Book Tour : 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙻𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝙲𝚘𝚛𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚙𝚘𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚗𝚝

Its Tuesday and welcome to my stop on the @suzyapprovedbooktours tour for The Last Correspondent!

Thanks @sorayalaneauthor for sharing your captivating book with me.

If you’re a Kindle Unlimited subsriber, you can read this one for free now!


The Last Correspondent


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“This is Soraya M. Lane at her finest.” – Literary Soirée

“This fast-paced narrative is packed with subterfuge, action, and romance.” – Historical Novel Society

When journalist Ella Franks is unmasked as a woman writing under a male pseudonym, she loses her job. But having risked everything to write, she refuses to be silenced and leaps at the chance to become a correspondent in war-torn France.

Already entrenched in the thoroughly male arena of war reporting is feisty American photojournalist Danni Bradford. Together with her best friend and partner, Andy, she is determined to cover the events unfolding in Normandy. And to discover the whereabouts of Andy’s flighty sister, Vogue model Chloe, who has followed a lover into the French Resistance.

When trailblazing efforts turn to tragedy, Danni, Ella and Chloe are drawn together, and soon form a formidable team. Each woman is determined to follow her dreams ‘no matter what’, and to make her voice heard over the noise of war.

Europe is a perilous place, with danger at every turn. They’ll need to rely on each other if they are to get their stories back, and themselves out alive. Will the adventure and love they find be worth the journey of their lives?

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 Last Correspondent by Soraya M. Lane is an excellent historical fiction novel that is set during WWII. That is based on the real experiences of some of the female war correspondents who risked so much to get their stories and photographs to audiences back home.

Soraya M. Lane Newest novel is a riveting historical fiction that is an emotional, along with being a compelling well written book. It focuses on three courageous women whose paths cross in war-ravaged France during the time of the World War II.

Ella Franks is an American journalist who writes under a male pseudonym.

When her secret is discovered she out of a job. Taking her destiny in her own hands, she heads overseas determined to become a war correspondent.

Danni Bradford, a daring British photojournalist that has clawed her way up an all male dominated world of war reporting. Soon realizes that what she wants is just out of her grasp. Only male correspondents are allowed to cover the violent events in Normandy. Stopping at nothing she wants to be front and center at one the most horrific and electrifying events. She stops at nothing be apart of the delegation that will soon come to witness the bloody allied force landing on Omaha Beach.

She will soon learn that she will be left behind when only male correspondents are allowed to cover the unfolding events in Normandy. Stop at nothing to be part of the delegation that will witness the riveting landing at Omaha Beach.

Ella and Danni will meet Chloe, who happens to be the sister of Danni’s partner, Andy

The women’s three lives will be interwoven and their struggles and friendship is set to the backdrop of the turbulent World War II. Their paths will cross in the war-torn county of Nazi occupied France. Chloe finds her self caught up in the daring French resistance, her life is in constant danger.

This historical fiction the author meticulously weaves historical facts with her voice of fiction to create a moving and compassion storyline. The author uses multiple narration of the three main POV’s characters to add a well executed novel. Giving the reader an inside perspective of the gut wrenching elements that make up this fast moving survival story. These well drawn out female characters are three dimensional and you will soon find that they are strong willful. Taking their lives into their own hands as they take control over their own destinies. A faced moving novel with attention to atmospheric imagery as you follow these courageous women in war torn Europe.

Have a wonderful day!

The Forgotten Sister

Today I have lovey book really enjoyed reading and reviewing

The Forgotten Sister

A Novelby Nicola Cornick

Thanks so much to the author and publishing @nicolacornick

@graydonhousebooks @harlequin @harpercollins


Author: Nicola Cornick

ISBN: 9781525809958

Publication Date: November 10, 2020

Publisher: Graydon House Books 


In the tradition of the spellbinding historical novels of Philippa Gregory and Kate Morton comes a stunning story based on a real-life Tudor mystery, of a curse that echoes through the centuries and shapes two women’s destinies…

1560: Amy Robsart is trapped in a loveless marriage to Robert Dudley, a member of the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Surrounded by enemies and with nowhere left to turn, Amy hatches a desperate scheme to escape—one with devastating consequences that will echo through the centuries…

Present Day: When Lizzie Kingdom is forced to withdraw from the public eye in a blaze of scandal, it seems her life is over. But she’s about to encounter a young man, Johnny Robsart, whose fate will interlace with hers in the most unexpected of ways. For Johnny is certain that Lizzie is linked to a terrible secret dating back to Tudor times. If Lizzie is brave enough to go in search of the truth, then what she discovers will change the course of their lives forever.


The Forgotten Sister

A Novelby Nicola Cornick

Thanks so much to the author and publishing @nicolacornick

@graydonhousebooks @harlequin @harpercollins

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 page turner of a book is split between the 16th Century Tudor Era and the 21st Century.

Ms. Cornick entices the reader from the historical mystery surrounding Amy Dudley’s death. Amy Dudley was the first wife of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, favourite of Elizabeth I of England. She is primarily known for her death by falling down a flight of stairs, the circumstances of which have often been regarded as suspicious

Ms. Cornick newest tale takes a mirrored inventive twist where a correlation between the past might actually mirrors the present and future. The storylines thread together into a pattern that may or may not be breakable.

An innovative propulsive narration, offering both drama and historical mystical realism to make for a captivating novel.

USA Today bestselling author Nicola Cornick has written over thirty historical romances for Harlequin and HQN Books. She has been nominated twice for a RWA RITA Award and twice for the UK RNA Award. She works as a historian and guide in a seventeenth century house. In 2006 she was awarded a Masters degree with distinction from Ruskin College, Oxford, where she wrote her dissertation on heroes.

GENTLEMAN JIM Blog Tour + Review +Excerpt

Hello lovelies,

Thank you so much for joining me today. I am featuring a wonderful swoon worthy Historical Romance. Today is my stop on the virtual blog tour of GENTLEMAN JIM; A TALE OF ROMANCE AND REVENGE, Mimi Matthews’s newest historical romance novel.

I want to thank the author Mimi Matthews @MimiMatthewsEsq. for sending me a gorgeous print copy

This extensive tour runs between November 9 through December 6, 2020. 

Forty-five popular blogs specializing in historical fiction, historical romance, and Austenesque fiction will join in the celebration of its release with exclusive excerpts, interviews, spotlights, orreviews of this new Regency-era novel set in Somerset, England.

Author: Mimi Matthews

Genre: General Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Regency Romance

Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press (November 10, 2020)

Format: Trade paperback and eBook (376) pages

Make sure add this to your Goodreads list


Wealthy squire’s daughter Margaret Honeywell was always meant to marry her neighbor, Frederick Burton-Smythe, but it’s bastard-born Nicholas Seaton who has her heart. Raised alongside her on her father’s estate, Nick is the rumored son of notorious highwayman Gentleman Jim. When Fred frames him for theft, Nick escapes into the night, vowing to find his legendary sire. But Nick never returns. A decade later, he’s long been presumed dead.

He Wouldn’t Forgive…

After years spent on the continent, John Beresford, Viscount St. Clare has finally come home to England. Tall, blond, and dangerous, he’s on a mission to restore his family’s honor. If he can mete out a bit of revenge along the way, so much the better. But he hasn’t reckoned for Maggie Honeywell. She’s bold and beautiful–and entirely convinced he’s someone else.

As danger closes in, St. Clare is torn between love and vengeance. Will he sacrifice one to gain other? Or, with a little daring, will he find a way to have them both?



“Full to the brim of a passionate spirit that almost bursts from the pages…This is Mimi Matthews on Caffeine…This will charge your brain and light your heart…I freaking LOVE this book.” —Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration

“Equally passionate and powerful…Mimi Matthews proves once again that she is a master of historical fiction in Gentleman Jim. Readers’ Favorite

“I have loved each and every one of Mimi’s novels. This one, especially, deserves ALL THE STARS and a place on my favorites list!… A thrilling Regency adventure that’s one-part hope, one-part daring, and one-part hopelessly romantic.” The Green Mockingbird

“Just when you think Mimi Mathew’s books are already perfection, she writes another one that is more amazing than all the rest. Gentleman Jim is action-packed, romantic, and nail-bitingly suspenseful.” —Probably at the Library


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

This was a captivating clean, passionate romance. By far my favorite of all of Matthews book. I know that I say that every time I read and review one of her latest novels. When It seems that her writing is top notch, she goes and ups the bar.

This by far the most passionate of her books. The plot line keeps you interested and the wonderful characters so delightful, that you read straight through. The sigh factor and the pitch perfect dialogue will ultimately transport you the beguiling Regency Era. The writing as always with Matthews is seamless and non stop pacing keeps turning those pages.

Head strong Margaret Honeywell has grown up with Nicholas Seaton. Nicholas is said to be the illegitimate son of the Notorious Gentleman Jim. Nicholas works in the stable as groom in Beasley Park, owned by Margaret’s father Squire Honeywell.

As the two advance in age the sparks fly, even though there is definitely a class difference. Margaret does really care about social doctrine, with heart in her hands she drawn to Nicholas. In a series of events the two become separated, and then the story really takes off. With woven suggestions of The Count of Monte Cristo.

Mimi Matthew has created another delightful tale. this books has it all, with forbidden romance, mystery and suspense.

If you enjoy reading regency depicted time frames, and swoon worthy romance, this a must buy for you.


“Miss Honeywell, if you don’t stop fidgeting with your gloves and look at me, I shall be compelled to take your hand and hold it in mine.”

“Do you think I deserve you? That I deserve any of this? You’re mine! And tomorrow, my love, we’re going to take that special license Lord Allendale procured and you and I are going to get married!”

GENTLEMAN JIM: EXCERPT #3 for Gwendalyn’s Books for Nov 21, 2020

St. Clare watched her awhile longer, and then, in a gentler tone than he’d used thus far, said, “Rest easy, Miss Honeywell. Much as he may deserve it, I don’t intend to kill Mr. Burton-Smythe at dawn. It’s a capital offense, you know, and having spent the better part of my life on the continent, I have no immediate desire to return there.”

Hope surged in Maggie’s breast. “You’ll call off the duel?”

“Ah. No. That, I’m afraid, I cannot do. But I give you my word of honor that Mr. Burton-Smythe will not die at my hand.”

Maggie had a poor opinion of a gentleman’s word of honor. Even so, she knew better than to call it into question. A gentleman could be quite touchy on the subject. She supposed that St. Clare’s assurances would have to satisfy her. “Thank you, my lord. I’m very much obliged to you.”

“Indeed you are,” he murmured. “One might even say that you’re in my debt.”

Bessie gave a sharp intake of breath.

Maggie cast a fleeting glance in her maid’s direction before turning her attention back to the viscount. “In your debt? For sparing Mr. Burton-Smythe, do you mean? But you said you had no intention of killing him in the first place.”

“So I did. And at the moment, that’s very true. At dawn, however…” He shrugged. “Who’s to say? Your Mr. Burton-Smythe can be devilish provoking.”

“Of that I’m well aware, but I don’t see how—”

“There’s a good chance he’ll say something to annoy me.”

Her brows drew together. “He very well might.”

“And when he does, the impulse to put a bullet in his brain may be too great to resist.”

Maggie heard another gasp from Bessie. And no wonder. A gentleman shouldn’t speak of duels at all in the presence of a lady, let alone be so lost to decency as to mention firing a bullet into someone’s brain.

Perhaps St. Clare was trying to put her out of countenance?

If so, he was in for a disappointment. As a girl, Maggie had frequently heard her father threatening to blow this or that person’s brains out, or to tear them limb from limb. Indeed, she recalled making similar threats a time or two herself. The Honeywells were known for their bluster.

“If he offends you in some way, can you not simply ignore him?” she asked. “It’s what I try to do.”

St. Clare leaned back in his leather chair and crossed his legs. The firelight reflected in the mirror-polished finish of his Hessians and glittered in the golden threads of his hair. He was the picture of an aristocratic gentleman at his ease.

Maggie wasn’t fooled one bit.

His light-colored pantaloons clung to long, powerfully made legs, and his dark blue coat appeared to have been molded to his broad shoulders. The elegant sprawl he affected was an illusion. St. Clare was no more relaxed than a lion waiting to spring upon its prey.

“In other circumstances,” he replied, “perhaps I could. But during an affair of honor a man’s blood is running high. Even the most placid sort of gentleman often finds himself unable to refrain from violence when a pistol is in his hand. And I am not a placid sort of gentleman. In truth, I have a bit of a temper.”

“As do I, my lord. What does that signify? Unless… Are you saying that your conduct at dawn hinges on whether or not Mr. Burton-Smythe can refrain from irritating you?” She was incredulous. “If that is so, then he’s as good as dead. I have come here for nothing.”

“Not necessarily. I believe, with the right inducement, I may be able to restrain myself.”


“It strikes me, Miss Honeywell, that if I’m to do this great favor for you, the least you might do in return is to grant me a forfeit of some kind.”

Bessie gave a puff of indignation. “Miss Margaret,” she warned under her breath.

“It’s all right, Bessie,” Maggie said, still looking at St. Clare. If he hadn’t reminded her so much of Nicholas Seaton, she might have been insulted. As it was, she could only be intrigued. “What sort of forfeit?”

“You’ve asked me to spare a man’s life. A man whom I dislike excessively. The comparable forfeit for such a service would be great indeed. Far greater than anything a gentleman would ever ask of a lady. I propose instead, three more moderately sized forfeits to be collected at the time of my choosing.”

“Miss Margaret!” Bessie hissed.

“Hush, Bessie. I ask again, my lord, what sort of forfeits?”

St. Clare gave her a crooked smile. “I don’t know yet, but it will be nothing untoward, I assure you.”

The sight of St. Clare’s smile was like a lightning bolt straight through Maggie’s heart. For a moment she couldn’t breathe. She’d seen that same crooked smile thousands of times before. It worked on her in a powerful way. St. Clare wasn’t Nicholas Seaton, she knew it, but to once again be the recipient of that smile and that stormy gray gaze, Maggie thought she would agree to practically anything in the world. “All right, then. I accept your terms.”

Chapter Three, pp. 47-50



USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, 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. Her next romance, The Siren of Sussex, will be out in 2022 from Berkley/Penguin Random House.




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Crimson Time・Review・

Hello Friends, I am definitely excited to bring a wonderful book that I absolutely adored. Crimson Time by the very talented author Emily VanderBen. Make sure to click on my photo of this book that will take you to my Bookstagram to enter this fabulous Giveaway!

Crimson Time Paperback – July 28, 2020

by Emily VanderBen

Publication date : July 27, 2020


Publisher : New Degree Press (July 27, 2020)

Print length : 232 pages


The past, lies, and a pair of earrings may not be the only barriers between Adelaide Anson and the truth about her parents’ deaths.

Adelaide still can’t shake the feeling that the fire wasn’t an accident. No one else seems to believe there may be more to the story; that is until a mysterious letter shows up confirming Adelaide’s suspicions. Lured by the promise of answers, Adelaide follows the letter and finds herself thrust into the world of the Red Rose Society, a secret order composed of the descendants of historical figures. If Adelaide wants to get into the Red Rose Society and gain the answers she seeks, she’ll have to survive a trip to the past and outwit the other initiates before the clock runs down.

Crimson Time is the first book in an exciting YA fiction series that combines elements of history and time travel to tell the stories of women in the past. Young adults, as well as the young at heart, will be swept up in the past and carried into a world of secrets and lies.

Editorial Reviews

“Crimson Time reminds readers that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it and enforces the notion that those who wish to learn from history must first seek it.” –Haley Newlin, Author of Not Another Sarah Halls”A story of timeless lessons that has the reader constantly thinking of the world we live in with each new page.” –J.H. Harrington, Author of Digital Remains”What an original and compelling story!” –S.V. Filice, Author of The Summoning”Crimson Time is a novel that keeps you wanting more. You won’t be able to predict it.” –Mackenzie Finklea, Author of Beyond the Halls

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

Emily VanderBent as created an engaging and courageous heroine and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in a insatiable storyline.

In her premier novel, Crimson Time, the first installment in a stunning series that uses unique elements of history to creatively engage readers with the past. This is truly an exceptional written book that follows a strong and courageous Adelaide.

A young lady who hasn’t given up on finding out what really happened the night her home when up in flames. Losing both parents along with her best friends mother.

So when a mysterious invitation beckons her to join a secret society, Adelaide thinks the society might just be her one chance at discovering answers she desperately needs.

She follows it’s instructions across borders and decades to participate in the initiation for a secret society of time travelers.

This society is only made up of descendants of some of the most notorious people from history. She finds herself thrust into the world of the Red Rose Society.To her shock, when she arrives Adelaide learns that she was never meant to get an invitation in the first place.

This was a fast paced thrilling read, with well developed characters and wonderful atmospheric details. Historical details and faced moving plot line will keep you flipping those pages.

Excited to read more from this very talented author.

Have a wonderful day !

Emily VanderBent is a writer and historian. A natural born storyteller, she desires to relay and celebrate the stories of powerful women in history. Her premier novel, Crimson Time, is the first in a series that uses elements of history to creatively engage readers with the past. She hopes her writing will encourage young women to fearlessly pursue their passions and own the narrative of their own stories. With a degree in history, Emily uses her talent for writing, graphic design, and brand building to create blog posts, online content and design for Girl Museum and Makeover Your Brand. While living in the real world, Emily wishes to exist in the pages of a book.


Welcome my friends to my stop on the Spellbreaker by Charlie Holmberg

Thanks so much Jean Book Nerd and Wunderbookspr for sending me an insane book package.

@wunderbookspr @JeanBookNerd


ISBN-10 : 1542020093
ISBN-13 : 978-1542020091
Publisher :
47North (November 1, 2020)

Paperback : 303 pages

“…romantic and electrifying…the fast-paced plot and fully realized world will have readers eager for the next installment. Fans of Victorian-influenced fantasy won’t want to put this down.” —Publishers Weekly

“Those who enjoy gentle romance, cozy mysteries, or Victorian fantasy will love this first half of a duology. The cliffhanger ending will keep readers breathless waiting for the second half.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Powerful magic, indulgent Victoriana, and a slow-burn romance make this genre-bending romp utterly delightful.” —Kirkus Reviews


A world of enchanted injustice needs a disenchanting woman in the newest fantasy series by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician.

The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood.

Elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey is one elusive spell away from his mastership when he catches Elsie breaking an enchantment. To protect her secret, Elsie strikes a bargain. She’ll help Bacchus fix unruly spells around his estate if he doesn’t turn her in. Working together, Elsie’s trust in—and fondness for—the handsome stranger grows. So does her trepidation about the rise in the murders of wizards and the theft of the spellbooks their bodies leave behind.

For a rogue spellbreaker like Elsie, there’s so much to learn about her powers, her family, the intriguing Bacchus, and the untold dangers shadowing every step of a journey she’s destined to complete. But will she uncover the mystery before it’s too late to save everything she loves?

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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.

Spellbreaker, Born with the one kind of magic instead of taught a hundred

1885 eleven year old Elsie Camden is living in a workhouse, when a pretty rune appears on one of the walls. Elise touches it and causes a spark that engulfs the workhouse leaving it in cinders. How was she to know it was a firegaurd.

Noticed and rescued , Elsie is recruited by mysterious organization who order her to use her powers to disenchant spells for the good of their cause. She has named them The Cowls. Her only dealing with them are received as assignments through cryptic letters. As an unregistered spellbreaker audacious young twenty year old Elsie is a spellbreaker with a unique ability to undo other magician’s spells. Spells are cleverly knotted together into runes and Elsie has the ability to see them once there are in place. When the unthinkable happens on one of her assignments for the Cowls, she is caught by a powerful wizard Bacchus Kelsey. Bacchus is Barbados born and has travelled to London to be named a master of his craft. This is in titles to receive one spell of his choice as his reward. Once in London he is denied his rightful title and seeks out an opus, which is spellbook magicians leave behind upon their own death.

Holmberg’s magical alternative world Victorian England, is astounding. Innovative world building and incisive character development make this compulsively  readable. A fabulous narrative voice the author delivers a compelling, intriguing, and well-written read here. Fantastic characters that totally captivated and fascinated me. The strength of this novel handsdown is the author’s fabulous characterizations.

I was impressed with with unique magical system and I thought it was explained just enough without being overwhelmed. Holmberg does a great job with depicting class, race and gender, along with disabilities. Several pot threads will keep on your toes and sigh of a slow burning romance is perfection. There are several twists when our heroine Elsie, soon discovers that the Cowls are not who she thought they were.   

The ending was complete in drawing the reader in, and making you yearn for the next installment in this stunning duolgy.

I am patiently waiting for the next installment, and I highly recommend this charming magical Victorianna. 




Photo Content from Charlie N. Holmberg

Charlie N. Holmberg is the award-winning author of the Numina series, The Fifth Doll, and many others. Her Wall Street Journal bestselling Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Charlie’s stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance. Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters, who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. She currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at

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The Tobacconist’s Wife by AnneMarie Brear

Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Book Tour of,

The Tobacconist’s Wife by AnneMarie Brear, which is being hosted by HFBT!

The Tobacconist’s Wife
by AnneMarie Brear

Publication Date: November 12, 2020
Lume Books
Paperback & eBook; 244 pages

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

From the bestselling author of The Slum Angel.

Having lost her father, Thea Goodson is alone in the world

It is true she has a husband, but Ernie is a brutal man, more inclined to use his fists to keep Thea in line than to build on their marriage. And besides, Ernie Goodson has secrets – secrets that even his wife cannot share.

But in Victorian Yorkshire, appearances must be kept up, so Thea goes on powdering her bruises and forcing a smile as she toils in Ernie’s home and tobacco shop. There seems to be no other option.

That is, until a handsome and well-bred stranger arrives to set up shop next door

Can Thea escape her misery and break from the conventions of society? Or will the clutches of her abusive husband confine her forever?

The Tobacconist

s Wife is the latest book from AnneMarie Brear, the highly acclaimed author of bestselling The Slum Angel. Perfect for fans of Catherine Cookson, Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin.

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.

An Emotional Tale set in Victorian England.

When twenty year old Thea Goodson cobbler father, Tobias Mullins, suffered a stroke and eventually passed leaving her without many options.

Ernie Goodson and acquaintance of her father from the leopard, became attentive to Thea’s father during the time he was bedridden, polite and always kindhearted and gracious. With a success business he seemed to be genuine, so she excepted his marriage proposal. Little did she know she would come to regret that hasty decision.

Four weeks after the death of her beloved father she moved into the rooms above Ernie’s tobacconist’s shop on coney street York, Yorkshire England. Thea’s wedding night set the precedents of what would soon become a hellacious marriage.

Suffering quietly under her husband’s brutality of fists and bruises, her husband harbored secrets that included more than his violent temper.

Adam Fitzwilliam, a son of a wealthy business member of the upper crust of society, recently from his ancestral estate home Granville Hall.

Even though he is the great-grandson of Sir Walter Fitzwilliam, Adam has been passionate about creating fine pieces of crafted furniture. To his mother this has been a great has been a great disappointment. His dreams are an embarrassment to his family by lowering himself to become a member of the trading class.

His father thinks he should be with him and his older brothers, in London.

Adam has a mind of his own wanting to make a name for himself by making and selling furniture. He seeks out a larger town to fulfill his needs as own shop owner.

Finding himself in York, he uses his inheritance from his grandmother to finance his endeavor and moves into a shop next door to Thea’s husband’s tobacconist’s shop.

When things become heated and Thea’s husband’s greed causes a series of climatic events. Thea life changes, and she will seek kindness and offered friendship in dealing with her misfortune and struggles. Will she escape misery and the clutches of an abusive husband, a find happiness in the arms of the sincere and gallant Adam Fitzwilliam.

This was a riveting historical fiction with superb pacing allowing the reader to be drawn in completely. There is something about AnneMarie Brear’s writing that I absolutely adore. A must read for those looking for dramatic characters and detailed historical imagery.. Wow!! What a stunningly satisfying book, I cannot quite say just how impossibly good this is, from the first page I was completely absorbed , I flew through the pages at lighting speed. It is an addictive, dramatic and hugely gripping story that flawlessly. I was absorbed as the plot unfolded and I was on edge to see how Thea’s gut wrenching situation would be sorted out.

Content Warning: detailed domestic abuse.

The Tobacconist’s Wife – Released Nov 12th!

Have a wonderful day

About the Author

Amazon UK bestseller and award-winning Australian author, AnneMarie Brear has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls. Her interests include reading, historical research for her novels, watching movies, spending time with family and eating chocolate – not always in that order!

For more information please visit AnneMarie Brear’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, November 12
Guest Post at Coffee and Ink
Review at Probably at the Library

Friday, November 13
Review at View from the Birdhouse
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Saturday, November 14
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Sunday, November 15
Review & Excerpt at Bookworlder

Monday, November 16
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, November 17
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Wednesday, November 18
Review at Novels Alive
Interview at Books & Benches

Thursday, November 19
Review at A Darn Good Read
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 2 eBooks of The Tobacconist’s Wife! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on November 19th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

The Tobacconist’s Wife


I am delighted to be apart of  A TIME FOR MONSTERS by Gareth Worthington Official Nerd Blast.

Paperback: 332 pages
ISBN-10: 1645480690
ISBN-13: 978-1645480693
Vesuvian Books (May 11, 2021)Praise for A TIME FOR MONSTERS
“A hell-raising revenge tale for fans of Gillian Flynn, Stieg Larsson and Karen Slaughter that forces readers down a dark road with an unexpected twist.” ―Monique Snyman, Bram Stoker Awards NomineeOnly a monster can do the wrong things for the right reasons. 
Do you remember the first tape or CD you ever bought? Perhaps you waited for the local station to play the top forty songs on a Sunday so you could record your favorite band. Maybe you downloaded a certain track that reminded you of your wedding day or a graduation. 
Reyna Blackburn remembers. Every single song for every horrific event in her life. She remembers what song was playing on the radio the first time he hurt her. And she remembers what was playing through her headphones the first time she killed.

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Photo Content from Gareth Worthington
Gareth Worthington is a trained marine biologist and also holds a doctorate in comparative endocrinology. Currently, Gareth works full time for the Pharmaceutical industry helping to educate the World’s doctors on new cancer therapies. In his spare time Gareth has a number of passions, including: martial arts – he trained in Muay Thai at the prestigious EVOLVE MMA gym in Singapore and currently trains in MMA at Phoenix Sportkampf, Switzerland; playing acoustic guitar; studying ancient history; drawing; and most of all writing fiction.
An award winning author, he hopes to one day hang up the pharma hat and write full time.


– 1 Winner will receive a Copy of A TIME FOR MONSTER by Gareth Worthington.

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The Gentleman and the Thief: Proper Romance Victorian

Hello, Lovelies

Today I have the huge pleasure to be apart of today’s blog tour for; The Gentleman and the Thief: Proper Romance Victorian by the very talented author, Sarah M. Eden.

This is Book 2 in The Dread Penny Society.

I absolutely adore Shadow Mountain Publishers. Proper Romance line.


The Gentleman and the Thief: Proper Romance Victorian

 Author: Sarah M. Eden

 Series: Book 2 in The Dread Penny Society

 Genre: Historical Mystery/Suspense, Victorian Romance, Inspirational Fiction

 Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (November 3, 2020)

Length: (368) pages





A standalone novel in The Dread Penny Society set in 1865 London brimming with secrets, scandal, suspense, and romance.

From the moment Hollis Darby meets Ana Newport, he’s smitten. Even though he’s from a wealthy, established family and she isn’t, he wishes he could have a life with her by his side. But Hollis has a secret: the deep coffers that have kept his family afloat for generations are bare, so he supports himself by writing penny dreadfuls under a pseudonym. If not for the income from his novels, he would be broke.

Ana Newport also has a secret. Though she once had a place in society thanks to her father’s successful business, bankruptcy and scandal reduced his fortune to nothing more than a crumbling townhouse. So Ana teaches music during the day, and at night she assumes the identity of the “Phantom Fox.” She breaks into the homes of the wealthy to reclaim trinkets and treasures she feels were unjustly stolen from her family when they were struggling.

When Hollis’s brother needs to hire a music tutor for his daughter, Hollis recommends Ana, giving him a chance to spend time with her. Ana needs the income and is eager for the opportunity to get to know the enigmatic gentleman. What neither of them expects is how difficult it will be to keep their respective secrets from each other.

When a spree of robberies rocks the city, Ana and Hollis join forces to solve the crimes, discovering that working together deepens the affection between them. After all, who better to save the day than a gentleman and a thief?


 “The real joy in Eden’s follow-up to The Lady and the Highwayman (2019) is the furthering of the overarching crime story and the work of the Dread Penny Society as Hollis and Ana pursue a chaste romance. Eden excels at exploring the realities of Victorian life and class differences. Once again, chapters of penny dreadfuls written by the characters are interspersed throughout, with Hollis’ story about a school for ghosts offering particular delight. Fans of Eden’s smart series will be thrilled and impatient for the next installment.”— Booklist, starred review

 “Every time I thought my racing heart just couldn’t take the suspense anymore, I’d turn the page and smile.”— Bookconfessions

“Eden writes it well, so thoroughly researched that you’re transported and in Victoria England. Great suspense and romance.”— Leslie, Books and Socks Rock

“Undeniably clever, suspenseful, well-researched, and deftly written…”— Katie Jackson, com

“Charming, suggestive, and featuring rich historical details, The Gentleman and the Thief has the elements of a gritty, juicy penny dreadful.”— Foreword Reviews

Don’t miss the other books in The Dread Penny Society series . . .

Book One

Book Three

Coming August 2021



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 is the second installment in the captivatingThe Dread Penny Society, by the very talented author Sarah M. Eden.

The Dread Penny Society, otherwise known as DPS. Do what they can to uplift the poor and the misfortunate by squeezing money out of the gentry. Most of them come from gutter and no the meaning of destitution. But not all, some have been thrown down on the social ladder.

Hollis Darby’s family came from old money, alas he and his brother has suffered the financial consequences of his long departed scoundrel of a father. A member of the upper crust of society who secretly writes penny dreadfuls, Lafayette Jones to be precise, to support himself.

Ana Newport, a sweet natured music teacher who is a cleaver and has a secret agenda. Anna’s family has suffered a reversal of fortunes. She moonlights as a thief to steal back every momento taken from her family after they lost their fortune due to a shady business partner.

This is a stunning proper romance that set in the criminal underworld of Victorian England. Hollis and Anna both have secrets that they don’t want revealed. They do what they can to keep them hidden, but when certain situations demand honesty. They will find alliances within each other, as their friendship deepens.

This book has a wonderful mystery and a touch of suspense kept me mesmerized. The sigh factor and the pitch perfect dialogue will transport to Victorian England.

Richly detailed, the authors seamless writing and fully developed, fleshed out characters make for a delightful reading experience. Sarah M. Eden is an exceptional author, she doesn’t have to use overly done romance to drive her storyline.

Her writing is with great precision and depth. She is a master at setting the characters own personal struggles with that of society’s conflicts. Her sub characters are three dimensional and add to so much to the plot line. The romance was everything thing that I wanted in a proper regency romance. The class differential is well represented and it’s depiction was well executed.

I have to say I am smitten with the The Dread Penny Society.            I really looking forward to reading more in this enjoyable and heartwarming series.

Have a wonderful day 


Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today best-selling author of witty and charming historical romances, including 2019’s Foreword Reviews INDIE Awards Gold Winner for Romance, The Lady and the Highwayman, and 2020 Holt Medallion finalist, Healing Hearts. She is a two-time “Best of State” Gold Medal winner for fiction and a three-time Whitney Award winner. Combining her obsession with history and her affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting deep characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library.


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Nov 02
Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog (Review)

Nov 02The Lit Bitch (Excerpt)

Nov 03Getting Your Read On (Review)

Nov 03Literary Time Out (Review)

Nov 03Storybook Reviews (Review)

Nov 04Heidi Reads (Review)

Nov 04Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Spotlight)

Nov 05Library of Clean Reads (Review)

Nov 06Relz Reviewz (Review)

Nov 07Probably at the Library (Spotlight)

Nov 08The Christian Fiction Girl (Review)

Nov 09So Little Time (Spotlight)

Nov 09Captivated Reading (Review)

Nov 10Among the Reads (Review)

Nov 10Bookworm Lisa (Review)

Nov 11For Where Your Treasure Is (Spotlight)

Nov 11Christian Chick’s Thoughts(Review)

Nov 12Books, Teacups & Reviews (Spotlight)

Nov 12Fiction Aficionado (Review)

Nov 13Randi Loves 2 Read (Spotlight)

Nov 14The Book Diva’s Reads (Spotlight)

Nov 15My Jane Austen Book Club (Excerpt)

Nov 16Gwendalyn’s Books (Review)

Nov 17Book Bustle (Review)

Nov 18Jorie Loves a Story (Review)

Nov 18An Historian About Town (Review)

Nov 19Lu’s Reviews (Review)

Nov 20Reading with Emily (Review)

Nov 20Books and Socks Rock (Review)

Nov 21Bringing Up Books (Review)

Nov 21Bookish Rantings (Review)

Nov 22The Bibliophile Files (Review)

Nov 23Impressions in Ink (Review)

Nov 23A Bookish Way of Life (Review)

Nov 24Bookfoolery (Review)

Nov 24Wishful Endings (Excerpt)

Nov 25Chicks, Rogues and Scandals (Review)

Nov 25Joy of Reading (Review)

Nov 26From Pemberley to Milton (Excerpt)

Nov 27Fire and Ice (Review)

Nov 27Austenesque Reviews (Review)

Nov 28Impressions in Ink (Review)

Nov 28Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)

Nov 29Laura’s Reviews (Review)





The Bachelor’s Bride ☆*.:。 Book Blast ☆*.:。

#TheBachelorsBride #HollyBush #historicalromance #vicorian #bookblast #HFVBTBlogTours #giveaway

The Bachelor’s Bride
by Holly Bush

Publication Date: November 17, 2020
Holly Bush Books
eBook; 244 pages

Genre: Romance/America/Victorian
Series: The Thompsons of Locust Street, Book One

Meet the Thompsons of Locust Street, an unconventional family taking Philadelphia high society by storm…

1868 Elspeth Thompson is the middle daughter in a family with tightly held secrets. While she loves her family, she longs to break out from their overprotective hold, to find herself, to be noticed for who she is rather than as chaperone to her beautiful younger sister, Kirsty, or underling to her elder sister, Muireall. A chance meeting under scandalous circumstances offers her the opportunity to be seen for herself, but the repercussions could lead to the downfall of her family.

Confirmed bachelor Alexander Pendergast enjoys his position as the right-hand man of one of the most influential and powerful politicians in Philadelphia. Heir to the largest textile mill on the east coast, Alexander is handsome, charming, and the ultimate catch on high society’s matrimonial market. But he has no interest in settling down with a pampered debutante. He doubts the perfect woman for him actually exists…until he meets Elspeth Thompson.

But the Thompsons and Pendergasts move in different circles, and Elspeth has no desire to be judged and found wanting by Philadelphia’s first families. Though she tries to resist Alexander’s charms, when he comes to her family’s rescue, she knows there’s more to him than she’d first thought. But Alexander realizes that his ambitions may have placed Elspeth and her family in grave danger. With an unseen enemy determined to uncover the Thompson family’s secrets, Alexander grapples with secrets of his own, secrets that could cost him the only woman he’s ever truly cared about.

When Elspeth finds herself in terrible danger, can she muster the inner strength of her ancestors to save herself and her family and find the courage to meet love head on?

Available for Pre-Order on Amazon & Barnes and Noble

About the Author

“Love always has something to say. Sometimes it shouts from the highest hill, and sometimes it whispers so softly one must listen closely to hear. Do not turn away. It is a rare and precious commodity. Treasure it.” The Gentrys of Paradise

Holly Bush’s historical romances are set during the turbulent and transformative years of the late 1800’s. The first two books in her newest series, The Gentrys of Paradise, released in the spring of 2017 and began with the novella Into the Evermore where readers meet Virginia horse breeders, Eleanor and Beauregard Gentry. The following books feature their children, Adam, Matthew, and Olivia. For the Brave is Matthew’s story and is the first full length book of the series. Olivia’s book, For This Moment, released in the spring of 2018. The final book, For Her Honor, is now available.

The Crawford Family Series following the fortunes of the three Boston born Crawford sisters and includes Train Station Bride, Contract to Wed, Her Safe Harbor, and companion novella, The Maid’s Quarters. Cross the Ocean and Charming the Duke are both British set Victorian romances. Fan favorites stand-alone historical romance novels include Romancing Olive and Reconstructing Jackson. Holly’s books are described as ‘emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance.’

She also writes General Fiction under the name of Hollis Bush.

Holly makes her home with her husband, one happy Labrador Retriever and a clever Jack Russell rescued from the pound, and two difficult cats in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at, on Twitter @hollybushbooks, and on Facebook at Holly Bush. Follow Holly on her Amazon author page to receive new release updates and on BookBub to check out her reviews and get sale information.

Book Blast Schedule

Tuesday, October 27
Probably at the Library

Wednesday, October 28
Books & Benches
Locks, Hooks and Books

Thursday, October 29
Novels Alive
Carole’s Ramblings

Friday, October 30
Books, Cooks, Looks

Saturday, October 31
Passages to the Past

Monday, November 2
Coffee and Ink
Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Tuesday, November 3
Rajiv’s Reviews

Wednesday, November 4
History from a Woman’s Perspective

Thursday, November 5
What Is That Book About

Friday, November 6
CelticLady’s Reviews

Saturday, November 7

Monday, November 9
Donna’s Book Blog

Tuesday, November 10
The Intrepid Reader

Wednesday, November 11
The Book Junkie Reads

Thursday, November 12
A Darn Good Read

Friday, November 13
Gwendalyn’s Books
Tangents and Tissues

Sunday, November 15
WTF Are You Reading?

Monday, November 16
The Lit Bitch
Jorie Loves a Story


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The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on November 16th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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Bachelor’s Bride

Flirtation and Folly (A Season in London)

Hello Lovelies, Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Book Tour of, Flirtation & Folly (A Season in London) by Elizabeth Rasche, which is being hosted by HFBT!

Flirtation and Folly
by Elizabeth Rasche

Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Quills and Quartos Publishing

Series: A Season in London, Book One
Genre: Historical Romance

Marianne Mowbrey is a responsible country rector’s daughter who longs for the novelty and excitement she reads about in novels. When her crusty Aunt Harriet agrees to give her a Season in London, Marianne vows to dazzle the world, win a husband, and never go home again. But the Londoners who determine social success are inclined to pass over plain Marianne in favor of her beautiful, reckless younger sister.

In a world of ambition, fashion, flattery, and deceit, how can Marianne stay true to her real self—when she is not even sure what that real self is?

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.

Mariann Mowbrey is given an unbelievable opportunity. When her younger sister Belinda excepts another invite, leaving her older sister a chance for a season in London. Mariann is a rectors eldest daughter, in a vast family of ten children in all. Her mother depends on her constant effective vigilance of her younger siblings.

She is long in the tooth and not as attractive as her sister Belinda. She is not without her own qualities if she can stay to true to herself.

Her wealthy Aunt Harriet, and Belinda own self centered ambitions create the perfect opportunity for Marianne to escape the drudgery of her country existence, and venture out into society for a chance to find what any sensible young lady longs for… a husband.

Seeking to astonish, and draw attention to her wit and creative attire. She has unrealistic expectations drawn from the heroines in the novels she has read.

Thinking to fit in with some temperental and fanciful society friends, whose sincerity is somewhat questionable. Things don’t go as planned and even more less when her vivacious, beautiful sister shows up to some of the society functions that Marianne attends. Belinda outshines any attempts that Marianne has in attracting In would be suitors.

Elizabeth Rasche has created an engaging heroine,and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along as the main character tries to maneuver in the presumptuous flighty London society.

Jane Austen fans will notice nods to some of the characters they will find amongst these pages. I found the writing was smooth and seamless, with engaging dialogue that concurs to the era the book is placed. The atmospheric details of the homes and ladies dress attire was delightful. I especially appreciated the authors underlining message, as you see the main POV characters growth and realization of what is truly important.

A delightful book that many who enjoy a well written compelling book, that captures a young woman who realizes that staying loyal to ones own true self, is far more important than anything else.

Elizabeth Rasche has created an engaging heroine,and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along as she tries to maneuver in the presumptuous flighty London society.

About the Author

After acquiring a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Arkansas, Elizabeth Rasche taught philosophy in the U.S. and co-taught English in Japan. Now she and her husband live in northwest Arkansas, the ‘garden of America.’ (At least, she has only ever heard Arkansas called so.) She dreams of visiting Surrey (if only to look for Mrs. Elton’s Maple Grove), Bath, and of course, London. When she has a Jane Austen novel in one hand, a cup of tea in the other, and a cat on her lap, her day is pretty much perfect.

Elizabeth Rasche is the author of The Birthday Parties of Dragons and her poetry has appeared in Scifaikuest. Flirtation & Folly is her first historical fiction novel.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, November 10
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Wednesday, November 11
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, November 12
Review at Bitch Bookshelf
Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Friday, November 13
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews

Monday, November 16
Feature at I’m Into Books
Review at Probably at the Library

Tuesday, November 17
Review at Bookworlder

Wednesday, November 18
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Thursday, November 19
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Friday, November 20
Review at Library of Clean Reads
Review at View from the Birdhouse

Saturday, November 21
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Sunday, November 22
Review at Robin Loves Reading

Monday, November 23
Review at Jessica Belmont

Tuesday, November 24
Review at Novels Alive
Review at A Chick Who Reads


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of Flirtation and Folly by Elizabeth Rasche! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on November 24th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Flirtation and Folly

Lady Estrid: A Novel of Eleventh Century Denmark

Today is my stop on the

Lady Estrid: A Novel of Eleventh Century Denmark

By M J Porter, hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club

@coloursofunison @maryanneyarde

This extensive book blog tour runs from November 2nd – January 4th

Publication Date: 29th October 2020

Publisher: Independently Published

Page Length:

Genre: Historical Fiction

Buy Links:

Amazon UK  Amazon US

Daughter, Sister, Duchess, Aunt. Queen.

United by blood and marriage. Divided by seas. Torn apart by ambition.

Lady Estrid Sweinsdottir has returned from Kiev, her first husband dead after only a few months of marriage. Her future will be decided by her father, King Swein of Denmark, or will it?

A member of the ruling House of Gorm, Estrid might not be eligible to rule, as her older two brothers, but her worth is in more than her ability to marry and provide heirs for a husband, for her loyalty is beyond question. 

With a family as divided and powerful as hers, stretching from England to Norway to the land of the Svear, she must do all she can to ensure Denmark remains under the control of her father’s descendants, no matter the raging seas and boiling ambition that threatens to imperil 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 I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Lady Estrid: A Novel of Eleventh Century Denmark by M.J. Porter 

The eleventh century Denmark lady Estrid of the house of Grom husband is dead only after a few months, her future lies in the hands of her father and King Svend of Denmark or maybe some one else’s.

MJ Porter brings intimate fictional life of one of the most intriguing female characters in history. Estrid was the only child of King Svend & his second wife. Her extensive family’s ties that include half brothers and sisters make up an expansive far reaching relatives.

In this compelling historical fiction, we are given an intimate glimpse into what Lady Estrid’s life might have been like. The author presents political drama through first hand accounts, thoughts and letters. I really appreciated the way the author gives the reader first hand knowledge of what lady Estrid courtly life might have been like.

Estrid in this novel is gifted with a intuitive foreshadowing dream of what is to come. Some of it is easy for her to decipher, while others parts are harder to interpret. Soon things will fall into place as she travel from one country to the next. She becomes a political pawn in a chess game in her half brothers turbulent courts.

While Harald ruling her native country of Denmark and Cnut ruling England. Each will try to use her for their own political gains. Cnut will marry her to one of his closest allies while in England, Jarl Ulfr is an overly ambitious.

When the harsh reality of a foreseen death comes to take away one. Her world will pivot and she will return to her native Denmark with her husband and son.

I was hooked from the beginning this in-depth historical fictional tale of strong willed heroine. During a time when daughters shoulder the brunt of mariage alliances, Lady Estrid knows she will be married to whom ever her father or brothers decide. She voices her opinions quite boldly but understands her place on the ever changing kingship game of alliances. She strong willed and formidable, realistic in her outlook.

This was an exceptional written book. The author has created well developed three dimensional characters, and the cast along with their names was easy to follow along. I enjoyed the incredible atmosphere details of the different places and people within this paced perfect storyline.

The characterizations of place and time along with the characters themselves were absolutely wonderful and so vividly descriptive, placing me easily into the heart of this novel.


I hate this time of the year – the dark times. My true dream stock me more often, or hints and illusions, awkward to decipher, and impossible to ignore.

“United by blood and marriage.

Dived by seas.

Torn apart by ambition”

A compelling novel of heartache and loss Lady Estrid: A Novel of Eleventh Century Denmark by M.J. Porter .

I am definitely going to recommend this book to my family and friends who enjoy medieval historical courtly drama.

#HistoricalFiction #LadyEstrid #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub

M J Porter 


I’m an author of fantasy (Viking age/dragon-themed) and historical fiction (Early English, Vikings and the British Isles as a whole before the Norman Conquest), born in the old Mercian kingdom at some point since AD1066. 


I write A LOT. You’ve been warned!


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Birth of Fae Tour + Review

Hello, Friends !

Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for Birth of the Fae: Locked out of Heaven By Danielle Marie Orsino.

Hosted by TLC Book Tours @tlcbooktours

 #birthofthefae @birthofthefae_novel.


About Birth of the Fae

Hardcover: 230 pages
Publisher: Icon; Retail ed. edition (June 19, 2020)

Ride on the backs of fire breathing dragons with the Dark Fae and watch the Light Fae play in the shadows of primitive humanity as they build their magical world.

Abandoned by their creator, two factions of powerful angels remain on earth after the Great War with Lucifer. They struggle to comprehend their Creator’s plan while their angel wings, a symbol of their angelic lineage, slowly and painfully decay. With no hope of returning to the Shining Kingdom, two groups of angels denounce their angelic lineage and develop into separate factions – the Court of Light, led by Queen Aurora, a former Virtue Angel, and the Court of Dark, ruled by King Jarvok, a former Power Brigade Angel. The two monarchs have opposing views on how to govern their kin, but the one belief they agree on is that human worship equals power.

Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven is an epic fantasy adventure of heartbreak, rebirth, and hope that examines the bonds of family, friendship, and love. It is a fantastic tale of good vs evil in a beautiful world, where the Light Fae and their potent elemental magick are tested by the raw power of the dragon riding Dark Fae warriors.

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Author Created Playlist

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.

A Beautifully Depicted World Of Angels.

The novel starts off with quite the gut-wrenching and emotional scene that immediately hooks the reader and has you frantically flipping those pages.

The story is unique and you are thrown right into a beautiful, vivid and established imaginary fantasy world. You fine your self Invested in the fully fleshed out characters, as the endure heartache of abandonment and rebirth.

Certain Angels have been cast out of heaven and ultimately abandoned by their creator. This is a tale of their struggle to adjust in their rebirth on earth. Taking on names and forming different alliances. They create two distinct courts, one of light and the other of darkness.

In this earthly bond life they are called Fae. Along with other mystical creatures they set about in a feudal factions. This book was so entertaining and extremely hard for me to put down. A creative imaginative world of fictional characters. A captivating well-written read here with characters and a setting that totally captivated imaginative world of fictional characters.
I am excited to read the next installment in what seems to be a promising book series. 

I raced through this one!

Danielle M. Orsino

Danielle M. Orsino is taking on her biggest challenge to date: the debut of her fantasy novel, Birth of the Fae: Locked out of Heaven. Expanding her love of writing and exploring the world of fantasy novels, she delves into the realm of fairies and retells their origins from a completely new perspective. Orsino has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise science and is an LPN with a special interest in Lyme disease research. This novel was born from her long treatment sessions with a patient who asked her to tell him a story for a distraction, which sent Orsino on a journey longer than she had anticipated. Orsino has been widely recognized from her influence and experience in martial arts realm, training for over 20 years and with over 500 tournament wins, and accumulating national and world titles. She has performed for former President of the United States Bill Clinton and has been featured on “Soap Talk, Fox Five news CBS, TLC and E!. With this experience, she worked as a Fight Choreographer on”Wonder Woman: Balance of Power” and has worked with the likes of martial arts legend Vincent Lyn and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Find out more about Danielle at her website, and connect with her on Instagram.

Warriors of Wing and Flame Book Tour

Today is my stop on

Warriors of Wing and Flame Book Tour

A fantasy rich in magic, sisterly bonds and romance.

Oh did I tell you that there is a gryphon ride!,….

Yep there is !

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Wing and Flame
by Sara B. Larson
Published by Tor Teen
Releasing on October 27, 2020
Hardcover : 384 pages
ISBN-10 : 1250208432ISBN-13 : 978-1250208439
Publisher :
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Acclaimed author Sara B. Larson continues her enchanting YA fantasy duology with a timeless fairytale feel in an original voice.The doorway between the magical Visempirum and the human world has been reopened. Paladin are once more living in the citadel where Zuhra and Inara grew up completely isolated by the magical hedge that trapped them there. Amidst the brewing conflict between the Paladin and humans looms the threat of Barloc, who has stolen Inara’s immense power and continues to elude the Paladin who are desperately searching for him.In this sequel to Sisters of Shadow and Light, Inara and Zuhra must navigate the treacherous paths of self-discovery, their love for each other, and for the boys who have captured their hearts. Together, they search for the strength within themselves to bridge the divide between the two worlds they inhabit, even as war threatens to destroy everything—and everyone—they love.You can purchase        


Praise for Sisters of Shadow and Light

/>“Packed with fascinating relationships, pulse-pounding romance, and breathtaking adventure, this story held me captive to every page.” ―Kathryn Purdie, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Burning Glass

“I was completely swept away with this fierce magical story of broken family, and sisters trying to survive a mysterious past. Romance, betrayal, gryphons, forbidden doorways, and devoted sisters had me flipping the pages to unravel the secrets of this dark world where no one is who they seem to be. Larson has created a spellbinding world that has all the elements I love―magic, mystery, romance, and sisterhood! I can’t wait for more!” ―Mary E. Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of The Kiss of Deception

“What a stunning gem of a story. Fans of gorgeous, emotional, action-packed fantasy are going to want to snap this up. I loved it so much, I read it in one sitting!” ―C.J. Redwine, New York Times bestselling author of the Ravenspire series

“Larson’s bold and imaginative tale of sisterhood, magic, and monsters is a deft exploration of loneliness, family, and friendship inside a citadel hedged by lies and blood.” ―A.G. Howard, #1 New York Times and international bestselling author of The Splintered Series

“Sisters of Shadow and Light is a rare beauty that will grip your heart and steal your breath away. I adored this book!” ―Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Traitor’s Game

“Fantasy readers will become absorbed in the world-building and strong relationship between the sisters.” ―School Library Connection

“Fans of the author’s earlier work, as well as that of Kristin Cashore and Rachel Hartman, will enjoy this story. Purchase for those who love fantasy novels and Larson’s other books.” ―School Library Journal

Acclaimed author Sara B. Larson continues her enchanting YA fantasy duology with a timeless fairytale feel in an original voice.

The doorway between the magical Visempirum and the human world 


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.

The sisters Zuhra and Inara are back… this duology from Sara B Larson picks up where the first book left off.

.The sisters are grieving and traumatized over the consequences of the events that has happened. Now That Barloc has escaped and now its both Zuhra and Inara to stop him. They will need the help from family and friends, if they are going not allow death and d death destruction of their beloved home Vamala,and that of Visimperum.

Told in multiple POV’s, like the first book, this one the jakla who has stolen others’ (including Inara’s) Paladin powers. There is more action and mire heated romance. Some unforeseen twists and intense drama, towards the end will have readers glued to the pages. Interesting world building, along with more extensive character development will make wanting another book added to this tale.

Oh did I tell you that there is a gryphon ride!,….Yep there is !

All in all a great conclusion to a captivating ya fantasy adventure.

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Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy DEFY trilogy (DEFY, IGNITE, and ENDURE) and the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN duology (DARK BREAKS THE DAWN and BRIGHT BURNS THE NIGHT). She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband, their four children, and their Maltese, Loki. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction. 



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The Crown of Bones by Rosalyn Briar

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The Crown of Bones by Rosalyn Briar

Published: May 5, 2020

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Age Group: New Adult

Pages: 250





Fairy tales are not what they seem.

Gisela knows about sacrifice all too well.

She abandoned her education, friends, and fairy tales to support her family and care for her sister.

But when she jilts a wealthy suitor, Gisela is chosen for another type of sacrifice.

As an Offering to the Goddess Bergot, Gisela and seven others are sent on a deadly quest for a mythical crown. To return home, Gisela must overcome obstacles which darkly resemble the fairy tales she once believed.

Weaving through a tapestry of friendship, romance, violence, and magic—Gisela becomes the target of an ancient evil force, while an ominous detail from the past haunts her at every turn.

To what lengths will Gisela go to save the ones she loves?

Sometimes sacrifices must be made.





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

The Crown of Bones by Rosalyn Briar is an ominous spinning fantasy.

Alrighty, my friends! I have one for you if you love to soak up the words you read and delve into its wickedly delightful, gripping and immersive tale. One that totally sucked me right into this hauntingly darkish pages.

This book had me hooked from start to finish – I literally couldn’t put it down. The plotline will keep you flipping those pages long after you bedtime. I found myself in a constant state of curiosity as I was absorbed deep within these pages.

Gisela Sauer may be the loviest fiery, freckle faced, redhead in Berot valley, she is also snarky, and audacious. She works at Lord Albert manor house and has second job selling dairy staples in the towns square. She has long ago given up on believing in fairytales. She is responsible, and works hard taking care of her family and sister Thora. So far Gisela has been successful in warding off Lord Albert, the nephew of the High Priest. He has continuously offered for her hand in marriage, and has stood her grown and refused.

When in a rash moment things take a turn for the worst. In a series of events that have dire unforeseen consequences. Gisela’s former love interest, Brahm, does the unthinkable and chivalrous intervenes in a situation between the vile Lord Albert and Gisela. Alberts takes things into his own villainous hand, and in a moment of spiteful vengeance he does the unthinkable.

The next day, Gisela receives her ominous Black Letter. This letter identifies her as one of eight chosen to be an Offering to the goddess Bergot. This grim customary offering has been in place yearly since its inception of May Day. Some of villagers even consider it an honor to be chosen.

Along with others offerings to the Goddess, Gisela is cast out into an ashen forest sent on a deadly quest to recover a mystical crown.

Rosalyn Briar, delivers an intriguing, unique and enthralling story here that was so irresistibly written. The unforeseen twists and turns, along with the creative world building kept me on my toes. I enjoyed the right amount of tantalizing romance and villains.

Let me say the ending will have screaming for more. I hope there is another book please tell me there is!

This is how fairytales should be written. Darkish creep and foreboding, along with a sinister holiday custom.

Extremely impressive! I absolutely loved!!

Have a wonderful day!! Also, my kitty is named Briar Rose 🥀 


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Author Information

Rosalyn Briar is the dark fantasy author of The Crown of Bones. She is a former teacher and enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family. Follow her on Twitter @rosalynbriar   for daily writing questions about characters and world building.






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THIS DAY CALLS FOR A SACRIFICE, yet I have nothing to give. Other villagers leave flowers, coins, and food on an Altar for the goddess Bergot. She’s the mountain goddess who protects our valley from the horrors of the outside world and blesses our fertile lands, or some shit like that.

The mountain wind is strong, swirling flower petals and the stench of rotten food in the direction of my booth. With the Norstadt Square of Bergot Valley bustling more than usual, I must crane my neck and rise on tiptoe to spot my sister.

There. Thora twirls in my old blue skirt, dancing with little girls around the Maypole. She towers above them, but her playful spirit is the same. The children wrap pastel ribbons around the tall, white pole to the music of a lute and pipe. I keep an eye on Thora from the open market but remain vigilant enough to ward off any egg-thieves.

I don’t recall ever dancing around the Maypole myself. Even before Wilhelm’s death, I was here selling eggs and dairy at the morning market. After he was gone, I had to quit school to work at Schulze Manor during the day. I’m happy enough to watch Thora enjoying the festivities. 

Another gust of wind pelts my face with a barrage of the perfumed petals, and I curse the ridiculous Hexennacht rituals. Ibusy myself rearranging baskets and milk bottles when a man clears his throat behind me.

“Blessed Day, Freckles.”

My heart skips at the sound of his voice. I pretend to be busy, waiting for my lungs to steady and cheeks to cool, before I turn to the man standing at my counter. Brahm Wolf. The sun glows on his light brown skin, and today he wears his twisted locks of hair gathered in a low ponytail.

“Two coins per dozen, one coin—”

“No good morning or Blessed Day?” Brahm clicks his tongue against his teeth. “What about a trade?” He flashes a bright smile and lifts a large fish wrapped in paper.

“Where’d you get that?”

“What if I told you I caught it myself?”

I wave him away. “You stole from Schulze Lake? Trying to pawn it off on me?”

“Gisela, I didn’t steal it!” He chuckles. “My friend, Hans, took me fishing this morning. His wife’s family owns Cauldron Lake on the other side of the valley near Sudstadt.”

Holding his strong chin high, Brahm drops the fish onto my counter with a thud and pats it. His rolled shirt sleeve is damp with a tiny spatter of blood, and he smells like fish.

“You’re a fisherman now? Is that why you aren’t performing in the square?” I bend to fiddle with cheesecloths and recount milk bottles. “Today’s lutist is awful.”

“Does that mean you like me?” He stands a little taller, drumming his thumbs on the wooden slab. “You noticed my absence?”

Noticed? You play the lute in the square every…” I trail off to watch Thora. 

An elderly lady gives handmade floral crowns to the young dancers. I hope she includes my sister. At fifteen, she looks much too old for one. The woman places one on Thora’s head, and my sister spins on the cobblestone with her arms spread wide. My body relaxes as a rare smile stretches my lips.

Brahm steps beside me, wrapping his arm around my shoulder, but I wriggle from the embrace.

“Apologies, Freckles. I just wanted to share the moment. Thora’s sweet like a strawberry.” With his hands up in surrender, Brahm shuffles backward from my booth and swings around the post, laughing. “You, on the other hand, are more like bitter wine. How’s sweet Thora?”

“Good. Happy.”

“You should be, too. For tomorrow’s the May Day Jubilee.”

I roll my eyes and return to counting inventory. The only good thing about tomorrow marking the thousandth May Day celebration is the fact that the square will be crowded with villagers.

Only a few more customers, then I’ll be able to take Thora home and get some cleaning done at Schulze Manor. A mother and child walk up to buy eggs and milk, but Brahm still lingers with his fish. I ignore his presence and take the woman’s coins, placing them in the leather purse belted around my waist.

The woman steps toward the Altar, which is a block of marble with a mountain carved into its face. She allows her toddler to sacrifice an egg. I rub my temples at the sight. How many more of my customers will waste my goods on a fairy tale goddess? As if she will help anyone tomorrow.

Lord Albert Schulze enters my peripheral vision. He slithers around the square, greeting the villagers with his feigned smiles and laughs. When Albert leans to whisper in Thora’s ear, I grit my teeth. Through the pastel ribbons drifting in the breeze, he raises his dark eyes to me. I snap my gaze to my only option: Brahm.

“So, what will you do with that fish?”

“I caught it for you, Gisela.” Brahm lifts his chin and raises an eyebrow. “You look absolutely lovely today. Is that a new green skirt? It matches your eyes.”

I huff at his compliment. There’s nothing special about my off-white blouse, canvas apron, and especially my green skirt. It’s the color of nearly ripe asparagus and the only fabric I could afford.

“What do you want for the fish?” I ask, placing my hand on my hip. “And how will I get it home?”

“I’ll carry it for you.”

“No. I’ll find room in my wagon. Now, what do you want for it? Milk, cheese, eggs? You could take the remainder of my eggs, and it wouldn’t be of equal value.”

“For this.” He plucks a single egg from my basket.

“I know what you’re doing. I don’t take charity.” I gather cheese and goat’s milk. “Here, take these too.”

“Nope.” Brahm pockets the egg and winks. “It’ll be ourcontribution to the Altar.”

“You know I don’t believe in that nonsense,” I say as my eyes flit to the right. The food on the Altar will continue to spoil and assault my nose until the priestesses remove it. What a waste. 

Although deep-down, I wish I could afford to give something.

Brahm leans low and touches my hand, so softly, it tickles. “It doesn’t matter what you believe, eight people our age will receive Black Letters tomorrow. It’s alright to be nervous. By the way,” he pauses to brush my hair with his fingers, “petals in your hair is a wonderful look on you.”

I bend to shake the flower petals from my waist-length curls. Redheads are rare, and everyone loves an excuse to touch my hair no matter how hard I try to remain in the shadows. I flip the length behind my shoulders and place my hands on my hips.

“Go on!” I shoo him away. “Take your egg to the Altar then.”

“Wait, I almost forgot.” He digs in his other pocket and presents an amethyst crystal. “I found this yesterday and thought of you.”

It gleams in the sunlight and is the perfect shade of pale purple. I dearly wish to take it from his palm but resist. “I don’t collect that stuff anymore.”

“Ohalright.” He pockets the crystal and shrugs. “See you tonight for the Hexennacht bonfires?”

My cheeks burn, and I narrow my eyes but offer no response. Brahm gets the hint and strolls


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Grave Reflection: Ghost Punch Book 1 by A. Lawrence


GENRE: Paranormal


PUBLISHED: September 25, 2020

PAGES: 178

Another Friday night, another trip through a potentially haunted house. Shay’s not a believer, but she’s willing to help her best friend, Max, with their amateur ghost hunting show. Little does she know she is about to be thrown into a world of witches and dangerous spirits.

With newly discovered abilities, Shay finds that she can both see and touch spirits. The downside is, the ghosts can touch her back, and it seems that they’ll do anything to get a hold of her.

She was never much of a ghost hunter. How will she do when she is the one being hunted?

Grave Reflection is the first book of Ghost Punch, an exciting paranormal series full of mystery and action!

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Grave Reflection is the newest Paranormal release from author A. Lawrence.

This thrilling ghost hunting tale is set in the quaint midwestern town of Teton Falls. This was a fast moving creative paranormal adventure, that will grab you from the first page. The authors voice is fluid along with enjoyable dialogue and smooth comic banter between characters that keeps you engaged.

Ghostly suspenseful with a great diverse cast of characters that are relatable to. The storyline grabs from the very beginning and propels all the way through.

A page turner with an strong underlining thought provoking themes of friendship and acceptance. I was intrigued and curious to see how everything would come together.

A perfect read for this time of the year and one I highly recommend.

Lawrence’s new adult paranormal Grave Reflection, is the first installment in the Ghost Punch series. I am excited to for the next literary output from this talented author.



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Lawrence has been writing for as long as they can remember. They dabble in a mix of fantasy and supernatural. When they aren’t writing they are harassing their cat, playing a video game with friends, or dabbling in art.

They come from Idaho, where they have spent time being shaped by long roads and abandoned cabins.



Hello Friends, today is my stop on the riveting book


Nemesis and the Swan

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: October 27th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Fiction, France
From her prison cell in revolutionary Paris, nineteen-year-old aristocrat Hélène d’Aubign recalls the events that led her to choose between following in her parents’ unforgivable footsteps or abandoning the man she loves.
Despite her world of privilege, Hélène is inspired early on by the radical ideas of her progressive governess. Though her family tries to intervene, the seeds of revolution have already been planted in Hélène’s heart, as are the seeds of love from an unlikely friendship with a young jeweler’s apprentice. Hélène’s determination to find true love is as revolutionary as her attempt to unravel the truth behind a chilling set of eye-shaped brooches and the concealed murder that tore her family apart.
As violence erupts in Paris, Hélène is forced into hiding with her estranged family, where the tangled secrets of their past become entwined with her own. When she finally returns to the blood-stained streets of Paris, she finds everything-and everyone-very much changed. In a city where alliances shift overnight, no one knows who to trust.
Faced with looming war, the mystery of her family’s past, and the man she loves near death, Hélène will soon will find out if doing one wrong thing will make everything right, or if it will simply push her closer to the guillotine.


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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.

A compelling character driven story, that examines the turbulent times in France.

We follow Hélène d’Aubign as she recounts her life before prison and the dreaded guillotine. A daughter of a Marquis, Hélène is a part of the aristocracy that the revolution saw to take down. Hélène innocent voice is strong and her character depiction is perfect for this time in history.

We witness the mob mentality that was stirred by personal gains of some of the monarchy that used common peasants as way to gain power. In an unflinching narration the author gives you insight into this chaotic drama. Hélène see the need for change she is accused of being a spy and wrongly imprisoned. The storyline weaves back and forth from her reflection inside her prison cell, to the events leading up to her arrest.

This is a realistic tale of love and sacrifices. A riveting meticulous researched tale, that catapults the reader into the lives of a young adult woman. As her family is torn apart and fleeing for their lives and a heart wrenching tale of loss love. Family secrets that unravel as the reader is drawn deeper into the book. Lindsay Bandy writing was everything that I hoped it would be. Her historical details and well developed characters masterly come to life.

This is superbly, executed novel, and a powerful rewarding read. That I highly recommended.

-But every heart has dark corners

And everything looks different in the dark-

Lindsay Bandy writes historical and contemporary young adult fiction as well as poetry. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with her husband, two daughters, and two cats, and currently serves as the co–regional advisor of the Eastern Pennsylvania region of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

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What Makes Patri – Main Interview

October 21st

Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

October 22nd

Bookish Looks – Guest Post + Instagram
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October 23rd

Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
Books and Zebras – Review + Instagram
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October 24th

Gwendalyn’s Anderson – Review + Playlist + Instagram
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October 25th

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But For The Mountains

Check out my post for But for the Mountains by Erin Riha

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by Erin Riha

Publisher: REUTS Publications.
Release Date: June 3rd 2020Genre:
Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy

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Arden Thatcher wasn’t meant to be chosen.
But when her name is announced, she’s presented with something she never thought she’d have: a future away from her abuser. Shuttled off to attend the prestigious National Women’s Institute, Arden will receive Nordania’s highest honor, studying with other elite candidates to become leaders, diplomats, and ambassadors on the world stage.

Only, the institute’s not quite what she expected. Paraded around in gown after gown, the tests seem less about educating and more about a different competition, with a very specific prize at stake—the Nordanian Prime Minister’s son. Despite the dean’s protestations that angling for an engagement leads to expulsion, Arden sees the truth.

There’s a secret bubbling beneath the institute’s refined surface, and those who refuse to play along may well wind up dead.

With the danger escalating, and the return of her abuser on the horizon, Arden’s shiny future becomes a gilded cage. And this time, she’s going to need powerful allies to escape.
Political intrigue, swoon-worthy romance, and a dash of dystopian flare, But for

the Mountains begs the question, how do you change the world when you’re not allowed to try?

A fantastical dystopian world of beauty, and power.

A bleak and never ending nightmarish existence, Arden Thatcher is subjective to repetitive abuse by her benefactor’s son, CJ. Her grim outlook on life is a desolate hellish existence.

When an unforeseen opportunity rises and her name is announced, due to her abuser nominating her for the National Institute For Women Academy. Where girls after graduation become leaders, diplomats, and ambassadors on the world stage.

All is not what it seems in riveting fast paced, edge of your seat book. Along with secrets and backstabbing girls who are vying for attention, beneath the surface of institute’s refinement, there is an ominous doom to those who refuse to play along and will find themselves dead.

This book is not for the weak at heart.

Several. Trigger Warnings

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Erin Riha writes young adult fantasy novels about ambitious girls who don’t know they’re not supposed to exceed expectations. She has an undergraduate degree in Political Science, a Law Degree, and a deep reverence for the power of using exactly the right word in exactly the right moment. She lives in wonderfully weird Portland, Oregon, with her super dreamy husband, where they’re raising a future train engineer and a future chicken whisperer. When not writing, she’s a music director for a teen theater company, traveling the world, or dreaming of traveling the world.Her debut novel, BUT FOR THE MOUNTAINS, was published by REUTS Publications June 2, 2020.

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What Makes Patri – Main Interview

October 20th

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The Bone Carver Book Tour + Giveaway

 Welcome to my spot on the blog tour for The Bone Carver by Monique Snyman hosted by Good Choice Reading. Thank you to the publisher and Good Choice Reading for selecting me to be part of the blog tour!

The Bone Carver
by Monique Snyman
Genre: Young Adult, Horror
Publication: October 20th, 2020
For a small New England town, Shadow Grove has an uncanny ability to attract the worst kind of trouble. Not that the residents are too concerned about the various horrors living among them.
As the leaves change color and the weather grows colder, a foul presence is making itself known by leaving peculiar gifts for the students of Ridge Crest High. At first, the presents seem harmless—and a rash of accidents seem coincidental—but when seniors Rachel Cleary and her Scottish cousin, Dougal Mackay, find a boneless body in the boiler room, things take an ominous turn.
Something vicious is on the loose in Shadow Grove, but with Orion Nebulius gone, Rachel has little hope of anyone getting out alive.

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

-To give away further plot would be to lessen the pleasure for readers

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.

-All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

𝙹𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚍𝚘𝚗’𝚝 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚌𝚑 𝚋𝚕𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚛𝚞𝚗𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚟𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚜 𝚍𝚘𝚎𝚜𝚗’𝚝 𝚖𝚎𝚊𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚜𝚗’𝚝 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚖𝚊𝚐𝚒𝚌 𝚒𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞.”

—𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙱𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝙲𝚊𝚛𝚟𝚎𝚛

Monique Snyman’s mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she’s not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to overdose on caffeine, she’s doing something with words—be it writing, reading, or editing.

Monique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her husband and an adorable Chihuahua. She’s the author of the Bram Stoker Award® nominated novel, THE NIGHT WEAVER, which is the first installment in a dark fantasy series for young adults.


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God Storm (Shadow Frost #2)

Happy Saturday Today is my stop on God Storm (Shadow Frost #2)

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Release Date: October 20th 2020

God Storm (Shadow Frost #2)

by Coco Ma

Everything has a price.

In the kingdom of Axaria, a darkness has fallen. After defeating the evil mother who summoned an immortal demon to kill her, newly coronated Queen Asterin Faelenhart should have every reason to celebrate. Her kingdom is safe, forbidden magic eradicated, and her friends are alive. Except Asterin’s triumph has come at a devastating cost – forced to choose between a lifelong friend and true love, she’s lost both. But the shadows in Axaria have begun to stir once again, and no one is more starved for vengeance than Asterin….
Yet it soon becomes clear that the shadows plaguing her kingdom are just the beginning. Another realm coexists with the mortal world – the beautiful, nightmarish Immortal Realm ruled by the wicked God of Shadow, King Eoin. When their paths entwine, Asterin realizes that Eoin possesses exactly what – and who – she seeks most. And the fates of all those that she holds dear – Orion, her missing Guardian; Luna, the friend she could not save; Harry, the demon who saved them all; and Quinlan, her beloved broken prince – ultimately rest in the god’s hands.

But in a world of magic, not everyone is always as they seem. When shocking discoveries threaten everything and everyone Asterin has sworn her life to protect, she won’t be the only person forced to make a choice…a choice that will change the mortal world forever.
And maybe even destroy it.

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.

God Storm, the second book in Coco Ma’s Shadow Frost trilogy

Following all your favorite characters along with some new friends, we are taken to new realms.

At just 19 years old, author Coco Ma has given the world quite a compelling fantasy world. I have been waiting since the first book, Shadow Frost, came out last year, we’ve been for the highly adventurous God Storm, the sequel.

God Storm, the second book in Coco Ma’s Shadow Frost trilogy 
Following all your favorite characters along with some new friends, we are taken to new realms.

Darkness is already making its reappearance in Axaria, dark magic is causing havoc amongst the people. Asterin Falenhart should be celebrating she has liberated her imprisoned mother, and defeated the false queen Priscilla.

Everything has come with a heavy price for Queen of Axaria, and her friends. The loss of so many, Orion is now lost in the immortal world. Asterin is still reeling the effects of some her betrayal decisions. That being that she chose Quinlan, over Luna.

This installment you can see the authors writing maturity in full force. There’s more depth and character development. There is a lotto be said when an author is able to narrate multiple storylines and POV’s.                   The world building is vast, with break neck speed aventure and creative magic.   

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Coco Ma is a Canadian author and pianist. At the age of fifteen, she wrote the first book of the Shadow Frost Trilogy and hasn’t looked back since. After learning the piano during her childhood, she has performed on some of the world’s greatest concert stages and graduated with a precollege diploma in piano performance from the Juilliard School in New York City. Currently, she studies at Yale University.
At this point, she wishes she could mention having a dog or a small dragon, except pets (and happiness, apparently) are tragically prohibited at her dormitories. When she isn’t writing, practicing piano, or wreaking havoc, you might find her bingeing Netflix or eating cake. Lots of cake.

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A Golden Fury Review and Giveaway

Hello Wicked Babes;

I am so excited to have been one of many wonderful Bloggers taking part in the A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe.

Thank you @tbrbeyondtours

@samanthacohoe! Thank you @wednesdaybooks for my gorgeous arc. 

A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Release Date: October 13, 2020

Published by: Wednesday Books

Find it: Amazon, B&N, Book Depository, Indigo


In her debut novel A Golden Fury, Samantha Cohoe weaves a story of magic and danger, where the streets of Oxford and London come to life, and the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final chapter.

Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.

While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists. But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone.

But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.

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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.

-All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.


Beware The Alchemist Curse.

“No illness, no want, no death. The Philosopher’s Stone gave everything humankind wanted but did not believe we could have in this life”

“Men are always willing to believe in the stupidity of women”

-Samantha Cohoe, A Golden Fury

This  tale begins in Normandy, France 1792, which is a pivotal time for France, with the French Revolution. English born Thea Hop,longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous alchemist mother, Marguerite. On the verge of a historic formula breakthrough of the fabled the Philosopher’s Stone. Madness takes hold and

Thea’s mother destroys much of the lab and work. Seizing some of her mothers cryptic notes, she realizes how close her mother really was in her chemistry work.

With ever present radical French convention, Her mothers patron sends Theo to England to a Father she’s never met. Vellacott is Thea’s father, another alchemist and professor at Oxford.

This was a faced moving historical fiction that has rich magical realism. Lies and deceit, will have glued to these pages. To me the author did a fabulous job setting up the plot line. The pacing was perfect, allowing the reader to experience the full historical elements. The detail descriptions of the places, puts you front and center. The main POV’s is a strong heroine, who actions are wonderfully depicted for the time period. Her voice is strong, and I loved her! The sub characters were also well developed and three dimensional.

This was an exceptional book for me. The author did a phenomenal job in creating a stunning Historical Ya with Magical Realism. The romance was just enough not to have you loose focus on what the tale is really about.

I highly recommend this book to family and friends!

A little History 

21 September, a Proclamation Of Abolisabolish Of The Monarchy,

French convention goes into effect and the French first republic is established, effective the following day.

26 December the trial of Louis XVI of France begins.

Samantha Cohoe was raised in San Luis Obispo, California, where she enjoyed an idyllic childhood of beach trips, omnivorous reading, and writing stories brimming with adverbs. She attended Thomas Aquinas College, a Great Books college in California, and graduated with a BA in liberal arts. After studying Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School, she decided academia wasn’t for her.

In the midst of marriage, child-bearing, and the identity crisis that followed, she rediscovered her early love of writing and adverbs. In 2011, she moved with her family to Denver, where she currently divides her time between teaching Latin, mothering, writing, reading, and deleting adverbs.

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The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice

Hello and welcome to my stop on the stunning



Puppetmaster’s Apprentice
by Lisa DeSelm
Published by Page Street Kids
Releasing on October 13th, 2020
YA FICTION—Fantasy, Retelling

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Pinocchio meets Frankenstein in this dark fairy tale retelling where a young girl is commissioned to build an assassin for a dark-hearted tyrant.

Impressed by the work of the puppetmaster and his apprentice, Tavia’s ruler, The Margrave, has ordered dozens of life-size marionette soldiers to be sent to Wolfspire Hall. When the orders for more soldiers come in with increasingly urgent deadlines, the puppetmaster’s health suffers and Pirouette, his daughter and protégé, is left to build in his stead. But there is something far more twisted brewing at Wolfspire—the Margrave’s son wants Pirouette to create an assassin. And he wants her to give it life.

With Tavia teetering on the brink of war and her father dying in the dungeons, Pirouette has no choice but to accept. Racing against the rise of the next blue moon—the magic that will bring her creations to life—she can’t help but wonder, is she making a masterpiece…or a monster?

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.

The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice Review by Lisa DeSelm, is a beautiful and immersive fantasy is like no other. Sometimes you come across a book that leaves you in a state of mind.. where you say gosh I have to purchase this little treasure of a book in Hardback. No wait I have to have a-signed copy..

That is my feelings right now concerning this darkly fractured fairy tale. It’s that good!

Seriously why hasn’t this book getting more Pr ? I don’t understand why? I that there an insatiable amount of new releases for this October 2020. So maybe that’s the case.

But Guys you might want to really check this out!

As the story goes a renowned puppet maker living in Tavia…

Seven years ago Puppet Master Gephardt, was given an incredible opportunity.

Yes it was forbidden, with a ruling that was heralded far and wide against elemental spells. He was incredibly lonely and his wife died taking the only chance of ever having a child of his own.

The old, elemental spells were lost, their legacy mere whispered warnings from mothers’ lips. Or so the puppetmaster had thought.

Pirouette, was born from wood brought to life under the light of a blue moon.

These are the blue moon’s words,” the woman rasped.
“Take heed now, for there’s always a cost, and I’m not repeat myself.
“Bitter moon And solemn blue,
blood of earth and sap and dew,
Wake a second life anew”

Pirouette, was born from wood brought to life under the light of a blue moon.

Eighteen years later Pirouette has become her father’s apprentice, working alongside her father. Piro’s is also a standing member of the town’s Maker’s Guild. This is a tight nit group of apprentices and artisans that have become a sort of family for both Piro, and her father. In a series of events her father health deteriorates, this jeopardizes a large order of life-size wooden soldiers. Faced with the challenge to complete the order and keeping her secret beginnings from coming to light. Along with some evilness that is afoot with creating assassins.

Lisa DeSelm debut is stunning and truly a great tale. With seamless execution and and excellent heroine that you can root for. The sheer cleverness is what captivated me. The prose and style is reminiscent of a long ago fairy tale handed down from generations.

Piro’s also a member of the town’s Maker’s Guild, a group of artisans and apprentices that are friends and chosen family. As she and her father rush to complete a large order of life-size wooden soldiers for the Margrave, their territory’s ruler, her father’s health deteriorates, and Piro must complete his work or suffer dire consequences. In addition to intricate details and nuanced characters and relationships, DeSelm aptly seeds the plot with a wealth of themes, among them the cycle of life and death, the unease of loneliness, and the necessity of reliance on others. Ages 14–up. Agent: Laura Crockett, TriadaUS Literary

Lisa DeSelm debut novel eamless execution, you find yourself immersed within these remarkable pages.

The characters were thought out, three dimensional. aI found they were people I could connect to, and I cheered for.

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Lisa DeSelm lives happily with her husband and two daughters in the wilds of suburban South Bend, Indiana. When she is not writing, you will find Lisa working as an art director and designer, most likely daydreaming with a cup of tea in hand. The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice is her first novel.

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His Castilian Hawk

Hello Historical Fiction Lovers

Today I have a very special book to share with you

His Castilian Hawk

(The Castilian Saga, Book 1)

By Anna Belfrage

@abelfrageauthor @maryanneyarde

 #newrelease #medieval #HistoricalFiction #HisCastilianHawk #CoffeePotBookClub

His Castilian Hawk

(The Castilian Saga, Book 1)

By Anna Belfrage

Publication Date: September 28, 2020

Publisher: Matador (paperback) & Timelight Press (ebook)

Page Length: 396 pages (paperback) 335 pages (ebook)

Genre: Historical Fiction

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For bastard-born Robert FitzStephan, being given Eleanor d’Outremer in marriage is an honour. For Eleanor, this forced wedding is anything but a fairy tale. 

Robert FitzStephan has served Edward Longshanks loyally since the age of twelve. Now he is riding with his king to once and for all bring Wales under English control. 

Eleanor d’Outremer—Noor to family—lost her Castilian mother as a child and is left entirely alone when her father and brother are killed. When ordered to wed the unknown Robert FitzStephan, she has no choice but to comply. 

Two strangers in a marriage bed is not easy. Things are further complicated by Noor’s blood-ties to the Welsh princes and by covetous Edith who has warmed Robert’s bed for years. 

Robert’s new wife may be young and innocent, but he is soon to discover that not only is she spirited and proud, she is also brave. Because when Wales lies gasping and Edward I exacts terrible justice on the last prince and his children, Noor is determined to save at least one member of the House of Aberffraw from the English king.

Will years of ingrained service have Robert standing with his king or will he follow his heart and protect his wife, his beautiful and fierce Castilian hawk?


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.

His Castillan Hawk
The Castilian Saga, Book 1
Anna Belfrage


His Castillan Hawk,  is an exceptional first installment in a new historical fiction series by the very talented Anna Belfrage.

The story is set in the late 13th century during the reign of the ruthless Edward I. Known as, Longshanks. Wales is almost at its knees with the crushing brute force of Edward l. With the fall of the Welsh prince Llewelyn, it’s only a matter of time that his brother, Dafdd ap Grufffydd the oathbreaker is obliterated. This would complete the fall of the last in the House of Aberffraw.

Robert FitzStephen, an illegitimate son of a nobleman, who has been steadfast man-at-arms to Edward l. Robert had no intention of marrying, not until the King gave him the young heiress born Eleanor d’Outremer {Noor}. She comes with extensive lads and a keep. Her relationship to Edward’s Castillan queen, and that to the Welsh royal family is only going to complicate things. The death of her father and brother she a captivating prize for anyone.

In a world where loyalty is tested, as King Edward doesn’t allow for anything except complete submission. Noor and Robert’s marriage will come to be tested over and over. Along with with political loyalties there is Robert’s long standing mistress, the fiery fair-haired Edith. She may prove to be more than a nuisance, as doesn’t want to relinquish her hold on Robert.

Anna Belfrage is one of the few writers that is able to balance rich tidbits of political details along with a compelling romantic storyline. This helps the reader feel invested in time period. We see the dynamics of English king along with the people of Wales, that Edward ultimately conquers.

The world building is luscious, Belfrage ability to transport the reader into this turbulent time period was incredible. Character development and complex relationships, and the setting and this medieval era are brought to life with unique details. The battle scenes were wonderful depicted and realistic. blood and gore, gave you the feeling that you were alongside Robert as they subdued the opposition.

I was on the edge of my seat with this riveting and intensely entertaining plot line. The authors seamless narration is impeccable making this book a fast read one that I completely inhaled. Once again Anna Belfrage mastered the art of brilliant narration.

A book I highly recommend this book to family and friends. I am excited to read the next installment in this stunning series.

Anna Belfrage


Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with two absorbing interests: history and writing. Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England.  


More recently, Anna has published The Wanderer, a fast-paced contemporary romantic suspense trilogy with paranormal and time-slip ingredients. While she loved stepping out of her comfort zone (and will likely do so again )she is delighted to be back in medieval times in her September 2020 release, His Castilian Hawk. Set against the complications of Edward I’s invasion of Wales, His Castilian Hawk is a story of loyalty, integrity—and love.   


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Kingdom of Sea and Stone

Hello and welcome to my stop on the
Kingdom of Sea and Stone

by Mara Rutherford, hosted by, TBR And Beyond

@tbrbeyondtours & @maurarutherfordwrites

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: October 6th, 2020

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Ever since Nor was forced to go to a nearby kingdom in her sister’s place, she’s wanted nothing more than to return to the place and people she loves. But when her wish comes true, she soon finds herself cast out from both worlds, with a war on the horizon.

As an old enemy resurfaces more powerful than ever, Nor will have to keep the kingdom from falling apart with the help of Prince Talin and Nor’s twin sister, Zadie. There are forces within the world more mysterious than any of them ever guessed—and they’ll need to stay alive long enough to conquer them…

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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

-To give away further plot would be to lessen the pleasure for readers

Mara Rutherford next installment in her widely popular duology.

Kingdom of Sea and Stone is the sequel to Crown of Coral and Pearl. This action-packed tale, is a interwoven fantasy, with politics. centered ultimately on the incredible bonds of sisterhood.

Incredible world building and a plot driven storyline. This page turner takes off immediately after the aftermath of Crown of Coral and Pearl. The events following Nor has escaped Ilara leaving her beloved Prince Talin behind to escape to Varenia with her twin sister Zadie.

Mara Rutherford masterly sets character conflit into a appealing young adult fantasy. That holds the reader attention from start to finish. A plot fueled by certitude, the author creates enduring heroines, and heroes. The character development from the first book to this one is phenomenal. The sub characters are worth noting along with focus on the sisters relationship being the driving force within this book.

All in all it was a perfect follow up book in this engaging fantasy ya dualogy.

Looking forward to reading more from this talented author!

-US Only –

Finished copy of Kingdom of Sea and Stone. This giveaway will end on October 13th


Mara Rutherford began her writing career as a journalist but quickly discovered she far preferred fantasy to reality. Originally from California, Mara has since lived all over the world along with her Marine-turned-diplomat husband. A triplet born on Leap Day, Mara holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from the University of London. When she’s not writing or chasing after her two sons, she can usually be found pushing the boundaries of her comfort zone, whether at a traditional Russian banya or an Incan archaeological site. She is the author of CROWN OF CORAL AND PEARL (2019), its sequel, KINGDOM OF SEA AND STONE (2020), and LUMINOUS (2021).

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In The Lion’s Den |Tour + Review|

Hello Friends,

Thank you Barbara Taylor Bradford @btbnovelist and @suzyapprovedbooktours for having me in this fantastic book tour {partner}⁣

91FE51BD-E558-4DFD-8A0A-B93FACE007F5Barbara Taylor Bradford
Release Date Oct. 6, 2020

About The Book:

James Lionel Falconer has risen quickly from a mere shop worker to being the right-hand man of Henry Malvern, head of the most prestigious shipping company in London. With Malvern’s daughter Alexis running away to the country after a terrible tragedy and refusing to return, James’ ascent to head of the company seems inevitable. But even a charmed life like James’ is not without its setbacks.

A terrible fire threatens to end his merchant career before it’s had a chance to truly begin. Mrs. Ward, James’ former paramour, has a secret that could change his life forever. And his distaste for Alexis Malvern is slowly growing into feelings of quite a different sort. Can James continue to be the master of his own fate, or will all of his charm, intelligence, and wit finally fail him when he has to enter the lion’s den?

From New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford comes the highly anticipated second book in the House of Falconer saga.

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.

In the Lion’s Den

A House of Falconer Novel

This the incredible second installment in Bradford’s House of Falconer series about a retail dynasty.

Set in Victorian times in England 1889-1892

James Lionel Falconer has now risen the ranks and now is by side with the shipping magnate, Henry Malvern of London’s Malvern & Malvern Co. His climb from a mere shop worker to being the right hand man of Henry Malvern hasn’t come without it fair share of drama.

James Lionel Faulkner has more responsibility as he’s doing everything he can to reach the top of the prestigious shipping company in England. Climbing from a mere shop worker to being the right hand man of Henry Malvern doesn’t come without its set of challenges.

Henry is tasked with bringing Henry Malvern’s daughter, Alexis, back into the business fold. She is reluctant after suffering the the loss of her fiancée.

Malvern’s health is deteriorating, and in a series of events Percy Malvern is caught stealing from the wine business in LeHavre. Henry job is assistant to a contractor and is helping build an arcade that will hold businesses. There ares some dire events, and revelations that will keep on your toes.

In all of this Henry still has time to dream of one day opening his own shop.

There is a lot of twist and you find a vast amount of characters, that play out perfectly with this stunning plot.

Rich with vibrant atmospheric details makes for an epic historical fiction that is nothing short of outstanding. With descriptive prose you will find yourself amongst the well-do of intriguing London society.

The legendary Barbara Taylor Bradford does not disappoint in this second book of the House of Falconer. I excited to read the next book when it’s released.

Bradford was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (UK) as the only child of Freda and Winston Taylor. She grew up in the Leeds suburb of Armley and after Town Street Church of England School worked in the typing pool at the Yorkshire Evening Post before going into journalism. By the age of twenty she was the fashion editor of Woman’s Own Magazine and an editor and columnist on Fleet Street for the London Evening News.

Bradford’s books have sold more than ninety one (91) million copies worldwide in more than ninety (90) countries and forty (40) languages. Ten (10) of her books have been made into miniseries and television movies, making her one of the best-selling authors over the last 30 years.

In April of 2003, Mrs. Bradford was inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America alongside Mark Twain, Langston Hughes and Dr. Seuss. She was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II in the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours list for her contributions to literature. Her original manuscripts are archived at the Brotherton Library at Leeds University, alongside the works of the Bronte sisters. In 2009, Barbara’s publishers began a worldwide 30th anniversary celebration of A Woman of Substance. The first annual Woman of Substance Awards took place on September 10th 2009 at the Dorchester Hotel in London. She lives in New York City with her husband, of 51 years, television producer Robert Bradford.

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Tudor Corsair (The Elizabethan Series Book 1)

Today, I am delighted to bring you the news of a new release from the author Tony Riches. Who is happens to be the author of the best-selling Tudor Trilogy

Publication date: 5th August 2020

Genre: Historical Fiction 

Publisher: Preseli Press Ltd.

Print Length: 344 pages


Devon sailor Francis Drake sets out on a journey of adventure.

Drake learns of routes used to transport Spanish silver and gold, and risks his life in an audacious plan to steal a fortune.

Queen Elizabeth is intrigued by Drake and secretly encourages his piracy. Her unlikely champion becomes a national hero, sailing around the world in the Golden Hind and attacking the Spanish fleet.

King Philip of Spain has enough of Drake’s plunder and orders an armada to threaten the future of England.

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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. 

Drake Tudor Corsair by Tony Riches, is the first installment in his newest Elizabethan Series 

Francis Drake adventurous tale begins when he is twenty three years old. Sailing under Captain Thomas Hawkins, who happens to also be Drake’s cousin.  Leaving everything behind, he pursues his seafaring dreams on the high seas. His experience with the Spanish on this first pirating trip, sets him on a path that will ultimately be his driving force in his future.

Written in first person, Tony Riches allows the reader to see through eyes of this illustrious historical figure. We see Drake as he rises from humble obscurity to become a force to be reckoned with. He takes his life in his own hands and rises through the ranks to become one of the most notorious sea captains. 

This absorbing book allows the reader an intimate look at Sir Francis Drake’s incredible dogged determination that ensured he rose to the top as one of the most feared sea captains. He hunted down and raided every Spanish ship that came he came across his path. His exploits made him a legend and hero with Queen Elizabeth l, and the English. His dominance also led to his being known to Spanish as El Draque.
We are taken along through his trials, tribulations and rewards for procuring vast amount wealth for the English crown. 
Francis Drake comes to life in under Riches discerning eye, with meticulous researched details you will immersed into this enjoyable storyline.

Mastery written, the author transports you with his vibrant atmospheric imagery.  I was completely drawn into Francis Drakes escapades, as he takes on the English’s sea rival in this swashbuckling riveting book. 

Even though he becomes wealthy and a knighted subject, he is never actually excepted amongst nobility. A son of a Devin tenant farmer, along with his relatives that exhibit pirate characteristics as they are driven to seek out and blunder other ships to expand the English presence on the seas. 

This was by far my favorites of Tony Riches reads. This thought provoking novel is the perfect example that makes Tony Riches an extraordinary historical fiction author. If you are lover of intelligently invigorating books, this is by far one you do not want to pass you by.

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

-Historical  Note-

English admiral Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe from 1577-1580, helped defeat the Spanish Armada of 1588 and was the most renowned seaman of the Elizabethan era.

Tony Riches is a full-time UK author of best-selling historical fiction. He lives in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and is a specialist in the history of the Wars of the Roses and the lives of the early Tudors. Tony’s other published historical fiction novels include: Owen – Book One Of The Tudor Trilogy, Jasper – Book Two Of The Tudor Trilogy, Henry – Book Three Of The Tudor Trilogy, Mary – Tudor Princess, Brandon – Tudor Knight and The Secret Diary Of Eleanor Cobham. For more information about Tony’s books please visit his website and his blog, The Writing Desk and find him on  Facebook and Twitter @tonyriches


Drake Tudor Corsair

Publication date: 5th August 2020

Genre: Historical Fiction 

Publisher: Preseli Press Ltd.

Print Length: 344 pages


Devon sailor Francis Drake sets out on a journey of adventure.

Drake learns of routes used to transport Spanish silver and gold, and risks his life in an audacious plan to steal a fortune.

Queen Elizabeth is intrigued by Drake and secretly encourages his piracy. Her unlikely champion becomes a national hero, sailing around the world in the Golden Hind and attacking the Spanish fleet.

King Philip of Spain has enough of Drake’s plunder and orders an armada to threaten the future of England.

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Tony Riches

Tony Riches is a full-time UK author of best-selling historical fiction. He lives in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and is a specialist in the history of the Wars of the Roses and the lives of the early Tudors. Tony’s other published historical fiction novels include: Owen – Book One Of The Tudor Trilogy, Jasper – Book Two Of The Tudor Trilogy, Henry – Book Three Of The Tudor Trilogy, Mary – Tudor Princess, Brandon – Tudor Knight and The Secret Diary Of Eleanor Cobham. For more information about Tony’s books please visit his website and his blog, The Writing Desk and find him on  Facebook and Twitter @tonyriches


The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew Review + Giveaway

Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Book Tour of,

The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew by, Denise Heinze, which is being hosted by HFBT!

The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew
by Denise Heinze

Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Blackstone Publishing
Hardcover, eBook, AudioBook; 176 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Determined to set the historical record straight, and clear her conscience, Temperance Flowerdew — the wife of Virginia’s first two governors — puts quill to paper, recounting the hardships that nearly brought the Jamestown colony to its knees, and the extraordinary sacrifice of her servant girl, Lily.

When she steps aboard the Falcon in 1609, Temperance Flowerdew was not only setting sail from England to the distant shores of America, she was embarking upon a future of opportunity. She didn’t yet know how she would make her mark, but in this new place she could do or be whatever she wanted.

Willing as she is to brave this new world, Temperance is utterly ill-equipped to survive the wilderness; all she knows is how to live inside the pages of adventure and philosophy books. Loyally at her side, Lily helps Temperance weather pioneer life. A young woman running from lifelong accusations of witchcraft, Lily finds friendship with Temperance and an acceptance of her psychic gifts. Together, they forge paths within the community: Temperance attempts to advise the makeshift government, while Lily experiences the blossoming of first love.

But as the harsh winter approaches, Lily intuitively senses a darkness creep over the colony and the veneer of civilized life threatens to fall away — negotiations with the Indians grow increasingly hostile and provisions become scarce. Lily struggles to keep food on the table by foraging in the woods and being resourceful. Famine could mean the end of days. It’s up to Lily to save them both, but what sacrifice will be enough to survive?

A transporting and evocative story, The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew is a fiercely hopeful novel — a portrait of two intrepid women who choose to live out their dreams of a future more free than the past.

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‘Denise Heinze has written a stirring novel about America’s first pioneers, with particular attention to the women whose pluck and forbearance made it all possible. Temperance Flowerdew’s ‘Brief and True Report’ retells the story of America’s first colony, established by English settlers in 1609, all but destroyed by Powhatan Indians twenty years later, then rescued from oblivion by remnants of Britain’s exploratory fleet. In that saga, Heinze manages to preserve the formal language of the period with a storytelling appetite for narrative, complete with native savagery, thwarted romance, the harsh realities of seventeenth-century ocean travel, and the unpredictable currents that made such explorations so daunting and so frequently fatal.’ –C. Michael Curtis, Fiction Editor Emeritus, The Atlantic

‘With a poet’s tongue and painter’s eye, Denise Heinze summons the wonder, horror, and selfless grit of the women who pioneered a new world. Temperance Flowerdew makes compulsive reading.’ –Elizabeth Cobbs, bestselling author of The Hamilton Affair

‘With careful research, and lyrical and evocative writing, Denise Heinze’s The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew transports the reader to the harrowing seventeenth-century Jamestown settlement. The richly imagined story of two pioneering women who escape a stifling old-world existence, only to face a tempest at sea, and land in a new world of hunger, thirst, and desperation, is captivating from first page to last. Temperance and Lily represent the untold stories of the heroic American Founding Mothers.’ –Tracey Enerson Wood, author of The Engineer’s Wife

‘The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew by Denise Heinze is a vivid novel about the winter of 1609-10 in Jamestown, Virginia, America’s first colony. A relentless drought preceded the winter, and a siege by natives of the region blocked access to food. Through the voices of Temperance and her housemaid and friend, Lily, Heinze takes us into the desperate days of what became known as ‘the Starving Time’ in sometimes ruthless detail. This richly researched novel, in an elegant narrative using the vernacular of the seventeenth century, is a must-read for those who love historical fiction and for all who enjoy a compelling drama well told. I read this captivating book straight through.’ –Anna Jean Mayhew, author of Tomorrow’s Bread, The Dry Grass of August, and a third novel in progress.

‘A literary thriller. This remarkable novel infuses the history of the Jamestown experiment with the tale of two women, a mistress and her servant, who find in one another the full measure of sacrifice and survival. This story is spun of silk and rendered in blood.’ –Elaine Neil Orr, author of Swimming Between Worlds

‘In this vividly imagined historical novel, Denise Heinze gives voice to one of the few survivors of the darkest period (1609-10) in the life of the Jamestown colony. The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew is not only an unforgettable account of the extreme hardships faced by the colonists but also the moving story of two remarkable young women who faced the challenges with courage and ingenuity.’ –Nancy Grayson, executive editor emeritus, University of Georgia Press

‘Denise Heinze skillfully resurrects a forgotten life, and puts her heroine where she belongs — at the center, not the sidelines, of early Jamestown history. Wonderfully inventive, briskly plotted, and rich with historical detail, this fact-filled novel will delight readers of historical fiction and women’s history alike.’ –Kate Bolick, bestselling author of Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own

‘At the end of Denise Heinze’s compelling new novel, main character Temperance Flowerdew wonders ‘what goes missing when the women are nowhere to be found as actors in history.’ Heinze has created a character whose life answers that question. A product of the English landed gentry, Flowerdew endures the Starving Time in the early days of the Jamestown colony. Surrounded by desperation and death, she manages to prevail, eventually documenting her story of survival and salvation using a quill from a Christmas goose. Although this book is a novel, it is a powerful, truthful, richly detailed portrayal of the daily struggle to survive in early seventeenth-century Virginia.’ –Fred Sauceman, associate professor, East Tennessee State University

‘An enthralling tale of female strength and courage against seemingly impossible odds. Denise Heinze’s Temperance is a complex, nuanced character (as is her maid, Lily, a real treat), and the world we see through her eyes is fascinating and terrifying in equal measure. The research is impeccable but sits lightly on the narrative. The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew is more than an engaging tale of a pivotal time in America’s history — it draws the women who lived it out of the shadows and, finally, lets them take their rightful place at the center of the story.’ –Meg Keneally, author of Fled

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 tale of a well determined young woman Temperance Flowerdew sailed from England aboard Falcon in 1609. This courageous wife of Virginia’s first two governors extensively depicts the hardships that nearly brought the Jamestown colony to its knees. This is a stunning storyline, written in a captivating way to draw the reader in, and keeps you immersed right to the very end.

A story of strength and fortitude and ultimately sacrifice. Drawing on the historical events the author Denise Heinze bring to life of Jamestown and the devastating winter of 1610, dubbed “the Starving Time”

This thought provoking book with its meticulously researched content makes for a stunning historical fiction. Seen through the eyes of the women who endured this incredible hardships. Temperance Flowerdew does the unthinkable when a time women are meant to be silent. She uses ink and paper and documents this horrific experience that she and her maid lily experienced in that dreadful winter in Jamestown.

Temperance Flowerdew goes on to be the wife of Virginia’s first two govern

The author, Denise Heinz, is a descendant of Louisa May Alcott.

Denise Heinze, a former literature professor and a PhD graduate of Duke University, writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She is the author of the novel Sally St. Johns and her work has appeared in Now and Then, Thought and Action, Reunions, Wow! Women on Writing, THEMA literary journal, and Gemini Magazine; her story The Grid, was a quarter-finalist for the Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award. The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew is her second novel and was a finalist for the University of New Orleans Press Publishing Lab Prize. A descendant of Louisa May Alcott, she lives in North Carolina.

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Temperance Flowerdew


Happy Monday

Today on My Blog I am reviewing







GENRE: Fantasy


PUBLISHED: June 2, 2020
PAGES: 498


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An ancient evil resurrected . . .

A millennia old bargain comes due . . .

When two blades clash, the third will fall, and the fate of all will be jeopardized. To save Lozaria, the failures of the past must be atoned for by a new generation of heroes. The time has come for mortals to cast off sight and, in doing so, truly come to see . . .

Victory is never absolute.

Seven centuries ago, the forces of order won the Illyriite War on the plains of Har’muth. Darmatus and Rabban Aurelian slew their elder brother, Sarcon, the despotic architect of the conflict, then sacrificed themselves to banish the cataclysmic vortex opened with his dying breath. The first advent of the Oblivion Well was thwarted. Even without their vanished gods, the seven races of Lozaria proved themselves capable of safeguarding their world.

Or so the story goes.

The year is now 697 A.B.H (After the Battle of Har’muth). Though war itself remains much the same, the weapons with which it is waged have evolved. Airships bearing powerful cannons ply the skies, reducing the influence of mages and their spells. Long range communication has brought far flung regions of Lozaria closer than ever before. At the center of this technological revolution are the three Terran states of Darmatia, Rabban, and Sarconia, who have fought a near ceaseless campaign of 700 years in an attempt to best each other. The roots of their enmity lie buried beneath the wasteland of Har’muth, a place all three nations consider best forgotten.

However, an ancient power sealed within Har’muth has not forgotten them, and the descendants of those who fought on that field must now take a stand to rectify the mistakes of the past


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.

A meticulously blended world, where science fiction and magical elements come together to create a stunning book.

Christopher Russell, Divinity’s Twilight: Rebirth  is the first installment in an breathtaking epic fantasy series. Setting the grande stage with an in-depth prologue, the reader gets first hand knowledge of the back history for Aurelian Brothers- Darmatus, Rabban and Sarcon. This is one book that completely took me by surprise, with its three dimensional characters, that I was fully in vested in. I was absorbed in its expansive storyline, which made for a highly compulsive read.

This was a fast-paced, tension-filled, edge-of-your-seat thrilling read!  I couldn’t flip these pages fast enough! I absolutely loved Christopher Russell’s narration, as it pulled me in from page one and kept me fully captivated and intrigued until the very end. To me the plot line flows with perfect pace allowing me to take everything in. Sometimes fantasy authors are to rushed with trying to get everything crammed in. But not Russell, he gives you through detailed history, which is the backbone to the story. This book sets up for an incredible series and will give the knowledgeable of the characters reasons and their driving force.

A sprawling tale that takes off with three opposing brothers, who have wrecked the peace and stability of Lozaria. The three nation’s, seven races that have been insatiable feuding close to a millennia, find themselves once again at the risk of repeating history. When the imprisoned brother Sarcon awakens, three uniquely different students Matteo, Vallen and Syltte find themselves tasked with a riveting quest.

This captivating novel, with stunning atmospheric imagery and clever innovative world building with technology, magic systems, religion. The authors writing takes you on a journey of unforeseen twists and turns. The book checks all my boxes, and delivers a compelling adventurous quest for an enjoyable reading experience.

I am waiting impatiently for the authors next installment in this fantasy series.


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Christopher Russell

Christopher Russell (native of Williamsburg, VA) is a 27-year-old mechanical and aerospace engineer (graduate of the University of Virginia) who has loved reading since the day he picked up a book and writing since he could scrawl his first letters. After voraciously consuming titles from every genre—ranging from Star Wars to Lord of the Rings—he decided to combine the expertise from his professional education, passions, and Christian faith into a fantasy epic bridging the gap between magic and science. He currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his loyal dog, Vallen, named after the protagonist of his first work. For behind-the-scenes information on all of Christopher Russell’s works, visit





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PAIRANESI —Book Review—

So who is ready for Autumn… for sweater weather, hot chocolate, scary movies, pumpkin spice scented/flavored things, flannel weather, cozy cool nights!


By Susanna Clarke


Print Length :
 243 pages
Publication Date : September 15, 202
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing

New York Times Bestseller! 

From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality.

Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

For readers of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane and fans of Madeline Miller’s Circe, Piranesiintroduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.

Sixteen years ago, Susanna Clarke’s debut novel became a publishing phenomenon. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

The novel, set in an alternative version of England during the Regency period, describes the partnership between two magicians and how it degenerates into rivalry. Executed in an exquisite pastiche of the precise, ironical prose of Jane Austen, it reads less like a novel than like a slice of an ongoing history; although the book is more than eight hundred pages long, it feels as if it were a mere fragment of a fully imagined reality.

The couple’s friend the novelist Neil Gaiman—who calls Clarke his favorite living fantasy writer and gave “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” a prepublication blurb declaring it “unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last seventy years”—

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.

An intricate labyrinthine of tale that will challenge you to solve the mystery of an unknown man living in an unknown world. That is a House structure filled with tidal seas, bones, statues, seashells, and many other things…

The books narration is by Piranesi, himself, we see and learn only through his eye and we only discover what he discovers.

You can only guess the puzzle but can you can’t solve it before he does.

Piranesi is triumphant return of a stellar unique writer with one of the most imaginative minds. She is exceedingly brilliant, her deliver of a storyline is incredible.

It’s really a mathematical labyrinth, one you have to crawl in and discover it’s mystery. Cleverly executed with symbols and deeply rooted with the real artist Piranesi. It will tantalize you with its brilliance.

There are books that you come across in a lifetime this is definitely one for me.

A book worth its wait, I ordered a signed edition for my own personal collection.

Something Personal.p

It was Suicide Prevention Day Thursday, September 10.

Yesterday My Niece Testified before a senate committee in Lansing Michigan to get a bill passed on mental health care in Michigan.The bill is a start.

Last year, in 2019 she lost her older brother Kevin Bingham, my nephew,… She begins speaking for about 6 minutes at the 58 or 59:00 mark.

I am so Proud doesn’t of wonderful niece, Aimee Bingham Osinski, right now.

Our healthcare system is broken. We can, and have to, make it better. In my family

If not for my Nephews, for you or your loved ones!

I usually never post anything personal. Within in the last 3 years I have lost 2 of my nephews to suicide. Both struggled with debilitating mental illness mental illness .

Both were released from inpatient hospitals. They actually never wanted to be released. Knowing that their increasing mental health was degrading to the extent of losing their complete grasp of what was real. My nephews were extremely brilliant individuals, both graduated high school very, very early and one went to have his some of his beloved string theory mathematical work published.

Keven and I were only 11 months apart. We both would be celebrating our 50th birthday this year. I was born late in life. Coming from a family of five. My sister and mother were actually pregnant at the same time. When I was born I was already an aunt.

Kevin was born first, to my sister, and he was the kindest most loving child and grew up to the same as an adult. Actually both of my nephews had unusually caring hearts.

If they saw anyone struggling on the streets, they would hesitate to completely empty their pockets to anyone in need. This became a problem because it would leave them without food or rent money.

Bingham, Kevin Scott

Born January 3 1970 -Died October 12, 2019

Schizoaffective Disorder Cycles of severe symptoms are often followed by periods of improvement. Symptoms may include delusions, hallucinations, depressed episodes, and manic periods of high energy.

On Saturday October 12, 2019, Kevin Scott Bingham lost his valiant 30 year battle with mental illness. While he was cared for by some incredible people, over the last thirty years there was a sharp, continuous downturn in availability and quality of care. He was repeatedly released from hospitals well before he was stable and ready to be on his own. Kevin was born January 3, 1970 in Belleville, Michigan. He was a 1988 graduate of Saline High School and he spent the last decade of his life living in Ann Arbor.

Kevin was more than the illness that robbed him of his life and robbed his family of a brother, son, and uncle. He graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Political Science. He attended The University of Minnesota’s graduate program in Social Anthropology and Wayne State University’s MBA program. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a lifelong learner and a lover of books. Kevin was also a world traveler, living in Denmark for a year, traveling to the UK several times and backpacking across Eastern Europe just after the fall of communism. He leaves behind friends all over the world. If anything can be taken from his death it should be that people with mental illness are human, they are loved, and they deserve quality care. They should not be tossed aside and left to suffer.

Anthony Wade McDavid

Born August 26, 1987 -Died June 10, 2017

Catatonic Schizophrenia, rare severe mental disorder characterized by striking motor behaviour, typically involving either significant reductions in voluntary movement or hyperactivity and agitation. In some cases, the patient may remain in a state of almost complete immobility, often assuming statuesque positions.

Anthony Wade McDavid died on June 10, 2017 on the day of his own choosing.

Anthony graduated from the Louisiana School for Math, Science and Arts, LSU with a BS in Physics and attended University of Texas at Austin, pursuing a PhD in Theoretical Physics (his beloved String Theory). He went on to attend Duke University, but his mental illness became so debilitating that he wasn’t able to finish.

Anthony loved math and from an early age, in middle school surpassed most college professors in their mathematical abilities. At a young age he was classified genius.

Anthony graduated from the Louisiana School for Math, Science and Arts, LSU and attended University of Texas at Austin, pursuing a PhD in theoretical physic

Anthony went on to show signs of Catatonic Schizophrenia, which starting to effect his day to day life. It was horrible to watch this decline. With our nations decline in mental health care, and the United States has actually Systematically closing mental hospitals across the nation. Where do these patients go? They are sadly released into the streets of society. I’m not sure that the average individual living in the United States actually knows this is taking place. My nephews were passive individuals, but slowly they started showing signs of lite aggression, and it then morphed in much more. They were repeatedly turned out way to early from inpatient care hospitals and would disappear.

Anthony McDavid

April 3, 2012 ·

Book Review

My feelings toward the novel Norwegian Wood (non-spoiler)

I want to tell you in a non-spoiler fashion what I like about Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. The first person is very introspective; Murakami wrote it as memoirs about the main character’s transition from late teenage years into early adulthood, focusing on the character’s closest relationships to people, the majority of which centered on those with females. The novel is an emotional vortex:  happiness, hope, despair, lost, sadness, love, sexual desire, confusion, anger, etc. are all whirling together so seamlessly and rapidly throughout the novel. The characters’ philosophies are of import because they determine their compatibility, sometimes what they feel to be the basis of their actions, etc. Types of philosophies include those on life & death; whether one wants to be understood by everyone, anyone, a few select people, no one at all (apathetic to being understood in this case), etc.; how to value friendships and significant others; etc. The characters do not have to declare their philosophies outright; they can simply say how they feel about something during conversation. Murakami is terrific with atmosphere. He lays out what the characters hate; thought or notice of the scenery; or how they feel about things as specific as songs, haircuts, or clothes. The characters’ own happiness or that of those around them is the only world they are choosing to try to save. The characters are all broken emotionally in some fashion. He places a large significance on the ways in which they are, which is the plot of the book along with both their slices of life and relationships with each other. I feel that the driving force of the plot is simply time and necessity to wait. Time elapses and the characters either interact or are left to their own thoughts. The novel is amongst my four favorite that I have ever read. I feel that the first chapter is excellent and could suffice as short story.


LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — A bill that would require state watchdogs to investigate the sudden deaths of psychiatric patients shortly after being discharged from hospitals advanced to a senate committee today.

“Unless we start analyzing these deaths and analyzing the data, we will be making policy in the dark,” said Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, who introduced the bill earlier this year.

“We need to do something to make sure these horrible situations don’t go ignored and continue to repeat themselves.”

The bill would require the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, or LARA, to investigate patient deaths occurring within 48 hours of release from a state licensed psychiatric hospital where the cause of death is listed as suicide or unknown.

“Unknown causes of death should be rare, not the norm,” Ananich said.

RELATED: Teen vowed to take his life if Michigan psych hospital released him. The next day, he did.

Currently, virtually no psychiatric patient deaths reported to LARA receive any investigation. Of 151 reported since 2016, only 2 received any sort of review.

RELATED: When psychiatric patients suddenly died, state didn’t ask why

A LARA spokesman says the department says it is only empowered to investigate deaths that occur in restraints, though mental health advocacy groups dispute that.

Today marked the first day of testimony for senate bill 813, referred to the Health Policy and Human Services Committee chaired by Sen. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington.

In addition to Ananich, two women whose relatives took their lives only hours after a hospital released them testified in support of the bill.

“This bill is going to be crucial to getting the information we need to stop families from having to go through this,” said Michelle Burt, whose 15-year-old son Johnathan took his life after being released from Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids.

“It’s been nine months, and I still have no answers,” she said.

As 7 Action News first reported in August, her son’s thirteen day stay at Pine Rest was marked by repeated promises to hurt himself upon release. In fact, during each of his final six full-days at the hospital, Johnathan told staff he would take his life after being discharged.

But on November 5, the first day he did not express suicidal ideation, he was released.

“We were home five hours before my son, at 15, put a (gun) to his head and pulled the trigger,” Burt said.

His death was reported to LARA, but never investigated.

Also testifying in support of the bill was Aimee Bingham Osinski. The night before her brother Kevin died, he had been released from a hospital emergency room.

“Ten hours later, he gave away his shoes to someone who needed them, put his organ donor card in his pocket and jumped off his balcony,” she said through tears.

“He was everything you’d want in this world. And he deserved better.”

The bill currently has the support of both parties, but it is unclear when or if it will be voted out of committee.



Publication Date: February 25, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 340 pages

Series: Bloodstone, Book 3
Genre: Historical/Suspense/Victorian



A veteran, Detective Rudyard Bloodstone has fought a brutal battle and witnessed war horrors that haunt his nightmares. Now one of those horrors has followed him home from Africa.

A vicious predator, the Cape cobra, can kill a man in thirty minutes. A suspect using the snake as a weapon in robberies is terrorizing London.

When the crimes escalate into murder, a victim’s daughter, Honoria Underhill, becomes the focus of the killer. After several attempts on her life, Scotland Yard threatens to take over the high profile case. With few leads to follow, Bloodstone and his partner must now fight department politics and catch the killer before Underhill becomes another murder victim.


About the Author

Chris was born and raised in Chicago. Her father was a history professor and her mother was, and is, a voracious reader. She grew up with a love of history and books. Her parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto her. She wanted to see the places she read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated her. She’s had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa. She is also a retired police detective who spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. Her desire to write came in her early teens. After she retired, she decided to pursue that dream. She writes two different series. Her paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. Her romantic thriller series is, Dangerous Waters. She currently live in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse.


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Shame the Devil by Donna Scott!

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Publication Date: May 11, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 420 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction


England, 1643. The Civil War has created a great divide between those who support King Charles and those who would rather see his head on the block. Young Scot Colin Blackburne finds himself caught in the middle when he witnesses Parliamentarians murder his mother because of his father’s allegiance to the king. As further punishment, the family is sent to Yorkshire as indentured servants.

Mistreated by his master and tormented by a Parliamentarian soldier, Colin vows to take up arms for the king and seek vengeance against the men who killed his mother. The only bright spot in his life is his unexpected, and forbidden, friendship with his master’s daughter, Emma Hardcastle.

With her father constantly away on campaign and her mother plagued by madness, Emma is drawn to Colin and his brother, Roddy. She introduces them to her troubled neighbor Alston Egerton, who has a clandestine relationship with Stephen Kitts, the soldier out for Colin’s blood.

As they all become entangled in a twisted web of love, jealousy, desire, and betrayal, the war rages on around them. Resentful at being forced into servitude and forbidden from being with the woman he loves, Colin puts his plan for vengeance into motion, though it will have disastrous consequences for all of them.

Secrets are revealed and relationships are torn apart. With the country teetering on the brink of ruin, Emma fights to survive, Alston is forced to confront his demons, and Colin must decide whether his burning desire to fight for justice is worth sacrificing a future with the woman he loves.


Praise for Shame the Devil

“Scott’s writing is magnificent…The intricately woven secrets and lies against the backdrop of an unprecedented dethroning of the monarchy make Shame the Devil a page-turning experience. Historical fiction and romance fans should not miss out on this book. Highly recommended.” -Chanticleer International Book Reviews

“The references to the situation happening in England during the time of the Civil War are interesting to read about…The struggle between the Parliamentarians and Royalists is fascinating to follow and thought-provoking…and you will follow some lovely characters throughout the book.” -Reedsy Reviews

“Scott’s…gentle manipulation of the material [is] appealing and easy to follow, even for those unfamiliar with the details of the English Civil War…I appreciate how Scott used the history to frame the dramatic events of her story…I enjoyed Colin, Roddy, and Emma well-enough, but I was genuinely attached to Alston…I was captivated by his arc and thought his story the most dynamically compelling. Stephen, repugnant though he is, also deserves a shout out as a fabulously layered antagonist.” –Historical Fiction Reader


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.

Shame The Devil By Donna Scott is a rich historical fiction, that

Set to the back drop of the turbulent times of the the three The civil wars of seventeenth-century England. This conflict lasted over a period of nine years and involved two other countries that were being ruled over by the Stuart dynasty.

A tale of love and sacrifice, of loyalty and loss.

The story leaps off the page when Parlimentarians English soldiers take Colin Blackburne along with his younger brother Roddy and his father Gavin Blackburne , Laird of Carronshore by surprise.

The roundheads kill young Colin and Roddy’s Mother, and seize the rest of the family. The Blackburne’s must leave behind their beloved Scotland and become indentured servants at the English Manor House Appleton Hall.

Serving their allotted time as stablehands at the Yorkshire estate, a friendship is allow to grow into something more between the young Colin and Emma Hardcastle the Viscount’s daughter of Appleton hall.

This complex drama, will take you by the hand and keeps you hold you fast all the way through it’s tear jerking memorable moments. I have to say, you might want to grab a tissue or two. A lovely vibrant novel with defying love and intriguing sub characters and that have their own stories. I found glued to these beautiful pages.

I really can’t say enough good things about this novel. This a must Read.

The historical aspect of the book is done in such a way that are not cumbersome and add rich elements to storyline. The narration is impeccable, and engaging, without ever lagging. You interest will never wane, all in all you have a hard time putting this book down. The author sets up the ending in away that has me anxiously waiting to see if there is going to be more books following this one. I loved the characters and I felt invested in their struggles and heartaches.

I definitely recommend this remarkable book to everyone who enjoys a stellar writing.

A book that everything that I look for in historical fiction. Hoping to purchase a hard copy when or if they become available. A book that will find its beloved home on my my bookshelf.

Shame the Devil won First Place in the CIBA 2014 Chaucer Awards for Early Historical Fiction novels.


Donna Scott is an award-winning author of 17th and 18th century historical fiction. Before embarking on a writing career, she spent her time in the world of academia. She earned her BA in English from the University of Miami and her MS and EdD (ABD) from Florida International University. She has two sons and lives in sunny South Florida with her husband. Her first novel, Shame the Devil, received the first place Chaucer Award for historical fiction and a Best Book designation from Chanticleer International Book Reviews. Her newest novel, The London Monster, will be released in January 2021.


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A Trace of Deceit by USA Today Bestseller Author
Karen Odden @karen_m_odden
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Publication Date: December 17, 2019
William Morrow
Paperback & eBook; 416 pages.
Genre: Historical Mystery/Victorian

From the author of A Dangerous Duet comes the next book in her Victorian mystery series, this time following a daring female painter and the Scotland Yard detective who is investigating her brother’s suspicious death.

A young painter digs beneath the veneer of Victorian London’s art world to learn the truth behind her brother’s murder…

Edwin is dead. That’s what Inspector Matthew Hallam of Scotland Yard tells Annabel Rowe when she discovers him searching her brother’s flat for clues. While the news is shocking, Annabel can’t say it’s wholly unexpected, given Edwin’s past as a dissolute risk-taker and art forger, although he swore he’d reformed. After years spent blaming his reckless behavior for their parents’ deaths, Annabel is now faced with the question of who murdered him—because Edwin’s death was both violent and deliberate. A valuable French painting he’d been restoring for an auction house is missing from his studio: find the painting, find the murderer. But the owner of the artwork claims it was destroyed in a warehouse fire years ago.

As a painter at the prestigious Slade School of Art and as Edwin’s closest relative, Annabel makes the case that she is crucial to Matthew’s investigation. But in their search for the painting, Matthew and Annabel trace a path of deceit and viciousness that reaches far beyond the elegant rooms of the auction house, into an underworld of politics, corruption, and secrets someone will kill to keep.


Praise for A Trace of Deceit

“Odden’s third effort injects a refreshing level of complexity, both in character development and plotting, into what one typically expects to find in historical cozies. This will appeal to fans of Victorian mysteries, as well as those interested in art history.” -Booklist (starred review)

“Odden keenly evokes the physical as well as cultural milieu of Victorian England, and peoples her setting with fully realized and intriguing characters. This book will delight readers who like their mysteries cloaked in well-researched history.” -Publishers Weekly

“…this thrilling, action-packed story [is] an absolute delight to read.” -Historical Novel Society

“Odden’s literary brushstrokes vividly portray the misogyny and gender bias experienced by women in Victorian society, especially a woman battling to exercise her artistic talent. ” -Washington Independent Review of Books

“Fans of Anne Perry, Deanna Rayborn, and Tasha Alexander will root for Karen Odden’s newest heroine, Annabel Rowe—aspiring painter and now amateur sleuth—investigating the murder of her art forger brother. The novel’s a delightful mix of mystery, history, and romance, served with a delicious helping of lush period detail, while chemistry between Annabel and the investigating Scotland Yard detective add spice to the adventure.” -Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series

“A darkly thrilling story filled with suspense and secrets, a courageous heroine, an edgy climax, and an atmospheric setting that perfectly captures the underbelly of London’s art world in the Victorian era. A Trace of Deceit is an absolute winner!” -Stefanie Pintoff, Edgar Award winning author

Victorian London

“I think all of our memories have a trace of deceit in them.

A suspenseful historical fiction novel with stunning characters development and complex relationships. The setting and time period are brought to life with unique details during London’s Victorian era. The story follows Annabel Rowe, a talented artist, who is one only female students at the Slade School of Art. She has been estranged from her distant troubled brother, Edwin. When new of his brutal death, along with some critical information leading up to the motive. She and Inspector Matthew Hallam of Scotland Yard seek to discover clues about a valuable French painting that her wayward brother had been restoring for an auction house.

The author has created a strong independent heroine, Annabe Rowe. That is paired with an intriguing Matthew Hallam. I enjoyed reading this suspenseful mystery.

The plot moves at a good pace with the romance taking the backseat to the well developed art mystery. The plot line takes the reader as Annabel and Matthew go beyond the art world in their search for the painting. There are few twists I didn’t see coming. The writing flows and keeps you immersed within this fitting representation to storyline. Annabel and Matthew chemistry adds to this masterpiece of this engaging mystery.

Ms. Odden meticulous research and vibrant descriptions of art painting and the auction world are detailed and expansive. Karen Odden, keeps the reader engaged, in this thrilling action packed Victorian mystery.

A Trace of Deceit, is a impressive novel, perfectly paced with the right amount intrigue and suspense.

I am in insatiable reader and every now and then you are given the chance to read an exceptional novel. A Trace of Deceit by Karen Odden, has a little gothic feel to it. Her use details are suspenseful as they draw you into the depths of tale.

I have to say that this book is so cleverly executed, and stands out amongst the historical mystery genre. I love when I find a new author that I can rave about

Karen Odden has become an auto buy for me. I am excited to read what she writes next.!!

Karen Odden received her Ph.D. in English literature from New York University and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has contributed essays and chapters to books and journals, including Studies in the Novel, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and Victorian Crime, Madness, and Sensation; she has written introductions for Barnes and Noble editions of books by Dickens and Trollope; and she edited for the academic journal Victorian Literature and Culture. She freely admits she might be more at home in nineteenth-century London than today, especially when she tries to do anything complicated on her iPhone. Her first novel, A Lady in the Smoke, was a USA Today bestseller and won the New Mexico-Arizona 2016 Book Award for e-Book Fiction. Her second novel, A Dangerous Duet, about a young pianist who stumbles on a notorious crime ring while playing in a Soho music hall in 1870s London, won the New Mexico-Arizona 2019 Book Award for Best Historical Fiction. A Trace of Deceit is her third novel. She resides in Arizona with her family and a ridiculously cute beagle named Rosy.


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The Lost Diary of Alexander Hamilton

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Today I have A Review + Giveaway For The Newly Released Book

The Lost Diary Of Alex Hamilton By Sophie Schiller

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The Lost Diary of Alexander Hamilton
by Sophie Schiller

Publication Date: July 3, 2020
Tradewinds Publishing

Genre: YA/US Colonial & Revolutionary Period/Historical Fiction



The story of Alexander Hamilton’s lost childhood in the Caribbean—a land of sugar plantations and slavery—where an impoverished orphan must learn to survive despite impossible odds. It is a story of struggle, heartbreak, resilience, and ultimately, triumph.

1765. Alexander Hamilton arrives in St. Croix with his family to begin a new life. He longs for the chance to go to school and fit in, but secrets from his mother’s past threaten to tear his family apart. When he sees a young African slave being tortured, Alexander vows to act. He urges his uncle to buy Ajax and promises to set him free. But tragedy strikes when his father abandons the family and his mother dies of yellow fever. Orphaned and alone, Alex is forced to survive by his wits and resourcefulness. By day he works in a counting house learning the secrets of foreign trade. By night he studies Plutarch and dreams of fame and glory. When Ajax is sold to a brutal planter, Alex vows to save him, even at the risk of his own life. With the aid of a reluctant slave-catcher, he concocts a plan to rescue Ajax, but when the price for helping a slave run away is torture or death, no one is safe.

In this gripping tale, Sophie Schiller re-creates the boyhood of the young man who would grow up to become a Founding Father and one of America’s foremost men.

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“The Lost Diary of Alexander Hamilton is a wonderful read… The musical “Hamilton” has brought the impact of this man in the founding of America sharply into our consciousness. But what author Sophie Schiller has skillfully done here is to take what little is known about Alexander’s early life and fashion a fictional story around his upbringing that fleshes out the boy that would become the man. I can highly recommend this read.” – Grant Leishman for Reader’s Favorite (5 star review)

“The Lost Diary of Alexander Hamilton is the kind of story that helps to restore faith in mankind. It helps to illustrate that, while there are those who are evil, who care not for their fellow man, there are also those willing to put their lives on the line for others. Author Sophie Schiller’s story of Alexander Hamilton shows him to be such a man. In these days when it seems that so little history is taught, and when the veracity of much of what is taught is questionable, this is the kind of story that those both young and old would do well to read.” Patricia Reding for Reader’s Favorite (5 star 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.

St. Eustatius, Dutch West Indies, eleven year old Hamilton and his thirteen year old brother are living with there West Indian creole born mother Rachel Faucett Hamilton, and Scottish born fourth son of a laird father. Who had came to the West Indies to make his fortune. Living in a typical Dutch house they were considered impoverished and only had minimal amount servants. When the family is faced with a devastating news that has James Hamilton arrested and the home where they live is sized.

In a turn of events the Aid of a man named Archibald Ingram, from St Kitts. Except it is a place young Hamilton’s mother vows never to return, because of her undeniable horrors that she experienced there and Danish laws.

Alexander Hamilton’s early life is stunning depicted with rich sugar and rum plantions. His drive to better understand workings of commerce. We see the struggles survive on his own after his mother dies and his father leaves the island. His close friend and a personal servant named Ajax is sold to a brutal planter.

Alex is a loyal friend vows to save his friend at all cost him out. The author meticulously research and clear narration is incredible. The core of the book, is that of kindness and the human Spirt. Alex Hamilton’s journey toward self realization, and what values most is ultimately human life. That will eventually set him on a path to help create new system of government in the new world.

This one of the books that tugs at some heart strings, a book that is thought provoking as it’s is enjoyable.

A coming of tale of one boy struggles, and commitment.
Who grows up and his notable character, sets him on a path to be one of Americans founding Fathers 

This one book that is a must read, I am excited to read the next work from this very talented author. 

Sophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the West Indies. She is a novelist and a poet. She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations. Kirkus Reviews has called her “an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer.” Her novel, ISLAND ON FIRE was published by Kindle Scout in 2018 and was called, “A memorable romantic thriller” by Publishers Weekly. Her latest novel, THE LOST DIARY OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON, is out now. She graduated from American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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The Golden Van Dorens Tour — Feature And Giveaway

The Golden Van Dorens
by Nicole Strycharz

Publication Date: September 1, 2020
eBook a& Paperback; 355 Pages

Genre: Historical Thriller


Malcom Van Doren made his fortune in the California Gold Rush of 1849.

By 1853, he spent it all, drowning in debt, and returned to his mine out of desperation.

Steadily, over the years, he went mad.

Known for his lunacy, when Malcom claimed to have discovered gold a second time, no one believed him… not even his family. Too paranoid about his creditors to prove his finding, Malcom Van Doren told everyone he hid his fortune away.

Now, in the year 1880, twenty-seven years after his second discovery, his daughters are each as desperate as he once was for wealth. All of them, for different reasons; revenge, love, or greed.

Three sisters battle to discover their dead father’s gold, but only one will win this race as their own little gold rush ensues.

God help the man that stands between a Golden Van Doren and all that glitters.

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Nicole is a multi-genre author of over a dozen books.

“The Divorce” was nominated in the 2016 Indie Book Awards and won second place in the 2016 Best Cover Design in ‘Urban Literature Magazine.’

She was featured on the cover of Words + Magazine for her book “The Affair.”

She’s known for delving into sensitive and real topics such as in her title “The Love That Hurts” which explored domestic violence with the hopes of giving victims a voice while exposing the red flags of an abusive relationship. Most of her lead female characters are depicted as survivors or evolving overcomers of trauma. Sending a message to readers that every moment and every day they fight for is a victory.

Being of mixed ethnicity, she keeps her cast of characters diverse and tries to highlight the different cultures around the world.

Nicole lives in Virginia with her partner, three children, three stepsons, their amazing Grandparents, and one pretty Pocket-Pittie. She is always reading or working on the next book between mommyhood adventures.

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The Inhertance Games

Today is my stop on The Inheritance Game
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The Inhertance Games

By Jennifer Lynn Barnes

RELEASE DATE September 1, 2020



A Cinderella story with deadly stakes and thrilling twists, perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out.

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch–and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.

Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest

The Inheritance Games is the first thrilling instalment in a new series from a phenomenal storyteller.

Avery Grambs a seventeen year old teenager, who life is not easy, living in the care of her older half sister on the brink of poverty. Her one notable talent is her astonishing mathematically ability, that seems to go unnoticed in school until very recently.

Her presence has been requested to a reading of a will, from a man that she has no knowledge of. Even more strange is that her name is actually on will, the reading takes place in Texas, at the Estate of the late Tobias Hawthorne. Who seems to have made her an heiress to a billion-dollar fortune. She is the only one to receive the bulk from Mr Tobias Hawthorne fortune and known seems to know why. Needless to say this has turned the complete Hawthorne family on its head.

“The old man was playing the long game.”

There is one catch though, in order for her have access to what is now her astronomical fortune, she must consent to reside at Hawthorne House for a year living alongside his family. Shocked and confused both Avery and the rest of late Hawthorne family, along with the Billionaire grandson’s must take everything in stride, or at least pretend to. The Mansion is a treasure trove of secrets waiting to be solved, along with engaging insane question as to why Avery?

This is a wonderful thrilling book, that will have turning those pages as fast you can.

A stunning on the edge of your seat kind of read. One that you want to unravel, and align all the jigsaw puzzle pieces together.

An addictive reading game that takes the reader on a quest, along with Avery to understand the reason behind the eccentric, a done right mischievous Tobias Hawthorne. Like any pretentious family they are overly fond of losing all that money to a compete stranger.

The author seamlessly narration moves along as the mystery unfolds and each every character is a three dimensional. Jennifer Lynn Barnes meticulously uses two of my all favorite tropes in this captivating ya novel. The reader is gifted with a subtle love triangle, along with the “ The Teenage Chosen One” trope.

The plot twist and the authors ability to create an exceptional storyline is the reason she has a cult following.

The book ends on a delightful cliffhanger ending, to allow the reader a set up for more to come in this fast paced Ya Contemporary Thriller.

This one book that you do not want to pass by.

I highly recommend it to my family and friends



What people are saying about The Inheritance Games:

“Part The Westing Game, part We Were Liars, completely entertaining.” – Kirkus (starred review) 

“Delightfully soapy…Knives Out-esque series opener…an abundance of cryptic clues and tempestuous love triangles provides ample enjoyment.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

“Barnes’s meticulously crafted novel is like the film Knives Out for the YA world, perfect for any reader seeking suspense, romance, and glamour. …Barnes crafts high-stakes tension, a swoony love triangle, and a large but memorable cast of characters. Fun and fast-paced, fans of Karen M. McManus’s One of Us is Lying and Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious will find a new home at Hawthorne House.” – School Library Journal 

“…impossible to put down.” – Buzzfeed

“A thrilling blend of family secrets, illicit romance and high-stakes treasure hunt, set in the mysterious world of Texas billionaires. The nonstop twists kept me guessing until the very last page!” – Katharine McGee, New York Times bestselling author of American Royals

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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) is the author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed young adult novels. She has advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science, including graduate degrees from Cambridge University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and Yale University, where she received her Ph.D. in 2012. Jen wrote her first published novel when she was nineteen-years-old and sold her first five books while still in college. In additional to writing YA novels, Jen has also written original pilot scripts for television networks like USA and MTV, and she is one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of fandom and the cognitive science of fiction and the imagination more broadly. Jen is an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she holds a dual appointment in Psychology and Professional Writi

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The Memory Of Souls


Series: A Chorus of Dragons (3) (Book 3)
Hardcover: 640 pages
 Tor Books (August 25, 2020)
Now that the city of Atrine has been destroyed and Relos Var’s plan to free the dark god Vol Karoth has been revealed—the end of the world is closer than ever.To buy time for humanity, Kihrin, Janel, and Thurvishar must convince the king of the Manol vané to perform an ancient ritual that will strip the vané of their immortality—a ritual that certain vané will do anything to prevent. Including assassinating the ones bringing the news.Worse, Kihrin must come to terms with the horrifying possibility that his connection to Vol Karoth is steadily growing in strength. How can Kihrin hope to save anyone when he might turn out to be the greatest threat of them all?

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Praise for The Memory of Souls

“Lyons has cleverly taken the epic fantasy tropes of prophecy and lineage and stood them on their heads, all while delving deep into her multidimensional characters and spinning great battles with high body counts.” ―Booklist, starred review

Praise for The Ruin of Kings

“[A] jaw-dropping, action-packed story of betrayal, greed, and grand-scale conspiracy . . . Lyons ties it all together seamlessly to create literary magic. Epic fantasy fans looking for a virtually un-put-down-able read should look no further.” ―Kirkus, starred review
“Rich, cruel, gorgeous, brilliant, enthralling and deeply, deeply satisfying. I loved it.” ―Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians
“It was one hell of a ride. I gobbled it up and was hungry for more.” ―Glen Cook, author of The Black Company
“The Ruin of Kings is a fascinating story about a compellingly conflicted young hero in an intriguingly complex world.” ―L. E. Modesitt, Jr., author of the Recluse series
“A thriller plot of revenge and loyalty with a get-under-your-skin and keep-you-reading-all-night mystery at its heart. I loved it.”―John Gwynne, author of Malice
“The Ruin of Kings revs up with the glitz of a high-speed, multi-level video game, with extreme magic and a teen hero with angst.” ―Janny Wurts, author of The Curse of the Mistwraith

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest

This series is one hell of a ride. A breathtaking fantasy where you are submerged into the past, present, and uncertain future.

The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons hits the ground running, following the recent events of the of second book, The Name of All Things.

I was still reeling from the betrayal, along with tic tick of the doomsday clock.

This book is where the action really takes off. With the battle between Kihrin, Relos and the gods. A dramatic test of The reader will be able to pull back the curtain a see the beginning of why Vol Korath was created.

A great mix of action packed thrill ride, romance and intrigue. Some critical choices will need to be made, along with some alliances shift.

Families come together while others will be ripped to shreds. There is unforeseen twist when truths are revealed. Jenn doesn’t hold anything back from the romance. Great representation LGBTQ+ all through the book.

If one person’s dominant, the other person has to be submissive.” – Kihrin

A Chorus of Dragons series
The Ruin of Kings
The Name of All Things
The Memory of Souls

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Jenn Lyons lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, three cats, and a lot of opinions on anything from the Sumerian creation myths to the correct way to make a martini. At various points in her life, she has wanted to be an archaeologist, anthropologist, architect, diamond cutter, fashion illustrator, graphic designer, or Batman. Turning from such obvious trades, she is now a video game producer by day, and spends her evenings writing science fiction and fantasy. When not writing, she can be founding debating the Oxford comma and Joss Whedon’s oeuvre at various local coffee shops.

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Welcome to my stop on Book Of Wonders

Or the Uk Title The Illustrated Child




Author: Polly Crosby

ISBN: 9780778310006

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

Publisher: Park Row Books

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(Park Row Books; September 1, 2020; $27.99 USD),

a beautifully imaginative story of a father and daughter growing older together, their magical world of stories, and a fantastical treasure hunt that leads to a priceless and shocking family secret.

Romilly Kemp grows up with her eccentric father and her adorable cat Monty within the walls of a dilapidated mansion in the scenic English countryside. As Romilly has trouble fitting in with her classmates, she turns to her reliable furry friend, and as her father struggles to make ends meet, he turns to his art and writes children’s books based on Romilly and Monty. Soon, the tiny Kemp family’s world changes with the unexpected success of The Kemp Treasure Girl books and Romilly is thrust into the spotlight as their home is overrun by tourists looking for a treasure whose clues lie within the illustrations of her father’s stories.

As they both grow older, Romilly and her father begin to grow apart, and Romilly turns to his books to find the connection they have lost. And much to her surprise, the rumors were true – between the pages of The Kemp Treasure Girl stories are the clues that start Romilly on an unforgettable journey that leads her to the heart of amysterious family secret worth far more than the gold and jewels the tourists on her estate have been searching for.


You probably know me as the Kemp Treasure Girl. Maybe you had the books as a child. Perhaps your dad read them to you in those wilting hours of sleep where books become dreams and dreams become books. Did you look for the treasure, digging in your garden, unsure of what you were searching for?

Mine was an unusual infamy for one so young. Not an all-encompassing, celebrity fame, but one that flattened me into two dimensions and picked out the colour of my eyes and my dress. One that stopped people in the street and made their necks crane back round to gaze at me.

The version of me in the books was my friend. She was always there for me, sharing in my adventures, appearing at the lifting of a page. But children grow up, and as I grew taller and wiser, Romilly Kemp in the book stayed young and innocent, a sickly-sweet imposter who wore my dress and suckled at my father’s love, leeching it away until there was barely any left for me at all.

But then I made a real friend. Someone I could trust: someone who knew intimately my deepest, darkest thoughts even if I dare not acknowledge them myself.

But the beginnings of a friendship are like the beginning of a book: you never know how they will turn out until the very end.


Braër was an ancient farmhouse. A month of living there had still not unearthed a fraction of its secrets.

As I ran from the house, tugging on unfamiliar wellies, I stared up at Braër’s mossy roof and dirty walls. Dad told me that it had probably once been called Brother Farm, but time and the soft Suffolk accent had changed it.

The house itself was long and low and surrounded on three sides by a moat clogged with cowpats and slime. Perched in the water at one end was a gargoyle, with a sinister, winking face. It ogled me as I ran past, its eyes bulbous and staring.

On the south side of the house, down an overgrown path stretched a bumpy meadow filled with sagging grass. It was the perfect camp for my newly invented invisible army, and the edge of my territory. I could go there on my own, making pretend campfires and having sword fights with prickly bushes, knowing that I was safe. I could barely see the house above the long, scratchy grass.

As I set off down the path, a sharp whistle brought me back. Dad was stooped in the back door, his huge shoulders nearly touching the frame on either side. Something small and snow-like was curled up in his open palm.

            ‘What is it?’

            ‘I wanted to draw one, so, why not?’ he said, planting the tiny kitten into my eager arms, and suddenly it was mine. ‘It’s a Siamese,’ he said, wiping his hands on his trousers, leaving a snail’s trail of white fur on the corduroy.

‘Is it a girl or boy?’ I asked, trying to look through the fur at the correct place.      

            ‘A boy.’ Dad crouched down, looking at me as I hugged the kitten. Briefly he reached forward and touched my cheek, and I leant into the roughness of his hand. ‘Yes,’ he said to himself, his voice a growl of love, ‘it’s that look in your eyes, right there that I want to capture.’ He straightened up, his knees creaking. ‘I’m going to need to paint him. And you, of course. I have an idea…’ he trailed off. Frowning at me, he turned on his heel and entered the house, leaving the kitten and I alone.

            I examined his bony body. He was small and soft, and smelt of wee and sawdust.  He had pale creamy fur tinged with chocolate brown at each edge. As I was studying him, he uncurled himself, tipping off my arms and towards the moat below us. I caught him by the tail just in time, tucking him back safely into the crook of my arm. He opened his eyes for the first time and stared at me with big, red-blue irises. He was hot and slightly sticky-damp in my hands, and I loved him immediately.

            I balanced him on my shoulder and made my way up the two flights of stairs to my bedroom, filling the kitten in on the minutiae of our lives.

            ‘Dad lost his university job ages ago, and he’s been trying to work out what to do with himself ever since,’ I said, tickling him under his chin as I ran up the second staircase; the tiny windy one that Dad was forever tripping up on. ‘He says we’ve moved here so he can paint instead of teach art. It’s the summer holidays, and I’m going to be nine soon, and Dad says he might have to give me a painting instead of a real present for my birthday, but that’s okby me because his paintings are like stories made real. He says someone has to make money, or we’ll be living on bread crusts and moat water. Here, this is us.’

I pushed open the three-foot-high door that marked the entrance to my vast bedroom.

The kitten perked up as we climbed through into the huge, bright space. It was the shape of a tent, one of those old-fashioned tents – a huge triangle. And it felt like a tent too: when it was windy outside, the air caught beneath all the beams and vibrated until you felt like there was nothing but thin canvas between you and the sky.

When Dad had first shown me my room, I spent the entire day in there, not daring to believe all this space belonged to me. There were dustsheets over the furniture, and in the corner, a pretty parasol leant against the wall as if the young lady it had belonged to had left it there only moments before. I liked to open it up and walk the length of the room in a sedate manner, pretending I was as posh as the young lady who had owned it last.

I tipped the kitten onto the bed, and studied him. ‘You look like someone important,’ I said, ‘and important people have long names. How about Captain Montgomery of the Second Regiment?’ Montgomery seemed satisfied with his name, and curled up happily on the quilt.

Excerpted from The Book of Hidden Wonders by Polly Crosby, Copyright © 2020 by Polly Crosby. 

Published by Park Row Books



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. 

Beautifully written immersive psychological Fiction. 

A gut-wrenching journey through both the darkness of growing up and the tangled webs of grief’s that will touch you and make you think about it long after you close the book 

A adventurous nine year old Romilly and her father Tobias take up residence in a dilapidated estate in England. It is a somewhat magical place for a little girl, like most children there perception is miscued. Tobias allows untethered freedom and she content with relaxed parenting as most imaginative children are. Romilly absent mother is somewhat breezed over. 

Tobias is ever sketching and painting painting Her along with her gifted beloved cat Monty. Eventually they become featured characters in a series of illustrated stories written by her father, Tobias Kemp. The book series features Romilly and her cat and curiously hidden items that hidden within the book pages. This attracts all kinds people who after reading the books become treasure seekers, and believe that the items are actually real, and hidden all over the grounds of Romilly estate home. 

There is also fame and wealth like the father and daughter have never experienced before, which allows luxuries. The book takes a dark, because with fame comes the ever present paranoia that becomes all consuming. Tobias slowly began retreating into himself. 

When the discovery of a series of clues in her father’s artworks that have been left just for her. Romilly task herself to try and piece t them together. As these clues bring her closer to the answers, they also reveal more about the reason she was isolated away from truth and the world.

A thought provoking coming-of-age story that is breathtaking as it is resonate. 

A stunning debut that lingers with a delightful unsettling way. 

Alina: A Song For the Telling

Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Book Tour of, Alina:A Song For Telling by Malve Von Hassell, which is being hosted by HFBT!

Alina: A Song For the Telling
by Malve von Hassell

August 27, 2020
BHC Press
Hardcover, Paperback, & eBook

Genre: Young Adult/Historical/Medieval

“You should be grateful, my girl. You have no dowry, and I am doing everything I can to get you settled. You are hardly any man’s dream.” Alina’s brother, Milos, pulled his face into a perfect copy of Aunt Marci’s sour expression, primly pursing his mouth. He had got her querulous tone just right.

I pinched my lips together, trying not to laugh. But it was true; Aunt Marci had already introduced me to several suitors. So far I had managed to decline their suits politely.

Maybe Alina’s aunt was right. How could she possibly hope to become a musician, a trobairitz, as impoverished as she was and without the status of a good marriage?

But fourteen-year-old Alina refuses to accept the oppressing life her strict aunt wants to impose upon her. When the perfect opportunity comes along for her to escape, she and her brother embark on a journey through the Byzantine Empire all the way to Jerusalem.

Alina soon finds herself embroiled in the political intrigue of noble courts as she fights to realize her dream of becoming a female troubadour.

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