historical fiction began as a teenager immersed in the stories of Rosemary Sutcliff, Jean Plaidy, and Georgette Heyer. In 2004, her husband’s career took them to Hong Kong where, with no job and few prospects, Mary began what became Unravelled, her first novel. The Admiral’s Wife is her fifth novel.

Mary’s award-winning blog, www.awriterofhistory.com, focuses on reading and writing historical fiction. She’s an active member of the historical fiction community and has conducted five unique reader surveys on topics from readers’ habits and preferences to favorite historical fiction authors. Mary is happily married to her high-school sweetheart. They have two adult children and two delightful grandsons.

Social Media Links:


Website: https://www.mktod.com

Blog: https://www.awriterofhistory.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MKTodAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mary.tod.3/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-tod-14b3597/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mktodauthor/?hl=en

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/m-k-tod

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/M-K-Tod/e/B00ELV1H7E/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7181549.M_K_Tod


The Viscount’s Lady Novelist + Giveaway

Hi All,

Welcome to my stop on

The Viscount’s Lady Novelist by Alissa Baxter!

#TheViscountsLadyNovelist #AlissaBaxter #HFVBT@alissa_baxter @hfvbt @vinspire2004

The Viscount’s Lady Novelist
by Alissa Baxter
Publication Date: April 26, 2022
Vinspire Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Linfield Ladies, Book 2

Harriet Linfield is a lady novelist who has been disillusioned by love. She sets out to write more realistic tales about the emotion when she returns home to Linfield Court for the summer. Vowing to avoid any romantic entanglements along the way, she focuses instead on her writing and her plan to turn the estate she inherited from her uncle into a refuge for orphans.

Oliver, Viscount Wentford, is determined to restore his family fortunes. But his plans for the estate he inherited are in direct opposition to the wishes of Harriet, his new neighbour. Upon meeting her, Oliver is amused when, in response to his provocative comments, she informs him that she intends to make him the villain of her next book. But his amusement swiftly turns to dismay when circumstances align to show him in that exact light.

When an enemy comes back into Harriet’s life, she sees that love isn’t as clear-cut as the romantic tales she pens. But will the viscount manage to discard his villainous mantle to become Harriet’s real-life hero?


“A charming love story set in the English countryside that’s grounded in impeccable research.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

“Alissa Baxter’s writing is period perfect.” ~ Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Matrimonial Advertisement

“This book is gorgeous!” ~ Rachel Burton, author of The Tearoom on the Bay

“A truly traditional Regency romance, with lots of witty banter, very reminiscent of Georgette Heyer. Recommended for anyone who likes a completely clean traditional Regency, with strongly authentic writing, historical accuracy and a satisfying romance. Baxter’s writing is excellent, and her dialogue, manners and settings are true to the era.” ~ Mary Kingswood, author of traditional Regency romances

“While immersing the reader in the mores and life of the Regency era, Alissa Baxter manages to write strong, independent heroines whom modern-day women will cheer and root for. Plus the addition of little details that wrap around the plot and the characters make reading her books all the more special because you never know when you might land on a little Easter egg morsel in the beautiful and engaging prose. Historicals with heart and engaging characters that read real—that’s what you get in Ms Baxter’s books.” ~ Zee Monodee, USA Today bestselling author


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

The Viscount’s Lady Novelist

The Linfield Ladies #2

By Alissa Baxter

This is the second in installment in the The Linfield Ladies series, which picks up directly at the ending of The Earl and the Lady Geologist. Harriet Linfield talents lay in the way of literature. Writing is her passion, unlike several in her family who’s interest lay in the scientific, geology and biology. Reeling from a disastrous romantic involvement with the cad Mr Anderson, she has sworn of love and marriage completely. She is also an heiress, in her own right, who has inherited a neighboring estate by a family relative.

Oliver, Viscount Westford has inherited an estate that comes with some hefty debt. Wanting to acquire Harriet inheritance by buying or acquiring through marriage seems to be his solution. Except one thing, Harriet {Harr} has been given the authority to choose who she wants to marry. She is easily drawn to Oliver, but her nagging fear continues to resurfaces. Untrusting of her intuition when it comes to the genuineness of a gentleman. She struggles with allowing Oliver’s true intentions come to life.

Oh my goodness this was such sweet and delightful Regency romance. Full of witty banter between both hero and heroine, that I absolutely adored. Alissa Baxter, captures your full attention from the first page to the very last. The characters are well written, and the storyline was gratifying as it unfolded.

There are some creative twists along with historical details that made for a lovely reading experience. Readers will also notice upfront that our unsure heroine is able to save herself when certain events arises, I particularly liked this change up.

I highly recommend this book to those who love and enjoy well written clean romance !

About the Author

Alissa Baxter was born in a small town in South Africa and grew up with her nose in a book on a poultry and cattle farm. At the age of eleven, she discovered her mother’s collection of Georgette Heyer novels. The first Heyer novel she ever read was Sylvester and she was hooked on Georgette Heyer after that. She read and reread her novels, and fell totally in love with the Regency period and Heyer’s grey-eyed heroes!

After university, where she majored in Political Science and French, she began writing her first Regency novel, before moving to England, which gave her further inspiration for her historical romances.

Alissa has lived in Durban and Cape Town but she eventually settled in Johannesburg where she lives with her husband and two sons. Alissa is the author of two chick-lit novels, Send and Receive and The Blog Affair, which have been re-released as The Truth About Series: The Truth about Clicking Send and Receive and The Truth About Cats and Bees.

Alissa’s Linfield Ladies Series features women in trend-setting roles in the Regency period who fall in love with men who embrace their trailblazing ways… at least eventually. The Viscount’s Lady Novelist is the second book in this series, following on from The Earl’s Lady Geologist.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, April 26
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Excerpt at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Wednesday, April 27
Review at MTM Reads
Excerpt at Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Romance

Thursday, April 28
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Friday, April 29
Review at Anna’s Book Blog

Saturday, April 30
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, May 1
Excerpt at The Cozy Book Blog

Monday, May 2
Review at Bookish Rantings

Tuesday, May 3
Review at Bookworlder

Wednesday, May 4
Review & Excerpt at Elodie’s Reading Corner

Thursday, May 5
Review at Novels Alive

Friday, May 6
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Review at View from the Birdhouse

Saturday, May 7
Excerpt at Lisa Everyday Reads

Monday, May 9
Guest Post at Heidi Reads

Wednesday, May 11
Review at Ms. Darcy Reads

Thursday, May 12
Review at Reading Is My SuperPower

Friday, May 13
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Monday, May 16
Review at One Book More

Tuesday, May 17
Review at Robin Loves Reading

Wednesday, May 18
Guest Post at The Tea Queen


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The Viscount’s Lady Novelist


The Missionary – Excerpt

Hello Gracious Readers

Today I have a wonderful excerpt to share with you

The Missionary By Rowena Kinread

Book Title: The Missionary
Author: Rowena Kinread

Publication Date: 28th April 2021

Publisher: Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers

Page Length: 357 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


Patricius, a young man of Britannia, is taken from his home and family when Gaelic pirates attack his village. On his arrival in Ireland, he is sold as a slave to the cruel underking of the Dalriada tribe in the north. Six years later, Patricius manages to escape. His journey takes him through France to Ravenna in Italy. His subsequent plans to return to Britannia are side-tracked when he finds himself accompanying several monks to the island monastery on Lerinus. His devotion to his faith, honed during his captivity, grows as he studies with the monks.Haunted by visions of the Gaels begging him to return to Ireland and share the word of God with them, Patricius gains support from Rome and his friends to return to the land of his captivity. His arrival is bitterly opposed by the druids, who have held power over the Irish kings for many years, and he and his companions must combat the druids to succeed in their God-given mission.

Trigger Warnings:

Sex, violence, swearing

Buy Links:


Available on #KindleUnlimited.


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Excerpt 3 from “The Missionary” by Rowena Kinread

A blizzard swept across the landscape, icy hail biting into Patricius’ skin like sharp needles. He drew his cloak tighter around himself and followed Daithi’s rapid strides in a northern direction. They had set off at the break of dawn and Daithi said they must hurry to reach their destination before night fell. Daithi was an old man with a crooked back and a weather-beaten face. He held a wooden staff in his right hand and pushed it into the ground before him. Despite his age, he was surprisingly fit, and Patricius had trouble keeping up with his pace. They passed ploughed fields, farmsteads and fertile glens. Without stopping they battled on against an artic wind, blowing in from the Western Sea. As they reached higher land, the landscape became barren. Boggy moors with tufts of heather, now brown and uninviting, alternated with poor grazing land on unfertile soil.

Avidus ran all over the place, sniffing excitedly at all the new smells. Occasionally he startled a rabbit and chased it madly through the heather. He bounced up and down, nearly disappearing in the moors only to suddenly jump up again. His ears flopped up high and low. He never caught the rabbit, though. Patricius grinned at his antics; he looked so funny bobbing up and down in the heather. Daithi’s dog, Cú, trotted patiently beside them, but if Avidus wandered too far away, Daithi gave a short sharp whistle and Cú ran off to herd him back again. Ahead of them, half obscured by sleet, Patricius saw a mountain with a flat top.

Daithi paused a moment and pointed. “That’s where we’re going, Sliabh Mis.”

Patricius looked up and drew his breath in. His eyes widened. The mountain’s upper reaches had steep, rugged sides, barren and inhospitable. Despite a few rocks scattered here and there, the slopes were exposed to the elements. Sheep were scattered on hillside. He swallowed.

They followed a narrow downtrodden path, westwards around the mountain. A coppice snuggled against the bottom of the mountain wall, and entering it, Daithi said they would stop soon. A small lean-to, ramshackle shed was half hidden beside a huge boulder, under a beech tree. It was open at the front and didn’t look very solid, but Patricius hoped it might keep off some of the wind. He collected wood whilst Daithi struggled to kindle a fire with his flintstone. Sleet blew horizontally against the landscape. Patricius hugged his knees to his chest and pulled his rug tightly around his shoulders. The freezing cold seeped upwards through his body to its very core. White frosty icicles clung to Daithi’s eyebrows.

“Tomorrow I’ll take you to the summit,” Daithi said, “and we’ll check on the sheep.”

For six weeks Patricius wandered around Sliabh Mis with Daithi. Daithi examined the sheep.

“This one’s having twins,” he said. “Feel.” Patricius touched the ewe’s belly. Daithi shook his head. “Don’t be timid. Squeeze her with both hands.”

“Oh yes,” Patricius cried. “I can feel it moving!”

“Good, now try a bit further down, here.”

Patricius worked down the ewe’s belly, pushing against her sides with his fingers. “Yes,” he cried, “there’s another one, I can feel it!”

“Good. Now make sure you remember her. She’s a first-time mother and when she starts to lamb we may need to help her.”

Patricius looked at the herd of sheep. “How do you tell?” he asked. “They all look the same.”

“Ney.” Daithi spat on the ground. “She’s got speckles on her nose and a black rear foot.”

Patricius looked again and then at the other sheep. There were some small differences but there were six hundred sheep. “Can you tell all of them apart?”


“I’ll never manage.”

“You won’t need to right away. I’ll show you the one- and two-year-olds, they haven’t been tupped yet. And then the first-time mothers. You won’t be alone this year. You’ve a lot to learn yet.”

He showed Patricius which sheep were expecting twins. Patricius tried to remember small differences; a floppy ear or curious nature. He couldn’t tell all of them apart but at least he recognised which the younger ones were and tried to note the sheep expecting twins.

As the days passed, the ground started freezing and the sheep had difficulty finding enough to eat. Three days before Yuletide they started herding the sheep together; bringing them down the mountain and moving them back towards Antrim. At a farmstead about a mile outside the ringfort, outdoor enclosures had been erected especially in wait of them. Here the sheep were separated. The one- and two-year-olds were put in one pen; the few rams in a smaller pen. The mothers-to-be were put into the most protected corral nearest to the farm and with a small shed.

“It depends on the weather,” Daithi explained. “Some lambs aren’t as strong as the others, and if it’s too cold, we’ll need to keep them in the shed.”

All the sheep needed extra feeding now. There was no longer enough food for them on the wintry mountain slopes, and the cattle had grazed the lowlands bare. They would stay here until Ostara. Patricius made sure they all had enough hay, and Daithi gave them water.

When the sheep were settled down, Daithi said they were to return to Antrim. He was looking forward to seeing his family again. Patricius started inwardly shaking.


Rowena Kinread grew up in Ripon, Yorkshire. After leaving school she started working for Lufthansa in Stuttgart. There she met her future husband whom she married in Ripon. After raising 3 children, she began working as a secretary in a private physiotherapy practice. At the same time, she started writing non-fiction books and magazine articles. Retirement finally brought the financial security to start writing full length fiction. A keen interest in history and her own family ancestry inspired her debut novel “The Missionary”, the dramatic story about the life of St.Patrick.  A second book “The Scots of Dalriada” will be published this year. Ms. Kinread says that she welcomed retirement and all its wonderful opportunities to launch a third career.


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